Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jennifer's Photo Quilt

Jennifer made this darling wall hanging and I've had it hanging for months, knowing I needed to get it to her before the holidays. It was one of those "no-hurry" jobs that I keep putting on the back burner.

We didn't want any stitching on the photos, so I stitched in the ditch on all easms of the photo blocks and meandered around the paper dolls.

Swirls in the sashing completed this cute keepsake.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Animal Baby Quilt

Deb made this darling baby quilt and the back is just as cute as the front. Lucky baby!!

I chose Popcorn panto for it, along with Omni Safari thread, which just blends in perfectly.

And the back:

More Meandering for Kathy

Last night I quilted this 120 x 90 quilt for Kathy. Just a meander is what she wanted for this one, just like the last one. What a difference in fabrics. I love these pinks and browns.

Hobbs 80/20 batting and Permacore Dyed Natural thread

Here is the first one I quilted for her a week or so ago, and I guess I forgot to show it here on my blog.

Virginia's 2nd double Stairsteps

I quilted the second double Stairsteps made by Virginia on Sunday.

This one has more custom quilting than the last. Flat feathers in the outer border, wiggly lines in the narrow borders and CCs in the square border.

The center quilting design is Lime Tree by Keryn Emmerson. Poly batting and Omni Safari thread were used on this one.

It's packaged up and on it'e way home also.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Debbie's frogs

Debbie, my ex-sister-in-law (still a good friend) made this cute quilt for a new baby.

We decided it needed some spirals, so I used the circle lord template and finished this one up yesterday afternoon.

That little baby boy is just going to love this one. Debbie hasn't been quilting very long, but she does a wonderful job.

Design Wall Monday

Actually, my design wall is empty once again. I finished the quilt that was on there last Monday. It was quilted on Friday and bound Saturday morning and gifted at the shower in the afternoon.

I used the Drip panto to complete the water theme.

She seemed to like it when she opened it, especially the label, which was just a preprinted one that I signed.

More 1930's Embroidery Quilts

I loaded 3 more of Carla's embroidery wall hangings. It works great if I load 3 at a time.

The blocks are crosshatched and I added ribbon candy to the sashing and feathers to the outer borders.

I have 3 more to do and will probably wait until the weekend to load them.

My mom did a lot of embroidery when I was little and I know I have a box of things in the attic. I'm anxious to get it down and see what I might be able to create with what I find.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rosemary's Black and White

What a great modern looking quilt Rosemary made. I quilted this one last Tuesday but just got the pictures taken. I just love how graphic it is and the border fabric is perfect.

I decided that it needed some circle quilting, so I chose celtic scroll panto by Keryn Emmerson. It's all packaged up and on it's way home.

Stashbusting 2011 - #48

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 105.625 yards

Fabric Used this week - 1.875 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 217.375 yards


Not much stitching time for me this week, although I did finish the baby quilt. I quilted 7 customer quilts and one of my own, along with preparing Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday shopping with Julie, helping to make and decorate a baby shower cake, and attending the baby shower. Yep, it was a busy week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Carole's Los Dias de los Muentos

Carole called me a few weeks ago and asked if I could do a quilt that she needed back by the end of November. I said sure! she wanted a saying embroidered on one of the borders and I said sure! She said be prepared, it's not like anything I've ever made before and she wasn't kidding!

Well, when the quilt arrived I got the saying embroidered and then did a google search to see what it meant since I don't know Spanish. Day of the Dead is what it means.

I decided that there was SO much going on that I would do a panto. I choose Ribbon Twirl to represent the celebration and I imagine them as ribbons being twirled about.

I believe this is for a guild challenge and maybe she drew this one and had to come up with something. Hope she likes it. I do love this Lava Colorburst thread on the backing fabric.

Kim's Christmas Quilt

I LOVE this quilt. She did such a nice job on the buttonhole applique and the colors are just perfect. Kim made this quilt for her daughter who is expecting and she's hoping to help decorate her house before December 1st, which is when they think she might have the baby.

