Friday, November 24, 2017

There's a Wrestling Match in my Quilting Room and I am Losing!

See this pretty white furry stuff I'm using on the back of this quilt?  Run away!  Run away!

My very first baby quilt was made using a super soft,  velvet-like fabric I've never used before which quilted up beautifully with no struggles.  I sure wish I knew what it was called.  I thought it was minky but apparently not.  THIS stuff, which is definitely minky, is much thicker and if I ever use it again, I will NOT be putting any batting with it  (but please slap me upside the head if I do use it again).  It makes my quilt sandwich so thick, I am literally pulling that quilt through.  The feed dogs are not moving it even with the walking foot!

I spent most of the day quilting one direction of a cross hatch grid and hope I can get through the other direction tomorrow.  My shoulders are killing me!  This quilt is going to be one heavy puppy!

After I get this quilt done, I am planning on giving you a tour of my new quilt room.  It's not anywhere near what I would like it to be, but making things pretty and cute takes time and I would rather spend it quilting.  Priorities!  It will be a journey and a gathering of pretty things.  Here is one thing I've done.  Just a few simple baskets, color coordinated with bows to tell me what color of scraps are in the basket.


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, one of the things I am thankful for are new quilt friends I have made.  Do you remember my cutting mat mishap?  I tried several things and although I did get some of the warps out of it, I never was able to get it perfectly flat again and was advised by quite a few that is was probably a lost cause.  A kind fellow blogger, Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts sent me a 50% off coupon for JoAnne's so I could buy a new one without having to break the bank.  I got the 24" x 36" size and I love it!  THANK YOU Preeti!  

Next I'll have to figure out a better way to keep my rulers handy, but for now they are just sitting on top of a little side table that fits under the end of my cutting table.

Another friend I met is Patty of Patty the Quilt Lady.   This lady is amazing!  She never stops moving and is one of the most productive people I've ever seen.  Patty in cleaning out things she didn't need or want, offered up a pretty little beaded purse to anybody who would pay the postage to send it and I was lucky enough to be the first to "raise my hand".   She sent it to me and here it is!  Thank you, Patty!  I will be sending you the postage for sending this little gem my way.  I just love vintage ladies things!


My college freshman daughter will come and visit me in my office once in a while and I recently passed on a Starbucks gift card to her that someone gave me (I'm not a coffee drinker).  While we were chatting she doodled this!  How cute is that?   Love seeing her creative side . . . 

Here are the blocks I've made for my November stash bee groups.  Here is the one I made for Laura . . .

And here is the one for Paige 
(with the 2nd one in progress)

Oh, I almost forgot!  I won another giveaway this week.  Thank you,Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring for sending me the newest Quiltmakers 100 Blocks and these gorgeous new fabrics from Anthology Fabrics.   I don't understand how I get so lucky but I'm not complaining!  These batiks are gorgeous!

I have missed you all!  I haven't blogged for a few weeks due to my Bernina being in for servicing.   I didn't have much to blog about when I was without a machine for 11 days! Frustrating!   I tried using my old Singer, but realized I don't remember where the magic 1/4" seam allowance on that machine is and my blocks were not turning out very accurately.   Well, that is the latest from my sewing and other adventures.   I hope you get lots of sewing done this weekend!

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21 comments:

  1. Your bee blocks turned out beautifully. I'm looking forward to seeing your new quilting room. I feel the same way about getting the sewing room organized, I would really rather sew. My college girl likes gift cards to Panera, it's a nice place to study on Sunday night.

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  2. I am glad you got your machine back and are using it again. But I am sorry that furry backing is giving you fits, that takes all the fun out of it. Lucky you winning those bright batiks, right up your alley!

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  3. you can blog about things not to do with quilting - that is allowed :) I love to hear about all of you, what you do besides quilting - after all we have a life that includes other things right. You might not realize it but if you are a tea drinker Star Bucks has tea too I know I have gotten green tea and peppermint there - will love to see your sewing room I was starting to think I had missed the tour

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  4. Welcome back! I haven't been blogging lately myself because I have been more concerned about getting my inventory built up for an upcoming Christmas Extravaganza show in two weeks. I need to get my babylock in for servicing, but fear it will be gone for a week or more. Eek! Cute trees!

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  5. Looking forward to seeing more of your quilting space. LOVE the beribboned scrap baskets!!

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  6. When I first started quilting, I used that minky stuff as backing on my first pieced project. NEVER AGAIN! The fabric retailer lady said she used it exclusively, well, I have never used it since.
    The Laura block is absolutely wonderful. I am hoarding grey fabric of all sizes and types, I just love it in quilts.
    I too won some fabric, so exciting!

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  7. How lucky that you won a prize from Wendy! Her quilting work is so nice and she shares so many of her patterns for free. I'm sorry you're struggling with the Minky :( I keep hearing that old song in my head: "I fought the law and the law won" except substitute Minky for law!!

    My rulers hang from little Command hooks on the wall. I wonder if you could put a few of those on the edges of your cutting table and hang your rulers like that? There's a metal hook from 3M/Command that works well on the little holes in the rulers...

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  8. So much to like in this post—well except your fight with the minky. It hope it settled down for you because that’s going to be a pretty and cozy quilt. Your bows on the baskets are adorable for labeling your colors. I always enjoy seeing your stash bee blocks. Have fun sewing in your new space! I bet it looks wonderful already.

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  10. Looking good. I like your quilting room. Cute organization system. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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  11. Love seeing a sneak peek into your sewing room Janice. Good Luck with your quilting, its such hard work isn't it. I have never used minky before.

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  12. It's all so pretty. I like your scrap baskets!!!

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  13. Thanks for warning us about the Minky. I use fleece often w/o batting and never have problems. Love the bee block for Laura. Do your have directions? I think it would be great for Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. Is it done with flip triangles? I have an old beaded purse tucked away someplace. Lucky you, a big winner in my book. Have a fun week!

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  14. That is really thick Minky! You'll enjoy your sewing room so much!

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  15. The minky does look incredibly thick. I've never worked with it before, but will definitely heed the warning. I can't wait to see your sewing room! It looks like a prefect place to be from the little snippets we've seen.

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  16. Love your scrap baskets!! (Decorating is my passion)

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  17. I LOVE your scrap baskets! So colorful and pretty. Yes Minky can do that, but it is not all the same even though everyone seems to call it "Minky", so don't be worried about using it again and using batting.

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  18. Oh those shelves!! JEALOUS!! The baskets are so cute! It looks like the room is coming along nicely.
    Those batiks you won are gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you do with them.

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  19. Sorry to hear about your minky troubles. I've never had any trouble quilting with it. Glad you were able to get a new cutting mat. Friends are awesome.

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  20. Well, I am thankful that I could send that coupon off to you and not have the temptation to spend more money. So glad that you put it to good use.
    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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