How did June fly by me so quickly? It's nearly the end of the month, so time to complete the two Block-of-the-Month quilt blocks from Craftsy's free online class. This month the blocks are two examples of what instructor Amy Gibson calls Modern Nine Patch blocks. Both were quick and easy to piece. The first is this Greek Cross block. And below is the Octagon block. I'm liking the vibrancy of these blocks made with the California Dreamin' fat quarter bundle I purchased just for the project. The blocks are piling up in month six of the year-long project. I look forward to seeing how Amy suggests setting the blocks together... but I'm getting ahead of myself. We're just half-way there. Meanwhile, I've also signed up for Carol Ann Waugh's Stitch and Slash class. Craftsy was having a sale recently, and I enjoyed a previous class she taught. So there's never a shortage of projects to work on in the sewing room!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
It took awhile, but at last the quilt is finished and ready to return. I'm glad I took this project on. As it turns out, I'm happy enough with how the machine quilting turned out. I use a Bernina with the Stitch Regulator for some quilting, but uninstall it and quilt without it some of the time. I can't decide if the Stitch Regulator is a reliable help, or if it's just as easy without it. Do you have experience using a stitch regulator on your machine? I'd be interested to hear your take on its usefulness. (By the way, if the fonts in this post look different colors in your display, I'm clueless as to why that is. I was unable to correct it. Apparently some things changed in the short time I was away from Blogger.)
Thanks to the Sew Cal Gal FMQ Challenge, I was able to apply a few of the tips and patterns I learned in the monthly tutorials. That meandering ivy you can see in the photo from the back of the quilt (below) is one of the lessons I've used more than once. It's still a challenge to wrestle with the bulk of a piece while quilting it, but I did persevere to the end. Now to apply my newly developed machine quilting skills to the pile up of unfinished quilts awaiting completion! Now there's a lofty goal.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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