Monday, August 25, 2014

Churn Dash Update

I spent the weekend hand quilting the Churn Dash baby quilt. I think it's turning out well, and there's a sense of satisfaction to quilt by hand. We watch a little t.v., and in no time I'm another block down. Six blocks down now. I'll finish it up tonight, I hope.

I chose a bright scarlet Kona cotton for the backing, which shows off the hand quilting. I might need to add some X's in between the churn dashes.

I found an excellent online source for machine quilting.  The Free Motion Quilting ProjectAwesome and amazing, Leah Day! (She has classes over on Craftsy, and I've heard good things about them.) I watched several tutorials, and found there were things I could do to make my home machine set-up run smoother.

Magic Bobbin Genie  Here's a neat little YouTube explaining this little wonder. On order.

Also, I've ordered Teflon oven mats. Teflon Oven Liners 17"x25" Two of these is $16.79, and I'm hoping they work as well as the brand name Supreme Slider Teflon mats. These are MUCH cheaper. I'll let you know how it goes.

So, while I wait on some new gadgetry, I happened to spy some new fabric in the local quilt shop. You see, I had to go within a few miles of the shop to buy some barley seed we're trying for animal fodder, and I just thought I should stop by while I was in the neighborhood, you know? Look what I found!

Oh, my gosh! It's too cute, and I'm not normally a sucker for cutesy stuff. I'm seeing a charming baby quilt--Yes, I need to do another one, as a matter of fact, and it's another boy. Something a little more modern here, and I think the pattern should be too. I'm planning a pattern specifically to do some neat new machine quilting ideas. I saw this book at the library today, and lots of ideas just popped out. Not necessarily machine quilting, but continuous line doodling is what I'm after.

So many ideas, and so little time. Whew! The Doxie girls are waiting for their dinner, and ours is nearly ready, too. A few minutes left to squeeze in some sewing time.

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

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