Finally…

I have some photos to share!  Here’s my caveat: these are home photos… when the sun actually makes an appearance here in Portland, I’ll get outside and get some decent pics.  I just didn’t want to make you wait much longer 😉

Details:  4,132 1/2″ hand-pieced hexies in this quilt.  Stitched from Oct. 2011 to Feb. 2013.  Partially free-motion-quilted on my domestic Singer sewing machine, partially by hand using french knots. 

Here’s a couple photos of the back too:

And one last photo of me and my quilt at the PMQG meeting on Thursday:

That meeting was really fun!  We actually did a hexie demo and everyone got to try their hand at them… it was great, and I think we may have a few more hexie addicts soon 😉  There were a lot of amazing quilts shown (as usual!), if you’d like to see them go here.  That group is just amazing when it comes to support and motivation ~ I love my guild!

French Knots

I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post, there is just so much going on! 

Progress report: After quilting the background wood grain, it took a while to figure out how I wanted to quilt the actual dragon.  The super dense quilting in the background makes the whole dragon puff out… and I LOVE that!  I wanted to keep that aesthetic, but I wasn’t sure how to do that.  I was going to hand quilt this part, but the layers are too thick for me and I can only get 4-5 stitches per inch.   After some frustration, I came up with the idea to use French knots! 

So far so good!  I’m about half done with the body, then I’ll still need to do the green belly and the red scales on top, the horns and beard… then it’ll be time to bind!!!!    I really hope to have this quilt completely finished by the next PMQG meeting in February so I can bring it for show and tell.  While I love this quilt more than anything else I’ve ever made, I am more than thrilled by the idea of working on something new!

Woodgrain – Check!

Since this is a Wood Dragon, I really wanted the background to look like wood.  One week of free motion quilting and 4 spools of thread later….

and I finally have the background all quilted!!  I was inspired by Angela Walters and her wood grain pattern she showed when she recently lectured at the PMQG.  She also was encouraging when it comes to dense quilting.  I LOVE how it turned out, it’s very textural and organic looking!  The only major problem I had was quilting over batiks ~ there are not many in this quilt (thank goodness) but where there were batik hexies, I had to readjust my tension, and even then I was breaking thread  often.  Also… since I do this on my Singer, the stitch lengths are not perfect ~ but the overall effect is great!

Now to start quilting the dragon proper!  I’m saving a full quilt picture for the final unveiling 😉

Quilt Top Finish

It’s so fun sewing on a machine again!  You can finish things up so much more quickly.  Here is the new quilt top I just finished:

… well, I think it’s finished.  It’s supposed to be a baby sized quilt,  part of me wants to make it bigger ~ but I’ll probably leave it as is.

This was my first time with a drunkards path template (purchased from Tabslot) and I think I did pretty good ~ most of the points meet up:

Next time I WILL be purchasing some spray starch.  I think that will help a lot in keeping it all flat and perfect… but I’m still happy with my results!

Time to hit the store for more spray baste ~ I’m excited to get this quilted!!  Not sure how I’m gonna do it yet…  suggestions?

New Quilt Start!

Oh man… after getting the top of the dragon quilt done,  I am totally excited to try a few designs that have been floating around in my head for a while.  This weekend I started a new quilt ~ and it has a lot of drunkards path blocks in it:

I used a new template I just got from Jill at Tabslot, which was way better than my old handmade cardboard template!!  Even still, it took a lot of practice to get these to work for me… and I ended up making a 4.5″ template create a 4.25″ blocks.  It’s not too bad, but it can be better.  I may make another one of these in the near future, just to get more practice in!

When I started cutting fabrics for this project, I was in my sewing room ~ which is just an unused bedroom.  It’s unused is because it sits over the porch and so the whole room (including the floor) is  not insulated at all, and fairly open to the elements.  So it gets really cold in the winter.   Just cutting the fabrics, my hands became icicles… and it’s not even that cold out yet.   I can bring a space heater up there, but I decided to set up a little table in the living room instead.

This location is close to a heat vent and next to the kitchen ~ and I can hang out with the rest of the family while watching movies at night… AND get shit done!  Speaking of which, my family is the best.  I’m super glad to have the support of my sewing addiction enough to encroach into the common area with my messy projects!

Hexie Dragon Top… Finished!

WooHoooo!!!

It’s still not the best photo… but I think the colors are correct.  I’ve been waiting for a sunny day with helpers at the same time, and it just hasn’t worked out until today.  Even so, it’s hard to get a good photograph of something this big and flowy. Our feet are left in for size perspective 😉 

… so what do you think??  I am loving it!  Is it okay to say that about your own work?  Hope not  ~ after a committed year of stitching, it feels pretty awesome to have it finished.

 I’ve been contemplating just how I’m going to quilt this.  At the last PMQG meeting, Angela Walters was there and spoke to us about free motion quilting.  She was very inspiring and I loved her quilting work!  She likes dense quilting… and so do I!  Even though she uses a longarm, and I’m working with my basic Singer ~ I think with the right set up and practice, I can quilt this well enough. We’ll see.  I need t