Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quick and Easy Flying Geese Units

I had seen this method of constructing Flying Geese units on various blogs in the past, but it looked way too complicated for me, so I never bothered to give it a try.  However, the directions for a quilt I'm currently working on didn't allow for any other methods, so I had to put on my "big-girl panties" and proceed with this technique.

It works!
And, it's super easy and and quick, and it yields perfectly stitched Flying Geese units with no waste!

Below are step-by-step photos:

Voila, four perfectly-stitched Flying Geese units!

Now I have all kinds of Flying Geese quilts I want to make, including this one!

*Note:  Click here for the link to the directions to make your own"Fast Flying Geese".

Also, Omnigrid makes a set of three 1/2" wide  x 4", 6" and 12" rulers that work great for marking the double stitching lines.  Clear here for the link.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Another Quilt Top for Ronda

I finished stitching this quilt top just in time to take it out for a photo shoot at the college on a beautiful summer evening.  There is something so magical about the lighting at this time of day....

Thanks again, Ronda, it's always a pleasure stitching for you!

Friday, June 17, 2016

T-Shirt Quilt #2 for Jessica

 Jessica discovered a few more of her mother's T-shirts that she wanted turned into another quilt.
There were just enough to make a small throw!  I also incorporated scraps from the infinity scarves we had made to fill in the empty spaces. 

Jessica had me incorporate business cards from her mom's previous businesses into labels for the back of the quilt; I simply scanned them and printed them onto fabric with my inkjet printer as before.  

I usually machine tack my T-shirt quilts with the button stitch on my Bernina, but this time I decided to try a large stipple.  I can't decide which look I prefer, but it's actually quicker to machine quilt a large stipple than it is to do the tacking stitch!  If you do the tacking stitch, you have to clip each and every thread tail which can be tedious and time consuming, especially if you use an invisible thread.  (Trust me, I know!)

Love this backing fabric I found at Good's....  It's has a vintage feel, but the colors are bright and clear enough for the primary colors of T-shirts .  
Fortunately there was enough left over to add into my stash.  :)

And, a polka dot binding in a pretty shade of blue ties everything together!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Scrappy Trip Around the World - The First 25

I had to take this finished Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt top outside for a photo shoot this evening to fall back in love with it.  It is incredibly ugly up close - just UGLY!!  In fact, I seriously contemplated throwing in the towel because I just couldn't stand working with such nasty fabrics.  But, I pressed on, and I'm so glad I did!

This quilt contains scraps from my first 25 years of quilting, as well as fabrics from the cardigan sweatshirts I made to sell back in the 80's (remember them - they were all the rage!!), so this represents about 30 years of my fabric journey.  There are a number of lovely fabrics included in this quilt, but the uglies are what shout the loudest and insist on taking center stage.

But, when you look at it from a distance (natural lighting certainly helps!!), those ugly fabrics come together to make a lovely design!

That applies to our lives too, doesn't it!  All the ugly experiences and not-so-nice happenings can come together and create a lovely life too, if we're willing to take the time to stand back and take another look....

It's hard to explain, but I felt such a need to use these ugly fabrics in one more quilt before moving on.  They represented so many things -  all the sewing projects I worked on before learning to quilt.  That first sampler quilt class I took 25 years ago with Terri Good.  All those quilts I stitched in my early years.  My first apartment in Columbia with plenty of space in the kitchen for sewing space.  My reliable Kenmore sewing machine I bought right after I graduated from college.  Shopping for fabric with my friend Denise.  And on and on the memories go.  

Now that I have this quilt to document my quilting journey, I went through my stash and got rid of all my ugly fabrics, anything I'm no longer in love with, and the fabrics that no longer "spark joy".  Many of them were too ugly to pass on to friends or members of my quilt guild, so I simply took them to my local thrift shop where they will be given a second life.

It's been so meaningful to hit this 25-year milestone, as well as reflect on where my next 25 years of quilting might take me....  I'm looking forward to working with scraps i love!

I'm hoping to finish up this ugly duckling in time for the big Etown fair, but I'm not sure the judges will see its beauty....