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What’s next?!

I have two quilts that were UFO’s that are almost done.  They should both be done by Sunday.  Now where do I go.  What project will I pick?  I have several that need to be done, and all that I want to do….

I have 2 quilts I promised to my mother’s cousin for her granddaughter that she wants by May.  It would be nice to get these done before the deadline and May is only 4 months away.  Then there is my niece’s t-shirt quilt she gets for graduating from high school.  She is now a sophomore in college…

Beginning of Allison's quilt

Beginning of Allison’s quilt

Grand-Niece's Quilt

Grand-Niece’s Quilt

I also have my Grand-niece’s Big Girl quilt for when she turned 7.  She will be 9? in June.  Almost time for her little brother to reach 7!

Then there is my brother’s quilt.  I created the design and have been working on it for a few years, now.

How do I decide?  Any suggestions?  I’ve thought about splitting my time with these, but I still have Charity quilts and bee challenges to do as well.

So then I think maybe I should do the one furthest along.  That would be my Grand-niece’s, but then I run the risk of running out of time to do those quilts for my mother’s cousin.  Year and a half ago it seemed so doable when I said yes….

I think I will do the one for my mother’s cousin.  I have the fabric and will do the disappearing 9-Patch.

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MQM Flames

My try at flames on paper

My try at flames on paper.

It’s been a while since I drew this, and looking at it, it doesn’t look too bad.  It has some flam-ish feel.  I wrote some notes at the top.  I will share.

  • Have a base line
  • Alternate between high and low
  • Curve taller flame around lower ones
  • Dance to right and left?(no idea)  Maybe make the curves or jags deep?
  • Jagged, may make it more flame-ish
  • Try curve then jagged on opposite side

I haven’t tried it on fabric.  Tho, several years ago I did make a quilt for a nephew that had quilted flames. I remember them being bigger, thicker and more meandering than these.  Don’t remember how I stitched them.

I was contemplating the drawing, trying to think what to write next and thought the flames could be tweaked to be sea weed, eh?

This morning I read my “violin hack” blog, A Way to Stop Underestimating Yourself.  Noa writes about ways and studies to improve your practice and performance.  The question, can you achieve greatness if you work hard?  Correct answer is yes.  But to truly believe that is a challenge.  Study shows it may depend on what type characters you read about as a child.  My takeaway from this is in order to believe in ourselves, we have to see people we think as successfull, experience trials and tribulations and how they overcame them.

So my plan here is to share with you my struggles in quilting.  I feel like everyone is a better quilter than me.  (I’m not trying to poor mouth.)  But you know what?  That’s ok.  I’m where I am and I am improving my skills.  Just like exercise, I don’t have to be faster or stronger than anyone.  Just show up and move!  If you feel like me, the same is true for you.  And you know, my work and your work are better than we think.  Just give it a few months and you will look at it and go “I did that?!”  Yep, you did!

God Bless!

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MQM Paisley success!

Got the quilt basted

Got the quilt basted.

Cotton Pickin’ Bee met last week. Got some help with this troublesome motif. It’s continuous, too!  I practiced on paper and now I’m ready to put it to fabric.

Continuous Paisley Motif

Continuous Paisley Motif

You know me. I’ve got to draw it out and break it down. I had been trying to start it at the loop. Well, it’s easier starting away from the loop.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Then, loop back up.

Then, loop back up.

 

 

We’ve done this next step on waves and spirals.

curl and back out.

curl and back out.

 

 

 

 

Almost there.  Now just cross the line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Then here is the 2nd paisley.  Just continue down the column.  Easy.

Paisley Repeat

Paisley Repeat

Took a little doing, but paisley is done.  Now to go sew it.  But before I do that, I wanted to share a tool with you.  It’s called Kwik Klip.  It saves fingers from getting sore when closing those safety pins when pin basting!

Handy dandy tool.

Handy dandy tool.

So here is my practice run photos of the paisley.  This is my first attempt on the machine.  I am pleased.  🙂

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

So here are a couple of close ups.

Paisley with squiggles two paisleys

 

Now, I’m going to sew paisleys on the comforter quilt.  It may take a few days, but watch for it in WAYWO posts.

How do you learn a new motif?  Would love to “read” your process!

God Bless!

 

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MQM bust

Well, MQM just went bust!  It’s Sunday night and I have nothing to show for Machine Quilting.  But I can talk about some things.  The walking foot.  It’s how I started machine quilting.  Straight lines and in the ditch.  Well, my seams were never straight and I fell “out” of the ditch quite often.  Then I discovered the freedom of free motion and I haven’t looked back.

