Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Another Wreath Quilt

In case you missed my early post on Wreath Quilts.  I delivered 3 of these while I was in Houston this fall.   The were all custom quilted.  When it was time to tackle the 4th one I decided to see what could do that would be pretty, but would be edge to edge all over.  To do this I could not change threads like I had on the first 3 so I had to decide what color to use, I went for a mid tone beige.  I thought that if I went with Christmas red or green that it would compete with the wreath design in the beige areas.  I really like the way this quilt turned out, so much so that I did the 5th Wreath quilt the same way.

It is quilted with an all over Holly and Berry design that I made up as I went.  This is another all over that I am sure that I will use a lot in the future.  

Prairie Points...

I got to do a very special quilt for a customer.  She made it for her daughter for Christmas.  It is a memory quilt with pictures of her daughter and son growing up.  Judie did a beautiful job on this quilt.  She has the pictures professional printed on fabric.  This is her very first print and she did prairie points.  They were already attached to the top when I picked it up.   Since the backing need to be turn under and stitched, I need to leave space on the edge of the quilt. Here is a picture of the quilt on my frame.  I used low tack blue painter's tape to make were I did not want to stitch so that I did not have to mark the quilt with a marking pencil, pen or chalk.  It worked really well.

Did you also notice the flat head pins I used to pin down the prairie points.  I did this on all 4 sides making sure that all of the pins were parallel with my rollers.  It worked really well.  I also did long basting stitches to mount the top so that it would be easier for Judie to get them out when she was hand finishing the quilt edge.

You can see the flowers and leaves I did in the outer border, the feather and hook in the inner board and the all over leaf freehand that I did in the main body of the quilt.

I really like this all over leaf freehand.  I am sure that it will be a go to all over design.  It really adds a lot of dimension to the quilt.

The neat thing is that I am able to use it to frame things like the pictures on this quilt, as you can see in the corner of the block in the picture above.  It was a great choice for this very feminine quilt.

Flowers and Butterflies...

I thought I would post a couple pictures of some of my recent customer quilts.  This one was done by Emily for her daughter.  It is a pretty quilt, I did all over quilting with loops, flowers and butterflies.  The quilt turned out really cute.

I survived!

I just realized that I have not posted since the beginning of December.  It has been a really busy month!  I got all my customer Christmas quilts done a little early.  Yeah!  I probably could have taken more then I did, but knowing that we were going to Disney, I wanted to make sure that I could get the ones that I committed to done and back before we left.   I got them done the week before we went so that was great and I got to relax while we were there.  I did take an additional quilt it that I did between my return from Disney and Christmas.  I had a little open space and and she need a quilt done by Christmas so it was a perfect fit for both of us.  I am hoping to get a little time this evening to post some pictures.   I quilted quite a few first quilts for different people.  It is refreshing to get to know new quilters, they are always nervous to give me the tops, but so excited to see their quilts.

The new house is progressing and I will try to get some pictures up of it as well.  The outside is painted, the drywall is in and the driveway and sidewalks were poured last week.

The current house is putting up a bit of a fight.  The oven quit working last week.  We went out and looked at new ovens and then called GE to see how much it would be to fix the current one.  The repairman was out today and we got a new glow strip installed.  At least now I don't have to buy a new range.  :)  I do have to buy a new over the range microwave, the repair took one look at it and said replace it, it will cost a lot more then a replacement for me to work on it.    I thought I had blown up my vacuum on Sunday.  It was just a case of it sucking up something that didn't agree with it.   Matt fixed it... I so love that man!  He could not fix the new flat screen TV with will no longer turn on.  He called Samsung and it is still under warranty.  They are actually sending a tech out to the house to fix it.  I was sure that I was going to have to pay to have it shipped to a service center.  What a nice surprise.  And before you think there is something up with house, Matt's truck is trying to die as well.  I think we just keep things too long.  :)

We had a wonderful Christmas with Matt's family.  His sister and brother-in-law rented a house in Duck, NC, on the outer banks, and invited his parents and us to come with them.  The twins are doing great and we all had fun spoiling them.  We are all looking forward to next year when they will be a little older and able to open presents.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Planning for MQS

I stayed up to 1AM on December 1st so that I could register for MQS.   It was really easy this year and I got all the classes that I wanted.  YEAH!  I am so excited!   If someone would have told me a year ago that I would have been up at 1AM to register for quilting classes I would have thought they were nuts.  Funny how life can change so much in a year!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

They are in the mail!

