Saturday, May 19, 2012

PhotoBucket and Fotoflexer- easy way to Collage! 

I love PhotoBucket but was thrown when they changed their editing format.  The new system is way more complicated then I want/need.  (you know old dog / new tricks  etc...)  Anyway I found that I can collage in fotoflexer and now I am a happy camper again.

This post is a note to self  that  if/when I want to make a collage I can do so.  I know me and I will forget "how" I did it "last time".

fotoflexer, collage, save.  Doesn't get much simpler than that!  fotoflexer even lets me save to photobucket.
If I get to the point where I want to learn to do the fancy layering stuff, my pictures are all still in photobucket.  It is nice that I have figured out a solution that works for me.

Maybe it will work for you too---  cw

Favorite pictures from Rachel's grad quilt.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quilted, Bound and out the door to be Gifted!

This is the first time in a long time that I have quilted, bound and sent one out the door all in the same afternoon.  I usually only get to quilt after work in the evenings.  Today I was able to squeeze in a little time with the help of Kelly to get Rachel's quilt ready to go.  I won't be able to travel to the graduation but my favorite DIL is headed that way and offered to hand deliver along with a hug from me.

Interesting how the colors present differently to the camera in house light vs sun light.  Neither is a true representation of the light blue.  Proud to say the blueberry fabric is officially used up! (well...except for the scraps from the back.  Who knew it would take so long to finish a bolt-lol)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rachels top--2012 HS grad!

Congrats to my niece.  Rachel graduates this weekend.  I know she will have many great adventures over the next 100 yrs!. 
Six of her closest friends each got one block to embellish.  I added large borders so if she chooses, family, teachers and friends can sign well wishes too.

This may not get quilted prior to the weekend but I may just surprise myself and get-er-done!

The alternate block was die cut using my GO and 3 dies.  I added a narrow border and sub-cut the block to 12 1/2".

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rooster Quilt update

I finally have the Rooster Quilt quilted.  I think instead of working on the borders tonight I decided to play with the pictures in PhotoBucket.
Borders and cropping are easy.  Changing colors, hues, and other things are fun too.

I still need to do a label.  This project is due next week for a charity auction in June.  I almost wish I could bid on it.  I will have to make do with owning the photos of my progress.  Def. an original one of a kind future keepsake!

Monday, May 7, 2012

I am not an embroiderier (yet)

In my defense, I have only had this machine about 6 yrs.  I have made a couple of labels and many throw away projects.  I keep thinking all I need is to commit to learning how and do it.

This practice piece (and that is a biggie for me to practice- I almost just pinned in the quilt and went with it) will be framed and kept as a reminder.  A reminder that I have NO business trying to embroidery with or without a machine!!

My first line, I 'forgot' to lower the presser foot.  Totally messed up the first letter.  I re-threaded (after clearing the thread jam) and continued.  Not too bad so I figured I would just 'start' again and stop after the "B".

Didn't realize that my machine cuts thread after a line.  SO.... now I had to re-thread again.

My machine is a touch screen.  My fingers evidently ''touch'' everywhere on the pad except what I want to be touched.  I spent a lot of time erasing and starting over.

The third line, I learned about spacing.  I didn't learn very well but I did learn a lesson.

The last line is wonky.  One reason is I dumped everything out of the hoop when I tried to cut a thread.  Two is I didn't load it back up very straight.  And three is I evidently hit a different size font.

30 minutes later I have confirmed that I am not mature enough to do machine embroidery.  Maybe next year!  Thankfully I have grown up enough to have not practiced on a real quilt- lol