Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Links List #7

It is that time again for me to share the next list of links.  As a reminder I originally gathered these links to send to my newsletter chairman to use in my guild newsletter.  I checked them all out and at this time they are all viable but if you have trouble with one you might do a search for the sight or subject.  ENJOY!

http://myellowumbrella.com/2012/01/12/how-to-make-a-custom-camera-bag/ make custom camera bag
http://www.howjoyful.com/2012/06/camera-carrier-insert-tutorial/ camera carrier insert tutorial
http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/03/turn-a-purse-into-a-padded-camera-bag.html turn purse into padded camera bag
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrappy-trips-around-world.html Scrappy Trips Around the World-pattern
http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/free-pattern-pumpkin-patch/ Free pattern
http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/2009/12/quilted-zipper-bagtutorial.html Quilted zipper bag tutorial
http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/thread-talk-from-my-sewing-machine-45/ machine quilting design
http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2012/01/tool-time-tuesdayfabric-heart-bookmark.html fabric heart bookmark
http://www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/crazy-mom-quilts-one-way-to-knit-rag.html knit rag rug
http://amisimms.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/whats-in-that-strawberry/ What's in pincushion strawberry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WSiwjgXLKQ video-make infinity scarf
http://sewing.about.com/od/adultclothingprojects/ss/fabricscarf.htm sew long fabric scarf
http://www.allfreesewing.com/Accessories-to-Sew/13-Ways-to-Learn-How-to-Sew-a-Scarf 13 ways to sew a scarf
http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCdhCQcQBJK3Y ways to wear a scarf videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eZKHFPdBtTw - ! 5 ways to tie long scarf video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WSiwjgXLKQ make an infinity scarf video tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jIBFbf_2xU 30 minute scarves by Nancy Zieman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdDysubNrdM make a rolled hem on sewing machine
http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2013/02/tool-time-tuesdaysandwich-box-sewing-kit.html sandwich box sewing kit
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/quilt-math-how-to-reduce-and-enlarge-quilt-blocks/?utm_source=Stitch+This%21+blog&utm_campaign=effdae12c2-Daily+Email%2C+Quilting&utm_medium=email resize blocks
http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2013/02/tune-up-on-twenty-sewing-maintenance/ sewing maintenance
http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2013/02/quilt-blocks-simple-math-part-1/ simple drafting #1
http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2013/02/quilt-blocks-simple-math-part-2/ simple drafting #2
http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2013/02/quilt-blocks-simple-math-part-3/ simple drafting #3
http://www.ghees.com/html/free_projects.html Free projects, tips and techniques
http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/community.php free patterns, demos, project gallery and forum
http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-piece-at-a-time/2013/02/piecing-tips-and-tricks-quilt-in-a-day-rulers.html piecing tips/tricks with quilt in a day rulers
http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-piece-at-a-time/2013/02/piecing-tips-and-tricks.html piecing tricks by Beth Hayes editor of McCalls Quilting
http://www.superiorthreads.com/tutorial/necktie-onesie/ make necktie onesie
http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/5456 Libby Lehman-straight stitch-tips video
http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/5449 online quilt jigsaw puzzle
http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/projectlinus.html Project Linus patterns for children
http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/5465 learn about bias binders video
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/rotary-cutting-mat-care-tips/ rotary cutting mat care
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/can-i-use-a-double-needle/ using double needle
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/cross-wound-thread-vs-stacked-thread/ cross wound vs stacked wound thread
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/pin-point/ pin info
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/replacing-rulers/ replacing rulers
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/best-hand-held-needle-threader/ hand held machine needle threader
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/top-sewtopia-tips/ top Sewtopia tips
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/denim-trivia/ denim trivia - easy method to hem jeans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidpJsAzc2A clean and oil vintage sewing machine part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKR5t4DyPwM clean and oil vintage sewing machine part 2
http://www.youtube.com/user/mikezzzaz?feature=watch multiple videos on antique sewing machine care
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/buy-2-spools-of-thread-and-save-time/ save time-2 spools of thread
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/anatomy-of-a-needle-more-than-meets-the-eye/ needle facts
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/can-i-sew-over-pins/ sewing over pins?
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/tension-revisited/ sewing machine tension
http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/lighting-check/ sewing room lighting
http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2013/03/tool-time-tuesdayfinial-to-raise-table.html raise table height
http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/drafting-part-1-changing-the-size-of-pieced-quilt-blocks/ drafting part 1
http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/drafting-part-2-making-an-8-pointed-or-lemoyne-star-in-any-size/ drafting part 2
http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/guest-post-creating-curved-pieced-blocks-and-landscape-quilts-with-sue-rasmussen-a-special-offer/ curved pieced blocks in landscape quilts by Sue Rasmussen

Until Later,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings

4c71b05f7dbbf9809436110809e16ec4Cute Photoshopping by someone on this photo of a flock of sheep.  I couldn’t find the original source of the photo but got it from Pinterest.  Wouldn’t it be fun if they really came in these pretty colors!