Went to the post office this morning and mailed off the last of the Christmas Quilts for this year.  What a huge relief!  Now I just need to get the last of the local quilts done.  So, back to work I go!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Sampler Quilt

This beautiful sampler quilt is Nancy Nuestrem's first quilt.  She took a beginning quilting class at a local quilt store and they taught it using this sampler.  She did beautiful work!

I really like that they did both traditional piecing and needle turn applique.  Due to the applique this quilt really needed custom quilt.  I stitched around all of the applique and then did a swirly background fill.  I used quit a few of my favorite quilting tricks... Line dancing, continous curve, leaves, tendrils and roses.  This was a really fun quilt to work on!

Mystery Quilts

Wish Upon A Quilt sponsored their first mystery quilt last spring.  A group of friends and I went to the mountains and has a blast working on our mystery quilts.  It was amazing to see the mystery reveal itself, but seeing the tops as we finished them was amazing.  Our fabrics were all so very different, but all of our quilts turn out wonderful.  I posted pictures of my quilt when I quilted it this summer.  This week I got to quilt a couple of my friends quilts as well.  I just can believe how different they all look.  

Shawna picked out a really pretty print with a beige back ground with chocolate and gold in it that she used as here light fabric.  She used gold for her medium and chocolate for her dark.  It turned out beautiful.  I did custom quilting on her quilt.  Line dancing on the stars and ribbons in the gold.   

Lori chose a black fabric with bright butterflies and gold accents as her "light"  The she added bright green and hot pink as her medium and dark.  Her quilt ended up fun and vibrant. I used Heart & Soul Quilts' Star Swirl panto on her quilt.

This quilt pattern is amazing.   Not only have all the tops that I have seen looked great, but it also looks great with either custom quilting or a pantograph.  And I actually enjoyed doing the pantograph, which is a first for me.  I am usually a front of the machine custom quilting girl.  It was nice doing something different for a change.  

The Crab Quilt

I have mentioned my friend's Crab quilt in a couple of posts.  Here is what the crab looks like before I quilted it...

She came up with the crab design all by herself.   I LOVE this crab.  It is just too cute!  I decide to quilt swirls in the the blue areas and did paisley fill on the crab itself.  Large meander in the crabs on the sand fabric and bead boarded the dark blue border fabric.

Here is a closer picture of the quilting.

It is such a fun quilt!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Being on schedule feels great!

I just loaded the last quilt that absolutely has to be done by the end of this week.  YAHOOOOOO!  It is Theresa's Crab Quilt and should be lots of fun! 

I am hoping to get a chance to post some pictures this evening.  I just finished up 2 mystery quilts.  They are both the same pattern as mine, that I quilted this summer, but all 3 of the quilts look so different.  Lori and Shawna both did much better jobs piecing theirs then I did.  I was too busy laughing and having a good time.  I love that the quilts all look so different, but that they all look great!  Shawna's is done in chocolate and gold.  It is a very graphic quilt, but very neutral at the same time.  The fabrics make this quilt stunning.  Lori's is bright and bold.  Bright green and hot pink with black butterfly fabric. It is fun and vibrant! 

The quilt that I just finished is a sampler quilt and is the very first quilt that the piecer has every done.  She did a beautiful job.  I did custom quilting on it to make the needle turn applique pieces pop.   I can't wait for her to see the quilt tomorrow.  :)

Well, back to the Crab Quilt.  Lunch hour is offically over. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What was I thinking...

