January 11, 2014 – A new quilt begins

Earlier this week, I decided to put Dr Seuss on hold so I can practice some free motion quilting (FMQ) so I can FMQ some of the Dr Seuss quilt. I really hate practicing on small squares though; I find that I do better with a larger project, so I started putting together the practice quilt for the Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 1 class from Craftsy.com.

Practice Quilt

This is a pretty easy quilt so far (I’m pretty sure that’s the whole point, anyway) and the cost wasn’t too bad – about $50 total. So I might just make a couple more to practice on as well. These are all solid colors, obviously, and I’m using Kona cottons. But next time I might try ordering some Moda Bella solids to see how I like them – I’ve never tried them and I would like to give them a shot. I like Kona, and it’s a good quality but I’ve heard that Bella is a bit better. I’m going to use white thread to quilt with I think … I think white will show up better than black across all the colors.

The last couple days

I’ve not been in the studio the last couple of days because I was in a course for work, and by the time I got home last night, it was after 7 pm and I still had some “homework” to do, and then tonight I went to dinner with my husband and son. The course was a real brain drain, but everything should be back to normal tomorrow.

On Wednesday, though, I decided to put aside the Dr Seuss quilt for a little while and start piecing the practice quilt for the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers vol. 1. I began cutting pieces out for it and realized that I’d already cut one of the fabrics up – and each piece is one inch too small. And I seem to have misplaced some fabrics, so I need to get in there and see if I can find everything so I can do this quilt.

Tomorrow, hopefully, I will be able to get back to the practice quilt piecing and post some photos of my progress by the end of the day.

January 6th, 2014

Today, I went and bought some premium quality muslin to use for the backing of the Dr Suess quilt. Right now it’s clamped down to one of my cutting tables while the batting relaxes on top.

Relaxing quilt batting ... ahhh, this is the life!

Relaxing quilt batting … ahhh, this is the life!

I’ve been DYING to try out this method of pin basting – I hate getting on the floor to lay out my quilts, because it hurts my knees so badly, I end up rushing through the process. I saw this on a Craftsy class last week, so now of course I have to try it. I’ll post some photos of the process once I have it all figured out. This particular batting is 100% cotton made by Mountain Mist. To me, it seems really thin, but there is no scrim which might play a part in that. I’m not sure if I’ll like it but I figured you know, I already opened it, it’s laid out … why not just try it out? So I will … tomorrow.

While I’m waiting for the batting to relax (till tomorrow after work) I may start to cut out pieces for the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers. Leah Day is teaching the class, and I’ve watched some of the lessons and tried out the designs, but I found after a few tries that I do better with a larger quilt sandwich than I do with little squares. Of course, my first try WILL be on little squares, but after a practice session I intend to try out the designs on the practice quilt. I don’t expect great results, but results that don’t make me want to burn the quilt will be acceptable. 😀

But then again, I’m pretty tired and I have to work tomorrow, so I might just relax and try to get some sleep tonight. Insomnia has been killing me lately! /yaaawn

WIP Wednesday

Things are going pretty slow right now, with the wedding and everything, but I have managed to make up all the squares for my Halloween quilt.

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Right now, I’m trimming the tips off the squares that are created when sewing half-square triangles together.

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You’ll notice that I’m pressing the seams open on this quilt, which normally I don’t do. But after reading how Leah Day presses her seams open to prepare for free motion quilting, I thought I’d give it a try.

Also, I’m still rinsing the dye out of the backing for Heather’s quilt, but I’m pretty sure this is the last rinse; by the time you read this, it should hopefully be dry, and ready to sandwich Saturday. I have high hopes because I really am ready to get this quilt done and out the door to its new home. I think the backing is going to be just beautiful; what do you think?

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