Monday, September 06, 2010

miscellany

Remember me? I'm the girl that used to blog (regularly) in this space. I'm feeling funky today and I always find it hard to blog when I'm in a mood like this.

However...I've been making things...

a hexagon needle book (eeek! i love this!)
tutorial here. thank you Angela!
hexagon templates printed from here.

I also made a crochet roll for my sister, for her birthday last week.

I love this one, too. It came together super quick. The dimensions are my own, made up on the fly.

It was inspired by Kathy's colored pencil roll that is in this book, but I didn't bother piecing the background pieces. The quilting design is genius!


I've been reading this book over the weekend. Wow. It's rocking my world a little bit. In a good way. It came recommended by Shelly and Andrea.

I'm getting ready for teaching my machine quilting class in November. (Still a few spots left if you are interested. More info here.) Making samples is fun! 4 down and many to go. I thought about doing a quilting stitches quilt along, however I see that Heather beat me to the punch. So I guess that's one thing I can cross off my to do list. :)

Also, I wanted to answer a few questions that came up repeatedly.

Several people wanted to know if I had a pattern for my lunch bag. (see previous post.) I made that up as I went, too. Generally, if I use a tutorial or a pattern for something that I show on my blog, I'll post the link or the source. If there is no info, chances are, I made it up. I'm thinking of making a few more lunch bags and if I do, I'll try to do a quick run down of the steps and share the how to. I did get a chance to test drive my lunch bag last Friday when I went to eat lunch with my boys. I found the dimensions to meet my needs perfectly. No tweaking required. LOVE that.

Several people asked about how I did the quilting on my spiderweb quilt.

I added lines to this photo to blatantly show where I quilted. I echoed the lines from the piecing, leaving about a quarter inch from the edge of my walking foot to the seam, so the quilting lines are 1/2" from the seam lines. Plenty of room to avoid those bulky centers. I used warm and white batting, which doesn't require close stitching (10" or less), so it worked perfectly.

And I dreamed about quilting my blue quilt last night. I'm stumped on thread choice, though. That, and I have 101 other projects vying for my attention. I'm sure you know how it goes. :)

Happy Monday to you!

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a thought about the thread for your beautiful blue quilt. Since your blues are so varied, maybe you should tried a variegated thread in blue too?

Cristina said...

when I was on a paper piecing hexagon and pentagon mood I saw this needle book too from Angela and thought, I must make one, but I didn't. I love yours too.

Christina said...

I'm currently hosting a free motion quilt along on my blog! We are just about to start quilting the top. It's fun, so many people just need help getting started. That little needle book is so sweet, the little D ring is such a good idea!

Mama Urchin said...

I wish I was going to be there in November.

Sarah Craig said...

Thanks for sharing your quilting technique on your spiderweb top - what a great idea on how to avoid those points!!

Heather said...

haha... aaak! i would have wanted to do YOUR quilt-a-long!!... hopefully people won't be too disappointed!! ;)

xo

seaschell said...

Love the hexagon book! It's super cute. What will you attach it to?

I'm very excited too b/c I signed up for your class in November! Can't wait. :)

nettie said...

i have that book by diane gaudynski. it is mind blowing a little bit, I want to quilt like she does, but I am also lazy. It's a good one.

Linda said...

A variegated blue thread might be neat for quilting your blue quilt. I used a variegated thread on one of mine once and liked the results. There does tend to be a bit more waste, though if you are as picky as I am about things. LOL :)

diplofam said...

hi amanda! I have been so busy I am falling behind on reading your blog--I want to hang out again--coming to Michigan anytime soon?? :)
Carin

Terriaw said...

I loved the way those quilting lines looked on the back of your spiderweb, so it's cool to see the black lines layed over the front in the photo. Worked great for that quilt! Love your adorable little hexagon needle holder too. I need a needle holder, and bookmarked that tutorial, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Great to see all that's keeping you busy these days!

soggybottomflats said...

Hi Amanda Jean, love your little hexie key ring, very clever. I have a question about the spiderweb block. I went to quiltville and looked at those instructions and several other blogs on how they do theirs. But I am a little confused.

When you mark the 1/4" dot and put the line on....do sew ON that line? I am lost on this one. I have made a ton of quilts and really should "know" this, but it's a major blonde thing and I just can't figure this out, help!! I just need to know where to start sewing on this one.

