Monday, December 29, 2014

Goal Reached and Other Things

I pray everyone had a Merry Christmas. Mine was good. My family came to my  house where we ate, drank and were merry. Afterward we went to Glendale Glitters. It was a really good day.
I actually finished sewing my quilted gifts on Christmas Eve. I wanted to give something quilted AND useful. I settled on these microwave cozies.
Leaning Tower of Cozies
 I made...and gave 37 of them. They were well received. I got the idea from this post and Jenn graciously sent me this tutorial.  Thanks ladies!

I've got my new grandson's quilt top together. It measures 39.75" x 47.5".   I basted it last night and will be quilting it this week. I remember Greta saying, as she was cutting out the triangles w/her Go! Baby Accuquilt Fabric Cutter, how the colors and fabrics reminded her of a "gourmet" Iowa spring day.  So I'm calling this quilt; Iowa Spring Day. Thanks Greta!
 At first I was overwhelmed, not sure how to layout all these colors and fabrics. I finally decided to just alternate dark and light triangles in each row. Eventually I started to run out of lighter colored fabrics but then I remembered a trick I saw somewhere...I think it was Instagram.  By turning a fabric over, to wrong side out, it basically looks like a lighter/muted shade of the same fabric. I did this several times through out the baby quilt.  Thank you whoever thought of this wonderful technique!

Middle fabric used as a dark

Middle fabric turned wrong side out and used as a light
This was my first time sewing triangles together. I found/used this tutorial. Thanks Lorna!  Instead of pressing the seams open, I opted to press to one side or the other, alternating rows.
I've also been working on the pattern test I mentioned in my last post. I've got it basted and ditched. I'm calling it Walk Like An Egyptian. I love how it's turning out. I can't wait for everyone to see it! It's going to be a wall hanging above my bed. I'm not sure how I'm going to hang it as I've never hung a quilt before, so if anyone can point me in the direction of a good How to Hang Quilts tutorial, please point away.

I bought myself a walking foot. One came w/my machine when I bought it a couple of years ago, but every time I used it, it bunched up my fabric and put a black line on it.
Anyway, I used my new one for ditching Walk Like An Egyptian and it worked beautifully. I am going to use it to quilt both of these quilt and I'm sure many others to come.

I haven't shared pics of Ivy in a while. She is now 6 1/2 mos.  Look how big and beautiful she's gotten.

I pray this coming year is a blessed and peaceful one for you all.

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

A Thread for Life
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. Matt 6:34

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  2. Funny I don't remember saying that. But it definitely does "look like rain"! Everything looks so beautiful just before or after it rains. I'm impressed by how well the rows match up. And how you managed to be organized enough to press each row in the opposite direction. Planning out the pressing direction ahead of time can make such a big difference, but that's just the type of thing I don't tend to do. I'm paying with it in this latest quilt (Arkansas Traveler, large).

  3. Congrats on reaching your goals! Your triangle quilt looks great - I love how you placed the lights and darks. Good luck with your walking foot quilting!

  4. That's a lot of quilted bowls, how nice to make for Christmas gifts. I LOVE your grandsons triangle quilt, such great colors, just gorgeous.

  5. Wow - no wonder you were so busy before Christmas Zenia! That was a lot of microwave cozies to sew. Ivy is a real pretty girl - so sweet looking! Love the way your grandson's quilt is turning out too! So glad you had a happy Christmas and I hope this New Year is a blessed one for you!

  6. Your quilt is looking great, happy New Year!

  7. I have not heard of microwave cozies - I will need to check those out - I have made a triangle quilt too and gave it away to one of my daughters, now I miss it so I might have to make another for myself!! I am going to put you on my feedly reader and check back and see what you are up to.

  8. Love your triangle quilt! I really need to make me some of those bowls-on the to do list!

  9. Your triangle quilt is progressing nicely. So glad you got a new walking foot and it is working well for you, too. Looking forward to seeing what is to come in 2015! Happy New Year!


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