Quilting Close Ups

Well, I’m ready for my close up! At least on my quilting anyways. I have worked really hard on my Yellow Gray and Aqua quilt and I’m very proud of the results. It was done 50/50 regulated and 50/50 non-regulated. I’m not even sure you can tell the different unless you look super close!

Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to get the google photos to allow me to put the pictures here directly and I am about to run out the door to take Anne on our first of many Spring Break adventures. Here is the link of the album!

I hope you enjoy and I will do my best to get some pictures loaded to the blog as soon as possible!

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Fresh off the frame!

I finished quilting my first quilt on Spike yesterday! I am super excited!

I am going to admit right now that I thought the backing was going to look terrible, mostly because it is navy and I used white thread, so I figured every bobble and misstep would show up. I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the back!

Yellow Gray and Aqua backing - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love how it looks! This is an extra wide backing by Tula Pink. I got it at my local quilt shop, Ruby Street Quiltworks and I’m just so happy.

Here’s a look at the front.

Yellow Gray and Aqua Front - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSorry for how dark it is, the lighting wasn’t so great in my house yesterday.

Today I am going to trim two quilts, and regroup to figure out what’s next.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Do Good Stitches March Blocks

This month I had to dig deep into my fabric stash to make our bee blocks. It was requested that we use large floral prints…those are not abundant in my stash, but luckily I made a commission quilt three years ago out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and was able to keep my scraps. We made Japanese X and + blocks using this tutorial by City Stitches.

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches - X+ Block - March 2016We had a beautiful spring day yesterday so my blocks are slightly over exposed but I thought they looked pretty with the sun beaming on them.

I’ve been working my through the sampler quilt I have loaded on Spike. I will post photos as soon as it is done, there are a few progress photos on Instagram. You don’t need an account to view photos, only to comment and like them, so please feel free to check them out. I will also try to post some to Facebook today so you can see them there too!  When you click on these links, they take you straight to my pages.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Spike’s First Quilt! (and mine too!)

Yellow Bee Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI loaded my first quilt on Spike yesterday and started quilting the first block today! I am very excited. My brilliant friend Vicki from Orchid Owl Quilts recommended getting some plexiglass to draw on and practice designs over the top of the quilt.  Vicki has the same machine as I do, except she has Lightning Stitch – a more advanced regulator.  Yesterday I went to home depot and picked up a sheet of Polycarbonate plastic, not quite the same as plexiglass but it serves its purpose – though I did learn I can’t use Expo Markers on it, they leave a stain, but Crayola brand dry erase markers work fantastically!

Practice drawing - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI have a doctor’s appointment today and won’t be able to do much more quilting, but I wanted to at least get this design in. I may still do something in the background of the block. This quilt is a sampler block quilt and now it will be a free motion quilt sampler too!

Yellow Bee Quilt - FMQ - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI hope everyone has a very happy Friday and a wonderful Easter weekend if you are celebrating.

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Anne the Long Arm Quilter

Anne is pretty much fearless and I have always tried to instill in her (and will continue to try) the idea that she can do anything she wants so long as she works hard. She wanted to be a long arm quilter so here she is…being a long arm quilter!

What can I say, she’s a natural!

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