Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I quilted Spider Web with wavy lines over the seams, that way it didn't matter if I was "in the ditch". I can't quilt straight lines, even with a walking foot. Then I meandered the border, and discovered it is hard not to cross lines when the thread matches the fabric! I should have used a thread with more contrast so I could see it. This one is being donated to the quilt guild also.
And here is my poor daughter, now she is sick. She has a fever and was cold, and this was just finished and so I put it over her. Can you see in the closeup photo how I quilted this one? I found a design on Quiltmaker (www.quiltmaker.com) and traced it onto Golden Threads Quilting Paper. I love quilting with this paper. Anyway, after I quilted two blocks I thought maybe I could do the pattern without the paper, and boy freehand is hard! Getting the right curves required a lot of concentration. And I thought I already had a lot of practice! I supposed I could have been precise and marked the blocks where the points would go, but that is not in my nature. Then I quilted loop de loops in the border, with varigated thread so I could see it! Did you happen to notice that I make scrappy bindings? That's because I never cut the bindings when I make the tops! hahahaha
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
There is a man, M. C. Escher, http://www.mcescher.com/, who was the KING of tessellations. Check this out:
Totally Cool! This man was a mathmatician but used the formulas to make art. Check out the website.
Ok, so I was looking at a tesselation and wondered if I could make the block in EQ6. Not like I would ever make this quilt but it is fun to play around. Here is the block:
Here is the quilt with a straight set:
Here is the quilt on point:
Here it is with some color and set in the baby blocks quilt:
Can we say WOW!!!
Friday, February 09, 2007
And here is a closeup of the quilting. I used my Janome 6500, nylon thread on top, Bob's prewound bobbin polyester on the bottom. And then just went to town. I was sort of trying to do a McTavish look, but wasn't referring to a photo or anything. So I was doing the swoopy thing but in my own style, on the border. I meandered the background of the blocks, pretty small and just outlined the shapes, not finishing the edges. I fussy cut out the butterflies from another fabric, and all the flowers and leaves are freehand. I would guess this took me about an hour solid to quilt.The biggest problem was the fusible web! I followed the directions. It was wonder under I think, and after the fusible was on the fabric, the paper WOULD NOT come off! It just tore off in little tiny shreds. So what's up with that? I have not had this problem previously, so obviously something was wrong. Is the wonder under too old? I've had it about a year. Was the iron too hot? The fabric was unwashed, but the fusible stuck to the fabric, so that was not the problem. Any suggestions?
And here is just a photo of a quilt that was on ebay that I really liked.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I printed the photos on EQ photo fabric paper. I am very pleased with how they have come out. The only thing is that the fabric shrank from 8 1/2 x 11 to about 8 1/4 by 10 3/4. But since I was going to cut the photos down a bit, it was okay.