Sunday, January 5, 2014

End of 2013

 Here is one of my favorite pictures of the year.  It was just before Nora was born, so it is already one child short.  Aren't they darling? 
Now on to what I have been working on.  I wanted to really see what fabric I have to use, and work on using it up.  So....I decided to touch each piece, sort out any I didn't want anymore, and figure out what projects to do next.  This is the "before" picture of a couple of the shelves:
 AND............the "after".  TA-DA!  I still have a couple of shelves to go. 
 This flag is the last thing I quilted for 2013.  It was pieced by Jamie, and I will donate it to the library in Shelley.  They need a new one!

Can't forget to include a picture of the wedding.  We had a great (but cold) day in November. 
I also am not forgetting Nora's happy birth, but I will post a picture of her another day. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

50 quilts done

 This is a Disappearing 9-patch that I pieced last year for my demonstration at the quilt show.  I got it out and quilted it as a gift for some friends. 
 I made myself a cuddle Christmas quilt.  Panel in the middle, and then pieced the presents and appliqued the trees.  Minkee on the back.  Come and read a story and snuggle at my house.
 Made this as a surprise for Laura and Curtis' wedding gift, after I stumbled across a large package of fat quarters and I couldn't resist.  It is "happy colors", and very big.  Wool batting.
 There were enough scraps from that last quilt that I couldn't resist making a string baby quilt, selvedges included.  Kallie chose it for her new baby girl, coming soon! 
 I make plenty of charity quilts to practice my quilting on, and this one turned out nicely. 
Dawn came over one day, and we pieced these fun Halloween toppers.  Cute?  yes.............

And I just quilted my 50th quilt on the long-arm.   About half of those have been for other people, so I don't post pictures of those.  And, I just post pictures of some of them.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Another done

This one is 74 x 97, and took all day to quilt.  I like it!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Still Quilting

 I love this little polka-dot runner.  It was fun and fast to do. 
There is an over-all pattern on this 30's reproduction fabric large baby quilt. 
I also did 2 customer quilts, and sold two finished baby quilts this week.  Does this mean I am now a certified professional?  Or just certifiable? 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Biggest one yet on my Long-arm!

 Here is the Underground Railroad quilt, finished yesterday.  It is 90x100.  I wasn't liking this quilt at all, but now that it is quilted, I think I like it much better.  It was a fun challenge to think of how to quilt each block differently.  The worst part was binding this huge thing!
 This is a large lap quilt, and turned out nicely.  I think Marcia pieced this one. 
 And, a cute panel, flannel top, baby-size.
I made this many years ago, and since my friend, Karen, likes it, I will post it here for her.  I also like it a lot!

Monday, June 3, 2013

I Am Now A Long-Arm Quilter!!

 In late March, we drove for two days there, and two days back to pick up an APQS Millennium which my husband found and purchased for me.  We had it set up and ready to go by the middle of April.  I began practicing on some of the many quilt tops that I had stacked in bins and cupboards.  I am getting better all the time!  I try to do about 2 quilts a week, or one large quilt.  Here are a few of the ones I have finished so far.  A pink and brown D9P.
 The hand-print memory quilt from Thanksgiving 2008.
 A 30's reproduction quilt, with minkee on the back.  I have given this one away now. 
 I found this OLD multi-fabric top in a tub, maybe from Greg's Grandma, so it was a great one to practice on. 
 A simple pink and brown baby. 
And, my bull's eye quilt, finally quilted!
I am now on quilt #12, and it is a big one.  I will post a picture when I get it done. 

Early Spring Finishes

 My goal is to finish some UFO's, with only a couple of new things!  The Valentine Bouquet was embroidered years ago, and pieced, and even partially hand-quilted.  So during the cold winter months, I finished quilting it, in time for February display. 
 This little table mat was inspired by Donna, and I just had to try it.  It is quilt-as-you-go, with no binding!  So a quick and fun project, which I gave to my mom for her birthday.
I also decided to quilt this on my little Janome, since it is a miniature with lots of seams.  It is a disappearing 4-patch, in Batiks, and I pieced it for a model at last years library quilt show class.  It turned out fairly well, even though I had to take out some stitching I didn't like!  It measures 12 x 15.