September 22, 2010

The Pinning of the New York Beauty

The pinning of the New York Beauty is finished! I believe in using many many pins as you can see here.
In fact, if I had more I would have probably used them, but I used every pin I own. I don't want the quilt top or the backing to shift while I maneuver this baby under  my little domestic sewing machine. I still haven't come up with a design that I want to quilt in a few sections, but I need to get going on this project. I will be using a product called Golden Threads Quilting Paper because many of the larger areas are too dark for me to trace the design on with a wash out marker - even with the use of a light box. Since this is the case, there is no need for me to wait before I do some stitching in the ditch to stabilize the quilt.  Now, if you aren't a quilter and you are reading this you are going to be scratching your head saying, "What in the world is she talking about? Golden Threads quilting Paper?" Just wait...I will show you this in another future post. Until then, I had better get going. There are more blogs to read that I need to catch up with let along start maching quilting this beauty!

September 15, 2010

Minnie Mouse Is A Quilter

As promised, I am back and now to tell you what I have been up to. This past Summer I became a Disney Travel Specialist with the 3D Travel Company. Last week I went to Walt Disney World for some training...
and then went on a Disney Cruise Line training trip too!  It was a three night cruise to the Bahama's. Whooo Hoooo! It was my first cruise, and I don't believe it will be my last!

 Did you know that Minnie Mouse was a quilter????? She is!

Please go to my new blog and read all about "Minnie The Quilter" here.  I would love to help my fellow quilters out there plan their trips to Disney Destinations. Let me know if I can fact, click here for a free no obligation quote. Walt Disney World has some free dining opportunities out there now but there is a limited availability. And by the way, Disney pays for my services so there is no charge to my clients!

Will I stop quilting and stop posting about my quilting now??? No way! I may not be able to quilt as much, but it will never stop! :)

September 6, 2010

The Planning Goes On

I have been working on the designs for my New York Beauty quilt. I like to take left over blocks and try out different designs, threads and battings. I think I know what I am going to do...but I reserve the right to change my mind. In the last post I talked about putting feathers in the large diamond shaped areas. I have changed my mind...I think!  What I am going to put there for sure is still undermined. The fabrics are pretty busy and I am afraid that the quilting will not be seen easily no matter what I put there.
I will not be posting for about a week but don't worry, I will be back! I have some non quilting related things going on this week that I will tell you about on my next post! See you then!

September 3, 2010

New York Beauty Quilting Decisions

I have finally finished my New York Beauty quilt top! Yes!! I am liking what I see. It is bigger then I had first envisioned, but that seems to be the usual thing for me. I get carried away in the designing process I guess. lol  This is a poor photo as it doesn't show the colors well, and it is draped over a couch, but it was the best I could do today to show you the size of the top.
Here are a few photos that show more of the details. I have used Civil War era reproductions and the colors are so rich. I wish my photos showed this, but I am better behind the sewing  machine then the camera I am afraid!
Now to decide what quilting designs to use. I have been thinking about it ever since I started to piece the blocks together. So far I believe that I want to do some type of feather design in the big diamond shape background areas.  I love feathers, but have yet to master them. I don't feel confident enough to free hand quilt them, so I will be drawing my own pattern. I am thinking of sewing in the ditch around the triangles and doing a little squiggly type of line in the middle of them. I have yet to decide what to do with the blue sashing areas or the blue squares. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Oh what to do!