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.