Friday, January 15, 2010

Enchanted and quilted......

One quilt down....Woo hoo! It is the one I started the other day....The nice orangey bright one....I sure like it too.....it started out as a disaster when I went to quilt it...I dont know what I was doing, but somehow the backing got folded under and I quilted a whole row that way...I am going to make a confession here...I am a closet cusser.....I cuss at my machine a lot. Now in my heart of hearts I know it is not the machine making mistakes but it makes me feel better. That is why I am upstairs...so no one hears me....At least I hope no one does....So I figure out luckily that the back was all screwed up, I cuss and kick the bins under the quilter and then I get out my picker....this is what I call a seam ripper...so my picker and I spend some quality time together and I right the big wrong...I adjust and repin and then it quilts up like a dream. I swear my machine likes the orange thread I used...It just was purring and I said all kinds of loving things to it to keep it that way and to make up for my earlier potty mouth.....Here is my honey holding it up in our tiny living room....he is six feet tall and you cant see him, so that will give you an idea of the size.......

Here is a close up of the quilting......

I usually just stipple it and freehand whatever I feel like it...I dont use pantograms, in fact I took the top tray where they go off.I am short and I couldnt see up there...How fun would quilting on a ladder be anyway? When I first used the quilter, I did a queen size quilt and I worked and worked on it...I did feathers and flowers and loops all kinds of fancies....it was beautiful until I took it off and realized that I put the top on the rollers the wrong way and the top was inside the quilt...good times.....that is when my picker and I really got to know each other and I became a closet cusser....really....
Today in the mail I got a 6x8 quiltie from Donna from my round robin group...my theme has been red, black and white....Isnt this awesome? especially with Valentines Day just around the corner....I love it!

Also today, I had to go to Salt City and my first swap partner for the Enchanted ornament swap lives there so I hand delivered her package to her porch....my car has GPS which I just love.....otherwise, I never would have found it! The swap calls for one handmade ornament a month and some little goodies...she said in her questionarre that she liked old linens, ephemera, bits of old jewelry and anything to do with sewing....My ornament is a wood circle painted with an acorn, ( this months theme) then mounted the wood on a wreath and put on some ribbons....I included a couple hankies, some costume jewelry and paper items.

....I also put a retro fabric panel in the tin.....so one down 11 months to go......
Tomorrow I am going to start piecing one of the two ufo's that I have...I actually am looking forward to it...What are you working on?

16 comments:

joanne lendaro said...

Looks great!! Isn't it wonderful to get a project finished!! Congrats!

Helen in the UK said...

Now I'm not a huge fan of orange usually .... but this quilt is great!! It has a lovely bright cheery feel to it without being over the top. Beautifully spaced quilting to :)

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

I love that quilt, so pretty and bright.

Patty said...

Your orange quilt looks great. Very cheery for the winter months.

Julie Harward said...

LOL..you must quilt like I do..make it up as you go! I did a baby quilt here recently and I decided to do it on my machine. It was too bulky, so I cut it in 4th, quilted each piece and sewed it back together and frayed the seams edges, turned out really cute! (it's on my blog) I've taught myself to quilt and it does turn out...I don't cuss my machine though, but I do say a little prayer to it and me will work well together! LOL come say hi :D

Jenxo said...

LOl i love hearing other peoples didsters , it makes me feel normal...


love your bright and cheery quilt....

Lorraine said...

love the quilt

Laurie said...

Great post, Melinda, the quilt is beautiful! I've been working on purses, did another one last night and am going to post the pic now.

Barb said...

It looks wonderful....great going!!

Barb said...

It looks wonderful....great going!!

quiltcrazygal said...

What a wonderful quilt, I just love the colors. Thanks for sharing your gifts they are so fun! Jenna Louise

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Melinda ~
I LOVE coming over and seeing what magic you are whipping up now! You do (and always have) inspire me! As I don't often work with a sewing machine, the only chance I get to cuss is when I drop something heavy on me, burn fingers with glue gun drippings, or those paper cuts. Thanks for being so genuine with us! Blessings my creative friend!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Oh my gosh! Your quilt is stunning. I love the colors and the simplicity of it. I'm a stippler at heart. I just like the randomness of it.

Cute ornament. I'm sure your partner will love the package you left her.

Donna made a wonderful little quiltie for you. The shoe with the charm is just sweet.

Pam said...

Love the quilt. Great colors. Your package for your partner is full of great items. I'm sure she will be delighted. YOu have been busy.

Yarni Gras! said...

wow! Everything is so lovely! That acorn ornament is just gorgeous...what a beautiful job you did. I ADORE my toadstool ornie!

Sherry said...

Love you acorn ornament for Val's swap!! I'm running behind from being out of town, but should finish mine up tonight.

Sherry