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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Longarm Lust

So I maaaay have played hookey from work at some point and then maaaay have taken a longarm quilting class at a local quilt shop.  I maaaay have LOVED every minute of it and maaay be obsessing (at this very moment perhaps) about how I can get my hands on a LAQ machine of my very own.

I quilted what I'm calling Faux Feathers (I couldn't seem to get the shapes right on the "real" feathers) ...

... something the pattern we were working off of called "Water" (though it looks more like spirals and scribbles) along with some stars, a heart and some curly cue meandering along the perimeter of the star block (this is the back of the quilt).

Then I did some pebbling and guess what?  I can!  This style is nearly impossible for me on my home machine but with the LAQ it was easy peasy.

Here is my pebbling from the back of the quilt.  I'm really quite in love with it. 

This pattern was called "Olives" and you can really see why.  After lots of practice on the dry eraser board and my pimentos came out almost perfectly.

And last but not least, here are my "Roses".  Sort of a spiral beginning with some petals around them.  Kind of a fun design, right?

Now I'm just left with one question.  How do I justify (and afford) my own???

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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New Episode of Hoarders

...starring me?  Hi I'm Jaime and I'm a fabric addict.  I'm pretty sure I am.  I have stacks and stacks and stacks of the stuff at home and yet each time I see a new stack of that luscious medium, I can't seem to resist.

Case in point, this new stack (hunk, mass?) of prettiness (which I ordered from the Westwood Acres Etsy shop):

I have no plans for any of these fabrics, with the exception of the Indian Summer fat eights I bought. I have a person in mind for those, if not an exact project.  I'm expecting this to come in the mail today.  Don't disappoint me USPS, don't disappoint me.