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October 25, 2020
An Alternative Birthday in 2020 from The Quilt Quine

I have been quite busy with customer quilts which I assume means that Christmas is coming. I had a couple of really big ones including a denim one complete with pockets and rivets. The seams were bulky and I only hit one rivet, breaking a needle. It took a while to get the tension right which was a matter of finding a reliable Madeira thread and using a size 100 universal needle, surprisingly not a jeans needle. The finished quilt felt as hefty as a weighted blanket at 4.5kg! 

The other quilts were smaller so I used denser patterns ...

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October 18, 2020
Keep the Quilts Coming from The Quilt Quine

The rate at which customer quilts are coming in proves that Christmas is looming! I am not doing any in-person tuition or DIY quilts but I am able to offer simple all-over quilting and binding if requested. This week I have managed to complete 4 quilts for a Welsh customer and have got a really big denim one ready to do for a new client. Nessie thinks she is being helpful by trying to attack any wadding that hangs down or by attempting to chew the zips while I try to attach the backing.

I finished the binding on the ...

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October 3, 2020
Losing My Rag from The Quilt Quine

Somehow I managed to get two simple customer quilts done this week. I also kept going with Duolingo German, walking Nessie, and have been ploughing through the snowflake piecing. I also made a couple of decent loaves of bread. 

Somehow I managed to get two simple customer quilts done this week. I also kept going with Duolingo German, walking Nessie, and have been ploughing through the snowflake piecing. I also made a couple of decent loaves of bread. 

The rest of the time has been spent on the phone trying to tell the hospital that nella genuinely HATES cheese. OK ...

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September 27, 2020
Fear, Guilt, Distraction from The Quilt Quine

It has been a very draining week. There is no doubt that distraction always helps in mentally challenging situations. I completed two customer quilts and took far longer than necessary to piece 2 customer quilt backs. 

 

I made an apron based on a large, ugly one that I bought on Ebay. Considering it was just one main piece, it was actually a pain to put together and I have decided that making aprons to sell is not viable. It takes far too much fabric and time. If I really want to sell screen printed aprons I would be better off ...

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September 13, 2020
The Unknown from The Quilt Quine

I had 2 customer big quilts this week that each required 2 days of automated quilting. One was a quilt that I have done before, UK part-work magazine quilt that takes 2 years,  almost £400.00 in subscription fees, without backing, wadding and finishing costs! It just goes to show how much money and time could be saved by joint a group or guild that could offer friendly advice to novice quilters.

The other project that I undertook was sewing up a boiled wool coat – I have had the fabric and pattern for a few years but always put it ...

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September 6, 2020
Lori Quilts too! from Crazy Horse Quilting

Many moons ago when I worked in the DA's Office in Washoe County, Nevada, I had a friend named Lori. We caught up again on Facebook a couple of years ago and I found out that she'd taken up quilting as well. She started checking my blog and decided to have me quilt her son's wedding quilt. The new daughter-in-law picked the pattern and fabric and Lori got busy. This is what I received in the mail...isn't it gorgeous. The pattern is called Jewel Box.



This quilt offered so many options for quilting from super ...

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September 1, 2020
Mrs. Mary Lee's quilts (finishes) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 I finished some customer quilts! These are quilt tops hand sewn by Mrs. Mary Lee, my mom's old neighbor. Her daughter asked me to long-arm them so they can all be finished and gifted to her children and grandchildren. And probably a few great-grandchildren. Here are pictures that one of the grandchildren took and texted to me so I'd have a record of some of my quilting motifs.










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August 30, 2020
Some Productivity from The Quilt Quine

Another week has gone by and I wonder what I did to faff my way through it! There was one big, colourful customer quilt. I tried to quilt rainbows onto it but the pattern kept crashing the system so I used a substitute pattern called “Dizzy Izzy”.

Nessie tried out her new, fleece rain suit. She was not altogether pleased at putting it on and taking it off but once it was on she did not mind at all and it kept her clean on a muddy walk.

Freya and I both made new sourdough starters for bread making.  I ...

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August 23, 2020
Cutting Some Slack from The Quilt Quine

For some time on my blog there has been the theme of feeling of guilt at not being busy or creative enough. I keep telling myself that I will move forward when the summer is “officially” over. Well, schools in Scotland have gone back after a much longer than usual break. The nights are drawing in, the rowan berries are on the trees and there is a nip in the air but as far as I am concerned, it is still officially summer! I managed to quash most of my guilt and spend most of the week just pottering, getting ...

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August 19, 2020
Anna's Summer Solstice Quilt from Crazy Horse Quilting

 I first saw this quilt when Anna brought it into the shop to show everyone. She'd purchased the pattern and fabrics at Karen's and wanted to show her how beautifully it had turned out.  I've done some quilting for Anna in the past, but I never assume that a customer will continue to use me. Imagine my pleasure when I told Anna she'd have to bring it in after it was quilted and her response was, "That shouldn't be hard since you'll be quilting it."  Made me a happy camper (quilter?).

Crazy Horse Quilting

I knew that ...