But the modern quilts are using a lot of straight line quilting.  The walking foot is perfect for this.  Did you know most walking foots have a tool that you can use to minimize your drawing of straight lines?  It’s an arm that slides along the sewn line and you can set it up to different distances.  But let me tell you, it’s not very exciting.  But it works.  I don’t have any samples to show.

I did get to see Itzhak Perlman Saturday night at the Grand in Galveston.  OH MY GOSH!  He is the most relaxed player I have ever seen.  (not my first time seeing him).  But he makes violin playing look so effortless.  He played the Beethoven Spring Violin and Piano Sonata.  I have played this piece with a friend of mine from Lafayette.  So I knew it backwards and forwards so to speak.  I was in heaven!  In the moment, no future, no past.  Then after he played what was listed on the program, he and his pianist brought out a 24″ stack of music!  Wow, then he just picked something to play, said a few words about it and then they would play it.  A lot of Fritz Kreizler, who was an outstanding violinist that arranged many pieces for solo violin with piano accompaniment.  (not sure if I spelled that right.)  I haven’t touched my violin since.  There is no way I can play like him and it would be an exercise in frustration!  So maybe tomorrow, I’ll work on playing with a “relaxed” feel…

I am inspired to play, just want to give it some space….Thanks for reading and next week, I hope to have my paisley motif ready for show and tell!

God Bless!

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MQM Paisleys

Paisley Stencil

Paisley Stencil

Regretfully, I do not have a quilt completed with the Paisley Motif.  I have loved the Paisley design since the 60’s when my mother made my brother a Paisley shirt.  I thought it was the coolest thing!   I remember it being maroon with bright colored paisleys.  If there is fabric with a paisley motif, chances are I will purchase some of that fabric!

I have struggled getting my quilting motif to get the paisley “look”.  I’ve been drawing it out, I still need to practice it, but I think it’s getting closer to what I want.  So I took this stencil, even though it is a HUGE stencil and traced it out.  When drawing I noticed the curl of the tail and “fatness” of the head.  This Louisiana gal sees SHRIMP!  And in my practice drawing, that is what came out…

Shrimpy feel.

Shrimpy feel.

I then noticed that the “tail” is lower than the head.  Also, I was drawing my heads too narrow.  Of course I want this a continuous line for free motion.  Trying to make the paisley continuous I just got frustrated and was listening to the tv.  (my husband had it on some political “news”, which I get frustrated with.)  So I just started doodling, like I was listening to a boring lecture.  I started echoing the paisley.  Wait, that looks better!

Paisley with Echo

Paisley with Echo

I really like the one on the left.

The one on the left

The one on the left

So now I know where to start my “real” practice of this motif.  It is the one I’ve picked for my quilting challenge in my bee.  Maybe in a week or two, I will have the charity quilt to show with this motif!

Do you have any favorite motifs?  God Bless!

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MQM Spirals

Spirals are EASY!

Spirals are EASY!

Did you have fun with the waves?  Next up are spirals.  It is very similar to the waves.  Start from left, or right, spiral in like the waves, but make more circles, being sure to leave room to spiral out, then on to the next.

One Spiral

One Spiral

You can make them big or small.  I did find they looked more “professional” the straighter the circles.  Pay attention to the needle path and don’t let it warble all over the place.

Little bit steadier spiral, maybe "tighter" is the word I'm looking for, the design not your shoulders!

Little bit steadier spiral, maybe “tighter” is the word I’m looking for, the design not your shoulders!

I find, to me that a lot of my quilting motifs take on a “grinch” type feel, cartoonish, caricature looking.  Learning this tip, I think I may be able to fix that.  Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your needle sew?  Steady and straight with tiny little stitches all in a row.  Well that’s the idea anyway.  Between you and me, they are not ALWAYS so straight….Galloping horse gallops by.

The spiral is a fast and easy motif.  I used in the Batik challenge and had the top done in a little over an hour.  It’s fun and once you get the motion down, it’s a no brainer.

Done! Next step Binding.

Done! Next step Binding.

Would be a good one to put on your favorite tunes.  That, by the way is how I started machine quilting.  I took a couple of classes, then set up my machine, plugged my iPod into my ears and away I went.  Trust me, if you are struggling, you need something to get that right side of the brain working.  That left side is just TOO critical!

