Sunday, January 22, 2012

Road to California

My new work in progress. A fat quarter bag made after the Fat Quarter Bag Class with Linda McGehee. I enjoyed the class, and learned two new zipper techniques, which is exciting. The bags we made for the class were from a kit, so we didn't get to pick our fabrics. When I got home, I immediately started another bag (see above) made from the fabrics I picked up at the show.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chains of Hope Class

 My chains are red, background blue. I really liked the rainbow pattern from the original, but I didn't have enough variety in my stash to do it, especially the black and whites - which I'm sorely lacking.
The teacher's display

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Grace Sturdy Lite Machine Quilting Frame

Not too far down the road, I'm looking at maybe investing in a quilting frame. I am interested in the Grace Sturdy Lite Machine Quilting Frame, most obviously, because of the price. It's definitely well within the affordable category, and I can see how much more prolific I could be if the whole pinning on my kitchen floor and fighting with the quilt balled up in my machine process could be avoided...
Thoughts? Anyone use/own one of these before? Any other similarly priced alternatives? I've still got to buy my sewing table, but this is definitely on my list.

QAYG

Once my friends start having kids, I have a feeling this is going to be a very easy go-to method for making little blankets to bring to baby showers :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Do You Live in Baltimore?

If so, and you enjoy quilting with modern fabrics, then consider joining the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. I recently joined the sister branch in DC, and I really enjoyed going to my first event. I love the concept of online guilds where people can interact a lot more often than a once a month traditional guild meeting. We organize events, but the online function gives us far more opportunities to reach out and share photos, ideas, or ask for advice :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Fabric!

Ordered some awesome new solid fabric from Connecting Threads
Got some fat-eighth sampler packs, a bunch of fat quarters, and 2 yards each of black and white for background fabric. At $3.96 a yard, these gorgeous colors are so worth it!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Borders!

I finally got some sewing done! I added borders on my applique practice quilt. If you recall I was just making this quilt as a way to practice applique. I just plan to use it as a lap quilt for watching tv with the kitty. I added some borders from my favorite polka dot fabric. 
I think it looks pretty good for what it is. Now if I could only find my batting I could keep going... grrr moving really throws everything off! Oh well, at least I got some sewing done.
Yesterday I went to two quilt shops in Virginia to pick up patterns for the two classes I'm taking. I went to The Artful Quilter to pick up my pattern and materials for the Sophia Carry-All. I saw the sample and it's absolutely adorable! Plus it has a lot of new techniques for me. Adding a covered zipper, adding piping, and working with 3 types of interfacing I've never used before. Should be a great, challenging class.
Then I went to the Quilt Patch in Fairfax, VA. I got the book that we will be working from, and wandered around. I was going to allow myself to buy some fabric, but I didn't really see anything that grabbed me. I had liked some of the fabric at The Artful Quilter, but I may visit a few Maryland quilt shops to see if I like anything better for my carry-all bag.