Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tissues Please....

If you have been following me I have been working on ‘School Bell Has Rung’ by Karen Walker -
While surfing months ago I saw this:

Because the only free motion design I really know to quilt is ‘Meandering’ I thought with Karen’s help I could learn Feathers.
She has several parts to this project and she shows how to do these techniques:
Magic 8 Method, No Waste Flying Geese Unit, Hourglass Method, and the Triple Triangle Method. (She also has math charts different sizes.)
I could not replace the center section
like I thought I could because my Y seams did not match up at all

so I got Jack back out and he helped me  re-rip the middle section out and take what needed to be taken apart.
I remade the center using a different color of fabric as Karen had showed in step 1 and sewed the piece back together.
The real reason I made this piece was because I liked the way Karen quilted the piece. I did every step and…..where is the quilting step???? I waited, and waited, and waited,  finally emailed Karen and she said she was busy working on something else. Will my bell ever ring?
With my tablet by my side and quilting gloves on I started to free motion quilting.  Along with not being able to do precision Y seams I am NOT proficient in free motion quilting.  
Notice uneven, wiggly lines
Thankfully I saw something last week about Golden Threads paper so I got out my roll I bought several years ago.
You can find it here:
I used my Frixion pen to ‘kind of’ copy Karen’s quilting pattern. I like to draw with the Frixion pen because I can erase the lines with my iron that I do not like or correct what needs to be redrawn.

Lar scanned one of my designs in the scanner. Then I copied it onto the tissue paper after I cut and glued the tissue paper to fit an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper so I could run the tissue paper through my printer. I printed as many designs I needed.

I cut and pinned the tissue design to where I wanted the quilt design.
I did learn many things I should have already known.
Choose your fabric wisely, follow the instructions correctly, use a thicker thread when quilting, and most importantly if you don't like it stop BEFORE the next step.
Can you hear the bell?

I have used the Panasonic Iron

I bought at Hoover’s the day I bought my new machine many times and have found that I really like it. The best feature of the iron is the ability to iron 360◦ because it is cordless. Nice!

Now can someone please pass me a REALLY BIG box of tissues??


I swear I never saw the concrete block around the light post…but I heard it!


After quilting the design on the ‘SBHR’ piece and ripping off the paper, there were some itty-bitty pieces of paper stuck in the stitches.

I bought this tool years ago and finally used it to carefully scratch out the bits.

The pick is very similar to a nut pick.
Have a great week.
D.G. L


Marly said...

I had the same experience with the school bell. Well, almost, because I wasn't as quick off the mark as you, and had yet to start sewing (although I had cut some triangles) when I realised that that was it! No quilting help, and that's what I really need too. Why do some folks say "quilting" when they really mean "patchwork"?

Zenia Rene said...

Hi Lindi! You are much more dedicated than I am! I don't think I would never go through all those steps to quilt something. But you did it and you have a gorgeous finish to show for it. Your bells are ringing. That bit about not seeing the concrete block made me lol...but I'm sorry for the vehicle damage it caused. I've wanted that cordless 360 iron forever now! I think I'm going to buy it for myself for my b-day in December. Thanks for linking up!

Sharon - IN said...

Aw shocks, as you haven't had that car all too long. Sorry for the mishap. My son showed up today after work saying his new-to-him car got 'keyed' today. People can be so mean! Why would anybody purposely damage someone's car?

Your quilting is lovely! So nice that you figured out the quilting!

Bonnie said...

You are your worst critic. Look at this piece a month or two down the road. You'll still not be thrilled with it but all the little bumps and things you don't really like now will recede. Then you'll just notice the overall instead of each little line. Remember before you start quilting spend time tracing or drawing the design to give yourself some muscle memory. And the one I never do, practice, practice and practice some more. Your piece looks fine. I love the colors and the quilting is very nice.

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I love your quilts. Wonderful colors you chose. Thanks for sharing!