Yes, you heard correctly, I have officially finished my first quilt order. Sadly, it has taken me this long (the order was placed in March 2009). I finished the crib quilt AGES ago, but the name embroidery on the second quilt is what put the project on hold.
I drew out Maddy's quilt on a piece of graph paper and had deliberated with Nato over how to quilt it. We decided on one squiggly line , and two straight-stitch following the zigzag pattern of the quilt, down the pink center zigzag. Also, I'm going to free-motion a diamond spiral in each diamond.
I've been busy and been getting distracted alot since my last post.
I have one line left before being 1/2 finished quilting Henry's quilt. I'm hoping to be able to finish Henry's and Maddy's(Cindy's daughter) quilt today.
I've been using the machine quilting gloves, and they really help me keep control of the fabric. After I finish quilting Henry's quilt, I'm going to free-motion my logo in one corner. I'll post a pic of the logo when I post up pics of Henry's quilt.
It's a thing I want to start doing with all my quilts, in addition to sewing on a tag similar to the one below, with my name of course...lol
I need to get the money to order some of these though...I found this here:
Tobi went back to sleep, Nato is still asleep, and after Nato gets up, he's got to do his homework. So, I'll be keeping an eye on Tobi for him while he's doing that, then he'll want to hang out w/ Tobi, so he'll watch Tobi while I work quilt/sew.
After a little bit, I'm going to get off my lappy and quilt Henry's quilt(finally)!! I've been meaning to do it for a while...and I have everything I need to do it now.
So, first on today's plan is to quilt Henry's quilt, then finish Maddy's quilt(Cindy's 2nd quilt). When I've finished those, I'll post again w/ the next items to accomplish.
I'm going to wait until JoAnn's has another sale on rotary cutting products, then I'm gonna get a LARGE cutting mat, cause the 6"x 17" cutting mat and the foldable 24"x 14" cutting mat (Jewell's) aren't cutting it...please excuse the pun.
I'll probably also get some rotary cutting rulers then too...but I'm waiting for a sale, and for Nato's job, so I can start saving my allowance from him.
I'm planning on trying out my machine quilting gloves, and a few other of my new sewing "toys" today...I've already tried my thread cutting pendant, and it works great. It even looks cute. Made in Japan, so it's good quality.
I also already put it on a cord, so I am a really geeky quilter now...well, I guess I kinda already was, as I'm making my husband a Tetris/original NES controller quilt...lol
I'm thinking I might tie this quilt...I have all the accouterments to do it, except the tying thread...but Meme has some she said I could have.
I'd be matching the ties to the piece of quilt...it'd be interesting...not sure which side I'll have the tails come out on yet, though.
I was able to go by JoAnn's, and luckily(for me) someone wasn't doing their job right, cause all the stuff I had collected yesterday in a carrying basket was still in that basket, right where I left it.
I took my printout to the front of the store with all of my stuff, and was able to get most of it on sale, so instead of paying $50.58, I only had to pay, $37.35, which even though the card was a gift, I'm glad I saved, cause I still have $8.85 on the card.
After we arrived home, I proceeded to get all my sewing storage boxes out and put everything away. So now everything is put away, and organized in "hand-sewing stuff" and "machine-sewing stuff".
Okay, so we went to JoAnn's, and I found all my stuff, except the last 2 items. I asked a sales associate for help to find the last 2 items, and she showed me where they were.
As I picked up the last item, the thread organizer box, I mentioned the sale from the JoAnn's website to the sales associate, and she said that online sales are not always the same as in-store sales.
So, it turns out that I went around the store(for almost an hour) collecting everything from my list, just to have to leave all the stuff in the carrying basket.
I explained that I found all the stuff online on a 30% off sewing notions sale, and the sales associate told me that if I bring in a printout of the items on sale, that they'll match at least some of the sale items.
I tried buying the stuff online, but the website is apparently broken, so hopefully we'll be able to go sometime tomorrow.
I went on the site an hour or so ago, and almost nothing was still on sale, so I'm hoping that if we can go to JoAnn's tomorrow, and I show them the printout, they'll sell me the stuff at the sale prices.
I asked my mother-in-law about it yesterday, and she has to go to Visalia tomorrow to pick up my father-in-law's new wireless card. So, when we get up in the morning, she's going to take me by JoAnn's to get my list of stuff.
thread cutter pendant($4.89), flexi-lace hem tape($0.97), red machine quilting grip gloves($3.59), beeswax with holder($3.29), quilter's marking pencil-silver($2.29), cone thread holder($3.89), and a clear thread organizer($3.49).
I could buy a few more things with the remaining $8.36, but I'm leaving that for tax, cause I don't want to go over my $50 limit, then have to put something back.
I hope we can go to JoAnns soon...cause this is possible only if I can buy the stuff while the sale is still going.
I am also working on laundering and repairing 4 old quilts.
The first, being one my grandma made for my oldest brother a green "Pink Panther" quilt that is 27 years old(if I remember correctly...) Some of the stitching has come loose so I'm repairing it...mostly the sashing stitches.
The second is the quilt my grandma made for my mom and dad as their wedding quilt, it is white with a blue border, and a blue star. It and 2 others were stored outside in a plastic garbage bag, and apparently a few small holes got worn in the bottom of the bag, and the bottom two quilts got mildewed. The worst being this quilt. So, I'm in the process of washing them separately on the delicate cycle, with 1/4 cup bleach in with the loads.
The third quilt is one I can't recall where we got it from, but it's old. It is a patchwork quilt with squares approx. 10-12 inches. It has many different colors.
The forth and last of the repairees is one my grandma made and gave to my mom after she and my dad broke up. It is white with a flowery border, then a yellow border, and a yellow and green star. It doesn't even smell like mildew. That's a good thing, in any case, but even more so in this one, I think...there is a pretty big chunk missing out of the star, and it can't be washed until quite a bit of repairs are made.