Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quilting as I go.


The Quilt as You Go project, "Cathedral" is coming along. Most of the blocks are made.


It took me awhile to decide on a quilt pattern but I finally came up with stippling.


I had bought the stencil when I first started to learn free motion machine quilting. Well, I never got the hang of FMQ and the stencil lay in my quilt tools for two years.

I was piecing more blocks and thinking about a quilt pattern when my mind had a duh moment. "The pattern name is Cathedral and the blocks look like windows so why not stipple stitch to make them look like stained glass?"  Perfect, but it is going to take some time. That is ok because the quilt is for me and Winter is far away for us Floridians.



I am still machine quilting my mothers' quilt. 3/4 done then bind.

I received a nice surprise this week. A Hospice volunteer made this bear out of my deceased husbands flannel shirt.


Doesn't he have the sweetest face?




My company has left so I am off to catch up on laundry and housework.



Debbie
 
 
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cathedral

Cathedral Quilt Begins
 

This is my next quilt. The pattern is called Cathedral and is from Villa Rosa Designs. I chose Masion Bleue fabric collection.


The pattern calls for piecing but I felt it would be a great Quilt As You Go quilt so I gave it a shot.
 

 
I made six of the rectangles, now I have to figure out how to quilt them. Machine or Hand quilting? Squares, swirls, outline, what?  If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments. I am open.
 
The nice thing about QAG is you quilt each block then put the quilt together and add the backing.  Bind, label and you are done. It can get addicting.
 
 
Remember my mom's quilt? I intended to hand quilt a butterfly in each flowered square and machine quilt the rest with a serpentine stitch but the fabric is to busy. Twice I have had to rip out a row of stitching because the bobbin thread ran out half way through. I finally had to set it aside and start the Cathedral quilt. I will get back to mom's quilt in a day or two.
 
Debbie
 



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Family and Memories

 
Spring in Florida brings Spring Breakers to town. Normally this is not a problem for me as I do not hit the beach until after Easter. This year however family has decided to visit. Mostly to see my mother who has just been diagnosed with cancer. The last group arrived on Saturday and are staying with me. This means sewing and quilting has been very limited.
 
Tebow usually spends time sleeping on the sofa and snuggling with my late husbands lap blanket but with all the company he has had to share or sleep on the floor.
 

 
I have started the machine quilting on my mom's quilt. I am quilting across in a serpentine stitch. Then I will hand quilt a butterfly (her choice) in the center block.
 

I bought this top from Ebay for less than $20.00 including shipping because it was in the fabric my mom loved and I was not able to find this 1980s fabric anywhere. I discovered while machine quilting how uneven and poorly constructed it was.

 
Mom loves the fabric and she is ok with it so I am too. I was making it for her to use when napping in her recliner. As I stated above she has recently been diagnosed with cancer of the lung which spread to her eye so it will now be a chemo quilt.
 
As soon as I get the machine part done I will start my next Quilt As You Go project. I like to have a machine and hand quilting quilt going at the same time so I can switch off when my fingers get sore.
 
 

One year ago Good Friday morning the love of my life died after a three year battle. That morning these Angels trumpet bloomed. He had started this plant from a twig several months before.  When I saw these blooms that morning I cried tears of joy because I felt this was my sign from God that there was truly resurrection for everyone who believes and Jim believed in Christ as his Savior.
 
Happy Easter My Friends.
Debbie