Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Birthday Quilt

The Hunter Star quilt is done and delivered today to a very special lady on her half century birthday! Well, my DIL actually did the delivery for me to her Mom in Yuma, very convenient that she was headed that way for a surprise visit.
 It turned out 90"x100" exactly
 The large Rapid Fire Hunter Star ruler made the 10.5" blocks simpler and faster than the traditional method and the perfect size quilt, no border required.
 Then my favorite quilting design for single block quilts the Baptist Fan made accurate, simple and fast with Loricles Circle template boards. Last night I bound the quilt, from prepping binding to finish attaching in about three hours with my customary method, clean, neat, secure and fast!
Fabrics were purchased from my favorite online fabric store and I bought enough of the red by Fabri-quilt for backing and binding.
Also remembered this time to embroider the label onto the backing before quilting, sometimes I get so anxious to get started on the quilting that it gets overlooked until after the quilt is already mounted on the longarm and quilting has already begun, argh!
PS. Here it is on Diana's bed!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We're Back!

 So busy the past month I do not know why it is that our lives seem to get busier as we get older, it is never boring! Or are we slowing down so it just seems that we are busier?!
We had a quieter week or so while The Boy and his parents were in Boston having a great visit with family. Matthew had a lot of new experiences, surfing, riding the inner tube behind the boat off the beach, learning about bee keeping, a day at Legoland,
zip lining
                                                                      eating lobster
ice skating 
and generally hanging out with cousins and making memories!
This day they went to a pottery class and painted, Matthew chose a crab.
His parents too had a good time, this was the "Sam Adams" tour!
Now he is home as am I and looking forward to hearing about his adventures tomorrow!
Last week I was visiting a friend in the mountains of Colorado Springs enjoying the cooler weather and some rain. We hiked around this lovely lake.
 Joined my friend at her quilt group meeting with a little show and tell!
 This little phone purse was made altogether on an embroidery machine 
as was the very cute flower adornment on this hat. 
We made our own versions of the flower minus the embroidery machine.
We think they turned out very well!
We also visited Glen Eyrie Castle home of The Navigators and NavPress.
 This beautiful 97 room edifice begun in 1871 and completed in 1904 by General William Jackson Palmer the founder of Colorado Springs was constructed of imported materials and furnishings with impressive features ahead of the times such as a built-in vacuuming system and fire fighting equipment on each floor. The setting is breathtaking, awesome evidence of God's mighty Creation. The facility has suites available for bed and breakfast as well as catering to retreats, seminars etc. A tour is available daily as well as an elegant High Tea which Linda and I enjoyed!
Unfortunately we were too busy enjoying the gourmet dishes to take many pics but below are a few that I did get.  There is a wide assortment of teas black, white and Rooibus and it was altogether very delicious!

 Last night I finished off one of three more baby boy quilts for our church families, but forgot to take a photo, I will have to ask Bentley's parents to send me one. This quilt needs binding and the last one will be quilted today I hope!
 The backing is the last of that lovely PBR brushed cotton, so soft!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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.