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August 16, 2020
Avoidance Tactics from The Quilt Quine

I am a great one for finding alternative things to do when I am putting things off. I am not entirely sure what that might be – probably expenses, plucking up the courage to teach online, tackling the airing cupboard, planning a new show quilt…

I turned down 2 large commissions this week. One was a quilt to be made from scratch involving traditional appliqué, which is not my forte and the other was a rush custom quilting job. The customer had very specific design requests on a massive quilt to be completed in less than 2 weeks. I decided that ...

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August 2, 2020
Added Extras from The Quilt Quine

Throwing caution to the wind, I “allowed” myself time to complete the Virtual log cabin quilt at the start of the week. I decided to do it all using the quilt computer so started with some tight spirals then quilted a large Warli pattern over the top of that with bold, yellow cotton thread. I bound it and put it straight onto our scruffy, family sofa, upon which pets are welcome to perch. I have not liked a quilt quite so much for ages. Firstly, it is getting seen every day and I love all of the random fabrics surrounding ...

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July 29, 2020
Lyn's Storytime Quilt from Crazy Horse Quilting

Lyn sent this quilt up from California in the hopes of having it back for the quilt show in April. She had it back, but alas, as with everything these days, the show was cancelled.  Its a pretty little quilt that she picked up on one of her many travels.



Because this quilt was so light and airy (for lack of better terms to describe it), I wanted to keep the quilting similar.  The first thing to decide, was what to put in that middle 12-patch. I opted for a CC-type flower with simple echoing to make it stand out ...

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July 21, 2020
A Mini Quilt Show from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It has been a while since I have shared some of the photos others have sent me of quilts made form my patterns.  I love to see what people make and thought you might like to see them too.



This sweet quilt was made using my Summertime Blossoms pattern.  It was made from one of the students in a class I did last year.  I love the soft colors in it.







Wiggle Time quilts are always a favorite.  Five fat quarters and some background fabric and in no time you have a quilt top.  The variations are truly endless!






Next ...

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July 18, 2020
Leslie's Back to Nature BOM from Crazy Horse Quilting

Isn't this quilt beautiful. There were so many areas to play and designs to play with--it was a super fun one to quilt! (Sorry about the weird angle of the pic. It was so big, I had to hang it in my living room to get a shot of the whole thing--and it still touched the floor!)

Let's begin with the center...I really wanted to make it pop, so this is what I came up with: Feathers, Hooked swirls, SID, Linework...you name it, its pretty much there.

Below are closeups of a few of the other ...

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July 1, 2020
Cute Bicycle Quilt from Crazy Horse Quilting

Theresa's daughter made this quilt and wanted to enter it in the fair. I first "met" Theresa when a box showed up last year with two quilts in it along with a note asking me to quilt them. That's the extent of our contact. Theresa e-mailed wondering if I would do this one for here daughter--how could I refuse??


The quilt was only 30 x 36, but it was so darn cute and her daughter did a great job with the applique. It was a fun one to play with...look at all that negative space!! Lots of ...

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June 28, 2020
A Jolly Good Sort Out from The Quilt Quine

I caught up with all of my customer quilts this week! My customer’s cheetah quilt looked amazing, just simply quilted with an all-over pattern called “Heatwave”. The pattern is by Violet Crafts and involves very intense paper foundation piecing. I was secretly relieved that I did not have to do custom quilting since it would have taken FOREVER to do stitch-in-the-ditch. 

 

I spent an evening searching my computer’s external hard drive for files. Instead of the well organised files that used to be on my laptop there is just a random dump of files. Some go back years ...

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June 21, 2020
Becoming a Prepper?! from The Quilt Quine

Nella and I watched several YouTube videos by “Preppers” in their Doom Rooms in a quest on how to use our new food dehydrator. I do not actually intend to lay down stores for the End of Time – I just want to dry some berries, dog treats and make crisps. The machine is bigger than I anticipated and I could do with some major Feng-Shui to create space in my workshop for this new “hobby” and the produce it creates. We practised on raspberries and thin slices of sweet potato and got good results. It can even help to rise ...

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June 14, 2020
Filling My Time from The Quilt Quine

I made great progress on some customer quilts this week and have them all trimmed, ready for collection. I have had an enquiry about custom quilting a great quilt – I would love to do it but I know that it would take me well over 10 hours which puts it well above the customer’s budget. It will look perfectly nice with a suitable all-over pattern so I guess it comes down to whether it is to be used as an every day bed quilt or a pride-of-place wall hanging.

I have finally sewn on all of the tiny bells ...

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June 10, 2020
Anna's Summertime Quilt from Crazy Horse Quilting

Do you ever have a quilt that just makes you smile? This one did it for me. It was so much fun to work on that I got a bit carried away. Good thing Anna loved it!!


These are some of my favorite quilts. I love all the different blocks and coming up with ideas of what to put in them. This post is going to be picture heavy, so bear with me. Some of the blocks will have both the front and back shown. Like the VW bus! Isn't it adorable???



And this one...is it called Drunkard ...

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