PLEASE be available by email or phone when I start on your quilt.
IT IS SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR if we/I will let it be
As we work, I know someone will receive a special treasure of love this year.
Thank you for letting me be a small part of it.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
The infamous question, no?
Think 2-3 panto quilts per week depending on quilt sizes & those
We all know how those can be!
As for binding, the best I can say is be patient.
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To me, blogging is showing off your quilts
& sharing the process. Anytime anyone is uncomfortable with anything I post, please let me know & out it will go!.
Four quilts similar yet different. Three will be Christmas gifts.
Sometimes I just get a feeling about someone. Buddy is one of those. I could no more refuse to do his quilts even though the hour is late than I could stop longarming. Can't explain it.
Don't have to.
Perhaps Buddy will share the story behind these quilts. Certainly, It is not my place to do so.
Meet Buddy & Jeannie
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Cancer may have taken our loved one from us but her precious memories live on.
We met in high school interior design class, courted, married and enjoyed the miracle of family. Extended family celebrated our 43rd anniversary the last week of Jeannie’s life. She passed the 1st of October.
These quilts represent the radiant, joyful soul of Jeannie Linson. The squares are mostly from the clothes she wore while enjoying her Cozy Cushions upholstery shop. The butterfly backing I chose remembering a beautiful day from our last trip to North Carolina in April.
In 1994 she and her best friend Lori opened Cozy Cushions. Hmm! Some folks chuckled at the name. But let me tell you; the two new best friends were a joy to watch. Their combined talents really created some beautiful things. They reconditioned a civil war era chair for a customer in California, they built an oil rig winter curtain for Prudhoe, and they either recovered or made anything they set their hearts to. Jeannie’s little shop became one of the best in Alaska. Cozy Cushions was a real WOW moment in Jeannie’s and the family’s life! She made dozens of new friends and impressed all of us with her work.
The meaning of these quilts to our kids (two daughters and a son) will be dear to them. Not only because they are from their loving Mother but because their Mom taught each of them the beauty of life and the art of sewing.
Missing her will be hard but remembering all the gorgeous things Jeannie gave us will make it easier.
I sincerely thank Dina, Brandi, Ginger and now Linda for these treasures of love that will last lifetimes.
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Nov 29: First contact by phone. Without hesitation, I agreed to do 3 of his 4 quilts for Christmas even though the hour was late. Without hesitation, he shipped them immediately and ordered backing online.
Dec 01: Spoke to Buddy. Everything is on the way. AND he has decided to take care of the binding. That is a huge stress and load of work off me.
Dec 02: The quilt tops are here. The backing is on the way straight from the vendor. Beth
was here when Buddy called & has graciously volunteered to help me get these done as promised. Gorgeous Butterfly Blue backing is on the way from Fabrics.com.
Dec 04: Buddy & I finally connected by email & he has shared his story & some photos (above). Will be using wool batting for its loft, light weight & warmth.
Dec 05: The backing is here & I just happen to have the perfect shade for bobbins. Using a variegated on top.
Dec 07: Before Beth gets here, I want to cut the backing for all four quilts, cut the batting (&/or use some packaged wool I have ... all from Quilters Dream) and program IQ. I'll be winding the bobbins since none of my prewounds match as well. Might even get the first top prepped & ready to load. I'm thinking I will go ahead and make the binding from the extra wide backing as I trim it down for each quilt. Better get some rest first ...
There is no way I can top this photo by Kim.
All my poor attempt does is show perspective.
That is a large star!
Backing is colorfully & lightly pieced.
Nov 26: On the way. Kim is exploring options with her sister (recipient)--texture, stippling, panto, a combination of these...
Nov 29: The quilt is here.
Nov 30: Exploring pattern options.
Dec 06: Prepped (thread, batting, pressing), ready to load ..... The pattern for this quilt has one of the longest stitching times I have ever done & then only on quilts that maxed out my table. I think it is going to be gorgeous and well worth the time. It's 2:30 ... will be back at 4:00 to load. I want to ship this tomorrow. Loaded, basted & ready to quilt ... after supper. Quilting. Finished just past midnight.
