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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Couldn't wait

I couldn't wait to see what a block was going  to look like.
12 more to go and I'll be finished. (LOL)
Pebbling, McTavishing (my way) and feathers there is no better combination.
I'm loving it.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's up

Internet has been down.
I've been busy quilting.
Grass keeps growing.
Swimming pool opened.
Oh the wonders of summer.
Remember the monkey baby quilt ?
Yep, that one. 
Well I quilted it, looked real cute, a lot
of detail on the monkey and tree,
sewed the binding on, washed it, put it a box and
wrapped it nice and pretty.
Did you catch what I left out.
I did not take one picture of the finished quilt.
Made Stevie's teacher's  really cute little quilts
that fit on a cute little frame.
(I make a lot of little cute things LOL)
Did I take a picture?
Nooo, did not.
They have been Stevie's teachers for 4 years,
so I thought they needed something a little special.
My little boy has grown up and taking the BIG step to
No pictures, though.
I did get a picture or two of my big boy's
I made a commission t-shirt quilt for a high school graduation.
Actually it was made from soccer jerseys.
The shirts were first given and cut up by someone who
had never made a quilt.
Yes, a mess. 
The sun makes it look real puffy but it really wasn't.
This is the design they wanted.
I started on AP's quilt.
The memory quilt of her husband's (my boss) shirts.
This is the quilt she wanted, a Dresden plate,
 but I will also make her a
quilt I want to give her.
You know what I mean....
names and such.
Love the border.
It's a big one, 112X112.
Yes I was a little crazy when I made this one.
A lot of feathers.
More later, I see some weeds growing in my flower beds.
One last thing, check out what Sarah's,
is making to make money to adopt a son.
She is trying to sell 150 in 5 days.
This is day three so you'll have to hurry.
Giveaway too.
Mention you saw it on my blog.
I can't decide whether to get a custom one with
my blog name or a quilt square or the sewing machine. 
Wow too many choices.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

entry #2 in the Blogger's Quilt Festival

This is my 2nd entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
Amy is hosting the Quilt Fest again this spring.
This is my entry in the original design.
No you're not looking at entry #1.
This is Virginia's quilt,
Jimmy's sister.
Since this a girl quilt I quilted a lot of feathers, actually I have quilted guy quilts with feather also.
You may know the story already, but for those first time visitors, here goes ...
I have a friend at work who lost both parents within 6 months.  I told him when his mother passed that I would make him a quilt using her clothing.  Before he gave me his mothers clothing his father passed.  He wanted 1 quilt using both of their clothing, which I did.  He loved his quilt and would sit, sometimes with his brothers and sisters, and remember something about every shirt, every skirt,
 every pair of pants.
Every time Virginia would see her father's quilt she would cry.
So I told my friend I just had to make her one for Christmas, along with her brother Jimmy.
Can't make a quilt for one and not the other.
All three are similar but different.  Since I never wrote instructions or measurements of any of them they are all originals, one of a kind.  I used the same clothing and general layout but each is different.

The family name. 
 On the left hand side a leaf because her grandfather passed in the fall.
A daffodil because her grandmother passed in the spring. 
 Double wedding for 56 years of marriage. (I thought it was pretty cool that they married in 1956 and they were married for 56 years.
The large star in the middle is half and half of each of their clothing.
There are nine pieced pinwheel, one for each of their children, along with their names.
There are 23 quilted pinwheels in the border for each of their grandchildren.
Well I guess you have guessed that Virginia loved her quilt and her brother did also.
I have entered jimmy's quilt in the large quilt class.
Even the back is pretty cool
You probably already know but click on the pictures to enlarge.
There are a lot of quilts at the Quilt Fest, thank you for stopping by,
 come back any time.
Would love for you to vote for Virginia's quilt.
Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus.

Blogger's Quilt Fest

Today is the first day(or at least it was when I start writing this post)  of Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival.
A fun time for all of us that do not get to attend Market.
I had a hard time deciding which quilts to enter and what class to enter them in. 
This is my entry for large quilt.
It's also the quilt in my header.
This is Jimmy's Christmas quilt.

Some of you have already heard the story.  I made a memory quilt
for a friend at work out of his parents clothing.  His mother and father passed
away within 6 months of each other.  His daughter loved his quilt and cried every time she saw it.
When he told me this of course I said well I'll have to make her one.  Well you can't make one child a quilt without making the other child one also.
This was his son's, Jimmy, Christmas present except I didn't get it finished
 until the day after Christmas.
The quilt is made from his grandparents clothing.  It has the name of their children and a pinwheel for each of their children. I also quilted a pinwheel around the quilt for each one of their grandchildren, all 26 of them.  It also has the family name and a buttercup because his grandmother passed away in the spring and a leaf for his grandfather who passed away in the fall.

I did go back and added more quilting in the middle star, I thought it was too puffy.

My original post is here if your are interested  More pictures on that post.
Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Jimmy (20)  loved his quilt.  He cried when he saw it and will not let it leave his house.

I love the border.

I would appreciate your vote.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you visit again.

Now I have to decide which other quilt I want to enter.