Tuesday, January 19, 2016

T Stands For WaTer today

Hi everyone! Another Tuesday has rolled around and I am sharing my drink with Elizabeth and Bleubeard (and Squiggles of course).
Mine is a drink on the go today as we are running errands and doing some food shopping.  It is good to get out and about at least once a week despite the temperatures being really, really cold today. Before I get running, I thought I would show you how my quilt is progressing.  A little slowly, but....
This is an example of the free motion quilting I decided to do. I used a variegated thread which I really liked because it brought in some tropical color.  It was fun but a little stressful at the same time, because it is really hard to get the stitches an nice even length. What helped a bit was that my sewing machine has a speed control, so I could "floor the pedal" but it would only go so fast. Gave my brain one less thing to coordinate.
Is this making you dizzy? I guess the hands were shaky this morning, but I basically wanted to show the colors, not the stitches.
 I started adding the sashing strips which as you can see are orange. I have all the blocks put together except for the top row. Remember that blank block still needs the words. I've been procrastinating starting that one because I know it is going to be very tedious, but cool in the end.
Here is a little closeup to see how I handled more of the stitching. I basically just went around the block if I could or else just in the free space so I avoided stitching over any of the designs. Some of them are silk screened and some are a little raised like the palm trees in the one on the right.

Well, I had better get going now. I'll be around to visit everyone late today. Have a Happy T Day!


Valerie-Jael said...

I love what you are doing with that quilt, and am looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Happy T day, enjoy your water, hugs, Valerie

Divers and Sundry said...

Beautiful colors. I'd love a tropical break right now ;)

Happy T Tuesday!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The colors and the wavy variegated lines make this even more special. This is going to be an awesome quilt when you are finished.

Hope your time out and about today is fruitful and productive. Thanks for sharing your water and your quilt squares with us for T this Tuesday.

BTW, check out Linda's blog to get your Elvis fix this week!

Linda Kunsman said...

Your squares are looking so good! I happen to love using variegated threads and one day I hope to have a machine that allows for free motion stitching too. Enjoy your day out and happy T day!

~*~Patty S said...

The variegated thread adds lovely color making me think of Hawaiian leis.
Your quilt is coming along beautifully Debbie.
It's so cold here today I don't want to wash my hair and have a wet head LOL.
Stay warm and Happy T Day.
Water is my favorite drink too

Flowermouse Design ❀ Lone said...

I am looking forward to see how this goes!!! I love the variegated thread - never knew that one could get that. I love the waves!!

Rita said...

That variegated thread is awesome! Love it! This will be so nice when it is all finished.
Happy T-Day! :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Keep warm! This is looking amazing!! Love! I was a little dizzy, LOL, but I think it looks so cool! Well done!

Hettie said...

This is beautiful. I love the little blocks you have created and your free motion stitching looks fine. Just remember when people see the whole thing, they wont be looking closely at the stitches with a ruler!! That is what I say to myself as I too find free motion is a little daunting.
I keep getting told that with practice it will flow beautifully.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! This really is fabulous! It looks like such hard work to me!Sorry for the late visit - a lot going on around here! Hugs, Chrisx

johanna said...

so nice to see how the quilt goes on. i love the idea of free Motion sewing with variegated threads, that fills the space beautifully!
you will have a treasure for sure!
have a great Weekend!