Spring Basket Quilt Top

I am finally quilting my Spring Basket Quilt top!  I’ve had the top sewn, pieced and ready to sandwich since July, but I’ve just been busy doing other sewing.  I guess you could say I’ve been procrastinating.  I love sewing and creating, and I love quilting small projects.  It’s just the big ones overwhelm me.  I can see why some of us have many quilt tops done and ready to finish, but just don’t seem to get to them.  This is a gift, so I have to finish it.

This week-end I put 4 large tables together, that we borrowed for a fall get-together we recently had, in the garage.  It was a perfect fall day and being we just had the gathering, the garage was nice and clean.  We will have to have a get-together next time I want to sandwich a quilt.  Anyway, I enlisted the help of my family to finally get the quilt top sandwiched.  It is my first attempt at using spray glue to hold the layers together.  I am sold on this method!  It worked great. I used Warm & White cotton batting.  I made sure my layers were smooth and wrinkle free before I started to sew.  Now I am not getting picked with pins.  I think it may take me a while to get it finished, but I’ve got time.  Happy Quilting!  Kathryn

The quilt top is about 100″ x 130″ and is so heavy!  I wanted to do some fancy stitching, but I’m not sure I will be able to.  I love using my new machine (Janome Horizon 7700) for quilting.  The large throat space is so nice.

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Sewing up a Kitchen – Part 3: Mixer Cover

This week-end I made a cover for the Kitchen-Aid mixer.  I used some of the leftover material from my valances and a green print remnant I had on hand.  I didn’t have a pattern, so I just did what I do best – wing it!  I measured the mixers height, width and length.  I cut a rectangle that was a little wider than my measurement and a little long then the mixer was from one side to the other, because quilting the pieces will shrink up the pieces somewhat.  I also cut 2 more rectangles that were a little bigger than the width and height of the mixer.  I sandwiched my rectangles with a piece of white flannel as the batting and some muslin for the lining, as the inside won’t be shown anyway and then I quilted the pieces with a diagonal cross hatch.  I curved the top of the two rectangles for the front and back of the cover and then I used my sewing machine to serge (or rather overcast, as my machine is not a serger) around all of the pieces.  I love the overcast foot that I got with my new Janome Horizon 7700.  It really does look like I used a real serger.

After a trip to JoAnn’s for some cord to use as piping around, I cut 2 pieces of dark brown to encase the piping in.  One of the ladies at my LQS said she uses a zipper foot to do her piping, but a have a piping foot, so why not use it!  I did and it worked like a charm.  I encased the cord in the brown material, basted it along the edge of my large rectangle, then sewed all layers together.  I used the dark brown material for the binding. This was my first attempt at doing any type of piping and I can’t be prouder of my finished project.  If I had it to do over I think I could have made it a little bit smaller, but I’d rather have it a little large than not big enough.  I will definitely try piping again.  Next time on a pillow.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Summer Hiatus has Ended

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer.   I can’t believe how fast it went by!  School has already started for some and it will soon start for others.  Fall is just around the corner.  I love fall.  It is such a pretty season for us who live in the midwest.  I love watching the leaves turn so many different colors, picking apples at the orchards and going for walks.  Don’t you just love fresh-baked apple and pumpkin pies?  Just another thing I love about fall.

 I know I’ve been gone a while, but I haven’t stopped creating. I’ve been busy all summer enjoying sewing on my new Janome Horizon 7700QCP.  I really can’t stop singing its praises.  What a fantastic machine!  I love the large harp space, fantastic lighting, and everything else about it.  I haven’t had any problems with it except operator error ones.  Just dumb mistakes I made because I was tired or I just wasn’t thinking.  It does happen, sometimes more than I’d like.  Oh well . . . .

Over the next few weeks and months I will be sharing many of my new “creations” with you, as well as what I’ve been reading and doing.  As for “doing”, we’ve been busy trying to fix up our home inside and out.  A new roof was desperately needed, plumbing issues needed to be fixed, as well as the always necessary outdoor and indoor painting.  I’m now not so panicked when it rains and it can snow as much as it wants.  I’ve been doing a little of “my thing” to make our home a little cozier by sewing a few “creations”.   I can’t believe how making small changes here and there can make such a big difference.  I’ve also been busy on other projects which I will be sharing with you along the way.  Anyway, it is good to be back.  Happy Creating!

Spring Basket Quilt – 2nd Purple Block

 I’m so behind in blogging!  I’m just having too much fun sewing.  I am diligently working on my Spring Basket Quilt.  I’ve finished ten blocks of each of the three pink blocks and the one purple block I already posted about.  I’ve also got all ten of today’s block finished.  This block is a muted purple batik print.  I sure hope that all the prints will complement each other in the quilt.

Sewing the blocks on my new Janome is wonderful!  I can’t believe the difference sewing on a good machine makes.  It is so smooth and runs so quietly.  The bells and whistles are nice too. I am getting more proficient in piecing these blocks.  The 1/4″ foot with guide is so nice.  I don’t know how I did without it before.  I also like the fact that I can change the plate from the standard oval hole to a small round hole.  If you are asking why I would want to switch the plate, the smaller hole keeps the tiny ends of my triangles from getting pinched in.  If you are looking for a new machine yourself, I highly recommend this one.  I love the 11″ arm – so much room!  If you have any questions about it, please ask.   Happy Sewing.

Updates and Stitcher’s Garden

I’ve been so busy sewing and having fun with my new sewing machine that I haven’t taken time to post.  I can’t tell you how much I love this machine.  It works like a dream and has so many cool features that make sewing easier and fun.  I am learning more and more every day.  I’ve also gone to a couple of sewing classes, which not only gets me out and involved with others that enjoy what I do, but it also helps me get to know my machine and all it can do too. 

I haven’t neglected my Spring Basket Quilt.  I’ve been working on those quilt blocks too and I will post an update on it soon. 

The first class I went to, other than the individual instruction to get to know how to use my machine, was the Janome MC Club class.  This is a free monthly class for those who own a Memory Craft machine.  Our group consisted of all skill levels of sewers.  This months project was learning to applique with our machines.   She asked us to bring in a store-bought bag to do an applique on.  This project will be another post another day. 

I also joined a group that is working on a BOM project, the Stitcher’s Garden.  As far as I know, the only way you can get the pattern for this quilt is by taking the classes through your LQS.  I went last night and picked up 2 blocks to work on.  I need one more block and I will be caught up with the group.  My instructor didn’t have any more packages ready and has to put one together for me.  I wasn’t the only newbie to the group, which is nice. 

The Stitcher’s Garden is an applique quilt project that uses many different feet and many different decorative stitches on my machine.  Which, is why I decided to join the group.  Besides, it is a beautiful quilt that I wanted to make anyway.  I like the idea that I can work on it slowly over the month and also be learning more and more on my new machine.   The finished quilt is 85″ x 93″.

As you can see, I’ve been busy “playing”.  The best kind of “playing’!  I hope you are having as much fun as I am.  Happy Sewing!