Posts Tagged ‘free motion quilting’

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33.6 Completed Fans & Bows Quilt

January 4, 2014

I completed this quilt ON New Year’s Day. So technically I have a finish for 2014.

According to someone … other people … what you do on New Years will be what you do the rest of the year.

So I guess this year is the year of the quilt finish. LOL.

Well, you’ve already seen some of the in progress pictures for this quilt. Here’s the completed thing.

finished fans and bows quilt 2014

And now you can see why it’s called Fans & Bows.

The red corners mimic bows, but I did hand tie some bows to go in the middle of the quilt at each border.

The lace is really pretty, I stretched it to get around the corners and with the bow & lace embellishment, this will be more of a ‘look at me’ quilt than a “let’s sit under me” quilt. But that’s ok.

The evolution of this quilt from the VERY start – March 15 2009, the second weekend of my quilting journey, I designed & pieced this top.

fans and bows quilt top sewn together

And I saw all the white, and thought, cool – quilting space. But not yet.

So the following National Quilting day 2010 I made up some fans I had in the back of the butterfly book I bought back then.

fans and bows initial sketch

Well the design was from a month earlier. Here are the fan pieces.

fans and bows layout

And after I first stitched them down, this was my first fusible applique project.  That I used a ‘decorative stitch’ to sew with my brother.

fans and bows initial stitch of fans

All four fans changed the look of the quilt quite a bit.

fans and bows fans stitched down

The next few months in 2010, I decided on the blank corners that now needed something.

fans and bows deciding on the bows

I spent some time making the back out of pieced fabrics. Strange, but I was excited about the back. This was Feb of 2011.

fans and bows back of quilt

And then I fused the quilt and set the whole thing aside.

With the exception of finding some lace that I thought would compliment the quilt perfectly. Bought the lace in 2012, when going embellishment crazy for my periodic table quilt.

And once settling down on my cabinet machine Aquata, I decided to quilt her – finally. In early December of 2013.

The momentum gathered by free motion quilting her, lead me to sew the lace once I had time.

fans with quilting and lace

Here is a better picture of the center quilting (before I attached the lace)

center of quilt quilting close up before lace

Another picture of the corners quilting pre-lace.

quilting close up of corner of quilt

And the back side of the quilt with the quilting and a few thread nests that I decided not to pick out.

up close quilting fans and bows of back of quilt

And the quilting showing up on the corner design on the back.

back of quilt after quilting corner

And a few more quilting with lace pictures. center.

quilting with lace attached

Corner with lace

corner quilting of quilt after lace applied

Hope you enjoy. Most of the quilting was done with similar colors to the top, but not all. I know I could have done a steadier job if I had sketched out beforehand a little bit on the FMQ, but I was excited with how it was flowing.

I was really glad to finally not do a pantograph or an overall design. Currently, I am thinking I need to work on custom work more, but when using the long arm, I don’t – because my time there is limited.

I can’t believe how old of a UFO this quilt was, and I am so glad to get it finished!

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33.5 More custom Free Motion Quilting on Fans And Bows

December 10, 2013

I have been working towards quilting this red and white quilt top of mine for over the past week.  I have done a little each day, worked on a little every day, trying to figure out what to do on each section each day, getting a little further in trying to make the designs symmetrical.

I have not finished, but I have been doing an okay job at the FMQ on this red and white quilt.

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I have these antennae guys in the corners between some of the red white 9 patches.

You already saw the corner arches, but I decided to go over the tops in red.

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and I have some more red quilting in some of the other sections. Like on my fans. Here was the first day. Red on red if you can see.

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The design on the fans becomes more evident when I quilted the red on the black.

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And there is some overstitch of red on the quilting next to the fans. So I have a few more plans to cover over with red in places, and probably have some more white areas to do once I figure those out.

The back taken at some point really shows the quilting since the back is more black in nature.

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And I haven’t yet made up the stitching in the brown sections of the border.

And I have a black lace that I have been wanting to add to this quilt for almost 2 years now.  But that will be added after the main base has been quilted.

I always wanted this quilt to have a lot of quilting. Glad that I waited until I could be “good enough” to quilt this, but not perfect.

