Sunday, June 4, 2017

35th.Ave BOM

Linking up with "Whatahootquilts" BOM Monday
Here is my progress to date five months worth. As stated previously I am not enamored of these colors but since I won't be keeping it someone else will no doubt love it!
Upper left is #5.
This afternoon I put together the components for two quick baby quilts that will go on the longarm as soon as Hunter Star comes off.  I have some PBR soft red flannel that will make a bright comfy backing for these babies.
I discovered today that I now need three baby boy quilts for church and I had only this one below already cut out.
Using some cute fabrics from a Shop Hop door prize a couple of years ago, plus a neutral and a free pattern called "Through The Looking Glass".
Oh and by the way, anyone know why I would no longer receive email notice of blog comments? I went into my settings and saw a ton of comments I did not know about. I searched all over trying to find a way to change a setting to receive email but nowhere could I see it. If you know please send me an email you can do that by clicking on my profile but I am pretty sure everyone knows that!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

DIY Big Board

Perhaps you have struggled pressing your large quilt tops before quilting. I have, more times than I can count! So when I saw and used a Big Board ironing board at a recent MeetUp group I decided it would enhance my quilting experience to have one!
However when I began to investigate and discovered that these can cost $139 plus shipping my enthusiasm waned until I remembered we [DH and I] had made something similar years ago for the top of an Ikea bureau in my studio.
 I think we used MDF cut an inch or two wider and deeper, then attached cleats to front and both sides
Flip it over and spray baste the board and attach the padding and ironing surface fabric of choice then turn to the back and staple fabric firmly in place. This has been a huge blessing, convenient and a time saver right beside my Quilter's Cabinet.
It was simple then to repeat this process with a piece of 24"x60" plywood. I didn't want it too heavy for me to pick up and remove if needed. We placed my ironing board upside down on the board to mark the position of these stabilizers then DH cut the four strips from a couple of odd bits left from another project and screwed them in place.
You can see that there are two pieces of wood positioned to hug the narrow end of the board.
I am very pleased with this, probably took less than an hour total time.
 It's every bit as good as anything I could have purchased and all for about $30. I used two layers of 100% cotton batting and the 100% cotton aluminum coated ironing fabric from Joann's.
 I had to try it out right away and this top was awaiting final pressing before loading on the longarm and to my delight it worked perfectly. I love it!
The Oliso iron here is one I purchased at "Tuesday Morning" a few years ago for around $50. Until recently I had used it very little but once I began to use it regularly it has become my favorite - only a quilter would have so many irons! If you ever watch the Missouri Quilt Company videos you will notice that they use an Oliso iron.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Greater Love................

Memorial Day
Remembering with grateful hearts all those who through the years and the wars have given up their lives in service to our great and noble Nation. We owe a debt we can never repay.
Rest in peace brave Warriors.

En Provence

From Bonnie Hunter's #1 fan, Angela's En Provence is now quilted. I love the colors she chose a bit different from Bonnie's original and very soft. It's about 88 square, and when I asked Angela did she want swirly, flowery or circular quilting she said swirly or flowery-so I did both, a flower with a swirl! That's just one advantage of freehand quilting, you can make up a new design anytime you please.
An All Over or Edge to Edge design works best for most of these quilts with very small pieces, allowing the quilter to cover all these tiny bits to strengthen and secure the piecing for a long life of use.
 It's a very pretty quilt sort of summery, and like many scrappy quilts you have to get some distance from it to get the full effect of the design
 The medium green thread shows up a little better than a neutral would have but still not "in your face". I used Quilter's Dream 70/30 natural cotton batting.
The label personally autographed by the designer, Bonnie Hunter!
Congrats Angela another one for your list!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BJ's Kaleidescope

