I’ve been swept along by the busy, busy, busy-ness of the year, and here it is almost Christmas already! I’ve been decorating, shopping and cooking in addition to all the normal stuff that’s been on my schedule this fall, which was already more than I was used to. I still have one more food shopping trip before Christmas–though I’ve yet to finish a list–and a few more errands to run, but I decided it was time to finish up the decorating with a couple of Christmas quilts that I’ve made over the years. I have a few, and they end up on the backs of the sofas or on the arms of chairs, or even on cabinet tops on display stands if they’re small enough. Continue reading
Have you ever had a quilt that went together so well that you were left wondering how you managed it? I mean, I have the ones that refuse to be friendly and fight with me from beginning to end quite frequently, so when I get one that’s extra cooperative it’s definitely a pleasure and a bonus!
I had a set of Inchies that didn’t work out for another project quite some time ago, and they’ve been sitting around in a bag waiting for a home ever since. They weren’t really “Valentine” colors, but I thought I could work them in to a small project for the season anyway. This was another one of those projects without a plan, so I was doubly rewarded that I like it so well now that it’s finished! Continue reading
I’ve decided my word of the year for 2014 is Momentum. It’s most definitely not “because”–I’m just not even going to get started on that. Yes, I know it’s the beginning of February, not January. While many people are reflecting at year end and thinking ahead to the new year, I’m still recovering. Yes, it takes that long to get over the holiday season for me some years!
Momentum is awesome while you have it. I know because I had it for many years, and I wouldn’t have been able to push a book from concept to completion in just over a year without it. These days, there’s no momentum. I move in fits and starts, and not always in a forward direction. Continue reading
I promised (a very long time ago…) to share some of the construction details about ‘Tis Just the Wind, the project I made especially for the Wicked Blog Hop in October. When I decided to participate in the Blog Hop, I knew wanted to make something seasonal, but not screaming cutesy Halloween or spooky Halloween–Wicked was apt description of what I wanted the finished project to be. Continue reading
In Part 2 of The More You Know @ DreamWeaver’s Quilts, Machine Quilting Edition, we talked a bit about checking your quilting design for trouble spots where you might be stitching over multiple layers of fabric that could cause the presser foot to hang up, making stitches smaller, uneven or just wonky. Being prepared by marking those spots in the pattern, repositioning your hands and the quilt for more control when approaching those trouble spots, and slowing down or even stopping the machine to make one stitch at a time can help keep free motion quilting stitches even over those rough patches.
What about your own weaknesses? What weaknesses in your technique could be causing wobbles and uneven machine quilting? Yep, we all have them and usually we know what they are, and sure, we’ve tried to get better at it all–we practice every day, right??–but still those weaknesses sometimes persist. There are a couple of specific things that affect the quality of my own quilting and I’ll share my correction methods with you!
Truthfully, that Wicked feeling has been here since last week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed visiting with all the bloggers on the Wicked Blog Hop and seeing all of these amazing and inspiring projects! Special thanks go to Wicked Wendy for cheerleading and organizing this Hop, Madame Samm for organizing and making these hops possible, and to the awesome sponsors Madame Samm rounded up: Wyndham Fabrics, Reliable Iron and Bird Brain Designs!
Onward! I had so much fun with this project I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll just share my favorite bits in pictures before I share the whole thing (click if you want to see them bigger!): Continue reading