Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Maine Quilt Show

This past week I saved up all my quilting time in order to go the the Maine quilt show in Augusta!

Five new greens!
It was a great time!  There were so many gorgeous quilts to peruse and vendors around all four sides of this huge room.  I did a decent job of avoiding all the pretty temptation though.  Only three pieces of fabric came home with me that weren't for a project already in progress!

In addition to a mountain panel, a bouquet of batik flowers, and some small smiling whales... I added five new evergreen fat quarters to my growing Christmas collection.  This set will eventually attract some tan and gold to become my very first holiday wall hanging!

But the real reason I went to the show was because the Gammill dealer for the region was there (and Augusta is a lot closer than the closest showroom!)  My interest in a long arm has been growing and it's time to find opportunities to try some of the brands I am considering.

The table was set a little low for me, so I had a little trouble seeing my stitches past the top of the machine at first.  Then they stopped the computerized head on the other half of the table, which gave me some space to play in, I slowed down (and crouched a little) and I was able to guide the machine into stitching a vine that I'm pretty proud of!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Atoms and Oranges - First Look

July has been crazy!  I've been here, there, and everywhere it seems.  But ever so slowly I've been stitching along, and now I have all the pieces needed to make my twelve blocks (some trimming required).

First row trimmed... and flipped apparently!

Of course the second I had enough pieces made, I had to peek at a block!  Perfect!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fussy Cutting Critters

I put the rainbows aside after finishing the second round of blocks in order to start work on the Scientist baby quilt.  I've been calling this one Atoms and Oranges.  (I may be a dork, but I think it's cute!)

First I cut out some squares and marked them for HST creation.

Then I set to fussy cutting pieces from the Lab Animal fabric.

I made a frame out of a small piece of cardboard to help me find the blocks I wanted.  Then I applied a little masking tape to keep the frame right where it belonged, and before I knew it, I had 11 cute little critters (and 1 block of lab equipment) to build my quilt!

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