Sunday, January 25, 2015

Vintage Sheet Quilt

This appears to be entirely made from vintage sheets, backing included.  Someone made the top and then I was asked to quilt it.  This will be sold as a fund raiser in our boutique at the 2016 Quilt Show.   Funds raised go toward  funding our speakers and workshops.

The quilt is large.  Aproximatelty 100" long and almost as wide.   Lots of negative space to play in.   But way too much of it for free...   at a 2 cent Panto rate and using 100 x 100 as an example.   That's $200  income/quilting hours I lost quilting this.  Now in this case, I had it for months and quilted it in between lulls.  BUT I could have been cleaning my house or working on my own projects.    Do you think this quilt will sell for $200?  $100?   Freebies I dont mind...I plan for 12 a year...but I need lap size lol!  Can you tell that I am so burned out over the number of hours each week I am obligated to spend on our guild?  

Hand quided pantograph "Tickled Pink" by Patricia Ritter and Valerie Smith.

Another Pretty A4A

Another beauty by Jane.  I really like the pieced backing.  Hand guided pantograph "Wave on Wave" by Patricia Ritter. This was a Christmas gift for last year.   While I'm waiting to share current quilts, I'll showcase some that  I couldn't post during their timeline.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Rosewood Cottage sampler quilt

Photo overload!  I made these blocks off and on from 2001 - 2006 when it finally became a top.  Christmas Break I quilted it!  Binding and sleeve now complete but I do need a label.  This quilt has seen 4 moves, several renovation projects, 2 primary sewing machines, a mid arm, a long arm, every animal we have owned except for 1 since 1989 has seen this in some stage, and 2 boys mostly raised.   I'm so glad I finally got this one quilted.
Quilt Inspectors engaged in discussion!
This backing was not wide enough.   I pulled blocks from a Greenies Quilting Geese exchange called "Blue, Green, Violet" and added a strip to get the width and create some interest on the back.   2 UFOS mostly busted!
I wish I had kept track of how many threads I used to machine blanket stitch all the applique, and then all the threads I used to machine quilt a few details!   I also used Madera Monolon to stitch in the ditch and outline all the blocks and applique.    The blocks did not have much room for detailed quilting and I did not want to go tiny and dense so I used just a few fills and a few details in each applique.   It turned out to my satisfaction.   The only thing I would do differently would be to just piano key the outer border.   I think the texture of the feathers just seems too much.   I almost quilted a swag with feathers in and piano keys to the outside but scrapped that idea thinking that may have been too formal but that may have been a better approach, however you don't see the quilting, just the texture so hmmmm piano keys!  Sometimes you just don't know until it's finished.   But I love it, am so happy this piece is done.   I loved the appliques and the fun fabrics, the fat cats.   I loved the quilt shop where all this stuff was purchased,  The Cherry Pit in Gatlinburg, TN.   I miss home and will always have these memories.

Friday, January 2, 2015

New "office" set up

I've struggled  with this downsized home and an office area.  It's much smaller than what we have  had.  It's also an open concept with shared walls and those mostly have windows!  The floor plan does have an office but it is in the center of our home and we set it up for a video gaming room for the boys.  I've had this  idea for awhile now but it has taken over a year to persuade my husband to flip the entry living / dining area.  It works beautifully!  The dining table has to serve as my office "desk" that also expands to seat 8 for special occasion meals.  Now clients  immediately are at the "office" when they come in.  I have room for a portable quilt display rack.   Both sections feel larger with the middle of the space open.  I'm happy.  Hubby doesn't hate it and I think this will work so much better.  Now to decorate!  Giz and Kricket give their stamp of approval too.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!

I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my friends, family and wonderful clients.  I am truly thankful to all of my clients that continue to support me and my business and to all the new to me clients that have trusted me with their beautiful quilts and works of art from their hearts and hands. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

Friendship Sampler Quilt

I loved working on this sweet quilt.    All or most of the blocks were made for the client by her friends and then she transformed them into a spectacular quilt with fabulous borders.









Loose scalloped finished border with little buttons already attached.  I had to work a plan to get close to those but not catch my foot or the loose edges.   Happily, the fabric lended itself to a "l" and "e" design that worked perfectly.

The back was all pieced in rows using coordinating fabrics to the front.  I rather like the abstract look of the quilting designs randomly placed on the back.

A few of the threads I auditioned.    I used the light shades of so fine for this quilt.   If I had the same softer shades in Glide I would have tried that, but I only had the pale yellow and pale green, no pale blue.  I did rather like the darker threads and this client has chosen high contrast threads in the past but in the end she said she wanted to the blocks to be the stars so I knew the thread needed was my 1st choice, So Fine.  This thread blends so nicely and shows dimension, not thread on the quilt.   But wouldn't it be fun to have some samples of this same quilt to play with variations of thread?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Painted Summer

This lovely client quilt was made by Darcey using Jason Yenter fabrics and his pattern "Painted Summer".  I love this quilt!   We choose a light custom for this.  Busy fabrics can be difficult to showcase quilting.  I found that more space in my designs allowed it to pop on these fabrics. The more dense I got, the designs got lost.  I'm away working from my phone.   Lots of photos!   oh!  Another special moment.  Darcey lives in Alaska and saw my work online.  Thank you for trusting me with your special quilt.  Lots of photos.