Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Finishing the Halloween wall hanging and Free Motion Quilting.
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P.s. SAD NOTE: If anyone is following our butterfly raising entries. Our last butterfly started emerging yesterday. It got caught up in the cocoon on it's way out and after hours emerged with crumpled wings and just did not make it. This was very sad after the long journey, but, we knew going in, there could also be some sad things to witness in addition to the beauty.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Preparing the Backing
I love my steamer! I steam everything I can. It's a Rowenta large standing steamer. I've even used it to help remove wallpaper. Now that's a multi use product. This time, as I was preparing the quilt backing, I noticed how wrinkled it was. I folded it up and introduced it to the steamer and I was done in maybe 3 minutes. Most of the steam reaches through the layers to hit all but I reached in touched up the layers with a swipe of steam. Took out enough wrinkles to work with the backing.
I have tried several ways to pin the quilt sandwich without all the back strain/pain of crouching over the quilt on the floor. Since most of my quilts are smaller than a queen size quilt top, I started using the top of the bed. I make the quilt sandwich on the bed and then I place a small chair at the end. I pin a row, then roll the quilt/batting/backing sandwich and carefully, evenly pull the quilt closer to the edge for the next row. To help not pin the bedspread below, I drag my flat cutting board from left to right under the sandwich to catch the pinning. I pin left to right and roll, then right to left and roll. Before you know it, you are done and your quilt is in a nice tight roll to place under the basic sewing machine. It works great for me.
Where are my magnifying glasses
I decided to rip out the clear thread sewing I started on the Halloween quilt wall hanging below. OMG, it is hard to do. Finding all the thread is a pain. Won't do that again. But now, I'm back to square one and ready to sew down.
Found my coupon book
When I went to Joann's this past Saturday, I was looking for the Fall Fusion pattern book for $2.99 that had coupons on the back. Normally, I don't pay for coupons but 50% of is a good one for me when I buy large amounts of fabric for a backing in one piece. Needless to say, I found the magazine and bought 3. They're great since they last until 12/2/08 so I just stuck them in my purse and ready for impromptu visits to Joann's.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
- Two Peas in a Bucket
- The Scrapper's Guide
- Digital Scrapbooking Magazine
- Digital Scrapbooking Art - Mangels Designs
I usually send the pages (after resizing them to a smaller size) to relatives as a surprise or I will do a series of them as .jpg images and then add them to a slide show with music. It puts a little twist on the same old digital photo slide show. Here are the photo pages I did of Justice. Her headband reminded me of spring so that is the theme I went with on two of them.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
All the way from Australia
Probably 10 weeks ago I order a lot of Quick Cards Made Easy and CardMaking an Papercraft on eBay. I probably paid more for shipping than the magazines because they were mailed from Australia. I find that if I don't constantly think about the shipment and what's the status, it's such a great surprise when they do show up.
Well they finally arrived today!! I really like these magazines for new ideas for cardmaking. I wish there was a less expensive way to get them. Here is their website, see for yourself.
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Monday, September 15, 2008
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Well, the quilting on my turning twenty has been finshed. It looks fantastic and was completed by a fellow blogger. Her name is Rachel and she has the Rachel-sewbehind blog and the Sewbehind website. I asked her to do something quilters rarely do and that is use different colors for the top and bottom of the quilt. See for yourself. She does a fantastic job on the quilting. See for yourself how it turned out.
Weekend Goal Progress
Goal 1 - Nope, didn't finish my friends memory quilt. Ran into a snag in that when trying to sew cotton borders on stretch clothing squares I now have wavy borders. I tried twice and still ended up with wavy borders. Set it aside until I talk to my friend.
Goal 2 - Started the Halloween Wallhanging and have the full top almost completed. Just need to sew down the applique. Here's the photo work in progress with borders. Goal 3 - Half way done, I watched half of the Kim Brunner dvd and then got sidetracked from bulletin board conversations that another dvd was better for beginner long arm quilters so I ordered that one to start with first.
Goal 4 - Thank you card completed and ready for mailing.
Clean computer room - done on Friday and disorganized by Sunday :-)
Buttefly Before and After
Hard to believe here are the before and afters of our butterfly journey that started with an egg on August 22nd is now the most beautiful butterfly on September 14th.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
I used painters tape to adhere the pieces. This is still tacky enough to keep the paper and fusible web with paper sides up. However, you still need to be careful taking it off, it can rip the pattern.
Of course, I turned my back this morning and I have a visitor. The monarch has emerged. The other two cocoons are about to hatch as well. Once they start moving around I'll get a better photo. For now, I don't want to disturb them while it is drying it's wings. I hope I can catch one of them emerging from the cocoon.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Here are the steps I took for the card. I combined the steps into one photo and labeled them for quick reference. A - I created the origami flower block. B - I taped (using the very strong red line double sided tape) some free form cut leaves out of scrap. C - I added tape to all pieces. Printed out a Card that just said thanks you in open black lined letters. D - Colored in the "thank you" with the recent markers I purchased. They color so nicely!! Bow, I must say I was nervous about staying within the line when I was coloring :-)
We moved the cocoons to the netted cage in preparation for their arrival. The caterpillars and cocoons were in a Glad plastic container with air holes. All we did was place two Velcro circles on the lid and adhered it to the netting cage without disturbing the cocoons. It worked great. Here's a better photo of the cocoons. I think you can see the wings inside. And finally, we have one last caterpillar ready to change. It's in it's own container. Here it is I swear looking at it's reflection LOL.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Goal 1 - I want to finish the memory quilt top for my friend. Once I get the last corner finished, I'll place it on top of the backing and make my quilt sandwhich and then it's on to stitching in the ditch. Pretty easy.
Goal 2 - Pull out the halloween wall hanging and get started. If not, another holiday will be upon me and I didn't get the holiday wall hanging completed in time.
Goal 3 - Finish watching my new quilting DVD from Kim Brunner
Goal 4 - Create a Thank-you card for a quilting friend. Of course it will have to be quilting themed.
Whew... just a few goals, nothing too hard. I also have one non crafting goal. Clean my computer/sewing room. it's amazing how disorganized one can get in a week. Several packages just sitting on the floor, stash fabric disorganized because I was in a hurry to find something, etc.
This week I was looking for inspiration on organization and craft rooms and stumbled upon this webpage that had a ton of peoples craft room photos. I hope you enjoy the examples as much as I did.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I have a couple new additions to my crafting supplies. There's always some new item that catches my eye.
First, I bought my first set of Prismacolor markers. These are especially useful in coloring in black outlined stamps which I like to use on cardmaking.
Here's a great overview on craftcritique blog. Of course, I had to get them one sale. I used my favorite Michaels craft store 40% off coupon.
New Quilting DVD - I also received my new instructional quilting DVD that I've been hearing a lot about on the quilting bulletin boards I monitory. I was able to review the first chapter and it is very informational. It's called "Machine Quilting for Beginners" by Kim Brunner.
It covers the basics of making sure your quilt is on the frame straight, etc. I definitely need this to get moving on using the sewing machine and frame more. Here's a photo of the cover of the DVD in case you are interested.
Finally, we are still waiting for our Monarchs to emerge. Their cocoons are sooo green and if you can see on the details for the photo below, you will see the gold seal on their cocoon with the gold dots on the bottom. Possibly you might be able to click on the detail in this photo. Sometimes the blogger links to details don't work for me. Hope you enjoy!
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by 9/11. We will never forget.