It took several weeks to complete this quilt owing to my restricted activities post-operative of total knee joint replacement. I found myself limited to short periods of quilting even using the ergonomic saddle stool, very frustrating for someone who just likes to "git 'er done" LOL. This is the third of this design that I have quilted, including one of my own. Each received a different quilting design and color of thread.
  Superior's Fantastico trilobal thread in a dark grey shows enough without being "in your face", my favorite thread now for black quilts. The batting is Heirloom black 80/20.
 The same thread was used in the bobbin. 
 Freehand feathery flowers edge to edge, BJ does not like tight, formal or modern style quilting but prefers the more casual free flowing look.
Now I am back to working on the Hunter Star quilt, managed a few more blocks yesterday at my MeetUp group.......
 as well as the April BOM for 35th. Ave Sew 'N Vac.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


I can't believe it has been so long since my last post. I had an Aussie friend visit  and while she was here our little Aussie Terrier Button got into my friend's open suitcase and ate 310 gms. of candy while we were out for the evening requiring another rush to the local 24/7/365 vet hospital. About $2,500 a couple of days, lots of prayer and anguish later she was out of danger! Little minx, she now appears to be back to her usual bossy, charming self! PTL! We had other plans for those $$$$ but there is no counting the cost when it comes to our furry kids!
After that, my total knee joint replacement almost two weeks ago at Mayo was sort of a non event LOL! I am now at the point when I expect to survive, but still not sure how well this Smith and Nephew knee will work for me. My excellent Mayo surgeon assures me it will fit with my lifestyle, which is very active- we had to go with the ceramic version because of my metal sensitivity. After the first few days I became fairly independent just because that is my nature, in spite of the pain that has been a major factor due to my intolerance of opioids etc. Ibuprofen has been only a minor help, but the last few days I notice less severe pain, PTL! I am rather limited in activity yet and moving more slowly than normal, not allowed to drive either so long suffering DH has to take me to PT and to Mayo for labs every couple of days. Hopefully after the hundred plus staples [we are calling it "the zipper] are removed next Wednesday I will be allowed to drive and that will be a happy day!
Obviously as there's been minimal sewing/quilting, boredom has been my companion, but I plan to be back at the LA Thursday to get BJ's beautiful BOM quilted and out the door.
 This is 2017 35th.Ave.$10 BOM. The colors are disappointing but it will be a charity quilt and someone will love it! I can see I need to press my blocks with steam!
This shows my progress on the Hunter Star quilt, it will be Queen Size and I have until July to complete it. I am using the large Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler.
 I was excited to use it rather than the more complex traditional method and eagerly signed up for the class offered at 35th.Ave Sew 'N vac. However, we discovered during the class that there appears to be a conflict in the measurements for the 10" block. The instructor had not made the 10" block previously so was unaware of the issue, she had only used the smaller size block and we were not able to understand how the listed cutting directions would come up with a full 10" block. Consequently I have to adjust the cutting sizes and try to keep very clear about what I am doing so it's a bit more tedious than expected and I have wasted about a yard of fabric so far, drat, just as well I ordered more than I thought I would need! However I am happy with the result you see above and hope to be back to it the end of the week after finishing BJ's quilt.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tatum's Baby Quilt

Finally have this bound but no label yet, I cannot find the paper I wrote it on and I'm drawing a blank on her sir-name! She is one of several new babes at church and I will have to wait until I can ask the preschool director who checks in all the kids on Sundays, she knows everyone!
The back is a lovely soft Minkee so I omitted batting, this is Arizona!
 The thread is Superior So Fine pink and the quilting an E-E  freehand folk art flower.
It's a scrappy quilt so the binding is also, most of it left from other projects

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Two More QOV's

Hot off the long-arm yesterday and already in the mail to the quilter who will bind and label  and see them to the veteran recipients. 
 They are both custom quilted with lots of ruler work
An Edge to Edge design would not have looked as nice I think, and although this took longer I like the result.
  Ruler work again..........
and feathered border I call "under and over feathers that are really fun to quilt.
 Working with rulers requires an extended base for the machine and of course takes much longer to do but these quilts would not have benefited from an "all over" design. In the first one I used a neutral thread and in the second a very pale blue. Quilter's Dream poly batting inside that looks and feels much like a cotton batting.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Great Grandmother.........

Going to be one in October...........

