Straight-Line Quilting – Not For The Faint of Heart

Isabel sometimes circles around the many baskets of fabric around here and she takes her time deciding which one she likes best while flinging each one out.  It’s unmistakable when she procalims which one is hers.  Patting her chest she holds up the winner and says, “Ba Ba.  Yeah…Ba Ba.”  Ba Ba is what she calls herself.  We don’t know why.  So, in this particular instance, and because she already has flawless taste in fabric amongst other finer things in life, she grabbed the above blue fabric.  Yes.  A yard of everyone’s favorite out of print fabric, Flea Market Fancy.

But, the situation was that Isabel was about to have heart surgery and I told her to tell me which one she liked best.  Having claimed it as hers, I then asked her if she wanted it for something to wear or for her own quilt.  She took her hand, put it on her cheek, and tipped her head sideways, making the international hand gesture for sleep.  “Ban-bet”  (Blanket for those of you who don’t speak Isabel)

So, I dropped everything I was doing and made this quilt top in just a few hours.  She checked in on me and the progress every 15 minutes or so and always proclaimed it hers and that she liked it.

It’s nearly done as you can see and in my stressed-out and worried state, I figured that it was high-time I started a new way of quilting.  I dove in and starting in the middle I began straight-line quilting.  Also, I decided to keep the lines more or less 1/4 inch apart.  Riiight! What was I thinking? This method really is an homage to your walking foot.  I believe there would be many puckers and lots of swearing if you tried this without one. Just a few hundred more lines and we’ll call this done.

The Big Zag (And a Little Giveaway!)

Edited to say that our winner is #50 – Katie from Sew Katie Did!!  I’ll be emailing you Katie!!

And here’s the other thing I’ve been up to!  I’ve been designing projects and this quilt pattern for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  This is called ‘The Big Zag’ and it’s my original design which will be available as a free download on the Robert Kaufman site.

I am very excited to announce this new part of my life, and even more excited that I was able to keep it a secret for as long as I did!  This new fabric line is by the very talented designer Josephine Kimberling.  These fabrics are fun and fresh and their bold colors led me to this design using half-square triangles with a brick path border.  Look for these fabrics in your local fabric or quilting shop starting in February.

But, you can get some of these fabrics by entering my giveaway.  I am giving away 8 quarter yards from this fabric line to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is leave me a comment, and a way to contact you.  Winner will be selected Sunday, January 24th.  Good luck!

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Program

It’s funny how you learn some of life’s most important lessons from your kids.  That’s certainly the case with me anyway, and most particularly this past December.  This was the Christmas that nearly wasn’t – but of course, Christmas did come and it came ‘without ribbons and bows’ just like the old Grinch story.

Our Isabel, it turned out needed heart surgery and she needed it fast.  In a blur of events, we found out she had a hole in her upper heart chambers that needed repairing and her surgery was scheduled for December 22.  I’m thrilled and relieved beyond measure to report that Izzy is just fine, having proved herself once again that she is a super duper trooper and came through all of her procedures with her usual darling smile and bouncing on the couch two days after coming home.  Here she is just after coming home in a new Japanese fabric lazy days skirt, because while all of this was going on, I started sewing things for her like a mad woman.  Sewing helped keep bad thoughts away for sure.

Naturally, as she normally does, she twirled all day long because when you wear a twirly skirt, you must twirl.

So, I have many posts coming up to show all the things that kept my mind occupied and sane during these past few weeks.  Thank you for coming back to my little crafty corner here!  I’m definitely coming back with lots of pictures and news, including a FAB quilt-along with prizes!  I’ll be announcing it soon.