Dutchman’s Pipe Vine

We planted a dutchman’s pipe vine the end of May of this year, hoping it would vine out and cover our pergola.

WOW!  This vine has just started blooming and is totally a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!!  Totally.

And, the beautiful butterflies it attracts!

pipe vine

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Ruler Work and Stitch in the Ditch with a longarm

After purchasing my longarm, I pulled all of the quilt tops that needed to be quilted, included some very small ‘partial’ quilt tops.  The quilt shown below was a small square made up of a cut up charm pack of “Dream On”.  I had made another quilt with the same charm pack, and these were leftover pieces that I had ‘apparently’ sewn together (just don’t remember!!).

Surfing the internet one day I saw a picture of an Amish quilt and decided that the style would be perfect for this little square piece which consisted of 2″ squares.

I added significant sized borders and loaded it on my quilt frame, even though it only measured 39″ x 39″, which is perfect for a new baby, I think.

Decided on a piano key border, as you can see in the picture (and you can still see my chalk marks and also the tape holding my thread tails down in the main body of the quilt…..)

dream on border

This was a great lesson in stitch in the ditch and also ruler work.  I’m just getting to know my machine and I’m happy with learning something new and getting comfortable.

Here’s a (lousy) shot of how I drew out the fan shape for the corner of the borders:

dream chalked border

I can’t decide if this is finished or not.  I have rolled the quilt back to the beginning to figure out if I want to add more stitching to the pink border (instead of leaving it unquilted), and whether or not to add more quilting stitches to the spaces in the piano keys.

I quilted the center with ‘loopy clams’ shown by Lyn Durbin in her video.  It turned out pretty darned good.  You can see her video here.

I’ll show the finished quilt in the next week or two and instead of using my iPhone to take photos, I’ll get out our good digital camera so you can see how those loopy clams turned out.  Stay tuned.

 

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Splendor — Naked Bed Challenge 2011 — Almost Finished (in 2014!)

WOW, three years later and I am getting the batik king sized quilt for our bed quilted!  This was my entry into the Naked Bed Challenge in 2011.  You can read about it in this post.  I really didn’t think I could quilt this large top myself, but really, really did NOT want to send it out to be quilted.  I contemplated taking it apart (partially) and turning it into a QAYG project, but that never happened.  Too many other quilt tops got in the way, as usual.

Guess the wait on having it quilted was a good thing.  Because three years after making the quilt top, we finally purchased a quilting machine.  I spent some time getting to know the machine and building confidence, and the batik quilt for our bed was the first ‘real’ quilt to be loaded onto the frame.

I’m happy to say that it is almost quilted and I am sure this evening it will come off of the frame.

Having such busy fabrics, I just quilted a simple curvy design, spaced approximately 3 inches (or so) apart.  I also did a lot of ‘stitch in the ditch’ around the brown sashings.  Not an easy thing to do with my lack of expertise using the machine, but hey, it’s good enough for us!  (practice, practice, practice……)

naked1

naked2

 

 

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Pieced Color Theory

Batik Color Theory quilt blocks have been finished.  Yesterday I started to sew the puzzle pieces together while watching Titanic (again!) on Bravo.  Hope to find the time to get the top completely sewn together this weekend.

color theory pieced

The top right corner that appears to be missing is actually under my sewing machine needle.  I purchased the batik quilt back fabric last week and it is going to be super bright!

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