Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Weekend of Finishes!

 What has to freeze over before I complete a project?
Well, whatever it is, it happened this weekend.
I contentedly sat next to the fire with needle work in hand
and completed both my afghan and this little bee table runner!

I love the bees, the colors, the gold accents and script.
I'm no so sure I'm thrilled with the other fabric I paired it with.
I was trying to get the colors in the bee print; however, 
in retrospect, I would have toned it down a bit.
Same colors, just softer.

I still have to pluck a few threads and give it a little ironing.

The bee fabric is from Big Beautiful Bugs,
the other pieces I got at Ace Hardware in St. Clair, MO
which has a fabric shop in the back. I don't know
who makes that fabric and not sure I have the selvages.

Then I also completed my afghan.

 I'm now on to quilting my Wickedly Easy Red fat quarter quilt.
I am trying free motion again, something I am not good at
but if you're going to learn, you have to just jump in.
This is my quilt so if it's not so good, no problem.

The first few areas were not good, in fact, 
I  unstitched a couple of them because they were so bad.
I won't use this batting again, it's a higher loft and I 
think the low loft is easier, at least as I am learning.
I am really struggling with spirals and think I need to draw them
but following the lines is hard too.
Heck, I won't even show them to you!!

So for now, it's a learning stage.
Good or bad, it will be comfy!
And I'm having a good time.


Gorges Smythe said...

My great aunt used a thick batting, but she did all hand-stitching.

LindaG said...

That is what is important. That you have fun.
My Granny did quilts. My mom never learned, and neither did I.
Is that one of the sewing machines you program?
I've seen some people using sewing machines that do monogramming.

Have a good week, Kathy. ♥

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It's a Pfaff Creative 1475 and it has pre-programmed settings and you can also make your own using punch cards. I really haven't used that part but thinking about taking a vacation day and having my Pfaff dealer give me a tutorial in the spring.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Look at you ...getting crafty and staying warm!
I've been wanting to make a table runner for Oh, I dunno... YEARS!
I just need to make one. Your's is so cute.
---practice, practice.
Your quilting is look magnificent.

Candy C. said...

Kudos to you for getting projects finished! I love that bee material too. I'm trying to work up the courage to try some free motion quilting...

Lady Locust said...

Wow, nicely done. If you run out, I have a few things you could finish up:) Love that bee fabric - it looks 'enchanting.'
Keep warm.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Candy- you'll do fine. They say to make a few quilt sandwiches about 8 x 12 or so and just practice. I need to do that, right now I'm just making up just to get the feel of what I am doing. I do but would like to understand how to bring it all together. Some of it is not good, it is functional but not pretty.