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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Bernina #24 foot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bernina #24 foot. Show all posts

Thursday, July 4, 2013

the red, white n' blue and a log cabin ~

happy fourth of july!  

more than just red, white and blue, pink, yellow, and green also make themselves known in this vintage-style quilt.  made from reproduction prints, designed and pieced into this log cabin quilt by my friend annette.  she gave it to me to quilt, at least a year ago.  {maybe two?!}  lol

it was fun to quilt, even though it was a little tough to see with white thread on white fabric.  always makes it more of a challenge for me, especially with my eyes.  

i chose king tut 40 wt 100% cotton for the top thread, matched with masterpiece 50 wt 100% cotton in the bobbin, and a 90/14 topstitch needle, lowering my tension to 2.25. it's a great combo! i also love my bernina #24 open toe "c" foot

image courtesy of the berninausa.com website}

awesome for the free motion work, especially feathers, where there needs to be precision, but more importantly, an open area so i can see where i'm going.

these are the corner blocks, below.  i did a 'fan-shape' {to the best of my ability}.  and i loved making the cute hearts in the red blocks, too.

kept the quilting pretty open and simplified in the busy prints.  it was also a bit of a challenge for me to work with so many seams.  this took about five hours to quilt.  i had kind of forgotten how much i need to move such a bulk of fabric, and keep it free flowing under my needle.  but it was all good ~ {i only had to rip a couple two or three times!}
simple loops and swirls for the patterned fabric.  love the feathers {big surprise huh}. 

 "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
There are several phrases associated with the Statue of Liberty, but the most recognizable is “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from Emma Lazarus' sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits. The poem did not receive much recognition and was quite forgotten after the auction.
In the early 1900s and after Lazarus' death, one of her friends began a campaign to memorialize Lazarus and her New Colossus sonnet. The effort was a success, and a plaque with the poem's text was mounted inside the pedestal of the statute.

isn't it interesting that her name was 'Lazarus?"  no coincidence, thank God!!  and thank God for our country, and may we as americans, get on our knees, in repentance, and in gratitude, know the beauty and fullness of His grace, hearing what God has called us to be as One Nation Under God...  that we might not just live in freedom casually, but live it out, as the priceless gift it is.
soli deo gloria

Friday, May 4, 2012

Blog Love and "Trust In Him" Mug Rug

If you read my post yesterday, about using my favorite chalk pens - Sewline - today shows the result. I should have also posted the product description, so here it is: 
 "Specially formulated leads give a clear, fine line on fabrics. Lines are easily removed from most fabrics with the special Sewline Eraser or removed by dabbing with a damp cloth or washing. Simply rubof with the eraser or dab off with a damp cloth. The new, modern way for drafting on fabrics. Innovative ceramic technology creates a new generation of leads that are strong, non-gritty and more easily removed with the eraser or sponged off with a damp cloth. Sewline Fabric Pencil gives clean, sharp lines with a choice of colors that you can on most fabrics. Special cushioned point mechanism protects lead braking from writer pressure EASY TO USE Click down the eraser end to extend lead. Press lightly to draw lines. To remove lines, gently rub along lines. To extend the eraser, hold eraser section and rotate the barrel. Note: Always test on a swatch of the fabric to ensure lines can be removed satisfactorily. Erase pencil lines before ironing fabric. EASY TO REFILL Pull the whole eraser section from the barrel. This reveals barrel chamber access, Slide in up to 6 leads. Replace eraser and rotate section to retract. Press down eraser end several times to advance the new lead" 
And this is MAY BLOG LOVE!  I picked from two of the commenters of yesterday's post, and I'm sending one of the Sewline pens to each of these two lovely ladies:  Elle who writes the blog "Elle in da coop" and Miss Holly of "Through My Window!"
Check out these lovely ladies and their fun blogs!
And.. this is a little mug rug produced from my day of "Livin It Up in WhoVille" --- a random piecing session a little while ago.  
I chose my Bernina #24 free open-toed free motion foot for this type of FMQ.  I love the open "c" design so you can see where your lines are, and can accomplish exact (or mostly exact!) placement.
Here I sketched in general ~ the letters I wanted to FMQ, using my Sewline pen with the green chalk. My lines are simply 'guides' --- not formal 'must-sew' lines as I find those to be restrictive to my creative process as I begin quilting... and I want to be FREE and open to changing my mind as I go!  Also, at other times, I will draw straight placement lines for the letters to rest on... and other times I just like to see how it goes.  And this is one of those times!
That's all there is to it.
Well, a bit more to it.  I did add more FMQ in my favorite design element --- the soft swirls.  And I don't draw lines for those at all.  Simply free movement.  And the more you do, the more you get better at it and understand what you like... and what you may not!
Hint:  I usually try to avoid any heavy stitching through  bulky seams.  Many times -- especially in larger quilts, I will start my quilting at the seam, in the ditch, to hide the stitches, and I if I need to, I will stop in a seam, if necessary, although I prefer to run it off the edge of the quilt sandwich whenever possible.
There you go.  Now I just have to bind it and I'm finished.
Trust in Him.  
Period.  (period emphasized!)  
Happy FRIDAY!!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Adventures in Grace ~

