Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My first Free Motion Quilt



It's done!  My first free motion quilted quilt!  I've tied or tacked quilts.  I've used the walking foot, I've even hand quilted - a very long time ago.  But I'd never done more than a few frustrated minutes of free motion quilting until April.  I was determined to finally learn this. I still have quite a way to go but am very pleased with this first effort.

This is also an Improvisational Quilt - something I'd never heard of until a few months ago. You can learn many of these skills from YouTube videos. I used my Craftsy unlimited subscription to help me.

I used several Craftsy classes or rather parts of them to help me complete this project.  Here are all the ones I can remember:

Machine Quilting in Sections
Machine quilting Borders and Backgrounds by Angela Walters for the swirls
Improvisational Piecing
Start Up Library - Quilting
Fearless Free Motion

Here is the video sharing the quilt:


I have already purchased at least some of the fabric for 3 more projects with one underway.  I'm pleased that this one used a lot of what was in my stash so that makes me feel extra good.  So good that I bought all that new fabric.  Oh well, it means I must get to sewing.

(Adding these photos of a dress I bought at a consignment store so I can link them elsewhere on a Tag sale thread.  Great deal for $30 - fully lined.



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Friday, June 29, 2018

Papercrafting Projects using my Stash and Upcycling





I remember the days when I kept a well stocked drawer of wrapping paper and ribbons. I really didn't like gift bags, I preferred a wrapped gift.  I still enjoy wrapping gifts but admit that I'm more likely to do a gift bag particularly when it is an odd shape or didn't come in a box.  Since I don't do a lot of gifting, I don't think to pick up gift wrapping supplies, which leaves me scrambling to make my gifts presentable.


In this video I share a couple of gift bags I've made from store bags.  The main part of the video shows some cards I did for my husband for one of his trips.  I tuck them into the pockets of the clothes in his suitcase as a bit of a surprise.  It isn't that much of a surprise anymore as he has come to expect them but I still think he enjoys reaching into a pocket and pulling out a handmade card with a little note. They take hardly any time and are a great way to use up supplies particularly stamps and stickers.

Finally, I have a canvas I made a year ago for a baby shower.  It was prettier in person than the video.  I hope the still shots will help.

Here's the video:



Thanks for watching.  I hope you have a safe and fun holiday week.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

An update on my knitting projects

My latest vlog shares an update on this shawl:



And the start of this project:



Here's the video:


At the end is a quick look at where I am in quilting.  It's been a busy week as I did some cushions for my mother as well.  I haven't done in papercrafting this week but I need a couple of birthday cards so I know I'll be making those soon.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Inspiration from Paper



Almost always, I choose my photo first.  This time I was just puttering around my craft room looking for inspiration and decided to pick a paper collection that I liked and wanted to work with.  Then I would choose the photo.

The collection is a kit from Kaisercraft.  It has been partially used but I found plenty there to work with.  The process video is here:


Stay tuned for another vlog video coming along. I've been busy quilting. I've finished a small knitting project and am forced - forced, I tell you - to shop for yarn for another project.  :-)

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Quilting Progress Video



For my Vlog video this week, I am concentrating on quilting.  I had much to share and thought it made sense to do just one craft per video.  I'll probably do another quilting one soon.  Also I'll do separate videos on papercrafting and from time to time, knitting.  I don't knit that much per day so I typically only complete one project every couple of months.

In the video, I share a quilt top I pieced a few weeks ago after doing a portion of an Improvisational Piecing class on Craftsy. I'd never heard of Improvisational quilting until I was watching one of their series featuring several quilters telling their stories. I love the freedom of this type of piecing.  It is sort of an anything goes approach and you don't have to be super picky about measuring and cutting. When I started I just wanted to use up some of my older fabrics.  For the background the only thing I had enough of was a black and gray fabric.  I added another one and it has created some drama. It is also going to create a little bit of a headache and eyestrain, too.  Quilting on black fabric is akin to knitting black or navy yarn.  It's just harder to see.  I hope it means it is harder to see the imprecision of my free motion quilting, too.  ;-)

A class I bought on Craftsy last fall but only recently watched is Marti Michell's Machine Quilting in Sections.  Marti shares many methods for joining your quilt pieces after they are quilted. I give some of my impressions of these with some sample quilt blocks.  I used Angela Walters Dot to Dot techniques for much of the quilting.

