Saturday, March 3, 2018

Elm Street Quilts March OMG: Two by Two

Two baby quilt tops are waiting for me to finish their backs and load them on Patience, the HandiQuilter 16.  Sometimes planning the back from remnants seems harder than the top.  Fortunately, for one quilt, I found some fabric that will just require one seam but the other will be made from scraps and remnants.  My Elm Street Quilts March OMG is to get both of these tops quilted.

Set these buttons free to mix and mingle!

One of the tangled chains of buttons in my mom's button tin.
I have inherited many button boxes in my life but none so mystifying as my mother's.  Either in a fit of frustration or a wild urge to tidy up the button tin, she sewed chains of buttons together.  True, they are grouped together with mates but once the thread is cut, there is the necessity of re-stringing the many buttons.  I am setting them free and will suffer the joy of my own madness hunting through the tin for matches.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Elm Street Quilts OMG Link-up: And Then There Were Two

Awhile back I made a quilt for a possible little girl joining our family.  After 3 times being in the top tier for a little girl, my son and daughter-in-law were selected as adoptive parents and are picking up a little boy next weekend.  My Elm Street Quilts OMG for February was to complete the quilt top.  The top is done as I first planned but it just seemed unfinished and now is waiting for more fabric to arrive to complete a second outer border.
Friday, I received an invitation for baby shower, now quilt top number two from the scraps is done and fabrics for the back and binding have been pulled from my stash. 
Other finishes for February include coordinating fat quarters aprons for my little sis and I to wear at our family's Easter Sunday dinner.

And a little notion holder for my sewing table known as a Button Boat by Lazy Girl Patterns.  I like to line my Clover Wonder Clips along the edge.  They are easy to grab and pinch open.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Elm Street Quilt February OMG: Another Baby Quilt

I had hopes of using EQ7 to give you all an idea of the sew and slice quilt I want to make for my next baby quilt.  Unfortunately, the program is not behaving.  Laying fabric on the living room floor is easier and viewing the results in photos has made the process of determining the fabrics and the order painless.  Why did I spend hours with EQ?
Sew and Slice Baby Quilt for February Elm Street Quilts OMG
The inspiration for this quilt was from one I saw on Pinterest:  Sew and Slice Quilt.  Since I don't have enough fabric for the inserted section, there will be a Dr. Seuss block added to expand it.  There will be sashing to frame like the sample.  My goal is to get this top done this month around a trip to see the grands this month.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Elm Street Quilts January Finish: Quilt Opening

Elm Street Quilts January Finish
The quilt was finished and off to the shower just in the nick of time. I am not a whiz with the binding method I chose but it is practical for baby quilts and the simple quilt needed a little extra color.

The label was the real road block.  One of my New Year's resolutions for the last few years since EQ Stitch came out as an add-on for EQ Quilt has been to learn to use it.  This year and this quilt became my mantra.

The program is really quite easy and there are instructional videos by the author of the EQ workbook on YouTube so I had no trouble selecting the lettering process and giving it a test run.  While I managed to produce a label with rather small lettering with serifs, I discovered that block lettering on a larger scale is probably the best use of the program along with appliques and simple shapes.

Discovering that I can't use computer fonts for the smaller lettering in a signature on a quilt label was a disappointment.  It seems that only expensive digitizing software handle this task and for just a quilt label, I will be satisfied with my ancient version of Embird editing software and the three fonts I purchased for lettering.

With lettering off the list, I still want to learn the other functions of EQ Stitch.  A cute applique would be fun to add to a quilt label.  Maybe next time.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Elm Street Quilts January 2018 Link-up: ASAP

The binding is ready, the quilt is sitting accordion folded on the table, and the baby shower is scheduled for this month.  Let's finish this quilt!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

December Elm Street Quilts OMG Link Up: Four and More

Elm Street Quilts December OMG: Complete the remaining two bowl cozies from a previously purchased kit
It was a simple goal, finish two more bowl cozies from the kit for four that I purchased at Craft Warehouse.  All four are done and ready for soup, our favorite winter meal, plus the additional two can be added to the gift drawer for giving in the coming year.

This month's Elm Street's OMG was quick and easy because other projects needed finishing for the holidays.  There were two coordinating pillows that went to one of the DiLs.

Three reading/travel pillows for the grands:

And a Craftsy class project that was a test run so I could help my niece if she found some instructions confusing or difficult.  Of course I couldn't help putting my own spin on the apron by adding some design details of my own. 
My apron has a gathered skirt with rounded corners, a yoke, ric-rac, and a larger than suggested pocket using the pattern piece from my favorite apron pattern.  Since I don't like apron strings at the back of my neck, the tie loops and knots in front.  There are new design features and alterations I want to try on my next version of this apron.

The apron class was a gift to my niece so she could refer back to the instructions when needed.  It will probably be my last Craftsy class.  They are no longer supporting the ChromeBook operating system and the app for the Android phone did not perform well for me.  Sometimes it would not load and if it did, it might lock up while I was trying to watch a video.  Also, the phone app would not allow me to slide the progress bar forward to a section of the video I needed to review.  It only would go back to repeat segments with their rewind option or when I tried to slide the video's progress bar forward. 

With my background in ed tech, I know it is challenging to keep up with all the popular operating systems and deliver classes smoothly but ChromeBook is one the most affordable operating systems available and the devices are highly portable because they are lighter than a laptop and can be the size of a tablet while offering a keyboard.  The battery is very efficient and holds a charge for long periods.  I find myself preferring the ChromeBook over our laptop and would buy one again.