Saturday, January 31, 2015

ALYOF - Goal Accomplished!

It's January 31st!  Where has January gone?

My goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes for January was to get the quilting on my "My Modern Voice" quilt finished.  Mission accomplished!  
I still need to trim it and bind it and of course put the sleeve on it so that I can have it ready for our local quilt show in March.  But I'm glad the quilting is done.  If you look really close, you can probably still see some marking lines that I haven't removed yet.
I used the serpentine stitch on my Brother sewing machine and basically made lots of straight lines.  I used tape and also Frixion pens to mark my lines and they came out pretty good.  They are not all the same distance apart.  I varied the distance to keep it interesting.
The quilt looks puckered in this picture but it isn't.  I think it just needed ironing.  Sorry for the crummy pics this time.

And here is the back of the quilt.  

Linking up with Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - January Goal

Last fall I started a quilt that I designed based on a quilt that inspired me in the book "Quilting Modern" by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.  You can see the blog post and design here.

I don't remember when I finish the quilt top but it was sometime in October.  I've been quilting it with a serpentine stitch on my Brother machine.  But I've been doing it slowly as in only working on it in spurts.  I had hoped to get it finished in time to enter it in Quiltcon's juried show but didn't finish it in time.  I did enter 2 quilts in Quiltcon but they were both rejected as were all my friends quilts who entered.  I know that's been a big deal on instagram and facebook so I'm not going to talk about it here.  Quiltcon and the MQG is still growing and changing and I think it's going to take them some time to catch up with their audience.

So anyway, my goal for January's A Lovely Year of Finishes is to finish quilting this quilt which I'm going to call "My Modern Voice".  This is one of my many UFO's in my big ol' box.

Hopefully, I can also finish the binding in January but I'm not going to make that part of my goal because I don't want to jinx myself with too many goals :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Brand New Year 2015

I have been missing from my blog since October.  How did that happen?  I left to go to the Houston International Quilt Festival and when I got back, I was too exhausted to post anything for a couple of weeks.  

Then November happened and then December.  And now we're here.  Should I do a recap of pics since October?  No, those are boring.

How about we just start fresh now with a blank slate and eager for a whole new year!
I will be participating, once again in A Lovely Year of Finishes ran by the lovely ladies at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs.  
Let's be honest here.  Last year I did a miserable job at it.  I think I finished my goal only about 3 months out of all last year.  But this year I have bigger plans.  I plan to dig into my UFO box and finish some of that stuff.  Of course, I have a list of new projects I want to get started on too but I've got to do something with those UFO's.  Most of my ALYOF goals this year will revolve around those.

I do have a couple of pics to show you guys from Christmas.
This is my MIL wearing the infinity scarf I made her for Christmas.  It just happened to match her shirt that day.  This was my only handmade gift.
That is my son with the unwashed and uncombed hair.  You can't tell from this angle but he also had a weeks worth of whiskers.  Ah teenage boys.  

And this is a picture of what I got for Christmas.  I've wanted it for at least 2 years now.  It's taking me some time to get use to it but I'm so excited to have it.  

It came with so many feet!  And about 20 bobbins!  This last picture is with the Juki sitting on a table with my Janome DC2010.  See how much bigger it is.  It's like a giant next to my little Janome.

FYI:  We are currently in the process of building a new home and getting our current home ready to sell.  My husband has taken all my tables over to the storage room so I don't have a place to put my Juki.  But I'm planning my space in the new house with a great big area for my Juki.

I'll be back in the next couple of days with my ALYOF goal for January.  I have to look in my giant pile of UFO's and decide.  Also, I plan to do a detailed review of my new Juki in  a couple of months when I've had time to play with it. 

And one last thing, my Modern Quilting group that I started back in July of last year, now has a Facebook page:
We have lots of photos posted from our meetings so you can see what we're doing and my dear friend Robyn is making us up a really cool logo.  Please like our page so that you can keep up with what our small but excited group will be up to.