Dec 07: Boxed and ready to go.
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Nov 27: The quilt arrived at my door today in spite of bitter cold weather & a white driveway. I have decided to do this one out of sequence so I can ship both to Joan on Friday. I'll load it tonight & quilt it tomorrow & still have time to enjoy Thanksgiving. There is no friend for whom I am more thankful than Joan. I keep losing count but I think this is quilt/project #31 from Joan to the cabin.
Nov 28: Loaded & quilting using Bottom Line Silver thread and 6" rows. After completing the first pair of rows (one roll of the quilt), I meant to take a picture. I checked the stitches on the back & then unrolled for the photo shoot. Rolled the quilt, clamped the sides, pin basted, realized I forgot again to take the photo. Shoot! Shut down the system knowing I was too tired to continue. Took a shot of the rolled up quilt instead. Oh, and I'll be binding this one.
Nov 29: More photos. Squared. Started on the binding. And the binding is attached, clamped & ready for the needle... in the morning.
Amy Newton's quilt top pattern is really called Hugs & Kisses.
I still like White Diamonds
Nested in Purple. Okay, I concede that I sure missed the XO's but there they are! And I just recently quilted some XOXO's.
Still -- Just stunning!
Nov 22: First contact by phone
Nov 25: The quilt is here
Dec 04: Hugs & kisses to you, Amy. Thanks for graciously letting me postpone your quilt until after Christmas. And now we know to quilt this medium to loose.
Nov 17: First contact by online form
Nov 19: Pattern selected
Nov 21: Quilt shipped
Nov 23: The quilt is here.
Nov 24: Thread & density are settled. Planning is complete.
Dec 04: Loaded & ready to baste.
Dec 05: Basting & testing thread tension. I knew the combination of batiks on top, batiks on back & 40 wt. (thick).King Tut cotton thread would be a challenge. Only took 2 hours just to get the tension right. Finally quilting but not totally happy with the back. Spent another hour on it so know that it is absolutely the best I can do. I sure do appreciate Heidi's graciousness & understanding with the challenges of longarming this quilt. Called Superior Threads and took their advice. A bit better. Proceeding. The thread hung in the bobbin on that final pair of rows. Didn't notice the problem (way too loose on top) until well into the row. Had to take it all our but the thread was so loose that went fairly quickly. Stitched the final pair of rows finishing at 2:30 AM. So QUILTED. Whew! More photos tomorrow. Will ship Saturday since too late to schedule a pick-up now. Now it is 3:45 AM after answering emails and catching up here. What a day but all is well that ends well.
Dec 06: Final pictures.
Perfect project for this time of year to cheer things up,
making it feel like Spring.
Nov 22: Janet brought her quilt by. It was so nice to select a pattern and thread together on the spot. Even though Janet lives about 15 miles away, she will not be helping with this one. Running a thriving restaurant in West Jefferson is more than enough for her to manage. Ah, but we had a delightful time planning this one together.
Dec 3: Loaded. Quilting. Using wool batting. Janet, much to my surprise, the back is not showing any of the top thread. Yeah!
Dec 4: Quilted. Surprise delivered in person. Tis the season.
Beth lives right around the corner on this side of Boone in an area known as Deep Gap.
Imagine that -- 2nd local gal this month.
I love this quilt & Beth is a quiet joy.
Her piecing is precise.
A perfect day & tomorrow will be the fun part.
(Yes, I am buttering her up in case I need help with some of these Christmas commitments--NOT!)
Fabrics are Panier de Fleurs by French General for Moda.
Nov 20: First contact & follow-up phone call.
Nov 29: Setup done together. Beth will come back tomorrow for us to quilt this. Oh, and we are using wool batting.
