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Aunt Sukey Spins Off – Machine Quilting

“As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind.  And I often write my songs for myself.” -David Friedman

“How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr. Seuss

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince 

I have neglected my blog.  I like blogging, so what can I say for myself? 

A demanding job, apathy, depression, a time-out, a boring existence, self-pity, frustration at the lack of control of my life….

Sheesh!  You’d think somebody died or something!  Get a grip!  Change the negative brain recording!

I’m shaping up.  Mentally, that is.  Many of those emotions I’ve listed above apply to a big project.  That would be my Aunt Sukey Spins Off project. 

Yup.  I became bored and frustrated with it, and it became a monster sitting on my shoulders and whispering great doses of guilt into my ears.

I don’t understand myself.  Why…oh why…do I insist on complicating things.  I love the acronym, KISS…keep it simple, Stupid.  I love it, but have yet to apply it to myself.

Here I’ve made this classic traditional red and white quilt.  So far, so good.  But I can’t decide how to quilt it, and I go all out on the thing.  And then I become frustrated.  The quilting doesn’t fit the quilt.

There are times when I really should take a cue from my good friend Judy Butcher.  She knows how to quilt a traditional quilt.

Alas, I’m committed.

We’ll see how it turns out. 

In spite of myself.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 1

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 2

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 3

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 4

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 5

Initial Pillow

I have decided to make one pillow a month.  One pillow for each of my grandchildren.

I think a pillow with their initial on it would be a fun and personal Christmas gift.

Totally doable for me.  So, yes, for the first time ever, I’m starting my Christmas list early.

Here you see the initial already machine appliqued onto a white background layered with batting and muslin.  I drew a squiggly machine quilting guideline with a blue washout marker.

Nathaniel Pillow

Next time, I think I should space that guideline further apart, but it worked out.

Nathaniel Pillow

The squiggly line was quilted first, then the rest of the filler quilting was done.

Nathaniel Pillow

Oops.  I missed a small section.  I hope the quilt police don’t find it!

Nathaniel Pillow

I made an 18″ pillow and filled it with an 18″ pillow form.  I think a bigger form might look better.

Nathaniel Pillow

I like the railroad tracks filler.  It is fun and wonky.  No rules.  Thanks Leah Day!

Nathaniel Pillow

The back of the pillow has a concealed zipper.

Nathaniel Pillow

I am linking up with quiltshopgal

The railroad tracks free motion quilting is from Option #1 from the February Pillow Challenge.

Nathaniel Pillow

 

 

Sitting Pretty Update 2

I am making progress with Sitting Pretty.

The borders are on, and the quilt top is pin-basted.

Sitting Pretty

On to the quilting.   After June, I think.

I am getting my ‘Grandma Fix’.  Five grandchildren, 2 daughters, and a son-in-law will be visiting this month.

YIPPEEEEEEEE!!!!

Sneak Peek 2

Just in case you think I have forgotten, or maybe rolled this quilt into a ball and labeled it another UFO:

Sneak Peek

I have the same disease as my blogger friend, Jenny Lyon.  It is the “quilt it to death” disease.  My saving grace is that I am not a perfectionist.  Even so, this project is taking longer than it needed to.

It isn’t a show quilt.  It isn’t an artsy quilt.  A nice edge-to-edge quilting design would have been fine.

I am using Aurifil 50 weight in both the top and the bobbin.  But not the same color, so I will have ‘pokeys’ (Oh horrors!). 

As I said, I am not a perfectionist.

And it is spring (I wanna be outdoors!).  And I have a day job.  And I can come up with lots of excuses.

But I will finish.  This year.

 

Sneak Peek

Here’s a quick sneak peek at what I’m working on:

Sneak Peek

 

Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 8

Today’s post focuses on machine quilting.

*For part one, click here.
*For part two, click here.
*For part three, click here.  
*For part four, click here. 
*For part five, click here.
*For part six, click here.
*For part seven, click here.
 

Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

The Inland Northwest Machine Quilters (INMQ) had a wholecloth machine quilting challenge.  Many of those quilts were entered into the quilt show.

This is Jean Shute’s wholecloth design.  Isn’t it fabulous?!

WSQ October 2013

I know a lot of you are very interested in machine quilting, so enjoy and be inspired!

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Now get quiltin’!

Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 2

More eye candy from the WSQ quilt show! 

*For part one, click here.

Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

I love Brazilian and silk embroidery!  The following photos showcase a stitcher’s wonderful talent that was incorporated into a lovely romantic quilt.

WSQ October 2013

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I admire a machine quilter’s confidence when she not only chooses to custom quilt (as opposed to an all over design), but chooses to showcase her (or him) quilting with a thread color that stands out from the background.  The next two photos are great examples of this.

WSQ October 2013

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The next quilter created interest by framing her floral design with a little bit of color in the form of piping. 

WSQ October 2013

Look closer.  There are great touches of embroidery, beadwork, and thread painting.  This attention to detail really creates a beautiful work of art.

WSQ October 2013

Good things do come in small packages, and this miniature wholecloth is no exception.  The quilting is exquisite!  The crystals are a great addition to the piece…they don’t overwhelm the design, and add another element of interest.

WSQ October 2013

Just look at the teeny, tiny stippling!

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The next quilt is also a miniature.  It is a gorgeous fiber art piece featuring a floral design.  The intense color certainly pops and attracts the viewer!

WSQ October 2013

I leave you with a closer look that shows the fabulous beadwork in the center of the flower.  Love it!

WSQ October 2013