Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Joanne's Forest Floor Quilt

My customer Joann made this fabulous Forest Floor beauty and brought it to me to quilt.
 This is the "Before" shot.
 I love this view!
 Here it is all completed.  Isn't it just gorgeous!  She didn't add the final border that the pattern called for as that would have made it even bigger.  As it is, it measured 97" x 97".
 Such pretty texture.
 The Falling Leaves panto was her choice for this one and it suited it well.  So Fine Olive thread was used on the top and So Fine Nutmeg was used on the back.
 Speaking of the back...isn't this wildly fun? I hadn't seen a fabric like this before now and it was such a great choice.  I love how the quilting design shows nicely.
 Thank you Joann for letting me finish this terrific quilt for you.
Her next quilt is here, waiting for it's turn on the frame.  It's another fun one.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

JoAnne's Sawtooth Stars Quilt

I just love seeing the fun quilts that my customers bring me to longarm for them. This is JoAnne's Sawtooth Stars quilt.  Can you believe that this is her very first quilt?  Her piecing is spot on.
 I try to remember to always take a "Before" photo.
 JoAnne chose the Whirlygig panto and it's perfect for this quilt.
 The transformation always amazes me...from unquilted to quilted, the difference is magical.
 Signature thread in Camel was used on the top and Glide Light Tan was used in the bobbin.
 Her backing was a small Light Tan print that coordinated well with the top.
 She was as thrilled with the results as I was.
 JoAnne takes classes at a local senior's center and she's working on her next quilt.  I can't wait to see what it is.  I'm sure it's going to be another stunner.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

My Bella quilt - the beginning

Happy Mother's Day!
While the weather in many other parts of the country is beautiful and people can enjoy lots of time in the beautiful outdoors, here today it is colder and still really windy so I'll be staying in.

After a lovely breakfast made by my family of Belgium waffles with fruit and whipped cream and a side of bacon, I've decided today I'm going to just do something for me.  No working on customer quilts, no making masks for others, no finishing up a quilt that will be donated.  Instead I'm going to finally cut into this beautiful stack of fabrics and get started on a quilt for our bed.
Yes it's something like the shoemaker who's kids have no shoes.  While I've made some cuddle quilts that we use regularly, I've yet to make a quilt for our room. I've been wanting to do some master bedroom redecorating and the colors will be pulled from these fabrics so it's way past time to get started on it. 
The fabric line is Bella by Amanda Murphy and I've loved it ever since I first laid eyes on it. Way back then I even picked out the pattern I was going to use so that I could get all the fabrics that I needed.  I've had the fabrics for a really long time and before I finish it, I'll find the receipt and see just how long these have been waiting.
Cutting into these and getting the pieces prepped will certainly make me happy.  Whatever you are doing today, I hope it will be fun.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Longarm Quilting Services Available

Although I've been keeping busy, I've also been spending my early morning hours, while sipping my first cuppa, working on adding information about the longarm quilting services that I offer to this page.  I've had many requests from customers to be able to view the designs that I have available so they can see the options from the comfort of their homes before shipping me their top.

Each of the tabs above detail my quilting services:

Longarm Quilting Services
Quilt Preparation Information
Longarm Quilting Portfolio
Edge to Edge Designs - Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4
(The levels refer to the density and complexity of the pattern.  More dense and/or complex patterns take more time to stitch out and more thread.)
I also offer the ability to "test" out the design options on your quilt prior to it actually being quilted.  I have traced out clear plastic sheets of every quilting design available which can be laid on your quilt for a preview. Although the marker lines on the trace outs are wider than the actual stitching lines will be, it helps you audition patterns to find just the right one for your quilt (especially if you are having a hard time choosing one) and it gives you a great view of the finished product.
Contact me if you'd like to chat about me quilting for you.  I take great care in doing the best possible job for my customers and am proud of the services I offer to help you finish your quilt.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Charmaine's Pink and Gray Single Irish Chain Baby Quilts

My customer Charmaine regularly brings me baby quilts to complete, usually 2-3 at a time.  This time it was 2 simple Simple Irish Chain/Nine Patch quilts in Pink and Gray.

The first one was a lighter Pink.
 And the 2nd one was much more of a Hot Pink.
 She brought me one long backing and batting  for both so I was able to load the 2nd one right after the first.
 The outside lighting was a bit off that day so these pictures don't show their true colors but they turned out adorable.
 The quilting just finishes off the simple pattern so well.
 The Fantastico variegated Pink thread that I used on both was just right.
 Ahhh...the pretty texture the quilting creates.
 I had recently purchased a couple of new hearth themed pantos and she chose the Hearts Fancy one for both of these quilts. 
The backing is this adorable Pink and Gray Elephant print.  I used Glide Pink Lemonade thread in the bobbin.
Quilting both of these adorable baby quilts was fun.
I look forward to seeing what cute quilts Charmaine brings me next.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Life in the crayon box

Life is always unpredictable.  Who knew when I wrote my last post 6 weeks ago that we'd be where we are now.  Certainly not me. As you might imagine, when this all started I wrote a list of house projects to work on and of course most of them are still on the list.  They'll get done, in time.

