Thursday, February 27, 2014

Quilt Process and Surprise!

Women of CourageProgress has been made on the Women of Courage Quilt.  I have found the middle of the quilt.  Which I started working on yesterday.  I really didn't get much done yesterday, due it I was doing a little spring cleaning around in my office area.  It took a good half a day just to get it to the way I wanted it all.  I decided to get it done since today is our Tax Day, time to meet with the accountant for that yearly task which everyone hates to do. 

Ruler and Scissor HolderThe UPS man brought me a nice package in the mail yesterday from my Dad.  He made me this nice ruler and scissor hanger for my sewing room.  I love the bird house shape.  It fits all my sewing rulers great.  My husband will be hanging it up later for me today. 

Thank you to my Dad, for this great present!

Time to get sewing before tax appointment!

Happy Sewing and Quilting!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Busy Weekend and Monday!

The last couple days have been really busy for us.  Saturday and Sunday were days of running errands in town.  Saturday, we had to run to the car dealership to resign paperwork due they messed up some of the numbers, which worked into our favor slightly lower monthly payments.  Then to Home Depot to get a few items we needed.  We didn't find the shelving unit I wanted for the spare bedroom to store all the fabric on so we went to BJ's Warehouse Store and we found a nice on there. 

Sunday we were back to running errands again this time to Annapolis for our every 6 month running shoe purchase.  My legs and feet are very happy now, new shoes with cushion.  Then we went back to town to pick up dog food, then home. 

Display RodWhen we got home, My husband put up my Quilt Display Rod in the Sewing Room. The rod is just two pieces dowel rods and we hung them with curtain rod brackets.  I will hang the quilts with the curtain rod clips.  It will hold a King Size quilt. 

Once that was we put together the new shelving unit in the spare bedroom and put all the fabric on the shelves, we will have plenty of room for more fabric.  Now we just need to put up the new ceiling fan so we can see in the room.  I have a little rearranging I want to do in that room to make more room but I'm happy so far.

Women of CourageMonday, I got my morning run outside in the cool crisp air.  Then I got the rough drafts of the patterns printed and mailed off to My mother in law for proofing.  I got some more errands done while I was in town.  By early afternoon, I was home and quilting which I did get another row finished.  Today, I hope to get the half way done point.

Last Night, we got the design layout of the website newsletter finished.  Just need to get that put in the system.  Hope to get the newsletter out on the first of the month.  If you would like to subscribe to the Quilting Affection Newsletter just click on this link:

Well time to go and get quilting!

Have a Great Sewing and Quilting Day!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quilting Women of Courage Quilt

Yesterday, I spent the day starting to quilt the Women of Courage Quilt Top.  I'm doing some custom work using my Quilt Path Computer and a little ruler work.  I got the top border and the first row done by the end of the day.
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In the large triangles, I'm using a pattern called Oodles of Doodles Triangle #1, which I got from Digi-Tech Patterns.
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In the blue and outer background corner pieces I'm doing some ruler work with adding lines across to make the quilt flow and outline to the design.  It will be more noticeable when the quilt is finished.

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In the outer star pieces, I'm using Oodles of Doodles block, to set the block apart them the rest of the quilt.

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Now that I have this row done, the rest of the rows will be a little easier to complete the flow of the quilt top.

Not sure, If I will get any quilting done today, we have errand to get done in town. But I will be back at on Monday.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Women of Courage Assembly!

Good Morning, just got back from a nice 6 mile treadmill run at the gym this morning. Now I'm ready to tackle some quilting and/or business items today. 

Yesterday, I got alot done on my Women of Courage quilt top, plus I prepared my next embroidery project for my evening hand work.  The embroidery project I that I have chosen comes from Bird Brain Designs,  It is called "Quilts in the Garden",  it is using red thread this time.  Once I had this done I jumped right into working on my quilt top.

Assembling this quilt top, which I have divided it into 4 sections, do to the placing of some of the blocks.  I started with the bottom left hand corner. Squaring each block before sewing them all together was the best thing, it makes it so much easier to work with.

Next was the top left hand corner.

The top right hand corner.

I finally got one half of the top sewn together and I love it. (I just noticed that one of my half triangles it in the wrong spot, I guess I need to fix that.) LOL!

Now all I have to do is make the bottom right hand corner and sew the bottom half together.  Then fun part will be the final sewing of the 2 half together.  

I think today it a day of business work, we are in the final days of the website.  I want to go over it and make sure it is working right.  I will have a big announcement on that probably tomorrow.

