Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I wish I could say something quilty/sewing was going on. But I have been busy packing, so that is where my time has gone. I hope to sew today, some more on those log cabin blocks.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Aaaaaa! I couldn't stand it! Not one minute longer! I had to sew something...so I dug out my travel machine case and hoped there would be enough supplies in there to be able to make something. It was wonderful, I opened it up and there was an iron, a pressing/cutting board, the machine, a rotary cutter, a pair of scissors. The only thing missing was a ruler. But I dug one of those out, and got to work. Except that all the fabric was packed away too! I grabbed the only container I could reach, and it was my collection of Nancy Halvorsen fabrics. Let's see, country charms or something like that. Anyway, Score! They all match and look great! So I made these scrappy logs, the blocks will finish 12 inches. I will make two more, then I will have twelve, three across and four down, or maybe make a bunch more, these are kind of fun!

I also located the website of the quilt guild I am going to belong to when I move. Cabin Fever Quilters Guild in Fairbanks, Alaska. I am so excited! In September, Eileen Sullivan, is going to be there. I will just have to go to that. She is a pattern designer for foundation patterns, beautiful flowers. I did one awhile back, Hollyhocks, (can't find the photo right now) and everyone who sees it just goes bonkers over it. The patterns are preprinted on freezer paper I think. It was easy to do, and turned out marvelous!

Friday, July 20, 2007

I joined this cute Pay it Forward gifty giveaway.

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week... LOL... but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

You just never know what you're gonna get!

Have you ever wondered what a Giant Dahlia really looks like? I found this one at the zoo, and it is as big as a dinner plate! No wonder this got made in to a quilt pattern. It was really beautiful.

And in the gift shop I saw these little felt creatures. They were very well made and embellished with beads and sequins. I should have bought one.

I don't think I have ever shown a photo of this wallhanging before. This was one of my very first projects. I found a block, called weathervane, and made it an 18 inch block. When I went to the quilt store I found that beautiful blue fabric, a mosaic blue background with very colorful butterflies. I matched some fabric to it, and when I took it to the counter, the sales lady told me the dark green would never work. I love this little wallhanging, and I think the green is perfect. I was starting out free motion quilting and I quilted this with smokey nylon thread. That was back when it was like fishing line. I compared it to sewing with a horse tail hair.

We are packing up our house, and moving by the end of August to another small Alaska town, Nenana. We are so excited. My husband will be the pastor of a small church. This is all my quilting stuff packed up, except for the milk cartons in the front. Those are hubby's books. But I may have to go dig some out because I am having fabric cutting withdrawal!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I am having problems with this thread. It says Top Quality Sulky Metallic, Metallic Foil/polyester core. I think my mom bought it at JoAnn's.

I love to use sparkly metallic threads and usually have no problems with them. I mostly use an 80/12 topstitch needle and loosen the top tension. I have a few needles for metallic threads but this problem has not been solved by using them. If you look at the close up photo of just the thread you can see that the metallic part is wrapped around the poly core. When I quilt with this thread the metallic stretches and the poly core is visible (it is white). The thread does not shread or break. I have tried slowing down, speeding up, smaller stitches, and bigger stitches. I am using Gutterman poly in the bobbin, which I love, and have had no problems with at any other time. I took this thread out and put in Sulky Holoshimmer.
This is a flat thread like a little streamer. I know many people have problems with it, but it worked beautifully so I finished the shiny part of my project with it. So, it is not that I don't have an alternative, but I just want to know how to use the Sulky Metallic.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

This is the cute little quilt I made for my mom for her birthday. Her grandma made a similar quilt back in the 30's but it was destroyed. So this was just a little reminder of her grandma.