Thursday, July 1, 2021

Where Has the Year Gone?

 I had to go quite a way backwards to see how far behind I am! Here is one of the first quilts I completed  after the Longarm was set up in the new house. Sandy made it as a souvenir of their trip to Alaska, purchasing the fabrics while on their trip. 

Cross hatching is sometimes the best way to treat a lot of different images to make the quilt more cohesive, with a simple sashing and border design. 

Originally the Cal/King quilt below was meant to be done for Rick's birthday last September! Obviously with our move that was not going to happen but I did finally get it done and Ricky and Erica are very happy with it!
           These photos were taken on my bed before I delivered the quilt. The back is pieced with a center medallion of all the fabrics in the blocks and Rick and Ericas names embroidered in the center.
The custom feathered border is enhanced with piano key quilting on the outer edge and pebbles on the inside. The main body of the quilt is freehand feathers.

Helen has brought me several vintage/antique quilt projects, mostly blocks that her grandma-in-law left behind. These adorable Sunbonnet Sue and Sam blocks are sashed and bordered with a red and white dot and blue cornerstones.
I absolutely love the way it turned out, they look fresh and bright and I know Helen has made a place to hang this one.
My nephew Wesley and partner Louisa in Australia were expecting a baby boy so I sent a quilt for the baby, and not wanting the big brother and sister to feel left out, I also sent a quilt for each of them.
This is the quilt for baby Stetson Todd Brooker, made from blocks of random scrappiness! And a bright cheerful quilt it is for a baby, lots of interesting colors and designs in the fabrics.
                                                      Next, one for big sister Paisley.
And finally  batik with a cozy flannel back for big brother Dustyn

                                       Nephew Wes with Paisley and Dustyn and all three quilts.
                        There's more to post to get up to date, that will have to wait for another day

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Lot Of Catch-Up

After being on quilting/sewing hiatus for a few months[see explanation at the end of this post] I quilted the three large baby quilts below for my friend in CA. Hannah does not like tight quilting which I wouldn't consider for a utility quilt especially for a child or a baby. Each of the three has a different quilting design and different threads. Hannah also prefers 100% cotton thread so my default there is something from Superior Threads, usually King Tut or Masterpiece. I also use Connecting Threads Essentials Pro and their 100% cotton, though it seems to be a little more linty.

                   The first quilt has my old favorite Peacock Feathers always appropriate and fast
              The quilt below I used Line Dancing where you quilt block to block with no stopping.
                                                  This quilt has separate border designs.
                 I failed to take a pic of the back of the third, but the large feathering shows up on the front.


                                                       I used E-E freehand feathers

Hannah's quilts are always a joy to quilt, the quilt backs are as neat as the front with all seams well pressed  and the quilts flat and square.

The batting is my default also, Quilter's Dream, I used the 80/20 pink, which sadly, is no longer in production at QD. I used King Tut in a blue variegated on one quilt, King Tut variegated gold in another and Masterpiece neutral in the third.

Now to try and fill in the past 6 months, I hardly know where to begin so much has happened. We found a new single level home in Phx with a nice pool and hot-tub, only 4 miles south of the old house, and after major renovations moved in the week before Christmas. All the packing and moving was laborious and exhausting, not to mention the unpacking which is still not complete with all my quilting necessities mostly still packed.

The bad news is that DH was diagnosed in November with cancer of the jaw and after three surgeries, the last a 17 hour marathon at Mayo in January, they removed the center of his lower jaw and replaced it with bone from his scapular.  He is now in the final days of six weeks/five days/week radiation, so our lives have been severely impacted. He is now cancer free praise God, we hope forever, and soon can look forward to rebuilding what was torn apart!

Consequently I have only had my longarm up and running about a month and temporarily it's in the area where the dining table should be, as we are planning an addition to provide me with a quilting/sewing room and a workshop for DH. So I am quilting under a fancy chandelier, makes me feel like the queen of quilters, LOL.

And below is the "before" picture with the dining table in its proper place. Fortunately the open floor plan is a huge area so we can still traverse the space without running into furniture!! We had to remove a wall and a gigantic "beehive" fireplace to make the one open space.

As goverments typically go, after 5 months the city of Phoenix still hasn't returned the architect's plans for the addition so I am sewing in the library and quilting in the dining room! It beats not doing either LOL, but most of my tools and all of my fabrics/batting are still in boxes and rubbermaid tubs which is very inconvenient and I cannot find my embroidery machine or any of my longarm rulers.

To add to the stress, our little Aussie Terrier developed a draining tract under her left eye last June 2020. In spite of constant vet visits, 7 different vets in fact, two surgeries, biopsies, cultures, antibiotics, anti- fungals and steroids, a CAT scan all over nearly nine months and about $4,500, it wasn't until the 7th. vet  that the reason was diagnosed-a broken tooth that had abcessed. Such a great little dog and so patient through all she has had to suffer in the interim. We had the tooth removed a couple of weeks ago and she is healed, praise the Lord. She is cuddled up beside me wagging her tail as I rub her ears.

We are praying that after Easter our lives can begin to find some kind of "normal" with DH finished radiation and AZ now mask free! Hooray! I hope all of us can now  be freed from the ubiquitous and onerous  flu mandates. 

                                 Nova is very happy she never wore a mask and never got the flu!

Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Minkee Cabin Quilt

 A full size quilt for a four year old boy. His mom found the design on Pinterest and I discovered that the only fabric available was a custom order from Spoonflower. After a lot of searching their website I did find it and ordered a couple of yards. This is on my CK bed.

