Archive for August, 2009

Machine Quilting on my New Machine

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

I recently tried doing some machine quilting on my new sewing machine for the first time. I had bought a walking foot for it when I bought the machine, so it just took a little time to attach that, and I was ready to go. So far, I’m very happy with the results! It feels similar to machine quilting on Marty’s machine, and the ‘stop with needle down’ function is very handy. (Unfortunately, my new sewing machine did not come with Grandparent Babysitters who will play with the boys and allow for long periods of uninterrupted quilting – bummer!) I’ve just been quilting in the ditch on a Project Which Cannot Be Revealed to Some Crackpots at this Time so far. I haven’t tried any free motion quilting. My machine does allow you to lower the feed dogs but it doesn’t come with the presser foot for free motion quilting, and I didn’t buy one, so that will wait for some other day when I’m feeling ambitious.

Crackpot Quiltfest 2009

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

The annual Crackpot Quiltfest was held in the traditional locale during the second week in July. On the advice from our kid quilt expert, Nancy, we chose to do the Chinese Coins pattern using our usual bright pallet. The pattern was so easy and we were having so much fun that we assembled enough pieced strips for two crib-size quilt tops. Since last year’s top is still in Ann’s UFO stash, we decided this year to send the assembled tops to Quiltmaker to be finished and sent on to Project Linus. Ann did succeed in finishing the tops and (drum roll, please!) here they are!!

Summer Baby Quilts

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I finished both of the quilts for friends who had baby boys this summer. I’ve already given the star quilt to its recipient. I’m hoping to get a better picture of the Sailboat Quilt to send in to Quiltmaker!