Thursday, March 24, 2011

WIPs a plenty

  The going is slow on Mary Glover.  I am only at part of Part 3, how pathetic :(  Emmanuelle has already issued Part 5!  The 1/1 stitching does not help speed things up even on 28ct linen ...

Block 10: Lincoln's Platform.  From Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts
Block 12: Louisiana.  From: Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts
I'm choosing the easier blocks to make ... much like cheating ;)  NO stressing for me.

9 blocks to date and as you can see there's still only 1 Courthouse Steps block and 1 Strawberry Field block.  I hope to work on that more with some fabrics being cut.  Here's the proof:

I've abandoned the shirt I was sewing.  I did however learn how to attach the placket on the shirt.  I think I know how to go about the rest of the construction of the shirt.  I wasn't too happy with the fabric of that shirt anyway.  Now I'm working on hopefully a keeper.  A blouse for me Burda 2561.  Now the fabric is so much better to work with, Heather Ross' Mendocino.

Mug Rug.  Size: 10" x 6 1/4"
Finally a finish ... My submission for the Crazy Challenge issued by JW.  A mug rug.  I used up scraps from an old quilt that I made some time back.  I would have preferred to use Valdani Variegated Pearl 12 threads for the specialty stitches instead of DMC Ecru Pearl 12.  It would have given it more dimension.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Strippy Triangles Doll Quilt - Completed

I tried marking with the water erasable pen, hera marker and masking tape.  I like  masking tape best. 

Designer: Kathleen Tracy.  Size: 13-1/2" x 17-3/4".  Batting: Cotton. Quilting: Hand quilted with YLI Light Brown.
I used the YLI thread which Merilyn gave me to hand quilt this doll quilt. And gosh that thread sure glides.  No friction when pulling it out of the quilt sandwich, pulling out the quilting needle is quite another matter! The thread is thin, which I'm not used too as I normally use Pearl No. 8.  But it presents a different look.  I would like to try Pearl No 12 next.

The beginnings of the Courthouse Steps block.  Kathie gave me some tips and it's working!  So I think I'll proceed with a 9 blocks or 16 blocks table topper.

Humble start to Lori's Strawberry Fields.  I always like to try out one block to see if I can manage it and then proceed cutting for the rest of the blocks.  And yes ... I'll be proceeding.

Boy's shirt in the making.  This is a test run.  Hope it works out well and then I can go fabric shopping :)