Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Farm.Quilt.Homeshool.


Today is the 20th of December and Christmas is right around the corner. We have been so busy around with our animals, quilting and homeschooling.
The Cat  below (Milo) was gone for 3 days on a male cat hiatus. So he was just neutered and we hope that he stays closer to home from here on out. Truthfully I think he was trapped in a sheep house about a mile down the road.
If you are wondering that is a Coon Hound next to him in the chair his name is Whiskers.

 Below is Bella she is our Mother Guinea Pig
 Here is the whole lot of the Guinea tribe. Mom, Dad and 6 Piglets. The Chickens love to help the pigs out with their scraps. 
I love Chickens
And Yes that Handsome man is my Husband. I am very lucky to have such an amazing husband that supports anything I do. Including non-stop Quilting.

The pigs below are the Kune Kune Piglets they are a smaller pig than the Guinea. So farm life always comes with loss as well as new life.  We lost 5 of their siblings due to being crushed in the night by the boar. This is common, but since then we have built a bigger better hut. I still worry about them so these girls have their own mud room in the house for now. They come in every night. Hopefully not too much longer. I'm begging to feel like we have pigs for pets.
Now to the inside.
This quilt has been pieced and designed by my Modern Quilt Guild. It will be displayed at Quilt Con 2018. It is currently on the frame and almost done. So keep a look out for a post on the quilting coming soon.

 In between each quilt I clean up my sewing room. Below is my 17 year old dog (Ruby) she is my shadow and my sweet heart. I have had her for 15 of those years.

 Then I decided I needed to rearrange and make a new easy to reach ironing mat.

 This is my design table and fabric wall.
I believe you can never have enough fabric.
Just as long as you keep rotating it.
 With that in mind... I found a huge fabric sale and now I have enough Duck fabric to make new curtains for my whole house.
YES!!!!
The Underwater fabric is for my moms home.
The Damask and Toile are for my home.

100% Cotton on the bolt and in 5 inch squares. The Squares will mostly be used for Cuddly Quilts which is a charity program that I help out with.
That box was $5.00.

Now a look at what we have been doing with our homeschool friends.
We had a get together at Fast Lanes and the boys had a blast.
We bowled with some good friends
 Then Bumper Cars 
 and an indoor rolllercoaster

 With so much going on Wyatt is worn out. .
He currently shares a room with his brother so Wyatt wears ear protection for a good night sleep.
So Cute.

Happy Holidays






Saturday, November 25, 2017

Eagle Quilt

Thanksgiving has just ended and here I sit cider close by ready to get this next post out to you. It has been sitting in my "Unposted" box for a while. With 2 custom quilts on the board all of my other quilts fell behind. So it was a mad dash to get them completed and back to their homes. I am down to 2 quilts then I plan on working on some renovations and my own quilting with some teaching videos to come. The list is long for both.

Take a look at this amazing Eagle quilt below. This quilt was exciting and intimidating all in one. 
This one is definitely a Custom Job.
This custom quilt is no different from any other custom quilt. Which means the designing process took some time. Below it is hanging up ready and waiting to be put on the frame quilted.
 The applique on this quilt was perfect.
 Check out the stitches from the back on the picture below.
 Time to get started. 
Once the quilt is loaded and all flat. I feel that basting the quilt helps to keep tucks to a minimum on the back. 
 Also, this is very helpful when you turn your quilt.
All of the layers stay right where they are supposed to be.
 Many different threads and colors were used. 
 This feather is what finally broke through the designing process for me. 
Four of these feathers were quilted just outside of the center point.
 Once all 4 of them were quilted the rest fell into place.

Then the center circle(above) and the four outer corners were filled with dense swirls.(below)
Each corner has this dome of swirls.
Then the crosshatching was afoot. :) So much crosshatching 
The tools I used: (below)
-an 18" ruler to match up the lines from each side of the quilt. 
-a purple disappearing marker (which worked great)



Working outward from the center. Making sure that the crosshatching matched up.
More like praying. 

Loose open swirls were quilted under the wings around the whole quilt.
The red wings had double bump feathers. 

The brown parts of the eagle have pointy feathers.


Borders
Straight lines all around in the blue and red I also changed the thread colors.



It's very rare to densely quilt a quilt and not have wavy borders. When you are densely quilting the center of your quilt it will scrunch up. Once you get to the border you will have the same scrunchiness happening. This causes wavy borders. So do many other things but this is the case for this quilt and many others I have quilted dense quilting is the culprit.

How I tackled wavy borders on this quilt?  
First I quilted the stem for the feather which will help secure the border. 

Then(below) I used a wavy line of stitching along the outer edge of the border to grab it just a bit here and there. If you go with a straight line will cause a big pucker at the end of the border. 
The purpose of this wavy line is to help hold down the edges of you border while you quilt your motif. This method will help to keep tucks from happening in the middle of your motif.
My motifs are feathers with stipples on the outer edges. 
Using a dense motif such as stippling or piano keys(straight lines) will help ease in any bulk you may have in your quilt.
Before I remove the quilt from the frame I like to take a good look at all of the stitching to make sure that I have not missed any stitching. This is a must and sometimes I will go over it many times before removing the quilt.
With all of the crosshatching it is very easy to miss a line or 2. So I like to stick a pin in the spots that need quilting and before I roll the quilt again, I will make sure to quilt the pinned spot.
This quilt was a ton of fun to quilt and learn new quilting skills.
I find with each quilt I learn something new. 
Learning is Growing and without growth we become stagnate.
So keep Learning and Growing.
Without Change we will never Grow. So step out of you comfort zone and do something new.
This quilt was way outside of my comfort zone and it helped me to become a better quilter.






Thank You,
Sandra
for sending your quilt to me and being so patient. 


My little Angel