I have used a lot of inspirations (no feathers as of yet), I have used a few techniques that I liked, double outlining things, doing rows of beads / a.k.a. pebbles (stone bridges). And swoops.  Now that I’ve started this, I need to keep inspiring myself to finish so I can knock off one inspiring quilt that has been on my list for a really really long while.

I have to start & stop sometimes due to the heat of my plug-in. Which also works out good for my shoulders too. This thing is one of my larger ‘wall quilts’ so it is probably considered lap size. I could consider quilting something bigger on Aquata, and maybe after this, I will do just that.

 

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33.4 One machine, one purpose

December 5, 2013

I have joined up with a vintage machine group on facebook, despite the fact that my Necchi is from the 80’s & broken, and my Sewcraft is a Singer 15 clone and not an actual “Singer” machine.

Repeatedly, daily, hourly sometimes, there are facebook posts about this craigslist ad, that ad, this treadle, that cabinet, & so on.

I am sorta overwhelmed by it at times, but also sorta encouraged at times by this group.

After a comment about metal polish, I decided to take my saturday ‘strange cleaning project’ as the little metal plate on my Singer 15 sewing machine.

aquata sew craft deluxe shiny

Here’s a close up of my hard work.

de-luxe shiny

For comparison, here is the machine when I first oiled her this past summer.

old blue sewcraft with 'new light'

I used some Brasso I forgot we had that had been sitting for years untouched. A toothbrush & Q-tips, and a soft microfiber cloth to polish up the metal seal.

And of course I oiled her & started thinking about using this machine more. But the name – “ol Blue” was cool, but not quite good enough yet.

And then also prompted from a comment about the machine name on the same vintage facebook group, I made a name decision. Exciting, I know.

I was mentioning I liked the idea of water / ocean with “old blue” and someone said – Ariel.  Which feels / felt almost right.

So I remembered the very annoying song where they sing ‘We are the daughters of Triton, great father who loved us & named us well …” in the original The Little Mermaid movie – something I watched obsessively growing up.

And yes, watching the video will mean the song will be stuck in your head for two weeks too, right?

And I started looking up & researching the Disney Little Mermaid Ariel’s sisters.

Did you know there were 2 other movies made about TLM? I didn’t. But did you know there was a Disney wiki about the sister’s of Ariel?

I used the knowledge from that site & fact that my sewcraft is ocean blue to name my machine after the blue brunette of Ariel’s sister who is a little OCD.

So meet – Aquata!

aquata and aquata cartoon small

And after all this thinking & cleaning, I decided to use this machine for what its best purpose – it’s a great FMQ machine.

So I got out my very “oldest” UFO. and This thing has been ready for a while – even spray basted 2 years ago, just waiting for FMQ.

And that’s what you see happening here (if you can – white on white doesn’t show that much.

some white on white quilting on the corners in the bows

And there are some circles in the center. I am kinda making this up as I go along.

white on white arches and single paisly

And I wish I had made this orange peel done in red instead of white. I may over quilt the orange peels in the center of the red squares with red & see how they look.

white on white quilting center close up

I find the FMQ very fun to do with Aquata. I go rather fast on the ‘knee pedal’ and so my stitches are tiny and will be a bugger to remove if I need to, but it quilts so smoothly that way. Faster foot, slower hands right?

One more thing I thought about with my cone that I’ve been using to quilt. The cone thread sits so much higher than the top of my machine, and it likes to “jump the track” on my singer 15 clone.

So I came up with a solution. A strong magnet & a small binder clip!

binder clip holding thread in place

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21.2 Practicing quilting with paper

December 4, 2011

Sometimes you just have to make your own mistakes and make your own experiments before you believe a result that someone else has already warned you about.

I have been neglecting the FMQ on my giveaway quilt, probably since I haven’t FMQ’d since June. (That’s Free Motion Quilting, for the uninformed)

That and I really just want to piece my (other) quilts in my own room, around my own things, which leads me to procrastinate on this current project.

This quilt was supposed to be a quick quilt to get me to practice the FMQ, and that is starting to serve it’s purpose this early morning.