Homeschooling has been the biggest time suck of all.  DD's teacher started the remote learning by assigning a week's worth of work every single day.  Thankfully that problem was dealt with around the beginning of week 3 but it took tons of extra time to get the missed assignments caught up.

Like hundreds of other quilters around the country, I've been making masks.  I started making the rectangular type but I've found that I much prefer the style shown on the right.  They do take  a little more time to cut out the pieces but the fit is so much better.  FYI....in case you aren't aware, Candice West of Barn Catz Studio and Deborah Levy Art teamed up and created a template for this style.  They are really inexpensive and make the process go that much quicker.  If you are making the contour style and don't have a set of the templates, head on over to order yours today.
 I've been keeping pretty busy with lots of other activities too like spearheading and collecting over 350 cards made by local Girl Scout troops for one of the senior residences.
 I made more masks.
 I painted dear daughter's room.  She's been wanting an update for a while and this was as good as a time as any to get it done.  We've added 3 new pieces of furniture and are now waiting on a few accessories to arrive to finish it.  I'll share the before and after pictures once it's all done.
 At the end of last week I made the final blocks needed for the last pieced border for my Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt from Moda's summer 2018 quilt along.  I'll start piecing the blocks together this week, depending on how my back feels.  With all the mask making I've been having problems with my upper back, between my shoulder blades, so sewing time is carefully limited.
 I helped dear daughter finish her Giant Paper Dahlia which was an activity for the Girl Scout Flowers badge that my troop is working on.
 I made even more masks, these are kids size for a local shelter's day care program.  I haven't taken pictures of all the masks I've made but I've completed 130 so far.  If my back wasn't being such a pain (literally) I would have completed more. Last fall I received a lot of fabric from a fellow Girl Scout leader who's mom passed away last year and that's what I've been utilizing for the masks.  I can't think of a more perfect way to honor her mother than by using her fabric to do good.
Of course I'm also finding ways to keep the girls in my troop engaged during this time and we've started weekly Zoom meetings to check in, chat, play games and have some good laughs, which we all certainly can use right now.  Our cookie season is on hold as we were due to pick up our initial order the weekend after this all began.  We will have a much briefer cookie season at some point as they are sitting in the warehouse and they do have to get delivered and sold, but right now no one knows when that time will come.  

I still have some customer quilts which were completed in recent months to share and I have a few new ones here to get quilted so stay tuned.

Monday, March 16, 2020

My sewing restarts - my Moda Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt Along quilt

I don't think that most blogger who finds that it's been multiple months since they last posted really intended that.  I certainly didn't.  In my case, life just got crazy busy and I didn't have the motivation to sew much.

There were some customer quilts that were completed in recent months and I'll be sharing photos of those in upcoming posts.  The biggest thing for me is that my other commitments have eased up a bit so I've gotten back into my studio.  After a day cleaning, reorganizing a little and generally sorting through the stuff that just got dumped in there over the past months, I felt a renewed energy to get back to the craft that brings me so much joy.

The itch to start a new project was strong but I resisted and instead decided to get back to another special quilt and get it finished.  This is where I left off at the end of July 2018 with Moda's Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt Along.
Thankfully 3 of the 4 needed arrows were already done so I had to sew the last one and the Flying Geese before I could attach the last border for this round.  I'm really glad that I planned out the color placement and took pictures back then for this last bit so I didn't have to rework that side.

Next up was the 4th border which is now added.  I initally used the orange print on 2 sides before I realized that it didn't seem right.  I hadn't taken notes about what colors I had planned for each border but I knew that the orange print didn't feel right so I switched to the blue.
 I spent an afternoon over the weekend cutting the pieces for the next round of blocks.  Working out the color and print combos took more time than actually cutting the pieces.
A few customer quilts are also waiting in the que so I'm going to alternate in the coming days and weeks between my own sewing and longarm quilting to finish those up.  My lower back and knees aren't too happy if I stand for too many hours quilting anyway so this plan will help with that too.  

With my kids home from school for this week (and very likely longer) we're going to also work on some outside projects like cleaning up the garden beds in preparation for planting in the spring and the annual garage clean out.  Our Girl Scout cookie season is completely up in the air at the moment (cookies were scheduled to arrive this Saturday) and I know that our council is working around the clock to figure out what will happen.  We just have to be patient, knowing that it will all get worked out at some point.