Matt and I have been thinking about buying a larger house for about 6 years.  We have been looking on and off for about 3 and seriously looking since August.   We have built both of our houses that we have owned thus far and decided that this time we would buy a resale.   Really we decided... I swear.  So can someone please tell us how we ended up signing a contract on a house under construction.  

For those of you who are not quilters, this is my busiest time of the year.   What was I thinking...  Luckily the house will not be finished until Feb 2010, but I did have to go and pick out everything they will put inside it.  It actually went pretty fast, because I was very motivated to get out of the Design Center and back into my Studio.  

The best thing about the new house... For me is a tie between the kitchen and my new Studio.  Those were the 2 things that were at the top of my list.  For Matt it is either the 3 car garage, the kitchen or his new home office.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Another Theresa Quilt

Theresa has been referring to this quilt as her Wild Quilt.  It is a very happy, bright batik quilt.  I quilted it using King Tut Cleopatra on the top and light periwinkle BOB in the bobbin.  I decided that I need to work on getting my swirls a little bigger so that is what I quilted on this quilt.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's on my frame?

I have a couple of friends that start out every phone call and email with, so what's on your frame.   I love that they are so supportive of my business and me.  Since I had a couple of those calls today, I thought I would take a picture and share with everyone.

Hmmm, that looks like another Theresa quilt.  :)  This one has much larger blocks at 11 inches finished.  And it's twin size.

I just love the tree fabric.  I don't think you can see the quilting.  I am using light blue thread on the top and bobbin.  And the quilting is called whimsy or loops.  This one will be coming off this afternoon and her crab quilt will be going on.  

Theresa's Quilts

I finally got chance to upload pictures from my camera.  Not that it is hard, I just need to actually have the camera and my laptop in the same room.  The first picture is of the Christmas Tree quilt.  Before you think that she can't take a picture, I went through and colored over the faces in Paint before I upload the picture.  I am kind of funny about the idea of putting peoples pictures on the web without their knowledge.

The second quilts is for one of her friends.  It had a very straight line feeling, so I had to stop that and put swirls on it.  Yes I know I have issues... 

She is doing a great job!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quilting with Friends

My friend Theresa came to NC to visit me last weekend.  She is the one that I taught how to cut 6.5 inch squares in January.   I quilted 3 quilts for her in the spring.   She brought 4 more quilt tops with her this time.  She has taught herself to do half square triangles and has been designing her own tops.  Just wait until you see the crab she designed in Excel.  It is just too cute!  And she made the most adorable Christmas tree quilt which has family pictures on it that she printed on fabric.  

I showed her how to add borders and gave her some tips to help her with piecing.  We also made a quick top while she was here.  I quilted 2 of the tops and have 3 to quilt and send to her.   She was here less then 72 hours.   It was a busy weekend, but we had a blast! 

Friday, October 23, 2009

Back to work!!!

I have been busy since returning from Houston.  I picked this quilt up on the way home from the airport.

It is a wild quilt with lots of fun and happy fabric!  I wanted to do something on it that would not cause excess movement.  So I decided on Continuous Curve.  I used Lakeside Quilt Company's Triple Play ruler.  It makes curves easy because the hopping foot is following the inside of the curve instead of the outside like it would be on a circle.  I did have to switch over to a larger circle for the larger curves in the large squares on the quilt.  I have a really cool circle set by Off the Edge that has multiple sizes of circles.  

Here is a close up of the continuous curves:

It ends up making a large orange peel design.  

Here is close up of one of the blocks:

I used a lavender thread that matched the dots in the khaki background fabric on top and a royal purple to match the backing in the bobbin.  We used a Dream Company's Black Poly batting.  This is the first time I have used this batting and I have to say it really surprised me.  I did not expect it to feel so soft.  If I had not known it was Poly, I would have thought it was cotton.  It also shows great stitch definition.   

