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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Last week at the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild, this sweet lady was the guest speaker.  I was so excited when I sew her name on the program list.  I've been friends with Linda at Buzzing and Bumbling for several years.  The thing is, I've never met her in person.  We've been blog land friends all this time.  I couldn't wait to get to the meeting to meet her.

After my introduction to her, she was excited too.  She never dreamed she'd be meeting me there.  I didn't give her a heads up ahead of time.  Her first question to me was, well do I look like my profile on the blog.  Yes she sure does!

She presented a fabulous trunk show and showed us a neat method I have never tried for wax paper applique.  I can't wait to try her method.  Here are a few pictures of her beautiful quilts.  Sorry my photos don't do them justice.

You can find her patterns here.  Aren't they wonderful?  

It is so fun to be so close to her.  We have plans for future get togethers! 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quilting Eye Candy - Judy Niemeyer Total Eclipse

Let me re-introduce you to Queenie, aka the longarm quilting machine.  It's been so long since I've even spoken of her that maybe you've forgotten who she is.   She's not been forgotten or neglected here at her new home at the Queen's Rustic Retreat.  In fact, she's been working as hard as ever!  Which is why I haven't spoke of her or been posting much the last few months.  Between quilting for customers and getting the house in order for the retreats, I've been working much harder than this old gal would like to.  I think.... maybe... I can see some normalcy (if there is such a thing in my life) settling in.

One of my faithful customers, Linda brought me a Judy Niemeyer Total Eclipse quilt to custom quilt.  Linda does fabulous work, so it was no surprise this one was off the chart too.  She didn't like it so much though and said it took her almost 5 years to complete.  She referred to it as her "throw up" quilt.  She said every time she took it out to work on it, it just looked like the fabrics all threw up on each other.  She said there were so many fabrics and colors, it was just too much for her, which is why it took so long to complete.    I think you'll agree, it was worth diligence to get to the finish.

I used the quilting pattern set from Laurie Thomas at It's A Quilt Thing plus a modification of my own on another pattern to complete the quilting.  The thread is Glide Sand.

Linda and I received a first place ribbon at the Quiltfest 2016 show in New Braunfels TX.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Frixion Pens

I recently read a blog post from another quilter about Frixion Pens and their use on fabric.  Jenny at Quilt Skipper  posted about it.  I think it's an excellent article and resource.  I have always wondered about the use of Frixion pens on fabric and never felt comfortable using them on my quilts in a spot that wouldn't be hidden in the seam allowance.  Now I know why.  I still love and use them, just not any place that might show up later.  I also don't use them as a line to sew on.  Because the ink is essentially a chemical, what will that chemical do in years to come.  Will the fabric deteriorate where the pen was used?  My gut instinct tells me yes and that's why I don't use them.  If you're not familiar with the pens, please read the article before you become familiar with them and if you already use them, I hope you take our advise.  

I've included exerts from the blog post.  However, you can read the entire article here.

"Frixion Pens-All you need to know"

In Jenny's words, "If you’re not familiar with Frixion pens, they are a line of pens and highlighters made by Pilot that are heat erasable. Frixion pens make a crisp, clear mark which goes on smoothly and easily with no skipping. After quilting, you simply steam the ink lines away and poof, they are gone! This seems like the Holy Grail of marking methods for us quilters. It is important to note that Pilot did not design the pens for fabric and did not test them on fabric while developing the concept.
But quilters/textile artists had problems with the pens, namely two:
-Sometimes they left what I call a “ghost” mark after steaming the initial mark away. It was faint, but certainly not something you would want to see on your quilt.
-If the quilt got cold, the marks reappeared.
Quilters wrote articles noting that if the marks reappeared in the cold, it was because the quilter did not thoroughly steam the marks. This simply is not the case. The ink combination used in the pens has two parts-one part makes the mark and one part makes the mark disappear. There is still ink left on your quilt after steaming, you just can’t see it. The ink is still there and will reappear in the cold.
I know it sounds odd talking about a quilt getting cold! But if you throw your quilt in a suitcase or the back of your car or, in my neck of the woods, drive up to Tahoe in the winter, your marks will come back. But even worse for competition quilters, if they are shipped and get cold, the marks will be back on your quilt at the show you sent them to-not a good thing."
"So in summary, straight from the manufacturer’s mouth so to speak, a summary of using the Frixion pens on fabric:
1.      Frixion pens combine gel ink and thermo ink. You are marking your quilt with a gel pen that disappears.
2.      The marks will reappear if the quilt gets cold (anything below freezing I think-I did not confirm the specific temperature) unless the mark is completely removed with an ink remover. Even after a thorough steam of the marks, they will reappear in the cold. This is part of the inherent chemistry of the ink combination.
3.      To completely remove the ink so that it will not ghost or reappear in the cold, you will need an ink remover and also may possibly need to scrub the area. The manufacturer has tested Amodex and Mötsenböcker’s Lift-Off 3 and found them to be fairly effective in removing the ink.
4.      Frixion pens sometimes leave a ghost mark after steaming. This is the thermo ink showing on the quilt, not the gel. The Pilot rep said to rid the piece of ghost marks you would need to treat it with the ink removers listed above."
So there you have it, from a great blogger, Jenny at Quilt Skipper.  I personally love Frixion pens and will continue to use them but I'm even more picky about when and where I use them on fabric after reading this.  Remember, the Pilot Pen Company did NOT design these pens for use on fabric.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hello Again

I know it's been a month of Sunday's since I posted last.  Things have been so busy around here.  It wouldn't even be a stretch to say things have been out of control.  That would probably be an understatement.