Nov 30: I kept forget to photograph as we went but the pattern was very difficult to see even standing in front of it. Beth is squaring her quilt while I blog.
I used to kayak many moons ago & it is still in my blood. In fact, I read this pattern as kayak and only later realized it was canoe.
I did better than usual when spending an afternoon in my favorite quilt shop. This is just a small project. I feel in love with the cranberry red marble (called cherry but what does Moda know?) & built a project around it adding some sharply contrasting whites & blacks. For lack of anything better, I picked up a fat quarter of white Christmas fabric with a gray music score on it. Hey, whatever works.
Nov 16: Purchased the project and did the EQ7 Layout. Learned that while this quilt block is modern looking, it dates back to at least 1895
. And that was the year my grandfather was born!.
Nov 17: Went wild with variations. I love a versatile pattern! Now I think I like the last one with just a kiss of solid black.
This is Honeybell BTR6595 Cocoa. I bought the bolt.
I don't have specific plans at this point but I love the colors and the print. If you would like a few yards, let me know. I got it for a great price.
The image is two in one. I took the one on the left & copied the large one off the internet
GO! West Virginia!
Just fhought I'd show some school spirit.
Nov 15: Quilt arrived.
Nov 17: Did my own pattern of the WVU logo.
Nov 18: Thread selection time. Geez! How many shades of yellow do I have?
Nov 26: Setup.
Nov 27: Quilting and quilted. Want a better bed photo...perhaps tomorrow.
Nov 28: Final pictures.
Acorn & Oak Leaves pattern.
Thread - brown.
Medium to tight density
Needed for Thanksgiving,
Nov 03: First contact.
Nov 04: Got 2 preview pics from Blanca just before midnight.
Nov 12: The quilt is here. Question? Which way is up? If pumpkins go at the bottom, the fabric with text is upside down. If he text is right side up like in my photos, the pumpkins at the top are upside down. At least with this pattern, it won't matter how I quilt it. I'll redo the photos later with pumpkins at the bottom.
Nov 13: Blanca accepted my offer to turn her text blocks so everything would be right side up--a total of four.
Nov 15: Blocks are all right side up now. Setup complete. Loaded & basted.
Nov 18: Quilting. Should mail today or tomorrow. All depends on those unforeseeable's or (hopefully) lack thereof.
Piper is a local school teacher and lives so close we are just over the county line--4 miles away--from each other. How kool is that?
She is in the queue today but will wait her turn for us to get this done together. And if we don't finish her very large quilt in a day, no problem. She'll keep coming back until we do.
Nov 08: First contact by phone. Preview picture.
Nov 14: Piper came by today to start prepping her quilt. The top & the muslin backing needed a good pressing. All those lovely wrinkles and what only looks likes puckers are gone! She wants to use Baptist Fan Almost to give this a historical look. We'll be using a So Fine! variegated thread #701 Didgeridoo (med. brown, lt. gold, tan). The weekend is out so we will finish the setup on Monday including programming, thread, batting and loading.
Nov 19: Piper found three patterns she likes for this quilt so we programmed all three options. The quilt is now loaded and basted. Begin quilting tomorrow.
Nov 20: Butterfly Garden it is. Quilting. Piper brought a friend with her--Diane. Together we got 5 of 9 rows done. Will finish on Friday.
Nov 22: Finished last 4 rows. Quilted!
Donna made this quilt as a wedding present for her granddaughter.
I first heard about this quilt back on July 01 before the backing was purchased. On the 22nd, it was finished and oh so perfect for her granddaughter's new house.
On the 28th, boxed and ready to ship, it was stolen from her car in her driveway outside her bedroom window. @#(*$^&#@!!!.
Nov 01: The quilt is here safe & sound
Nov 02: We will be using Fast Splash & ...
Nov 04: Magnifico #2167 Cloud Cover. We are all set to quilt.
Nov 10: Programmed.
Nov 13: Started the setup process. Programmed. Thread all set. Batting is cut. Pressing is done.
