Spring Break And Spring Quilting

April 4, 2011

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Our weekend began with shopping for a new refrigerator.  I am pleased to report that we did buy one, unfortunately it won't be delivered until Friday.  Naturally, we needed to special order one due to the space configuration in our kitchen.  No microwave still.  I'll save that for another time.  I reached my fill line of appliance shopping with the fridge for one weekend.  Yes, like many of you mentioned, I'm sure the power outage didn't do the appliances any favors.  Too bad they didn't stop working right after our power was restored!  LOL!  I'm actually kind of looking forward to the new fridge.  The new one is a big upgrade from what we had. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to get something out of the fridge and there's no fridge there!! :-)

It's Spring Break for the girls this week, which translates to Spring Quilting on Annie for me.  I typically do not work when the girls are off school, so this week I am quilting every chance I get.  The girls will be going to Grandpa and Grandma's house this week for a few days, so I'll really be able to concentrate on some quilting.  I want to quilt some curling feather borders on clients' quilts, so I practiced some on muslin last night.
 Not too shabby!  I love them.  Don't pay attention to my wonky crosshatching.  I wanted to see the contrast next to the feathers.  I would use a ruler if it was on a quilt!  LOL!

Most of the time, I have to use indirect lighting to get the quilting to show, otherwise the overhead lights "white" everything out.
I quilted all the the feathers freehand.  I marked the spines with some help from some circle templates in order to get that nice "C" curve.  I just purchased a nice set of longarm circle templates.  Besides a straight ruler, Jamie suggested these circle templates.  I wanted his advice because there are hundreds of templates out there for LAers and I didn't want to waste money on something gimmicky that would just end up collecting dust.  I think these will work great for use in many different designs.
They actually look much pinker in person.  Not really sure why they're that color rather than clear??

I think with just a few tweaks in my feathers and I'll be quilting up a curling feather border storm!! :-)

 

26 comments:

  1. Your feathers are looking great! You truly are amazing! Born to QUILT!

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  2. I love your beautiful feathers. Practice really does make perfect. :o)

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  3. The feathered border is fantastic!!
    Like Carol said - you were born to quilt - so talented!♥

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  4. Your freehand quilting is really gorgeous. I agree with Carol that you are a natural. Must be nice.

    I hope you have a nice week with your girls off and that you can enjoy your quilting!

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  5. WOW!!! I'm definitely impressed with the feathers! What are you doing with all that beautifully quilted muslin?

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  6. It looks like your practice piece could be the real thing! Very nice Linda!!

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  7. I continue to be impressed with your freehand work - all hand guided - way to go!!!

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  8. Wow - how fantastic is the quilting!! You are doing wonderfully - I cant believe you have got so good in so short a time...Those feathers are really something!! I bet the girls love watching you?

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  9. WOW....I love them. If that is what is going on my quilt, I won't be able to give it away. lol I was just expecting those gentle curves, but this feather design is WAY better. Your ability to read what a quilt needs is really deveoping. Your a natural.

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  10. your quilting is beautiful....

    who makes the circle rulers?

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  11. Your quilting is beautiful and nice to have a few days break for yourself.

    Debbie

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  12. Those corner feathers are fabulous! I would keep that muslin and turn it into a throw. It's beautiful!
    Glad you found a frig, it'll make life easier than having to walk into the garage for everything, lol.

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  13. Happy Spring Break, Linda! Your feathers are gorgeous! I am green with envy at your freehand skills! I think I need to come for a visit and take a class from you (wink)!
    Cheers!

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  14. Girl, you are getting good at those feathers.

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  15. Your feathers are beautiful. Happy Stitching,

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  16. Your quilting is beautiful! You have come so far in such a short time! Awesome.

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  17. WOW! You are a pro already. Look at you go. I love it.

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  18. Linda.....You are just amazing! Your quilting is fabulous! You have come a long way in a very, very short period of time!

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  19. OMG, those feathers are just fabulous! You are absolutely amazing! It's just really hard to believe that you are so new to long arming. You are my idol, and I truly mean that in all sincerity!

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  20. Your feathers are gorgeous! I totally agree with Stephanie ... she says it all!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  21. I just can not believe that you are so new to LA-ing when you show work like this. Ever thought of making a wholecloth quilt, just to show off the quilting?

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  22. How beautiful! Those feathers are just perfect. My pile of tops grows as I try to decide if I could quilt them by hand, with the amount of arthritis I have in my hands.

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