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A Change of Pace

Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

I’ve been wanting a quick and easy project to insert into my sewing routine in between a finished quilt and the next one.  I thought a while about what I wanted to do.  It could be bag, pot holder, or garment.  The garment won out this time.  I am usually hesitant in making garments because when they go wrong it’s awful.  This time I chose what I thought was a simple pattern.  A light knit shirt that would be good for the warmer weather.    I looked through my patterns and found this Simplicity pattern I never made during my garment sewing days.  I thought the top in the middle looked very comfortable and just my easy style.

Pattern

I went on a binge at Joann’s with my 55% off coupon, 40% off coupon, and 20% off entire purchase and spent a gob of money.  I not only for supplies for this top, but also on some quilting do dad’s I’ve had my eye on.  I don’t usually get my quilting fabric from there, but they do have plenty gadgets.

I picked up some knit fabric which is not the easiest fabric to work with but I do love the feel of it.  I do have a Babyloc Imagine Serger that was given to me by my Mom.  I’m told that it works better on knit fabrics than a regular sewing machine.  There’s a strange story about this.  She sent it in to a local sewing shop in Lafayette to have it serviced and the lady closed shop and took off with the machines.  Mom did a police report but in the meantime she went purchase her another one.  Six months or so later the police found the lady and she still had Mom’s machine and it was returned.  So she had no use for it and gifted it to her wonderful daughter.  Haha.   I am eternally grateful.

pinned pattern piece

I pinned the pattern on Mother’s Day and then took a break to have a brunch with her and Dad.  They stopped by my house for further visiting.  She saw the fabric and pattern laid out on my island and proceeded to help me cut it out.  There was a lot of holding the fabric in place so it wouldn’t slide off the sides and stretch out of shape.  There again, grateful for my Mom.

I used some stay tape on the shoulder seams so it would hold up the weight of the shirt and not distort out of shape.  I used the serger on that and it went well.  Next in the process was to set the neck-band.  I had to stretch the neck line as instructed in the pattern to fit the neck band.  That process was easier with four hands and this time I had my husband help.  Not as grateful of him as my Mom.  He complained the WHOLE five minutes it took.  I think he wanted to be working outside in his shop and I was in the way.  After I got it pinned in, it went on pretty easily.  I didn’t use the serger on this part.  The instructions call for two seams in the allowance and then one top stitch on the outside to hold the allowance down.  I was afraid the serger would cut off too much of the allowance and I wouldn’t be able to work with it after.

neck ban in

The next step was the sleeves.  Sleeves are one of those things I don’t fancy doing.  Sometimes they could be difficult to set in.  I called Mom again for advice.  She reminded me of the technique where you set the sleeves before you sew your side seams.  It makes it easier to ease them in while the fabric can still be laid out flat.  It worked wonderfully.

sleeve set

Once I sewed the sleeves to the shirt then all I had to do is sew up the sides.  I used the serger for this and it zipped right together.  You just make a continuous seam from the bottom of the shirt all the way to the end of the sleeve.  Ta da.

Done

I still have the hemming to do but otherwise it’s all done.  I should be able to complete this over the weekend and have a new shirt to wear next week.

Now I’m going back to a quilt project.  I’ve been working on my disappearing hour glass blocks a little at a time and I’m nearly done.  Come back and see my progress soon.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Blog Day On The New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

It is finally my day on the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.   The co-hosts for this year’s blog hop are Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ MMM! Quilts, Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Jen @ Dizzy Quilter.  These ladies have generously given their time and effort to give us new bloggers  guidance to improve our blogging skills in a community environment.  I’d like to personally thank each of them.  Please visit their blogs for a chance to win some wonderful prizes provided by our sponsors by following the instructions on their blogs.  I’d also like to thank the new bloggers involved who have made many suggestions and instructions to better my blog.

Sponsors

The participants were separated into smaller groups called hives and I belong to the Sunshine Quilters Hive.  The button that was created for our hive is by Cindy of Gray Barn Designs.


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Other members of my hive are:

Dione – cleverchameleon.com.au/blog/
Cindy and Sandy – graybarndesigns.com
Wendy – piecefulthoughts.com
Tracie – ricefordstreams.com
Cate – chaostheoryquilting.wordpress.com
Sharon & Susan – mspdesignsusa.com
Ann – laughinggasquilts.wordpress.com

Week Four Bloggers

Please visit everyone to  get to know them better and see what they are up to.

Now I’m going to let you know a little about myself.  I’m a mostly Cajun girl who lives in South Louisiana.  I say mostly because my Father is from Ohio, but since we’ve lived down here since I was 3 years old the culture is ingrained in me.  I do have an accent but it is nothing like what you see on TV or hear on audio books.

The culture down here is all about food and fun.  There is always a fresh supply of seafood with which to make wonderful Cajun dishes.  We have wonderful meat markets with custom seasonings.  If seafood and meat are not to your liking there is always a farmers market nearby on Saturday mornings.

