Sunday, May 5, 2019

Project Linus

The third through fifth grade children in the Sunday School at our church, St Mark Lutheran Church painted fabric squares to be made into quilts for Project Linus. This organization provides quilts and blankets to children in crisis whether severe illness or other trauma. Matthew is in this same group and I was happy to sew the quilts together and bind and quilt them.
 The corner stones have the children's names on them and there are also the initials of the SS teachers.
 I had one extra block so I featured it on the back.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Four Sister's Quilts

Quite a break between blogs but I ended up back in the Mayo hospital when the infection from the appendix flared up necessitating another round of IV antibiotics for nearly a week. I think my insides have taken quite the beating and are still not very happy, LOL. Home again now however, still on oral antibiotics and hoping and praying this bacteria is now annihilated!
These four quilts now completed and on their way back to CA. They are each around 68x80" made using the same pattern but different colorways, so each one received its own individual quilting design and it was fun figuring that out as I went along.
The first looked a little oriental in color and some fabric prints so I used the Circle Lord Clamshells for the body of the quilt and a sort of fan looking design in the border.
 I  really like how the quilting shows on the backing.
The pastel version below seemed to need feathering so I did freehand E-E feathers in the body of the quilt and a simple piano key border.
 Just because I like to quilt piano key borders!
 The batik quilt belowhas freehand peacock feathers and a separate border
 The backing was busy and did not show the quilting so no pics of the backing!
 I loved how the quilting looked on the grey quilt which seemed more modern to me. Circle Lord circles in the body of the quilt and a Greek key design in the border.
 The back is pretty cool I think!
Next quilt up on the long arm is a Bonnie Hunter 2018 Mystery, "Good Fortune".

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Paris Quilt

I have been out of the loop a couple of weeks, the week before last we took a quick trip up to the CO. house to make some changes there and the day after we returned early hours of Sunday morning my appendix ruptured. The pain woke me from sleep, it was odd because normally there would be pain well ahead of the rupture but not in this case.
After emergency surgery I was in the wonderful Mayo Hospital until discharge on Friday. I think my body has taken a beating the last six weeks or so between the no good very bad terrible flu and the ruptured appendix. It's going to take a while to climb out of this one but I am on restrictions the next six weeks only walking, no gym!
This quilt was done the day before I had the appendix explosion, and has sat awaiting Sueann's finishing touches, it's for her daughter Amber who loves all things Parisienne! I think it's Sueann's first completed quilt, as a busy NP  there is not a lot of time for quilting. It's a very simple framing of the Eiffel Tower panel but I think Amber will love it, Sueann has to bind it then it will be all finished.
 Maybe next Saturday we can bind the quilt, I know Amber is anxious for it!
It finished up at 52"x72" for a lap quilt.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mid Century Modern Part 2

So it is done and ready a few days ahead of the wedding, whew!
To get the size needed I added two rows both horizontal and vertical and it ended up measuring 92"x98", just about perfect! I had ordered 5 yds each of the blue and white and two of the gold, just as well because there is less than a yard left of both blue and white but over a yard of the gold.
 I am super happy that I decided to keep it simple and use the Circle Lord clamshell templates.
I think it suits the piecing design and was very fast.
All bound and labeled!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Mid Century Modern Wedding Quilt

I need to have this quilt finished fast, the wedding is next week! I was set back a bit with that nasty, no good, very bad, terrible flu! I ached and spiked a fever for ten days before I finally began to feel it would go away! So last Thursday I ventured out for the first time in 10 days and have been trying to catch up ever since. The couple for whom I make the quilt has a mid century modern style home/decor and this design seems to fit that.
Here you can find details of the inspiration for my quilt. Suzy's free quilt pattern is only 58"x64" and I need a queen size about 95" square. Also I only have three colors requested by the couple, navy, gold and white, so I had to do a lot of math!
Here is my version ready to go on the longarm.
So I needed to add two rows across and two rows down. Adding up all the different fabrics that outline the center I then added about one third more of the the navy strips, the same with the white and the gold. I had ordered five yards each of navy and white and two yards of the gold for the centers and it is enough and then some with navy for binding.
Now on the longarm. At first I planned to quilt it very modern a la Angela Walters but as I studied the finished top, more and more I wanted something clean and simple. I looked through a lot of designs and finally settled on the last design I did, clamshell,  but this time right way up!
It is pleasing to my eye, non fussy and perfect for a platform bed where it will be tucked under the mattress. With any "luck" at all I may get it all quilted tomorrow after the gym.

