Thursday, January 26, 2012

SewCalGal Challenge - January

It is January 26th and I finally got around to trying the SewCalGal Challenge. No bad, not wonderful either. Had a lot of problems setting up my Janome 6600 so it would do FMQ correctly. The back kept showing the top stitches. After changing every setting, it occur to me that the sandwich was to thin. So I doubled it by using two different weight battings. I did use the little washer Leah Day suggested in the bobbin and the gloves and the Super Slider. I could see the difference from the first attempt to the last attempt. I am following both FMQ tutorials. I can use all the help I can get. I know Practice, practice, practice.

It is hard to see because I used blue thread. I didn't want to waste it, so I am going to use it on a background on a AAQI Priority Quilt! Will post finished quilt when it is done!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year 2012

It has been a very busy few weeks. We enjoyed the Holidays with our youngest daughter and Grandson. He really liked the lights and ornaments on the Christmas tree. Grandpa took him for a walk around the neighborhood to see the lights. He came back saying candy cane. One of the houses had a lot of candy canes lit up on their lawn. I don't know who enjoyed it more, Grandpa or Louie!

Finished DH quilting and then did the AAQI quilt. Came out cute.

Now to get back to doing the Orca Bay quilt for my DD. We also need another quilt for Louie so he has a backup. I dug through my UFO's and found 38 - 10" Autumn blocks from a Forum Swap going back to 2002. I don't even recognize the names of the makers. There are even 4 inch squares in the envelope for the borders. Not really great choice for a 2 year old but thought I could use it for the back of the blocks. I want to do a QAYO or Fun and done quilt. Kill to birds with one stone. There is one block from Alaska that was a bear sipping a cup of Joe. My favorite block. Louie loves it too!

Still that is not the oldest UFO in the tub. The oldest is a Thimbleberry from 1995, I don't know what the name of the quilt was nor where the directions are. I will probably make it into the baby quilt and get it done. It is very girlie so not a good choice for Louie. He is more of the truck, airplane and animal kind of boy.