Archive for September, 2007

I can’t make up my mind!

September 30, 2007

I have one more order to complete which should be easy to finish today. While it is on the embroidery machine, I want to start cutting out an adult quilt. My problem is that I can’t decide what I want to do. I have 3 groupings of fabric that I have been looking at and trying to decide what pattern to make. I’ve been wanting to do a double aster after seeing a fabric combination on one of the online shops so put together some fabrics I think would look good. But…..then I have the black with pink flowers on it that I have drug out so many times it is going to get frayed. I thought about doing a large star quilt from my new book) but don’t want to use all of the fabric for that. I also had gotten a Garden Twist pattern book that I thought about using this fabric for but haven’t seen any of the Garden Twist quilts done with black. This fabric would also be very good to do a kaleidescope quilt but it is so pretty, I don’t want to waste a lot of the fabric. Then there is the fabric Royal Windsor by Carol Doake but I can’t find a third piece to go with it. Such a problem. Of course, I also got out my Harvest Spice fabric that I have stashed back and ordered another piece to go with it. I plan to make a quilt using the fabric but not the pattern. I really didn’t like the Harvest Spice quilt of the month so think I will concoct something of my own with the fabric…that has also been roaming around in my mind. Then there are some really sweet baby quilts I have seen pictures of lately that I have had in my mind to do something similar. So, what to do. Do I make an adult quilt by deciding which I want to do now, or do I do a very sweet baby quilt to go on the site? Oh well, I’ll get to work on the order and see what happens with the other fabric.

Here’s a picture of three of the groups I’m stewing on.

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Oh, I forgot, I have also gotten three other new quilting books, “Traditional Quilts to Paper Piece ” which has an Amish Wedding Quilt pattern in it I saw recently that I just loved, Carol Doak’s “Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars” and Judy Laquidara’s “Nine-Patch Extravaganza”. You would think out of just these three I could come up with a quilt to make with one of these fabrics. My problem is I have too many patterns, books, and fabric so I can’t make a decision. It was soooo much easier when I just bought fabric when I was ready to make a quilt. This having so much to choose from just makes me crazy. Oh well, I’ll come up with something to work on next. I guess I could put the fleece on the frame and quilt the bed quilts for my two of my grandson’s Christmas presents. But…..I’m not in the mood for the Texas Longhorns or Camo. I want color and beauty!

Hope you are having a good weekend. Happy Quilting!

Latest Quilt

September 15, 2007

I finished my Bazooples quilt Wednesday and this has got to be the cutest character quilt I’ve seen in a long time. It’s by Vicki Schreiner for Springs Global US, Inc., and I just love these animals.

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I’ve been working the quilt shop again this week. Unfortunately, I have such a mental block on what “adult” quilt I want to do, I just can’t seem to find any fabric. Unbelievable isn’t it!! The book I picked up the last time I was there, requires 6 1/2 yards of fabric to do a quilt so I’ve kinda put that one on the back burner. Plus, I don’t have the room to work on such large diamonds right now so I’m moving on to another. I got a pattern for the Garden Twist and am playing around with maybe doing one of these. I have some floral fabric that would be wonderful on one of these and I would need to buy more fabric for the lattice. So, today, I’m taking this piece of fabric with me so maybe I can find some fabric for the lattice.

I’m working on a redwork order quilt. I’ve got all of the squared embroidered except about 7. I haven’t had time to complete those blocks since I’ve been working but will get them completed this weekend. I have been working on the filler blocks and have about half of those completed so by the time I get the embroidered blocks completed, I should be ready to put it together.

I’ve been drawing a lot of feathers lately and they are improving. I may be ready to attempt some on a quilt soon. I’m thinking about making a pink wholecloth with just something embroidered in the middle and doing feathers on the rest. I’ve been going through my designs to see what I can come up with for the middle.

Well, better get in the shower and head to the shop. Maybe I can find some fabric today. It’s just unimaginable to be in a quilt shop for 3 days and not buy any fabric. Gotta do something about that!!

Happy quilting!!

Another Quilt

September 11, 2007

I got the order finished and shipped. It turned out cute and I hope she is happy with it. I’m now working on her twin quilt and finishing up another baby quilt that I had to wait on some thread for. The panel quilts get pretty boring before they are finished but that is what sells so I continue to offer them.