Monday, March 6, 2017

Another Wedding Quilt

The couple requested "blue" and this is the result. Since Logan is joining the Navy the blue can represent the ocean and I quilted Baptist fans because they sort of look like waves.........
 I am very unhappy both with my phone camera color depiction and the iPhoto adjustment limitations I have no hope of getting close to the true color, there are absolutely no pink tones in these fabrics. I may try using the actual camera I bought about three years back to see if it does a better job, can't do much worse!
The colors are quite bright blues and I like how it turned out but not the photos! After I had the top together I realized it was longer than necessary so I removed one row of blocks. That worked out well because the wide backing was not wide enough so I inserted the extra blocks into the middle of the backing, perfect!
Construction was a challenge because of the size of the quilt[KS] and the much smaller size of my design wall, so I put it together in three parts, center first then matching up left and right sides. Joining these parts was another challenge because the blocks are not square, more a parrallelogram.
A few photos may help to demonstrate. Two pieces make one block and I had to sew this zig zag together to join the two sides to the middle section.
 In these two pics you can see how it is pinned, I sewed the long edges together the length of the quilt then went back and sewed the short horizontal bits. It was a little tedious and needed to be very accurate.
This is how it looked once I got it all together, whew! Then I had to trim all off all the little triangular bits  down each side.
I am happy to say it is all done and now I can finish off the backlog before my total knee joint replacement in two weeks.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rescue Quilt

Wow here it is almost a month since I posted that has never happened before! The explanation, I was working on Logan and Kelli's quilt to get it done before he leaves for Navy basic training, IT training and some other training, he will be gone for maybe 8 months I think!
I will not have all the pics for that post until Tuesday, so I will post a couple of other projects that have kept me busy.
The rescue quilt was brought to me by a Mom who had begun it for a daughter and abandoned it about 10 years ago- it had been bundled up in a bag and perhaps made several moves? And when I got it my heart quailed a little but as much as Mom wanted it done for her daughter I knew I had to take it on!
I did not take before pics but a partly quilted item is a challenge. The original quilting done on a domestic machine with a stretchy fleece backing makes for numerous potential issues for any machine but I am pleased with the result. I had to add additional backing on three sides and fortunately there was plenty of the backing. Because a few of the blocks were already partially quilted I needed to replicate that quilting as closely as possible on the rest of the quilt. I made a template to reproduce the design begun on the solid blocks, and it worked quite well.
 On the right side below you can see a line where I needed to join in additional fabric to make the backing fit, but it hardly shows in reality.
Using a ruler I simply outlined the large triangles. The backing being a stretchy fleece is heavy, so the quilt does not hang flat against the wall but looks great on a bed and the fleece is a nice cuddly feature! It's a light purple color and actually looks really pretty but the photo does not do it justice.
 Here is a better picture with the recipient with a big smile on her face- enjoy your quilt for many years young lady, you have a devoted Mom, and may you have sweet dreams under it!
A second project just completed is this delightful Grandmother's Flower Garden -it is a vintage quilt from the 30's and 40's I think, and the quilter had never finished the binding. It has been well stored and is in great condition so her daughter or granddaughter? brought it to me to complete the binding so that it can be used. It is not easy to hang a quilt with curved edges so I laid it out on the floor.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Finish, Finally !

There seem to have been multiple roadblocks to completing this quilt, the past couple of weeks has been really busy. But it is done and now I can send it back to Texas where it belongs and the owner is anxiously awaiting it!
Leslie has red for the shams so she thought to have the wreath centers red 
but we discovered that the red kind of disappeared and the centers appeared blank. Hmmmm....
 So I decided to echo the red flower with the same grey I used for the rest of the quilt
and now you can see the centers, they look like Cabbage Roses to me.
The batting is Quilter's Dream black and thread is Superior Magnifico "Storm" on top and BL in the bobbin.
 I am happy with the grey "Storm" thread, I like quilting with Superior's Magnifico line it sews nicely, has attractive sheen without being in your face, and comes in a fabulous range of colors. This shade is perfect for quilting on black fabrics, it shows the quilting enough and makes it easy to see where you have been, very important in freehand quilting.