May you all have a blessed Easter and because I am a Christian I want to share my favorite hymn Because He Lives which is a YouTube video link.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Grackle, Grackle Sitting In A Tree Are You Singing Just For Me

Happily listening to the birds singing outside my sewing room one cloudy afternoon.  Hopefully that means we have spring weather here to stay real soon.  Grackles are black birds with a beautiful metallic blue head and chest and can be noisy but bird songs are bird songs after a long winter and a music to my ears.IMG_9467-3
This bird does look pretty intense doesn't it. I wonder if it saw my camera close to the window.

Until Later,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Means Calving Time

IMG_9518I don’t think there is anything much cuter on our farm than when the cows start having their calves.  Our herd is nearly half done calving now so there are lots of little calves running around.  I went out the other day late afternoon with my camera and got these photos.  Enjoy!IMG_9558Notice the calf in the background on the photo below.  It is jumping and going to take off running with it’s mama close behind mooing.  I can just hear her yelling “stop, stop, you have to stay by me.”  After the calves are only a day or two old they love to run and chase each other but the cows don’t like that so much so follow them around the lot.  I seems like late afternoon is when they do more running around for some reason.
IMG_9524As you probably noticed on the photos so far the cows and calves are all pretty much looking right at the camera.  No fancy tricks used to accomplish this either.  They are really curious animals and watched me the entire time I was photographing.  I was standing outside the fence and they would gather close to figure out what I was doing I guess.  Some of the cows in the photos have had their calves and some have not and their bellies are huge.  I am sure they feel like a 9 month pregnant woman in that their legs and back ache and will be glad to get rid of that extra weight and greet their new baby!
Until Later,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I Won!

IMG_9319A big thank you goes out to Kay Mackenzie of the All About Applique blog for the drawing she held on her blog a week or so ago.  I was so surprised to find out I won and look at the fabulous books I won.  She sent me a copy of two of her applique books and  they have great patterns in them.  Please check out her other patterns and books at this address and her blog that can be found here.IMG_9321
Until Later,

Friday, April 11, 2014

Background Quilting Design

Here is a close up photo of the background quilting on my faux leather quilt “Putting Down Roots.”  I wanted something swirly and this fit the bill although it made me nervous as I knew I could not pick out any boo boos as the faux leather would show the holes.  There are places I might have stitched over again if this was regular woven fabric but now that it is all done I really don’t notice them as much.

I, like millions of other people use Pinterest to keep track of things that interest me and that I might want to refer to later.  When thinking about what quilting designs I want to use I scan my Pinterest board for ideas.  I had pinned this quilting design by Wendy Sheppard that she calls “Jester’s Hat” and thought that it might work in the sky area of this quilt.  The design moves you around the area without back stitching which is what I needed for this project.  You can find a tutorial on stitching this design on SewCalGal’s blog here.  Or on Wendy’s blog “Ivory Spring” here.  As you will see I approach the design a little differently but it has the same sort of look.  No matter what design we choose to machine quilt every quilter will have their own look and way of approaching it but it is a good to see how someone else tackles the design too.IMG_9598I am a left handed person so may stitch this differently than you right handers but this is how I start.  Follow the pictures below to see how I progress.IMG_9600
IMG_9605As you can see from my drawings I come from under the initial bumps most of the time to move onto the next motif but not always.  If I get into a corner or need to change direction I come out on top of the motif hump like the illustration above.IMG_9604You can use your finger to follow the direction I would stitch this motif.  Start at the x and keep going.  Of course this is a rather sloppy version done with marker but you get the idea I am sure.  Just because I stitched the motif this way on this quilt I might change how I stitch it the next time I use it.

Until later,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Putting Down Roots–Finished

IMG_9496-2My grand experiment is finished – bound and labeled and hung on the wall and I love it!IMG_9484I repeated the same quilting design in the final border that I used in the sky area and straight lines on the pieced border.  Nothing too fancy  but didn’t want to detract from the central tree design.  

It is rather hard to photograph as the faux leather reflects the light but in person it is not quite so shiny looking.

I named this quilt “Putting Down Roots” for several reasons.  Back in history, Nebraska was fairly bare of trees so this quilt can symbolize the growth of trees across the state.  Early settlers planted and cared for the trees they planted on their homesteads.  Farmland still dominates the landscape but trees are more plentiful and are still cherished. 

I like the idea of the name to symbolize the fact that my family ancestors came to Nebraska and put down their roots and stayed, worked and raised their families.  Nebraska is where I grew up and my roots grow deep in this land where I live.

My next blog post will show how I stitched the background sky motif so stop back again.

