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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 533584 views.

Love the plaid lap quilt! It sounds like you are getting a ton done. 

I am finishing up binding and hanging sleeve on a big art quilt. Also need to get Yetta's quilt loaded. I the evenings I have started garment sewing in the RV again. I just do a few steps and make steady progress.

I am now doing industrial sewing for DBIL. The lady that sews for him is taking time off to be with her mother who is in hospice down in Mexico. I am having fun learning the different big industrial sewing machines .


From: bornblesse2


Ami, what liked of sewing are you doing for BIL?

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


So, I'm now working on the large hexie quilt that's loaded on the longarm.   **At one point**, I had one continuous thread quilting design mapped for it, months (probably years) before I ever loaded it..  I was rather pleased with myself.

Now that I'm starting the quilting, I realize that my printed diagram doesn't exactly match the way the hexagon flowers are actually loaded.  The printed design is one orientation and the way I loaded the quilt is another.  Sadly, I can't use my previously drawn path.   At least, my brain can't figure out a way to convert it.  Sigh.

I'm currently trying to figure out a way to *do* a continuous thread path with the way the hexagon flowers are on the machine.  There might be a few backtracked curves and/or lines but as this quilt is for me ... and once it's laundered, no one is gonna be inspecting it that closely, I'll say it's good enough.   And if some busybody DOES point out where my quilting isn't quite as precise as it could be, I'll suggest that she is invited to quilt the next one for me.  Hmph.

This break has gone on long enough ... back to the longarm!  :-)


From: judyinohio


Your quilt, your quilting.

And there's always "good enough for the galloping horse" ... say, does that horse ever backtrack?

In the meantime, I have finished my version of the "Beads" quilt top that Dee showed us some time ago. Hers was made from novelty fabrics placed with come care to colors. Mine uses leftover batiks in a rather higgledy-piggledly layout but at least I caught the errors and got all my beads going in decent rows.

As I was getting ready to stitch on the slab-o-borders I wondered if I should insert a narrow border of orangey-red before the gorgeous blue but then I talked myself out of it for two reasons. Reason One; my shoulders were really, really achy today and didn't need to spend more time with extra fabric shoving and Reason Two: this thing was already gonna be 55" x 76" and didn't need any more inches of fabric.

Isn't that border fabric supercalifragilisticexpialadocious? It is from the Stonehenge Ombre (Lagoon) that I am using for the backing of this thing.  I had plenty to make the backing, the border and the binding. Whee!

Judy that birder really makes the colors in your quilt pop!

He makes an arm Sling called Nu Sling. He is also working on a brace fir bad shoulders that needed to be modified.  

There are some giant target screen things he makes for a game place.

He just got a huge order for a party place. We are gonna make a ton of huge bags for them and some covers for the stuff they tie their tents down to.

Some pretty diverse things for sure.


From: Midkid5


I really like your quilt, will tuck the design away for use if quilt mojo returns.

The quilt I started in Oct 2020, is two thirds done laying on the guest bed hasn't been touched in months.  Did make a quick utility quick for brother out of some old shirts in January. Have made a few tops for grandkids.  Plan was to make some smaller Christmas gift projects thru the year but that's not happening either.



From: judyinohio


Jo,  lately I am a case of "the mind is willing but the flesh is weak".  

Dee keeps sharing these cool ideas of neat scrap quilts that are bright and colorful that make my fingers itch to cut and sew. But at age 80 there are body parts that just don't want to sit hunkered for hours at the sewing machine any more. I have purchased all of the "cheaters" I can ... cutting contraptions and pre-cut things and I've done everything that I can to make the work easier but there are still limitations that cramp my working hours.

(Plus hiding in the sewing room is a refuge from Grumpy, my DH who is not much fun to hang out with any more. Mishii has her PITA and I have my Grumpy.)

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Judy, I've liked that Beads layout for a long time.  Never have quite gotten around to making it .. but some day. :-)   You've done it in scrappy ... that's fantastic.  I've seen it done in many other colorways ... all fantastic!  I think this is one of those patterns that you just can't go wrong.

Stonehenge fabric.  Say no more.  That's another out of the park home run!  I've never seen a Stonehenge fabric that I haven't immediately coveted.  :-)


From: latterberry


Judy-- what beautiful beads!  ? really is absolutely stunning, and you are right--the border is perfect.  What are your plans for this beauty?