Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thread, oh my!

Well, here is my thread wall.
It isn' all my thread.

I have some here, next to one sewing machine. This is mostly Masterpiece by Superiour thread. (My Favourite Thread company!)
I have some Isocord embroidery thread. Also, some more piecing thread next to my Pfaff machine.
And there is a whole bunch more thread from a 6 drawer unit from under my longarm table.
I hardly ever use this stuff, and hardly ever go into these drawers.

I went through them all, emptied 3 of the 6 drawers.
I got rid of lots of partial spools. I also got rid of some yukky thread as well.

Here is the bag of thread to recycle or donate or sell.
Why did I do this.........
Because I have a fairly sizeable order from Superior threads coming this morning!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bindings, Finishing up a few projects!

The boys went out of town for a few days, so I decided to bind a few small quilts that I have had laying around for a while.
Some of them are new, and some are not.
One of them I had quilted at least 6 or 7 years ago. I never finished the quilting and I hated it, so I removed all the quilting on that one, and re quilted it with the Compuquilter. WOW I really love that one. I better as it felt like a separated siamese twins.

A super fun lap quilt....... I think I need to call this one, Trisha's she think it is her quilt.

This one is the one I did quite a few years ago...........

I quilted it with Awesome Blossom by Ann Bright.

This is a sample from my book,
Spinal Twist.
I used it for a binding class, and never finished it. Until today...........

Another small quilt using techniques from my book, as well as for a binding class.
I love this quilt!

Another couple of tablerunners, using the Compuquilter.
I use this pattern to teach my clients the border and boundry features of this fabulous system.

A way cute baby quilt.
I used another Ann Bright allover, to match the cowboy theme.

Hmmm, this would be great for a boy baby. I wonder if Paula and Chris would want this one?

A christmas tablerunner, quilted with a Jodi Beamish allover design.

And the best for last.........
My very cool martini quilt.
This is a hint of things to come!

Other things you can use your A1 Quilting Machine for.....

My son is a boy scout, and his patrol needed a flag. Well, I helped get them going on the flag, though they came up with the design. They cut out their flames for the Flaming Phoenix patrol, and we needed to stitch down the flames and the phoenix. I could not get them to do the stitching, but they were right on my elbows helping out!

Now... this is just a single layer of kite fabric, you know, ripstop nylon.
With the flames, it is a few layers of ripstop, with a little fingernail polish on the edges to help the flag last for many boyscouting events to come.

Here are the boys, mine is the middle one.

They still needed to hang it.
I put velcro tabs at the top so they can bring it in their backpacks on the campouts and hang in in the trees.
Here is the hanging system.....

They think it is the coolest flag around!

As for the sewing of it.......
My A1 was perfect, no issues at all!
I used Rainbows thread, in the red yellow orange flame colors.
No tension problems, no thread breaks!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Stitching in the ditch

Here is a video of how I stitch in the ditch with my A1 quilting machine.