Until later,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Borders and Quilting Fun

IMG_9313Here I am auditioning the last border with corner triangle squares and I do like the plaid fabric for binding.  I like to audition different fabrics this way and can hopefully see the best choice this way before stitching and “unstitching.”IMG_9317I knew what I wanted to do with the tree and hills but had to come up with an idea for the sky background quilting so I used scrap pieces of paper that had been in the trash to explore ideas and practice the designs.  I always keep papers that are only printed on one side to draw quilting designs on the backsides or on the white borders of printed sheets too.  Basically I am a doodler when I am on the phone, watching TV or just sitting around.  Do you do that too?  I think it really helps when I actually do the stitching if I have drawn the design over and over on paper first.IMG_9450As you can see I quilted the tree in the beige colored thread – Glide by Fil Tec.  I quilted near the original design lines that I stitched earlier then other texture lines to hopefully make the tree have some shape.IMG_9490The hills and grass were also quilted in the beige colored thread but the sky was quilted with black Glide thread by Fil-Tec.  One thing about quilting on the faux leather is that there is no ripping so first time is the only time it gets stitched.  I used a chalk wheel to mark the lines on the hills and a few more lines on the tree and that helped keep me on track.

This was a very fun section to quilt and I enjoyed it very much.  Maybe there will be more of it in my future.

Until Later,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Problem Solving

IMG_8952Piecing the triangle squares was no problem but as you can see piecing those strips to the center rectangle of the faux leather was a problem.   The vinyl tends to stretch and I could not even pat it flat so ripped the border strips off and cut a new piece and managed to save those border strips to use again.

I decided part of the problem was that I need to put a spacer between the border and the center rectangle so all the vinyl pieces could lay flat along those seams.  I decided to cut the center panel smaller so I could add a spacer strip of plaid fabric between the center panel and the triangle square border.IMG_8950IMG_9192This time I decided to transfer the tree design to the vinyl before I stitched on the borders.  I tried numerous ways to mark it and nothing seamed to work.  The only thing that did work was a chalk wheel and that would brush off quickly.  The only way I could come up with was to use Golden Threads quilting paper so I traced the outline of the tree and hills and used a glue stick to adhere it to the vinyl so it would stay put.  I followed the outline using my sewing machine and the thread I planned to quilt it with.  After stitching I torn off the paper as I will eventually quilt near these lines and add many more lines to give the trees and hills the texture it needs and sure didn't want to be picking out tiny pieces of paper out of all those lines. IMG_9194 Did have a panic moment when I realized I cut the center rectangle smaller than it was supposed to be.  Whoops!  Actually it worked out that after adding the spacer strip I just had to add one more triangle square to make it fit.  Of course that made the number of triangle squares an uneven number so decided to make the pattern offset and actually I like that look better now anyway.  I did use those small clips to hold my seams as I stitched since I couldn’t pin the vinyl and that worked well.  As you can see the center section fits the borders so much better than my first attempt.  Also notice the offset triangle border setting.
 One thing I didn’t tell you in the first post was I used a regular foot for the seaming of the fabrics but when I topstitched I used a Teflon coated foot.  The backing of the vinyl is fabric so it stitches just fine with a regular foot but needed the Teflon foot to help stitch the topstitching of the seams.  It just slides along on the sticky vinyl.

More later,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Another Quilt–Another Challenge

I am always looking for a challenge, trying something new or out of the box; something that  can add a spark to my quilting and make me think.  Now was the time for that out of the box experience as I had the last project finished and needed/wanted to start something new.IMG_8922First the design.... Using pencil and paper I drew a tree with lots of texture.  I wanted to thread paint and quilt it on a solid square and quilt an appropriate background.  Thread painting or quilting a picture has fascinated me for a while.  As you can see the tree is tipping so that is why I drew the line through it so the next draft I could straighten it.  The next draft will also have the root area shortened and have fewer fine branches but at least it is a start.IMG_8924Next to choose my fabrics – lots of plaids and the red arrow pointing to the real challenge part of this quilt.  Yes that is vinyl or faux leather.  Have never worked with it in quilting so this is a new experience for me.  I wanted the center tree to be of the vinyl and have a pieced border of the plaids and vinyl.IMG_8928For the pieced border I settled on making triangle squares using 2 squares stitched diagonally and cut apart.  Since I am using the vinyl I can not press them with an iron so instead I finger pressed them open and top stitched the faux leather side down about 1/8” from the seam line.  That controlled the bulk and kept the seams open.  The squares were all trimmed down to 1 1/2” and ready to stitch together in a border.IMG_8934IMG_8946
I used a variety of brown/grey plaids in combination with the black vinyl.  I topstitched the seams open again to keep it all nice an flat.  So far so good or so you might think......

Stop in again to find out the rest of the story.

Until Later,


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