Happy New Year

I’ve finally done some things in the sewing world to blog about! In the first picture you’ll see I had “help” finishing my third quilt, another charity quilt. This is Casper, one of my two cats.

Quilting Helper

Here’s the third quilt ready to come off the longarm.

Third Quilt Quilted

Here’s the fourth quilt, another charity quilt (do you see a theme?) with some quilting started in the borders.

4th Charity Quilt

Last, I received a thread catcher from a gift exchange at work and doesn’t it look cheerful? Much better than the plastic bags I taped up with blue painters tape. Of course the sewing desk is much less cluttered than it usually is since I cleaned it up for the picture 🙂

Thread Catcher 2

 

Webbing the Top

I am “webbing the top” ala Bonnie Hunter. Directions can be found on Bonnie’s website here. I’ve sewn the first three blocks of each row together and what you see here is the 4th block turned rightside down on top of the 3rd block. It gets a bit unwieldy but I’m having no trouble at all keeping the blocks in order and orientated the correct way. You have to fan fold the rows to get them stacked together to move to them to the sewing machine.

Webbing the Top 2

 

You might see where the thread (look at the green mat) is holding the rows together in this picture.

Webbing the Top

As you can see I’ve decided to go with the blue & red blocks as they are 🙂 I have a bunch of the 1 1/2 strips left and am thinking about sewing some court house step log cabin blocks as a leader/ender project next.

Log Cabin Blocks

I have 10 more light/dark blue log cabin blocks to finish but wanted to see how the red/blue blocks looked as a border. I’m not sure I’m happy with them…… I only had a few red shirts so I used the large orange/red plaid and don’t like the look.  We’ll see what I decide to do shortly 🙂

Log Cabin Layout

I do like the light/dark blue blocks….a lot!!!

Recyled Cabin Blocks

More Quilting

I finished my second charity quilt and it’s ready to be trimmed. I’ll need lots more practice before I get anywhere close to even stitches since I don’t have a stitch regulator but the quilting is functional.  It’s amazing how fast it is to quilt these small quilts.

Second Quilting Project

And a few close up shots to see my first attempt at free hand quilting other than meandering.

Detail of Quilting 1

Detail of Quilting 2

And my third quilt, another charity quilt is loaded and ready to go!!!

Third Quilting Job