Hope you all have a great sewing and quilting day,


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Now Open for business

Quilting Affection are excited to announce that our new website is now up and Open for Business.  We have a new look and feel. We are now offering Moda Fabrics and Quilters Dream Batting along with our Quilting Finish Services.  We have also have expanded our T-shirt Quilt Services. The blog post have been moved into this new page also.

For those of you who have been following my blog, please remember to subscribe to our new blog page, due to the blogger website is now being redirected to this page.  You can subscribe to this blog by clicking on the on the "Subscribe to
Our Blog", under the Archive box to receive the latest blog posts.  We are in the process of still moving all our old blog post from Blogger to this website.  It will take sometime since we will be doing that manually.

Our normal post will be starting post will start in tomorrow.  Please look over this new website and please let me know what you think! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Big Announcement!

Quilting Affections has exciting news!  In just one week, we will be launching our new expanded and redesigned website. A complete new look and feel!

With this new website, we are adding an online store that will offer Moda Fabrics.  In the store we will have specialty cuts and fabrics off the bolt.  The specialty cuts will include the most current fabric collection in Fat Quarter Bundles, Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Charms.  Come back to the store often due to we will be adding more and more fabrics each month. We also are offering Quilter Dream Batting in packages for your quilting needs.  Spend $50 or more in our on line store and earn a 10% discount on your next longarm quilting service.

With this new website we have added a price estimator for our Longarm Quilt Finish Services.  This prices estimator will allow you to estimate the cost you to have your quilt top finished with us.  As an additional cost saving for every 5 quilts (lap size or larger) you have us finish, we are offering a 15% discount on your next pantograph service

Also we have expanded and added more designs to our T-shirt Quilt Services to give you a larger selection to choose from.

In addition, our blog will be moving to the new website and a monthly newsletter will be added, which will cover new fabrics and sales happening at Quilting Affection.

Next week we will send out another blog about the website launch, so stay tuned.  We are very excited! Also make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and other Social Medias for more!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Finishing Snow Happens Embroidery Project!

Well after I got the binding done for the Starburst Table Topper yesterday.  I decided instead of working on the finishing the Snow Happens Embroidery Project I started a year ago.  Last march, I wrote about starting a Embroidery Project called Snow Happens! from Bird Brain Designs.  Well this weekend, I finished the Embroidery Part of the project.  

I for the Embroidery Designs, I used Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy, which you make a copy of the design and print it out on this paper using your printer.  

Now that I was done with the Embroidery, I had to remove the paper which was really easy.  I gently lifted up the Sulky paper from the muslin and cut away the excess paper, then I put some warm water in a pan, and put the project in the water, for a few minutes and gently used my finger and worked up the paper from the muslin.  After I thought the paper was all gone I rinsed the fabric again under warm water to make sure it was all gone.  And put the project on a towel to dry.  A couple hours later, I was able to iron the project with some starch to make it crisp looking again and squared.

This was going to be table runner so, I need to cut the border for the runner.  So I cut 1" blue borders for the project and then 1 5/8" muslin outer border.  First sewing the 1" inner blue border on the sides and then on the top and bottom. Then adding the outer muslin just like you did on blue border. It sure made a difference adding those borders, but I still have one more border set to put on this table runner.

Then next was something new to me but was fun to make.  I needed 8 strips of 2 1/2" strips of muslin and 4 different blue fabrics cut  2 1/16" strips and 4 muslin squares 3" x 3".  First off I sewed the blue fabric in the middle of the 2 pieces of muslin to make one long strip.  I repeated this 3 more times, so I had 4 long strips and pressed them to the center.  Then I cut the long strips into 2 1/16" strips, You get 10 of these per strip set. Then the fun begins, I then laid out the strip sets out like in the picture, then sew them together to make the strip set on point. Making 4 sets of these, 2 sets of 5 and 2 sets of 13.  Once I had the sets together, I cut the 4 - 3" x 3" squares in half and sewed them on the ends of each of the sets. 

Then I cut off the excess to square them up, remembering to leave 1/4" all the way around.

Then sew the set of 5 borders on the sides. 

 The sets of 13 go on the top and bottom to finish the table runner. 

 Now all I have to do is quilt it, which I think I will do this one on my sewing machine.  I have not done that in awhile and should be fun to do.  I love it!

Well I think I will work on the Women of Courage today, since I didn't get to it yesterday.  And prepare my next Embroidery project.

Hope you all have a great sewing or quilting day!


Monday, February 10, 2014

StarBurst Table Topper Quilted!

