Monday, 26 November 2012

As promised

An update on how the quilting is going on the long arm. To say the least it is lots of fun and I still can't believe I own one. It is challenging to not be on it all of the time.

This quilt I did with swirls, which are my favorite to do so far. You can see that they need to be a bit more uniform but that will come.

This next quilt was pieced by a friend of mine. The top was given to me as a gift! I have to say that it is my all time favorite style. So scrappy and the pieces are 1 3/8", finished. It is big enough, to more than cover a queen sized bed. Because of all of the small pieces and moderately dense quilting it is heavy.

There are two different blocks. Pic below shows the two designs. The design in the little nine patch block was a flower of sorts and the strip block had back and forth quilting in the first and third strip.

There was also two borders. First border was two squares wide, so I did a crosshatch of sorts. A bit wobbly but it is such a fun design to do, so I want to get better at it. The other border was made of  the strip squares so it  made a piano key border. I quilted back and forth on every other strip, the same as I did the blocks.

These last two pictures are for Esther over at Threads on the floor. We discovered from blogging back and forth, we were making the same quilt, "Celtic Knot". Check hers out. Her color ways are  different from mine. It has 2,025, 2 1/2 " squares. My top needs borders and it is ready to quilt. It will probably be after Christmas. Not sure how I will quilt it yet.

As you can see, it is scrappy!

Thanks for checking in.

Watch out for today's blessings!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Happy B-Day to my amazing sister

I was the first one to turn fifty, and slowly but surely all of my siblings follow. It is my sister Dianne's turn this year.

I was thinking the same thing, she sure doesn't look fifty. She is beautiful inside and out! She loves those around her, freely and with all that she is. Her life is a testimony to the love that is given to us by God. Having her apart of my everyday life is such a blessing!

This is the little quilty I made for her birthday. It reminded me of her giving spirit. I called it " A Mother's Heart"

A close up:

It is a from Mckenna Ryan's "Bella Garden". So fun to make.

The long arm is buzzing along nicely. I try and spend a bit of time on it every day. Pics soon!

Watch out for today's blessings!

Monday, 5 November 2012

What I have been up to!

Before too much more time has passed I wanted to share some pictures of how the long arm quilting is going. I never dreamed it would be so much fun. There is a definite learning curve though and I am trying to be patient.

This quilt was a good one to start on I think. The strips gave me the idea to practice a different design the width of every three or four strips. Here are couple of the designs I tried.

Next is a picture of a quilt I did for a friend. She made the top and I quilted it.

The back, an all over design.

And last but not least a sneak peak.

Thanks to all of my quilting heroes. Linda, Esther, Leah Day, Wendy Shepard, Greenfairies, Angela Walters and Patsy Thompson, just to name some. So appreciate your contribution to my quilting journey.

Watch out for today's blessings!