Saturday, June 26, 2010

Machine quilting, Fifteen Minutes and More Retreat Musings



Halfway through machine appliqueing 300 leaves it occurred to me that I would have to quilt around each of these leaves. Actually, my thought was, "Holy smokes! What WAS I thinking?"




However, I am now almost at the halfway point of having quilted around them and they are looking GOOD! Yipee!





I have been managing to get a little 15 minutes of sewing in. So that this pile of scraps is becoming these.




Aren't they looking good? I plan to make one of those string appliqued tulip quilts from these. I'm thinking ahead.
At our retreat, one of our discussions was about how far 15 minutes of play could take you (both creatively and just for getting something finished). I have done this before and it is addictive! Try it! Sometimes it is hard to stop!

I also had a few more tidbits about our retreat that you may not know. Rene' had the cutest pajamas you have ever seen (and she snores.) Amanda Jean sometimes buys and uses JoAnne's solid white instead of Kona. And Grubers quilt store in St Cloud, Mn will probably have sold more fabric in June than ever before, simply because Doris and Toni did some "serious" fabric shopping.
Happy sewing and enjoy your 15 minutes this weekend!

13 comments:

Jackie said...

I love it!! I think that I would have had the same thought as you! But you know what it is worth it in the end.

Terriaw said...

Your leaves quilt is so stunning! It looks even more gorgeous with the quilting. You should be so proud of that project. Love your progress on the 15 minutes a day. I am hoping to start that soon. Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Your leaves quilt rocks... Your 15 minutes is paying off..:-)

hook & needle said...

I love the bold colors! Hopefully I can start on something a bit brighter with my next quilt. :)

Shelly said...

I love what you're doing with your scraps!

Nifty Quilts said...

I really like your leaves quilt, and your quilting looks great!

Your post on free-motion quilting really spoke to me. I especially like the part about "stick the girls out!"

amandajean said...

i think i'm about as sick of quilting houses are you are of appliquing leaves. wanna trade for a bit? ;) it'll all be so worth it...of course! your quilt is beautiful!

Toni said...

You ain't jokin' girl - you know I'm still just gazing at my fabric! ;-) I really really like the way this is turning out - it's gorgeous!

Alexis said...

Fantastic! Love the leaves, and can;t wait to see the tulips!

AmyJo said...

It is so worth it, this quilt is amazing

Deborah said...

I love your choice of colors!

Rene' said...

Shelly your quilting is fabulous!!!! Why am I not surprised?! Love your bundles of 15 minute play time. Enjoy the holiday weekend!!!

beth said...

I love the scrap pieces ready for tulips. I have been seriously considering beginning the same pattern...so many quilts to make...so little time!