Just a meander is what she wanted and you know me, I just love a meander. I seriously think I could do it with my eyes closed. I'll have to try that sometime!

Virginia's Double Stairstep

I must admit that I've never seen this pattern, but I sure like her fabric choices. This is one of two that are exactly the same. I won't be quilting them the same but the other one won't get loaded until next week.

I did a curvy diamond pattern in the border and the pantograph Leaf Liter in the center of the quilt. I decided not to quilt all the borders separately since 2 of them were 1" and the all played nicely with the center of the quilt.

She sent a poly batting, so it's a little poofy, but very cozy.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Blue Star Mothers Packing Party

Yesterday we got together at Luana's house to pack boxes for 67 of our military family and friends currently deployed. We had a great time, shared lots of laughs, and a couple bottles of wine. With donations from a Harley Group, stockings from Common Threads quilt Guild, cute jars of BBQ sauce, toiletries donated from Janet and Kathy, we were able to fill those boxes full.

Design Wall Monday

The only sewing I've done for myself this past week has been making a quilt for a baby shower on Saturday. The baby's room is done in an underwater theme and I think this wave quilt will go just fine. It's going together pretty quickly, so it should be done by the weekend.

Some of these fabrics are half yard cuts from the Fabric Frenzy at Paducah in April.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - #47

Well, I actually used some fabric this week. Haven't had much time at all for my own sewing, so I'm excited to report today. I'm making a wave quilt for a baby shower next Saturday.

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 105.625 yards

Fabric Used this week - 3.5 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 215.5 yards

YEAR TO DATE STASH USED: 109.875 yards

Friday, November 18, 2011

Snowman Collector

Gayla made this wonderful Snowman Collector quilt and what a lot of beautiful redwork there is here.

I did a wide crosshatch in the blocks, CCs in the 1" sashing pieces, an 8-pointed snowflake in the star blocks and meandering with snowflakes in the borders.

She moved to Arizona earlier this year, so this will be the most snow she sees this holiday season.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kroger's Truly Awesome Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies

I tried Kroger's Truly Awesome Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies for BuzzAgent. The 2 boxes came in a larger box with a little wadded up paper for cushion, which they certainly could have left out. Upon opening the first box, this is what I saw:

Cookie Crumbles! Well, I guess that just meant that more of my co-workers got to try them.

The review were unanimous.....not good at all. The cookies were very hard and fell apart in your hand when you took a bite. There are 8 cookies in a box for $2.79, so my guess is that there won't be any more found in my house unless they send more free ones.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spinout in the Quiltmaker Gallery

This morning Dan and I had the honor of visiting the gallery at Quiltmaker Magazine. The gallery features 24 Scrap Squad quilts. We also met June Dudley(Editor) and her friend Joan. How Exciting!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rosemary's Shadowbox

The fabrics in this quilt are just wonderful. It reminds me of my drive to New York a few weeks ago and all the colors in the trees. I sent it out UPS this morning back to her, although it's one I would have like to kept.

I quilted it with a Keryn Emmerson panto, Leaf Litter and Omni carmel thread.

Today we are off to Boulder, Colorado for my step-son's wedding. We'll return Monday evening, so I don't know how much posting I'll be doing. One of the highlights for me is that I get to visit Quiltmaker Magazine and see 3 of my Scrap Squad quilts hanging in their gallery. I'll be sure to take pictures if they let me.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Carla's Embroidered Blocks

I have 9 of these little quilts to do for Carla and I have finished the first three.

I used Hobbs poly batting to help with some of the fullness of the center and used Permacore white thread.

Two of them are just one block and the other seven have four blocks.

More Retreat Photos

Check out Jill's blog for more retreat photos.

Also, there are more on Karen's Picasa album.

Here is Cherie's post about the retreat.

Here are the 4 patches Jill collected at the retreat to send to Regina. If you haven't heard of this project check it our here!

And of course, if you missed my earlier post about photos, mine are here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Can't show you too much of the design wall as it has my final Scrap Squad quilt on it.

I can show you my friend Adrienne after she quilted a baby quilt yesterday. She used a new pantograph Siberian Iris.