Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Start

The following is my latest post at my new blog, Free State Quilt Studio:

So, it's day three of summer vacation and my kid is already B-O-R-E-D!  Sad huh?  I wish I had 100 days off for the summer!  I'd love to be bored for a few days!  I bet you'd love just a few boring days, too!    

Call me boring, but since my last posting, I've finished up a couple sewing projects and started a few more.  First, I finished my Love Knots quilt.  I haven't quilted yet, however.  I'm not sure I will, actually.  I'm not that happy with it.

Don't get me wrong...I love the concept of this quilt top.  I'm not sure I executed it that nicely, however.  I will definitely try again, but this time I will make sure the fabric triangles I use to flip and stitch are bigger.  That way, I think the end shapes will be more distinct.  Have a look at some of the quilts my Craftsy classmates' quilts completed for the Stitch and Flip class.

I skipped ahead in the class and finished another quilt using Jacqie Gering's Slice and Insert Technique.  I actually signed up the the Craftsy Course because of Gering's Crosscut Quilt.  This is one of my all time favorite quilts ever!

Isn't is AWESOME?!  I love the colors, the architecture of it, and the quilting is amazing!  Now, here is my version:

Not so awesome, but, still, I liked it.  I used browns, rust, and mustard yellow.  These colors, as well as the architectural lines, remind me of the Brady house in The Brady Bunch.  I liked this quilt...until I quilted it.

YUK.  Not happy.

So, ever heard of a mulligan?  It's a "do over" if you flub up a golf stroke.  Here is my Do Over Quilt (top):

I used leftover batiks from my Ocean Waves quilt.  I also scaled back this top.  Each block is half the size of the original.  I also put a little rectangle in the top corner.  Fingers crossed I don't mess up on the quilting!   

So, I've messed up on a few things, but I've learned a lot, too!  I'm having a great time learning these new techniques and I feel like a have a few more weapons in my creative quilt arsenal now.  There are two more quilts to do for the class:  To The Point and Swirling Stars.  I can't wait to get started!  I've also learned that my sewing machine has one of the automatic thread cutter thingies on it!  I've been using my machine since 2007 and never knew it before this past weekend!  

I hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!  It's just the beginning!

Until next time!


P.S. The top photo is of a gorgeous peony in my back garden.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A String Quilt and a Reminder

Just a reminder that I've started a new blog called, Free State Quilt Studio.  I sure hope you will jump over and join me there.  For now, I'm re-posting my latest post here at Sew Loquacious:

One Quilt Done; One in Progress

Just a quick post to show my finished Strings Attached quilt.  I decided to free motion meandering quilting on the solid parts of the quilt and I did straight line quilting along the "strings."

I attached purchased binding my machine.  It was pretty easy and quick!  I like that!  I'm giving this quilt to my aunt this weekend for a Mother's Day present.  I hope she likes it!

Here is a quick look at my current Craftsy project for Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design.  It's called, Love Knots.  I've used deconstructed neckties for the top knot (for my hubby) and some of my favorite fabrics for the bottom knot (for me).  I can't wait to get this finished!  It's been a lot of fun and I'm excited to move on to the next lesson!  

Have a great weekend!  Until next time!


Hope to see you at my new blog soon!
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Fresh Start

Please join me at my new blog, Free State Quilt Studio! It's my new blog focusing on mostly all things quilty!

Thanks to all my readers for helping Sew Loquacious grow.  I've learned a lot and I am forever grateful.  Please jump over to my new blog and help me grow Free State Quilt Studio, too!

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