Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amish With A Twist II

Such a pretty quilt.   Can you believe this is the FIRST quilt Paula ever made?  This quilt is on my bucket list too.  I had admired one hanging in a local quilt shop.   This is a big 105" quilt. She  decided to have the borders and center star area custom quilted and then chose a feathery swirl allover design for the interior of the quilt.   Great job Paula!  I can't wait to see what she does for her second quilt.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

I'm A Little Rusty

It's almost complete!   Waiting for binding, which I hope will take place tonight.   This was a Charlotte Angotti mystery class I took with The Woodlands Area Quilt Guild, hmmmm closing in on 2 years ago?!     My personal sewing time is so limited.  It's sad that my time has to be last but you do what you have to do!   I enjoy longarming for others most of the time (LOL!) and family matters come before sewing time as well.   I know many of you that work and have children at home know exactly where I'm coming from.

It's almost bed sized.   I really needed to add another row of blocks to each side plus this border to get a good 100" quilt like I prefer for a bed quilt.    I realized too that I omitted the gray sashings that came with this class kit.   Those sashings would have brought it up closer to a bed size too!   Drat.   But, they were a lovely gray and nothing seemed to work from my stash with that gray.   Without the sashings, I really liked the straight set stars and this older fabric from my stash looked perfect for the outer border, adding a nice richness to those fall colors I love so much.   So, no sashings.
Here are a few posts from the past of places this quilt has been work on!
The classroom
Camping but I can't find pictures and not going to spend time searching for them.    Here it is on my design wall with and without the sashing.  Gee, in hindsight it really wasn't bad with the gray sashing and the outer border I used!

Last of all, one of the Quilt Inspectors! She matches the quilt.
I went back and forth a few times on whether I should custom quilt or do an all over.   I was torn, but decided the fabrics really might not showcase the quilting that well.  I think I made the right decision with quilting an all over design.   The thread I choose for this one (Omni Bronco) was a greenish beige which blended very well with all fabrics.    This one is earmarked for a gift and I'm so happy to be nearing the finish! 


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Houston Quilt Festival 2014

Quilt Festival was so much fun this year!   Actually, it is still open for one more day but I'm done for the year.   I had Monday - Thursday there.   Fun classes with Dusty Farrell, Irena Bluhm and Laurie Ceesay.   Lunchen program with Judith Baker Montano about fiber arts and then the Winner's Circle Awards night which is amazing seeing ribbon winners accept their awards.   Their pieces have the  curtains drawn and spotlighted for each event.    Long days and nights.  Monday my only class was 6-9pm, Tuesday 9-12 and 2-5 all day long class, 12-2  luncheon program with less than 1 hour free then the Winners Circle from 6-8 followed by meeting the quilt artists and viewing all the winning pieces up close and personal.  Wednesday I went light with only a morning class from 8-12.  Then of course Wed @ 5pm anyone with classes also gets pre pre-viewing from 5-7 as the vendors and quilt exhibits open.  That's another positive to a class, any class!  The public that bought tickets get into pre-view from 7-10pm and they are winding around the street waiting for that time.   Gets crazy!   I've learned from my 3 prior years, I did not schedule any classes on Thursday.  I only shopped  and looked at quilts.   And I was still exhausted!    So many friends to say hello to, so many vendors to shop and look at the goods.   So many longarms, midarms, sewing machines, embroidery machines.... What a fantastic event.

My "out of the box" class with Laurie Ceesay called "15 Shades of Gray":

My 15 Shades of Gray.  Almost finished in class!   And yes, I had to quilt that on 2" of throat space on a sewing machine.   I have not done that in years and didn't really want to.  But I had time so I manned up.

Class projects

Teachers example

Teachers Finished in yellow.

This was the last day of Market before any breakdown and set up of vendors for Quilt Festival

That is part of the convention center on the right hand side of the photo.

AWESOME VIEW from my room.   Corner room with city street view and the park view in front of the convention center
Lines winding INSIDE the convention center to the escalator for 10AM opening on Thursday

10AM lines outside for Thursday opening. 

A few of my purchases. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blueberry Ice

A very pretty pattern that my client requested I quilt it like the original.  She had the pattern included for me to review.  I changed the feathers and swirls just a little.   Plus her version had 2 borders.   I "ghosted" the design into the first border and added beadboard to the outer border.   Quilters Dream wool batting.  This is going to be so pretty after washing and will be a nice bed quilt.   Backing uses 3 WOF in coordinating prints.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Midnight Harvest #2

This is the 2nd one of these that I have quilted with the tops being made by friends.  Quilting requested in a style similar to the original designer's version quilted by  "The Quilted Pineapple".  Lovely wool applique!



Friday, October 10, 2014

It's a Jewel of a quilt!

What a fun custom to quilt!    This was made by the Wanna Bees of WAQG as a donation to the MDAnderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project 2015.   I have since found the pattern name to be called "Squedge 22.5".   It's a free pattern that comes with the wedge ruler purchase.   I also found a you tube video showing how to cut this out.   Really fun!   I may have to order one of those, a quilter always needs more rulers right?   But on to the quilt, lots of feathers and lines - oh my!

Busy border, doesn't show quilting. 
This quilt and others will be auctioned in October of 2015.  You can follow this quilt on their facebook page OvarianCancerQuiltProject.  If you are at Quilt Festival this year, stop by their booth (not vendors but on the other side of the quilt displays you will find educational booths).   I'm told this quilt will be there!   

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Asian themed Crane panel wallhanging

Another fantastic quilt by Karen.  The fabrics are gorgeous and I tried to let those be the focus of the quilt.  I knew she wanted the cranes to appear like they had been trapunto quilted so I needed to quilt densely in the background of that panel.  Thread embellishment, background fill and some border treatments finished this off nicely.   I really like the way this turned out.  My husband like this one so much he tried to buy it from Karen!