Thursday, December 9, 2010

Covey of Witches

Ann brought me this adorable witches quilt.  She does beautiful work, she even matched the plaid in the piecing on the witches hats.  
 I quilted swirls in the background and did lots of stitch in the ditch.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Water Colored Baby Quilt

Barbara brought me this cute baby quilt.  She said that she wanted it to look like water. 
 I did water meander in the center section and quilted waves on the border.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Floral Cube

Renate made this cool top out of a bunch of fabric that she had left over from a different quilt.  They are all florals.  She did an amazing job at sorting the fabrics into dark, medium and light.  You can really see the 3D effect of the cube, even with the busy floral prints.  I had an absolute blast quilting this quilt after I decided what I was going to do.  
I did A LOT of gridwork in the background of the quilt.  I have fun thinking up different ways that I could use my crosshatching template to change the background as I worked my way around the quilt.

 When you see it in person it gives the cube motion.  It makes it look like it is coming towards you.   Renate does beautiful piecing.  I love the ribbon border that she did.   I used Fil-Tec Glide thread through out the quilt so it has a shine to it.  I love their gold because it give you a slightly metallic look without the headache of using metallic thread

I like the way the back ended up looking with the color change.  I matched the bottom and top thread.  The ribbon even shows up since it was done with the gold.  

Thanks for letting me work on the quilt, Renate!  I really did have fun quilting it and I love the way it turned out!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yes, I am still here...

Wow, is it really almost Thanksgiving?  Where has November gone.  When I woke up this morning I realized that guild was last night, oops!  I really wanted to go this month as I will not be able to go next month.  Looks like I need to set a reminder for the January meeting so that I don't miss that one as well.  Just in case you wonder what my November has been like, here is a picture of the quilts that are currently waiting to go back to their homes.   I thought it was bad last month, but now I have a second row... Yikes!

Luckily, I am meeting a couple of customers this afternoon so I will be back down to one row by this evening.  Since I am delivering quilts, I will hopefully have get to post a couple of pictures on my blog this weekend.   So stay tuned for some quilter's eye candy coming soon!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Witch Is In

I have seen this pattern a couple of times and have wanted to make one for a while.  The pattern is by Joined at the Hip and is called The Witch Is In.  I chose not piece my background and used batiks. 
I had a blast quilting this wall hanging.  I did different fills in all the sections and cross hatched the poison green legs to make it look like fishnet stockings.  

Monday, October 25, 2010

Brenda's Homespun Alaska Star

Brenda brought me this homespun Alaska Star when she picked up her Blue and White Alaska Star.   She is also the same person that pieced the Lover's Knot that I quilted this summer.  She wanted this quilt to be a snuggly quilt.  So we used Hobb's Tuscany Wool is this one and I did not quilt it as densely. 
This quilt turned out really snuggly!  You just want to curl up with it when you see it in person.  I like the texture that wool batting gave the quilting.   Brenda left saying that she was going to look through her UFOs to see what else she can finish up and get quilted.  I can't wait to see what she comes by with next.  It is great to see someone who has taken a break from quilting fall back in love with it!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Joyce's Hoffman Beauty!

I used to be in a bee that meet in Henderson, NC.   It was a long drive for me to get there, but the ladies in the bee were worth the drive!    Joyce is one of the ladies that I meet while I was a member.  She is an extremely talented quilter.

Joyce saw this quilt in a magazine and feel in love.  The Hoffman fabric is stunning and the pattern is unique and eye catching.   The pattern has the piecer use A LOT of fusible.  Think multiple layers of fusible!  The football shaped pieces are  basted to the top, but are actually attached during the quilting, at times through several layers of fusible.  

All the dense background fill was done through fusible.   I was nervous quilting it because any mistake and the holes would remain.  Luckily, I got through the sections with the fusible without my thread even breaking.
Always happy when I take off a quilt and turn it over, but oh, my do I wish they all looked as great as this one.
 Lots of texture from all the custom quilting.  And it case you are wondering how it looks on the back where the fusible is....
Now I am in love with this quilt too!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy end of the week!

