Monday, 10 April 2017

Main Crush Tuesday

   We have had some glorious weather over the last few days and I am happy to say that Spring seems to have arrived  So one thing I'm crushing on is the weather.

  I'm also crushing on getting together with my quilting amigos again to work on a common project.   This time we are jointly making the Free Fall quilt to donate to our guild's charity project.  Free Fall is a quilt designed by Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon.  She is running a quilt along for this pattern right now, so you can join us if you like.
As my friends and I only get together about once a month for group sewing, we started out a bit behind.  We spent our day together sifting through our fabrics making choices on fabrics for the smaller leaves and then cutting them.

    We divided the leaf packs and took them home to sew as homework.  This is my progress as of Sunday night.



     There are 8 blocks with small leaves on a shadow leaf background.  I took three of these.  The photo above gives you an idea of what the completed block will look like.  The photo below gives you an idea of some of the other colours we will be using.



     In the end the palette for this quilt moved away from blues chosen originally for the small leaves, to greens and light oranges with a few accents of purples and browns. It will be a colourful and happy quilt. I am happy that my friends agreed to work on this quilt along with me as things continue to be quite busy for me, so I don't have to stress about keeping up.

     Did you notice the bright white background in the photo .  That's something I'm quite excited about, and the third thing I'm crushing on this week. I bought a Tasmanian  sewing table from Nova Sewing in Hamilton Ontario.  My wonderful husband picked it up and put it together for me.


  The exciting thing about this table is that the sewing machine drops down, making it level with the table top.  My blogging friend Kate of Smiles from Kate has this table and assures me I will love it.  I've started machine quilting my own quilts now and so many people have told me that things will go much more smoothly with the sewing machine dropped to table top level.  I have yet to try quilting but for piecing I can tell that my arms are better placed for ergonomics than with the table I used to have.  I'm looking forward to my next quilting experience.  I'm linking up with the Free Fall linkup and with Main Crush Monday Tuesday this week.  Then I'm going to read some more posts from the New Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Beth of Cooking Up Quilts, Leanne of She Can Quilt and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl.

17 comments:

  1. Those are lovely colours and fabrics for your Free Fall quilt Lisa, they will make a stunning quilt, and it is always great to stitch with friends. Enjoy your new table. After your sewing machine it is the biggest investment in your sewing room and a good table makes such a difference to the whole sewing experience, just think of all the time you spend sitting at it. Since I got my new table which alters to the exact hight I need and raises to the perfect cutting hight my sore back has improved considerably.

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  2. Yeah, I'm crushing on the colors for the QAL! And congrats on your new table, very nice

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  3. I LOVE the colors for your Freefall quilt. Everything will pop so nicely against that red shadow leaf. I have got to get caught up on mine this week. I'm so excited that you were able to get that table. I do think it will make quilting a million times easier. One thing I hate is wrestling a quilt when it gets hung up on the corners of my extension table.

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  4. Those colors will make a fun bright leaf quilt. Really cool idea to work on it with friends.

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  5. It is going to be a happy quilt! And what fun being able to get together with friends for a day of sewing! Love your table! It makes all the difference! My table moves up and down which is great for cutting and sewing!

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  6. That will be a happy quilt, for sure. Great that the guild is working on it together for charity. Congratulations on your new sewing table. I am toying with getting a new one myself.

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  7. Love those colors, Lisa. It will make a bright and happy quilt!!!

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  8. Those are all very crush worthy celebrations, Lisa! Good weather is such a mood enhancer for me, sewing with friends is a treat, and what an awesome quilting table. Thanks for visiting all the new bloggers, too. I know they really appreciate it.

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  9. That will make for a bright and cheery charity quilt. And love that table! That should make you smile every time you walk into the room.

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  10. Those are some bright, beautiful colors you have picked for your Freefall quilt! It is going to be gorgeous, I can tell. :)
    Yeah on the new table!

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  11. lovely leaf colours,and great to be doing this together, and to have a beautiful gift at the end,that is so special. What a great table, and I think having your machine dropped down will be a huge help. I long for one.

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  12. I see Kaffe...You have such a knack for choosing gorgeous fabric, Lisa, and you have done it again here. I LOVE the red-orange you've got going for the shadow leaf!! What a terrific idea to sew it together with friends and to donate it. I KNOW your quilting will be a hundred times easier and better now you've sunk your machine into a table; the few times (like at a retreat or sewing with a friend) I've had to try to FMQ without the machine sunk in, have been, well, NOT fun. It's so much warmer this week compared to last down here too, and I spotted my first cherry blossoms out this am, IN the country too! We don't drop as much overnight because of Lake Erie, so maybe our Spring blossoms come a bit earlier than in Windsor? Needless to say I had to talk myself into keeping driving home and not pulling over on a major road to take a photo, LOL. :-)

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  13. Brilliant colors are going to make this a beauty, and as a bonus are just fun to work with. Looking forward to more installments.

    Julie

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  14. I have admired Kate's table; lucky you to have one too! I like the colours of your blocks a lot and love that you are able to do this with friends.

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  15. Love the color palette you've chosen for the leaves. It's going to be very bright and fun.

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  16. You have such great fabrics.

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  17. I love having my table recessed, and you will too!!

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