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I went to our beach house over the weekend and brought home five charity quilts to put on the longarm - it is free quilting for them right now and practice for me.
The quilt I did yesterday was the first one I have ever done from the back side. Or at least I think the whole piece was supposed to be the back and the pieced one was supposed to be the front ...
Anyway, I had decided to do meandering on this group so I could get in some consistent practice. My goal is to
This is a small quilt - 26" x 26". It has a 10" center appliqued block and 42 hourglass blocks that surround it.
I quilted this on my longarm machine and learned a valuable lesson about pressing the quilt top first.
I had a lot of difficulty quilting (small meandering) in the area where the hourglass blocks joined each other. If I went over the corner where they all converged, my machine lugged down and the stitches were small. If I went around them,
While at our beach house this past weekend, I went to the local quilt shop in search of some black/white fabrics to finish a project that I wanted to do for the local library. The block I am making is from "Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 4" magazine. I have three made for a wall hanging and need to finish the assembly and do the hand work.
It's always a nice time to visit with the owner who has become a good friend and to do some show and tell.
While I was showing
I had a lovely day today wandering around the quilt show at the Expo Center. There were over 200 beautiful quilts on display and dozens of vendors.
I went with some new friends from the local quilt shop - nothing like five quilting ladies crammed into one car for a road trip to the quilt show.
We had a great time and spent almost all day there. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband who had the day off and still was happy to let me go do my own thing - what a great
We have a house at the beach (Oregon) and I was able to spend most of the past week there with my husband (he is recuperating from elbow surgery).
We went to the local library and when I walked in I was surprised to see a quilt that I had made and donated to a local charity hanging on the wall. The librarian asked me to sign the label that was put on the back - so my name and the name of my longarm friend now grace the back of this quilt.
I have made a raffle quilt!!!
An Easy Way to Square-up Quilt Blocks
If you receive -- or make -- a block that isn't quite large enough, try pressing it first to see if it grows a bit, since blocks are usually too small, not too large.
If that won't quite do it, or if the patches on the outer edges of the block are a bit skewed or uneven, use this freezer paper method to prep the square up the block for sewing. Gridded freezer paper makes the job easier, but you can work with plain freezer paper if that's what you