Monday, November 15, 2021

RED BIRDS IMPROV AND GEESE

This past week has just been spent working on my improv mini quilt project.  I don't usually work so continuously on one project at a time, but this one has really ended up being just so much fun to do.
I am up to quilting it with a very dense serpintine stitch diagonally across the quilt in the two different directions of the birds positions.  I did try something I had never done before.  Normally I use large straight pins or spray baste to hold the top, batting, and back together while I quilt.  Spray baste has to be done outside, too cold right now and the patio table is too dusty and dirty to bother with cleaning it up.  I kept gouging myself with the pins as I quilted it and feared bleeding on it.  So I decided to breakout my quilting safety pins.  I had never used them or even given them a try.  Makes one wonder why I even had them stashed away.  Well, my close friend, Brooke, uses them all the time and I figured well let's just give them a try.  Goes to show you can still teach an old dog new tricks.  Works great!
Yes, lots and lots of quilting and I used red thread with the same quilting pattern on the birds.  
I managed to get three sides of the border on my Alex Anderson project.  I am still amazed at how well this pieces has fit together.  However, I have run out of Foundation Paper.  I like the Carol Doak's paper, which I order from Amazon.  It has the consistancy of newspaper print.  I do have a few of the translucent type paper, but find the ink from the printer tends to smear off on my hands as I work on the paper piecing.  It had not appeared to transfer to the fabric, but I do worry about that.  Getting the smears off my fingers takes a bit of vigerous scrubbing, not sure if it got on the fabric it would come out.  Guess, best to order Carol's and wait for it to arrive. 




   


22 comments:

  1. Oh what charming cardinals on that lovely scrappy background--really nice work...hugs, Julierose

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  2. Neat project. I actually got a package of foundation paper from someone getting rid of their stash. I've been collecting FP patterns for a while, but I've been too chicken to give them a try. Maybe after my current project.

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  3. awesome projects!!
    glad you liked the safety pins!!

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  4. Your improv quilt made me smile and brought a lump to my throat at the same time. Cardinals are the favorite bird of a relative who has passed away....thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  5. Love your red birds of a feather mini quilt!

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  6. Oh how I love your cardinals quilt, and your serpentine looks so pretty on it. I really love the scrappy background. I like Carol Doak foundation papers too; hope yours comes soon! Sometimes I spray baste AND use the quilt pins but I haven't tried just the pins - hmmmm.
    Thank you for linking to To Do Tuesday!

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  7. Wonderful mini! It's good to see how you did the low-volume background. I always fret that there's too much pattern in the pieces. But everything goes so well in yours!

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  8. Those cardinals are adorable. I wonder why they look so familiar:-D May I suggest including a link to Kelly's book in your blogpost, so that others can find it. I love serpentine quilting. It has been my lifesaver. Looking forward to your Alex Anderson project. It is already beautiful.

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  9. Hi Donna Lee, those cardinals on an improv background look great! I mostly use safety pins now to hold the sandwich down. I found the spray too fiddly...it needs to be perfect or there are puckers. Good luck with your paper piecing. It's so colourful. Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks!

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  10. Love your birds - they're perfect for wintertime

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  11. Beautiful. both of them. I couldn't pick just one tho if I had to because I love them equally. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

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  12. Your bird quilt turned out beautifully as I knew it would. Congratulations on such a gorgeous finish.

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  13. Ohhh that serpentine stitch looks great on this one!!!
    and the geese - they just add to the beauty!!
    Thanks for also linking up with Finished ( or not) friday!!!

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  14. Your birds quilt is terrific! I too am a Carol Doak foundation paper fan. Your Alex Anderson project is looking great. Well done!

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  15. I love your birds quilt, it's wonderful!
    Kisses from Belgium

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  16. I love Carol Doaks paper as well! Worth waiting for. Love your two projects--especially those birds! So wintery and beautiful. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  17. Your red birds are beautiful! What a fun project. Hopefully there are no supply chaing or mail man problems and you can get your papers in a timely manner. It's frustrating to be so close, but yet so far from finishing. I was all ready to send out a quilt for quilting only to find I didn't have the right size batting.

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