Feather Practice

Feather Practice

[caption id="attachment_23" align="alignright" width="296"] Feathered blocks[/caption] I loaded a practice piece onto my longarm and quilted three feathered blocks before I left for Quilt Festival. The block design is from Deborah Poole's book called "You Can Quilt It!" I used rulers for the cross hatching and the channels where the pebbles are and the rest is free hand. Even with a ruler those cross hatches are hard to keep straight, although I think part of my issue is that I'm using an oval ruler with the middle cut out so it's difficult to hold. When I got back I did one more block in that design to finish the row and then added two more rows with different designs that I learned from Festival. It was nice to be back…
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Tie-Dye Experiments Take 2

I decided to a set of place mats in my kitchen sink which I won't really recommend because your mileage may vary - the dye washed out of my stainless steel sink with some scrubbing, but I'm not sure I'd want to try it with a darker color. I dyed four pieces, two in the spiral design and two in the accordion fold. I also threw in a t-shirt I had lying around, also in the spiral design (haven't photographed it yet, but it didn't quite come out like I hoped).  I left the rubber bands on while rinsing, and then immediately washed them in Synthrapol. After line drying for a day, I washed in Retayne too, just in case. No color bled at all with the Retayne bath, so…
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Embroidered Halloween Placemats

After getting some muslin dyed and trimmed to placemat size, I embroidered them with spider web brackets and dancing skeletons and then quilted them on my longarm. I would have liked the skeletons to be a bit bigger but I was limited by my embroidery machine (which I've since remedied). I'm quite tickled with how they came out! One thing I will do on future place mats, however, is preshrink the backing fabric. I dyed the orange pieces in super hot water so they shrunk, but I totally forgot to do the same to the muslin on the back, so when I washed these after this photo was taken, I was surprised at how much smaller they were. Lesson learned! They're still useful as place mats because I made them…
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The Manly Flannel Quilt

I made this quilt as a shop sample with my husband in mind, since he loves grays and blues (and hates how cold I keep the house in the winter). I used Missouri Star Quilt Co's Double Slice Layer Cake pattern and one layer cake from Moda to make the blocks, and then added borders to make it bigger. It's too long for my coworkers to hold up The pattern was super easy and quick and I think the entire quilt was pieced and quilted in less time than it took me to hand-stitch the binding down (I had to wait for a cold front!). I've never worked with flannel before and I found it kind of a pain. It stretched more than I expected in one direction and not…
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