The move back to Texas was successful, of course not without a few hiccups, the Queen's Rustic Retreat is open for business and we'd successfully hosted 4 retreats so far, and last but not least The Quilting Queen is quilting her heart out trying to catch up on quilts for customers.

I thought I'd share a bit of great news I received by email today.

My block was accepted in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 issue that is due on the newsstands in mid November.  YAY!!!  WHOO HOO!!!

It is my intention to be back blogging again now that the dust has settled from the move and opening of the Queen's Rustic Retreat.  You can visit the Queen's Rustic Retreat to see what's happening there.  Of course, I'll most likely keep you updated on here as well.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Checking In

Boy, once you get out of the habit of blogging and posting almost daily, it's hard to get back into the swing of things.  Life has certainly been a journey for me the last few months.  I knew you were wondering what was going on so I thought I'd better pop in and bring you up to speed.

We FINALLY closed on the house on 5/12/16 in Texas, after numerous delays.  It's hard to deal with closing when the owner is out of the country and we are out of state.  It seems around every corner there was a little riffle, and lots of mis- communication between seller, title company, 2 realtors, lender, and buyer!  But we did it!!!

Then there was the moving fiasco.  I hired a local mover from our home town in Nevada, MO as he came in the lowest; however still shot the heck out of my moving budget though!  He got there and filled the truck .... and I still had lots of stuff left over that didn't fit!  UGH!!! (It wasn't his fault, it was mine for mis-judging how much stuff I had!  The King and William had to rent another truck; there goes the moving budget down the tubes again!  Then they had to load it and drive it to Texas from Illinois.  What a mess!  When they arrived, I thought I was going to cry when they opened up the back of that moving truck.  It looked like they had literally just chunked everything in.  There were only 2 broken items, some nicks and scratches, but I was reminded by my sister that I really was blessed.  After all, it was just things, and they made it safely!  She is so right.

I missed the King and William more than I ever thought I would.  It is so nice to have them both under one roof, even if it is short lived.  I take the King back to the airport next Tuesday (sad face and maybe a tear drop too).  William is here to stay though.  My parents are planning to come soon and my sister is coming to help me decorate the Queen's Rustic Retreat in late June.  We have a target date to open July 1st, and we even have our first workshop scheduled.  You can read about it here.

There is SO much to do with the house to get ready for guests for the retreats.  Nothing major, just lots of stuff.  Yesterday we finally made a decision on the tables for the workroom and purchased them.  They will be delivered next week.  Today we made a decision on the workroom chairs and have them ordered.  This weekend we hope to make a decision on the beds.  Then all we'll need are linens.  I think I have enough quilts for all the beds.  I'll post pictures as soon as things are picture worthy to post.  Keep popping in for the latest updates.

Oh, and Queeney is set up and and ready to quilt again.  It didn't take my customers long to figure that out.  One has already dropped a quilt off, another is coming on Saturday, and the mailman brought me three.  I'd better get busy!


Monday, May 9, 2016

April Longarm Challenge

Just for the record, the year 2016 is now one third of the way over, done, finished!  Where did that time go?  Deb, Barb, and I have challenged ourselves to complete at least one of our UFO's in 2016 each month.  At the beginning of each month, we have to send a photo of a UFO, in whatever stage it's in, to the other 2 members. We have all month to complete it (quilted, bound, labeled, done, finished).  No later than the last day of the month, we have to send another photo of the completed project.  If we don't finish, we have to complete a UFO from each of the other two.  Now that's an incentive to complete a UFO.  I have enough of my own things to do, I don't need to be adding to my pile, not that I would mind doing something for either of these two!

This month I finished way early.  I knew I had a cruise that would take up almost 2 weeks of the month and when we returned I would be hitting the ground running trying to complete the last of the packing, getting ready for a garage sale, and packing for one last minute fling with the King.  I finished my Kiss in the Corner UFO that I started at the retreat last July with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  I love how it turned out.  I modified the borders to make it a little bigger.  You'll soon see it on one of the beds at The Queen's Rustic Retreat.

This is Barb's April UFO.  It looks very similar to her March UFO but it's a little different.  Same fabrics and outer border. They are quilts that are going on twin beds in the same room.

And this is Deb's April UFO completion.  The quilting is beautiful!  

We've done it for 4 months now.  Can we keep it up?  We can do it, Yes we can!  May will be particularly challenging for me with the move but I'm confident I can do it.  I need the quilt for a bed at The Queen's Rustic Retreat!  


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Northwater Quilts Trunk Show

Coleen Merte of Northwater Quilts was our guest speaker for the DeKalb County Quilters Guild.  She spoke about "How Not to Start A Pattern Business" and presented a truck show of her quilts and patterns she has designed.  You can find the patterns for the quilts shown on her website Northwater Quilts.  I hope you enjoy the truck show as much as I did.  

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