Friday, February 22, 2019

More mini totes for January birthdays

January brought 2 more birthdays for girls in my troop.  Here are their mini totes.
 First up was a mini tote for a girl who's favorite colors are bright Orange and Purple.  I don't have much Orange fabric in my stash so I was happy to find this piece to fit the bill.  The handle fabric guided the choice of the Purple print for the front pocket.
 There's no doubt that this one is bright and colorful!
 I even extended the brightness to the lining with a rainbow print.  She loved it!
 The 2nd mini tote for January was a bit more subtle, for a girl who likes Blue and Green.
 A few fat quarters in the coordinating prints (I can't remember the name of the fabric line) and a green mini polka dot for the handle worked well together.
 I had one more fat quarter from the same line available that I used for the lining.
Both girls were thrilled with their gifts which made me happy.

There are 2 more troop birthdays in February so you'll be seeing those mini totes soon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

December's birthday mini totes for my troop girls

I haven't been very good lately about writing blog posts as the Girl Scout cookie season is underway but I'll try to catch up on what's been going on lately in my studio.

I'm continuing to make the mini totes for the girls in my troop as their birthday gifts.  These are the ones that were gifted for December birthdays.
The first one happened to be for my own daughter.  She is a cat-fanatic so the cat fabric was the perfect choice. 
I had intended to use the cat fabric for the outside and the pink for the front pocket but I goofed while cutting out the pieces.  Oops.  She still loves it just as it is.
The handle print was a leftover bit from making the first batch of teacher quilts many years ago and the lining is a bright Turquoise star print that I found in my stash drawer.
Next up was the mini tote for my daughter's BFF who also had a birthday in December. 
I had plenty of leftover bits from my recent Moda Bakeshop project Charm Pack Shuffle so they were the perfect choices for this girl.
A solid Turquoise for the lining and this tote was complete.
The girls all know now what they'll receive when their own birthday comes around but they have no idea what it will look like.  I'm really having fun finding just the right fabrics in my stash based on their favorite colors and tailoring each mini tote to each girl's personality.

January brought a couple more troop birthdays so I have a few more mini tote finishes to share next.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Open for business!

Do you have tops that need to be quilted?  If so, I'm here to help.
Until now I haven't formally opened my longarm quilting business because I was still working outside the house but now I am able to do just that.
 Basic meandering is $.015 per square inch.  I also have over 125 Edge to Edge designs for you to choose from, everything from open and simple to more complex and dense. Turn around time currently averages between 2 - 4 weeks.  At this time I am not taking any custom quilting orders.

You can see examples of my work on the Longarm Quilting Portfolio page.

Quilters Dream 80/20 White 93" wide batting by the roll is available (you pay for only what is needed) as well as many Quilters Dream Cotton Select packaged battings.  I can also get any other Quilters Dream battings you may wish to use.

If you hate to do the binding, that service is available too.

This year is the year to turn all those unquilted tops into completed quilts.  Email me to discuss your project and to schedule your spot in line.

Friday, January 11, 2019

So what comes next?

This is the current state of my longarm frame.
I have way too many larger scrap pieces of batting that were just being stuffed into a bin and now I'm sorting and measuring it all so that I can piece it together as needed and get it used up.

Lesson learned!  From now on I will mark which brand/type and the size it is immediately to avoid this mess in the future.

There hasn't been much sewing going on at all over the past month due to the usual December craziness plus a lot of extra stuff. Thankfully life has calmed down with the kids back in school and the regular routine has returned. Added into the mix of holiday bedlam was the monumental task of  helping my boss pack up and clean out his office space. You see....after  45+ years he closed the business to retire and we had to vacate the space at the end of the year. It was a ton of long intense days but it's all done.

I have a bunch of badges and patches to sew onto a few Girl Scout vests and I'm behind in making the mini totes for troop member's birthdays.  These are the fabrics in line for the next 3.

Plus my house still needs to be de-Christmased which hopefully will get completed over this coming weekend. Hauling all those boxes up and down the stairs isn't a thrill but it has to get done.

 A lot of people, including my hubby, have been asking what's next for me? I've got some things in the works that I'm keeping my fingers crossed will work out as I hope.  I've been researching and working out details and will be making it all official very soon.

Until then, I hope your 2019 has started off well and I hope that this coming year brings lots of sewing and happiness to your life. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Charm Pack Shuffle quilt

This is my newest design, Charm Pack Shuffle.
The pattern is on Moda Bakeshop.  Check it out and I look forward to seeing your versions.

Monday, November 5, 2018

A pair of mini totes

Every year for the members of my Girl Scout troop we do a little something to celebrate birthdays and this year I decided to make something for each of them. After coming through my pile of small project ideas that I've saved over the recent years, I chose to make them Tiny Bags which is a free pattern from Sew Can She.  Caroline's blog is chock full of terrific free patterns so if you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely should.

