Thursday, August 30, 2012

READY FOR A PLANE RIDE TO JAPAN

The past 2 days I have spent my afternoons/evenings making a doll carrier back pack, a cover for a kindle fire, and a Hello Kitty pencil bag.  It has been a bit challenging but it's all worth it. 

I purchased a yard of fabric for the back pack and a yard of fabric for the the lining, quilted it and cut out the pattern.  Then I encountered my first stumbling block.  I wanted to put Raleigh's name on the back pack.  I had purchased an embroidery machine about 6 months ago and haven't had time to sit down and figure it out.  Now was not the time to do it either but I was determined.  It took me from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to turn on the laptop, open the program, and get her name typed on the screen.  Ok, I think this was a bad idea.  I still don't have a clue how to attach the hoop to the machine and actually stitch it out!  My solution was to call my friend Mildred (who has a commercial embroidery machine).  Problem is, I need it "yesterday" as we are leaving Friday morning for Missouri.  I told Mildred I was calling for a SOS!  She took pity on me and said bring it on over.  I couldn't get there quick enough.  And I was back home in an hour with a name on the band to finish the back pack.  Thank you Mildred!!!!

Things were progressing quite nicely and quickly.  I got all the straps sewn together and pinned to the body of the back pack.  Stumbling block #2:  My zipper was 28" long, and in my infinite wisdom, I was thinking I could cut it off to fit.  Nope, it's one of those heavy nylon zippers and it couldn't be cut off.  I had already been shopping at the local fabric shop and no appropriate zipper.  Solution #2:  Gregg was out of town in the Dallas area on business.  I called up my dear sweet husband and sent him on a quest to find the nearest Joann's or Hancock's and get the appropriate zipper.  Bless his heart, he accomplished the mission.    Once he returned home late this afternoon, I finally finished the back pack.  Now Raleigh can take some of her personal belongings to entertain herself on the long plane ride to Japan and has a place to carry her baby doll on her back pack.  She's going to be so excited!





Meanwhile while waiting on the zipper, I made a Hello Kitty cover/case for her Kindle Fire.  It took me two attempts to do it but I did it!  I didn't have a pattern and the first attempt went in the trash.  However, we learn from our mistakes (we hope) and I corrected the oopsies.   Here is the final product.



And one final thing, a pencil bag for the twist up colored pencils Nana bought her.  I learned how to make these project bags at Quilt Guild last week.  I made it about half the size of the the project bag.  It's perfect for the pencils. 


She's all set to head off to the next chapter in her young life.  Too bad Nana isn't ready for her to leave!  I know it's what has to happen and I know it will be exciting for them and I know their family needs to be together again and I know there's FaceTime and Skype but I also know my heart's gonna break when they go. 
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ANOTHER QUILT ACROSS TEXAS SHOP SAMPLE

I know I sound like a broken record but I finished another one.  This time it's a shop sample for B&B Quilting in Buda, TX.  It isn't their "feature" quilt but it is made from all the fabrics (plus a few more) from the Quilt Across Texas Fabric line.  I would venture to say the all the shop owners that are participating in the state wide Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop are busy little bees right now.  The Shop Hop starts this Saturday.  Do you have your passport yet?  What shops are you visiting? 

I quilted an edge to edge Cowboy Boots and Hats in the center in red thread.

In each of the corner blocks I quilted the state Texas flag.

And in the black border I quilted the Lone Star State border in red thread.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

QUILT ACROSS TEXAS

I finally finished the Quilt Across Texas Quilt Shop Sample for Front Porch Quilts.  Patterns are available if you're interested and Front Porch Quilts has the fabric and kits. 

The center state is a panel and there are only 2 different blocks to make.  Yes, there is some applique, but it's only 3 easy little stars.







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Thursday, August 23, 2012

ITS A GNARLY DUDE QUILT

My customer Joyce in Waco TX asked me to make this skateboard quilt for her grandson for his birthday.  He is just crazy about skateboarding.  She found the pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine.  Joyce had been collecting fat quarters so that all the skateboards were of a different pattern.  We missed getting the quilt done by his birthday the first of August though. 

I quilted skateboard "lingo" in the narrow light gray border.

And a swirly, flame like design in each skateboard.

It's hard to see but there are flames in the outer dark gray border.  I still need to put the binding on it but that won't take long.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

QUILT GUILD TUESDAY

Yesterday was Quilt Guild Day.  I belong to two guilds; one meets in the morning and the other meets in the evening.  The morning guild has about 45 members and the evening one only has 7 members.  I enjoy them both. 

In the morning guild I was responsible this month for choosing and demo-ing the block of the month.  I chose this one for everyone to make this next month and bring back to the September meeting, using fall fabrics.  It's a 10" finished block.  Someone will win all the blocks to put together a nice fall quilt. 


Following the meeting, Sherri M gave the program on getting organized and we made this handy, dandy project bag.  Super simple and easy and it even has a zipper in it.  Why did I pay money for these in the past?  And what great gifts.  I made mine in less than 30 minutes and am thinking the next one will go even faster.  I'll post a tutorial on how to make these but it will be a couple of weeks.  Next week I'm off to Missouri to see my girls before they leave for Japan. 


