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Monday, May 14, 2018

It's A Finish!

Hours of happy dancing going on at this address! The scrap quilt is quilted, bound and washed! Yippee! After having a week of sunshine, it's rain and clouds for the next few days...I was just lucky enough to get some pictures taken between rain showers today...

In the backyard with a few of our Spring blooms (and weeds)...


On the front porch with a little dappling of sunshine...


The back was pieced with four different (yet similar) fabrics...


And for the finish... the blue binding. I machine stitched the binding to the front, turned to the back and hand stitched down...then followed the full perimeter with a machine straight stitch (for added durability)...


I used Quilter's Dream Cotton Select for the batting. First time trying it and I LOVE it! It is dense and machine quilts beautifully! After all of these pictures were taken....it was off to the washing machine for a good rinse...then to the dryer for a fluff. This quilt washed and crinkled like a dream... finished at about 52"x64". It is now in it's place of honor draped over the back of the living room sofa...where it will be used often!

And in case you were wondering what radio fun has been happening... this past weekend, we attended (as vendors and spectators) the Spring Antique Radio Meet at Renninger's in Kutztown, PA. If you have a few minutes to spare.... enjoy this video of the days events...



Well... that pretty much wraps it up for now... I did take a few minutes today to peruse the stash and see what would be the next project... decisions, decisions... :-)

Until next time...stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon







Sunday, April 22, 2018

As The Bee Flies!

It's been a busy couple of weeks...stuff to do each night after work...full weekends...


After getting the backing pieced and layers basted last weekend...I did manage some quilting yesterday...nothing too fancy on this scrappy quilt...just some straight line walking foot quilting about 1/4" of either side of the seam? I'm sure there's a technical term for that. I wanted to keep it simple to test the new (to me) thread I'm trying. This one is Superior Threads King Tut 40wt cotton. Plays very well with my Janome! It's supposed to be variegated cream/brown (looks that way on the spool)...but, I really can't see it in the stitches. At any rate, durability is what I'm searching for....this quilt will get used nearly daily and washed frequently.

The winner of the wooly giveaway is:
Julia

Julia has already been contacted and her package is on it's way (as of yesterday)! :-)

Yes. It's been a very busy couple of weeks!

Work Hard
Play Hard
Sleep Like The Dead
Life Is Good!

Until next time...stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon





Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

A beautiful, sunny, 60 degree day was enjoyed here in Central Jersey today! It was a relaxing Easter Sunday....with a very nice meal and a little bit of chocolate! :-) And now that all of the leftovers have been put away and the dishes are in the dishwasher...it's time to announce the winner of last week's giveaway!

Congratulations to
ROBIN

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to share their favorite threads! I found the answers to include many more brands of thread than I had anticipated! It seems that everywhere I go, the folks at Aurifil are doing an excellent job making sure their brand stays in the forefront of your shopping minds! lol! The fabric and pattern designers seem to each have their own thread collection...some just a handful of small spools and some with a large box of full sized spools...and in each video they make, each blog post they write, seems to always mention their favorite Auriful thread color... which is fine... they use it, they like it, they want to tell everyone about it.

With me being pretty new to quilting, figured that with all of that mentioning, Aurifil had to be the strongest and bestest thread available! So, I used it on a half dozen or so projects. MY experience with Aurfil 50wt was this:

Yes. It did run beautifully through my Janome. Nice and smooth with very little lint. Both from the spool and from the bobbin. It sews beautiful stitches (for piecing) and added no bulk in the seams. I then used it for quilting (Janome, domestic, straight line stitching with walking foot)...and while the quilting looked beautiful...it did not stand the test of washing! :-( I used it on a throw sized quilt and after only TWO gentle washes, the Aurifil 50wt broke in about 6 different places. Maybe too long of a stitch for the 50wt? I've since repaired the quilting and continue to use the throw, but, that was disappointment #1. The other issue I had with the Aurifil 50wt thread breaking was when hand stitching the binding to the front of the quilt. I sewed the traditional whip stitch about 1/8" apart. But, the thread broke in 2 places (again, this is on a quilt that actually gets used). So, my verdict on Aurifil is that while I may continue to use this brand for decorative pieces that don't get washed a lot... I'm going to be searching for and trying other brands that can withstand some actual use.

Some of those brands that I'll be trying are the ones that were mentioned in the comments in my previous post:

Gutterman (Cotton)
Superior (So Fine, Masterpiece and King Tut)
Mettler (Silk Finish Cotton)
DMC (sewing thread, not embroidery floss)
Coats and Clark (Cotton)
Connecting Threads (Cotton)
And for giggles...Craftsy (Cotton) and Missouri Star Quilt Company (Cotton) (both have their own, relatively new brands)

I'll post results as I use them. I've already purchased some Superior Masterpiece, which I'll use on my next pieced quilt. And, since I do have quite a few needle turn applique projects lined up, I searched for a brand that offered a good selection of colors all in one collection. This Mettler 28 spool set caught my eye...


To continue with testing new threads, I've purchased some Superior 40wt King Tut, which I plan to use to quilt my scrappy quilt. All is needed is for me to piece together a backing, then I can sandwich it and get to quilting!

And now... since I don't want any wooly fanatics to feel left out...I'm offering yet another giveaway!!! I grabbed a handful of washed and ready to go wool, a Primitive Gatherings wool pinkeep kit, some applique needles and a cute little primitive sheep recipe box with recipe cards! All that I ask is for you to leave a comment telling us what you create with wool and why you enjoy using wool so much!


Until next time...stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon





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