Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What's Happening.

I adore free motion quilting.  It makes me just plain happy!  I love it so much that I teach classes from time to time to pass along what I know about FMQ to others in the hopes that they will  fall in love as I have.  I kicked around buying a mid-arm quilting machine for the past year and finally made the decision last week to buy a Pfaff  Powerquilter 16.0 .  I have been playing with it for the past several day and I am very pleased with its performance.  With 16" of throat space and 8" of vertical height, there is plenty of room to move a large quilt around. I will be starting to quilt my first quilt on my new machine very soon.




I have been working on two original quilt projects the past couple of weeks.  The first one is almost finished. I call it "Jelly Roll Race Squared",  I cut up the remaining pieces of Tula Pink's "Eden" collection that I had, into 2 1/2 inch strips, not sure how many strips I ended up with.  I divided all the strips into four groups of colour . One pink, one purple and two green.  I cut the yellow  and orange strips into 2 1/2" squares and then... I sewed each of the four colour groups in jelly roll race fashion, inserting a square of colour in between the strips.  After sewing up the mini jelly roll races, I sewed the two green ones together to make one strip so it would equal the other two strips in length.  I will insert a narrow strip of medium dark grey to join the strips and bind it in the grey.  


My second project is called "The End of Nummers"    My supply of Ikea's coveted "Nummers" fabric is drying up. You can see that I have used it in several projects over the past few years, if you follow my blog.  So this trilogy of small quilted pieces is my tribute to the wonderful time I have had collecting and sewing up this giant texty print.  I still have a shipment on it's way but it will be the last one. Many thanks to my Fabric Mule for all the time and trouble spent in making my collection possible.  I also used up most of the leftovers from my Alison Glass "Handcrafted" fat quarter pack as well as strips of Nummers that were leftover from other projects.   So, totally scrappy! Here it is...

"Nummer One"
I appliqued the curvy borders..love how it turned out




                                                                     " Nummer Two "



                                                                "Nummer Three"


My plan is to group these three pieces, when completed, together in an arrangement on the wall.  Still have work to do as I am not completely sure how they will end up.  That's how I roll!

Hope you had time to do something quilty today! 

I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network for some weekly work in progress reports from Canadian quilters.  Stop by and check it out.

26 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see what you do on this new machine! If anyone deserves to step up an notch, it's you! Your work is so beautiful. Love your nummers! Having seen them in person I can attest to how pretty they are! Am really looking forward to seeing Jelly Roll Race Squared all put together! You do such an amazing job thinking out of the box, and I always come away from your house and your blog so inspired!

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  2. Have fun with your machine. I'll be watching to see what you get up to.

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  3. Fantastic...really happy for you. Can you believe it, here in Australia you cannot buy those machine (I complained already). The only one that is available here is the Sweet 16!

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  4. Love your new machine! I know you will have many happy hours with her! Love the Tula Pink pieces you've put together...gorgeous! And how creative with your one, two, three!

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  5. Oh fun......and your groupings will be beautiful.

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  6. Congratulations on the new baby. Have you named her, yet??? I like the idea of groupings and look forward to seeing where the project goes. Love the Tula Pink quilt.

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  7. Happy quilting on the new machine. No more nummers...wow. I'm still hoarding the little bit that I have. LOL

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  8. Have fun with your new machine! I'm loving your projects - they are all fabulous! Great use of the last of your Nummers!

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  9. I have about a yard and a half of the IKEA print- it is precious and I haven't figured out what I want to do with it, it will make itself known at some point!

    I love the scrappy rainbow project. It is just gorgeous and really a great effect from the simple stitching. Really nice work!

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  10. Congratulations on your new machine! Wow! Beautiful! Love the Tula Pink quilt, very bright and cheerful.

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  11. Can you hear me applauding your purchase?! It's name is perfect for you: "Powerquilter"! What fun you will have! Love your quilts.

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  12. Looks like a great machine! Lots of space for a large quilt. Makes me wish I did large pieces (maybe). Like your fabrics. Have fun.

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  13. Can waiT to see more of your projects!!! You ar soooooo going to enjoy your new machine...I love mine!!!

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  14. Yay! Nothing more exciting than a new machine! You'll have sew much more fun with it! Love your new quilts too!

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  15. Linda, your creativity is boundless. I'm loving the Jelly Roll race triptych. How will the Fabric Mule pay her way back and forth without Nummers? Glad I still have some tucked away. Let me know if you get desperate! And if you need some quilts to put through that new machine of yours, I have a couple that would love the Linda treatment. That Toes in the Sand quilt of mine is still unfinished! ☺

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  16. I hve been hosting a jelly roll strip swap with my local guild and am glad to see your quilt in progress.

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  17. Love your projects, Linda! I also love your cardinal...

    Thanks for posting to TN&TN's WIP Wednesday!

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  18. Have fun with your new machine!

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  19. I can't even imagine how excited you are about the new toy! Well, maybe I can.... but anyway.... SQUEEEEEE! Looking forward to all the upcoming creations.... :)

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  20. Great scrappy work from the Scrapmaster and that new machine looks amazing! xx

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  21. Yeah to you for the new toy. Have fun with it.

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  22. Nummers and Handcrafted were meant to be together - those pieces look so cool! And I LOVE what you've done with your Eden collection. I am very tempted to buy a FQ bundle of that, especially because our new little granddaughter will be named Eden.

    Congratulations on your new FMQ buddy Linda! I hope you have a ball with it!

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  23. I do love the way your roll!!! Yay for the new toy!!! There is not stopping you now!

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  24. I don't know how I missed this post but wow! Love the quilts and your mid arm is beautiful. How do you like it?

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