Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Snowbird BOM

This client added to the 2014  Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Designer BOM to get it king-sized for her bed.  She wanted a little of everything on this quilt,  with preferred treatments of dense geometric,  circles,  pebbling,  faux trapunto, straight line grids instead of curved crosshatching.  Even though these fabrics are soft feminine florals,  she wasn't a fan of feathers or floral motifs.   She did like a feather that I used on another quilt in setting triangles and agreed to use those there.   So we really do have lots of styles hopefully merging into a cohesive plan on this big quilt!   Lots of star points and  setting areas to quilt.  Also eleven border segments!   Her request was to keep each one separate and not combine into larger units.  I hope I gave her the look she wanted.  She seemed thrilled with the results and sent me a picture of it on her bed.  Freehand, hand guided quilting, no computer.  Lots of elements,  way too many photos!
That's my favorite element in the quilt, the leafy, feathery swirl border with a puffy head.   I'm happy that white border looks like it sits on top the bed too so very visible.
part of the 11 components.  Those blending fabrics are easy to make into larger borders using one seam line for a stem in a feather for example.  Then you can also get more design into the border.   I left these a little loose, open and swirly because those florals don't show a lot of detail, only dimension.  I also turned the quilt for those long borders  done in navy so I didn't have "chunks" and could quilt those sections more fluidly.
Paperclip swirl.
I used a stencil on the light and pebbled behind it.
Of course, the most visible area is that darn feather above the star in each corner.  I felt it needed a feather there to tie in but it really shows as a feather a lot more than I anticipated.
The above block also had a smaller stencil in the middle, CC petals in the center and freehand CC all around the block.  Filled the area perfectly!  I love it when a stencil works out.
These fabrics have been very popular, I am told they are from the Snowbird line by Edyta Sitar.   My 3rd quilt to quilt in these fabrics! 
Sorry for the photo overload!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fleur de Lis Flourish

This lovely piece is a Sue Garman pattern, "Fleur de Lis Flourish.  Simple but dense pebbles, grids and circles.  My client did a splendid job with her needle turn applique and piecing all those tiny HST. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sweet Gray and Yellow Baby Quilts

A couple of baby quilts.    One for an infant, the other for a toddler boy.  Minkee backings and oh so soft!  I usually trim quilts for this client and I am thinking I will not cut minkee in my studio again.   Gosh that stuff makes a mess!  My cutting table is in front of a window and that fluffy stuff stuck all over my red draperies and all over the glass as well as my container holding my cutting tools, etc.   The cutting table has to be moved to be able to reach the window to clean.  Definitely too messy, I'm going to have to let you have all that fun in your studio!  The infant one a panto I use frequently for sweet baby quilts "popcorn".  It adds just the right amount of movement and dimension.   The little boy one with the chain pattern, I just quilted a loopy thing that I thought maybe he could use as a road while playing with little cars.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A 2nd Blueberry Ice

Another client's Blueberry Ice quilted with Rhapsody by Patricia Ritter, handguided.  Her quilt is throw size without additional borders and looks awesome with the design of the pantograph.   I custom quilted a bed size version of this quilt here.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Red Border Sampler

I love this quilt,  the movement from the hand guided panto "Undulate" by Denise Schillinger, swirls over the blocks.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Orange and Blue Big Star quilt

Another recent pickup.   The client mentioned at pickup that this was from a class but I cannot remember who it was with.   These are large units and she wanted a mix of some geometric and feathers but still cuddly since this will be used on a bed.

I love pieced backs.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Progress with my Innova

I've had my new 26" Innova for 8 weeks.  12 days I was camping and I also had some down time when scheduling some adjustments to my machine.   So really less than 6 weeks of time spent on her.  No name yet.   No tattoos either!  Still a bit of a learning curve.  Every machine feels a little different, the weight is different, the feel of the machine as you move it along.  She could use color,  I do miss seeing those pretty decals like I had on my Fusion.
My only customization to the top so far, a cup mounted for my thread snips.  No place to mount my suction cup like on my Fusion and a small magnet seems to slide off with the weight of the scissors.
Differences so far?  Quilting from behind doing a panto,  the Innova glides over bulky seams so effortlessly that I often check mid row just to be sure I'm stitching with thread!   My Fusion would go across bulky seams banging and crashing so loudly sometimes that I would think it surely was broken!   Thick seams have even knocked my Fusion out of time.  My Innova glides right across.
Basting down batting or the edges of the quilt top is so easy!  I used to watch videos where others would just zip along.   On my Fusion I had to walk my fingers along the stitching path, slowly working  the fabric or batting to keep it from pushing the material this way and that.  I love the simplicity of basting edges now.

One problem I did have that has now resolved itself is that the green "start" button was so easy to touch.   And it starts sewing!  Slightly grab the handles to move the head and I would touch that button and it would race off!  Once I even hit the button just tossing the top over and it touched the start button!  But,  that happens much less frequently now, I'm more in tune with how she operates.
I do miss a stitching mode that let's you set the speed and uses the stitch regulator.  The Innova only has manual mode and a stitch regulator mode that stops when you stop, slows as you slow down.  I'm used to working just a little faster,  that speed setting pushes you along to keep the pace and rhythm.  Also for designs like pebbling, fast is good!   Again, I'm adjusting and it is nice to not have to change speed when switching from ruler work back to designs.  I feel like I'm slower though not having that speed set at a good pace to keep up with.  A year from now?  Who knows?  I'm hoping I'll be fully acclimated.
Tension?  While threading is very different,  the tension I feel as I pull the thread through feels and responds just like my Fusion.   I did have to get the tension disc adjusted, but since that no issues with tension. She purrs with any thread, Glide thread doesn't even require a net!  I currently have Invisifill 100wt on for my next project and she stitches beautifully.
I upgraded to have the LED lights and black light options.  Lighting somehow seems better than with the super lights on the Fusion!   Probably because I'm not stitching in a well.  Bars aren't above my stitching area.  2 pluses with that!  Arms and rulers can lay flat. 
Can you see the blue sheen?  That's the black light.   I had one on the Fusion as well, but it seems to light up so much more on my Innova.
I love the way the top and backing load.   I love the lift that let's me raise the top, roller bar and all, so I can smooth batting.   Tops load so much more evenly and straight. 

Love that bobbin winder!   So nicely wound and easy to operate.   And that green container?   That's a goat feeder that mounts on channel fencing.  Works great as a thread catcher.   I also keep my brush for cleaning the bobbin area and my oil in the bucket.  

Electric lift to change the height?  I never want to be without it.   I change height all through the day.  I can lower to reach the top area of throat space,  changing the height as needed depending on where I'm working.  Quiet, smooth, effortless.  Touch of the remote hanging on the side rails.
The handles!   How I love the handles.   Each independent,  adjustable with just a tug.  Front and rear, left or right.   Changing position relative to the task at hand. I can even flip my left hand up out of the way while doing ruler work.  They are so awesome!
see the green button?  easy to touch when grabbing the handles.
One negative,  no control panel on the back.   I do a fair amount of pantos.  Advance quilt,  baste down sides,  run to the back.  And then I'm not sure if I changed from a long basting stitch to the desired stitch length!  So I run around to the front to check the display screen.  I'm getting new habits created.  I'm guessing a year from now I won't care but I do miss that for now.  The lift,  let's me bring the height way up so no stooping over the handles or to see  that paper pattern.  Awesome!
Much, much more but enough for now.  I loved my Fusion.  I have a few areas that is a trade off,  but across the board I'm loving my Innova even more!