The first Tiny Bag was for Rachel.  I asked her Mom what her favorite color is and Teal was the reply so I dug through my stash to find this fun Teal polka dot fabric.  Finding a few coordinating prints for the other parts of the bag wasn't difficult.
There was a little unsewing that happened during the process but going back through the instructions at the end I figured out the issue and made the correction so that it turned out nice.
A sweet Yellow print for the inside lining/pockets gives it a cute pop of color when opened.
Rachel received her gift this past Friday at our meeting and she absolutely loved it.

The 2nd Tiny bag is for Maddie who's birthday is coming up in a few weeks.  Her favorite colors are Teal and Lilac.  I could only find the 1 lighter Purple fabric in my stash but was thrilled that it worked perfectly with the flower print that I have plenty of, leftover from making our troop t-shirts a few years ago.
The construction for this 2nd one went much quicker and so it was done in no time.
The Lime Green fabric was also leftover from the t-shirt project so I had plenty to use it for both the handles and the inside lining/pockets.
I'm thrilled with the results of my afternoon of Tiny Bag sewing.  Two done, ten more to go.
Once Maddie receives her bag at our next meeting the rest of the girls are likely to figure out that they will be receiving one too when it comes their birthday but I'll keep the color/fabric choices a secret.  Picking just the right prints for each girl will be fun.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Charmaine's Orange and Yellow quilt

The next customer top to be quilted was this bright Orange and Yellow number by Charmaine.  It was a project from a guild workshop in the spring.
The "before" shot.  Charmaine gave me free reign to do what I wanted and while I was severely temped to do some custom quilting on it, time and her budget weren't part of the equation.
The top's colors remind me of flames and that was my first idea for designs but when auditioned, I didn't like it.  So another idea was needed.  
The panto choice I went with is Whirlygig.  The overall effect is pretty and I think the bit of spikiness of the panto design plays off the piecing and colors. Luckily I had the perfect thread in stock, Superior's Rainbows Autumn Leaves and So Fine Pumpkin was used on the back.
The quilting shows on the back just the right amount.  
Charmaine was happy with the result and so another happy customer was on her way to not having yet another UFO in her pile. 
Quilting for my customers certainly is varied and interesting.  I can't wait to see what's up next.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Marylou's Log Cabin quilt

My customer Marylou certainly has been busy lately piecing a bunch of quilts.  As happened last time, when she picked up her Baby Animals quilt, she dropped off this Log Cabin variation one for me to quilt. It's also to be a gift for a new baby girl.
The quilting went smooth and it was on and off the frame the same day.  :)
Choosing which pattern to use took me a little while as many that I thought I would like for this quilt I rejected once auditioned.  I finally settled on Fire Flower and I'm pleased with the effect.  Thread was Glide Pink on the top and So Fine Lilac on the back.
I really like the block placement for this quilt and I'm very temped to make a version of my own using scraps, which of course I have an abundance of. (don't we all?)
But that idea  will have to wait as more customer tops are in the queue to be quilted and I have a few other projects in the works that are further ahead in the "To Make" line.  Some day though.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Eiko's Peach Girl Quilt

The 3rd of Eiko's quilts for her grandchildren is this interesting scrap and Peach one.  I don't know which block this is but it utilizes a lot of scrappy variety.
Here's a before picture of it on my frame.
I wanted to share a close up picture of the blocks.  There are a ton of bias edges and thankfully while the blocks had a little bit of fullness to deal with, it wasn't too bad.
Here's the completed quilt in all it's glory.  This is a big one, measuring 85" x 95".
As always, I like to do a "texture" shot to show the overall effect better.
The panto Eiko chose for this final quilt was Cascade.  Glide in Military Gold thread was used on the top and Perma Core thread in Bermuda Blue was chosen for the back.
A bright Blue and Green Batik was provided for the backing that also worked well as the binding fabric since there was a lot of both colors in the pieced blocks.
I'm sure Eiko's granddaughter will treasure this gift from her Oda for years and years to come.
Thank you Eiko for trusting me to complete these sweet quilts for you.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Marylou's Baby Animal Quilt

When my customer Marylou picked up her French Roses quilt she dropped off another to be quilted.   this is her adorable Baby Animals quilt.
I forgot to take a picture of the whole top before I started but I did snap this partial picture.
What a difference a bit of quilting makes.  The flowers and flowing lines look sweet and soften the square piecing nicely.
Marylou let me choose which design to use on this quilt (I love when that happens) and I felt Dainty suited it, especially since this quilt is a gift for a new baby girl. Thread for the top was Glide Lemon Ice and So Fine in pastel Green for the back.
She provided a pieced backing that included this cute farm scene print.
Marylou loved the result and I'm sure the new mom who received this quilt was too.
Thank you for letting me quilt this for you Marylou.  I look forward to seeing what you bring me next to work on.