We have wonderful festivals nearly every weekend starting in the spring and lasting through fall in different cities that celebrate their crops and other good reasons to have a good time.  A couple of my favorites in the area are the Rice, Sugarcane, Shrimp, and Crawfish Festivals.  You can come and get delicacies from each and dance your feet off.  There is also my very favorite one, Festival International where musicians from all over the world come to share their music culture with us.  This festival was just a few weeks ago.  We brought our lawn chairs and found a spot in the shade.  It was quite warm.  Here are a couple pictures from the festival.  Never mind the photo bomber behind my husband and me.  I couldn’t really ask him to get out of the way.

Fest 1

Fest

I first learned to sew from my Mom who has sewn from before I was born.  She mostly sews garments.  I wasn’t really into sewing when I was younger.  I just relied on her to do all my sewing for me.  A couple of years ago I was feeling like I wanted to learn her skills so I purchased an inexpensive machine.  I sewed garments for a year, but it wasn’t very gratifying to me.  I tended to choose difficult patterns.  Collars, sleeves and zippers are yucky.  I was never completely satisfied with the results.  That being said, I’ve just bought fabric to try to make a new shirt.  Oh well,  let see what happens.  We all need a change of pace from time to time.

Mom and Me

So then I came upon quilting.  It has been a great adventure for me.  I wanted to chronicle my creations in a place where they could be easily reached and notate what techniques I learned in order to monitor my progress.  I am hoping my blog shows those who are interested in making quilts they can do so.  I am not afraid to show mistakes (buggers) so others know that they are bound to happen and we can learn from them.  I am on a first name basis with my Rip Rip Ripper.  I call him Rip for short.

My first quilts were a log cabin block in which I was really surprised with all the 1 1/2 inch strips came out pretty squared once they were sewn together.  This was my first encouragement that I might like to continue to do this.  I had two fat quarter bundles and I just made blocks until they were all gone.  I then had quite a few blocks and was able to play with the blocks until I ended up with 2 quilt tops.  I didn’t know much about the quilting part yet so I just stitched in the ditch with monofilament thread.  I didn’t know that the quilting part could add such a flair to the finished product.

After many “You Tube” videos and blog readings I moved on to bigger and better things. I had a friend who was getting married and another who was having a baby.  So I thought  both would be a wonderful excuse to continue quilting.  On these I just did straight line quilting with my walking foot.  After these, I invested in a better machine with a bigger harp space that I could stuff the quilt through easier.  The blue quilt was quite difficult to fit through the machine.

My next excuse for a quilt was because my in-laws were flooded a couple of years ago and lost everything.  So I thought it would be nice to give them something I had made.  The second quilt was for myself “just because”.  These were my first attempts at free motion quilting.  I’m not very good at it but with practice I’m hoping to get better.

Hunters Star

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My favorite quilt as of yet is my Stained Glass Quilt.  Maybe because it’s my most recent finish.  You can see what I’ve done on this here and here.

Finished Gabezo

It is my one year blogging anniversary on May 16th.  Now I feel I am really out there for all to see.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  I am having a great time making new friends.  I have found the quilting community is loving and generous and I am very happy to become a part of it.

I have one request for you.  In your comments for a chance to win a prize, please let me know what your favorite tip or technique is or any suggestion you may have to help me on my journey.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

That’s all for now,

Cherie

Quilting

OMG May

Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

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I’ve been working on my Regatta Quilt.  I joined Roseanne’s Regatta QAL a little late.  It was a no pressure QAL in which there were no time limits so I didn’t feel like I had to rush to catch up or even keep up.  Many have already finished theirs and I am as always running behind.  It seemed like it was an easy pattern from Block M Quilts so I joined in the party.  You can see my previous progress here.  Roseanne mentioned she will have a final blog to show everyone’s quilt coming up.  I can’t wait to see them all.

I made my quilt sandwich and had a plan for the quilting last Friday.  I recently upgraded to Craftsy Unlimited and took a Jacquie Gering class on walking foot quilting.  It was called Next Steps With Your Walking Foot.  I really like the idea she showed me about making some gentle curves across the quilt.  After a four passes it will look like a braided line.  I made a template that would fit just short of my 2 inch strips out of a heavy-duty file folder.  Why buy it when you can make it?  I’m trying to be thrifty.  In the first picture I’ve made 2 passes on the off white fabric.  My very nice husband drilled a hole in the middle and I intend to position the hole over the place where the two seams meet to keep it symmetrical.  Then I will be able to mark the next 2 seams.  Take a look.

Quilting template

I’ve done more quilting on the second pass to make the braided line effect.  Here’s a picture of the back where it shows the best.  I’m just in love with the backing fabric.