I was in the mood for some quilting yesterday, so I decided to quilt the Star Burst Table Topper, which I finished sewing together a couple weeks ago. 

I used a small left over piece of Pellon 80/20 batting in the middle. I was looking for something light weight and would puff up in some areas of the quilt.

I want to use feathers in this table topper and practice a little more on my Quilt Path automated quilting system, so I found Amish Feathers pattern set at Digi-Tech Patterns. Which was perfect for this quilt top.

I also used a little free handing in the lighter color of the checker board to make the darker color pop out.  I also used used my rulers and put diagonal lines in the red triangles.

In the larger triangles, i put the Amish Feathers to fill the area.   I also used the same feathers in the corners squares by just dividing the square in half and reversing them.

The same feathers were used in the borders.  I put 4 triangles in the borders and joined them.  

The StarBurst Table Topper will now get binding on it today and soon I can put on my dinner room table.

Also Today, I will be starting to work on assembling the Women of Courage quilt top.

Hope you all have a great Sewing Day!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Last Blocks for Women of Courage!

Last Blocks are now finished for the Women of Courage Quilt!  Block 11 is one block style but in two different colors for two different women.  The blue star blocks are for Rosa Parks, and the red star is for Madeleine de Vercheres.  

The stars start with preparing the flying geese in two different sizes.  One size will be used in the middle of the stars and the larger size will be used in making the outer sides of the middle block. 

Once all the flying geese made I start assembling the blocks, by adding the squares to each side of the geese.

Then after the middle block was assembled I add the outer border to the middle to combine the block.  I made 4 of the blue.

The red block was done the same way, but I only had one to make of them. (bad picture)

The final blocks are done now and I can start assembling this block next week, so exciting.

Hope everyone has a great sewing weekend!



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Women of Courage Block 10!

Yesterday, was of day of errands for us.  First we woke up to a nice sheet of freezing rain on the windshields, so that delays for going to the gym.  But we got a nice breakfast here at the house then headed up to the base for Groceries and a few things at the Bx which took up most of the day.  Then we came home, where I was ordering and preparing a last minute preparation list for when the new site goes live, no sewing done but I did get a lot other stuff done around the house.

Tuesday afternoon, I did get another block set done for the Women of Courage Quilt.  Block 9- "Amelia Earhart".  This block is a basic 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" half -square triangle.  You are making 16 blocks with the floral fabric and 8 of the blue fabric.  The blocks were fast and easy to make.

Getting closer to putting the blocks together to make it all complete.

Off to get last of the blocks done, and prepare to putting it together.  So, Excited to get this one finally done.

Have a great sewing day!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Women of Courage Block 9!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I know we did, we picked up our new vehicle from the dealership.  We got a  new Hyundai Santa Fe, It was my husbands choice in vehicles, but I love it also.  Sunday, we had a great day, working on business work in the morning and watching the Seattle Seahawks win there first Super Bowl Championship.  My husband is now happy, he has been a fan since they started in 1976.

Yesterday, I totally forgot a blog post, sorry about that.  I did get more done on the finalizing the website done, ordered batting for my longarm service and to sell in my store.  Plus, I did get another block done on the Women of Courage Quilt.  

Block 9- Mother Teresa, block starts with making 16 hour glass units.  That's right we are making 16 blocks.

Once you have the hour glass made you will sew brown triangles on left side on 8 of the units and then on the other 8 units sew the brown on the right side.  

 You will repeat this process with the background color triangles, to finish sewing making the half square triangles.

Once your triangles are ready, sew them to the blue fabric to finish the square and press open. 

The Mother Teresa blocks will look like these.  8 units with the brown in the right hand side and 8 units with the brown in left hand side.  This is a easy block to complete and is pretty.

Well time to head to the sewing room to make more blocks.

Hope everyone has a great sewing day!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Women of Courage Top Finished

Women of CourageWhile I was waiting for the new site to go live the last couple days, I was finishing assembling the Women of Courage Quilt Top. 

I first of all had to fix a block that was put in the wrong spot that was near the top and middle of the first half of the quilt top.  Once I finished that I put together the bottom half together. 

Women of CourageThen I
sewed the to half together to make the full top.

It is a beautiful top even with out the borders.  But, the borders were next,  I cut strips out of the f
Women of Courageabric to make the borders.  The borders were mitered finished to make an nice flow around the quilt top.

Women of CourageOnce the quilt top borders were ready I prepared the backing for the quilting.  And Today I got the quilt loaded on the longarm and now is ready for some custom quilting.

I'm looking forward to getting started on this quilt tomorrow.