Happiness is quilts lined up ready for pickup.  

My favorite part of my job is delivering the completed quilts.  

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rose of Sharon

Wish Upon A Quilt is participating in Island Batik's Roses of Remembrance block on the month for 2011
I got to quilt the sample table runner for Wish Upon A Quilt.   I had a blast quilting this sample.  I dense background files.  I even used two different fills in each block.  I love how this turned out.   I even signed up for the block of the month and am planning to needle turn applique my quilt.    It may take me the rest of my life, but I really want that quilt!   

The block of the months is based on Sharon Pederson's The Rose of Sharon Block Book.   

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jumping Up and Down!!!!

Can you see me? I am so happy, I am jumping up and down!  First off I got to quilt this round robin of Janice Pope's.
Just being asked to quilt this beauty was a true honor.  Then in July, Janice called to tell me that she was going to the Sister's quilt show in Oregon and that the quilt would be hanging in the show.  Just when I thought I had gotten used to these calls from Janice, she calls today to tell me that she entered it in the NC State Fair and that she went yesterday and it is hanging in the winners area with a blue ribbon and a white ribbon on it.  It was entered in the Division for Group quilts with more than 2 people working on it.   Then she dropped the bombshell that it won BEST MACHINE QUILTING!  I am stunned!   So, now can you see me jumping up and down!    Matt and I are going to the fair to see the quilt!  :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CLA Member Quilts

One of the neat things about going to quilt shows is all the ideas you get while you are there.  At the CLA show the member were sitting around showing each other how the actually did their quilting.  It is really neat to be in a group where although we are all in competition with each other, we still share our knowledge freely with one another.  For instance, Theresa Dewalt of Belews Creek, NC quilted the following quilt.
Note the awesome trellis fill that she did in the beige background of the appliqued border.  That trellis is all quilting texture!  She actually brought the template she used and a photo copy of it that she could draw on and demonstrated how she was able to quilt the trellis continuously.

Can you believe she does not even have a stitch regulator on her Gammill!  Her quilting is just breathtaking!  

Kim Buterbaugh of Mockville, NC did the same type of backfill on her quilt, only smaller.
We were cleaning the floor in front of the quilts in this category due to drooling.

Then we have Jan Struble and her gorgeous feathers.
Just in case you can't see them here is a close up...
See what I mean about competition being stiff!  In the Custom Quilting more then 2 years, Kim won 1st, Jan won 2nd, and Theresa won 3rd.   But wait, here is another of Jan's quilt from the same category...
Yep, that girl can quilt feathers!

The Viewers Choice for this category was one that was also quilted by Theresa Dewalt.
Don't know about you, but I am so glad that it was not me judging this show.  There were 26 quilts in this category and they were all drop dead gorgeous!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Quilts at the CLA show

I was really nervous about entering quilts into a show.  I have never done it before.  I was the person that keep standing up and telling our membership we all need to enter 2 quilts, but I almost chickened out.

Actually, I did have one customer quilt that I know was entered and she showed me the judges form, so that I would see what they said, but I had only been quiting for a couple of months at that point.   For that one just seeing it hanging was a thrill.  This time, I really wanted to see what the judges had to say because it will give me a good barometer on what I need to improve.

Both of my quilts were entered into the same category - Custom Quilting - less then 2 years

I won 2nd place for Hopeful Homes
And here is Whirlygigs for May, which won 3rd

Whirlygigs for May is the first time my sister has ever had any of her work entered in a show. OK, so she may have told me that she didn't want it entered, but she is over that now.   When I called to tell her about the ribbon she actually told me that I had called the wrong person.   I realized that I may have neglected to tell her I had actually entered the quilt so I had to fess up at that point.  

While I am thrilled with the outcome, I really did not enter the quilts thinking that they would win awards.  The information that they judges gave is much more important then the ribbons.   And getting over the fear of entering the quilts in the first place.  

