Whether it is a new haircut, new school or a new machine, change is always a little scary. It was time for a change in my studio and I’m absolutely thrilled. As some of you know, I have sold my A1 to a wonderful couple in Delaware who assure me she will have a great home. It was bittersweet as I have been quilting on her for 10 years. That is a LONG time. We produced many beautiful quilts together…. these are just a few.read more
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I know, I know, it's supposed to be computer-free Sunday in my world, but I haven't posted since Tuesday, and I do have a purchase from a Canadian, no less, quilt store, to share, as well as my (somewhat limited) progress on the star quilt. And it's morning somewhere...maybe Hawaii?!
After hearing good things about Sew Sisters from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, I signed up for their newsletter. Well, two months later, I made my first purchase. They have a special on right now until July 1 or while supplies last, on the charm pack ... read more
The UFO challenge for May/June was my Bow Tie quilt.
This started several (!) years ago during a lesson at the Binbrook Quilt guild, when we learned how to make these cute 3-d bow tie blocks.
I really love the white with summer-beach-house-blues. It has been custom quilted, using the IQ.
I have been busy today packing up rulers and quilts to ship to Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton, Canada. I will be teaching there on July 8,9,10 and 11th. There are still spaces and I have a new hands-on based on my Divide and Design technique. We will be working on a small nine patch block….
We will take something that looks like this…
and we will turn it into this…
This is a 6 hour hands on class…. I can not wait to teach it! If you aren’t familiar with rulers and this looks ...read more
This is Jean's beautiful quilt that she began in a class taken in Palmerston North in 1998!!! Now that is a year or two ago. It took me some time to get my head around the plaids and strong colours and exactly what to quilt where. However, in the end I am pleased with the result and Jean is too, which is the most important thing. A happy customer is my aim after all. There are lots of photos as it was quite a large quilt...72 x 90 inches with lots of ditching to do and I found ...read more
has accepted my little pink quilt… Petit a Four! Yippee!
Quilt on, My Friends.
Mmm - look how nicely those fabrics play together!
I wanted to add some bubbles to contrast with the spikey star points.
Limited use of a variegated thread - only in the bubbles, the courthouse steps blocks, and the flying geese.
The s.i.d. (and there was A LOT OF IT), circles outlining the stars, and straight line quilting behind the geese units was all done with black thread. Oh, so much fun to quilt on black fabric, with black thread, at my age. Can you say "aargh!!!"?
With all the top secret projects going on, it leaves me little to blog about and a lot to tease you with. But I have been doing some customer quilting. I'm very excited to report that I have my first Illinois quilting customer.
Bobbie brought me 4 of her quilts to quilt. Bobbie does really nice work! This quilt uses the quick curve ruler. If you don't know about it you can check it out here. There lots of possibilities with this neat ruler. I have one but I haven't used it yet! Oh my!!!
I am caught up on my customer quilts so what's a girl to do... Hmm... how about quilting a couple of those Flimsies I have in the closet. Why yes.. what a great idea.
I picked this little wall hanging quilt to finish. I made it as part of the Little Jo's Club I belonged to a couple of years ago. It measures 28" x 32".
Stitch-in-the-ditch along the prairie points to make everything stay flat. Try to stay on the LOW side of that seam. Why did this photo decide to load sideways? I have no idea. Ask the computer gods. Grrr.
Now, pin all those little puppies out of your way so you can quilt the border ...
As many of you know I filmed the Quilt Show with Ricky Timms and Alex Anderson. While there getting ready, they do a kind of get to know you interview… pretty informal. Where can you see it, you ask? I will post the link but first I want to say…. why couldn’t they lose this? Really, I am really that boring… I realized that I have no one quilter that influences me or is my idol. I gave this some thought yesterday after Gilbert posted the video on my Facebook page…. I am influenced by all of you. That ...read more
In between house cleaning, gardening, chicken processing (we got our first batch of meat chickens this spring!) feeding the kiddos, and answering a million "I'm bored what should I do?" questions I squeeze in a few minutes here and there to quilt or work on other home decor projects. (Was that a run on sentence or what?)
If you want to learn more about that pretty little quilt I ... read more
I seem to have taken a really long blogging hiatus. I hope to get back to sharing things with you on this blog, but honestly I am finding instagram to be better suited to the limited time that I have for social media. I can easily share an image and a few sentences whenever I can find a spare moment rather than finding a larger chunk of time to write out a whole blog post and edit pictures.
I recently updated the longarm quilting blog with lots of pictures of quilts that I have had the pleasure of quilting. You ... read more
Its been rainy the past couple of days but we have really needed it so I am not complaining. Not nearly like what has been going on in Texas. I hope all of my Tx friends are well.
Working diligently on projects for my book. I will be a quilting fool soon. I have 3 that are ready to be quilted. I think I should have done them as I went. Nahhh, that would be too easy. Here is a peek…
ok, so maybe that’s not a peek but a tease…. I have missed my BERNINA and it felt ...read more
Recently a couple of people have asked how Ideal with stitch in the ditch on seams that are pressed open.
In my opinion, the best way to handle seams that are pressed open is to do some sort of continuous curves like on this star. It takes the stress off the seams and looks nice too. It’s what Margaret Soloman Gunn did on my friend’s heart quilt and it worked great.
That wasn’t really an option for the effect that I wanted on my Lura’s Choice quilt.
My solution on this one is to set my ...read more
Motifs in the light areas, straight line quilting in the blue.
Ooh. I just LOVE that border pattern.
So. In the past two weeks the friggin' Universe has decided to come down with annoying frequency on us.
- the computer exploded
- my windshield cracked
- the washing machine quit. Although DH worked his magic and replaced a part so we are back to wearing clean knickers instead of turning them inside out.
- the pressure washer was stolen out of the back of the pickup truck
- one of my crowns (in my mouth, not the one I wear ...