Friday, August 29, 2014

Quilty Crime....Flanges!!

Quilty Crime Friday!!


These post as previously mentioned are intended to teach.  To show quilters the quilt from the perspective of this machine quilter.  I hope you are enjoying and learning from the content and photos that I am sharing. 
Some of my local gals tell me they are happy when they don't recognize the fabrics in the photos.  LOL!!!  Thanks gals, good to know that you are reading these.
No quilt was seriously damaged (so far) from any of the post previously posted.  On with the show!!
I, as a  machine quilter for a while would just cringe when one would come my way.  "NOT ANOTHER ONE!!"  They, flanges are a royal pain and here's some photos to show you why.
Yep, when I see this it's never a good thing.  The machine is clunk, clunk, clunk and I'm racing to hit that stop button.

 it's never a good thing.....

See the thread on the black?  The hopping foot is caught and the machine is not moving even when it's trying too.  Stop that machine quick!!

Lots of tiny little stitches inside that hopping foot requires quilt surgery.  Not good for me or the quilt.  Pressure is on for me to remove those stitches and not tear or cut the fabric.  

 Now for the way I love to get those flanges on quilts.

This quilt has not just a border flange but flanges also inside on the sashing!  A total of SIX flanges for my machine to quilt over.  As  you can see in the photos  a simple basting stitch will hold the flange down as the machine is stitching.

Perfect passing makes me a happy quilter!

Double check the second photo up, you can see the flange just tipping over.  The machine actually stitched on one side of the flange, it flipped back flat and we got a great stitch and a flat flange.


Quilt is done and all flanges are flat, perfectly stitched over!

 That's it for today,
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

How about a few quilts tonight?

Quilts, quilts, quilts.

It's my life and I'm lovin' it!  

Here's a few that passed my way.


How about a super cozy one from Sue in VT. Love the color combo, Sue told me she began with a simple panel and the results are AMAZING!!

What a wonderful wedding quilt this is going to be!  Lauri and her sisters pulled this one together as a group project for a nephew.  Great job ladies, I know the young couple is going to love it!!

Ellen put together this great little baby quilt.  It's full of muted colors and tons of texture.  Simple stars finished off the quilt nicely.

Don't you just love the colors on this one?  Jamie made this great little quilt and it's one for her!!  Go Jamie!!  Modern quilt, modern quilting design...

Next couple of quilts came to me from Ginny in WA.  Two simply fun quilts.  I love those 1600 quilts!!  They are the 'go to' quilt for so many of us.  Ginny did a great job on these...

That's it for today,
hope you enjoyed the show,
thanks for checking on me,
love to hear what you've got to say........

Monday, August 25, 2014

Win, Win!!

Last Thursday I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time at the Dartmouth Hospital Children's Rheumatoid Arthritis Camp. 

I loaded up a stack of the place mats, some Tulip Fabric Markers and set out to spend a little time with the kids.  I was schedule to be one of their craft activities at camp.  

I was given an hour and half to work with the kids on the place mats. The scheduled time seemed to be the perfect amount of time to finish the project.  The girls did a wonderful job on their projects and it (in my opinion) gave everyone the perfect opportunity to slow down a bit and relax.  I noticed the girls taking the time to talk about school, their challenges with Rheumatoid Arthritis, parents, camp and many, many other topics.  I noticed they did a wonderful job of taking care of each other and offering suggestions and really helping the younger campers both with the place mats and how to deal with their challenges.  It quickly became very obvious to me how important this camp is for these children.  And yes, children, children who have Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I was shocked that one little girl said she was diagnosed at the age of 2 years old!

Here's the girls and their place mats....

I hope the girls had a good time, the place mats were pretty cool when they finished.  I've posted them at the other blog you can see them HERE.

Even nurse Susan got in on the activity,

Thanks to my friend Melynn for the opportunity to join the girls, I had a wonderful time.

Now on to the winners of the drawing....

Blogger Michele T said...
Your placemats are amazing!!! My favorite two are the Motorcycles and Love Bug!! Thanks for the chance!!!
August 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

And just for fun, let's send a couple more to....

Blogger JudyCinNC said...
I finally got in ... and I really like the parasoles, Morgan, Lexi, bodangle and bird houses. JudyCnNC
August 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

If  you ladies will send me your mailing address I'll get those in the mail to you.

Okay, that's it for today,
have a wonderful Monday!
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