The beautiful ribbons for our show were created by the talented Sandy Zucker.  Luckily, she won one as well, because she was a little sad to see them go. 

Why yes, you can fit a 7 foot frame in a minivan

I even had left over room to haul some of my vendor buddy's batting.  I am shocked that I can fit a 7 foot frame and my machine head into the back of my van.  But everything for my space and 12 boards of batting are back there too.  And just when I had decided to sell the van...

2010 CLA Challenge Quilts

We had 18 Challenge Quilts entered into the CLA Show Challenge.  While this is a much better turn out then the previous show, it only represents a fraction of our total membership.  We even had an industrious member that entered two quilts.  

It was a great way to show off the diverse styles of our membership.  Thanks goes to all the members that took the time to enter a quilt.  It was wonderful to see all the different ideas we came up with to quilt our one block quilts! 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fun At the CLA Show!!!

I know that I have been quite lately.  There are some really big reasons.  Some of which I can't share yet, but here is one that I can.  Last week I was in Clemmons, NC at the Carolina Longarm Association Quilt Show.  I left my house last Tuesday morning and got home last night around 9PM.   I am so very glad that I joined this talented and sharing group!  I can't think of anything that could be better then a week of talking longarming and making new friends!

The CLA is a professional longarming group, so as you can imagine the competition was stiff.  The quilts are absolutely gorgeous!  We did challenge quilts to show off our styles, or in my case just to say that I did one.  I left mine to the absolute last minute, but I felt it was really important to contribute.  It took me longer to load the quilt then it did to actually quilt it.  Next time I will plan mine out earlier, but at least I had one hanging.
My Millie got a lot of attention.  It was fun to show the attendees what a longarm is and how we use them to quilt their quilts.   My next couple  of blog  posts will have some pictures of the vendors, show quilts and challenge quilts.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thank you Thimble Pleasures!

Thimble Pleasure in Chapel Hill is a beautiful quilt store.  They let the Carolina Longarm Association invade their classroom in July for our quarterly meeting.  We had a really great turn out!  

A couple weeks later I was there to meet a customer in their parking lot.  They graciously let me meet the customer in the store!  Which is great because I was really nervous about opening up Cindy's Baltimore Album Quilt in the parking lot.    They also told me that they would let me meet customers there to pick up and drop off quilts.   Aren't they awesome!

I love our local quilt stores!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Shirley's Applique Quilt

This beautiful applique quilt is from a new customer named Shirley.  I love the scrappy patchwork with with the applique border.  I stitched around all of the applique, but actually did no stitch in the ditch.  I know, it's shocking, but I can quilt without doing stitch in the ditch!

Since the applique does a full ring around the border I did Piano Keys on the outside of the border and my leaf background file on the inside.  So it is like Border to Border, but in this case it is Applique to Applique.  I also stitched around the applique in the center of the quilt.  I love the shape of the star that is made by the piecing in the center.
I love the way the borders look on this quilt.
Thanks for letting me work on your quilt, Shirley!     

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I finally finished Mom's quilt!

My Mom went to Houston with me when I purchased my longarm.   When I took her home she gave me a stack of quilts to do.   I did get several of them done, but there was one that she really wanted to put on her bed.  I had a vision for the quilt, but the every time I got ready to load the quilt, it would tell me that it did not like my vision.  I'm serious!  I would just freeze and look at the quilt and it would go back in the closet.  Mom stopped dropping hints that she would really like the quilt and it has been happily living in my studio closet.    Mom was here for three weeks in August.  While she was here I talked to her about the original vision and that I really thought that I wanted to do something different.  She said she didn't care, she just wants the quilt.  So, I loaded the quilt that I have been going to feather for years and here is how it turned out...
Anyone notice that there is not a feather anywhere on the quilt.  It really did not want them!  I am so happy with how this quilt turned out.  The quilt is 102 inches square.  I did bead board in the outer border.  And I SID all the boards and between the color changes.  There are hours of SID in this quilt.  Everything else is free hand.  
The white fabric is solid white.  So it needed some life.  I did my leaf fill in all of the white areas. 
I made up a swirly pattern to file the cactus flowers.
The back of this quilt is spectacular!  
Here is what the center of the quilt looks like on the back.  

