I'm very new to blogging, new to quilting, but not new to trying something! I love connecting to other quilters, learning new techniques and practicing them.  

This is my latest quilt, it's a Maxine quilt, backed with minky, which is my latest love!! It is so fun to quilt on and even more fun to wrap up in after it's quilted. Have been sick for a week, so this quilt has been getting lots of use.  I thought since I'm still in bed resting, I could use the time to learn how to blog, since I'm too sick to get to my sewing room.

This pattern is the twist in turn, with a "twist", as the Maxine blocks were all different sizes when I fussy cut them out.  So I was left with figuring out how to make them "square or at least rectangle". 

Here's a close up of my "squares".  I am not known for following a pattern, I usually am always trying something new to see how it works.  I'm also new to Long Arm Quilting, have a HQ 18 that my husband bought last year.  He says he wanted me to learn to quilt, free motion instead of having to go a quilt shop to do it.  I think he just wanted me to stay in the sewing room longer! '

So this quilt, I tried doing feathers, which has been hard for me. Anyone else having that problem? 

I relented and bought an online course on how to do feathers and really enjoyed watching it.  Have been practicing and this was my first try.  Actually in each block, I tried a different pattern, blending the sides of the blocks, in the "blah, blah material", in a pattern that was the same on each block, then scallops for the sashing. Tried several new rulers that came with the HQ that I didn't want to do a whole quilt on and this seemed the perfect time to play with all the tools.  

This is a quilt for a friend that she wanted for Christmas. Finally finished it in January, and she loved it.  Did a red minky material on this one.  

Here's a pic of the embroidered label on the back.  I also love making my labels, so I can make them each a different one for the recipient. 

This last picture is of a zippered purse that I made "in the hoop" as I was trying out a new embroidery machine.  

"Sew" many tools, "sew" many manchines to use, "sew" many new things to learn!! 

I'm hoping this new blogging will be my newest thing to learn how to do!! 

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Comment by Dee Shreffler on February 27, 2013 at 9:55am

Keep learning and practicing. It is fun even if you don't have all the tools. It is a wonderful way to spend time and you can enjoy what you make.  Yeah

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