I really like Halloween things. However, you can only use them a few weeks of the years. That, however, does not stop me.
I made this table runner almost a year ago at a mini-retreat with my quilting partner in crime, Lynn. I thought it was cute. However, this involved a lot of stitch and flip which I find annoying and wasteful. But I finished it. I had the blocks done last November, but finally sewed them together and put the finishing touches on. I feel like the only thing I make lately are table runners. It is sort of true. Made tons of them after my neck surgery. Smaller projects were easier to focus on.
I decided to quilt this on my long arm. Was initially disastrous. Somehow, not paying attention, I loaded it incorrectly and managed to sew it together. Had to take the pole off to get it off and take out the stitching. Don’t even bother to try and imagine what dumb a$$ thing I did. I am not sure myself. Almost threw it in the trash and then I remembered how much I hated stitch and flip so thought better of it. All that to quilt a lazy meander.
I am adjusting to life with my daughter away at college. It is quite different for me. I call her most nights before I go to bed and she usually calls and texts randomly throughout the day. It helps. Family weekend is at the end of the month, so I will likely go visit then and take her some college necessities.
Now that she is not here, it makes me feel old. I try not to feel that way, but I do. Such is life,
Last weekend I got crazy and used my AccuCut to cut some pumpkins and bats! It turned out pretty cute! I have a giant AccuCut. I had it long before it was popular. Maybe 20 years? So, I have a friend that is a teacher and she brought it home from school one time and I decided I needed to give it a whirl with fabric. She was cutting out shapes for her bulletin board at school. I loved it and bought my own! She would borrow dies for me because the dies were expensive. Over time I collected some of my own. Honestly, I haven’t used it in forever.
I am pleased with the outcome. I was too lazy to put fusible backing on, so I just used a glue stick to hold them down. It worked pretty well, although I prefer fusible. I used a blanket stitch to go around the edges. The spider web fabric I have had forever, likely years. Still cute though.
So I did straight line quilting, which I did not think I was going to like after a couple of lines, but it turned out OK. I don’t mind it.
I am that person that has to be doing something at all times. If I sit down to watch the news or something else on TV, my hands must be occupied. If not, I will be eating something (which I certainly do not need to do) or I might fall asleep.
I have done some piecing by hands, but I find that it winds up being a lot of the same thing, so I find embroidery keeps my attention a little better. Since, I really like to quilt, I have to find ways to incorporate my embroidery into quilts.
Currently, I have this Halloween picture that I need to do something with. If I remember correctly, this was a picture from a coloring book (maybe. Honestly, I am not sure). I do remember that it took a fair amount of time to do this picture.
The problem I have is that now I am not sure what to do with it. I am a practical person by nature, so I do like things that I can use. So, maybe a Table Topper? The only issue is that it a picture that can only really be seen from one direction, and it would end up getting washed a lot (not sure if that matters or not). I already have one for hanging on the door, so I don’t really need another wall hanging…. It is also about 16″ x 18″ which is fairly large.
So, I am looking for ideas, if anyone has one. I have all my Halloween fabric out and am just staring at it with that blank look. Thanks.
So, I got bored with Hard Candy and went on to something else. I sometimes think of it as quilting ADD. I must move from one thing to another and have as many projects going as possible. I liked this pattern. I thought it was cute. However, I found it a little difficult to do the applique through all the fabric and batting. This is what they suggested. I found it a bit difficult to keep from bunching. I think I will try it again, but do the applique separate and then quilt.
The quilting is awesome on this one. LOL. I think that is because I was actually appliqueing it more than quilting and I got to use one of those fun stitches on my machine that I would not normally use. I thought the stitch looked like a bunch of spiders, or my imagination got the best of me. Either way, it is sort of cute.
The pattern is from Connecting Threads and is called “cobweb”
So, I practiced a bit again. This one I don’t hate. I think it is because I love Halloween fabric and I used a matching thread so you can’t see the actual quilting. I think I will practice on something else next time. I need a break from Rock candy. However, I will continue practicing my quilting on these small pieces. I find myself watching a lot of Leah Day videos. Some day I will get a long arm, however, I have a child to educate, so it will have to wait a while. Maybe by then I will get the hang of it. Leah Day makes it look really easy.
I found that quilting this piece was easier than others. I think it is because it is small and it made doing things other than meandering easier. While I feel slightly better about my quilting, I am pretty sure as soon as I go to bigger piece I will have the same issues.
I also like Halloween. I have another embroidered Halloween piece that I need to turn into something. I can’t just sit in front of the TV. My hands must always be occupied. So, I wind up embroidering something that I can put in my quilts.
I know, practice, practice, practice the quilting.
I want to get to a point where I can do the quilting with ease……