Archive for the ‘Machine Quilting’ Category

Making Progress

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


I finished this, except for the edges. Turned it in and it got a great review from EB. As is my MO, I was a underwhelmed when I finished it, but it is growing on me.

I did some more work on this piece, but need to quilt the background before I finish the top.


I started working on the water piece for this group.



Lisa is here, looking for a house to buy. She thinks she found one to make an offer on. We are meeting the realtor with her tomorrow at the house. It seems like the perfect place for them. Tonight we had a nice family meal at Stephanie’s.


A Little Postcard Diversion

Monday, June 16th, 2014


One of our friends from Trinity, who lives in the South tower of The Westover hosted a cocktail party in our honor on Friday evening. I decided to make a little postcard thank you for her. She loves flowers and has a lot of begonias on her deck.

I had some rainbow dyed silk scraps and first cut little petals for the flower and fused them.



Then I made leaves and a background and fused everything in place.



I hadn’t done free motion quilting for a while so it was fun to do some on this little piece.



I had to make a run to the studio to find my postcard backs. After gluing the stitched piece to the postcard back and zig zag stitching the edge. I put a stamp on it an mailed it. I always like to have the recipients have the surprise of getting this delivered in the mail.

Making the postcard and catching up on my SDA work have filled my day.

Putzing Along

Sunday, June 15th, 2014


So much good stuff going on here. Enjoying our new place and neighborhood so much.

Last Wednesday was Mia’s graduation from Junior High School.  Here she is with the flowers I gave her. We are so proud of her and the confidence and maturity that she has gained over the past year. We are excited to see what she will do in high school. Her gift from us is a trip to Seattle on the train with her Mom and I. Probably won’t get to it until July. After the ceremony, we all went out to a late dinner at Mia’s favorite restaurant. It was great to have time with them before they took off for NC to visit Jack’s parents.


I have been quilting away on the Picasso woman. I was worried about how to quilt the face and body, but decided on straight lines that sort of follow the contours. There have been a lot of thread ends to deal with.


One of our new adventures was to take the street car to the Portland Farmer’s Market on the Portland State campus. Wow, what a fabulous weekly event. It is considered the best farmer’s market in the country, I was told. I think we will make this a weekly event, when we are here and able.



I hope to finish Picasso woman in the nest couple of days and get started on a larger version of Sky Blue Pink.

Will She or Won’t She?

Monday, October 28th, 2013


I am plugging away on this big piece while I am dealing with a nasty virus and men on my roof, making noise that hurts me to the core. This particular virus made its way through the Barnes family and then skipped over here to me. Fever, swollen glands, dizziness, sleepiness – ack! So, will I finish this in time to photograph it and enter it on line?

I got the background quilted over the week-end, in short spurts, a section at a time.









So far I have 3 layers – hand-dyed cotton, painted organza and thread. The next layer will be tulip tree leaves. I got the idea of making this quilt because when I walk around the neighborhood, I pick up leaves for their colors or shapes and bring them home and scan them. I love the shape of tulip tree leaves, they are kind of short and curvy, like myself!

I am trying to use up what I have in my studio and not go out and buy more stuff. I found this roll of Jacquard paper  backed habotai silk on a roll.


I played with my scanned leaves in photoshop and printed them on the silk. I  then fused them to cotton crinoline to give them some shape.


I have pinned them to the background and now I am deciding if I am ready to stitch them in place. I was orginally going to make thermofax screens and screen a layer of leaves and then add the silk leaves. Seemed like too much to me. Today, I almost bagged the silk leaves and was about to make screens and screen the leaves. I just don’t have time to deal with that and so I think I will stick with these. What do you think? You can click on any image to see it larger.


I need to crash. It has been a long day.

My Sewing Machine Saga

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


I wanted to get my pet postcards finished because I have to get busy on my quilt for the SAQA Oregon show. I need to have it done by the end of the month.  So, I decided to resurrect my Bernina 170 which I have been using as a felting machine for over a year. To use the felting attachment, I had to remove the bobbin case and hook race. Dummy that I am, I forgot about the hook race. I thought I had misplaced just the bobbin case. I looked high and low and could not find it. I finally found one at a Bernina dealer near me. When I started to attach it, I realized I was also missing the hook race. I knew then that both had to be some place in my studio. There is no way that both could have been thrown out or disappeared. I had to find the bobbin hook race because it is really expensive to replace.

I finally found them safe and sound in the Bernina accessory case, under some fabric in the bins behind my sewing machine.


The problem was that I had a storage case from my former Janome that looked similar so I thought they were not where they belonged. There were in fact two bobbin cases. So, now I have 3 – I can play with tension to my heart’s delight.


So I got it all assembled and had to do some futzing around because I have been using a Janome for so long, I couldn’t remember how to do anything. I had to get out my manual.

Once I started working, I realized how much I love quilting with the Janome. This Bernina is several years old.


I am not happy with the one up at the top because the script gets lost in the quilting. I went over it with a pen and it did not help.  So, I decided to experiment with the monogram feature on the Bernina. I think this will work better, especially if I use a contrasting color.


On another note, I am having the ultrasound tomorrow. I will be glad to get that over with.