Friday, December 28, 2012

More Stockings!

When I posted on Facebook a photo of some stocking I made for my son and his family,

one of my friends asked if I could make some for her.

Just in time for Christmas, I finished them on Friday evening and she picked them up on Saturday.
The lining fabrics go with the design on the front.

I guess I should have made Maddie and Davis' a little different. They aren't twins, but their snow people look sort of like twins.

Oops, I forgot Santa's red nose!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

1600 Quilts

One of our customers here at the National Group, Dick Funk, is a huge fan of my quilting. He asked me to make 4 quilts for Christmas, one for each of his daughter-in-laws. Thank heaven he chose an easy pattern, 1600 quilts.

I purchased jelly rolls at Rossville Quilts and backing fabrics there also. I added narrow borders from my stash and bought the outer border and binding fabrics at Joanns.

I hope they were pleased with his gifts!

Terri's #2 & 3 quilts

Terri was given these antique blocks and decided to make quilts for family members with them. The setting square fabrics she picked really help to keep the vintage look in them.

They all got pantographs, but each one different.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Carla's Fish Quilt

I would guess that the recipient of this quilt is a fisherman, or just maybe a lover of the outdoors.
It's a really creative way to showcase that fish fabric.

Not real fancy quilting, but some cute water-like in the focus fabric. Spineless straight-back feathers in 2 of the borders.

Doll Clothes for Lily

Elizabeth has a favorite dolly named Lily and I was told that she needed some new clothes.

I made this fleece jacket, skirt and dress on Saturday.

I even wrapped them and put Lily's name on the tag.

 I think she likes them!

Quilts for the Indiana Veteran's Home

One of our guild members, Squeakie, is a member of the American Legion Post #11 and they sponsors 15 residents of the Indiana Veteran's Home. They asked her if the quilt guild would be willing to make lap quilts for those residents.

The guild members, true-to-form, stepped up to the plate and produced, not 15, but 30 quilts to be distributed. The additional quilts went to roommates of the original 15 and also to several residents that have no family in the area.

Something that is so enjoyable and everyday to us really made a difference to these residents. I hope that we do something like this again.

Our Charity Committee Chairperson, Sue, notified the local TV station and they came out to do a story about these quilts. I didn't know when I left the house that I would be on the news, but I was happy to share this project.

Here's a link to the story that ran on the local news.
Here's some shots of the happy residents with their quilts.

It's been a long time!

Wow, December 10th was my last post. I quilted 4 customer quilts and 4 commissioned quilts since then. And never got to the computer room at home to post any pictures.

Members of my guild made placemats to be given to Meals on Wheels for them to distribute along with holiday meals.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mary Beth's Quilts #3

This last one of Mary Beth's is so cute. What a great stash-buster this would be.

She used lots of different browns for the spool ends, along with different backgrounds, and that adds to the charm. It's another meander and Permacore Mother Goose and Hobbs 80/20 batting

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Jan's T-shirt Quilt

Jan and her daughter assembled this t-shirt quilt and they did an awesome job! She was worried that it wasn't perfect, but I think it turned out just great.

It got a meander and I used Omni Spearmint thread which blended perfectly with all the shirts and Fairfield 80/20 batting.

Carla's Baby Quilt

Here's another cute baby panel quilt that Carla made.

I love the black and white zig-zag strip fabric. They say that baby's eyes are stimulated by black and white, so this quilt is going to a very lucky baby.

I chose Popcorn panto and used PermaCore wihite thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mary Beth's Quilts, #2

This quilt is stunning. I can't imagine how many hours it took her to complete it. She said she would share the pattern with me and I look forward to working on it. Well, maybe when I'm retired!

Just look at all the details on this one!

It really was nice to have these easy-peasy meander quilts to do in between the others.

Kelly's Strip Quilt

Kelly made this queen size quilt for her adult son, who is pretty picky, she said. I asked her if she sewed it together like a 1600 quilt and she did not. She laid out all the strips in her foyer. Yikes, that's a lot of work, but it paid off because it's a stunning quilt.

Since there were some short strips, I thought that some of the fabrics were actually shirts and she said no, that it is all purchased fabric. She was going to have a meander, but I suggested Square Spiral and she agreed. I think it looks great on this one.

I used PermaCore Mother Goose thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mary Beth's Quilts

Mary Beth is a new customer and her quilts are absolutely adorable. The first one was this snowman.

She uses lots of homespuns and likes only a meander. Look how cute the face is:

And look at the scarf ends. How fun is that?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My poor blog!

I have been neglecting it lately, but I'm just a couple quilts away from being done with customer quilts for the year. My photos aren't on this computer, so I'm not posting any quilts tonight, but will tomorrow.

Really looking forward to this weekend! No quilting on Saturday for me. My company is taking a bus trip to Chicago for a shopping day at the Magnificent Mile. Julie is going with me, and Tony and Kendra will be meeting us for lunch. Should be a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas stockings

Last year my daughter-in-law asked me about making them some Christmas stockings and I didn't get them made. Calise was only 3 months old for Christmas last year and it really wasn't that important to have them.

I finally got them made last week and took them to Jeff and Dane at our Thanksgiving dinner at Julie's house.

Dan and I had a discussion about who's name should be on which stocking. My thought was that Jeff should be the reindeer because, well, reindeer are most likely male, in my mind anyway. Since there isn't a Baby Jesus on one of the stockings, the next star of the season would be Santa Claus and Calise should have that one, leaving Dané as the snowman. Hmmm, I guess the snowman should have been a snow woman.

Dan's thought was that Jeff should be Santa Claus, Dané should be Santa's helper, the reindeer, and Calise should be the snowman.

As you can see, I went with Dan's suggestion.

These ended up being 20" from top to toe and 6.5" wide. If I make them again, I will probably make them a little wider.

I purchased pre-quilted fabric and machine appliqued the design. I had these cute tiny buttons for the eyes, mouth and snowman's buttons.

The lining fabrics coordinate with the front design.

Carla's Girly Panel Quilts

Last weekend I finished quilting the last 2 girly panel quilts that Carla made.

The first one I quilted with Ribbons and Roses panto. I used Permacore Eggshell thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting on both of them.

A closer look:

The second one I quilted with Waterworld. I love the swirls on this panto!

A closer look:

Carla brought me one more quilt last night when she picked these up. I'm working very hard to get all my customers quilts done before Christmas. My original deadline for getting them finished was December 1st, but I've taken in more since I set that date and now it's looking more like December 10th. I hate to turn down quilts from my customers, but I have to remember that there are only 24 hours in each day.