If you would like to see the quilt in person, it will be in Wish Upon a Quilt early in November.   They have Brandon Mably's fabric line and  kits are available for this quilt.  

Quilt Festival

These are not the best pictures in the world, but I wanted to give you an idea of the size of Quilt Festival.  The convention center is HUGE and it is crowded with quilters!   I took these pictures from the second floor through the big round red framed windows that look down on the convention floor.   I was shooting through the glass of the window, so there is an issue with reflections, but I think you can get an idea of the size and crowds.  The first picture is of the food area.  This was Thursday afternoon at about 1:30PM and there are very few seats available.  What you don't see are the huge lines of people waiting to order.   Trust me the lines were long, I just did not take a picture of them.

The next picture is of one of the rows of the vendor mall.  It does not look as crowded as it feels when you are down there.

Want to see what the rest of the floor looked like?  Well the next picture is what is to the right of the 2nd pictures.

It is kind of hard to see, but there is a beige wall at the far end.  All the beautiful show quilts are on the other side of that wall.

If you get a chance you should go to Houston.  The classes were awesome, the vendor mall was terrific and there is not a adjective that is good enough to describe the quilts!  

Hope to see you there next year!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Finally home!

I finally made it home yesterday.  I had a lot of fun in Houston at Market and Festival.  Of course, getting a couple days of with my nephew was great as well.  With the exception of my husband, my whole family was in Houston at my sister's house this weekend.  

I have to say that the bus system for Quilt Market worked extremely well.  We stayed at the Doubletree so we used the bus a lot.  The quilts in the show were beautiful! 

I was only at the Festival vendor mart for part of Thursday.  I really don't like crowds and it is CROWDED!  Mom and I had gone to preview the night before.  My sister came down to do the show on Thursday so we went back with her.  Next year I may just go to the preview night. 

I will try to post a picture of the crowd in the next couple of days.  I took a picture looking down on the vendor mall Thurday afternoon. 

Now, back to work.  I have several quilts that I need to do in next couple of days.  :) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Longarm Classes

I have just finished up two days of longarm classes.  Yesterday I took a class with Gina Perkes.  It was awesome!  She was talking about things that can inspire longarm designs and different ways to fill quilting spaces.
Today I took Quilting within the Lines with Pam Clarke and a class on running a longarm business with Linda Taylor.  I really learned a lot in Pam's Class.  I am sure I will be ordering some of her templates to play with.  I did not really learn anything new in Linda's class, but I still really enjoyed it.

Quilting is a small wonderful world!

I got to see a couple of my mom's friends while at market.  Colleen and Chloe from Toadusew and Cathy Messner a fellow longarmer that has done some quilting for them and was here to help them out it their booth.   It was nice getting to see all of them again.  I even got to see a couple of quilts that Cathy quilted.  :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hi from Market!

Have you ever wondered what Market looks like.  I took this picture last night after sample spree.  There were still vendors busy setting up their booths.  I was trying to get a shot of the length of the vendor mall.  I had an issue with the glass reflecting the red frame of the windows. 

 Here is one of one of the rows.  

I stopped by to say hi to Mary Corcoran and Janice Pope.

Look how cute Janice's booth looks!

Yesterday was a busy day.  We left our hotel at 8AM and got back to our room at 10PM.  Luckily we looked at our class list, because we thought our class with Eleanor Burns was on Sunday, but it was at 8AM this morning.  Yikes.  

We took a class on Eleanor Burn's Day And Night quilt.   She is a hoot!  The quilt is very graphic and fun.  It is also easy.  We were out of the room by 9:30 and we all had completed at least one block. 

Then vendor mall opened.   It is so much fun just walking around and looking at all the quilts.  I have also been doing research on batting.  Pellon has a new black batting that feels really nice.  I want to get some to play with.  Mom had to trick me to get a hold of the sample, I was walking through market rubbing it because it feels so good.  

