Sunday, September 21, 2014

life just gets in the way.....

I have been working on a couple of
 quilts, but can't show them
just yet.
I put this one back on the frame.
I still don't have a camera,
 so bad photos with my phone camera.
I still have some background fill to finish.
This one goes way back, but it is BIG.
If I remember correctly 105X105.

I took it off the frame to quilt a few smaller quilts.
For those that may not know, the Dresden blades are made
from the shirts of my boss who passed away.  I am making quilts for his wife (this one) and his 3 children.
Fall is in the air,
 so maybe yard work will be
over soon and I will have more time to quilt.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good week. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ready for fall?

Just a little something I'm working on.
So far it's not looking like the picture in my head,
but I will quilt on to see the end result.
Do you ever do that?
Have an image in your head and then not real happy
with the result on a quilt.

Maybe I'll like it more when all the background is finished.
Have a good week everyone.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Barbara's quilt, Rosebud

As promised earlier today
I have pictures of Barbara's quilt.
Delivered the quilt to her today.
This was a quilt hard to give back.
Although, not my favorite colors, I'm more of a Primitive Gatherings or Kansas Trouble kind of person,
I love the quilt pattern and the quilting.
All Barbara could remember was the block was named
Rosebud, let me know if you know the pattern name.
Doesn't it look lovely on the bed?
My camera's battery died again, so back to the cell phone pictures.
I'll let the pictures speak....
Two different sizes of circles marked the feather spine.
I used a straight ruler for the frame lines, SID, diamonds, beadboard and crosshatching.
Everything else is freehand.

Beadboard on the border. Can really see it because
of the fabric print

 Still looks good on one of my beds, although I would have to change the curtains.
Barbara loved it and was very excited.
She wants to hurry and sew the binding on so she can enter it in a local quilt show coming up soon.
Thanks for visiting.


Exciting news

I didn't tell anyone, but
I entered 2 quilts in the
Machine Quilting Today Quilt Show.
This one, my IQ quilt or renamed
"Ian's Place"

and this one
"Rings Around The Flowers"
I know, not very good at naming quilts.
and look at what was in the second box when they
arrived back home


a 3rd place ribbon in the Guided by Tools class.
took the pictures for me. (except for the second one I couldn't get the one she took to download for some reason and her pictures are way better than mine)
Thank you so much, Sue.
By the way, Sue is a great quilter, been a stalker fan for awhile.
I was so excited and happy. 
I know I waited a whole week write a post about it,
but my feet are just now hitting the ground.
I know it is third place but very exciting for me.  This is the first show I have entered other than small local shows.
 Had a few things the judges said needed improving
and I will work on those.
That's one reason I entered was to get the judges review
 to see what I needed to improve on.
I have also finished Barbara's quilt and have a ton of pictures
to share but first I must run some errands and stop by a quilt show in Murfreesboro, TN. (no entry)
Will post Barbara's later tonight.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vacation over

Vacation is over. 
Back to my 8 to 5 job on Monday. 
Did I get finished everything on my list?
Well, NO!
I won't go into all the boring details, let's just it
didn't go as planned.
I did get to quilt a little on Barbara's quilt.
I wanted the middle blocks to be different from the rest of the blocks, so the eyes would be drawn to the middle.

I quilted 1/2 cross hatching around the middle square.
This was the first time I have cross hatched and it was much easier than I thought it would be.
Let me show you something else...
a little before and after
Diamonds before background fill.
Diamonds after fill.
Not a real good picture, but they really pop up and give
texture to the middle section.
I am hoping to finish this one tomorrow,
but I think it may take a little longer because I've only been able
to quilt a couple of hours a day.
Thanks for stopping by.
Time for a little boy to go to bed.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What ever happened to lap quilts?

Finished quilting the ex-large applique quilt.
Lighting was not good today, so I will try to take pictures tomorrow.
Working on another customer quilt.
My camera battery is exhausted (at least that's what it says)
and will not charge.  I took these pictures with
my phone, so they are not the best.
This quilt is 96X96. 
Glide thread and 2 layers of batting. 
Three big quilts in a row is making me tired.
I am on vacation this week, so I am hoping to get lot of
quilts finished.

Kind of "bright" for my taste but still a pretty quilt.
Love all the open spaces.
This was last weeks peek. Sorry for the really bad picture
and everything in the background.  Remember phone camera.
Lots of texture.
It is a Laundry Basket Quilts pattern.
I only made the top part so it can be used as a door topper or
table runner.
I made this for my best friend and sister for her birthday.
I love how it finished, so I have started one for myself.
I don't remember the size but I used So Fine thread
2 layers of batting, 80/20 on bottom and Tuscany wool on top.
A lot of McTavishing.
Thanks for visiting, going back to finish more quilting.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Catching up

Thank you to everyone who checked to see if I was
okay after not posting for a while, a month actually.
I have been quilting, trying to get caught up,
if there such a thing.
Summer and life with Stevie has taken over
most of the time.  Life is sometimes difficult
with a special needs child and a disabled husband.
Well that's not why your here, let's get on with the fun stuff.
I did have a finish, but can't show it right now,
 but here's a peek.  I
Love the texture.  Look at all the colors of
thread I used.
This is for a special friend and I love it so much
 I have started one for myself.
I took this one off the frame (have I told you how much I love my zipper leaders) to work on some of the baby
quilts.  My customer had some family matters
come up and was not in a hurry for it.
Now I have it back on the frame and trying to finish it up.
I lost the afternoon lighting but maybe you can see.
I had a time with the corners of the borders.
I didn't have a plan for them when I originally started on it.
Thought an idea would just "pop" in my head when I got to them, sadly to say it was not that easy.  I finally came up with something this afternoon.
I think when on a bed this will drape nicely.
This is a huge quilt.  If I remember correctly
something like 108X128.  It has taken forever.
I love this BIG quilt, with it's 10" borders.
I have a little boy ready for bed.
Hopefully I will be back sooner next time.