Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's blooming In My Sewing Room!

It maybe freezing rain and snowing outside, but it's blooming in my sewing room!  I will be showing you all my new projects soon!

 My sister is published a second time in the Studios magazine.  Congratulations Jenny on an outstanding job!  Check out her blog to see what all the excitement is about! 

Here is an interesting cake that I did this week at the bakery :)

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Saturday, February 19, 2011

February Friday Night Sew-In Results

I worked on the binding on my Wacky Quilt most of Friday night.  If you haven't seen it yet, please click here.  It didn't get quite finished, but it's close.  I also helped my sister sandwich the wall hanging below.  It's called the Twelve Dog Days of Christmas.

Here is a full sheet cake that I decorated at the bakery for a first birthday.  First birthdays bring a lot of memories of when my kids when they were little.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One World One Heart Winner

I have a winner!  Number 37:  Jenny from A Simpler Life.  Congratulations, I will mail the chili pepper potholder as soon as I have an address.  This has been my first One World One Heart event and I had a wonderful time!  I have not had time to visit everyone's blog that made a comment, but my goal is to visit all of them.  There just aren't enough hours in a day!

Don't forget the Friday Night Sew-In is tomorrow!  Come join us and get some of those UFO's out of your sewing room!
Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Free Motion Quilting My Wacky Lap Quilt & A Quilting Quick Fix Tip

 Since we have had a lot of snow on the ground, I have been busy free motion quilting on my Wacky Quilt.  The Wacky Quilt has been a UFO for more years than I would like to admit.  My mom and I took a class together when the Quilt Bus was in town.  Mom's quilt has been finished and my Dad has spent many naps under that quilt while mine has been unfinished--but no more!

I really didn't have a plan when I started to quilt.  I just wanted to experiment and this is the result.

Last week a snow storm hit our area and I was off work for two days--so I celebrated my days off by sitting at my sewing machine.  I quilted the center and then the borders with feathers and leaves.  The center was quilted pretty heavy and last Saturday I laid it down in the middle of the floor and my heart sank a little because I could see little ripples in the borders that had not been quilted yet.  When I think I'm in trouble, I'll call Mom.  I told her my dilemma and how much I had quilted it and we decided that I did nothing wrong because I measured twice before I added my borders.  I don't like the ripple effect when fabric stretches.  Measuring and pinning are my friend when I want to have a quilt lay flat.  So today when I finished, it did lay flat as in the first picture above--I worried about nothing! 

This was a fun project!  I used Highlights from Superior Threads.  It is 40 wt high sheen polyester that is made for a crazy quilter like me!  I used a #90 Topstitch needle in my machine.  Topstitch needles are one of my top choices for a quilting needle for two reasons.  Reason number one they are easier to thread and reason number two is it keeps the thread from shredding and breaking.

  As I was quilting, I had a problem with my quilt sliding off the side of the table.  

Here is a quick fix!  I already had these clamps that I bought from an office supply store many years ago.  They were clamped to my table with the silver levers sticking up.  They're not a perfect system, but they did do a decent job of keeping my quilt on the table.  Every once in a while I would have to snap the levers back where I wanted them.

If you are looking for my One World One Heart post, just click on the link :)

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ava's Doll Blanket & Too Much Snow!

I have a three year old niece that lives out of state.  Her family is such a joy to be around.  One thing that Ava doesn't have is a doll blanket made by Aunt Kay!  So this week this small quilt will be heading out of state to a special little girl.

Be sure to click on the pictures so you can see the machine quilting up close.  I'm still working on my leaves.  Hopefully, my leaves will get better over time.  Overall I'm happy with the results.  If you want to try the Free Motion Posies, just click on the tutorial on the right.  I've been experimenting with using different colors of thread as I quilt and I really like the results.

The backing is a flannel that I had on hand that I thought that Ava would enjoy!  

I like snow, but we're getting way too much of it.  I did enjoy the two snow days off of work last week.

After Dean had cleared out our driveway, it snowed another six inches!
I'm ready for spring!

Here's a cake that I did at the bakery last week that I thought you would enjoy seeing.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Saturday, February 5, 2011

One World One Heart

Welcome to my blog!  This is my first One World One Heart event.  What a neat way to meet new blogging friends.  I love quilting, sewing, farming, and art.  It's not too late to join the fun--just follow the link. 
I would like to thank Lisa for all her time in putting together this event.

One of the things that I love about quilting is free motion quilting and I just happen to have an extra Chili Pepper potholder that I haven't given away yet that I have personally quilted!  All you have to do is post a comment on my blog and make sure there is a way for me to contact you if you are a winner.  I will email and post a winner on February 17th! 

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne