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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time flies when you're having fun

Been awhile...
I didn't realize that I had not posted in
over a month...
time flies when you're having fun.
 
I have a lot to show since July.
I have been busy.
Some quilts I cannot share right now, but
soon.
 
 
My father's side of the family has a reunion
the first Saturday in Aug, so Stevie and I always go with him.
Although I don't know a lot of people, we always have fun.
Those of us that "make" things are asked to bring items
for door prizes. Several years ago I purchased a "Family" panel with some yardage.
I made this in about 4 nights and had just finished the binding when my
father picked us up.

 
Everyone loved it, my father strutted it around the room for everyone to see.
The oldest member attending (age 94) picked it as her door prize.
I had several request to make more but I could not make them understand
I can no longer buy the panel.
One man told me I had set the bar high, he will be waiting to see what
kind of quilt I bring next year.
 
And of course our family name.  I forgot to take a picture
 on the label I made for the back, had the name and date and a little saying.
 
I also made about 6 of these journal covers.
 
 
 
I thought they would be a hit but ended up being the last items picked.
 
I also finished a wall hanging for Barbara that goes with the
(she calls it the big green star quilt)
bright green bed quilt she made and I quilted.
Here is a picture to refresh your memory...
 
 
By the way, the big green star quilt won first place at the Wilson County fair.
 
Her  Arboretum quilt also won 1st place at the fair.
 
Here is a sneak peek at the wall hanging. 
 It's finished I just haven't delivered it yet.
 
 
She also had me quilt her grandson a quilt,
Another sneak peek
 
Not really a t shirt quilt.  I'll explain what it is when I post the finish.
 
This wall hanging is still on the frame but should be finished tonight,
well if I get off the computer LOL!.
I want to make one of these, but I know I never will,
I don't have the time to do all of the hand stitches.
 
 
Is this not cute? I love it!!
Crabapple Hill pattern, I think that's right.
In addition to all this LA quilting I also pieced two wedding quilt tops.
All of my quilting is freehand on my APQS Millie.
 
Thanks for sticking with me, promise to stay more up to date.
Remember you can click on the picture and make them bigger.
 
Have a good week.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Quilted to Death


Without further ado....
"From This Day Forward"


(Don't look at the crappy background.)

Wedding quilt for a friend's daughter.

The pattern is on Moda Bakeshop by Karen Miller,
"Chevron With A Twist"
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2015/02/chevron-with-a-twist-quilt.html#more-28277
I did change Karen's applique to a house.


Lots of feathers, well...
cause I like feathers.

Two layers of batting, Hobbs80/20 on the bottom,
Tuscany wool on top.  SoFine #402 and Glide leather thread.





Karen's pattern is easy to follow,
very well written
and is quick to put together.

Karen also included several different layouts.









Just love this one. 
 Thanks Karen for a great pattern.
Have a good week.

Diane









Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wedding quilt

Last year it was baby quilts,
this year it's wedding quilts.
 
A friend's daughter is getting married,
so you know what that means...
yep a quilt.
 
 
I forgot to take a full view before picture,
but this is before I started quilting.
I had another quilt loaded but my thread order
did not come on Friday, so I took that one off the
frame and loaded this one, hoping to
finish it this weekend.
 
 
Of course, there has to be names
and dates.
Background fill
 
A little curved crosshatching and feathers.
 
 before background fill...
 
and after.
 
This quilt is modern meets traditional,
but I'm loving it.
 
Did I finish this weekend?
No, but close.
I had to replace the bobbin and my tension messed up
and I didn't feel like working on it so
I walked away.
 
Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.
Have a blessed week.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Arboretum Quilt

Barbara made a quilt to hang in the
new Arboretum in Lebanon, TN.
Now, I don't know a lot, well actually very little,
about Master Gardeners or an
Arboretum.
I do know 2 Master Gardeners,
Barbara and Kaoru. 
 I know they spent a lot of time and effort
on the Arboretum and they are very excited
and proud.
So I was very honored that Barbara asked
me to quilt her large wallhanging.
The pictures are not very good but I still wanted
to share
 
 
The center has Poplar leaves, which
is the Tennessee state tree.
Then the leaves in the 1st border are signed by all of the
Master Gardeners that worked on the
Arboretum.
She wanted me to quilt the name, city, state and
when the Arboretum was built so that future
visitors would know.
 
