Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Finished projects

I finally finished my son's quilt.  I first posted about it in January and you can read about it here and here.  As promised, I'm sharing my experience with the bamboo batting here.  Please share in the comment if you have used bamboo batting before.  I’m eager to hear about your experiences. 

While I was at the Road to California show in January, I bought 100% bamboo batting to try because it's said on the package that this batting has breath-ability and anti-bacterial properties.  I also like bamboo because it's a sustainable and renewable resource.  And this product was made in the USA.


The batting is very soft but when I opened it up to prepare the quilt top for quilting, I noticed some hard particles in  the batting.  They turned out to be bamboo wood chips.  They are hard enough that they could be felt through the quilt top.  Didn't want to risk breaking the needle, I picked them all out. Here is what they look like.


While I was quilting the quilt, lint from the batting that extended beyond the quilt top got all over the quilt as in the picture below. 


When I hand sewed the binding on to the back of the quilt, there was lint on the thread every time I pulled the needle up.
 



It was quite irritating to have to pull the lint off from the thread after every stitch.

Finally I threw the quilt into the washing machine.  When it came out, there was more lint on the quilt.  Lint came out through the seams.  I have to pull it off and use the lint roller to remove all the lint.  Do you see the lint that came out through the needle holes by the binding?


After much agonizing and all the lint was removed, the quilt is done and ready to be pickup by the new owner.



Another project that got done is the sofa.  You can read about the sofa here.  I'm happy to report that it's done now.  Here are the before and after pictures.



 








Go make something and have fun!







Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fun Challenge from Valley MQG

At Valley MQG, we love to have fun.  Our last monthly meeting was especially eventful and filled with surprises.  We had a lot of laughs and my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much.  It was our 2nd birthday celebration.  Our membership chair had solicited and found lots of donations of gifts from many quilt shops in Southern California.  Almost everyone had something to take home.  This was mine to take home that night.  I always wanted a thread catcher and a basket.  What a great gift! 



Our monthly challenge was 'Fortune Cookie challenge'.  Our President, Scott Griffin, bought fortune cookies for everyone and we were supposed to read our fortune and interpret it into a quilt or a project.  My fortune said, 'A secret wish will be revealed to you in the near future.'  I waited the whole month for it but with disappointment, no one revealed any secret wish to me.  So I decided to reveal my own secret wish.  My wish is that I can travel the world and collect fabric and stamps.  I got this wonderful fabric with pictures of places such as Paris, Shanghai, Bombay and Madrid on it and a coordinating fabric with stamps and postcards on it.  I decided to make a collage quilt.  Here it is.....


I used some charm squares as background and arranged picture fabric on them.  I decided not to use any adhesive on the fabric.  I then put very light gray tulle on top of everything before quilting it.  I had a lot of fun doing free motion quilting on this piece.  Another secret, this is my first time doing pebble quilting.  Boy! my arms were tired.

I absolutely love home grown vegetables, especially tomatoes.  This year our beef stake yielded a lot of fruits and, in my humble opinion, they are the best kind for tomato sandwiches which I enjoy so much.  I'm saving seeds for next year.  Here is a tomato that I just picked today.  It's more than 4 inches in diameter!!  Doesn't it look perfect?





Have a great day!!
Go have some fun and make quilts!! 


Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilt

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Fall Paducah show

Hi there!!  I'm home from the Fall Paducah QuiltWeek.  What a fantastic time I had.  I was truly amazed at the talent of those who participated in the show.  So much inspiration from the quilts, colors and patterns.   If I post all the pictures I took, this blog will be just pictures.  I will post only those that I was attracted to the most.  I tried my best to get the quilter's name for the quilt but missed one, I'm so sorry.   Here we go.....

Journey by Grace Sim


My Rhodie by Andrea Brokenshire
Doesn't this flower look real?

Menopausal Insomnia by Irelie Beatie
I smiled when I saw this quilt title.  Somehow I knew what it meant.



Cool Jazz by Shirley Gisi
I love the color play in this quilt.

LiLY by Hiroko Miyama - Japan
This girl looks so alive and lovely.

Unconditional Love by Ruth O'Sullivan
Isn't this quilt sweet?  I love dogs and looking at this quilt made me think of my old dog, Shadow.  He wasn't a German Shepard but a black lab mix.  He was a really sweet, gentle and smart dog.  We miss him!!

Cherry Blossoms and Moon

Magical by Joanne Baeth
Don't these white doves look like they are flying off the quilt?
 

This is me doing my demo about my book in AQS Author Showcase booth.  The audience was small in number but they were very inquisitive and engaging.  Working with flannel is hard on your machine because flannel creates a lot of lint underneath the throat plate so I made lint removers as a giveaway and they were a big hit.  They are made with pipe cleaners and coffee stirrers.  This is what they look like.  I got this as a gift some time ago from Scott Griffin in the Valley MQG.



At the Fall Paducah QuiltWeek, AQS had a free shuttle service which was great.  They allowed me to see the town and I went to some shops too.  I spent every available minute to take in everything as much as I could.  The most memorable incident was at the Must Stitch Emporium.  While in the shop, one lady from Indiana recognized me and asked me to sign her Show-book.  I never expected in a million year that someone would recognize me!!  Wow, what an ego boost for me.  

I got to go to the National Quilt Museum too.  Couldn't take any pictures in there.  The quilts in there are of exquisite beauty and workmanship.  

I also bought some notions and of course fabric.


 


I love the V and Company fabric line and try to collect them whenever I have a chance.  I don't have a plan for this acquisition yet.  The fabric on the bottom is not from V and Company but I like it for background for future project.

I really had a marvelous time in Paducah.  I would like to do a shout out to Pat, Karen and Gail.  I'm glad that I went and had a chance to meet you all.  Thank you ladies so much for making my time in Paducah a memorable one.  
 
Have a great day!