My experiment & hypothesis: I can FMQ through a freezer paper quilting template and still like the quilting results on the quilt when the freezer paper is removed.

First I took a paper copy of my design (Just ran the freezer paper copy through my printer) and pinned it down to the top of a practice quilt sandwich.

I quilted through that.  First, I locked up & realized how much lint is gathering under my metal plate, so spent a half hour ‘delinting’ my machine.

After all is lint free, I try again with the regular paper. I suppose this was my ‘control’ of my experiment.  To see if freezer paper would be easier than the regular paper.

Regular paper quilts through mostly fine, although at this point, I haven’t removed the regular paper yet, so this data is only halfway done.

Then decided I needed more time getting the rhythm for the design down, so I cut a smaller sandwich for the middle design & quilted it down.

So I took freezer paper and put it on my practice quilt sandwich and FMQ’d away.

I have only removed the paper from one of the flowers and leaves at this point, and although this technique I think would work, I am having reservations at how much this is pulling up the stitches.

One solution: faster foot pedal, slower hands.

This produces smaller stitches that would make it easier to tear away the paper and would prevent large loops coming undone

Another solution: tighten the tension on the top (?)

I am not sure but maybe a tighter tension would produce tighter stitches on the top.

Another solution: get the freezer paper wet with water to help remove the paper.

enough said.

Another solution: get a light weight quilting paper specially designed to dissolve away.

This would help with keeping the stitches close to the actual fabric underneath, perhaps also providing more tension all on it’s own. I don’t own any of this.

Another solution: trace the design from paper to the fabric using dressmaker’s carbon.

This way I don’t have to deal with the paper itself. Of course I don’t OWN any dressmaker’s carbon.

Another solution: trace the design onto tissue paper.

Same as the carbon, and I may actually have some. somewhere. Somewhere.Tissue paper’s thin.  May come with its own set of problems too though.

Another option: leave it – it’s working out ok enough.

I think this may work overall, if I decided to leave the freezer paper & tear it out by hand, I think this could be “good enough” and know that over time, I’ll get better. And hopefully the recipient would understand.

I realized that I never have come to this place before in my stages of quilting.

Which solution / option do you usually chose?  Reasons why?

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21.0 Small progress made post TDay

November 27, 2011

I had a great T Day, same as always, great food, cooking it overnight in a smoker (I wasn’t part of it, but was around at the time), games, family, planning black Friday (family was not me) finding out Christmas presents ideas, listening to endless complaints about how T Day is not T Day anymore, but “pre-christmas” – you know, the normal things.

Getting home, having to work & then getting the house back in order has been a little bit of the weekend. I personally prefer to work during black friday, which is okay, but makes the drive to work a little more busy.

Then I got sucked into a new present, which was given to me wednesday morning.  So I went back to tradition. sat down in front of the TV and didn’t surface for much of 2 days.

So I didn’t participate in Sandy’s AntiBlackFridaySewIn either, although I thought it was a cute idea.

I did have a hard deadline on a quilt block, so I did squeak this out.  I was intending to make this pattern for ME, but because of circumstances beyond my control, I haven’t done it yet, and this pattern was all cut out (three times) and so, it became a block for the person who is my partner on swap bot.

It’s called Utah Sparkler and I found it on Quilter’s Cache.

I replaced my seam ripper with a new one of the same (thanks Diane for your comment)

And then today in between laundry loads and food cleaning & prep I got out my book of quilting designs and made the design for the table runner for the giveaway from October.

Here’s my drawings.

And since you can’t see very detailed, here’s a picture of each of the sides, one plain:

And one with a start of a little more detail that I may try to put in the quilt.

I still have to consider the borders, and then I have to practice & transfer this to the fabric (or just iron on and sew through – this is on freezer paper).

Then after the borders are quilted I have to bind it. Then send it on it’s merry way. 🙂

Hopefully I’ll be able to make the quilting look as smooth as this drawing!

Love my book 501 quilting designs, that’s where these ideas come from.

A great starting point, I can’t recommend it enough for a quilting reference book!

Now to be settled on the borders for this quilt.  Something to contemplate before bedtime!  Good night everyone!