Spring flowers - a picture post
Sunday, March 1, 2015
I'm finally posting on a baby girl quilt I made last year. The baby was born and the gift has been given.
I had so much fun picking out the fabrics.
It was my first quilt made out of all half square triangles. I cut the squares and then randomly sewed them together with a diagonal seam and then cut them in half.
I got a new quilting tool to help with squaring them up. I love it. So much easier to trim two sides before I pressed them open and then have to trim all four sides.
And it's all sewn together.
I'm still working on my machine quilting, and this was a perfect project for it since I could do straight lines. I put the backing on the floor.....
...and spray basted all three layers together.
I quilted a quarter of an inch from each seam.
Love the polka dot binding.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Since machine quilting the potholders went smoothly, I started on the Christmas table runners that I wrote about earlier.
I put the fabric backing down on some newspaper so I could use the basting spray and not get it all over the floor.
I had done a lot of reading about basting quilts and decided to use basting spray instead of pinning the layers together. I lightly sprayed the backing fabric and then put down the batting, making sure it was smooth.
Next was the top.
And I ended up with a quilt sandwich.
Another quilting tip that I found in my research was to use masking tape instead of using a marking pencil for the lines.
I used that for a while and then switched to painter's tape which is less tacky. I used my walking foot to sew and just followed along the edge of the tape, and I ended up with a perfectly straight line.
And just one time I sewed on the wrong side of the tape and the spacing was off. :-)
I quilted each table runner with a different degree of angles.
One of the finished projects.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
We haven't had much snow so far this season, but that all changed yesterday.
|10 p.m. on Jan. 31|
And I woke up to this today. What a beautiful sight!
|10 a.m. on Feb. 1|
|This was out in the middle of the backyard this morning, and it's still snowing. There could be another couple inches before it's done.|
The wind picked up today so it's really blowing around. I haven't lost any tree branches so that's good.
Even the birds are staying away today.