Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fern Fill

I have been trying to email this pictures to Mame for several days and they just won't go.  So I decided to post them to my blog so that she could see pictures of her quilt.   The batik quilt she pieced is beautiful, but then I am a known batik freak.   I decided to do a border treatment of undulating ferns.  Kind of like an undulating feather, but more organic.  For some reason I like ferns better on batiks then feathers.  

 I treated all of the borders as one border.  
 Here is a picture of the body of the quilt while it was still on my frame.  I really like the texture of the all over fern fill.
 One more picture that really shows the ferns.
I really like how the quilt turned out and had a blast doing the ferns on this quilt. 

APQS Beginner's Class In Raleigh, NC!

I still have one opening left in the APQS Beginner's Class on December 8th.  If you have been thinking about coming, now is the time to contact me.

I had a couple people that were not able to join us on December 8th, so I have scheduled another APQS Beginner's Class on January 9, 2012.  Space is filling up in this class as well.

If you are still interested and neither of these dates works, contact me and I will work with you to get a date that works for you!  919-576-9897

Monday, November 14, 2011

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 

Thursday, December 8th
9:30AM- 4PM

Lunch will be provided

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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

APQS Road Show

APQS is bringing machines to Raleigh for a Road Show!

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Time: Noon  to 3PM
Place: Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley Hotel
4100 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27612

To register contact Jen Schlie at 800-426-7233 or jen@apqs.com

They are loading up the APQS truck with machines for you to try on the Bliss Drive system.  Plus George will be making his Raleigh debut. 

Here is just a sample of what you'll learn:
  • Machine Features - Find the right machine for your quilting style as you explore 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! 
  • Supplier Information - Discover resources for templates, batting, patterns, freehand instruction manuals, thread, and education.
  • Business Ideas - Learn business philosophies, products and services, pricing, wholesale resources, marketing and income forecasting. You'll even get a Sample Business Plan to get you up and running right away. 
Plus there will be time for you to get your hands on the machines and have some longarm fun! 

For more information check out APQS.com

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thimbleberries Hometown Christmas - Part 2

As promised in Part 1, I have close up pictures!  Most of these were taking while the quilt was on the frame.  Check out those swags in the outer border.  I bought a new template set for doing swags while at MQS in May.   I love the way they look and I just can't believe how easy they were.  I used Mindy Wylie's Angel Swags to quilt the border.  
 I quilted every house on the quilt differently.  It became a mission to think up how I could make them all look like they could live in the same neighborhood, but still have their own personality.
I love the way I quilted the trunk on the trees.
 I had fun trying to figure out ways that I could get all they way across the body of the quilt without breaking thread.  I think that this is the mission of most longarmers.   And that included the Stitch in the Ditch.
 I bought a couple more new templates at MQS.  I bought 2 different rope templates.  I have used them both and I have to say that I am really impressed with Deloa Jones' Rope-A-Dope!  
I love when I find new tools that really work for me.  Both the Angel Swags and the Rope-A-Dope where terrific finds that I will use often!

Thimbleberries Hometown Christmas - Part 1

OK, so if you have seen the Thimbleberries Hometown Christmas quilt in person, you know it is HUGE! So huge that blogging about it will be done in several posts.

A good friend, Barb trusted me with her Hometown Christmas Quilt.  My Mom and her got their kits at the same time and work on them on and off at their local quilt store's Thimbleberries Camp.  (Read that as I have another one of these to quilt...)

There was a debate in my house over where we could get a picture of the entire quilt.  Matt is actually holding the top of it and hiding behind it.  It is hanging off of my back porch, which is about 9 feet off the ground.  This took me a long time to custom quilt, but I wanted it to be special.  Barb is a very special person and I wanted her to love her quilt!
I love how the back shows off the quilting.  It makes all the work worth it!  In Part 2 I will show you some close ups of the some of the blocks and talk about the new longarm templates that I used.   

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Where have I been for the last 2 months?

I can't believe that it is has been 2 months since I last posted.   NC Quilt Symposium was in full swing and I was having a lot of fun letting everyone play on my APQS Millennium.  I really enjoyed getting to share my love of longarm quilting with so many people.

On the Sunday that Symposium closed I loaded up my longarm, and dropped it back off at my Studio.  I then loaded my car again and left that day for 5 weeks with my parents.   It was great to be able to go down and help out and I got to see my nephew for 2 weeks which is a very rare treat.   Lincoln, the newest member of our family, got to go out on my parents boat.  It was only the second time he has been on a boat and he seemed to have a good time.

After my return, I needed to get ready for Shannon, aka Doodlebug.  She was here for 5 days to do classes for the Carolina Longarm Association.  Her classes were awesome and it was wonderful to actually meet her in person. We have been planning this for the last 9 months and it just does not seem possible that I had never actually meet here until she showed up for stay.  My house is very quiet now that classes are over.  And Lincoln is having Shannon withdrawal.

I have learned that when you take a long break from blogging that it is very hard to get back to it.  I have been meaning to post since mid July.  

Friday, June 3, 2011

NC Quilt Symposium!

If you are not at the NC Quilt Symposium, you are missing all the fun!  The quilts are beautiful!  We are having a blast and the vendors are great!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Susan's Quilt

Mom pieced this quilt for a friend that was starting Chemo.  She brought it up when she came to visit in March and I quilted it while she was here.  While I can see several ways to custom quilt this pattern, we just did not have the time with this one.  I quilted it with my all over swirl meander.  I really like the way it turned out.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Joyce's Africa Quilts

Last fall I quilted a Hoffman beauty for my friend Joyce.  She has been busy piecing and here are two more quilts that we have worked on.

 This quilt is made from beautiful African fabrics that Joyce has collected.  The machine appliqued circles really feature the fabrics.
 It is all over quilted with 3&Es which add texture and movement int he background
 The second quilt is also made with African fabrics, all of which had shiny gold paint on them.  I am not sure if it is really paint, but it was stiffer then a dye.  She used a solid black to set off the bright fabric and appliqued huts on the bottom border
For this one I did a "straight line" meander.  It does not show well in the pictures but looks awesome in person.  Thanks to my friend, Shannon aka Doodlebug, for the suggestion!  I can see myself using this fill often! I thought I had taken a picture of the back of the quilt, but can't find it.  She pieced the back of the quilt, it is a HUGE house.  If I can find it I will post it later because it was really a neat back.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Is it really already April? Yikes!

I have been working away.  I have also been being a very bad blogger.   The quilts have been quilted, pictures have been taken but I just never seem to post anything.  So, I have put a week day reminder in my phone to post.  Not that I really think it will make me do it, but I am going to at least going to pretend to make the attempt.

Here is a picture of a quilt that I recently finished for Beth.
 It is a very sweet kissing 9 patch.  I love the fabrics that she chose.  I did swirls and line dancing in the body of the quilt.  In the setting triangles I did curved crosshatching and formal feathers.
I had so much fun doing the setting triangles on the is quilt.