I am planning to use a swirl design on the background of Improv quilt.  My swirls are looking a little better thanks to some YouTube videos by Melanie Ham and Leah Day and the practice I'm doing.  I share in my video how I'm replicating my quilt top on a practice piece so I can get the feel, literally, of how much fabric I can manage on my machine at a time.  This will also help me determine which of Marti's methods I want to use to finish this quilt top which is about 65" square.  That's not so terribly big but for someone new to free motion working in now a much smaller space, it seems huge.

Lastly, (surprise!) I went shopping.  So I have a sneak peek of some fabrics new to my stash. I do have a plan for these and will share that in another video.

Here's the Vlog video on YouTube:


Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hidden Photo and Journaling



When I first started making this page, we were several days into a very rainy late May.  The photographs though were taken on a very sunny day in late April at Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, South Carolina.

To put all five photos on the page is a bit crowded, so I have two photos back to back and am using a Washi tape trick I spotted on Pinterest long ago to create a little door so you can see the other photo and also some journaling.

The embellishments are a hodge podge from all sorts of places.  I don't think any two things came from the same collection or even manufacturer.

Here's the process video for the page:


Thanks for watching today!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cardigan finished! Stamp catalog here! and fabric find

For my Vlog video this week, I'm sharing a completed cardigan, a cap I knitted, my thoughts on selecting stamps, some stamps sets I want to move out eventually and some fabric I found in my stash.  The video runs a bit longer and I've marked the location for the knitting part if you aren't interested in all the stamp stuff.  The fabric bit is short and at the end.






Here's the video with the links below:



Here are links to things I mentioned in the video:

Stampin' Up! online catalog:  https://www.stampinup.com/en-us/product/catalogs
My demonstrator is Mary Fish at:  https://stampinpretty.com/
When I get them photographed and published, the stamp sets in the video will be on LovelyLayersArt Etsy shop for a few weeks or until they sell.

The hat I knitted is a pattern that came from this book:  Weekend Hats on Amazon
(I checked out a copy from the library)
The cardigan is from a tunic pattern in the spring Creative Knitting magazine.  You can find it here: Spring 18 Creative Knitting
I still think it would be beautiful as a tunic; a cardigan just fit my needs better.  I do not have my version typed up; I tend to work out bits as I go and no nothing about sizing or other people.  I'm still working on sizing for myself - ha!  Oh, and that would be easier if I'd lay off the Tostitos (one of my weaknesses.)
The Craftsy knitting class mentioned is from Anne Hanson and is here:  Button Bands and Buttonholes

I hope you enjoyed the video.  I'm combined a lot of stuff in one.  I haven't decided yet if it is better to do that or just save up projects and perhaps do a knitting video every few weeks and then a quilting video now and then.  Still figuring out the best way. I appreciate all the positive feedback I received on last week's effort.

Adding these photos of the cardigan so I can link other places:




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Monday, May 28, 2018

New Two Pager



There is something I've always wanted to learn to do.  Free motion quilting.  I have myself a Craftsy Unlimited subscription intending to watch more cardmaking classes and cooking classes and soon ended up in quilting.  All this is to say that I've been mildly obsessed with making an improvisational quilt (from one class) and learning to free motion quilt it (from about 4 other classes).  So I just haven't done a lot of papercrafting.

Finally I got some photos printed and I'm pleased with this two pager is a two pager.  We went to Hilton Head Island a few weeks ago before monsoon season hit, fortunately.  This is one of those 'around the island' collages of various things we saw. Many of them were biking but a couple from the beach.  I've used items from two different paper collections and lots of embellishments.  I even broke out the mist.  Mist is something I like when I remember to use it and it actually still sprays.  It is not something though I want to further invest in. When what I have is gone or stops spraying, it's gone.  I'm short on space.

So here's my process video:


Thanks for waiting patiently for a new video. I'll try to get some more things up soon.  Did you see my Vlog video?   It's sort of an 'around the craft room' video  likely weekly or bi-weekly just to show what I'm working on.  It could be sewing, knitting or papercraft or even cleaning out stuff. Thoughts?



Thanks!
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