Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wishing All A Brighter New Year & World Peace

Another year has come and gone. I feel so lucky to be seeing a New Year I just wish for a few more brighter times in the coming year. I have lost a few young friends this year so I really do feel lucky and I'm thankful I'm ringing in another year no matter what.

Happy New Year to All!!!!

Lets talk Quilts, Quilting & Hobbies

 So happy to report I have NO ufo projects or Quilts lingering.  
This is a quilt I made from my scrap pile awhile back. A Simple "Yellow Brick Road" pattern. To quilt it I floated this one instead of pinning it to my rack, I've never done it this way before as I've always pinned. I will try this again on my own quilts a few more times before doing customer quilts this way.

This is a new Panto I recently added to my collection, "One Cloudy Day" by
Timeless Quilting Designs. I used Omni Thread by Superior getting perfect tension, used DK Pink on top and Off White on the Muslin back. Oh how I love my machine. As always just click on the Picture for a better look.

I've also been making Sausage Pillowcases and I'm trying to learn how to use my embroidery machine, if for nothing else but to make my quilt labels. I'm making progress as I've graduated to Hand Towels which I've found fun to do.

One of my intensions for 2012 is to make embroidery sewing machine covers for all of my sewing machines. I have lots of machines too...maybe...ghee yes my next post will be about all my sewing machines...few sit idle as they all have a purpose.
Until next year...thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Final 2011 Customer Quilts

2011 has been a good year at CityView Quilting, with many customers bringing me lots of wonderful quilts to longarm quilt. I've met new customers in 2011 as well as I've quilted at least once for most of my past customers this year. I sincerely Thank all of you. I very much appreciate your business and truly love being able to quilt for you.
Here are just a few of the last Customer quilts finished in 2011.

I sincerely wish all of my blog viewer's and my 
CityView Quilting Customers a Very Merry Season.
May everyone enjoy a Brighter and Happier
 New Year! 

Keep "Stitchin" & "Quilting" be Happy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bad Blogger is Back

I've been busy working too much at my day job, actually my day job is a night job..with split nights off...seems like I just can't get caught up. But I have been quilting and sewing alot. The feed dogs on my sewing machine wore out so I splurged for my first Bernina. Found an interesting sewing shop nearby called Modern Domestic. Besides selling sewing machines they have an area where you can rent sewing space for the day, they provide everything cutting table, irons, sergers etc all you need to do is bring your own project about everything else is there for you to use.
Beings Modern Domestic also gives classes I thought it was time to learn to use my serger that has been sitting on the shelf unused for too long. My first class after the basic classes was How to Make Leggies. This pattern is So quick it only took about 45 minutes to sew and trace with another 15 minutes to hem using a DMS and a twin needle to get the coverstitch look.

I've read many gals also serge the edges of their quilts before sewing the Binding on...I must say I did this on my last flannel quilt...I think I will start serging the edges of all my quilts before binding cuz it sure seemed easier sewing the binding on the serged edge.

I've quilted quite a few customer quilts lately too, although often times I forget to take a picture. The Crossstitched Quilt is 93"x 113", the customer wanted only a light custom so there isn't any backfills etc but it was done all Freehand. I don't wish for a computerized system but on this one it may have been nice. The cute Pink Pony quilt is for a 4 year old girl who rides her own horse all by herself. I've been quilting for Patty for awhile now, she always finds the Cutest Horse Fabrics, almost makes me want a horse too. I Quilted it with Heart of Flutter by Lisa Calle. The strip quilt is made from a jelly roll, I  quilted with Wandering Vines really turned out nice, I'm sure the little lady who gets it will enjoy it this winter.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


I thought I was busy...
Meet My Family, Mom, Dad & Peaches

That tree used to be 60' Tall

Dad at 80 is still working a Full Time Job plus taking care of the Farm
Plus in his spare time he will split and stack that entire tree plus a few more  trees that fall this winter into firewood.
He plans to be ready for NEXT winter's firewood,
this winter's wood is already in the woodshed.

Yep I've been very busy quilting, canning, working, and going to a show or two. Thanks for stoping by.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

2 Baby Quilts Finished

Janie my customer did a fantastic job making her very first Quilts.

I just finished quilting and attaching the binding to 2 of these cute little baby quilts. No, mother isn't expecting twins but grandma is expecting her first grandchild soon. Beings grandma isn't a quilter, she decided while she was making 1 she better make 2. Just in case for the future grandbaby. Grandma isn't sure she is really going to get into making quilts... but she's beginning to make plans for a next quilt so... there's still hope she'll become a quiltaholic like the rest of us.

She wanted the same allover quilting pattern done on both quilts, she choose this one called "Drip", A Perfect choice for the cute Ducks, plus it looks super on the minkie backing too.

 Also since my last post I've made 3 more Quilts for myself. A Yellow Brick Road and two 1600 quilts They were simple and fast using Hoffmans bali pops. I know that some quilters don't like The 1600 quilt pattern but for my purposes, wanting to make quick quilts so that I have practice quilts to practice my LA quilting skills on it's perfect. Plus when I'm all finished it didn't brake the bank and they make into a great size for win for all.

