Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Bevy of Baby Quilts II

It's a really cute animal print. They were all in boats, and I fussy cut the animals faces. All wonky, since they were cut differently. I wasn't happy with the amount of white in this one, but the jewel tone border really set it off.

Four patch blocks with tacked in place star applique. I didn't know if this would be a boy or girl, and didn't want anything too girly.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sewing Machine Meme

A bit about my sewing machine as requested by sew, mama, sew.

What brand and model do you have?
White 1418

How long have you had it?
Seven years.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Mostly Quilts, with some other craft projects thrown in. I do not do much machine quilting.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
Usually sew every weekend, depending on the project it may get some use during the week.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I love the machine because it is easy to use. I do wish it had some additional features. A needle down option would be very nice, I have to do this by hand now.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
Most of what I sew uses straight stitches. It is simple to use, and easy to troubleshoot.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
It has required service twice. The timing in the bobbin gets screwed up, and it won't stitch properly.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
My mother bought it for me for X-mas.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Yes, as a beginning machine. It's simple to figure out, without alot of intimidating features.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
I'm starting to look around for something that will do a better job at machine quilting. However, I also have to factor price in.

Do you have a dream machine?
Not yet, but I'm always looking!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Not a Quilt...

Had to post this and say thank you to Kate for posting this pattern. It's the first thing I've tried from a tutorial that actually looked like the picture when I was done.

Directions are posted here, and the template took some searching, but it's here.

Anyway, it's made with light brown linen on the outside, with Amy Butler fabrics inside. Can't wait to use it on my summer vacation!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Okay, so I really don't remember wheich one came next. By this point, I was completly hooked on quilts. It's just so fun to look at all the patterns, and fabric, and planning...
This was made for a friends wedding.