"Once upon a time ~
In a time long ago ~
She dyed a lot of fabric..."

Sometimes, looking at my first hand-dyed fabrics just feels like reading a fairy tale from a long time ago, ya know?  SOooo pretty... so much fun to do ... but then what!  Not so happily ever after if you lose sight of them in your stash! So I have made myself a promise.  No more sighing, dying, or buying fresh white fabric... until the stash is cut to half! (This goal applies to only the hand dyed stuff, LOL!)

So I just dove in, and stamped that purple 'g' and then said (as I always do) "Now what?" Answer: "A border of thermofax screen printed fabric seems like a good idea." It's a two-for-one deal as it's also from my first hand-dyed's.  I like the white print.  Like the green and turquoise colors, too.  And I think it's going well with the white stitched words of grace.  (don't you just love the convos you have with yourself?!) 

The word Grace.  I love that word.  Soft.  Flowing.  Never ending.  A gentle reminder.  Never forget it.
 More feathers?  Why not! And the first outlying feather is done in white thread, as well.  The inside quilted motif is in a golden variegated orange-yellow.  The second set of feathers (below) I switched to a turquoise thread for the outside feather, and golden yellow oops--lime green, on the inside. Not sure I'm done with that set yet... maybe some more hyper-quilting... I'll think about it.
And the addition of some dainty, small swirls on the 'grace' letters. Click "Like."  Alot!  At least ~ so far!  More to come.  I hope.

Here's to more 'living in Grace' today!


Monday, August 22, 2011

A Wild Zenspiration Tulip

 My first "Zenspirations-styled" free motion quilted piece is done.  "A Wild Tulip" was a bit of a wild ride!
"A Wild Tulip" --- 8"x17" approximately.
Challenging? Yes!  Fun?  Mostly!  Learning?  Most Definitely!
I started out with 50 weight Masterpiece ELS cotton in my top and bobbin.  I would do that differently next time, and did change my threads, mid-way through the quilting process.  I switched to 40 weight King Tut ELS cotton, leaving the 50 weight Masterpiece in the bobbin.

That was a good change. I did think about starting out that way in the first place, but I decided to try the lighter weight thread first, because some of the 'zenspirations' styles are fairly delicate, wouldn't you think? The heavier thread was much nicer, and had a better overall presence.  I also had issues with the 50 wt thread breaking when I hit those thick seams...

