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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Two flimsies ready to quilt baby!

Looks like I am getting ready for the 4th of July does it not? Actually these are going in my upstairs hallway where an Americana make over is under way.  I think I may need to more yet to fill up the walls up there, running out of red white and blue ideas but I suppose any block would look good in those colors for sure!

I am so ready to quilt these if I can only work them in with all the other stuff that's waiting on me to do... The one on the left is my first paper piece quilt. I doubt I will ever go back to regular piecing but I might make myself learn to applique someday..

Looks like I may want to tea/coffee dye them a little.  I want them to look a little more primitive so I will do that before the quilting begins, I am afraid I would screw up the spray stain technique.

Well anywho, its one hot Thursday here and I gotta go water my corn field, see yall later!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Believe it or not YOU can paper piece too...

I thought I would not be able to do it. I thought I would need to know some kind of freaky math or something so I wouldn't even let myself look at the directions. Then... I was bored that afternoon and decided I would just take a peek. And the rest is history.

My advice to those who keep putting it off, go ahead and give it a shot. I promise you will like it, its easy, fun and I am afraid very addictive.  Read all you can about it and then download some free paper piece patterns online and give it your best shot. You'll be glad you did. I am glad I did!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Almost done..

Its all over but the "shoutin" er ah I mean binding. I think she will love it. Getting that quilt quilted is always such a magical moment for the piece maker isn't it. Congrats to you dear friend on your very first quilt ever!

Hinty now together and first quilt loaded...

Just a quick report this morning because I am on my way to do scrip at school. My Hinty finally arrived and I am my friend's quilt is loaded and I am about done with the quilting on it (I think).  I had no idea there was about 6 different ways to load a quilt until I started looking around! I wound up buying the original frame instead of the stretch, added 10 foot poles and extension legs. The original came with the handle bars so it worked out better financially with me. I read that I can buy a conversion kit for it should I go with a bigger machine.  My friend's quilt is the first she has ever made, she is giving it to her son and his new wife.