Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Crossover II and Dies

 My Crossover II die machine from Crafter's Edge came today!
I'm sew very excited to get it and start on a project as part of our Design Team's assignments!
Here is the opened cardboard box for a peek.

The Crossover II is out of its box with the equipment that came with it:
white base plate
metal adaptor plate
clear top plate
user manual
gingerbread house die

After looking at the manual enough to see how to sandwich fabric and plates, I grabbed the LOVE die I had received on Saturday and ran it through the machine with some dk blue batik backed with fusible web.
The dies are very thin with no sharp edges to worry about. The pressure setting of the rollers on the Crossover II determines how it will cut (pressure depends on the kind of material going through and the thickness).

Here's how it turned out. I'll be using this on my April project which is churning in my mind. It won't be a wall hanging, as I originally thought. You'll have to wait and see what I do. Hee, hee.

These are the rest of the dies I received Saturday. I'm really looking forward to using every one of them in the next 3 months. What an exciting adventure!!

Thanks to Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt for alerting me to the Design Team application, and thanks to Mikala and Kayla at Crafter's Edge for allowing me to be on this super Design Team!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Crafter's Edge Design Team

 I'm excited to be a part of the Crafter's Edge Design Team for 2021! Those of us on the team will be making something each month from April through December using Crafter's Edge products.

Crafter's Edge has a cutting machine, the Crossover II, and many dies that will cut fabric into shapes.

I can't wait to get my equipment and start in a project with my new Crossover and dies!
Stay tuned for April's project!

Another exciting adventure is participating in Carol (Just Let Me Quilt)'s blog hop, Born to Be Wild.
I'm hoping to use some of my Crafter's Edge things to make something for this hop.
Woohoo! Fun times! Great adventures await!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Salt and Sand--My Day

 Kudos to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this wonderful hop!

I've seen SEW MANY creative ideas!

Today I'm sharing my projects. The first ones I'm sharing involve a panel that my SIL brought to me from Hawaii, oh, 7 or 8 years ago, I guess. I could never figure out what to do with it and finally decided to take part of it for a table runner. 

Then Carol said she was hosting this hop and I KNEW I was going to get this made!

Here it is: I used half of the panel pieces to make the runner. I wanted to use the bright flowers so it would show up better on my coffee table. My SIL brought me the turtle fabric too.

Then I decided that I might as well use up the rest of the panel pieces and make a narrow wall hanging. 
It works quite well on a door. This is at the head of our stairs, and I like to keep something hanging on it. For the borders this time, I used a batik from my stash. It matches perfectly.
I FMQed both items with wavy lines using my Juki QVP sit-down quilting machine.

The last project is a quilt top--I haven't had time to get it quilted, but have worked frantically to get it all in one piece. This is my Alaska quilt.
The top, bottom, and right side (map of SE Alaska) came from Northern Threads in Fairbanks, AK. The 2nd one down and the one on the left came from Changing Tides in Juneau. The Mendenhall glacier one (paper pieced in sections with no instructions on how to put it together--very weird seams, glad I somehow got it together) from Rain Tree Quilting in Juneau. The caribou piece came from Northern Heart Originals in Denali, and the salmon in the middle came from The Quilted Raven in Anchorage. In 2019 we were at each one of these shops. What a great trip (not just for the quilt shops, either)!!!
There is some Alaska batik in here, with maps of the state on it. 
It took some figuring to put it all together, but I think it looks pretty good.
I have a bunch more that I bought on that trip, so another quilt may be in order, but this one satisfies the Salt and Sand theme of this hop--and besides, I didn't have time to do more! Hee, hee!

Be sure to visit everyone else today!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Two February finishes

This hop is coming up soon! Carol has a good line-up of participants, and it will be a great hop, as they all are! Hope you plan to visit all of us and see our projects!

I subscribed to Shabby Fabrics word of the month wall hanging kit program for the year. This is the one for March. Sweet! I love the colors too.

Here is the finished quilt for a nephew. I folded the backing over so it can be seen. I really like that backing--used it on another quilt a couple years ago. Not the greatest picture but it was nasty weather outside when I took it. Now that it's nice, I need to get some better pics.

A closeup of the quilting--triangles for a math teacher. A piece of the math symbols fabric is visible--that's what I bound it with too.

See you on the 26th, if not before!


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Design Wall

 I want to show off my new design wall. Of course, I should have taken pictures with it empty and a step-by-step, but I didn't think about it at the time...
For years I've used an old flannel sheet, hung by needles. I taped down the edges in spots with painter's tape. It was about 6' x 6', I think. My dream was to cover some ceiling panels with flannel and tack or glue them to the wall, but that wasn't getting done very quickly.
About a month ago, I saw a 72 x 72" felt design wall on sale, for $30 or $40 which turned on a light bulb in my head.
Why didn't I just buy felt yardage and tack it up on my wall? I wanted something larger than 72 x 72". So, I ordered 2.5 yards of white 72" wide felt. I cut it 84" long and tacked it on the wall around 3 sides--you can see the right side in the first picture. The tacks are about 6" apart.  I originally thought I would add another 12" to the bottom, but as you can tell, I can't access that part anyway, so didn't do that. I did tack the bottom corners and a few places across the bottom to keep the felt flat.
You can also see that I have starting trimming the edges. We originally thought we would get a wood strip to put across the top, but then I couldn't hang fabric on the wood, so my husband said, "Why don't you use fabric for the trim? Then you can use the entire surface." What a smart guy!! I have black felt, so I cut 3" strips of black and taped them up with painter's tape (what would we do without that stuff???).

Here's the completed design wall. The top edge is against the ceiling and the right side is in the corner. It is 84" wide and 72" tall. I think it's going to be great!
The quilt top in process on it will be going to my nephew who is a middle school math teacher. There are some blocks with kids, some with sneakers, and some with math symbols amidst all the colors. He knows nothing about it, so I sure hope he likes it when I give it to him!! I already know how I want to quilt it, so stay tuned.