Monday, February 27, 2012

Life in Washington

I've been working on a  beautiful quilt lately. Currently, I'm doing lots of these...

I finally finished (without going blind) and the quilt is on its way home. When it arrives, I'll post pictures. Until then, I thought I'd share this cool tip that I discovered from my guild-mates here in Washington.

Diagonal seaming for quilt backs. Of course, this won't work if you are piecing your back. But if you're not, this not only works well but will save you fabric. John Flynn apparently developed the math for this and if you have a "smart phone," you can download the app so that you NEVER have to do math.

John's method is for diagonally piecing a quilt back in the most fabric-efficient way possible. If your fabric is 44" wide or less, you can piece a back that is 66" or less. If the fabric is 60" wide, use John's method if you want your quilt back to be 90" or less.

John's Diagonal Piecing full instructions can be found here. Its definitely worth having in your toolbox of piecing tricks.

I'm planning to give this a go as soon as I have a quilt that needs a back.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm as sane as I'll ever be!!

Yep, I'm quilting!!!

I loaded a practice piece the other day, did some stitching to make sure everything felt right and then loaded Marei's quilt. Its a great pattern called Tradewinds. Its made for Jelly Rolls and it turned out great!

I now have an Eden Pure heater to keep me warm. I was very skeptical at first, but mostly my studio is warmer than my house. Of course, this is the Eden Pure Gen. IV and its supposed to heat something like 1000 square feet and I'm only using it to heat just under 300. But it works and I'm warm. I don't have the ambiance of my wood stove, but I don't have to haul wood and start a fire either. Just push a button and go!

As you can see from this sad picture, not much has been put away...not even my thread. I plan to get my customer quilts done and then play in my studio. Not sure how long it will be before I get some local customers.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!