 
 
 
 
My friend and an unbelievable quilter,
Kaoru, signed her leaf in a special way...
 
 
I don't know what it says but it looks pretty cool.
 
(Sorry for the blurred picture.)
This will hang in the Arboretum
for all the visitors to see.
Measures 55x55.
I used 2 layers of 80/20 batting.
Glide and SoFine thread.
It may look a little yellow in the pictures,
but it is green.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cheryl's wall hanging

I quilted a wall hanging for Cheryl
over the weekend.
 
The pattern is by Edyta Sitar
but Cheryl said she only made the
top part of the pattern.
 Sorry I don't know the name
but it is in
(after I asked my quilting guru, Marita)
 Edyta's Scrappy Fireworks book.
 


I really like this and I now want to make one.
 
 
I have the perfect place to hang it.
 
 
Cheryl is gifting this one and plans to make another also.
 

I used a layer of 80/20 and a layer of Tuscany wool,
SoFine and Glide thread.
All quilting is freehand.


I had fun quilting this one and
can't wait to get started on mine,
like I needed something added to my list.

Have a good rest of the week
and thanks for stopping by.
 


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Another Baby Quilt

I finished another baby quilt,
same customer as the last one.
 
 
I forgot to take a before picture
 
 
 
Cute little alphabet quilt,
 
 
for a cute little baby that will be here any day.
 


Monday, May 25, 2015

A Lovely Blog Award

nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award.
Thank you very much Sarah. 
 I met Sarah online several years ago.
We discovered we lived very close to one another.
She invited me (or maybe I invited myself, I don't
remember) to Sewing Saturday to help make
quilts for the quilt ministry. 
 I made several quilts,
and had just bought my first longarm machine, so I quilted
several quilts when she needed me to.
 
The second thing I am suppose to do is tell you
seven things about myself
(this one is going to be hard)
 
Here goes....
 
1. In my real life I am Controller at a wholesale hardwood lumber
company, exporting to over 40 countries.  Have been there 25 years

2. You may already know this one.....I have 2 sons, my oldest will be 40 this year and my other son will turn 13 this year.  My youngest has Down Syndrome and has been the greatest gift from God.

3. Both of my Grandmothers quilted and 1 of my aunts quilted.  I did not get the quilting fever until all 3 had passed.

 
4. I made my first quilt about 24 years ago and it was bad, really really bad, trash can bad.  I didn't even realize there were patterns and books to show a person how to make a quilt. Didn't know about 1/4 seams. Bad!!

5. I have one sister.  She doesn't know how to quilt or sew and doesn't want to learn.  She will sit and listen to me talk about quilting for hours but doesn't understand a thing I say. My sister lives far away in another state, but we talk to each other every morning while I drive 45 minutes - 1 hour to work.
(hands free of course) Sometimes serious, sometimes about stupid stuff. (that might count as two things)

6. I am allergic to jewelry, well, metal.  Cannot wear jewelry or pants with metal snaps or buttons, anything with metal.  I have to make sure my glasses do not touch my face.

7. I bought my first longarm about 3 years ago.  I quilt freehand, using templates and rulers sometimes.  I have only quilted a panto 3 times. 
 
Well, that was not as bad as I thought it would be, in fact I think I could come up with 7 more.
 
Now I need to nominate other blogs for the award.
 
Ann at http://bunkhousequilts.blogspot.com helped me so much when I first bought my first longarm.  She shares so much information and will answer just about any questions.
She also quilts a lot of Quilts of Valor tops.
 
Kathy at http://tamarackshack.blogspot.com
is also someone who has inspired me during
my quilting/longarm journey.

Some other people that encourage me and help in my quilting journey do not have blogs.

Thank you again Sarah for nominating me.