Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dear Jane-again

Two more done, On the left is D-8 Dee Dee's Delight and the
one on the right is E-10 Five & Dime.
I really like the applique blocks the best because I can take them with me really easily and work on them anywhere. So fun!!!
The next two are going to be these!!

I love this fabric, so fun!!!

Have a great week, Happy Quilting and keep those needles sharp!! Martha

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What I'm working on

The background
A little needle felted piece
Trying to figure out where to place it
and stitched
and cut
and ready to stitch in to place-notice that I have a little inspector.
I like it-more later!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wind in the Willows

I was asked to donate an item for a fund raiser at the beginning of this week. So I started this on Tuesday and finished it up yesterday, the fund raiser is tonight!!!

This is a gorgeous  piece of silk, quilted with YLI 100wt silk thread. The batting is Quilters Dream Cotton on the bottom and Wool on the top!!! I love their wool, it is FABULOUS!!!

First I drew ou the spines for the feathers, layered, and pinned
You can see the spines better on this one
Then quilted the feathers. Here I am testing the frame I am
planning on using for this piece.
I cannot resist shading with Crayola Crayons!!!
Not the best light to show you but you can get the idea of
what I am doing.
And now for some small stippling.
I like to stipple. I think it is great for background work and really
allows the feathers to pop out!! 
Almost done!! YAY!!!
Finished-Friday night!!!

Close Up
Saturday morning. I did a little more coloring and then heat
set it with a hot iron and a pressing cloth to protect both the
iron and the quilt.
I'm please and I'm hoping it brings in a few dollars for the

Take Care, Happy Quilting, and keep those seam rippers sharp!!! Later-Martha

Monday, February 2, 2015

CandyLand Quilted Postcard

I'm in two postcard swaps now!!! Oh My Goodness!!! The theme in the new group for January was a childrens game, so I decided to do CandyLand!!!

I actually used one of the game pieces to stamp the postcard and now he will be blackened forever!!! What will the grandchildren say???!!! :^0

The postcard is on its way to England as I write this!!! I don't know if they have CandyLand there!!

Take care friends, Happy Quilting and keep those scissors sharp!! Martha

Sunday, January 25, 2015

More Quilted Postcards

 I've been making quilted postcards for my Etsy store and for the postcard exchange groups I belong to. Lots of fun to make these little gems!!!

I bought this little frame (4" X 6") and the postcards fit perfectly in them!!! Great for a gift :^)

I've got a few more in the works too!!!

Happy Quilting friends, Take care and keep those scissors sharp!!! Martha

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge-Heart Pillow

So I decided to participate in QuiltShopGal's (SewCalGal) 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. It will be a year of pillows!!!

I chose to do option #3, the center heart designed by Luann Kessi. I just finished this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. maybe some of you would like to join in the fun? There still is time to do it and you will learn tons!!!!

So, here is a photo tutorial of my steps. I did sketch out the heart before I did it on the machine and referred back to Luann's drawing a lot!!!

Fabric cut to 20" for a 16" pillow
Using a Frixion pen, draw out the 16" pillow outline and then
trace the heart I cut out, centered.
All done with the tracing
Draw my feathers spines
Lay out the backing and tape
Layer my favorite battings-Quilters Dream Wool and Cotton
I used this stencil for the background

I used both Aurifil and Coats and Clark thread for the quilting
All marked and ready to pin and quilt
The quilting begins

This background was really easy to quilt.

quilting done
This is my backing fabric. I cut two pieces, Made
hems on both, then.....
I made little sleeves to sew on the back of each back. This
pillow top is going to be a gift, so with the little sleeves, the
new owner can hang it on the wall if they prefer a wall
Edges presses and then sewn to the backs below.

All sewn and ready to construct 
Using my Frixion pen, I drew a 16" square on the
front of the pillow top, centering the heart. Then
I stitched 1/8" inside that line so when I
trimmed the top the quilting stitches wouldn't
come out.
All trimmed
Backing layered and pinned
First edge sewn
I saw a program by Nancy ZiemanNancy Zieman
recently where she folded the sewn seam down
to help get better corners.  So I tried it.
All edges sewn
Corners cut, then I turned it right side out, pressed gently,
My cute little pillow top/wall hanging is finished
and the corners look great!!

I love it and I am looking forward to next months challenge. I will be making another pillow to go with this one. The identical fabric is cut and ready to go!!!

Take care, Happy Quilting and join in the fun if you can!!! Martha