It was a new experience and I always learn a lot from trying a different technique. I sewed the borders on and loaded the backing then outline SID for the blocks . No batting, all that minkee made it quite heavy enough! I continued the lines from the center out to the borders on each side. The hardest part was the binding, it was quite challenging! There is no need for much quilting in this instance, no batting to worry about and minimal seams either. 
                             But this little fellow seems very happy with his gift, it was his birthday!

Four Baby Quilts For Leslie

 Two each for boys and girls. I did the boys first and found I was bored doing the same quilting twice in a row, so I varied the girls a little. Only one picture of the boys quilts, they were identical in design and quilting.

I don't know how well you can see the differences in the quilting, they are not major, just enough to keep my brain interested!

Elsie's Granddaughter's Quilts

 These two are panels with some borders/ blocks around them. I didn't want to outline the center panel so I decided to make a grid and it would appear you are looking out a window at this scene. 

                           I liked the result and then quilted the blocks individually and the border.
                                   A cosy flannel for the backing, perfect for these Colorado kids. 
Peacock feathers in the panel and separate border treatments for this one. No picture of the backing which is very busy and doesn't show the quilting.

Linda's Batik

 I guess this was hanging around longer than my friend liked so she decided to "git 'er done" by sending it to me to longarm!

Just an allover with a separate border, busy quilts do not benefit from full custom. The fabric design is the star.

Only Ten to Go!

Whew, I just counted ten more quilts I haven't blogged on yet. I am not a fan of the current modus operandi for Blogger, it takes more steps to complete each part and once the photos are uploaded they are hard to manipulate.I just counted seven steps to upload the pictures and then I have to still move them around and re-size them. Of course it probably doesn't help that I got so far behind and now catching up seems more of a chore than the fun it used to be. Maybe once I am caught up it will be fun again!

This beautiful quilt belongs to the very talented Shiela, who loves needle turn applique and this Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt is beautifully embellished with said applique , one of a kind.

It didn't make sense to custom quilt the center of the quilt, Bonnie's designs are so busy the quilting wouldn't show up the design so I did an E-E there and custom borders.
                                                    This is a partial view of the backing

              Then there is the Dear Jane also belonging to Shiela, these little blocks are all different, 81 of them. I used two layers of batting as usual in a wall quilt, a thinner flatter on the bottom like Quilters Dream Angel and wool on top for definition. I think it's one of Shiela's favorites and it should be, there's an enormous investment of time in those tiny blocks.
Each block is quilted as it spoke to me, but I tried to keep consistent designs throughout the quilt. I chose to leave the tiny sashings unquilted to better show off the individual blocks.

Yet More Eye Candy And Some Family Stuff!

Matthew was needing a more appropriate quilt for an eleven year old than the Mickey Mouse quilt I made him a couple of years ago. He chose this "I Spy" design and picked out all the fabrics from Grandnana's stash. I wrote a message on the bottom of the quilt.

                                                           Matthew's Choice I Spy Quilt

Made with love by his Grandnana

Roslyn Atwood Phoenix AZ

"I Love you a bushel and a peck!
Because I always sing that silly song to him and he sings along with a big smile on his face. My Mum used to sing it and he likes that it came from his Great Granny who died 8 years before he was born. He says he is sure she would love him and I am sure that she does love him from Heaven!

Matthew is growing up fast, at eleven he's now taller than me which makes him 5ft.7" today but it could be different next week! He loves to do 'handyman' work, as well as demolition and he's had lots of opportunity with his Grandfathers oversight and mentoring while our new home has been in renovation.

                                                        Our General Contractor in training

                                             He removed all the baseboards throughout the house
                                                                  Loves the power tools!
GF has been teaching him about electricity, how to match up the correct wires so he's rewiring some of the outlets!

                                                                And demolition of course
                                                              Successful removal of a wall!
Now the shed! Demolition!

More Quilts From The Past Months!

 A baby quilt, edge to edge design requested. 
Peacock feathers my fastest and most useful all over design. It fits all situations.
This stunning design I made up at 2019 retreat I think. It sat there awaiting inspiration until my muse showed up and I quilted it. From the back it appears to be a "whole quilt"

                                            And from the front you see the piecing of the design.
I just realised the pics above were from before it was bound.
                                                              Not as good a picture is it?
I plan to hang it in our new home, we are currently renovating a single storey home and adding several hundred square feet of additional space for my quilt studio and a workshop for DH. We hope to move in a couple of weeks as soon as we have a kitchen!
The next is another Hannah quilt, she is so creative her quilts are always fun to quilt and it helps that she gives me free rein!
           This one is queen size, Hannah's quilts are usually large even the baby quilts are not small!
                                          I have a blast when I can make up the quilting as I go!
The second of the two I quilted for her earlier this year I apparently forgot to photograph so I will have to see if Hannah took a photo of the entire quilt.
Another Sail Away baby quilt, this one for a girl. You can tell I love this design when I make it more than once. It was for a baby girl named Molly Grace.
I turned the scallops upside down to look like waves and at the very top and bottom went back and reversed the design so it looks sort of like fish. Maybe I should call it the "Sailfish Quilt"!
                               Substituting pink for yellow made it feminine without being too girly.
The next is another queen size for Linda's bed, it's been a few years in the making. It took a little fussing to get the pieced backing lined up, that's often a challenge especially where there are special insertions as in this quilt. there are several borders and I think Linda created the design to showcase all the co-ordinate fabrics.
The backing was very complicated piecing that had to be centered and I struggled a bit to get it all aligned.


I made up the quilting in this as I went along, trying to keep it cohesive with the different elements of design
I used a simple piano key in the border.
Then there were two shams to quilt .
                                                        Linda was happy with the final result!