I visited the APQS booth.  I miss my Millie!  I even sat down and played on the George.  OMG, even I was able to free motion on it.  Wow!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Houston, Here I Come!!!!

I have packed the 3 Christmas Wreath quilts up as they will be traveling to Houston in my carry on.  I just can't get myself to check the quilts.  Logically, I know that TSA is not interested in my quilting, but I really want them to get to my customer.  I can't wait to see the reaction to these quilts. 

All I need to do is finish packing my clothes.  Then get a good night's sleep and off I go to the airport.  :)

For anyone that wants to set a drop off date for their quilt, I will be checking my email throughout my trip.  My voicemails are emailed to me so I will return those calls as well.   I will be talking several Longarm classes while I am there and I am sure I will have new ideas to share!

I am taking my camera and will post pictures a couple times while I am gone.  I will try to get a picture of Janice Pope in her booth to share with you.  I am really excited for her and hope that she gets loads of orders while she is there.  Cathy McKillip has assured me that she will be talking to the fabric companies, so it looks like my credit cards will continue to be in danger when I walk into her store.  I am sure she will order all kinds of goodies for us to love on while she is there. 

I am sure that I will run into other local ladies while I am there.   I hope everyone traveling has safe trips, that we have fun while we are there and that we have lots to share when we get home!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Three Down...

Woo Hoo!!! I finished Christmas Wreath #3!

First here are a couple of pictures of #2.  The only thing that is different from #1 is the borders.  I quilted holly leaves in #2.

Here is the back that shows the border.  It is really hard to see on the front of the quilt.

Now for #3.  I decided to do an all over in the center part of #3.  I love seeing how the quilting really changes the look of the quilt.  #3 looks so different from #1 and #2, but I still like it.

Here is a close up of the quilting on the front of #3.

And here is what the back looks like.

Now I need to decide what to do on #4, #5 and #6.   :)

Two Down...

I finished the second Christmas Wreath quilt Wednesday evening.  I have enough room to load the third onto the same backing so I did.  I am almost finished with it as well.  The first 2 were custom, the second is more of an an all over with 2 border treatments.   I can't stop my self and I did SID both of the borders on all of the quilts.  I just really like the way it looks and it does a good job in stabilizing the quilt.  I am going to load a tablerunner on next and then a different Christmas wallhanging.  I just need a break before attacking Christmas Wreaths 4, 5, & 6.  

I will take picture of #2 & 3 when they come off the frame.  I don't think that #1 and #2 will look different from each other from the front.  Since the thread matchs well you really can't see what I did in the borders on the front of #2, but it will definately show on the back. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One Down...

I finished the first of the Christmas quilts.  Yeah!

I liked doing the background fill on this one.  I did piano keys in the outer border.  I really like how piano keys, but I have been trying to get myself to do other border treatments.

If you look closely you can see the holly in the leaf areas.  

This is how the center turned out.
See I really did piano keys in the outer border.... I love piano keys.  Good thing my customer doesn't mind them.  ;)  And now pictures of the back.   

One more...

The next one is loaded on, I am hoping to get 2 done tomorrow.  

Monday, September 28, 2009

What I am working on today...

Here is what is on my frame today.

I am doing 6 of these quilts.  This is only number 1.  It is going to be a long week  here at Thread Waggle.  I have not decided if they will all be the same or if I will do something different on each one.  I have been thinking about doing different background fills on each one. 

 I am doing Holly leaves and ribbons in the green leaf areas.  

A swirly McTavish like back ground file.  When I stablized the quilt I did arcs in the converse and concave areas so that it will have a lovers knot design on the back of the quilt.  

Now I just need to get going on the borders, then on to #2.  

