Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PODCAST: EPISODE #5

Hi Guys!!!

This episode is about an update and quilting ;o)

Thank you for taking the time to listen and I hope you enjoy!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Working On A Pantograph

Hello, hello, hello!!!
I am finally finished quilting (did not bind yet) the quilt from the last post.  That was a nightmare trying to reload that quilt after removing it from the frame.  I think it was difficult because of how it was already quilted.  Think of a square cut in 4 equal pieces.  Now, think of the top two pieces as well as the bottom right piece all shaded-in (quilted.)  The piece remaining (the bottom left piece) was the part I had to un-stitch and restitch.  NOOOW, do you see my dilemma? Now, I just have to make a label for it and bind it, woohoo!

Up next on Ava, is this cutie!
Quilt top to the left, quilt back to the right
 I want to do a nice and easy edge-to-edge pantograph on it.  I chose a freebie by Urban Elementz called, Celtic Braid.


The above is 3.5", but I had it enlarged to 5.5".

So I have watched this DVD approximately 35+ times. Sorry, but for some reason I could not get this pic to rotate.

Loaded up some practice fabric and turned on some soft gospel music for my first pass:

I am so proud, I did it!  I was listening to some good worship music and just allowed myself to be calm and I felt great.  Once I finished the pass, I was so happy that I danced myself to the point of being to sleepy to do the next pass.  I think maybe it had something to do that it was waaaay past my bedtime!!!  So instead of, "Sleep quilting," I decided to wait to do the next pass.
My second pass didn't come until 2 days later:

Not as good as the first, but I am still very proud.  I realized midway through pass that my music was way too fast which caused me to speed up my movements.  I was jamming to Beyonce's, "Run the World."  I found myself jerking trying to keep myself from busting a move!  So now unto finding some slow jazz and slow gospel to mellow me out to slow groove while I panto!





Thursday, June 6, 2013

I Finally Did It!

Heeeey-Uuuuu-Guuuuuys!

This past weekend was the best weekend I had in a very longtime!


First, I want to thank God from whom all blessings flow!!!  He has kept my family and me safe as we all traveled separately this past weekend.

On Friday, I went to Jo-Ann's in hopes of finding quilt backs for 3 quilts, but no such luck.  However, I did buy a book, T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy Martha Deleonardis.  I really like this book and think it would make a great addition to my quilting library.

On Saturday, the girls and I went to Quilt Lizzy in Warrenton, NC.  It's located about a hour and 45 minutes away from our home.  I had the girls bring along toys to keep them occupied as I shopped. I was kind of shocked that it took me less than 30 minutes to get everything I needed.  After all of that driving, I had to come up with some questions and Susan came up with a great idea of letting me listen to her HQ Avante.  I was still worried that my Avante was still loud and clunky .  After listening to hers I was convinced that mine was just fine!  I had a ball!!!  Of course, I had to stay and chat some because that was too long of a drive (for me ;o) ) for such a quick shopping trip!  When we finally got home I was too pooped to quilt.  I just sat and thought of different quilt designs for each quilt.

On Sunday, we went to church.  Afterwards, we did some shopping and finally we went home.  I nervously loaded this quilt on Ava.  




I prayed and I went for it! 














I went through my last full pass and was about to quilt the last 2 inches at the bottom of the quilt and looked up and then I noticed it!  About 6 - 8 inches from the left side and the full length of the last full pass.  I could have cried, but held on and called everyone I could to figure how to take care of this problem.



What in the world!!! How did this happen?  I re-traced my steps and remembered that I placed my right bungee stabilizers and then I was distracted by the girls starting a World War among one another.   I had to go and make peace in the land, and when I returned I had forgotten to place the left bungee stabilizers on the quilt!!!  was devastated!  After much reassurance, I celebrated anyhow!  I did good and I am so happy!  So, for the next several days I will be getting better acquainted with my seam ripper!

So, this is what I will be working on for the next week, what are you working on?