Friday, March 29, 2013

Chevron Basting

So, yesterday before I ran off to visit my sister and mother, I squared up the quilt, pieced a backing, and basted the layers together.

I kept the points. I am certain that I will do something with them...eventually.

This is when I realized that this is the first quilt I have ever made on-point!

I did not get a picture of the back (sorry). I guess it will have to wait until the full reveal.

I baste with safety pins now, but I am looking at alternatives. I like safety pins because they can be reused. Is there anything else that you use that can be reused to baste with another time?

Now I am considering how I want to quilt it. I am thinking about this "honeycomb" method and this "wavy" method. Oh, the many options to quilt it!

So, since my husband is working today *quivering lip*, I will quilt this so it will be ready for the baby shower tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chevron 2

So, this morning, I started out with this: a bunch of squares layed out. Ready to be put together into a quilt top.
Then after a bunch of this...

and this...

I got a quilt top!
Woo Hoo! I finished it! I finished it! *happy dance*

From all of these squares.
Tomorrow, I will cut the edges to square the quilt up.
Right now I am tired. *Yawn*


Piecing of the top I blogged about yesterday has begun. We should have a top by tonight!

I am taking a break because I sewed some of it together backward. I hate when I do that, because I hate to undo and redo. So, a break should clear things up.

Back with a finished quilt top soon. I hope.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snow Break 2013

So, I am on Spring Break this week and it has been snowing for the past two days. I am in Alabama people. You know where it doesn't snow past the FIRST week of March not the LAST week of March! This is ridicules! It is a good thing that I like snow.

Anyways, my Spring Break so far has consisted of cleaning, watching movies, and sewing (well really cutting so far). Yay for sewing!

I really really really want to get this quilt pieced, quilted, and bound by Sat. noon for a baby shower that day. That will be a record for me. Currently, I do NOT have all of the pieces cut. I do have over half though.Also, I am going to my sister's house on Thur. to help clean for her bridal shower, and Fri. I am hanging with my Mr., who has the day off. We are going to a movie and getting a bite to eat. So, let's see how far I can get today.

I think I will move some of the multi-colored fabric around a little before sewing. I will keep you updated on my progress. 12:21 pm

P.S. In case you were wondering where I got the pattern. I got it here. No half-square-triangles!

update: all pieces are cut and arranged! Soon my sewing machine will be smoking. 2:24

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Quilting the Half-square Triangle Quilt

It is snowing in March in Alabama!
I have been quilting my niece's quilt.

It would have been finished a long time ago if I was not having so much trouble with the thread breaking. I did not have any problems when I was quilting the white fabric, but I have had all types of problems quilting the purple.

I have tried changing the needle and the thread.
I am not sure what the problem is. The only thing that seems to work is quilting slowly.

It is not like I quilt fast as if I am racing, but if I quilt really slow I do not end up with this mess.

So When it does break, after each petal, today I look out the window at the snow and take a deep breath and start again.