Saturday, July 31, 2010

Another July Finish




This quilt is folded and put away. I have no real plan for it, but I did use up the fabric squares that Margaret bought for me at the airport in Hawaii. The panto is Aloha, the batting Hobbs poly, and the thread is PermaCore white. I did the binding entirely by machine.

Brenda's Bear quilt



Brenda made this cute bear quilt for her grandson. I sat on it way too long before loading it because I had no good ideas. She doesn't like traditional quilting, so I had to come up with some new ideas.
Well, she called me on Wednesday to check on the status, and I loaded it after I finished Charlotte's quilt and did a border or 2 to get started and then went to bed.

I quilted in my sleep, waking up many times, thinking, I could do this design, or that design. Needless to say, when I woke on Thursday, it wasn't finished. But I did finish it Thursday evening.

The outer border:


The next border:


The next border:


The sky:


And finally, the bear:


I delivered it Friday evening and she was so pleased with it that she sent me home with 3 more tops.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Charlotte's Crazy 9-Patch

Charlotte made this stunning quilt for her daughter and hopes to give it to her this weekend. She and her husband both went to Purdue so I think that's why she picked these colors. I squeezed it in last night and it is oh-so-nice!



She decided on Stars & Loops Pantograph and I used PermaCore Old Gold and Magna-Glide Sand Prewound bobbin. The batting she brought was Warm and White.



And the back:
This is my first try at such a contrasting thread in the bobbin, but I like it.

Baptist Fans

This is Mary's quilt and I couldn't decide how to quilt it so that the quilting didn't overpower the fabric. I decided on the Baptist Fan and I think it worked out great.


The thread, which is Mother Goose PermaCore, may be a little too light, but maybe not. The batting is Hobbs 80/20.





And the back, which I love!

The Last One!

These are, I promise, the last photos of Carole's Lone star quilt. I have it all packaged up and ready to send to her. I used Glide Khaki and So Fine White thread and Magna-glide white bobbins. The batting is Hobbs 80/20.





And the back:

Monday, July 26, 2010

Design Wall Monday - July 26, 2010

This is what is up there today:



This is leftover fabric from the shadowbox quilt and I am trying to not put away small pieces when a project is finished, but to use them up. I cut 5" squares for this and some strips for my leaders 'n enders projects. The top rows have been sewn to a horizontal sashing strip and the bottom rows are just rows right now.

Last weeks design wall is half quilted today and is looking very nice.

Shipshewana Retreat

This post is for those attending the retreat in October. JudyL has offered to do a mystery quilt if there is enough interest. The plan was to give you clues before hand so that when we get to the retreat, only the last couple of clues would be needed to complete your quilt top. It's a lot of work to prepare a mystery quilt and we don't want her to feel like she has done all this work for nothing. So, if you are interested in participating in a mystery quilt, please let me know by this Friday, so Judy can get us started. If you know someone that will be attending and you know they don't read my blog, please let them know also.

Just a reminder that your balance is due by September 10th. We do have a waiting list, so, if your plans have changed, please let me know. See you in Shipshe in less than 3 months!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Update on Carole's Lone star



I'm making progress.....almost to the halfway point and the fullness in the center of the star is behaving quite nicely. Continuous Curves with Glide thread in each of those diamond shapes. It has a bit of sheen and looks amazing.

Off to the fairgrounds this morning to pick up my quilt :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Feathers and a Video



Here is a peek at Carole's Lone Star quilt. Lots of white space for lots of meandering magic feathers.

Dan has a Flip Video camera and he just loves it. He's taken video of just about everything and he's always got it in his pocket. Well, last week when I was quilting my Shadowbox, he came out while I was talking on the phone to Julie and then Andrew, and he laughed at my multi-tasking, just before he started filming.

video

Monday, July 19, 2010

Design Wall



These blocks were on the design wall here, and then removed to make way for other things. I needed a break from quilting yesterday, so back out they came and I added a thin sashing. I rather like the look and have used up some gifted fabric.

You may remember my design wall photo from last week. Well, that quilt is now hanging at the fairgrounds and has a pretty ribbon hanging on it.



Check out the other design walls at JudyL's blog.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Popcorn x 3

You can never have enough popcorn, right?

Janet brought 2 baby quilts and I thought Popcorn by Jodi Beamish would be perfect for both of them. She brought a batting for one, but the 2nd one I used Hobbs 80/20. PermaCore thread for both.
The first one is like the pink ones that I made. She used guild nickel swap fabrics for the blues and whites and had the scotties die-cut at Threads of Time in Danville when we were there.





This one was a panel which she added black borders to.




And the back:


Then I loaded and quilted a charity quilt for Old Tippe Guild for the women's shelter. This quilt had some really strange fabrics and I used a poly batting, so the quilt didn't grab the batting at all, it just floated on top.



I used MagnaGlide prewound bobbins for all 3 of these and I like them. Just look at all the new colors they have....I'll be placing an order for more colors. They will send you a sample pack to try if you tell them what kind of machines you have.

