Sunday, November 30, 2014

Finished baby quilt

I finally quilted the quilt for my great nephew and gave it to him Friday.  He turned one in August so I'm not too far behind.  Of course another nephew announced they're expecting their second child . . . . now it all starts again.

The original pattern had another block in each corner.
I decided it really needed the Bear Paw block.

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Bonnie Hunter Mystery Grand Illusion PART 1

I'm excited to finally start my second Bonnie Hunter mystery.  Like last year I used one fabric to pull colors, but this year I'm not using scraps.  I'm not sure if I'll like this as well, but it's what I decided to do.  There's no going back at this point.  I have clue one finished!

The royal blue is replacing black.  My neutral will be white with red dots.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Central CA Quilt & Sew Retreat - new machine!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a 3-day seminar sponsored by Thimble Towne.  During one workshop we were able to use Babylock's newest machine - Destiny.  I purchased one and brought it home.  It is amazing!!  One feature I'm looking forward to using is that I can scan somthing directly into the machine, digitize, and embroidery.  I figured out the scanning, but haven't done the actual digitizing.  I guess I'll have to go on line and watch some of the instructional videos.  Ha!
Right now it's sitting on a 4-foot table.  Next purchase needs to be a
table of some sort that puts the machine at the proper height.  I also
need a flat surface for quilting.  I'm looking into that.

I was so excited when I got home I immediately unpacked the machine.
Now I have to do something with the boxes!
 Tonight I made an in-the-hoop project, small bag.  Even the zipper is inserted while the project is in the hoop.  I only made one error that I had to take out.  Pretty good for the first time on my own.

Pattern is Monogram Zipper Bag by Missy Billingsley.
The pattern called for ribbon.  I didn't have any that matched so I made
a "ribbon" from coordinating fabric.

Sorry the photo is not focused well.  I wanted to show
the inside of the bag.  Everything is finished off. The
front and back are also quilted.

I stayed with family during the event so I brought along my sewing machine.  I finished almost all of my ditch/foundation, monofiliment quilting on Vintage Moments.  I really need to have it done in about 2 weeks.  I have a retreat coming up so I'm hoping to get the fun quilting done then.

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