Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Special Delivery

I got a Special Delivery quilt top last week.  It is so nice to have a customer drive 8+ hours to bring me a quilt to quilt.  Okay, maybe she didn't drive that far just to bring me a quilt top.  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that she came 8+ hours to watch her granddaughter play volleyball.  It seems her daughter lives in nearby Batavia (only about 30 minutes from me).  Phyllis brought this to me on her way to see her daughter and family for a short visit.

Here are a few of my favorite blocks.  







Phyllis is a new customer but a long time family acquaintence from my hometown are of Vernon County, Missouri is a new quilter.  I've known her since I was a little girl and remember her and her family from my 4-H days back in the 70's.   I think Phyllis has always sewn, but had just recently taken up quilting.  She was taking a beginner's sampler class from her local quilt shop when she had an accident and had to put her quilting on hold for almost a year.  She is thankfully recovered and is back at it again.  I think she's done a fabulous job!

I can't wait to get more quilts from her in the future.  When she came to pick it up she offered to take anything back to Nevada for me.   I wanted to say "how about I jump in the vehicle with you".  She would have gladly let me but the King might have missed me come dinner time.

I'm linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts on her Let's Bee Social Wednesday.  Go buzz around in some of the hives and see what's going on.






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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long Week 5

Wowzers, it's already been 5 weeks since we started the EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long.  Where does the time go?  But guess what?  Since it's week 5, that means that next week is the big reveal of the quilts and projects for show and tell.  I'm so excited!  I finished mine this last week.  I just need to take some photos and write my blog post and I'll be ready.... ahead of schedule... for me that doesn't happen very often.

But, back to this week.  There are some "Wowzer" designers with their rows and EQ tutorials, you won't want to miss out on.  There are also some "wowzer" prizes and giveaways this week ... and next.... including your very own copy of EQ7 this week.  To win all you have to do is visit the EQ blog and leave them a comment.  If you'd like to see all the prizes, visit.Seams To Be Sew  Marian has all the details there.

Here Is Today’s Schedule…
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Darlene's EQ Season RAL
QuiltShop Gal
Loreen's Schoolhouse
Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Electric Quilt
Electric Quilt’s How To Layout Your Rows
Stof Genoeg
Stof Genoeg
Seams To Be Sew
Seams To Be Sew


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Dog Gone Cute Block 5 & 6

These Dog Gone Cute Blocks are just too Dog Gone Cute!  I think they get cuter every week.  I hope you're following along with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  She's having a Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along and Blog Hop.  I'll show my entire quilt in October.

Here are the Dog Gone Cute Block 5



And Dog Gone Cute Block 6




This week while I was making them, I really wasn't humming any tunes like before.  I just kept thinking about the tunes I've already talked about.  But while I was writing this post, The King was listening to his favorite singer of all times Waylon Jennings and this song was playing.



Now I really didn't think or associate this song with a dog but now I do.  I'll never listen to it again ( and trust me I'll hear it many more times) without thinking of my Dog Gone Cute Quilt.



 
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Medallion Quilts at DeKalb County Quilters Guild

Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio was our guest speaker at DeKalb County Quilter's Guild this month.  She gave a lecture on Medallion Quilts and presented a beautiful trunk show.  I loved her rules for making a Medallion Quilt.  She said "There are no rules".  I love it when there aren't any rules.  Then I won't get in trouble by the Quilt Police since I usually break the rules.


Here are a few of the quilts she showed us.













I've made several medallion quilts, just didn't realize that's what I was doing when I made them.  Like this one from last year's Halloween Blog Hop.  You can read about it here.  

I've got several more in mind.  I can't wait to get my "required" projects finished so I can go play with my medallion quilt ideas.  Speaking of "required" projects and Halloween blog hops.  I've got another one coming up.  


And don't forget about the Freebie Friday Giveaway going on here.  






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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Boot Scootin Boogie

Anita from Texas sent me this Boot Scootin Boogie Quilt to quilt.   I just love all the combinations of boots Anita put together.  

I quilted an edge to edge horse shoe pattern by Wasatch Quilting using Glide Light Tan thread.  

Here are a few of my favorite Boot Scootin Boogie Boots.  
A typical western boot...



Awe, look, Anita did a red/white/blue one just for me....



Even funky  pink and purple make Boot Scootin Boogie Boots...


And what's a Boot Scootin Boogie without guitars....


Of course, true Texas style boots with a Broncing horse...


People pay lots of money for "aligator" boots...


Another fun boot....


And another "realistic" boot....


And last, but not least, some funky peacock feather boots....


Anita even fussy cut the setting stone in the sashing...



What a fun, Boot Scootin Boogie Quilt!  It makes you want to get your boots on and break out in a Boot Scootin Boogie line dance.  




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Friday, September 25, 2015

Freebie Friday 09-25-15

I think it's time for Freebie Friday again.  This time I have a SIGNED book and charm pack I found in a bag in my studio when I was moving things around.  I don't know about you but I'm certainly glad it's Friday.  It's been a busy week and I think we need to be rewarded for making it all week.


Last night was DeKalb County Quilter's Guild and we had a guest speaker.  I'll post about that this weekend.  Tonight I'm off to a little social time with some quilty friends.  My friend Julie is hosting a "Wine Coaster" class.  All we have to bring is a bottle of our favorite beverage and $20.  She's providing the supplies and sewing machine.  She said she might have to have a designated driver for the sewing machine though.  It should be lots of fun.    

Oh, to win the Freebie Friday, leave me a comment and tell me what you're doing this weekend.  I love to hear from all of you.  Then check off the rafflecopter to complete your entry.  You can also get an additional chance to win by following me on Twitter, but that's optional.  Now hurry... you only have until 10/11/15 to enter.  



a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'm also linking up with the Giveaway Roundup.  Go check it out for other great chances to win awesome stuff!


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Kathleen Quilt Show

One of my customers from Texas sent me 4 quilts to quilt.  Kathleen usually does simple, panel type quilts like these two.





I usually do an edge to edge design.  I love how she takes a simple panel, adds some blocks or maybe not, and some borders and it turns out to be a cute quilt.  Simple, easy, quick.

But every once in a while she does something like this.  It just charm squares (5" squares) sewn in a row and sashed.  I usually don't do custom quilting on something like this but I just felt like custom was calling my name.  So I did.  



Some feathers....


Some double cross hatching....



And my favorite fabric in the whole quilt.  The colors in the photo are not is bright and vivid as it really is.  I love the chrome yellow and red print.  In fact, I have a Bonnie Hunter, Kiss in the Corner that needs a border and this fabric would be perfect.  


And then Kathleen did this!  I REALLY love this one.  A simple Trip Around The World set on point, add 2 borders and there you have it.  A very stunning quilt.  And more custom quilting...









Kathleen will be so excited to get these back in the mail. 

And one more thing... HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN that I'm so proud to call my daughter.  It was also their 6th Anniversary last week on September 16th.  










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