Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sew-Vivor | 13 Spools

This year, I thought I'd audition for the Sew-Vivor competition! It's a quilter's edition this time around, so fingers crossed :). 

I know my readers have seen this a number of times already (so my apologies), but since it's one of my all-time favorites, I'd like to present to the judges my Mod Blocks quilt.

Mod Blocks

I based my design on a regency-style wallpaper. It finishes at 78" x 90".

Mod Blocks

I quilted it with an all-over rectangular meander.

Mod Blocks

He likes to hang out in our family room at the moment, and gets lots of snuggle time.

Mod Blocks

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quilting Away...

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

Or....we both win? Win-win.

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

This is gonna take awhile....

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

Obviously I couldn't decide on just what to do for the quilting...

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

...so I did everything!

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

This is how quilting is supposed to be. Enjoyable.

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quilting with the Juki 2010

I've been quilting a lot on my Juki lately - for some reason, I'm still feeling hesitant to write the quilting review about it. Probably because I'm not entirely happy with it.

Really, truthfully, I'm having troubles with the machine liking the thread that I use, but I'm rather unwilling to let go of that thread. I use exclusively use Sulky for quilting, but I've been having a lot of breakage issues. I think I've gotten most of them worked out:
- use a needle with a larger hole (metallic 90/14 needles)
- be sure that the hook of the thread stand is sitting exactly centered over the spool
- lace the thread through an extra hole in the thread feeder
- be sure to move the needle quickly (I tend to move the fabric faster than the needle, causing breakage)

But still. I'm still getting occasional thread shread/breakage. I'm also having some troubles with consistency of tension in the settings. I once quilted an entire quilt where the tension was off - if I increased it by one click, it was too tight (on top), and if I decreased it by one click, it was too loose. Really? REALLY?!? I don't even know what to do about that!! (Perhaps a batting issue on that one?)

I've definitely come leaps and strides in using this machine for quilting, so I'm sincerely hoping that it's just a few remaining tweaks in figuring out how to set the tension to get everything just right.

To be honest, the majority of the quilting looks fantastic. I'm just so over re-threading my needle.


I'm working on this quilt next - I'm soooo close to getting this machine to be happy. I'm hoping this will be an easy, fun quilting experience!


I'm sure someone will tell me not to use Sulky, so...
Here's the reason I use it: I can buy it at Jo-Ann's. With a coupon. 
There's something so alluring that I just can't give up about 50% off, beautiful, vibrantly colored thread, that I don't need to wait 3 days for. 
Also? The variegated options. They. are. BEAUTIFUL. 
I have yet to see any competition.

So Juki? You will bow down to the Sulky. 


Pretty please.


Linking up to WIP Wednesday.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Around the interwebz :D

Just some great links to share with you today!

A cool article on how creative people say no.

Splityarn's Flickr feed is so inspiring!

In case you didn't know, my friend Lindsay has this great collaborative Pinterest board on modern quilting projects.

And speaking of Pinterest, Alex Veronelli of Aurifil is a bit of a Pinterest demi-god. Basically the quilty-Pinteresty version of George Takei on Facebook. If that makes any sense to you.

Here and here are some interesting thoughts on the differences (or lack thereof) between modern quilting and traditional quilting by r0ssie - definitely worth a read!

I decorated these champagne glasses, which normally wouldn't be quilty, but don't they just scream Molli Sparkles to you?

In other news, I'm working on quilting up my friend's baby quilt - pics to come soon!! I just need to decide what quilting pattern to use next...it's my first time quilting someone else's quilt top, and it's definitely an interesting experience - I just hope she likes how I've done everything!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Butterfly Quilt: Block Diary 3

After my decision to throw myself wholly into one project at a time, I looked around and had a million UFOs stopped at their hardest points. Abandoned because they got difficult. Sigh. I've been working on unpicking some extremely dense quilting I didn't like on my Prism quilt. But I could only do so many hours of that at a time, so I unearthed my Butterfly Quilt blocks!

I admit, it was a little disappointing/anti-climactic to commit to one project at a time, and then realize I have to finish all these other things, first. Boo.

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

But. Since I got going on the Butterfly Quilt, I've been really, really enjoying it. I love some good, old, traditional piecing projects every now and then. Slow and steady. Here are my latest blocks and the fabrics I used:

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

(I've decided to inject a bit more purple into my version, but I did indicate the colors used in Tula's original quilt.)

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

I'm nearing the end - the only blocks left are a pile of HSTs and some blocks with curved piecing. I hate tracing and cutting out templates, so I procrastinated on this :)

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

I've even started cutting out the background - I'm so close to the end, I can taste it!!

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

This quilt is going to be huge and I'm itching to lay it out and see how it's looking, but I'm making myself wait until the blocks are all done. I know I won't want to go back to piecing blocks once I do lay everything out, and it's serving as some great motivation. This is one of those projects that is just so monumental and I'm pumped!

You can see my previous block diaries here:

Linking up to WIP Wednesday!

As a reminder, here is my disclaimer about these posts:

mentioned before that I'm working on the Tula Pink Butterfly quilt and that I was a little disappointed in the pattern - the directions didn't indicate which fabrics to use for which blocks. The photo on the front is just to small to see every single fabric with accuracy. This was frustrating to me - I was expecting the quilt kit to give me everything I needed to make the quilt exactly as pictured! So I scoured Angela Walter's photos of the quilt to better see Tula's fabric placement. You can look at the quilt up close, too, by going here (click on the photo you are interested in looking at for a blown-up version). So I'll be sharing with you what fabrics I used for each block in case you want to make the exact version, too!

But, I also want to respect all of Tula's hard work as a pattern writer. Therefore, I will not be sharing my cutting list (sorry!) because I think that would enable someone to make the quilt without buying the pattern. I will simply show photos of the finished blocks and indicate which fabrics I used from the quilt kit. I don't think this will show anything that Angela's photos don't already show. You will need to buy the quilt pattern for the measurements and assembly instructions of each block, as well as for the assembly of the entire quilt top, and the number of each block to make. I'm just sharing my fabric choices. If you want to make this project in the same colorway, awesome! I was gifted this quilt kit from Westwood Acres, but it is now also available at my favorite shop, Crimson Tate