Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Finished Barn Quilt

I'm finally getting around to posting about my finished barn quilt, although it has been hanging on my wall for over a month. Life gets busy!

I really like how this turned out, I love my barns! I've been wanting to make this for a while, I'm so glad it is finished!

Here it is on my sewing table, the quilting all finished. I did a large cross hatch on the middle,

and a small cross hatch around the outside. I don't know why this picture came up sideways, it looks right on my computer. Spooky!

The back makes me smile! My son went to a garage sale, and brought me home a big tote of fabric that he got for $5. In it was this blue and white ticking with cows! What a perfect back for my little wall hanging!

Here it is! I came up with a new way to hang quilts on my wall so I don't have to keep putting new holes in it every time I change what is hanging there. What do you think?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Things I love about my Horizon 8900

I was in a sewing machine store the other day, poking around. Ya have to stay on top of things so ya know what's out there, right?

Whew, thankfully I did NOT find anything I liked better than my own machine here at home.  I decided to write a post about why I like my machine so much.

One of the first things that comes to mind is how easy it is to change the walking feet (Acufeed is what Janome calls it). The bigger part of the foot that has the actual upper feed dogs on it stays in the machine, and I can just slide the feet on and off to change between the regular foot, 1/4 ", open toe or stitch in the ditch foot. Handy dandy!

Also, I like how it has buttons on the front that take me right to my favorite stitches. When I put on my 1/4" foot, I just push a button and it moves my needle to the correct position and lowers my stitch length to 1.8.

I like the choices of FMQ feet that came with my machine. Not only does it have the set of three feet with the open or closed toed metal feet and the clear dish shaped foot,

it also has a hopping foot. There are times when that just works better!

I'm happy to be able to change the plate without getting out my screw driver! I just push this little lever and it pops the plate up, then I can clean or change to the single hole plate or whatever I need to do and just snap the plate back in place.

I like this big foot pedal, it doesn't creep away from me like my smaller one did.

I like that the needle position is so easy to adjust and that it changes in very small increments so you can get it exactly where you want it. I like how solid my machine feels and that it sews 1000 spm, but I can set the speed so it won't go that fast when I don't want it to! There are all kinds of little things that I don't even think about until I sit in front of another machine, and then I think, "What, no needle threader or thread cutter???"

Friday, July 11, 2014

Barn Quilt Top

I'm finished with the top for my Barn Quilt-OK, obviously not a quilt, but a wall hanging.
When I saw the fabric I used for the border, I knew it was made for my barn quilt, doesn't it make you think "Barn!"?

The blue gingham just makes me happy and I wanted something between the barn border and the blocks so the reds weren't all next to each other.
Now the final dilemma. How do I quilt it? I laid out some thread like I'm doing a diagonal cross hatch, but I'm not sure. My FMQ is mostly feathers and flowers and swirls, not what I want this time! What do you think?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Barn Quilt Blocks

I'm so excited to show you what I've been working on - no not my laundry or anything like that. I have designed my own barn quilt blocks! Let me tell you how this came about.
Lori Holt, over at Bee In My Bonnet was my inspiration, she designed some barn blocks and had a sew along. I loved the idea, but I wanted my barns to look a little different. It stuck in the back of my brain until I finally got around to sketching something out one day...
I wanted another view of the barn, so...
Now I had a side view and a front view. I made up one of each of the blocks. I loved that first one, but the second one just wasn't right.
 It just looks boring and I decided the brown just wasn't right. So I decided to change the door and try to applique a roof on...
That was much better, but I didn't like how the roof was kind of wobbly looking. Argh.
EQ7 to the rescue! I entered both of my blocks in my program so I could print out foundation pieces to sew together. What do you think?
Here is the other block. I really like how they turned out! I made two of each and kept the wobbly roofed one to make into a pillow for my couch.
I made a mirror version of this block. I'm going to put them in a square with sashing and corner blocks...
I made this mess in my sewing room. I needed some red vines to tide me through the frustrating parts, but when I made the last block it only took 1 1/2 hours from when I printed the foundation pieces until I picked off the paper and pressed my finished block! Whew, just wait, I think I'm gonna like this one!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I want a billboard...

I want a billboard that says this in my sewing room!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Little White Machine

Whew, haven't been here for a little while. You may have thought I had fallen off the face of the earth, but no, I just went to China.  And then I got distracted with many projects that don't happen to be in my sewing room...

But I did find this cute little machine at a garage sale! I know it's not white, but it is a White :)

Unfortunately, although it runs, it has some problems that I have no idea what to do with. Sigh. No time to research it now, so I'll set it aside and see if I ever get back to it, lol.

I have some projects in mind, I hope I don't have to wait too long before I get going on them! Ya gotta love summer, right?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Quilty Smile

It works, I know where everything is, but YOU try to find something!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Sewing Room

I just thought I would share where I put things in my sewing room. I love getting ideas from others, so if you want to peek in my room, come on in!

I copied this idea from Ruth Ann's sewing room. It is so handy to have my rulers hanging on the side of my cutting table! They are always right where I can grab them.

I have peg board in one corner. It is great for holding patterns and odds and ends..

Thread - thread - thread

I love this magnetic knife holder from Ikea! It was about $10, and it is hanging on the wall right behind me when I am standing at my cutting table.

This is from the dollar store for marking pens, a stylus, tweezers and every long skinny thing that I need to grab sometimes...

This ice cube tray is handy-dandy for holding the feet that I use most often for my sewing machine!

I have a quilt on the wall that my great grandmother made. I put things on it so they don't fall into the "out of sight, out of mind" category...

I have a drawer for my fat quarters...

And last but not least, closet shelves. Scraps are put into clear shoe boxes, sorted by colors.

I'm not sure how it happens, with all of these places to put things. How does my sewing room get messy so fast? Somebody should clean that up!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Quilty Smile



Where are my glasses?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

From Quilt block to Pillow!

Do you like my new pillow? I want you to know I didn't buy a single thing specifically for this pillow - it is made from things I bought a while ago "just because ".

If you want to make one, first you have to have a talented friend who designs a really great block and invites you to try it with her. Then you also need some cute fabric and a pillow form (mine is from Ikea).

I added a border so it would fit the pillow form. The pillow form has these wiggly lines all over it, and you could see the lines through my block (eek!), so I put some quilt batting behind the block, and that did the trick!

I put the pillow on my couch, but with people in and out and messin' with things, I'm sure I will sometimes be looking at the back of it. Luckily, that fabric makes the back almost as cute as the front!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Quilty Smile

You're not wanting attention or anything, are you?

Monday, April 28, 2014

More Zig Zag

I'm in a quilt group of wonderful ladies! We all live in the same neighborhood, and we get together about once a month. Our wonderful friend gets us all going on a project and then we make it our own with little adjustments and changes...just to give her a few headaches trying to help us if we get into trouble!

We are all working on some form of the quilt I call my Zig Zag quilt. Ruth Ann made a tiny little sample quilt to give us an idea of what she had in mind (she makes the most beautiful miniature quilts!).

Did you know that if you have a square quilt with just the diagonal rows sewn together you can freak yourself out for no reason when you lay out all the rows and it looks like a parallelogram?

But once you get all those rows sewn together is is the right shape!

Some of the ladies decided to sew their quilts with rows of the same colored zig zag...

Lookin' good!

Ruth Ann is so patient to help us figure out our individual challenges! Alisa wants to do a piano key border - what would we do without our expert?

I had to go and decide to make mine for a Queen sized bed, I hope I can quilt it! I forgot to take a picture of mine until I got home...

Borders are next!

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