Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What a day . . .

Got off to a rough start this morning when I received the dreaded automated call from the grand girls school . . . another freakin snow day - oh joy!  Six little girls and a dog . . .
Freezing rain that felt like nails being driven into my face and hands when I had to take the dog out 
Three girls on the couch 
Three more building a clubhouse

And Kona, the dog, wanting to go out a 3rd time . . . 
And shortly after I was relieved of my babysitting duties, the darned phone rang - it was the girls school . . . There's going to be a 2 hour delay TOMORROW !!!!!!   Stick a fork in me, I'm done.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

One done!

This is my friend Kathy's Decaffeinated Quilt.  I used Hermione Agee's pantograph: Plumage.  It's one of my favorite feather pantos!

After I was through quilting, Sophia and I celebrated with a bag of buttered popcorn!

Friday, February 28, 2014

I'm backkkkkkk . . .

These are 3 of my granddaughters, Sophia, Abigail and Clelia, "making" quilts on the design wall!  

We appear to be done travelling for the moment so hopefully I will be able to get back to posting on a regular basis again.  

Monday, January 7, 2013

Design Wall Monday

The last time I posted for Design Wall Monday, it was back in mid-April 2012.  A lot has happened since then but very little quilting.  But I am back home now and becoming familiar with my sewing machine once again!  So today, I have posted what I've been working on since I returned home . . . A Postage Stamp Quilt!  I'm a co-moderator of a Yahoo Postage Stamp Swap Group and I have so many postage stamps that boxes and drawers were overflowing, so this is the result:

Check out what others have on their Design Wall at JudyL's Patchwork Times!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I'm finally home!

When I left back in August, it was scorching hot here in Ohio and now that I've returned, it's snowing.  I have been busy this past week putting all of my summer clothes away and searching for my winter wardrobe!  I wasn't willing to risk taking my sewing machine on the plane, so it's been a long time to go without piecing.  I did take a lot of  fabric scraps with me to sub-cut into blocks ranging in size from 1.5 inches to 6 inches in one-half  increments - but that quickly got old, and with a curious 2 year old and a 6 month old infant, it was difficult to get much done!  I did get some knitting done though - I finished 2 pair of socks and I'm close to completing a 3rd pair.

So now that I'm back home, I'm looking forward to returning to blogging and I cannot wait to see what everyone has been up to in my absence!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Woman on a mission!

I have been all caught up with customer quilting and back on track.  What a good feeling that is!  Sorry about the quality of these photos, but my granddaughters got ahold of my camera and it's beyond repair, so I have no choice but to use my phone . . . .
First up is this customer quilt - they just wanted an all over meander!
 This customer wanted a small meander on this monstrosity - 82 by 117.  When I finished, I discovered a pleat on the back and as I began releasing the pleat, it got bigger and bigger (see photo below.  It took me 4 days to rip everything out to the top edge so I could "taut" the backing and re-stipple, but it's finally done and I hope she likes it as I never had this happen before.  What a nightmare . . .

 This is Connie's first quilt and it was impeccably pieced.  What a pleasure it was to quilt this one!  I used the pantograph Spring Thing, one of my favorites.
This is one of Linda's and I used Spring Thing on this one too and some fun variegated thread!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I quilted one of my own!

Yes, it's a Red Letter Day, I actually quilted a quilt of my own! I have my BQFF Joanne to thank for this achievement as she is the one who laid down a new Quilting Law: after quilting 3 customer quilts, I must quilt one of my own! The problem now is, I don't have any more customer quilts . . .


So this is the pieced back of my quilt.  I have been trying to work with fabric that I already have, and sometimes it becomes necessary to piece it to get it to work!

This is another one of Linda's.  It's full of daisies and it was so much fun to work on.  I used Patricia E. Ritter's pantograph:  Purple Meadow!  It was perfect and Linda loves it.
This is the last one of Linda's - it's an Irish Chain in dark blue and WOW.  I have a much better picture that I took with my camera, but it's MIA at the moment.  I used another pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter:  Gardenia.  It was a fun panto to stitch and it looked great on this quilt.
This is a BOM of Pam's. I have never worked with a quilt that was so "straight".  It even rolled straight - what a pleasure it was to work on this one.  I used the same pantograph as the one I used on Linda's Irish Chain, Gardenia by Patricia E. Ritter!  Gorgeous!

Monday, June 25, 2012

I may never piece again . . .

I may never piece another quilt again at the rate quilts are coming in to be longarmed!  Three more are done, but there are 6 more waiting in the "wings".  I was feeling so overwhelmed that I asked my BQFF to keep 3 of them at her house until they're ready to be loaded so I don't feel so behind . . .  The good news is that I am getting so much done and it's just getting me that much closer to the upgrade for my machine that I have been wanting - Railz!!!! 

This is a quilt made from some vintage fabrics and the customer wanted it meandered - done!

Another customer wanted this 9-Patch meandered too - done!

I used the pantograph Petaluma on this Thimbleberries Quilt.  The batting was a pretty fluffy poly, but it turned out great, hope they like it!

Monday, June 4, 2012

One more done, 4 more to go + 4 more are enroute

Finished another one of Linda's that she made for a co-workers child.  I love the colors in this one, they're right up my alley and it was a lot of fun to quilt too!  I used Superior's Rainbow Thread - Citrus Cooler, one of my personal favorites to work with!

See what others are working on at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Another done, 5 more to go + 4 more on the way . . .

I finished another of Linda's fun quilts late yesterday afternoon.
I tried to get a good picture outside, but it was so stinkin windy I am lucky that the quilt is still here with me and that the wind didn't carry it off! I had to add a piece to the length of the backing on this one (so that's what the shadowing is down the center of the quilt is from). Well, I had better get busy loading another of hers on the frame before the other 4 quilts arrive later this afternoon!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

1 done, 6 more to go!

I've been in a funk lately . . . but I have kicked myself into gear and finished this one that's been on the frame for almost 2 weeks!  This is Linda's and I think she's going to use it as a table topper for the summer - cute, cute, cute!

Monday, May 28, 2012

2 Quilt Retreats + a Bonnie Hunter Class!

What a whirlwind the past two weeks have been!  It started off with our Guild Quilt Retreat.  I was too lazy to haul my machine, and I have been doing a bit of reorganizing in my Quilt Cave, so I decided to take a copy paper box chock full of scraps to cut into squares for future scrap quilts.  It was great to work on this project but I was a bit taken aback with how much time it took to untangle the mess of strips, starch and press them before I could even make the first cut!  As you can see by the picture below, I was able to get a good bit of them cut up though.  I had to leave the Retreat early on Sunday so Joanne and I could leave for Columbus for the Bonnie Hunter class.  We decided to go down the night before and stay at a seedy inexpensive motel, but that's a whole other story for another day!  The Smith Mountain Morning class was great, but a bit too many students for me.
Then, this past Saturday and Sunday, there was another Quilt Retreat, and I brought along my close personal friend, the copy paper box, still chock full of scraps waiting to be cut into blocks in half inch increments ranging from 1.5 inches to 5 inches.  Perhaps on another post I will show you how I store them . . . .