UFO 1 Bound and Finished …hurray!

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Well, it’s off the plate…and I should be moving on to the other UFOs.  Some how I keep getting distracted with other projects…

So, I’ve been distracted in a modern Mondrian inspired direction.   It is pieced and now on the longarm partially quilted.  This was a piece as I went kind-a thing.  Very fun…I will post once it is all quilted.

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UFO #1 almost finished

11 February 2017

I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted. It’s almost Valentine’s Day…  Yikes…I have a new found respect for those folks who are posting regularly.  Well, I have been sewing and quilting, but work has been crazy., so I really haven’t had anything much to share.

Finally …here is my my little not quite so ugly anymore  quilt, which I find has redeemed itself once the sashing was added.  It is a simple elongated 9 patch that I pieced to give me something to practice quilting on my longarm, plus use up some of  my stash.  It needs blocking and binding, but I think it may be a donation quilt when all is said and done.

I used Superior So Fine #50 for my first time and was a little disappointed.  I had a lot of trouble getting the tension right.  Either I had loops and eyelashes or the thread was shredding.  Even after re-threading, reloading the bobbin, and completely loosening my tension disks and re-tightening, I struggled with the thread.  I even went to their website for FAQs.  More practice with it needed,  I think.  I have to say, there was hardly any lint when I was finished quilting, which I really did like.

Below are some pics of front and back.  Please look with a forgiving eye.  Thanks for stopping by!

Logan’s quilt

January 9, 2017

Over the holidays I managed to quilt and bind a small split rail fence top that my son pieced back when he was in elementary school.  He’s now 24!.  This Fall, I was cleaning out  my sewing room to make space for the longarm and found the top in a box.  So I decided it would be one of his Christmas gifts.  It had been ignored way too long.  The pattern was from an Alex Anderson book Kids Start Quilting.  I did random lines in the opposite directions of the piecing in each block and some scallops around the border.  Very simple.

Running Old Quilting and Embroidery Software on a Windows 10 Computer

January 7, 2017

Windows 10….love it or hate it, it’s here to stay!  I have been able to use my outdated Husqvarna 3D embroidery software and E6 quilting software on this system despite the incompatibility.  Curious?   Just wait…I’m getting to it.

Years ago I bought a very pricey embroidery software suite from Husqvarna Viking to  create and edit designs and save to disks that work in my Designer One sewing and embroidery machine.  Husqvarna Viking is very proprietary with their products, and no other software could save in the file format that the D1 used.  This software ran on Windows XP or Vista with a patch for the dongle.  Niche market…high price.

Enter Windows 7…uh oh, not compatible.  My super duper IT husband to the rescue.  He had a fix.  He installed software called Virtual Machine Ware  www.vmware.com on a portion of my hard drive.  That part of my hard drive now functioned as it’s own computer.   Then he installed a licensed copy of Windows XP that he still had, but was not using.  I then installed my embroidery software and IT RAN as it should.  I used my previous laptop like this for years.  I would just click on the VMware icon and open it up, then select my software and get to work.

Fast forward to Windows 10…while my programmer son was home over Christmas, I tasked him with setting up my virtual machine and installing XP (plus all the service packs) on my new-ish Windows 10 laptop.  I then installed the embroidery software and  Electric Quilt 6.  They both work smoothly and as they should.  I sat with him for part of the installation, it is quite simple, follow the prompts. FYI, he set aside 40 gigs  of storage, for the virtual machine to run both programs and store embroidery files.

I did read some of their help files to use the tools and they were straight forward and very easy to follow.

VMware’s latest product is called VMWorkstation 12 Player, which has some handy tools that allows you to move files between operating systems easily.  The best part about it is that this software is FREE, if you are not a business.   So check it out and save your investment!

Aren’t those folks at VMWare.com just the very best!!!!

Happy quilting!

Diana

 

Happy New Year & UFO Resolutions

January 3, 2017

Happy 2017!  Wow!  Yes, I actually wrote 2017.  That seems so unreal.  I hope you are feeling rested.  Most folks I know are back to work today.  I am fortunate enough to have one more day off work.  So today it’s just me, Bailey the Wonder Dog, and the chickens, who are  enjoying the unseasonably warm weather by begging for bird seed at the back door.

Well, I don’t really have a resolution per say, but I hope to finish some UFOs that have been taking up space.  I have a number of  flannel squares that I  created and embroidered designs on that need to be assembled into something.  The original plan was a  queen size quilt.  I would settle for a throw now, just to get it finished.

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I have a baby quilt that needs some sashing, and I’m hoping to improve it with some quilting.  I was trying to clean out my stash, and let’s just say the top is not my fav.  I was going for soft scrappy granny colors; it’s just washed out to me.  Let’s just say I’m struggling with it.

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I also found a box of jewel toned fabrics and directions,  with a few completed squares for a quilt called Galaxy of Stars that my mother-in-law sent me in 2008.  Gasp, the postmark on the box is the only reason I actually know how old it is.   There is a TON of fabric in that box.   Hmmmm… a little more investigating is needed.

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Well, my ultimate goal is to improve my hand guided quilting.  These projects will provide me with opportunity practice my skills and hopefully improve, while making for more room in my stash. 🙂

Back to the grind tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have the best year yet!

Diana