Tuesday, July 19, 2011

15 Minute Challenge and more...

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like you 'have to'?  That's how this morning has felt for me.  I HAVE to set up my machine for free motion.  I HAVE to choose a free motion design to practice.  I HAVE to sandwich the pink/green quilt.  I HAVE to blog about 15 min. challenge.  I HAVE to blog about marking tools.  I HAVE to....  Lately, I've been having my coffee and reading blogs out on the balcony first thing in the morning while it's cool.  By the time I finished this morning, I was drenched in sweat.  I'm now sitting comfortably in my rocking chair with the air conditioner on and talking myself down from the 'HAVE TOs'.  I don't HAVE TO anything I don't want to.  However, now that I'm cool and on my second cup of coffee, here goes:

15 Minute Challenge

Tues.         June 12         Hexie
Wed.          June 13         Hexie
Thurs.        June 14         I can't remember
Fri.             June 15         Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)
Sat.            June 16         FMQ, 501 Project
Sun.           June 17         FMQ, Hexie, Applique
Mon.          June 18         FMQ, border and marking pink/green quilt

I'm sure I must have done some sort of sewing 'thing' on Thursday but I can't for the life of me remember what.  To see how others did on their challenge visit Life in Pieces.

When I was at Joann's yesterday, I picked up a new marking tool.  I've never marked a quilt before.  I usually just do an allover quilting design that doesn't require marking.  However some of the bags I've made lately, have required some marking.

The marker on the right is Mark-B-Gone Disappearing Ink Marker.  I purchased a pink and a blue awhile ago.  The blue has been the better color for me however I've used up the ink fairly quickly and have blunted the tip.  The cost was $4.79 or thereabouts.  Yesterday, I purchased this Chalk Marking Cartridge Set.  List price in the store was $13.99 but it was on sale for $6.99.  (Am I too money focused?)  Anyway, I tried the chalk marker last night on the pink/green quilt.  I love it.  I started out using the white cartridge on one of the blocks but switched to blue.  You can see both colors in this block:

This is the blue on the lighter colored fabric:

If you look closely, you can see that I've decided on a freehand 8 petal flower.  I'll echo the lines in some of the unsewn areas.  There are 8 color and 9 white cartridges in the package.  I'm taking a big chance though.  I didn't do a test to make sure it would wash out before marking the quilt.  I'll let you know how that works out.

On another note...I started blogging one year ago today and have completed 199 blocks on the 501 Project.  Who would've thought I'd stick with it for so long?!.  (sorry...I'm not having a giveaway).

That's it for now.  I'm off to practice my free motion quilting before I head out to babysit my youngest granddaughter.

Hope you have a good day.


Gretchen said...

Too hot for coffee here today! Iced tea!

I have been using that chalk marking set for years and it is still my favorite, especially for hand quilting because you can go over the lines while the quilt is on a frame with little pressure if the lines have faded. I always feel the need to wash the chalk out of my quilts so it might not be good on something not washable.

Deb said...

Hi! No, you are NOT too money focused--I find that informative. And I like to know that these items can be found on sale. That said, I am glad to hear about the chalk...I only used one other chalk type marker and wasn't happy with it. I will have to try this one.

And...congratulations on One Year!! And more importantly...congratulations on 199 blocks!! That is an accomplishment!!

Deb (also trying to stay cool)

Kate said...

7 out of 7 days seems to be your norm, you must get tons done. I have to keep a running journal or I forget what I've done day to day too. Good luck with the quilting, I love the flower with those bright fabrics.

Thanks for linking up this week.