Thursday, July 26, 2012

!!! I'm ready for Class !!!

I haven't made a traditional block quilt in quite awhile so after signing up for my classes at MQX West I decided I needed to make myself a quilt or two so that I had something real to practice on after class. Last year I didn't have anything ready to practice on when I came home, I forgot most of what I learned by time I got a quilt made...not this year I'm ready.

So the hunt was on for a quilt pattern with "Stars" and a pattern with lots of empty background space.
I needed "Stars" because I'm taking Linda Taylor's class called "Star Gazing". I need lots of empty Background space because I'm taking classes from Jamie Wallen and Gina Perkes plus I'm taking a lecture class from Angela Walters. By time my classes are over I shouldn't have any problem filling up filling up the empty space.

It just so happened Thelma at Cupcakes ' Daisies was featuring a new Quilt Pattern called "Bounce" by Miss Rosie's on her blog. The border caught my eye first and then I saw lots of "Stars" with lots of empty background behind the stars. OH my!!! I found the perfect quilt pattern and I only need to make one, how did I luck out? Thank you Miss Rosie and Thelma.
Combining the quilting technices I learn from each of my teachers onto this one quilt will be very interesting...I think...Can't wait until October to see if my Quilting Vision pans out.
I made this quilt using "Memores of Provence" fabrics by Maywood Studio.

 For some of the stars I fussy cut the center square using the fabric seen at the bottom of the stack, it cut/fit perfectly so there was no waste. For a better look at the quilt just click on the picture. And most important this pattern is "Fat Quarter" friendly. I love "Fat Quarters".

And while I'm waiting for October to get here I just might make another quilt just in case I mess this one up. Yep, just might be a perfect solution... I didn't follow Rosie's cutting directions... I ended up with enough border pieces for a whole other quilt....I was wondering why it was taking me so long.
Please don't tell Rosie...but I admit I ended up with lots of extra "Star Parts" too cuz I simply didn't follow the cutting instructions....and her instructions are so well written even a beginner could make this quilt. But looking on the Bright side I have another quilt almost 1/2 done.

Gotta go I have a quilt on my rack waiting for me. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, part 3

Just click on the Picture for a closer Look.

 Came all the way from England

Amazing Stitches

More beautiful and colorful quilts to come. The world is filled with marvelous quilters.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, part 2

So much talent on display in every theme and color wave imaginable, Thank you.
There's more to come.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Warning Lots of Pictures.
Reminder; you should be able to click on any picture for a bigger photo and more detail.
These quilts are send from all over the world.
 Our Cabin
 Quilt Shop in Bend
 Block Challenge

 Stitchin Post QS

More Pictures to come.

Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show

I just got home from attending the outdoor quilt show in Sisters Oregon. Another fabulous show this year lots of events, great shops, divine food and beautiful quilts. Met up with friends and made new friends too.We had such a wonderful time we booked our cabin at 5 Pines again for next year. I'll be posting lots of pictures as soon as I unpack so stop by again soon.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Up In the Clouds


It's been awhile since my last post, might say I've had my eye on the sky lately. I'm trying to get a really cool sky picture to possibly use on my new Web Site. My new web site is coming along nicely thanks to my brother who is building it. I don't think he realized how little I know about technical computer stuff, nor did he realize I also lag behind on time management skills. My excuse, "I've got my eye on the sky" and "My head is in the Clouds" looking to capture the perfect sky.
It hasn't been all sky watching, I've been busy long-arm quilting plus working my night job. Here is my lastest customer quilt. Sharon did an excellent job piecing her very first quilt.
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, May 14, 2012

It's been a whirlwind of Activity lately.
Lots of Customer Quilts.

Our Daughter graduated from College. She's worked full-time while going to college so this has taken her awhile.
I'm so proud she didn't give up along the way.
My brother from NC came for the occasion, it was so good to see him and to catch up. Plus he is very business, computer and internet smart. Convinced me to join facebook plus he will be building me a website. I have lots of irons in the fire right now so it won't be up for awhile.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Perfect Ten Quilt

My lastest quilts; The pattern is called "Perfect Ten" by Swirly Girls Design, omitting the borders the finished quilt is 48"x60". Again I used a fabric line  by Red Rooster called "Paparazzi". I love how the Red and Grey works together in this line. To quilt it I used a panto by Timeless Quilting called "One Cloudy Day".
To see a bigger view just click on the pictures.

The quilt on the right is the same pattern but I used a Red fabric instead of a Silver Grey fabric to make the "Frames" . Same cool quilt with a whole new look. I haven't finished quilting the Red framed quilt yet. Not sure how I will quilt it or what thread color to use either. Sure big decisions for a quilt made only to warm someones lap.
Guess I'd better get back to working on my customers quilts. My brother will be here for a visit next week so won't have much time to quilt.
Thank for stopping by,

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Sweet Quilt & Recap

Although lots has been happening on the home front, I've still managed to quilt a few customers quilts. One of my sweet ladies was commissioned to make this quilt for a dear friend of hers. I used a panto called "Chantilly Lace" and So Fine thread in a very pale green color to quilt it with. Both the front and the back turned out terrific.

Besides quilting for customers I've been making my fair share of quilts, cutting the pattern pieces out has truly been a breeze...I finally gave in and bought an Accu-quilt studio cutter. I don't know why I waited so long. I Mostly use the strip cutters and then I sub cut the rest of the pieces from the strips I've cut. When I saw that the Studio Cutter had an adapter so that you could use the "Go" cutter dies I just had to bite the bullet and go for it. I've read some say there is lots of fabric waste using these cutters. So far I haven't noticed this to be a problem. Before the cutters when I was cutting my strips I always wasted fabric because I cut some of the strips crooked so had to trim off an 1" or so every 2-3 strips just to get the fabric straight again. So depending how you look at it both ways there's a bit of waste.
Any who I'm happy and my wrists are really happy too. Now not only do I hunt for "Fat Quarter" friendly patterns, I hunt for "Studio Cutter" friendly patterns.
I recently attended Spring Market at EE Schencks. It's always fun to see what's New and coming soon. I discovered a new to me Fabrics by "Frond". Of course I couldn't resist their new line called "Plaster". And by "In The Beginnings" fabrics I found "Painted Summer". Both of these fabulous fabric lines will be landing of my door step very soon.
Imagin living in a large city that is Fabric Shop needy on your end of town. What does a "quilter" do? I'm weighing the pros and cons between opening a "brick and morter" or a "Web" based Store Front. I wish that I had a crystal ball, but I guess so does everyone else.
Well this is pretty much a recap of my thoughts and events for the past month.
Thanks for stopping by,