Nov 14: Quilting. I didn't know black would photograph as brown. did you? And quilted. More pics tomorrow.
Nov 15: Final pictures. Will hand deliver to Greensboro on Sunday, Nov. 17th.
Beautiful piecing of a very modern quilt by Kim who wishes to be known here as "Kim in Texas".
Very interesting fabrics, quilt layout & IQ pattern selection.
Oct 27: First contact & quote
Oct 29: With photos and several design options, we started planning. White thread, Bread Basket panto, medium density ../ we are about done with the planning.
Oct 31: The quilt is here. Photos later.
Nov 01: First pictures. Of course I got them upside down before getting them right side up. Better now than later.
Nov 03: We will reduce the pattern down to about 3" thus it will much denser & will flip odd rows horizontally.
Nov 10: Turns out I can't flip the rows. It doesn't line up nicely.
Nov 12: Setting everything up. Lots of interruptions today ... hopefully things will settle down a bit. Ran a quick sample of the pattern since I had a place to do it. Quilting. Quilted. More pictures before shipping in the morning,
Nov 13: Final pictures.
One of my original customers way back when, it is so good to hear from her again. Formerly from Greensboro & patron of Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shoppe, she now resides in Raleigh. Welcome back, Sylvia.
In Sylvia's family, a quilt is not a quilt if it doesn't have a fleece backing. Starting with layer cakes (10"squares), Sylvia lets the fabrics speak for themselves--her trademark.
Only a quilt shop has more variety of fabrics than this quilt, many of which I recognize.
Nov 09: Started setup process.
Nov 10: Continuing setup including programming IQ. Back is loaded. Top is pressed. Need to cut batting. All loaded and basted. Will quilt tomorrow.
Nov 11: Quilting...and quilted.
I will be doing the binding only on this quilt Joan is making for her sister.
So, so (sew) beautiful!
Oct 23: Cut & attached the binding. Ready to hand sew.
Oct 24-26: Binding. And bound.
Oct 27: Photos
Runner & four placemats.
Actually, I will do the runner first.
Oct 21: Selected thread--Magnifico #2034 Orange Spice.
Oct 26: Selected Chicken wire panto--horizontal version.
Oct 27: Prepping, loading, quilting.
Oct 28: Quilted.
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This was pieced by Joan Taylor
for a very special nephew--Pete.
Oct 21: Pattern selected.
Oct 28: Programming, prepping, loading.
Oct 29: Trimming threads as I press the top. Re-visited the density & ended up exactly where I started. Such an open pattern is not as dense as the "density factor" indicates. The snow flakes are one thing but the fat little snowman belly is another. Loaded, basted & ready to quilt.
Oct 30: Quilting. Oops! Machine problems when bobbin ran out & thread got caught inside the machine creating a horrific jam. I've cleared the jam but still having what I hope is a minor problem. Will call APQS in the morning for help.
Oct 31: Heard from APQS but it was at 5 PM. We sorted out in just a few minutes that the drive belt needs replacing. It was worn just a tad too much from the jam. A new one is on the way from Iowa. Details & pictures here from a secret page on this site
Nov 04: The belt is here & the machine is fixed. Back in business.
Nov 05: Let's quilt! Quilted.
Nov 06: Binding is attached.
Nov 08: Bound
Nov 09: Shipped to Pete
Now Marie wants frogs!!
Marie has asked me to make a quilt with frogs on it. She has someone in her vast family who is really into frogs ... thus...
"Before the Kiss" Quilt
Oct 12: After the Todd festival today. Marie asked me to make a quilt for her to give someone. It must be all about frogs.
Oct 14: I searched high & low for fabrics with frogs them. Tonight Marie came by and gave a thumbs up or down on each of them. We were left with a "Before the Kiss" panel, a few coordinating fabrics from the same fabric line and some frogs on fleece I will use for the backing. Who knows, I may dare to use some of the fleece on the top. All afternoon and evening, I have been designing from scratch. You know how it goes…scratch this one…scratch that one…LOL. Feel free to offer suggestions or pick a favorite. I have a couple but it is up to Marie now. She is why I have all these posted for now.