I’m still pulling out fabric and looking at patterns for an “adult” quilt. I keep shifting from one pattern to another and not getting anything going. Hopefully, once I get this panel quilt off the frame, I’ll be able to concentrate more on what I want to do. I can work on the “adult” quilt while the squares are being embroidered for the twin quilt. Boy that embroidery machine has really increased my productivity. Now if I could just figure out how to quilt the quilts faster, I’d be in good shape.

Gotta get back to work…lunch is over. Happy quilting!!

Here is a picture of the quilt that went into the mail this morning.

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Adding to my stash!

September 8, 2007

I spent Thursday and Friday of this week helping a friend at her quilt shop. There was a Quilt Hop going on so she needed additional bodies to assist in the shop. The only problem with this is being surrounded by fabric for 2 days. I’d help with customers and then walk the shop, help with customers, then walk the shop. So needless to say, I had to come home with some fabric. Here are my purchases. I must admit there were many many more things I wanted but I was good and only picked a few.

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My business is making and selling baby quilts. I love making these quilts but am finding that I’m wanting to do more “adult” quilts. I have so many ideas that I want to try but feel squeezed to continue with the baby quilts. So, I have decided to do both. I think if I make one baby quilt and one “adult” quilt, this will help keep my juices flowing. So, the reason for the new fabric choices. The African fabric is for a specific wall hanging I am planning and have been planning in my mind for several years. My oldest brother spent many years working and living in Africa. So I have had an African quilt in mind for him for years but haven’t gotten very far with it. The Zebra quilt I made was originally to go to him but decided it was too Zebra for what I wanted to do for him. This piece of fabric will work well for my plan. I was originally going to do the same thing using batiks but ran into a problem finding the “right” one to do what I wanted. Then I saw this piece. It will work well for the center for this quilt. So, when I get it finished, I’ll post pictures to see what you think.

I’m also including a special order baby quilt that I mailed yesterday. This quilt was based on a quilt made for the customers child years ago and she wanted it duplicated. I used the Train panto from Willow Leaf Studios and quilted the baby’s name in the border. I’m going to show the original quilt picture sent to me and the quilt I made from the picture. How did I do?

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Well, that’s it for today. I have an ordered quilt that I need to get to work on since I spent 2 days playing.

Happy Quilting!

A Quilt for me

September 4, 2007

I had 2 days to myself while my DH and DS went fishing. So, I decided to put a quilt on the frame that has been in the works for over a year. I bought this fabric some time ago and kept getting it out and then putting it back. Last fall, I got it out, made a Drunkard’s Path throw quilt and was going to quilt it on my DSM. Not long after, I decided to purchase the Fun Quilter so decided to wait to quilt this throw on my new machine. It has been sitting in the closet waiting for me to do something for over a year now so this weekend, I decided to take a break from my orders and do one just for me.

I had some thread problems at first. I was using a new cone of So Fine and every once in a while, it would flip up. I didn’t know it at the time, but every time this flip occurred, it nested thread on the back of the quilt. I finally got out one of my thread nets and that took care of the problem. I’ve never had this happen with So Fine before but those thread nets sure come in handy.

I used black Quilters Dream batting, doubled, and So Fine thread in top and bottom. The flower design is one I found and made a stencil of. My hand really got tired of stenciling all these flowers before I got through. I stenciled each individually so I could place them to fit in the area. I didn’t do a great job of matching each side but who cares, this is for me!

I’m trying my best to start doing more on my quilts than ruler work. I’ve bought all kinds of feather books and videos but so far, haven’t been brave enough to put any on a quilt. One of these days, I’ll be brave and see what I can do. Maybe I’ll have to make a really feminine baby quilt that will scream for feathers. I’ve got lots of ideas, now just getting them put into fabric is the thing. It seems like every time I am ready to be brave, I get orders and have to work on those. Oh well, that pays for the fabric so I can’t complain.

Here’s a picture of “My” quilt. I cross hatched the blue fabric (you can still see some of the chalk marks since I haven’t washed it yet). I debated about what to do in this area and decided to do something simple so the flowers would stand out more.  I had thought about doing lattice but didn’t want to spend that much additional time on the quilt. Maybe next time. It really does lie flat.  I need to figure something different for taking pictures. Because the rod sets out from the wall, the quilts don’t hand right. Also, it isn’t straight so I have to try to compensate when taking the picture.

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