I am so happy that I did not go through with my original plan.  It would have been OK, but this is so much better.  I have learned that I need to listen to my gut more. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Cindy's Applique Beauty!

I was so excited when Cindy showed me this quilt.  I love applique quilts!  They are a lot of work, but I really love how they look when they come off the frame.  This one was done by Cindy's mother.  She remember her working on it after 2000, but is not sure when she started it.   Her mother's work is beautiful!  It was an honor to get to work on this quilt. 

I did bead board in the outer part of the border.   It turned out wonderful, but some of the lines are over 28 inches, so my motorized fabric advance got a work out.   Have I told you how much I love, love, love my motorized fabric advance!  

I quilted curved swags in to the appliqued swags.  Then did a curly Q design between the sashing and the swags.  The sashing has a spaced ribbon candy in it.  The star of the quilting is the swirly meander in the applique blocks.  We had first thought about doing cross hatching, but I am so glad that we changed the plan.

Yes, I did stitch around all the applique!  Yes, even the dimensional pieces!  I also stitched in any of the applique that was larger then 4 inches.  I love the way the pineapple and vase turned out.
I even stitched on both sides of the needle work tendrils.

We used Tuscany Wool batting by Hobbs.  It was the perfect choice as it caused the applique to pop up without doing any trupunto work.  The back is just as spectacular. 
For thread I used cream Fil Tec Magna Glide bobbins and So Fine 402 on the top.  I started a brand new cone of So Fine when I loaded the quilt.  I have about 4 yards left on the cone, and I was a nervous wreck toward the end of the quilt because I was really worried I was going to run out and have to wait for my thread order to be able to finish the quilt.  Next time I am going to make sure that I have 2 cones before I start a big project.  

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hopeful Homes

In the Studio Elves post, you may have noticed a house quilt hanging on my new gridwall.   It is for my realtor, who has been working with us for about three years.  First looking for our new house and then helping us sell the  old one.  Since closing on the old house was on August 16th and she now knows about the quilt I can post it on my blog.
Lorraine had mentioned that she wanted a house quilt to hang in her office.  My Mom and I found the pattern for this quilt in Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. We started piecing the quilt right after I moved into the new house.  Toward the end of May, I decided that I need to finish it so that it would be ready when the old house sold.  I finished quilted the quilt in in the middle of June and we had a offer on the house soon afterward.  
Since I knew this was going to be a wallhanging, I got to heavily quilt it.  There is lots of detail on the houses, very heavy background fills and leaves and tendrils in the borders.  I used Superior's So Fine thread and Fil Tec's Glide thread on top.  And Fil Tec's Magna Glides in bobbin.  I feel kind of guilty, but after I showed Lorraine the quilt, I explained that it is going in a show in September and she will not get it until after then.  So we gave a cheesecake made by Matt that she could enjoy right away.  

Saturday, August 21, 2010

There have been elves in my studio!!!

I think I may be the luckiest girl alive!  Over the last couple of weeks there have been elves busy working in my studio.  My parents were here for 3 weeks!   My Mom was busy piecing 4 lone star blocks.  My Dad was busy installing things in my studio.  My poor husband did not enjoy the time quite as much because he had to have emergency surgery to remove his appendix.  He is doing great now, but has been given orders to never scare me like that again!

So, what are my happy elves install?  Why want every longarm studio needs, of course.  A new TV on a positionable arm.

But wait, there's more!  We also to a trip to the local fixture store and I purchase 4 gridwall panels.  And a trip to a home improvement store netted hortizontal blinds and a cover for the TV cords.  

I love my Studio Elves!  I am a very spoiled quilter!