Monday, December 20, 2010

the next time i can sit still long enough to watch a movie

I will hand stitch the binding down.  I have a really nifty tool that guides the binding to the quilt while it's still on the frame.  This was a great quilt to practice my feathers.

I love love love stitching feathers, and this time i even enjoyed the ruler work.

Morning Glory - a new beginning

I quilted this early in my quilting life, and was not happy with the results, so I 'skinned' the entire thing, and will soon be re-quilting it.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

One of Diane's Quilts

Diane has been really busy trying to finish her many UFOs as well as finishing her master's degree and working full time!  Whew!  This is the latest quilt that I have quilted for her.  I love the paisley, don't you?  This was done with a panto.

Joanie's Latest Quilt

I just finished this quilt for Joanie.  She is so generous - she gives away almost all of the quilts she makes.  There are some quilts that cannot be pried from hands.  I really admire her and quilting modes.  She rarely has two quilts unfinished at the same time.   She likes to continue working on one until it is complete.  This quilt will be given to a new baby.

i made myself a christmas quilt from my stash

    it's 100% from my stash, i didn't have to buy one scrap!!  I saw this on the net, and it was made with blue and red, and the view in/out of the window panes were of ornaments on a treee.  well,  i didn't have that, but I did have these neat cardinals on a tree....  i used this really neat panto of snowflakes, too.

    Peggy's Strip Club Quilt

    I quilted this for Peggy.  We used to trade quilting for binding services, until I found a neat way I could attach my bind very quickly while still on the longarm frame.   Several of my friends and I used to travel approximately an hour away to quilt shop where we participated in monthly 'strip club' sessions.  The shop owner would give us directions the month before, and we would purchase the strips along with some accompanying material to make a top.  It was fun, and we made many, many quilts that way.  It was nice to have the fabrics coordinated for me, with directions, as those are two things I struggle with - making decisions! 

    A Home of the Brave Quilt

    Home of the Brave is an organization which makes quilts to be presented to the families of soldiers who have died while on active duty.  The quilts are replicas of Civil War sanitation blankets.  My organization is based where I live in California, and our coordinator presents these quilts to families in Orange County, San Diego County, and Kern County. 

     One woman will piece the top, another will machine quilt it together, and a third will bind the quilt.  I have quilted four so far, and just received a fifth.  It is an honor for me to do this, and while I am quilting the quilt, I am thinking of the family and the soldier.  It makes me so thankful for what I have in my life, as well as thankful that I live in the United States.  I truly appreciate the members of the armed forces for their sacrifices to all of us who call ourselves Americans. 

    Friday, December 3, 2010

    She's here!!

    Mia Jade was born yesterday, and she weighed nine pounds!!  Everyone is healthy!


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