It was my turn at the evening guild - Razzle Dazzle Quilters - to present the program.  I showed them how to make the self binding baby quilt (receiving blanket).  Here is the youtube video on how to do it if you want to give it a try.  Once again, super fast and easy. 


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #33

As usual, the best laid plans of mice and men....  I didn't get any sewing done this week; only quilting this week.  There's always next week..... so nothing used, nothing gained.  And I even went to 2 quilt shops over the weekend.  I also went to Trade Days at Fredericksburg, TX this weekend and I have a couple of goodies to show you that I got.  I'll share tomorrow or Tuesday.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used in 2012 year to date:  156.375 yards

Added this week:  0 yards
Added in 2012 year to date:  137.375 yards

Net used in 2012:  19 yards

And not one person noticed that I apparently can't subtract or add correctly.  These are the same numbers I reported last week with the exception of the Net used.  Last week it said I used 18.625 yards.  Well 156.375 minus 137.375 does not equal 18.625.   Oops!

How are you doing on your stash busting?  Click on over to patchworktimes.com to see how others are doing on their stash busing.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

PIMPED OUT LONGARM

Hmmm..... I'm not sure that's what I'd call it but I guess that's what the kids call it.  I ordered some stickers for my longarm quilting machine head from Quiltastick.com to "dress it up" so to speak.  Here is the machine head before the decals, just plain jane run of the mill.

Here are the added decals.  I like them but probably wouldn't pay that much for them again.  They weren't expensive, just cost more than I think they're worth.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LONGARM QUILTING

It's really too bad I'm can't be more creative with my title.  However, all my creative mojo was spent on this quilt.  I have had it in the longarm frame way too long!  But it's finally done and if I do say so myself, it looks great!  The girls at B&B Quilting pieced this top for their block of the month (BOM) program they are about to start.  Or maybe they've already started it.  I'm not sure.  Check with them though if you're interested in playing. 

I used a Signature thread color called Ocean Mist on most of the quilting.  The red fabric in the pieced blocks needed just a tad more "red" so I used a shade darker red thread on those block pieces.

Many thanks to Nancy at Wasatch Quilting designed a pattern to fit in the odd shaped block. 



She also designed this pattern to fit in the "L" shaped blocks.



This is the center focus block.


I love the unique corners in the border.

  And the backing.


Anyone see anything wrong with this block?  Ding, dang, darn!!!! I missed putting a pattern in the pink triangles in this one.  How did I do that?  I checked this quilt over twice before I took it out and missed it both times!  Back in the frame it goes before I deliver it.  (Sigh)


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MORE COTTON CLUB BOM BLOCKS

Unfortunately I didn't get to work on these blocks this last weekend during the Quilt-A-Thon.  I have been working on them this past week while quilting a custom quilt for B & B Quilting in Buda, Texas.  As soon as I get the custom quilt done, hopefully tomorrow, I will post pictures.  In the mean time, I have been working on these blocks.  I already had them cut out, and some of them I had the half square triangles sewn together and squared up.  I just had to piece them together.  Keep in mind, these blocks are 5 1/2" (5" finished).  I think there is only 2 more months in the BOM so it will soon be time to set it together.  I'm very anxious to see the finished result.






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Sunday, August 12, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #32

As you know I've been longarm quilting all week so there was very little sewing for me.  What I did sew was precut blocks.  But look out next week... maybe.... I've got plans for some progress next week. 

Used this week: 0 yards
Used this year to date in 2012: 156.375 yards

Added this week:  yards
Added this year to date in 2012: 137.375 yards

Net used in 2012: 18.625 yards

How is your stash busting coming along?  Click on over to Patchworktimes.com to see how others are doing with their stash busting. 
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

LONGARM QUILTING

Here is another quilt quilted.  This one is made by Wilma in Houston TX.  I love her colors.  I don't know what the name of the pattern is but I named it Lightening.  I used a variegated metallic thread to quilt it with and used the pattern Whirling Fur Balls by Deb Geissler.  Wilmas is going to enter it in a quilt show in September. 




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Friday, August 10, 2012

QUILT A THON

Judy at Patchworktimes.com is having a Quilt-A-Thon this weekend and I sooo want to participate!  But I can't!  I have been working extra hours at my part-time job this week (urgh!) and I have customers who keep bringing me quilts to quilt!  Can you believe that?  I can't either and I am ever so thankful and appreciative that they are bringing me quilts, even if it means I can't participate in the Quilt-A-Thon.   So here are a few of the ones I've been working on.  Kathleen in San Marcos TX made all three of these quilts.  She has been busy and is ready for Christmas too. 

I used a tan thread called Mother Goose to quilt the holly pano on this one.  I'm sorry, I don't remember who the designer was on the holly pano.


And this is my favorite.  I love, love, love blue and yellow.  Kathleen made this pinwheel quilt from a jelly roll. 

I used a light blue Glide thread to quilt the daisy pano from Sweet Dreams Studio.

And the final Christmas quilt made by Kathleen is a simple little throw put together using a charm pack.  I used a Cherry Red Signature Thread to quilt the ornaments pano by Sweet Dreams Studio on this one.


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