Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WIP'n along and Whoop'n it up

Woohoo!!!   This is #16 on my 17 in 2017 list, so I know now that I can check them all off by year's end.

Devon's quilt has quite a bit of quilting that was done on the domestic. There is a lot left, though, and much had to be done to prep it for the longarm. 

Something like 250 pins have been taken out of the blue area, all the hundreds of tails are tied and tucked, backing is squared, and spacers are sewn onto the three narrow sides (I anticipate wanting to turn this quilt for easier border work.) This is a large queen quilt.

I did all the marking yesterday on the Sapphire Stars Mystery quilt that I'm finishing as a special QOV for my father-in-law. I made the USAF stencil the old-school way by printing the right size onto cardstock and wielding an X-acto knife. Also cut the border elements out of a cereal box (some day I'll have star rulers for longarms, but for now it's old-school).  I got about 1/2 of the stabilizing done on the longarm before night's call. Hopefully this afternoon I can finish that up and start on some of the fun work.

And my early-morning attention is currently on puffins and penguins - they're maybe halfway finished getting their trapunto work.  :)   This FMQ work still happens at my domestic machine for two reasons: 1) I don't have nearly enough fine control yet with my longarm to do close-edge applique quilting with so many tiny details; 2) Quilting through multiple layers of fusible can be really tricky even without fine-control issues. I'll be waiting until I have a lot more experience with my longarm and its reaction to various threads, fabrics, and pop-up issues before putting any fusibles on it.

Linking to:

Lorna's Let's Bee Social
Sarah's Whoop, Whoop!
Meridithe's 17 in 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

BOMs Away - Once Upon a Star; also Martha's Holiday Spin

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

I've had a fun weekend of working on Christmas projects. For BOM work, I pulled out a McKenna Ryan project that I've only ever enjoyed working on. No problems with this one.  ;D

"Once Upon a Star" is getting trapunto work while I do all the stitching of the many-many fusible pieces, as well as of embroidery on the main elements before it will be quilted. Without that, the fusible applique just stays so flat and disappointing to me. Photographing this project is disappointing, too, because it's so much prettier in real life than I can get the camera to show. 

I've got the cute baby seal finished, and aren't those whiskers fabulous?

And I did the central scene with Santa and company. 

The star got stitched with a holographic silver thread - super pretty!! But it doesn't begin to show from the camera's point of view, so you can't see how terrific the effect is.

I've got the puffins ready to go for next time. Their 3-D stocking with its fish lives in a bag in my scissors drawer. This quilt will be entirely finished and on my wall the day after Thanksgiving next year!

And earlier in the week, I pulled a Christmas UFO out of the closet. It's not a BOM, but I was in the mood.  This one needed all of its border work. I got that finished up yesterday. It's queen size.

The colors are a little better in this indoor shot - lots of really great quilting potential in this one! 

I would like this to be a fun Christmas in July finish when I have more longarm templates to play around with.

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.

Friday, December 8, 2017

It's a Wrap! Heather's "Lloyd & Lola"

My first customer quilt on the longarm has been pure fun. This is Elizabeth Hartman's "Lloyd & Lola" pattern, pieced by Heather Woodland in linens with cotton on the blankets and lanterns. She did a remarkable job, too. Everything was nice and flat and easy to keep squared up. I was spoiled!

Getting a photo today is particularly tricky business with these strong winds! It took over a hundred shots to catch that one. Most of them look like this:

(Big Kudos to Pat for keeping it safely off of anything!)

Part of the fun of working on this quilt this past week is that Scott and I happened upon this cutie who was participating in old town Monument's Christmas weekend festivities:

I got to do custom work on this quilt. We went with Hobbs 80/20, as their climate is way too hot for anything more. (Thinking only of the quilting, I would choose wool or wool-over-80/20 for the prettiest fill, but practical concerns need to be considered as well.) 

 I used So Fine on the top (an ecru on the llama fur/legs, a light gray everywhere else), and Magna Glides in the bobbin (a silver gray and an ecru). This used 8 bobbins (L size). This wasn't my favorite top/bobbin mix, but my thread supplies are still growing. The different fibers demand quite a bit of tension fiddling.

Heather asked for the quilting to be masculine, because she's supposed to give it to her husband. So I used double horizontal lines spaced 3/4" apart for all of the background. For the most part, the channel locks made easy work of that, but I did use a long ruler to mark register lines when they needed to jump across the llamas.

The seams were all pressed open, ruling out true stitch-in-the-ditch work. Linen is remarkably accommodating, though, and for all the lantern globes and both llamas, I was able to do a super close echo line to stabilize, define, and give me a turn-around place for the line work. I'm not sure I would like the effect well enough on an all-cotton quilt. On the linen, the So Fine thread I was using just melted right in.

(You can see how it stands out more, like a decorative edge stitching, on the cottons in the neck and leg bands)

Llamas got freehand fur and face details. . .

Complete with hair-do's. 

Gotta have those!

Blankets got 1/4" echo lines for the strips and a freehand wavy line in the trim to offset all those straight lines in this quilt.

Legs got meandering vertical lines.

Lanterns got wavy outlines (I was thinking about the way some hanging lanterns have that accordion silhouette) and coordinating drops along the lower spans to set them off a bit more, to counter the lines - lines - lines, and to camouflage the seams in the background around them. Those seams really stood out before that detail work.

Then I just used a curved ruler to travel from top to top, like their weight was pulling down on a hanging wire, detouring at each one to put in the double teardrop accents.

Overall I'm quite pleased with how it turned out! I learned with this that linen is very much more stretchy than cotton, but it quilts pretty darn easily. Tension can be a bit of a bugger when you're changing back and forth from the linen to the cotton, so you have to watch that carefully. And llamas are terrific listeners when you're quilting them. I found myself talking out loud to them several times. . . Ha!

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