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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, June 22, 2011

My WIP #13 - and some new tools!



Devon holds it to her cheek and says, “I want to be a baby!”

Quilting on Minky is – WoW!!  OK, there are 5 quilts in my lineup that are definitely getting minky backs. You guys cannot believe how luxurious it feels and you can see how cool it shows the quilting up. (This baby quilt has a 100% cotton front, and I’m using quality minky back and thin poly batting.) By the way, I just I found a great selection on sale over at Minky Delight Fabrics – not affiliated, just passing the word along.

I also have new quilting tools that I prepped and used for the first time with this project. I call them “Trial Sheets.”  Got the idea from Desley, and it’s fantastic and fun. Never would have thought of it myself.

Picked up some acrylic sheets at Lowe’s, along with some funky-cool duct tapes. (One roughly baby quilt size, two about 18 x 24 so I can work up a large quilt area and compare two different ideas at once.)  I wanted the edges taped to both protect the quilt tops from any snags and to give a visible and physical barrier that would prevent accidental markings on the quilts. (I cut the duct tape down the middle so it wouldn’t be so wide.)

You just lay it on top of your project, and then scribble away to your heart’s content with dry-erase markers!



Hmmm. . . not exactly the effect I want, and too much busy-ness on the minky, anyway, I’d imagine.



Easy to change it up.  :D  










And what about down here? Some playing around. . . although, I don’t think I’ll do more than the shapes – again – too much busy-ness on the minky back.



These trial sheets are going to be some of my favorite tools, I can tell already!

A lot of pinning, a little marking (blue disappearing pen and minimal quilter’s tape). . . I’m gonna want to be a baby, too!  ;D



A big "Thank you!" to Lee at Freshly Pieced for hosting WIP Wednesdays it really keeps me motivated to keep those UFOs going! (Go check out what everyone else is doing - there are some really neat projects out there!)



This week's stats:
New Projects - 1     (a charity baby that just needed binding – done!)
Completed Projects This Week - 2    (Wheelchair and baby charity quilts)   
In Active Progress - 4    (Hugs and Kisses, What a Hoot, Sailing, Marissa’s Howling at the Moon)
UFO Firing Range - 36.333          
Finishes for 2011 - 17  

Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Hugs and Kisses from Above (in progress!)
What a Hoot, Devon! (longarmer’s!)
Sailing with the Flying Needles (is at the longarm studio!!)
Around the World with Mr. Hernandez (Mr. Hernandez's)
Around the World with Mr. Hernandez (Heather's)
Marissa’s Howling at the Moon
One charity wheelchair quilt
Dreamy Unicorns
Wagon Wheels West #2
Be Attitudes
We Love Kelly
Devon's Silk Spinners
Marissa's Minky Squares
Kelly's Thirties Hand Quilter
Kelly's Calico
Leap Frog Lily Pond
Poor Forgotten Orphan from 15 Years Ago #1

14 comments:

Melinda said...

love it! I haven't tried Minky yet but I have baby quilt to do for November so I may have to break out and use some. Love your tool ideas as well!

Stray Stitches said...

The minky back is adorable. I've not worked with minky yet but maybe some time in the future.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thank you for your nice comment on the cushionb cover. and I really like your baby quilt...and the first drawing you did....really sweet..

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

now what is Minky??? I know it's the back....but what kind of fabric...never heard of it here; yet anyway.

Andrea said...

que es el Minky! es acaso el lapiz que uso para acolchar?

Debbie said...

The acrylic sheets are amazing...doesn't it just blow your mind how simply wonderful they are?!!!! I love the idea of a tape border to keep from hitting the fabric off the edge accidentally...I'm gonna have to do that too. I love blogging...so many great ideas.

Alli said...

The XO blocks on your minky back look really cute! I love how soft minky is, but I've been nervous about how it would look with quilting... now I think I'll give it a shot. :)

Jenny said...

I love those acrylic sheets too...although I learned the bad way and did not tape my edges and whoops off the acrylic and on to a customer quilt! Blue! Yikes! Couldn't get out! On White fabric!

Ivory Spring said...

The trials sheets are SUPER cool!

M-R said...

What a fantastic tool! I'm going to the hardware store tomorrow to pick me up some too. Thanks. And great quilt! I haven't heard of Minky before.

Barb said...

What a great tip...I have never used minky but I do hear great reviews about it.

Linda said...

Genius to use those acrylic sheets to test drive designs!!! I Need to get some!

Letterpress said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my post and clueing me into these sheets--I'll have to get some. Quick!!

Elizabeth E.
http://occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

CosmoQuilts said...

This blanket is super cute! I may have to try that material.