Stashbusting 2010 - #29

Fabric Added This Week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 25.75 yards

Fabric Used This Week - 6.125 yard
Fabric Used Year to Date - 77.25 yards

YEAR TO DATE STASH USED: 54.5 yards

No time to purchase any fabric this week....it's been a busy one!

For more stash busting, visit Judy's site at Patchwork Times!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shadowbox & Binding

Last night I bound the Shadowbox quilt and tonight I added the label and took some pics. There are some Hawaiian themed fabrics in this quilt as a memory of Spring Break In Hawaii Quilt Retreat 2010.





I guess I was on a binding roll because after a dip in the pool, I finished this Fig Tree quilt with machine binding:



Then I hand sewed 2 sides of Roberta's quilt. Only one side to go on this one.



I will be loading a customer quilt tomorrow evening, as my personal sewing time has run out. It sure has been fun working on something of my own. And it will be fun to stop by the Open Show at the 4-H Fair to see it displayed. (Hopefully with a pretty ribbon on it!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Design Wall Monday

My design wall....well, today it's empty.

I planned to have something to show you, because yesterday it looked like this:



Then, the blocks went to the floor.



Then, they got sashing and last night the borders were added. The quilt is now on Mabel and about half quilted.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mary's Courthouse Steps

I quilted this before I took Mabel in for a tune-up yesterday and it is such a pretty quilt. These pictures make it look much brighter than it is. Kind of reminds me of sherbet.



Hearts and Roses by Timeless Quilting is the panto, Eggshell Permacore thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.



After I brought Mabel back home, I loaded this little quilt of mine to see how she was doing. I used the same panto, thread and batting. I also applied the binding on this one tonight.





If you can stand one more photo of Kylee's quilt...the border kind of dwarfs the center looking at the whole thing, but on a bed it looks wonderful!



I think she likes it!

Stashbusting 2010 - #28

Fabric Added This Week - 8.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 25.75 yards

Fabric Used This Week - 8 yard
Fabric Used Year to Date - 71.125 yards

YEAR TO DATE STASH USED: 48.375 yards

I purchased 1.5 yards of black at IKEA last week and used 1.125 of it, but I know that I will use the rest soon. The other 7 yards were purchased at Back Door Quilts when I took Mabel in for a tune-up. I knew I needed 5 yards for the backing of the Shadowbox quilt. I choose a sale fabric that was 50% off and if you busted the bolt you got it for 60% off. So, I got the extra 2 yards for around $5 and I can use part of it for the binding also.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kylee's quilt is quilted



I finished the quilting, Popcorn, on Kylee's quilt this evening after a wonderful dinner with Julie, Andrew and Elizabeth. Tomorrow I'll tackle the binding.

I can't believe how quickly they are growing up. They are both very well behaved and I actually asked Julie tonight if they ever throw a fit. You know the kind, it usually happens in a store, and those big crocodile tears are pouring down some little child's face. I can only imagine they didn't get what they wanted and they'll be fine in a few minutes.

Anyway, Julie, I think you're a wonderful mom!

Pam's Crazy Nine-Patch
Very seldom do I have a customer that doesn't want their quilt's photos posted online. When Pam picked up her quilt last night, she decided to not sign the release for me to post them because she is planning to write her own version of the pattern. So, that one won't be shown here, and you'll just have to take my work for it that it turned out nice.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Comment Moderation

I had turned on Comment Moderation because I was getting a lot of spam comments....at least one per day. Now it appears that the Comment Moderation isn't working either. I have lost 2 comments in the last 2 days.

With Comment Moderation on, I get an email with the comment and a link to click on to Publish, or Reject the comment. When I click on Publish, it acts as though it is going to publish it, but I get an error message and then on my blog, the comment is gone and there are none to be moderated.

How confusing!

I have turned off the Comment Moderation for the time being, but may have to turn it back on again. If you have left me a comment in the past couple days and it's gone, please leave it again. Sorry for all this confusion, but I believe it's a Blogger.com problem.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Design Wall Monday



It looks a bit like last Monday, except the blocks and sashing have been stitched into rows. My goal is to finish this one this week, quilting, binding and all.
Check out the other design walls at JudyL's blog.

I hand stitched the binding on a quilt in the car this weekend and it feels good to get that one finished.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Another one done!



I loaded and quilted Deb's yellow and blue quilt today. I'm not sure of the name, but the panto, Daisy Swirl, by Lorien Quilting that she picked out is perfect for this quilt. The batting is Hobbs 80/20, and the thread is Permacore Light Leghorn.



And the back, which shows a better likeness of the color, a soft yellow.




Here are some shots of Jennifer's Chinese Coins from yesterday. It's a beautiful quilt and her sister Misty (the recipient of this quilt) is certainly lucky to have talented Jennifer as a sister.



The panto is Waterworld by Willowleaf studios, batting is Hobbs 80/20, and the thread is Permacore eggshell



And the back:



Whew, now I can go on a little vacation!