Quilting

It’s my goal for May to complete the quilting and binding on this quilt.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

2018 Finishes · Finished Quilts

Stained Glass Quilt Reveal

April OMG

Hi Everyone Welcome to My Blog,

I’ve accomplished my One Monthly Goal for April and I’m excited to show you.  I’ve been working on my stained glass quilt and practicing walking foot quilting.  You can see a recap of the process here.

So today I’m ready to reveal the finished quilt.  I’m so pleased with the results.  This is my favorite quilt yet.  I hope you like it as well.

Stained Glass Quilt

Stained Glass

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  I’m off to Festival International in Lafayette, LA where I hope to hear some fantastic music and dance the day away.  They also have a huge craft show with at least fifty vendors.  This festival draws a huge crowd from all over the world.  I wish you could join me.  Maybe next year.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

 

Quilting

Regatta QAL Progress

Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

I’ve been working on my Regatta Quilt.  I joined Roseanne’s Regatta QAL a little late.  It was a no pressure QAL in which there were no time limits so I didn’t feel like I had to rush to catch up or even keep up.  Many have already finished theirs and I am as always running behind.  It seemed like it was an easy pattern from Block M Quilts so I joined in the party.  You can see my previous progress here.  Roseanne mentioned she will have a final blog coming up.  I hope I can have mine finished in time.

I made my quilt sandwich and had a plan for the quilting last Friday.  I recently upgraded to Craftsy Unlimited and took a Jacquie Gering class on walking foot quilting.  It was called Next Steps With Your Walking Foot.  I really like the idea she showed me about making some gentle curves across the quilt.  After a four passes it will look like a braided line.  I made a template that would fit just short of my 2 inch strips out of a heavy-duty file folder.  Why buy it when you can make it?  I’m trying to be thrifty.  In the first picture I’ve made 2 passes on the off white fabric.  My very nice husband drilled a hole in the middle and I intend to position the hole over the place where the two seams meet to keep it symmetrical.  Then I will be able to mark the next 2 seams.  Take a look.

Quilting template

braided quilting

 

2018-New-Quilt-Bloggers-Blog-Hop

This is the second week of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  The co-hosts for this year’s blog hop are Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ MMM! Quilts, Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Jen @ Dizzy Quilter.  These ladies have generously given their time and effort to give us new bloggers a guidance to improve their blogging skills in a community environment.  I’d like to personally thank each of them.  Please visit their blogs for a chance to win some wonderful prizes provided by our sponsors by following the instructions on their blogs.Sponsors

 

 

The participants were separated into smaller groups called hives and I belong to the Sunshie Quilters Hive.  The button that was created for our hive is by Cindy of Gray Barn Designs.

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Other members of my hive are:

Dione – cleverchameleon.com.au/blog/
Cindy – graybarndesigns.com
Wendy – piecefulthoughts.com
Tracie – ricefordstreams.com
Cate – chaostheoryquilting.wordpress.com
Sharon & Susan – mspdesignsusa.com
Ann – laughinggasquilts.wordpress.com

 

This week, 8 of our fellow new quilt bloggers are featured in the blog hop:

Velda               http://freckledfoxquiltery.wordpress.com

Carrie             http://carriebeecreates.blogspot.com

Sharon A.             http://mspdesignsusa.com

Ann C.                   http://laughinggasquilts.wordpress.com

Nicole                   http://handwroughtquilts.wordpress.com

Becca                    http://prettypiney.com

Sherry                   http://poweredbyquilting.com

Stephanie           http://lowcountryquiltsandembroidery.com

Hop over to their blogs to get to know them and see what they are up to.

That all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

Piecing

April Quilt Club BOM

Hi Everyone,

Our quilt club meeting occurred last week. The fantastic ladies showed off their blocks of the month.  Here is mine.

Quilt Club March BOM

Here are others in my group in different color ways.

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

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Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOM

Quilt Club March BOPM

Quilt Club March BOM

Everyone’s blocks look great.  I can’t wait to see them all on a quilt top.  I’m always surprised how just the difference in the colors makes the blocks look different from each other.  Please let me know which are your favorites.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Quilting

April OMG

Hi Everyone,

April OMG

I’ve been working on my stained glass quilt for a while.  This month I intend on finishing it.  My son has expressed a liking so it will be gifted to him.

I found the pattern in a Fons and Porter Magazine.  The colors just blew me away.  Fabric and Pattern

I thought the pattern would be more difficult than it was.  It clearly indicated how many and size strips I needed to cut from these lovely ombre fabrics.  The blocks came together quite easily.

Stained Glass Blocks

I sewed the quilt top together and was very pleased with the results.

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I used remnants for the backing to show off the fabric in its full ombre glory.

Quilt Back

I’ve been quilting this using my walking foot.  A different design in each block.  It has been a long process of turning the quilt in each direction.  I’ve put it on hold for a while during the holiday and to give my shoulders a rest.

Stained Glass Quilting

Stained Glass QuiltingStained Glass Quilting

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie