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.
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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.
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