Monday, July 15, 2013

Cleopatra's Puzzle Block - Free Motion Quilting Feathers & Grid And Cool QAYG Video


Finding the best location that would show off the quilting was not so easy. Finally I  attached two pants hangers to the folded quilt and opened an antique dresser drawer to hang it on. This is the Cleopatra's Puzzle, a Craftsy Block of the Month from 2012.

I purchased a couple of items that helped the quilting to come closer to my drawn picture. Mary Jo's Fabrics had a one day sale. Check out the website. It is a huge store with lots of fabric!! Anyways, I purchased a Flex Design Rule to help with drawing consistent curves, a Clover Soft Thread Pic for pulling loose threads into the sandwich Quilter's 1/4 inch tape and Schmeetz Top Stitching needles. I wish I had the Flex Design Rule for the wreath but oh well!





I had so many loose threads to pull through from the starting and ending lines that I watched several shows on Netflix on my Ipad while pulling them. I loved using the Clover Soft Thread Pic for this job. In addition to securing the threads I decreased the stitching to 1.0 at the beginning and ending of each line to lock those stitches. My machine does have the knotting stitch. I tend to stitch too many where the knots show up on the quilt.

I saw this video posted by Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville on facebook today. This Quilt-As-You-Go version completes it with all machine stitching - no hand stitching as I have done in the past. I am planning to make another Baseball T-Shirt Quilt for my oldest grandson and believe this will be the way to go. I am real excited about this find!




When I am not sewing and it isn't raining I play around in my garden.  I have been collecting blue bottles with the idea of making a bottle tree. Quickly I stuck them in a planter to see if it would do anything. I think I like it. Now to remove the labels. Maybe the rain will melt them away!


Well as I write this my husband just came home and brought me a big bag of Indulgent Trail Mix - CHOCOLATE!! Good thing I went to Planet Fitness this morning so I can indulge!

This morning while perusing BlogLovin I found another Linky Party. I will be linking with Stitch by Stitch Anything Goes Quilt n Sew.


Stitch by Stitch
Also linking with Sew Cute Tuesday.

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7 comments:

  1. I saw that video on FB this morning too, I have been eager to try QAYG and i think this method is awesome, so i will definitely try it sometime soon. Your machine quilting is inspirational :)

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  2. Cleopatra's Puzzle block is gorgeous! Love the fabric and the feathers, Joanie. I haven't tried QAYG yet but am hoping to in the future.

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  3. wow! your FMQ looks fantastic! and thanks for the video links!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  4. Your block looks great! Have not used the thread pic. I use self-threading needles to hide threads but I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Stopping by from Anything Goes. Your quilting looks great.

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  6. Here's another method I just came across today that I kind of like:
    http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/free-quilt-and-sew-patterns/free-quilt-patterns/quilt-as-you-go-fun-and-done-quilt-pattern/
    With this method, the backing becomes the sashing and the binding. Just thought you might be interested.

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    1. Hi Kathy, I had a Fun and Done Ruler and pattern. It is a great way too for a QAYG. The design of the pattern does need to be considered so as not to chop off points.

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