Another tip for you is to find the way it’s easier for your to go.  Up or Down.  I find it easier to start at the bottom and work my way to the top.  I only sew about 2 hand widths left and right, all the way to the top, tie off and go back down to the bottom.  When I reach the center of the quilt, I turn the quilt around and repeat the process to the center.

Hope this helps you get started and silences that little voice.  If you have any quilting tips I would love to hear/read them.

God Bless!

 

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MQM Waves

[sigh], I’ve decided to not do the videos anymore.  I struggle to get them to be natural.  I will use my music goals to help me be more comfy with video.  I will use drawings and arrows to show you how to do the quilting motifs.

Waves are a great border motif.  They can be big, small, varying sizes and they can be all one way, which makes it a great border motif.  It’s easy.  Trust me.  One tip, is to start the motif at the bottom of the wave.

Start at bottom left, curve up and to the left, come back around, curve in and then out to the right for the next wave.

Start at bottom left, curve up and to the left, come back around, curve in and then out to the right for the next wave.

Easy.  Take a breath and do the next wave.  You could start from the right and make the crest of the wave in the other direction.  You can make the depth of the wave larger.  The possibilities are numerous for this motif.  Below is a continuation of the border waves and my Tiki Dreaming wall hanging which uses this motif in the borders.

Tiki Dreaming Side Border

Tiki Dreaming Side Border

Continue motif along the border.

Continue motif along the border.

On the right is my Tiki Island Dreaming wall hanging.  I used the wave motif in the border and in reverse appliqué beneath the star fish “sun”.

Close up of the waves. I used metallic thread! It was so fun.

Close up of the waves. I used metallic thread! It was so fun.

Here is the FINISHED work!

Tiki Dreaming!

Tiki Dreaming!

Hope this format works for you.  I will be happy to answer any questions that may come up when you try this motif.  Happy Quilting!

God Bless!

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MQM Ribbon Candy Quilted

Pencil practice on the Ribbon Candy motif

Pencil practice on the Ribbon Candy motif

I’ve been practicing my drawing of ribbon candy and now I’m ready to give it a go on the machine!  In drawing it I discovered a couple of things.  It looks better when I focus on bringing the line in and out, instead of trying to make the two sides match.  Also, the wide part does not need to be large, it looks better and is easier to make the effect if you don’t make it “fat”.  The biggest thing, I’ve learned, and I knew this, but take a step or two back from the work.  Look at the whole shape, in this case edge to edge.

I’m still nervous about making videos, so bare with me please.  I’ve learned when I show the design with my hand, I need to use my right hand.  I do these without rehearsing, so my lapses in speaking are my brain trying to figure out what I’m saying.  I’m hoping this gets easier over time.  If not, then, I guess I will have to Practice!

Click HERE to see the video.

Have you tried the ribbon candy?

God Bless!

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MQM Ribbon Candy

Pencil practice on the Ribbon Candy motif

Pencil practice on the Ribbon Candy motif

You can see what I’ve been working on.  It’s a great way to learn the motor skill needed to quilt the motif you want.  Looking at this picture, it doesn’t look too bad.  I can tell I’m after the ribbon candy effect.  But during the actual drawing, the little voice inside my head was complaining about how “bad” it was.  I think maybe I should do another page and then try to quilt it.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.  My hope is to encourage you to sush that little voice and give machine quilting a try.

God Bless!

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FFF Resolution #3

Mid January.  My life is busy.  I can see from my January calendar that I have rehearsals and concerts, which means a lot of my days will be spent practicing.  And I haven’t written my Music Resolutions, yet.  I do have some spinning in my head trying to get out.  But first, Resolution #3 is a very important one.  It’s what I want to do for a living.  Once I’ve accomplished this goal, I want to teach it to others.

I know how to use my Bernina 880 and her accessories.  I know how to embroider, oil, and clean my machine.  I know and use the different features, I understand and use Corel Draw.  I incorporate learning the machine and software into my blog.

I just love computer software.  Back in the day, I would get a new program with the manual, you know a book on how to use the program 🙂 and I would sit down go thru the book and learn the software.  By myself.  Except for when I was in school, this is how I learned computers.  I have taken a few real estate courses featuring some software and how to use it in real estate.   I was usually disappointed, because everyone else was trying to figure out how to start the program.  I was already in it, ready to take it for a spin!

I think this will be one of my more fun resolutions.  Join me on Tuesdays for my Thirst for Knowledge blog.

God Bless!

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