Thursday, March 25, 2010

Studio is packed!

It's official, my studio is packed!  My longarm will be taken down and moved this weekend.  I will not be doing any pick-ups or drop-offs, that are not already scheduled, between now and April 1st.  I will post on my blog when my Millie is set up and ready for visitors at the new studio.  I will be checking my business line during the move, but may not get back to you until the next business day.   If you are tying to schedule a quilt, please leave me a message and I will call you back to schedule a meeting after the chaos is over.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Funky lighthouses

I just loaded this quilt today.  I just love the funky lighthouses.    I decided to do a swirly wind looking file behind them.   I will post more pictures later in the in the week when I finish the quilt.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Getting ready for the big move...

I think we are almost ready for the big move.  I can't believe that we are closing next week.  We did our final walk on Monday and I just stood and enjoyed my new studio.  It is so much brighter then my current one.  I can't wait to get everything set up so that I can quilt in there.  Of course that does mean I have to get these last 3 customer quilts I promised I would have done before the move,  so that I can take my beloved Millie apart.  The head will be traveling to it's new home in the safety and comfort of my car.  No way I am letting movers touch my Millie head...  I am only partially taking my frame apart.  I am just taking the poles off and the "ladder" and trusses so that I don't have to totally reassemble it at the other end.   I need to get it back up so that I can get to the rest of the quilts in line.  

I should really take a couple pictures of my old sewing room and dining room so that you can see the boxes that have been stacked for the past couple of weeks.  It is just a little overwhelming. 

I will post a picture of my lastest mystery quilt after the reveal party at Wish Upon a Quilt on Saturday.  I got a little carried away and put way too many borders on it.  I am thinking of naming it the Monster Quilt of Mystery, because it was a real pain to quilt. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Janice Pope's Round Robin

This beautiful Round Robin Quilt belongs to Janice Pope.  A lot of hard work and love went into making this quilt top.  Janice is a member of the BFF quilt bee.  If you happened to be at the December 2009 Capital Quilt Guild meeting, the BFF bee showed all of their tops that they had recently gotten back.  It was amazing to see how different and beautiful they all are.  
I got to spend a lot of time with this quilt while I was quilting it for Janice.  The batik fabrics really sparkle in this quilt.  Janice wanted different designs quilted in each border.  I had a lot of fun picking out designs and working on the quilt.  

To give you perspective the crosshatching in the appliqued ribbon boarder is 1/2 inch squares.  I love the texture it give the quilt.  I stitched in the ditch around everything.  It was extremely time consuming, but was really worth the time.   

I did soft swirly files in some areas to counter the straight lines in the piecing and the crosshatching.

I wanted to keep the graphic quality of the solid black so I changed to black thread and did quilting that would hide a little more and let the fabric sing.  

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Olympic Challenge Quilt - Better late than never!

Yes, I knew I was crazy to even attempt to do an entire quilt during the Olympics.  And, yes, I knew that I had just loaded a custom quilt and that I probably would not be able to actually get the challenge quilt on the frame.  I was actually very happy to just get the top pieced before the closing ceremony started last week.  Funny thing is most of the other people doing the challenge did not actually get their quilts done either.  Nancy  did finish her beautiful Day and Night quilt. You can see pictures of it on her blog.

Anna of extended the challenge because most of us did not get our quilts finished.   So not only did I finish the custom quilt I have been working on,   I also finished another customer quilt that I delivered on Saturday and I quilted my Challenge quilt.  It a true study in neutral batiks.  
This is only small section of the quilt.  It is twin sized.  I did say that I knew I crazy right?