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quilting on the Wild Side

I have recently decided that I love black and white quilts. They always seem to look crisp and clean.  I got to quilt one last month that the has dalmation print Minkie as the backing fabric.  Boy does Minkie shed.  I must have lint brushed that quilt 40 times to try to get the fibers off the front.  I like the weight that they Minkee gives the quilt.  The texture is just makes you want to cuddle with it.

I liked the border treatment that I did on this quilt.  It kind of looks like the fiddle head scroll on a violin.  It is hard to see the block quilting, even in person.  You can see it on the back of the quilt because Minkee gets a sculpted look when it is quilted.   While you can't see the quilt pattern in my picture, it is College Bound by Anything But Boring.  Janice does a terrific job designing her patterns.  I did not even recognize the pattern at first because it looks so different made out of black and white.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Current Project Update

I did a post on current projects early this month.  My goal was to get up to date on The Quilt Show BOM that I am doing and the current mystery quilt at Wish Upon A Quilt.  I am happy to report that I am up to date on both of those projects.  Yeah!  I also started working on this year's Thimbleberries Club which I had only completed Month 1.  I am up to Month 4 now.  Woo Hoo!  (small personal victory dance!!!)

I will not get to work on any of these projects until after Quilt Market/ Festival next month in Houston.  But at least I won't be doing too much catch up. 

No more peicing for me this month. Time to post the "Gone Quilting" sign and get to work on the longarm. 

New name?

I think I may have misnamed my company.  I was looking at the photos of my customer quilts and there is an overwhelming theme.  I am not sure if this is normal or not, but I have done A LOT of christmas quilts.   Christmas themed quilts, that is.   Trust me, I can quilt holly!  Which will come in handy for the next 6 quilts as they are all Christmas themed quilts.   The worst part is that I know that I will start signing christmas carols as I am quilting them.   Then I won't be able to get those songs out of my head.  

So what do you think... Crazy Christmas Quiltier, Quirky Christmas Quilter, Caroling Christmas Quilter...

I think I will just keep what I have, because when it comes right down to it...

I still make thread waggle.  :)

Congratulation Matt and Kathy!

Congratulation on the birth of your twins!  We are so excited that our family has grown and that there are babies to spoil!  And a big welcome to the family to Owen and Ella!

Monday, September 14, 2009

My current projects

Over Labor Day weekend I actually got to do some piecing.  I had so much fun!  I decided that I would do the Block of the Month from http://www.thequiltshow.com/ this year.  I was really good about doing this monthly for the first 3 months.  Then I started getting busy and did not work on it as often.  At the end of  August I suddenly realized that I was 4 months behind and the September instructions were coming soon.  So I started marathon piecing between quilting jobs and house hunting.   I did a pretty good job of getting caught up, I just need to finish August and September.   Plus I would like to get Steps 1 & 2 of the mystery quilt for Wish Upon a Quilt done this month.  I would really like to be caught up with everything before Houston Market/Festival next month so that I can enjoy myself while I am there.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Baby Twin Quilts

I have delivered the quilts to my sister-in-law, I really wanted her to see them in person before I posted these pictures. The first picture has both of the quilts and the appliqued diaper hanger. The baby boy quilt is really soft in person but does not look that way in pictures. She wanted two very different quilts for the twins.
She is using chocolate brown sheets and has creamy yellow walls in the nursery. Her rocker is sage green. And the colors for the quilt were taken out of the really cute artwork that they purchased for the nursery.
The Baby Boy quilt is really very traditional. In person you can change your focus and get different shapes the picture really highlights the cream diamond shapes.
My sister-in-law saw a much bigger version of this quilt in Super Simple Strips by Nancy Smith and Lynda Mulligan. She really surprised me by noticing the quilting. She keep looking at the quilt and then finally asked if I could quilt like that. I realized at that point that she had never seen anything that I have longarmed. My quilting is a little different then the books, of course, but does give the quilt the same windy movement. The challenge for me was the applique the quilting was the fun part of the quilt.

Now every needs to keep their fingers crossed that one of those twins really is a girl. We are hoping that we won't find out for sure until mid-September.

