Monday, September 13, 2010

quilted!

yay!! my first 6 blocks are finished!! and i must tell you... they look OOoohhh... so fabulous on my design wall! i can't wait to start my next batch of fly blocks!!

in the spirit of making my life much easier... i grabbed a couple washable markers ( you can find these readily available at your local craft store... but remember to get the washable ones! ) to increase the amount of different designs that i'll be attempting in my quilt ;) now, before you get to excited... please know... this is MY first time attempting certain Free Motion Quiting designs too! LOL

i even did a little test for ya... here you can see i used both colors...

and with a little spray from my iron... they completely disappeared! now folks... this is NOT magic... it's just clever! so, grab yourself a pair and start drawing your FMQ designs on your blocks!! have fun with it... what's the worst that could happen... a little seam ripping???.. well, my guess is that we've already faced that challenge a couple times before! ( wink, wink )

i really lOVE modern themes... so, most of my blocks will stay a little more to the simplistic designs... but, i think you can figure that out pretty quickly... here's some of my doodles!!

some kelp...

a little starburst...

chevrons... ( so my fav! )

some i still could manage with my regular foot... but i did have to get my FMQ foot on for the kelp! in the end.. that starburst design turned out pretty swanky... i hope my sepia picture can show you it!

six down... 50 to go! haha...

and just in case i ran of fabric ( yes, this is the reason i told my self to head down to my favorite local quilt shop Cool Cottons... ) i grabbed a few more treats! ;)

happy sewing this week kids!! XO, Heather

34 comments:

  1. Because I'm such a newbie at quilting (never done it yet but day dream about my house filled to the brim with them!)... I had no idea how anyone would get the patterns on their quilts. I just thought they had some super expensive machine that would do it all for them while they sat back and sipped their coffee with smiles. Glad to know I'm totally crazy but that I can actually figure out how to make a quilt now because of you ;) Thank you!!

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  2. They look great, Heather! I'll have to see if I can find a couple of those markers to make life a little easier. Hoping to get my start over the weekend--if I can get my husband's quilt top done and off my design wall by then!

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  3. I'm going to have to give chevrons a try! Cool.

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  4. Did you just use your regular foot and settings on the starbursts, or did it involve lowering feed dogs and changing stitch lengths? I'm trying to figure all this out, so any info would be greatly appreciated!

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  5. This quilt is going to be AMAZING.

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  6. They all look absolutely gorgeous so far!

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  7. Heather they look great! I did mean to ask you if you were using a regular foot, free motion quilt or walking foot for this adventure? I'm going to make a start on my blocks hopefully next week, when my bolt (yep bolt) of Kona ash arrives! I'm doing the back a bit different to you and need my backing straight away!!

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  8. It's coming along beautifully and it sounds like you're having a blast: bonus!

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  9. they are looking so fabulous together!! LOVE them!! can't wait to see more!! :)

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  10. Be careful not to iron the blue marker at all before you spray it away! This can be trouble.

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  11. Your blocks are awesome! I love the colors and those markers are bloody brilliant! Off to the store I go, I go, off to the store I Go!!
    Thanks for the great find!
    -Carolyn

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  12. LOVE!
    I'm still cutting strips - writing a book is not so conducive to quilting :D

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  13. Your blocks look fantastic!
    I used a disappearing ink pen to draw on my mini quilt last week and before I could get to the second design an hour later it disappeared! So I had to unpin my basting to trace again! It wasn't the brand in your picture, so you should be safe. Be careful that you don't leave the marked designs in a hot car, because the heat can set the marker...

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  14. Those blocks look absolutely amazing! I just love your fabrics :-D

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  15. GORGEOUS! I may join you in this yet!

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  16. Nellie's Niceties TooSeptember 13, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Hello Heather. This is my first proper quilt along so please be patient with me and tell me if I do anything I shouldn't! :) I am overwhelmed that you have already finished six beautiful blocks! I am still going round in circles choosing my fabrics! And 50 more blocks to go for you! I thought I would do maybe 6! I seem to have developed a pattern here of lots of exclamation marks!! :)Sadly the pattern is not on my design wall! I'm off now to look at my fabrics again and shuffle them about a bit more! Happy sewing.

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  17. oh heather... i love it! Your blocks look amazing.. its going to come up soo great!! cant wait to see it finished! xx

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  18. Thank you for sharing. I always want to tried the washable markers. The blocks are great. I am going to try the same technique.

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  19. Those look amazing--I love all those bright colors! I've been trying free motion quilting for the first time on a quilt for my four year old because I know that even if it turns out too ugly for me to stand, he'll still ooh and ahh over it! :D

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  20. This is going to be gorgeous Heather! Thanks for posting...I'm still trying to catch up with Penny's 1st quilt-along :0

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  21. Looking pretty darn good. Love the loopy quilting line the best. Drooling over the green duck fabric!!

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  22. The quilt is beautiful and the quilting just perfect!! Thank you for being the "guinea pig" for the markers, they sound great!! Can't wait to see the whole thing.

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  23. Be careful with the markers - both the water disappearing and ones that vanish on their own after a day.

    I did some testing and thought all was well. But a couple times I ironed over the lines before they were gone. And in some cases I ended up with light yellow stains after the rest of the color vanished. I doesn't stain every time, but too often to ignore. The package says not to iron it - I should have followed ALL the directions!

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  24. cool cottons ha??? i just realized you were in portland! how cool! i love it here:)

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  25. Your blocks look great keep up the good work, i think I will try out some similar designs in future projects.

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  26. The blocks look awesome! I just learned (taught myself plus took a class) how to quilt on my machine. Now I love it!

    I stopped into Cool Cottons on a trip last month! Loved it.

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  27. How fun .... your blocks and the quilting looks fantastic!! Oh, and you can never have too much fabric :)

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  28. Your blocks look great! And I love your new fabric. The top 2 on the right - Amy Butler - are among the Midwest Modern and Lotus that I used in a quilt for my daughter. This QAYG I'm making for my niece - she has requested that the blocks be framed in black, which is making for some nice contrast. I've been trying to stay on a "low fiber" diet, but this quilt-along is a great excuse to pick up an extra half-yard here and there!

    As far as the free motion quilting, other than the straight line designs, I've found that the results often look better without marking - the flow is freer if you're focused on the design and not the line, as long as you keep your eyes on where you're going and not on the needle. Just my 2 cents worth!

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  29. Fab - just fab!! What a perfect opportunity to practice so many fun FMQ stitches.

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  30. Oh wow, how lucky for you that your local quilt shop has Lizzy House!! I like those marking pens, I'll snag some this weekend.

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  31. This looks so great! I can't wait to see the whole quilt, it's so cool to see all the different patterns you're coming up with. I need to step outside my comfort zone!

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  32. HEY! Do they have more of the green wallflowers??? Will they do phone orders?

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  33. As a longarm quilter, I've had some experience with marking pens and just want to add another tip (along with never, never iron over the markings):

    While you can spray out the markings, it doesn't necessarily mean that the ink hasn't gone into your batting. The batting can retain the ink and it can come back as yellow or brown at a later time.

    To solve this, after quilting and binding, fill your washer with cold water (some people even add ice), but just be sure your water is cold, put your quilt inside, submerge completely to get the quilt completely saturated with water, let soak for a few minutes, then spin out (gentle cycle) and then dry as you please. No markings will ever come back. Whew, sorry, that was just a tad long-winded!! ;)

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  34. PS - I completely forgot to tell you, Heather, that your quilting is FAB and I love your fabric colour combinations!

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