Oct 16: Marie came by before I left for Greensboro on a fabric run & we finalized her plan. Ordered the fabric & they are all on the way.
Oct 19: The fabrics ordered on eBay are here.
Oct 31: Marie came by today to see her fabrics. Whew! As I checked what I had vs. what I needed, I discovered I had, not 6 yards of backing fabric and front panels, but 6 24-inch panels. Turns out that is 4 yards which is exactly what I in fact need. Cut the side panels & ready to start sewing.
Nov 01: Piecing.
Nov 02: Top & backing are pieced and ready to quilt. This time Marie gets to choose a pattern & thread color & I am ready for her.
Nov 04: Marie chooses Leapin' Lily Pads & I have to choose the thread. Hmmm. Hard one. I don't like the white or teal on the border but love both everywhere else. I do like the purple everywhere & several variegated threads have potential.
I'll be piecing & longarming this quilt for Dorothy
using the Yellow Brick Road pattern. She is sending the skins fabrics. I'll do the rest including shopping for suitable borders.
Oct 11: Got a call this morning from Dorothy to help her with this project. She is swapped & I have a lot of free time. Until her fat quarters get here, I am working on EQ7 to draw the quilt. I've gone about as far as I can for now. Double borders 2" & 5" makes a 77 x 95 quilt. As I play with the colors, it seems to me that the inner border needs to be a subtle transition, either a medium shade or a blender or simple print of some kind, to ease out from the skins to a solid or another muted blender. No inner border is too abrupt. An inner border that pops it, poops it too. The fabrics here are so dynamic so let the borders tame the wildness. We will see what Dorothy sees. I love talking over quilt layouts with her & always ask her to critique my quilts. Ha! She agrees.
Oct 12: Used some software called Quilter's Lightbox for the first time to audition pattern & thread options. This tool might help us get closer to the thread color we want before I go pull specific spools.
Oct 15: Fat quarters are here. Added real fabrics & re-did the layouts.Oct 16: Added some almost solids to the mix to have enough fat quarters to make a larger quilt. 14 skin fat quarters, 6 more or less solid blenders & one black-brown print.
Oct 16: Going/gone to Greensboro to look for border fabrics. Very successful trip.
Oct 18: Cutting & piecing.
Oct 19: Finished the cutting. The blocks are together. Finished the layout & started on the rows.
Oct 20: I have a panto designer lined up--Ellen Munnich. The main part of the top is ready. Just needs borders.
Oct 21: Restricted by the backing which is 84 x 96, I can add 2" + 3" borders or just one 5" border. Either way the top will be 73 x 91. Dorothy says 2" plus 3". I have contacted Ellen Munnich about doing a special panto for this quilt. She has agreed but I have to wait until mid-November.
Oct 31: Pieced the backing & inner border. Double checking how much backing I have now that it is pieced before cutting the outer border.
Nov 05: While pressing and squaring the backing, I realized the quality was just not there. I'll get more of one of the "solid" fabrics used in the top for the backing. Brown marble was available.
Nov 13: Contacted Ellen Munnich about our panto. She says it will be in the next batch. Not sure what that means but it had better be quick...time is running out.
Nov 16: Picked up the backing fabric.
Nov 22: Ellen Munnich did the panto today. My idea was profiles of animals represented by the skins. Ellen suggested Zany Swirls & I countered with using that type of connector between the profiles. She was concerned that including a giraffe would be hard to fit everything together. I left the details with her. Several hours later, she sent me her sketch. I am trilled with what she did. After all that--spending most of her day focused on it--she wasn't even going to charge me. Thanks so very much, Ellen. When I get the panto today, I'll be ready to load Dorothy's quilt.
