Friday, September 19, 2014

Machine Quilting Emilie Elizabeth

Hello Everyone,
First of all, thank you, thank you for your generosity in support of the Needle Nellies in Georgetown, CA.  My readers and friends have purchased so many tickets for the quilt raffle in support of the Volunteer Fire Department.  I sincerely appreciate your response to the fire which is so close, and threatens their community.

Since the quilt show was cancelled, I put all show preparations on hold, and gave my house a much needed cleaning.  I don't know about you, but I have a hard time quilting when my house isn't clean.  It doesn't have to be pristine clean, but I don't want to be able to write my name across the top of the piano.  There was so much dust, I could have written the Gettysburg Address and been able to read every word....clearly! 
I also got my fall decorating done.  The 4th of July decorations were still in the bay window and they had to go!
I also made the backing for Emilie Elizabeth and started machine quilting. I'm the world's biggest procrastinator.  Making a backing is my least favorite quilting task.  I will put it off, and put it off, until it gets down to the wire.  Now that I'm home for two extra days this week, I thought this is the time.  Maybe on my next quilt, I will make the backing first and tuck it away.  But then I run the risk of forgetting where I put the darn thing. 

I finished one row of straight lines around the square in a square, looked at the picture......

Then added another set of lines.  I think it is going to give the square in a square border a nice look.

So there's more machine quilting for me today.  Now that I'm home, I get to go to soccer and cheer leading tomorrow.  I love to watch the little kids.....all the little kids.  It is so healthy for them to be out and about participating in organized sports with their friends in this beautiful Fall weather.  Soccer and football go hand in hand with Fall and I LOVE IT all!



  1. Lynn, sorry to hear that th show is cancelled and I will continue to send prayers and positive thoughts to th communities fighting the forest fires. However, the silver lining for you is more time to quilt! I love the way you are quilting Emilie Elizabeth, especially the star block. Gorgeous!

  2. Sorry the show had to be canceled, but everyone's safety is first - I have been watching this via the inter-net and send prayers to all.

  3. Beautifulness!
    My daughter thought that Georgetown may have been evacuated yesterday??? Wind shifted away from her and the smoke paid a visit to Idaho yesterday...smoky both at home and at work!

  4. I watched Lisa Sipes on The Quilt Show. She used a ruler for her straight lines. Do you? I keep hemming and hawing on getting some sort of long arm machine. Am a big procrastinator for sure.

  5. Thanks for letting us all know about their dilemma....what sad irony for them.
    By the way, I think Marcus should provide an armed guard for Emilie Elizabeth when she goes on the road. Just say'n.

  6. I love your feathers: just gorgeous!! And it's amazing what just adding that extra line of quilting to the square in a squares did!! You do wonderful quilting!!! Hugs!

  7. I have so many tops to baste and quilt but Ive been procrastinating as well. Will have to hop to it now that Im inspired!

  8. Making the back is my least favorite task too. I've started setting aside the fabric for the binding, so I don't accidently use it in another project while waiting for the quilting to be done, but squirreled away a piece where I can't find it. Continuing the clean-up and searching for it will be on my to-do list this weekend.

    So unfortunate about the fires in your area!

  9. Well, like minds are here, Lynn! Between the housecleaning and making that backing, I sometimes wish I could wiggle my nose and make them magically happen! I have gotten in the habit, however, of making the binding as soon as I finish the flimsy - that helps a lot! I'm watching very closely on your quilting this time - I do think I'm ready to take a giant leap into free motion!

  10. Your quilts are just beautiful but the quilting is breathtaking. Seeing your finishes makes me want to make one myself. I would try if I thought it would look as lovely as yours.

    best wishes,
    Aunt Bea