Thank you so much, Elaine

live a colorful life said...

Um, that little needle book, in one of my all-time favorite fabrics, henna garden in pink by Sandi Henderson, is really, really cute. Seems like I just received one of those in the mail. (Thanks, more than I can say.) And something will soon be winging its way back to you too!

Laurence said...

Very beautiful roll. I made the same for my daughter's pens.

Nanci said...

Ah Amandajean, I've been away from your blog so long that it's taken me an hour to see your works once again.
I stay away because I don't want to get so hiped as I always do when I visit.
I'm loving all your recent works, so I'm going to get my mojo working to start getting things done.
One thing about the lunch bags that I've done is make side pockets for putting in the little snacks.
Love yours too. It's hard to believe that kids are at school all day now. My granddaughter started university...I feel old.

Thimbleanna said...

Such fun projects CrazyMom! Your machine quilting is looking fabulous. I've had that Diane G. book you reference for years -- I suppose I should actually read it -- thanks for the reminder!

Jessica Christensen said...

I think you're taunting me with that number -- 101. ;) I also love that hexie needle case. What a cute idea!

Me said...

I took a class from Diane G. and she rocked my world too! She not only got me out of my "quilting box", but totally destroyed it :-P

I'll never forget that she said to slump over your machine like you love it - us gals tend to be so prim & proper with our straight backs. She also quilts her quilts from the outside in!

She is so inspiring and a fun teacher.

Clair said...

I used my lunch bag today. It is plenty big...I might make a slightly smaller version, but maybe not for two years. :)

John'aLee said...

I hear what you are saying. It is hard for me to blog too, when I am in one of those 'funky' moods. Glad to know I am not the only one.
Love the hexagon piece at the top.

angela said...

I love your needle book! Glad you enjoyed my little tutorial :)

I think there's a big funk cloud hanging around here - hoping it blows out soon.

peaknits said...

OMG - way back when I quilted - okay 10 years ago or so - I took every single Diane Guadynski class I could take - Trapunto, feather quilting, Texas star quilt, the basket quilt, machine applique - and the list goes on. She is just a talent - and stinkin sweet and gentle, her butternut-ty color choices always impressed me. I am always so excited to "see" her discovered again:) Okay, sorry for the rant...but she is a genious - okay now I am done. Enjoy that book! PS - thanks for your comment over at my blog - I can't wait to find time to baste up my QAL quilt - those little squares made me manic, but I love my finished top!

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

on the blue quilt .. how about a variegated blue thread? Im pretty sure there is a mid tone one called "denim"... oh I just read some of the comments a veri-blue is already suggested... duh!

I love Diane Gaudinski!! her and Karen Mctavish are my quilting go-tos when I am looking to up my skills. ...

Annalia said...

My vote is for grey.

LOVE your spiderweb quilt! It's on the list of quilts that I eventually want to make. Long list. :)

Sunny said...

I love all the nifty little things you post on your blog besides the regular quilts... Great job!

Laurel said...

AJ, just wanted to share my oh-no moment. I know you're a Wisconsin gal like I am, and when I saw you are having a retreat, I thought, hey, that sounds pretty cool. I clicked on the hyperlink, which then lead me to another hyperlink, only to find out that the retreat is in Colorado! Not an easy weekend drive! Ha ha. Anyway, have a great time.

Kathy - Pink Chalk Studio said...

Thank you soooo much for the shout out on the quilting design, that is absolutely my favorite part of the project so it gave me a great chuckle and HUGE smile to read your comment on it ! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the detail of quilting your spiderweb quilt. I plan on copying you whenever I finish mine. I'm tired of stippling.

jam

Jenny said...

I've seen your quilts, and in this post I've seen your quilting samples and truly like what I see. I would love to attend the "learn to quilt" get a way in Colorado, but is just not feasible as I will be way too pregnant to attend. My real question is, I am making a queen/king size bed quilt (my first of this magnitude) and am still learning how to actually quilt things. Where could I send the pieced top, batting and backing for someone to quilt for me? I would pay of course. Also, I don't think my machine could handle such a large quilt. Do you know of someone I could send my quilt to to be quilted? Thank you for sharing your talents with the world, to inspire us little crafters.

MoxyIdeas said...

How cute is that keychain?! Great work - and thanks for the link-back :) Hope the templates came in handy!