Nov 23: Outer border is pieced and thus the top is finished. Now the backing--also pieced & ready to load. Batting is cut. IQ is programmed. Thought about using a variegated but found the perfect So Fine! brown instead. Having to wind bobbins to get a perfect match. Have 5 ready to go. Wanted to get a lot more done, but HEY!, my hair cut looks great. Well, it does -- kudos to Lowell! My ultimate goal is to ship on Monday.
Nov 24: Loading. Loaded. Quilting. Very hard to photograph but I'm trying. The back should should show up nicely.
Nov 25: Quilting along making nice progress when ... a tension problem has me taking out a row. Since the thread is too loose, it shouldn't be too hard to do or take too long...just long enough that I won't get this in the mail today. And so it goes. Well, it wasn't hard but it did take a very long time nonetheless. All set to start again tomorrow & hopefully beat the nasty weather.
Nov 26: Quilting ... Quilted ... Shipped. On a rainy day, I couldn't get the picture I wanted of the back. Also the marble effect obscured the quilting more than I thought it would. Still learning after all these years.
I bought this fabric back in July 2011 intending to make curtains for my bedroom. I have decided to make drapes for the living room instead. I have just enough to cover the french doors & thus block out any drafts.
Quilted curtains...wonder if this is a first?
Oct 14: Loading. Pattern selected & programmed.
Oct 17: Quilting left panel.
Oct 21: Finished left panel. Loading right panel.
Oct 22: Both panels quilted. Going to shop for binding.
I fell in love with this beautiful Tree of Life Tapestry at the Todd Fall Festival today. It was made in India & the exact colors in my living room rug.
I am wondering if I am bold enough to try to piece this on my sewing maching outlining many images in it. Of course, if I can think of a suitable panto, that is my preference.
Who knows. Perhaps the Boone shoppe that sells these just might put it on display & others would want theirs quilted too.
The trinket boxes are black walnut crafted by a local artist. I picked the roomiest I could find. I also offered to help this man setup a free Weebly site like mine to showcase his work. For now, he sells his boxes shaped like bee hives, acorns, mushrooms and many other shapes. Absolutely beautiful work by a man who does not over charge. In fact, I suspect he undercharges.
All in all a very nice day in the Blue Ridge. I was invited to tag along to the festival with Marie
& her brother and his wife, Kenneth & Reba. Theirs is a two year old senior citizens romance/marriage--special story, special couple.
I have washed this tapestry now 3 times in cold water and it is still bleeding. Yikes. One more time and then I am giving up. HA! Four times did the trick.
Terrie has been planning and quilting this for months. Truly a work of HeART.
Terrie's EQ7 drawing she used to plan this special quilt.
Sep 17: Quilt shipped. We've been having so much fun planning how to quilt this.
Sep 19: I have Terrie EQ7 drawing & have purchased her patterns.
Sep 20: Still need to draw it up in IQ this evening. Crystal Smythe of Intelligent Quilting is digitizing the border text for us. The quilt is here.
Sep 22: IQ pattern layout is done so I'm ready to setup for quilting.
Sep 23: Asked Terrie for sample fabrics so we can decide whether to use silver thread all over or use silver with red for the lettering. She agreed.
Sep 26: Loaded.
Sep 27: Quilting. Will finish side borders tomorrow.
Sep 28: Quilted. Will ship today.
Not much to say. Just adding borders to some flannel I've had in the closet far too long. The backing is the same as the border.
Winter is coming soon to the mountains and Marie needs something for those chilly moments. Marie is Tony
's mom & my dear friend.
Sep 18: Fabrics acquired in late 2009. Planned. Cut. I'll work this in around partner quilts currently here or on the way.
Sep 19: Pieced the top, i.e. added the border so I'm ready to quilt when I decide on a pattern.p
Sep 20: Laid out 13 patterns. Marie selected XOXOs.
Sep 24: Quilting. Quilted.
Sep 25: Binding attached.
Sep 30: Finished.