Thursday, February 19, 2015

Robert Kaufman Kite Flight Quilt

A client and new friend brought me several quilts to quilt for her.  She always has beautiful quilts that she makes.  Lately she has been purchasing quilt kits to make.  The first three in the stack were done with Minkee backs.

 I'm pretty new to Minkee so the first quilt was basically done with wavy lines as I had read that it was best to straight line quilt them
(and no that isn't true lol)

The second one I got more adventurous with and used a feather motif I had been practicing from Jamie Wallen's Mystical Grid book.(more on that in another post)

After having no trouble with swirls I went onto the third Minkee Quilt. It's Robert Kaufman's Kite Flight Quilt that was bought from a kit at Craftsy Kit. I used my new Ruler Foot which was awesome and did some feathers that I have been practicing.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ruler Foot for TinLizzie 18 DLS

Ruler Foot

I bought my Tinlizzie 18dls in October 2013. The dealer was switching from Tinlizzie's to Babylock machines  Later I found out that TinLizzie had dropped him due to bad customer service. Now there was a long list of things that had gone wrong with the sale.  I have to take responsibility for not researching things enough before buying a machine and blindly believing everything the dealer said.

This post is about one of those things only. (take too long and too boring of a read to list them all).

Ruler Foot!!!!

Now those of us with Longarms wanting to use rulers need to be aware of a Two MUST have items. One you need a ruler base to work on and the other you must have a ruler foot on the machine.
I supposedly was sold a ruler foot for around $60  I don't remember the exact price but I think that was the amount.

I thought I was the worst student of ruler work.  I kept somehow sewing on top of the rulers, scratching the, breaking needles, having to retime my machine and worst have even sewn over my finger while trying to use rulers.

Two weeks ago I took a class at Ready Set Sew in Chattanooga, TN from Denise Schober. Denise had made many webinar videos for TinLizzie and now teaches  Baby Lock Longarm but is very knowledgeable about all brands of Longarm machines. She told me the foot I had on my machine was not a ruler foot but one of the first feet made for the Lizzie.

The one I was originally sold as a Ruler foot is on the left and the new one I just bought from The Quilt Patch in La Follette, TN   The difference between these two dealers was night and day. Wayne from the Quilt Patch was very nice to talk to on the phone, Sold me the foot for $49.99 and had it in the mail to me the very same day.  I've heard nothing but good things about him and his customer service by a friend who bought her machine from him.

See the difference.  I can't wait to start quilting with my Ruler Foot!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Years Intentions

I'm a member of the Modern Quilt Guild here in Chattanooga, TN, Our Leader choose to give us a challenge this year. We are to write two of our quilting intentions down and bring them to the January meeting. They will put them away till end of the year and we will see how we fared in our challenge. 

My Intentions are more than two. I intend to cleanup and organize my sewing room. 

One of the reasons for doing this is I want to get a 12 foot table for my longarm so I can do quilts King quilts.

I'm doing a few Block of the Month quilts. :
I wish to add one more but I'm deciding with a friend.

I want to shop my stash but to do that I have to see and know what I have. That brings me to todays post. 

 For Christmas my Mom made me a Big Ironing Board. I sent her a few tutorials that I found on the web and she chose one to follow. Here is the one she followed Tool Time with Christine and her DIY Supersized Ironing Board. Mine is 24" by 60" and it is awesome. Stapled tightly are three layers, Muslin, Insul-Bright, & Cotton Batting. 

The Insul-Bright is what you buy for hot pads. It is composed of polyester fibers needlepunched through a non-woven substrate and through a reflective metalized poly film. This file reflects the heat back up. It is amazing to use to iron with. It doesn't take long at all to get the wrinkles out. Just be careful because your fabric gets pretty warm. 

 I found 3 Under the Bed Totes under my bed that were empty. I will store them under the longarm so have easy access to my fabric and they are clear enough that I see what is in them. I did a google search for Fat Quarter folding Victoriana Quilt had the best one and I can fold up to 3 yards of fabric this way.  Here is how I separated them by size.
Yardage Piles by Size
1/8 yd
4.5" x WOF
1/6 yd
6" x WOF
1/4 yd
9" x WOF
1/3 yd
12" x WOF
3/8 yd
1/2 yd
18" x WOF
2/3 yd
24" x WOF
3/4 yd
27" x WOF
1 yd to 3 yd
36" - 108" x WOF
Fat eighth
18" x 11"
Fat quarter
18" x 22"
Anything smaller than above gets put in a pile
WOF = Width of Fabric which could be anywhere from 33" to 45" depending on the fabric.