One Lucky Girl

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So sorry I have been remiss in posting.  Back in August I received a new Handi Quilter Avante.  Well it needed it’s own room, so down in the basement a retractable wall went up and I started to move in.  In November, I received the Pro-Stitcher for the Avante and the day after Thanksgiving it was installed by my husband.  When it got all hooked up, I studied the manual and watched videos.  It wasn’t long and I was off and running.  I did my first quilt which was a table runner.  I love how it turned out and it’s done and on my table.

Hunter\'s Star Quilt finised and on my dining table
Here’s a close up of my quilting.

close-up of Hunter\'s Star quilting
I still have my big Pfaff 4.0 upstairs with my big Tracey Table and Cut ‘n Press in one room and my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen in another.  I’m still massaging things into place, but I have put my Pfaff Passport on a table and my cutting table downstairs to work on things while the machine is stitching.

Anyway…long over due… Here’s some shots of my new quilting studio and stash storage.

My new Avante and ProStitcher
My new quilting area - reproduction fabrics
Cutting area
Sewing area

 

Not Blue

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So the title of this quilt is Am I Blue? by Jo Morton for the Little Women quilts.  Clearly I’m not in a blue mood and mine is a salmon pink and green.  This is small individual blocks are 2 3/4″ and there were 9 blocks at 7 1/4″.  The inner border was 1″ and the outer border 3″ – so overall about 27″ square.

Am I Blue_Jo\'s Little Women Quilt

Baby T with a big border

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Wow another month has passed.  Anyway… I got a cool new toy.  It’s a light box, but a new style one.  The Light Pad A950.

Light Pad

Light Pad A950

I finished up the latest installment of Jo’s Little Women with Baby T.  I made the borders larger and now I can see that’s it’s really dwarfed the center, but hey… I like it and it’s done.

Baby T - Jo\'s Little Women Club

Quilting up next.

Baby T- Jo\'s Little Women Club

Look at the light that the new Light Pad puts out.  With the new Light Pad, I should even be able to mark dark borders.   I can see many uses for such a cool new toy.  I have a new table going up to put my writing and art stuff.  It will have a new permanent home there.  Hopefully this weekend or next I can get it all sorted.  Until then I kept it’s padded box and it came in a nice fabric envelope to protect it.  

Brown Sugar Finish

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Things have been busy around here.  My new Handi Quilter Avante has arrived and has been installed in it’s place.  Now that that’s done, I’ve been working on it slowly and have started to tackle the project of getting my stash rearranged and put together in my new quilting area.  Piecing has been a bit slow, but I do have my Brown Sugar as part of the Jo’s club finished.

Brown Sugar by Jo Morton

 

 

Brown Sugar Progress

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So I’m working on the next Jo’s quilt.  I got all the little blocks done and I picked out some fabric for the settings.

Working on Jo\'s Brown Sugar

I think I have it all worked out, but not sure until it’s done.

got my Pfaff 4.0 flush in my table with a sew steady insert.

Also got my new Sew Steady insert for my Pfaff 4.0 for my Tracy’s Table.  Love having my new machine flush with my table.  The knee lift is working out good as well.  I was thinking the only other thing I need is the open toe applique foot.  I think I’ll call the shop and see if I can get one.

 

Sunday Supper

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So finished my first Kim Diehl club quilt.  Unfortunately I ended up doing my own thing accidentally and had 3 blocks made before I realized I had them wrong.  Whoops.  I decided to go with it.  Seriously love the Kim Diehl fabric.  I was very excited when my favorite LQS – Quilter’s General Store got this club… I jumped right on board.

Sunday Supper by Kim Diehl

Love how the quilting turned out.  Again used my Sweet Sixteen for this cute little quilt. 

Sunday Supper by Kim Diehl

 

Turned my head for a minute and Lily plopped herself down on my Kim Diehl quilt.

Of course I turned my head for a moment and Lily plopped herself on the quilt.

Serendipity

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I’ve been using my Pfaff Passport pretty exclusively since I got it last October.  My first ever sewing machine was a Pfaff and I think I’m just a Pfaff gal.  I love the IDT and the precision built into the machine.  I couldn’t really justify buying yet another machine because I had two I wasn’t using at all – the Janome 3160 and the Janome Horizon 7700.  I decided it was time to let those go and see what the future holds.

I put a couple ads out on Craigslist and a lady called me late last week.  The lady and her friend came out on Saturday to look at the 3160 for her grand daughter and the 7700 for herself.  Then she mentioned she would have to sell her Pfaff QE 4.0 before she could buy my 7700.  Well, well… I asked if she would be interested in a trade and we then went off to her house to look at the Pfaff.  It was in pristine condition.  She told me she only bought it last year and used it for 1 project.  I believe it!  So my machines are much older and much more broken in, so I said I’d trade her both machines for her Pfaff.  She wanted to talk it over with her husband and think about it.  No problem.  It was out of the box thinking for sure doing a barter deal. Well this all happened in the morning and by 5:30 she called me and we did the swap.  I feel like it was win-win.  Everyone walked away happy and no money changed hands.

My new Pfaff 4.0

I’ve been non-stop sewing on my new baby and I love her.   I did purchase the new Perfect 1/4″ foot by Pfaff and some additional bobbins.  She still has to find the knee lift for me, but I haven’t really missed it, since this machine has the hover foot capability.  I ordered an insert for her yesterday and I’ll be dropping her right into my table.  I even FMQ’d with her and she did brilliantly.  It’s only a 10″ machine vs. the 11″ on the Horizon, but I don’t notice the difference as much.  Plus I’ll be doing most of my FMQ on my Sweet Sixteen.

Over the border

I pulled out a WIP that I’ve been working on and finished the blocks up…still borders to do, but I love how she handled.  A little fussy at the heaviest of seams, but not so bad as I guided the fabric through.  I’m already thinking – How will I quilt this one?  It still needs borders, so it will be a minute yet before it gets quilted.

New chair

Also got a new chair.  My favorite LQS is selling these and I had to have one.  I’m loving my new chair.  It’s much smaller and firmer.  My back has been complaining a lot less with this chair.

Watson

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The next in the Jo’s Little Women quilts is done.

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

I’m really getting the hang of this small stipple.  Let’s just say you may see this on a lot of quilts going forward as it’s easy.  It’s also really gratifying to get it done and have it look so nice.  I did quite a bit of stitch in a ditch and it really came out nice and very square.

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

Quilted in So Fine on my Sweet Sixteen.  Love my TruStitch…it makes such lovely stitches.

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

It is only about 12 x 17, so a fat quarter for the backing was all that was needed.

 

 

9-Patch Chain

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So this month is our first Jo’s Little Women series 13 quilt.  These ended up being 1 inch finished squares, but all in all it went together very fast.  13.5″ square in total.

Jo\'s quilt Journey 13 9-Patch Chain

Then I decided to get the quilting done.

Close up of quilting 9-Patch quilt.  On top quilted it with Superior Kimono Silk in Pagoda.  Did all the small stipple freehand and love how it turned out.

And first I ditched and then a tiny stipple with Superior Silk 100wt Kimono – Pagoda color.

Quilting Back of Jo\'s 9-Patch

The back…didn’t this turn out lovely!  I broke the rules and did glide on the back in Khaki.

Jo\'s 9 Patch Chain quilt

I did the single-fold binding first time and I love it!  Even though this was just a small project.  It really boosted my confidence with my Sweet Sixteen. I’m itching to quilt the next one.

 

 

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