just a thought....

Creating quilts is a way of expressing my creativity. I love the process of dreaming what a new project might look like once it is done and watching my vision come to reality.


Sunday 16 July 2017

When to pick out free motion quilting

Have you ever done some free motion quilting that you felt ruined the whole quilt? I did, and because of it I tucked my nearly finished quilt away into a closet for about a year. I didn't know how to deal with it. I was happy with most of the quilt but I thought the free motion quilting I did on one block was ugly. My eyes kept going there and nowhere else on the quilt. I had already picked out a portion of it once before and improved it somewhat, but I still didn't like it.

Today I decided it was now or never. I had to pick out all of my free motion quilting on this block or I would never finish this quilt. It actually went quite well. I am almost done. It took me a few hours, but I think it was worth it. I was very careful not to make any holes in the fabric. That was my worst fear. Tomorrow I will finish picking the last little bit, and then I can get back to free motion quilting this quilt and finally get it finished.
See the lovely pile of thread I picked out?

Sunday 9 July 2017

Christmas present block

I am having a "Christmas in July" kind of a day. I am making blocks for a Christmas quilt.

I love to experiment and try new things with every quilt I make. This time I am experimenting with gold fabric. It is quite thin and seems like it would fray very easily. I bought one meter of it. I also bought one meter of lightweight fusible interfacing. I placed the gold fabric down on the floor (carpet), then placed the interfacing on top of it. I put my iron on the "synthetic" setting which is low heat then slowly ironed over the entire surface. The two were nicely fused together and ready for cutting. Now I am finding the fabric easy to work with. No fraying whatsoever. No distortion when I am sewing the pieces together.

The bow at the top of the present is made of a flying goose. This quilt block can be made pretty much any size.  I learned a method of making flying geese by watching this video

If you would like to make your flying geese four at a time, you may find this chart helpful for figuring out the sizes to cut your fabric.

Happy quilting everyone!