Mystery in the Mountains

I am finally getting the pictures of my mystery quilt off the camera. If you happened to see the mystery quilts on the Wish Upon a Quilt blog, mine is quilt #3. I know it is a shock, but mine is the one with the green background. (This from the girl typing on the green laptop wearing a green T-Shirt....) Even I would not have thought to use this much bright green in a quilt. That really is the beauty of mystery quilts. They work no matter what you choose. I started with the brown and green batik that I fell in love with and then used a solid brown and the famous solid lime green batik as my dark and light fabrics. I LOVE THIS QUILT! And I had a blast quilting it. I am not a huge fan of the border I did. It added tons of texture and was fun to quilt, I think it is just not me. But I would do it again if someone else wanted it. There is lots of line dancing. And a design that I learned in Sue Patten's Feather Alternatives class at MQS. I really just played on this quilt since it is mine. And as a bonus.... (drum roll please)... I have a quilt that I made on my guest room bed. Normally the quilter has no quilts of their own. So with out further ado, I would like to present my mystery quilt... Mint Chocolate Mountain Mystery

Friday, August 21, 2009

Paula's Quilt

This is a quilt that my Mom pieced for a good friend Paula. She was planning on quilting in on my DSM while she was visiting, but I did in on the longarm for her instead. I did loops with roses and leaves. It was really quick and fits this soft, sweet quilt.

Woo Hoo!!!!

The baby quilts are done! All I have left to do is deliver them to my sister-in-law and then put labels on them after the twins make their grand arrival. I will post pictures of them after they are delivered. She should get to see them first. :) The crib skirts, diaper stacker and quilts have been a joint effort. My sister-in-law poured through quilt books looking for quilts she liked and told me what colors she was thinking about for the nursery. Then my Mom came up and helped with sewing the crib skirts, diaper stacker and laying out the applique for the Baby Girl quilt. I got to actually use my domestic sewing machine. That just does not happen often since the longarm came to live here. And of course I got to quilt both of the quilts so that the longarm would not feel left out.

I love both of the quilts. The Baby Boy quilt is more traditional peicing and is definately in my comfort zone. It sort of looks like Xs and Os with the way the blocks interact. The Baby Girl quilt is more contemporary and is the first true machine applique I have ever done. It screams GIRL! It is so sweet and flowery.

In case there was ever a doubt, I have the best Mom in the world! She came up to visit and was stuck in my studio for days. We normally quilt when she is here but this was marathon sewing. She did a lot of the sewing for me so that I could quilt customer quilts. I could not have gotten this done without her. I was starting to think I would be giving the Baby Girl her quilt for college graduation.

APQS Road Show

APQS is bringing machines to Raleigh for a Road Show.

Date: August 25
Time: 1PM-4PM
Place: Holiday Inn Express Raleigh/Wakefield
11400 Common Oaks drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
To attend please contact Alison @ APQS 1.800.426.7233

This seminar is designed for quilters who do not currently own a longarm machine and want to learn all they can before investing in a quilting machines. Bring a notebook and pen, plus all your questions - we'll answer them!

If you're a current longarm owner and are looking for classes to enhance your quilting skills, visit our website at
www.apqs.com and click on the "education and event" tab for more information.

Here is just a sample of what you'll learn...
  • Supplier Information - Discover resources for templates, batting, patterns, freehand instuction, manuals, wholesale contacts, thread, etc.
  • Business Ideas - Learn business philosophies, products and services, pricing, marketing and income forecasting. (You'll even get a Sample Business Plan to get you up and running right away!)
  • Machine Features - Explore the differences between each machine model including standard and optional features, table & frame designs, etc.
  • Basic Machine Maintenance - See how easy it is to oil, clean, and service your machine to provide years of quilting fun!

Each session includes ample time for your questions and to test drive each machine.

These APQS models will be available for your test drive...


Freedom SR