Well, one must start somewhere, and it's not always the destination, but the process of getting there. I love it!  Yes, there are little 'dings' going off in my head about it... but hey, I get to start on another piece now! (And this is the first piece I've done with some of my 'tie-dyed' fabrics!) Yay!
It's not easy to come to the ease of quilting this style.  I believe one should be fairly accomplished, and comfortable with delicate, intricate, and specific lines and precise placement with their free motion quilting.  I need some more practicing, definitely!  I repeated some of my lines, for added emphasis, just as I do with the doodling.  And I didn't like it when I 'went off the edge' and bobbled. (as you can see in the above picture)  and that is why I chose this goofy pieced one for practice.
This is my critique of this piece:
  •  Next time, I will copy the pieced top on a copy machine.  It would have been really great to practice, and audition the styled designs on paper, first!  Doodling Practice... makes for Excellence!  Thought I was going to say perfect, huh?  No way! Note to self: "This is the Pursuit of Excellence, Not Perfection!"
  • Use that 40 weight thread for heavier lines.  Delicate work... like the triangles... perhaps I would still stay with a 50 weight... have to try that out again!  And a 40 wt definitely for 'fill-in' types of details.
  • Circles on the right-side border... I should have ruled with chalk, a 1/4" border on the quilt sandwich, as by the time I went to finish the edge, the free motion circles were cut off.  Ugh. I did try - I realized that I needed that 1/4" border while free motioning the circles ... but it's hard to gauge that when you're concentrating on the motif. (at least for me)  AUhhm... a little pre-planning goes a long ways towards a better finish!
  • Make sure you have got a needle that can handle repetitive "in place" embroidery styled quilting.  A little stabilizer under the top would have been a nice little bit of insurance.
  • it was hard to quilt through the thickness of the seams at times. Mostly where there are four or more meeting in a tight area.  Next time, I will press all those babies open!
  • I think I will pre-quilt the entire inner border with a walking foot, just to make sure things go a little easier. Doing the quilting the way I did, I think it looks better to 'quilt in the ditch' for most of the seams.  Otherwise, one had better be darn sure of  stitch placement, if you are going to free motion a straight stitch 'in the ditch' as I did.  Again... I need more practice!!!

I would not exactly call this an advanced technique, necessarily... but it is not really an 'easy' beginner thing either.   Especially with smooth, straight lines...smooth circles... all of which will be funner to practice now that I have an idea of what they look like in this  piece!!!

I think I really like this piece, and I know I'm excited to try those little "Zenspired" quilting  motifs in other ways.  So what do you think?   Do you agree it's slightly advanced in the technique?  Would you want to try it?  Do you have other ideas, or suggestions that would be easier or smoother?  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed Monday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The "Isaiah" Scaves

I was asked by a good friend of mine, to add a bible verse to some scarves she had purchased for our Big Sky Tres Dias Prayer Team. "Tres Dias" is Spanish, meaning three days, and it is a weekend dedicated to help us grow, explore and mature our faith in Jesus Christ --- to learn more, & be strengthened in living our Christian life. Visit the website "Big Sky Tres Dias" for more information, or contact me. I so enjoy the sweet fellowship of seeing old friends, and meeting new ones every time I serve these weekends.  Here is the verse for our Women's weekend retreat:
So, truthfully, I was a bit intimidated by the sheerness and fragility of the fabrics in these scarves. I knew two things: some sort of stabilization was needed, and I wanted to write the verse out by employing free motion.  
The best stabilizer for this job was "Aqua Bond" -- a sticky-backed, water-soluble stabilizer.  I cut it into 1 1/2 inch strips, peeled off the paper backing, and placed it on the backside of the scarf, at the top edge. I chose my #24 free motion foot to help prevent excess fabric from 'flagging' which means the fabric travels up the needle in an unpleasant fashion. The #9 foot would have worked well here too.
For thread, I chose a Superior Threads, tri-lobal polyester.  I had to loosen my top tension greatly --- to .5!  I put a black Isacord polyester in the bobbin. I found out that if I kept my stitches too small, they easily could make a hole in the scarf... not cool. I wish I had tried a 50 weight thread for the bottom... but I didn't until I was finished! Sew .. it.. goes!
 It was definitely a great benefit to use my 'white gloves' (quilting gloves), to help grip the thin fabric, making it as taut as possible, and especially working with just the top edge, too.  I did think about a hoop... but I would have had to move it alot, and I think it would have damaged the fragile fabric, too.  After I finished stitching, I washed out the stabilizer, and pressed them. I was fairly pleased with the way they turned out. I got to try something new, and was blessed to be asked, and to learn... more. 

 Isaiah 12:2:  Surely God is my salvation: I will trust and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might, He has become my salvation.
 Praying He is YOUR strength and might...and if He is not... that He will be! Amen.
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