Split Personality


Simple_Times_IMG_6708The Original Quilt Top

One More Time

Followers of my blog may be familiar with the project I call The Blue House. The Blue House (also known as Simple Times Crib Quilt) was a quilt top I had decided to cut apart and reassemble. From that one quilt top I created numerous projects of various sizes and shapes. I call this one SPLIT PERSONALTY.

As you can see from the photo below the center panel of the project was created by connecting leftover fragments of the original quilt with other scraps, slicing them apart and sewing them back together. After stitching together the center panel I surrounded it with two borders then set it aside to wait for quilting.

Finally Time

For several months now it’s been waiting in my UFQ (unfinished quilt) stack. Even though I have my very own long arm quilt machine I hire out my services to other people. The quilts belonging to those people always take priority over my own. I recently finished the last of my stockpiled customer quilts. This milestone opened up the possibility to work on something of my own. This quilt was the next one in line.

After waiting patiently for many months I was so excited to finally be able to add its finishing touches. I used a variety of patterns to practice my skills. Some of the areas turned out really well and some not so much. But overall I’d have to say I’m satisfied with the outcome. All I have left to do now is add a binding and some sort of attachment to aide in hanging it up. Here’s how it turned out.

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Vital Statistics

  1. Name = Split Personality
  2. Dimensions = 61 1/2″ x 34 1/4″
  3. Time Spent Quilting = 2 hours 24 minutes
  4. # of Stitches Applied = 57,364
  5. Thread Used: Perma Core Black
  6. Stitch Patterns = geometric, wavy lines, loops, hills and valleys, and swirls

Thanks for visiting!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

It’s Opening Day!


It’s the grand opening of my sewing room for 2016. I know it’s already February 10th and a little late for opening day but that’s the way it goes when you are super, super busy.

  • First up is shelving all of the organized baskets of Smash My Stash projects. They simply must find a home. They are occupying my work space.
  • Next I need to take a few spins around the studio with my dust mop to gather up and abolish the accumulating dust bunnies.
  • Once that is done it’s nothing but free sailing.

Time to get started!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Words


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I’ve tried over the years to put my thoughts on paper in a way that would get me noticed

To some how find my own little piece of fame.

The words at times come slowly and at others flow so quickly I can barely record them.

Admitting that my day of fame most likely will never come…..

I continue to be inspired.

 

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Smash My Stash: January Recap


Smash My Stash

When I set out on January 1, 2016 to begin to Smash My Stash I thought I would have made at least a teeny tiny dent by now.

Having to admit that not one piece of fabric flew out of my studio is a bit sad, if not embarrassing.

The only progress on my goal was to sort out my projects and make a detailed list of my findings.

Here are the links to my January posts:

What can I say? Better luck next time! Let’s hope February is more productive.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Friday Favorites: Yet More Chocolate


Friday Favorites

Lately I seem to be focusing on chocolate. Who knows why? It could just be simply because I like it!

We follow a modified Paleo diet. Snack bars that fit this food profile are few and far between. Most bars contain grains, peanuts or lots of sugar. All of these are not included in the Paleo lifestyle.

Trying to find even one that comes close to fitting takes a lot of research. I’ve read many, many labels hoping to find just one that comes close. So often one of the first two ingredients automatically eliminates it.

Not to long ago I found one that I think is too close to pass up. The bar is made by Larabar and its called

Uber Dark Chocloate Pecan with Sea Salt Flavor

It’s positive attributes are:

  • It has dark chocolate in it
  • There are only nine ingredients
  • It is Non-GMO
  • It is Gluten Free

I highly recommend adding this bar to your shopping list. Try it! I know you will like the yummy combination of sweet and salty, chocolate and crunch.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

 

Disclaimer:

I do not in any way receive compensation from Larabar. I simply share my experience because I like the product.

 

Applique on a Long Arm Quilt Machine


What is Applique

Applique is the term used to identify the process of affixing or adding pieces of fabric to the surface of a quilt, wall hanging, pillow, etc. The fabric pieces can be stitched by hand or with a sewing machine. I prefer to use my machine.

The process of appliqueing or attaching fabric designs is a laborious task no matter which method you choose. Machine applique yields a more uniform appearance. Typically a blanket or zig-zag stitch is used when stitching around the outside edges of the applique fabric.

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Long Arm Applique

While recently browsing the website for the dealer of my long arm quilt machine I noticed they were offering a class in long arm applique. It never dawned on me that I could use my long arm quilt machine to applique. My machine doesn’t have the programmed stitches used to produce a uniformly stitched edge. Being very curious about the possibility of using my long arm machine I registered for the class.

Begin Here

The instructor presented a brief discussion with samples of the items she had made. Through her illustrations I learned that she utilizes a variety of thread types to free-motion stitch around the raw edges of her fabric. The possible combinations for thread and stitches were limited only by your imagination. After finishing her brief introduction we were set loose to begin our exploration.

The Supplies

Provided for our creative adventure were fabric scraps, iron-on adhesive, a die-cutting machine to cut out uniformly shaped pattern pieces and oodles and oodles of thread cones. Here’s a photo of the die-cutting machine.

IMG_1622How Large Should I Make It?

I decided to limit the size of my project. I figured I would much rather practice on something small and have the opportunity to try out the fancy threads and stitching techniques than spend my time designing and adhering an elaborate design. This is the template I chose.

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My decision paid-off quickly. In no time I was progressing through the preparation steps and moving on to sewing. Reaching this point as quickly as I did proved to be a blessing. Many of my class participants barely had time to pin their projects to the machine, let alone practice the stitches.

What Thread Should I Use?

For thread I chose a few variegated colors along with a gold metallic. All of the colors were selected to coordinate with my fabrics. I wanted to work with this thread first because it was the one I had the least amount of experience with.

Let’s Adjust the Tension

Before adding even one stitch to my actual project the instructor helped me adjust the machine’s thread tension. Metallic thread behaves differently than a typical cotton thread. We did several test runs before we were satisfied with the stitch appearance. Once we were pleased with the test stitches I, without hesitation, set my machine in motion.

Ready, Set, Go!

I directed the machine’s needle around the outer edges of my pattern in a squiggly circular pattern. Also used were an eyelash stitch, a bubble pattern and, for the very first time, a filler stitch. I had the most fun experimenting with the filler stitch.

IMG_1620Filler or Satin Stitch

Time To Quit

I reached a stopping point thirty minutes before the end of class. Satisfied that I would be able to finish the project at home, on my own, I removed my fabric from the quilt machine and packed up my belongings. I used some of the leftover time to purchase a few decorative threads.

Take A Look

This is how my item looked at the end of class.

Long Arm Applique

Once I am finished I will share an update on my blog.

Thanks for visiting.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting