Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Light Custom on a BQ Quilt

This is Peg's quilt.  I used some leafy feathers and each big block got its own individual flower.  I finished this awhile ago and just realized I hadn't posted pictures.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are getting time to make some quilts.  
The full quilt.  I didn't take pictures of the back.  The fabric was so busy that not much would have been seen.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wool, Homespun Fabrics, and Feathers Make this a Jewel!

Jackie has been waiting patiently for this jem, and I hope it will be worth the wait.  I posted earlier about all the tools I used for this quilt, and will post more later this week.  I quilted lots of feathers as they are one of my favorite things to do, particularly on a traditional quilt like this.  

I used Glide primarily, with So Fine for the stitch in the ditch. Thanks for looking!  Thanks, Jackie, for allowing me to finish your quilt.  It was a pleasure.  

The full quilt!  It was hard to fit this one in my living room.  The quilt is 94x98.
Closeup of my border design.  I used Linda Hrcka's largest arc ruler, along with Renae Haddadin's arc.
The back!
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Loving This Border!

This pretty quilt belongs to a customer, Jackie. I designed this border pattern just by trial and error and I used Linda Hrcka's #20 ruler, along with Renae Haddadin's arc ruler.  

The process evolves from chalk on the fabric, to a whiteboard, then sketch pads and also my plexiglass which I lay over the fabric. 

   I'll be posting more the further along I get. Stay tuned. I'll show pictures of my drawings and tools if interested. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Modern Quilting

My friend Angi made this fun one.  It was 41x51 (if I remember correctly) and she asked for modern quilting.  I tried to keep this on the lower end of my pricing chart, so I stayed away from rulers, SID, and any type of marking.  It was really a fun one to do.  Here is a close up:

Here is a pic of the back...

And one of the full quilt.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Swirly Tablerunner

This was really a fun little project to do.  It's another little table runner made by Christina and I felt like doing swirls.  I have instructed her to do the SID between the little white border and the body of the piece - that's so I didn't have to add my ruler plate and change threads, etc.  

The back of this one deserved its own picture.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


My daughter made this table runner a long, long time ago, and I just unearthed it from the 'to be quilted' stack.  I have been waiting for the right piece to do straight line quilting.  I wish I had electric channel locks, but I put  in a few extra steps by walking around the machine to place the grips on the wheels for the poor man's version of channel locks.  Then I realized I could just stitch it from the same side as the grips! Ha!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll have another one of her table runners posted in a day or two.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Repairing Scratched Pier 1 Wicker Chairs

Well this is not quilting related, but I thought I would post a follow up to a post I wrote a year or so ago.  The post was about my wicker chairs and what can I do to repair them.

The chair on the left is repaired. 

 Fast-forward one or two years and this is the result   I finally did it!  I am really really pleased with the outcome.  I just used furniture wood stain. That is it. I cannot believe that there are no other posts about how to repair wicker chairs on the Internet and trust me I did a lot of research.  

Closeup of un-repaired chair. 

Not one article mentioned furniture wood stain. Pier 1 had no suggestions for me   On these particular chairs I used cherry. 

Both chairs repaired. I think I'll celebrate by buying new cushions from Pier 1!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Are you an Over-Analyzer or a Nike Just-Do-It Type?

I am an over-analyzer.  I don't want to be.  I know there are advantages to all that research.  I probably get better prices on airfare and hotels than most.  Maybe my appliances last longer, too, because I buy a better made version.  Or, maybe it's all in my head and I just think I am getting a better deal.  

Whatever the real answer is, being an over-analyzer means it takes me more time to finish a project because it takes so much more time to start one.  For example, take this adorable little wall hanging that belongs to Peggy.  I looked at this for days deciding how I would quilt it.  It didn't help that it is the first customer quilt I have started in almost six months.  

Finally, my just-do-it brain just took over and my years of practice and experience helped, and my needle just flowed over this top.  It felt so good.  

Not too much quilting, I think it's just right.  Would you have stitched over the snowman's face?  Let me know.  I couldn't.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Machine is Back!

We unpacked my machine in mid December, but the movers had left the rails and poles in CA, so no machine.  It was okay, I guess, as I was so busy unpacking and playing with grandkids and enjoying the holidays.  

I finally got the poles and rails on December 31, and the two of us spent some time that afternoon and the next day setting it up.  What a relief when I stitched with it, and it stitched like a knife through butter.  Fabulous!  

I had just one day all to myself before we left again for CA, and I just played.  Now I'm looking forward to getting back to it in a couple weeks.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

a new obsession?

Yesterday I stumbled upon envelope art which led me to calligraphy and letter arts.  I can't let it go. I find myself perusing Instagram and Pinterest looking for envelope art. Then youtube. Ugh!

I couldn't sleep this morning so I learned how to do this from watching a YouTube video. This was done using a pencil. Now I want to go get some calligraphy pens!  


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