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Friday, December 8, 2017


So last week i showed a picture of the quilt i am making for a lady at work and that i had gotten a ruler foot and template.  Well my machines didn't like the ruler foot, i could not get the bobbin thread to stay tethered and i didn't have time to mess around with settings.  So i went to my green gal got her set up to see how she would handle this.  beautifully she did  now i didn't use the ruler foot but didn't need to she eased into the curve gently.  i am still an amateur with the knee pedal as you can hear in the video.  all my squares with this motif are done just going to echo around the colored squares.

i picked her up about a year an half ago  20.00  i almost didn't go, but when i saw how much room it has on the bed and how high i knew i wouldn't have to struggle pulling a big quilt through her.  this one is definitely a keeper.

as always thanks for stopping by,  anna

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Ok so everything  is back to normal, time to get caught up.  I have been working on this quilt for a lady at work.  It needs to be done for Christmas.  I have received all the supplies needed to finish it up and a few extras for myself.  All black Friday sales. Yay
I bought myself a ruler foot and template hope to practice and learn the curve so I can use it on this quilt.
Attended a free class today, at the LQS.  Serger projects  I purchased one about two months ago and I haven't done anything with it until yesterday.  I used it to keep the flannel backing from fraying in the wash.  It will be used in the above quilt. It came out of the wash/dryer wonderfully. So today at the shop it was baby mittens, baby hats, receiving blanket , a zippered pouch a drawstring pouch and then a scarf. HMM  she made it out of fleece, I walked around and saw what I wanted to make with the lessons learned today.  Minky scarves for my three nieces.  took me about an hour an a half because one of my threads got loose  OKAY don't panic I tell myself get the manual out and figure it out from the pictures, this was my fear with sergers as with most, the dreaded threading,  took me 10 minutes to get that thread back in that tiny hole! ugh  everything back in order now to finish the last one.  I will play with the serger some more, maybe lounge pants.  the minky is cute fabric geo shape, elephants, and goofy characters

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday here in the states.
Thanks for stopping by,  anna

Monday, October 30, 2017

LeMoyne Magic

I have started a new quilt.  I like watching Cozy Quilt Designs on you tube. I can figure out how the pattern goes just by watching.  I don't use the special ruler either.  This one is called Lemoyne Magic. and it will be a queen size. I did start the second block but did not like the color I chose. so I just continued making the star blocks. I need a total of 30 stars. I have half completed already.

Really testing my Half Square Triangles skills.
Thanks for stopping by, anna

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Tidepool

Well, it's been awhile.  Been too busy but not busy ENOUGH in the sewing room these past months.
This is what I have managed to put together recently,
This is for my grandson, it is his Big Boy Quilt since he will be 5 this December.  I do have another in the making for his two and a half year old sister, only need to put on the sashing, quilt and bind that one.  Oh I almost forgot I went shopping in Lancaster Pa two weeks ago its only about an hour away traveling all back country roads, I just needed a change of scenery and what better time of year then the fall.  The 14 year old granddaughter came along for the ride too.

Thanks for taking a look,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Microwave Bowl Coozies

I have gotten some sewing done this summer.  I couple of weeks ago  I followed the 12 days of Christmas blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Amy at Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen posted about these Microwave Bowl Coozies.  I have made a few so far 10 have already gone out the door and I have these to go.  Eight more done.   I have made them in both sizes.
I couple more to go to give out at Christmas.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

no finishes

I am not getting to much done these days.  I loaded the string quilt up on the frame to get to quilting, but had some real issues with the Juki, I finally just took it to the shop.  They say it is showing signs of wear, still skipping stitches.  While I was there I played with the Babylock Coronet, nice machine 16 inch throat, stitch regulator, sits on a smaller frame.  Then I asked how much $$ about 6000 which isn't bad just can't do it right now.  Been looking around on the internet to find another midarm machine can't decide if that is really what I want need.
if I get another mid arm I would upgrade the carriage another 150.00, stitch regulator 499.00 and then the cost of a machine so around 2000.00.  I will wait on making this decision for the moment.

In the meantime I started two new projects, the first one is this
I had purchased grunge 2 1/2 mini pack added some dark navy blue, and thought about the stars.  I think I like the gray wonky stars better than the white/black ones.

This is the other one.
this month at the LQS they had a clear out sale and on the table were a bunch of scraps you filled a  quart size bag for 6 dollars, i scooped up all the Batiks I could find, this only represents about 1/4 of  the bag.  I separated by value and choose the Curvy Log Cabin for these brights.  I am lucky if I get ten minutes a day in the sewing room during the summer.
I have seen lots of amazing quilts over the past couple of weeks on the Linky Parties. 
ALL of you keep inspiring ME!  Thanks

Monday, May 15, 2017

String Quilt

An update to yesterday's post.  I got the sashing done, but I think I will go around the outside too,
then pick a solid color for final border.
 I also have gotten seven blocks done for Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than housework.
She is helping with the Covered in Love block drive May/June.
As always,
Thanks for stopping by,  anna