Can't believe It's almost September, I've been waiting all year for September. Here in the PNW we don't have the really big Quilt Shows like the other parts of the country do. This year we finally have 2, one in September the other in exciting...I can't wait.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I've Been Quilting

I've been so busy lately. Working, Making Quilts, Quilting for Customers and picking berries and making jam. Oh I squeezed in a short beach trip too. I hadn't been to the beach for awhile and as I drove into Newport, Oregon I noticed a very small sign along the side of the road. It said "Quilt Show" today...well this made my day plus the weather was sunny and bright again. There were lots, I think about 300 quilts plus Jean Wells from the "Stitching Post in Sisters was the guest speaker. Jean gave a very enlightening  presentation about her work plus she actually let us inspect {touch} her quilts. Martha and I recently visited the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show in Sisters and couldn't get tickets to Jeans Presentation there, so this was really a treat for us.
On the home front I made another Black and White lap size quilt with the fabric I won recently plus while I was at the beach I found even more fabric at the Quilt show so I added a bit to my collection. This Eleanor Burns, Orion's Star Quilt is the perfect size for someone in need and once it's quilted {not sure how I'm going to quilt it yet}, do you have any ideas for me? Once it's quilted it will go into my charity pile along with the other one I posted in my last post, actually I have a few dozen almost ready for charity. Just need more time to quilt them and get the binding on, I really need to learn how to sew binding down with my sewing machine, I do attach the binding with my LA now.
The Star quilt is one I just finished quilting for a new customer, it is for her 35th grandchild due in Sept. She's been making quilts for years, this is the first time she has ever been to a Longarmer.She choose an allover pattern called "Plumage", although many customers perfer a custom quilting job for this quilt pattern, the panto she choose looks great. She usually hand quilts her quilts with white thread and she was so pleased I had a Yellow thread that was a perfect match for the front and was shocked when I told her I'd use a Peach colored Thread  in the bobbin to match her Peach backing fabric. She picks it up next week and I hope she is happy.
Well I picked enough blackberries to make a batch of Jelly. This is the first canning I've done in many was so much fun and good too I'll be going out again soon to pick more berries. Our weather has been so cold { I know I hate to say but it has been so cold here this year that the garden is just beginning to produce, although we just pulled out our Candy sweet onions and what a bumper crop... over 200 sweet onions hope they last until Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Quilt

I just finished piecing my Turning 20 Quilt from Book 5, Simply Sashed. I won the entire collection of Black and White precut's from Studio E at the Fall Trends show. I still have the Jelly Roll, Sweet 16's, Cakes and 5"Squares from the collection to use, but first I need to find "Time" and the perfect pattern.
The finished blocks are 17" square. The red fabric is from my stash.
Using just 10 FQ's {5 White & 5 Black} makes a generous 60X77 quilt.
Went looking for my backing fabric and ended up with this fabulous fabric at a great fantastic cheap price of $3 yd, so I bought the entire bolt. I'm sure I'll find many more uses for it. Just click on the photo to see better detail. I will probably freehand quilt this one, coping and using some of the many scroll designs found in the fabric. The quilting is going to have to wait as I have customer quilts to quilt, and lots of berries need to be picked out at the farm.
Glad you stopped by.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

More Sister's Quilts

We had such a great time at the outdoor quilt show in Sister's that we've decided to go back next year. We booked and paid the hefty deposit for the cabin, ghez now I just hope the national budget passes.
I've been busy quilting for customers so I wasn't able to post more pictures until now. I'm also working on my own Turning 20 quilt from the book Simply Sashed. I won a generous amount of fabric from Studio E at the Fall Trend show so I thought I'd make me a quilt or 2. I'm down to deciding weather or no to put borders on the quilt I'm making or not. If I decide to add border's I will need to go buy fabric for the borders. I'm trying to limit myself to my stash. All post a pic once I finish.
More Sister's Outdoor Quilt show pictures for your enjoyment, Thanks for stopping by.

Hope tou enjoyed the show...till next time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another Quilt Finished

While I was in Sister's I purchased a Batik Jelly Roll at The Stitching Post. My daughter really liked the "1600" quilt I recently made, so she took it to our beach house for her bed. This quilt is so fast although it's a little boring too. After binding the last one using batik I took the advice of someone on another forum and used cotton fabric for the binding instead of batik. It was so much easier to hand sew the binding on this quilt.
I was going to freehand quilt this one but went with a Panto at the last minute, I needed my rack for a customer quilt.
I quilted it using Superior's Lava Thread called "Bora Bora" and used a 14" Panto by Lorien Quilting called Fantasy Feathers. I love how it turned out but I just may not suggest this Panto to my customers because it uses lots of thread and takes quite a bit longer than the other ones I have.
I don't charge a separate thread charge and all of my Panto's are the same price, although I'm rethinking this a may change my pricing. Here in Oregon because we don't have a sales tax so our bookkeeping is really simple I we keep it simple.
For a closer look just click on the photo.
I will be posting more Sister's Quilt Show Pictures later.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sister's Quilts N More

The Stitching Post in Sister's has treasures for both the Quilter's and Knitters. My daughter loves to knit as much as I like to when I find something for her that has to do with Knitting I get pretty excited. Maybe these have been around for awhile but I've never seen one...she really loves it too.

Canyon Creek Pottery is located right in Sister's. They have many wonderful and unique pottery items for any occasion. This shop is on my list of places to visit again next year.
These niffty Yarn Bowls are made exclusively for The Stitching Post.

Lots of neat shops in and around Sisters so I plan on staying a little longer next year.

Might even try a little fishing while I'm there next time too.

As promised more Show Pictures;
To see more detail just click on the Picture.

 The quilts is actually hanging outside the window we are inside

More Pictures too come, so stop by again. Oh what the heck, I'm going to try and add the Paint Chip Quilts, sometimes blogger is naughty so If they aren't here now check back.
Better stop while I'm ahead today...hope they all load. More tomorrow.
Thanks dor stopping by.