Monday, June 29, 2015

A Ruler Work Sampler: The Quilting

Hurrah! I'm quilting again. So happy to start quilting this project. It's a true sampler; the piecing and the quilting. I'm doing a bunch of different designs using rulers to guide my free motion quilting.

a ruler work sampler
Almost all of this quilting was done using a Janome Ruler Foot combo and rulers on my domestic sewing machine.

 I've shared that the piecing was a challenge for me as I am really all about the quilting and I don't normally do a lot of piecing. But I know that most quilters do more piecing than I do so I wanted to make a piece that would be more applicable to typical quilts and show a variety of ruler-based designs.

I was pleasantly pleased with my piecing! Maybe all the quilting blogs I've been reading has rubbed off on me. It's not perfect and there was quite a bit of unsewing on this project, but overall, it turned out pretty well.

I printed out a black and white photo of the top in order to develop a quilting plan. I printed a couple of copies because I knew I'd have several ideas to draw out. A white mechanical chalk fabric pencil works great for marking the dark patches.

A lot of the basic quilting will eventually have detailed background quilting quilting like these circle areas, but first I will finish the basic quilting. The four setting squares are stitched with a faux sashing, turning the 12 inch blocks into 8 inch blocks with 2 inch sashings.

I enjoyed using this little ruler in the faux sashing of this setting block. I have several new rulers I'm trying out and some new non-slip product for the back of my rulers. I don't find that my method of holding the rulers (with my gloved fingers) doesn't allow a lot of slipping, but I'm liking these clear dots for a little extra help.

I'll be doing a giveaway on this product later this week. It's not a new product, but new to me and since I bought and extra pack and they're easy to mail, I thought a give away would be fun.

With any luck and a lot of diligence, I will show the finished product along with the giveaway post. So excited about this quilt!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Pieced Sampler

Squee! I've got my sampler top all done. It may not seem like a big deal, but if you've ever looked at my quilting (or someone better) and thought, "Gee, I don't think I can do that" that's exactly how I feel when it comes to piecing. Especially if it involves a lot of points!

Really, I had planned to do a border or two, but I just don't have time. Done is better than perfect.

Now to piece the back, baste, and get to quilting!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Question for You

I have a question for YOU today and need help with an answer:

Do any of you use a Janome 12000 for free motion quilting AND use the convertible free motion foot set with it? It's my understanding that it has a different free motion setting that uses a different foot, but that the free motion foot set can be used with it too. I will be teaching a class on ruler work where a 12000 is available for me to demo on. They've not used the ruler foot and convertible set on it before.

I'm pretty sure I've had comments where people said they were using the convertible FMQ foot set and the ruler toe. If you are using this machine and feet, are there any special settings to set on the machine?

Here's what I'm working on today: a little applique for the center of my sampler project. Using freezer paper and a bunch of starch to prep the edges.

I'm stitching my butterfly down with YLI's monofilament polyester and a teeny tiny blanket stitch.

I hope somebody can help me with my question and all of you are enjoying the creativity of quilting!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Back to Piecing

We returned from our family reunion trip this past Thursday and aside from some extra laundry, all is back to normal. We had a great time! My husband was able to come this year and our kids were old enough that I wasn't completely exhausted from the mother hen routine. I even got to snuggle my cousin's 5 week-old daughter. This was the first reunion in ages where there was a little baby there and I wasn't completely tied up with my own babies.

We took the kids swimming and for a boat ride into a cave. The cave was blissfully cool!

I'm working on my sampler quilt again and while I thought this block would be the last pieced block, I'm not entirely sure. The center block will be an applique block. I haven't quite decided what though. Maybe a butterfly.

 I did a lot of unsewing and resewing on this block. After I took this picture, I see another spot that needs to be fixed. I always thought that the accurate cutting, preciseness, and attention to alignment of the patches was what turned this "free-spirit" off of piecing, but maybe it's just that the bit of perfectionism in me can't tolerate my mistakes.

But I'm sticking with this project and refusing to be defeated by my points; and there are a lot of them! I played around with the layout and swapped a few blocks around, but there's still one that I don't like.

I'm going to work on the applique block now, before I start a replacement block. In the meantime, look at the above layout and tell me if you think one of these blocks just doesn't work for you. For clarity purposes, let's number them 1-8 starting with the top left block and going clockwise.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Quilts of Spring Mill Village

I am at our annual family reunion this week and I thought I'd share some quilts from the pioneer village in the park. (I am writing this post on my phone during a well-earned break in my room while hubby and the kids are off doing something.

All the tables in the lodge restaurant have skinny little table runners on them! I'm not sure if they were made locally or are something that is mass produced. Our reunion moves around a little from year to year, but Spring Mill near Marshall Indiana is one of our favorites.

But the star of Spring Mill State Park is this pioneer village. Part of the buildings are original to the site and others were moved to the area to preserve them. The time period of the village is from the early 1800's to about 1860.

The water powered grist mill still works and is run every hour on the hour during the park's open hours. (My husband and youngest son are the folks in the picture.) The white that you can see above the water wheel is the water- it was running when I took this.

Several of the cabins have beautiful hand made quilts. I say cabin loosely here as the home pictured above was bigger than my cottage. Above is what I am sure is a newer quilt on an antique all-wooden frame.

Look at this appliqued baby quilt in such a beautiful cradle.

This may have been a rustic log cabin, but it is big and furnished with some gorgeous pieces!

Look at this pineapple quilt! This was in  the "nursery" across from the mill office and residence. It had wall paper over lath and plaster walls.

This is a trundle bed in the same building. On the right is a woven coverlet. Several of the cabins have looms and spinning wheels.

After we walked around the village, it was time to cool off in the creek. It wasn't too hot, but it was very humid! Coming from Virginia, that says a lot. But the creek water was numbingly cold. It didn't slow the kids down a bit. I dabbled my toes in it.

I hope you enjoyed this post; a little different from my usual posts, but I wanted to share these quilts and this park with you until I can get back home to the 'regularly scheduled program'!