One Of Two!

My dear friend Linda in CO. put together two of these tops at August retreat last year and left them to be quilted for her daybed and trundle. One is done and I hope to get the second finished and mailed next week. Such a clean pretty and simple design, Linda loves blue!
Linda wanted a seashore/beachy feel to the quilting so I used an upside down clam shell motif to resemble waves, while the feathers on the borders are the curling waves and the pebbles are the froth that foams up as the waves pound the shore. Or it could also represent the pebbles on the beach.
How did I do??
 I actually love the back which makes the quilt dual sided.  It makes a very nice change to be able to use both sides equally. Maybe the lighter side for summer and the darker for winter?
I am very happy with it and next week hope to duplicate the design on the second top.

A Baptismal Quilt

This one also for a little boy. The top I sewed up at October retreat last year and quilted it modern, a handful of designs repeated row by row.
I think the hot air balloons are especially cute as a backing.
Finished with his label, every quilt needs one that says for whom, what occasion, where and when was it made and by whom. 
 It's such a puzzle for those who find vintage and antique quilts that have survived time and to have no provenance. So label every quilt!
And just a peek at the gorgeous great granddaughter Layla, a real little cherub and growing so fast! 
No prejudice here LOL.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Oklahoma Sooners Quilt

An unusual queen size quilt, a commission Jennifer took on to piece then asked me to quilt it. A bit different to the usual, and with every new project I learn something.
 To make the letters stand out I did a diamond crosshatching using one of my longarm rulers. I had to mark the grid as I went in order to have it match up so there was a lot of rolling the quilt back and forth. Consequently I was forced to float the top which I never like to do, it makes it more difficult to keep the quilt square. I filled a clover chalk tool with whiteb"Magic Chalk" which may be ironed off but it all disappeared by itself by the time I was done.
Thankfully it worked out ok, and went together perfectly. I kept forgetting that the client wanted "Sooners" written in the quilting but managed to get it in a few times! I bound it by machine with some of the red backing fabric, I did not take a photo of the back because you could hardly see the quilting at all. Altogether I am quite pleased with the result and hope that the owner will be also!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Three More QOV's

These are for the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association to which DH belongs. They have an annual reunion in the summer each year and some of the wives who quilt construct 4-6 quilts for presentation. My part of the mission is to quilt them, others piece the blocks and construct the tops then send them to me. After quilting I send them on to the person who will bind them and attach the labels.
The first two I custom quilted mostly using rulers, I have come to really like this method for these kind of quilts. The mostly linear designs tend to be more masculine, and the solid backing shows off the designs very nicely.  I realize that ruler work isn't everyone's joy but it's fun for me though I wouldn't want to be restricted to it which is why the third quilt got a patriotic panto, I just ran out of juice, LOL!
So here is the third with a simple star and flag design.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Christmas Vacation

With son and family we headed off to Boston for our annual Christmas trip. Disappointingly the weather was mild in the Boston area, actually warmer than Phoenix!
 Not so in Vermont where we spent a few days at a great resort over New Year.
 The kids really enjoyed the facilities including indoor and outdoor heated pool and spa.
Kids and dogs all enjoyed the fresh snow
After which a nice nap or two was necessary!
 In order to be ready for the next round of adventures!
Where to next Mum?
How about a stroll around a quaint Vermont village
Bourbon tasting at a local distillery
A visit to an ice cream factory
And an interesting store with everything from hardware to clothing
We came across a wonderful coffee shop seemingly out in the middle of "nowhere"!
Not to mention the piece de resistance, the Alchemist Brewery in walking distance of our resort!
 This was our New Year's Eve treat, Dom Perignon 2006!
Then back to Boston, almost 4 hours of driving.
While our very snuggly Nova always finds a warm body to lay on!
The boy baking cupcakes with his cousins. What you see in the Ball jars is jalapena jelly, I had just made.
A wonderful holiday always over too soon and then back to Phoenix and real life!