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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Don't get use to this

Gone for 3 months, then 2 post in 2 days....
don't get use to this.
 
I had a baby quilt request from a new mom to be.
She wanted Pooh but I couldn't find Pooh fabric
(that I liked) anywhere. 
So then she said the baby's father liked soccer,
so something with soccer.
Couldn't find that either.
Very short on time, shower was today.
I found a picture of Pooh, had it enlarged.
Kind of looked like Pooh was kicking up his leg
so.....
How about Pooh playing soccer?
 


I had some Pure by Sweetwater in my stash, came out years ago.
 
I was going to make Pooh in black but a quilting friend of
mine suggested blue for a baby boy.
 


I love the way it turned out and
so did the soon to be mama.
 


 
And of course I had to quilt his name.
 
 
All freehand quilting with SoFine thread
and 2 layers of 80/20 batting.
 
 


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Let's Catch Up, It's been awhile

I made 5 quilt tops and quilted 10 quilts between
Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Got up early and
 stayed up late to quilt them.
  January came and I was burned out.
I had two quilts to finish up that I did not get
finished by Christmas and it was a task.
To beat everything, I took very few pictures.
 

All of the Christmas quilts were memory quilts.
 

 
I did work on a quilt for myself and I worked on small projects in January.
 
This is one of them
 
 
I had the nine patch blocks left over from my Winter Blessing quilt.
Winter Blessings was a BOM by Primitive Gathering.  It was
offered several years ago and I am just now finishing mine.
Sorry no pictures yet.
 
Well back to this wall hanging, the nine patches measure 3 inches.
 
 
 I just played around with the quilt.  Trying to get my quilting mojo back.
 
 
 Then my machine broke.  Operator error.  Had to order parts and
now I know more about timing a machine then I really wanted to know.
I have to say the people at APQS are the best.  Dawn, at APQS,
 worked with me over the phone, figured out the problem
and sent my parts out, I had them the next day.
 
We are back up and running.
 
I quilted a memory quilt for a friend.
I believe this was on the frame when I broke my machine.
 
 
The stars are made from her cousin's husband's shirt.
Love her dark background.  The pattern is Round and Round by
ThimbleBlossoms.  I made my uncle's quilt from the same pattern last year.
Has a lot of pieces but makes a very pretty quilt.
 
 
More on this quilt later.
 
That's not a whole lot for 3 months.
I have been working on some applique projects but nothing to show yet.
I take the applique with me to my son's tennis practice, so I
don't get a whole lot finished in an hour and a half but at least I'm not just sitting there.
 
Several things are in the works, so maybe I won't be away so long.
 
 
 


Thursday, December 31, 2015

No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth,
I have been quilting so much I have not had time to post anything.
Let me try and fill you in on what has been happening.
 
First I made a Royal Crown quilt for Chastity.
What is this? Well the quilt blocks are made from Crown Royal bags,
 the pattern name is My Favorite Bag.  Chastity ordered all of the fabrics
and I pieced the top and then quilted it with a panto.
Sorry I don't remember the name of the panto and too lazy right now to go upstairs.
 
 
I love how it finished. Fun quilt to make.
 
 
I also finished a wedding quilt104X104 for a wedding than never happened.
The squares were made by the young man's (groom not to be) great grandmother.
His mother asked me to make a quilt from the blocks she found when her grandmother passed away
as his wedding gift.  The wedding was called off but she plans to gift it to him for his birthday.
 
 
I don't know the name of the block, but they are hand sewn from clothing.
 
 
The blocks and sashing are quilted E2E freehand and
feathers in the borders, no background fill since I working on her budget.
 
 
A customer contacted me to make 6 memory quilts. 
 A friend pieced the tops and I quilted them.
Finished 5 of them for her children and will finish one for her this weekend.
 
 
 
 
 
Made 4 memory quilts for my aunt to gift to her children for Christmas.
Will have pictures of them next post.
 
My had a doily my grandmother made, I guessed in the 1930"s,
but some one else aged it to be about 100 years old.
I quilted it and gifted it to my sister for Christmas.
 
 
She loved it and will have it framed.  The doily was 25" round.
 
 
 
 
Also quilted a Christmas quilt for a friend, forgot to take a picture.
Finally sewed the binding on this memory quilt, finished a while back.
 
 
Whew this is an extra long post.  There is more,
 but I will post the rest later.
Need to quilt a couple of quilts this weekend.
Thanks for visiting and hopefully I won't be away so long next time.
Happy New Year to you!!!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Must not let a month go by without posting,
just been trying to get quilt tops made,
and those tops quilted.
All of the weddings are over, but
Christmas is approaching fast.
 
I was making a quilt using fabric several friends
and I picked up while we were on a retreat.
We called it our community fabric and we were
all going to make a quilt project.
I had a pattern that I had been wanting to make.
I can't remember right now the number of HST I had to make,
hundreds and hundreds, but it might as well said a million.
 
I opted to make a wall hanging with the ones I had
already squared up.
 
I don't have a picture with the binding on,
so these will have to do...
 
Before
 
after
 
I forgot (again) to take a before picture, but some are during the quilting process.
All quilting is freehand and ruler work.  I used a straight ruler for the compass
and Quilted Pineapple's BFF ruler on the geese.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The center was very hard for me, but I think I got it.
 
 
 
Okay, enough teasing, here is the whole thing.
 
 
I promise it has binding now and ready to hang on my family room wall.
 
So many more to finish....
 
I think I need a larger design wall or less projects...
 
 
I'll have to buy another design wall.
Here is sneak peek, Chasity.
 
Thanks for coming back, I hope to do better with my postings.
So much stuff to do not enough time.
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wallhanging finished

Almost forgot to post pictures of Barbara's
wall hanging.
 
 
She made this for her daughter and it goes with
the big green star quilt.
 
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Her daughter picked out the border fabric and
Barbara picked out all of the other fabrics.
 
 
Glide thread in Prickle Pear.
 
 
Two layers of Hobbs 80/20.
 
I wasn't going to do a lot of heavy quilting since this is a wall hanging,
but look...
before background fill
 
 
I took this off the frame, but didn't really like that puffy
hourglass shape.
Soooo...I put it back on the frame and look at the difference a
little background fill makes, not micro, but just a little
 
 
Much better, see the difference.
 
 
All freehand on my Millie.
 
Have a good weekend, I'll be headed to AQS in Chattanooga.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

A finish and a new one started

Finished the "Which Witch's Boot"
 
 
 The quilt maker said do what you want.
 
 
So I had fun.
 
 
SoFine black on the borders and white every where else.
 
 
Two layers batting, Hobbs 80/20 and cotton.
 
 
Started on a signature wedding quilt.
 
 
She asked that there be no quilting on the signatures.
Tried to explain they would be puffy. 
Don't really know if I like the signature block like this,
 might have to come up something.
 
The bride had everyone sign a block at the wedding, then I pieced the top.
Some guest didn't understand not to write pass the blue line
(I marked each block for the seam allowance)
 
 
Have a nice week.
 
Diane