Saturday, July 10, 2010

Christmas in July

I have been waiting to post this until the Christmas in July reveal party at Wish Upon a Quilt.  I got quilt one of the store samples for this event.  I is a really whimsical quilt.  I believe that the pattern is Urban Cabin by Terry Atkinson.  I apologize for the strange picture of the whole quilt.  I was taking the picture at the last minute before I dropped the quilt off.  I will take a picture of it hanging in the store and post that on Saturday when I get back from the reveal.   
You can kind of see the texture in the picture, but you really can't see the designs themselves.  Cathy mentioned trees and snowflakes when we were talking about the quilting for this quilt.  I did a meander with loops and snowflakes in the blue background.  I love that Cathy chose such a not traditional color for the background of the quilt.  It really makes the quilt so much more fun!
In the large rectangle I did a tree with a star on top and then did a couple small border fills in the 2 L shaped spaces.
Here is a pictures of the trees that I quilted around the boarder of the quilt.  I purposely made them all different sizes.  I really like how the quilt turned out. 

Friday, July 9, 2010

APQS Beginner's Class In Raleigh, NC!


With the beginner class offered at APQS, our goal is to teach you the skills you'll need to accomplish a typical quilting project on your new longarm machine. This class is designed to be an introduction to machine quilting after you have made yourself familiar with your machine controls. Whether you intend to start a business or just want to get your quilts done faster, you'll learn valuable techniques to accomplish your projects creatively and efficiently. This class is mostly "demonstration" so we can squeeze in as much information as possible. 

We will cover specific topics during each class, however, each class is unique and based on the needs of the students. We encourage questions and active participation -- you're here to learn!

Bring all your questions about operating the machine, business practices, thread, tension and anything else you can think of. This is a demonstration/lecture class. No hands on time will be available. Information we will cover includes:

  • Starting a business
  • Thread, tension, batting
  • Deciding how to quilt a quilt
  • Dealing with problem quilts
  • Different methods for loading quilts
  • Pantographs
  • Borders
  • Stitching a block
  • Marking quilt designs
  • Ruler work

 *Free to qualified new APQS owners or $200

When:
Saturday, July 24, 2010
9:30AM- 4PM
 
Where:
Thread Waggle Quilting
 
Space is limited so, call Angela to reserve your space.  919-576-9897
 
If  this is not a good date, call me so that we can arrange a future date for you to attend.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Alaska Star

Brenda Jones brought me another beautiful top to quilt.  When she picked up the Lover's Knot quilt she mentioned that she had almost thrown that top away.  She went home and called me about 3 hours later and the binding was done.  I am so happy that she loves the quilt and that she decided to have it quilted.  She brought it back with her today so that I could see it completed.  It was one of the harder quilts to give back to a customer, but I know that it has a good home and will be loved.

Today she picked up this beauty.  It was actually on the frame when she picked up the Lover's Knot so she had seen the very beginning of what I was doing.  I am sure that it looked strange at the time, I had just started stablizing it and had quilted the circles around the first row of half stars.   There was no background file yet because I had not decided what I wanted to do and I had not done any work in the borders. 
I did swirls in the borders, a circle with a quarter inch echo around the stars, a swirly design in the star points and swirly meandering.  I left the background inside the circle empty to show off the stars and the circles.  I really like the effect it has on the quilt. 
I love how the circles turned out.   I really like the texture difference between the heavy fill and the blank space. 

She brought me another Alaska Star top today.  I am looking forward to doing something totally different on it.  It is scrappy and made from homespuns.  It is just screaming cuddle with me. 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Play Time for a Good Cause

What do you do when you want to play with your new tricked out longarm, but don't have a lot of time?  Load a donation baby quilt!  This cute top was pieced by Margaret for our our guilds Quilts 4 Kids charity.
 
Margaret just happened to be at Wish Upon a Quilt when I was delivering a customer quilt.  She is trying to get several baby quilts done before our July guild meeting and I offered to quilt the one she had with her at the time.  She bought backing for it and off I went to quilt. 

After I installed my new wheels last weekend, I really wanted to play on my machine.  I decided to do my swirly meander on the baby quilt because it adds a lot of texture.