Thursday, February 22, 2024

Customer Quilt

I had a paid quilting gig today! I'm still new enough to long arm quilting that I always breathe a sigh of relief when I finish a project. I didn't get good photos because the customer was in a huge rush to get it back so I just took the photos I could while it was still on the long arm. She actually dropped it off at about lunch time and picked it up this evening, just as I was taking it off the long arm.

This is a very scrappy quilt and most of the printed fabrics were African prints.

I used the Tiger Stripes pantograph from Christy Dillon. (Yes, I know there are not tigers in Africa; the customer liked this pantograph the best.) It also looked pretty amazing on the back.

We used Quilter's Dream Green batting on it and I stitched it up with gold Maxilock Serger thread.

She said she was delighted with the finished quilt.  Yay!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Drawer Organization

I've spent the last couple of weeks working on house projects. I've sold some excess furniture and been deep cleaning, but while I've been working on these things, I ordered some drawer organizers for my sewing room table drawers. For this month's Friday Night Sew-In, I decided to spend some time organizing my sewing room.

Wow, I had a lot of stuff crammed in them. The drawers were full to bursting and I couldn't find stuff when I needed it.

As I sifted through everything, I found about thirty seam rippers and fifteen measuring tapes. LOL At least now I can find them and I'll stop buying more. Anyway, I'll probably downsize some of my excess supplies.

I bought some organizers from Amazon and they fit the drawers pretty well. I'm double-stacking the bins in the deep drawers.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Quilting Bag Canvas

I'm quilting up more fabric to make insulated shopping bags. My goal is to make three of them. Even though I still haven't been able to finish the last seams on the last one, I'm confident I found a solution to get them finished, so I am preparing to make at least two more bags. I quilted more fabric, this time light canvas. They're not the greatest quality as they were pretty inexpensive from JoAnn, but I liked the colors.

I had a long piece of the solid navy canvas for the backing and I quilted one of the printed pieces and then I added the second. This first piece is quilted with Let it Bloom! Edge-to-Edge 3 by Christy Dillon.

This second piece is quilted with a pantograph called Jacobean Flower & Vine by Jessica Schick. I really like it, but I may have shrunk it down a bit too much.

As for my solution for sewing these bags, I bought a new-to-me light-industrial sewing machine, a Pfaff Grand Quilter with an extra high lift of the presser foot. I got a really great bargain because the woman who was selling it lost all the accessories for it. She did still have the power cord and foot pedal to make sure it would actually work but she was missing the bobbins, feet, etc.

I've ordered the replacement parts and I should get them in the next week then I'll be able to take it for a spin, and hopefully finish my Ultimate Travel Bag.

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