Thursday, August 28, 2014

We're getting there!

Today, I sewed the blocks together along with my friend, Anne. There were a couple of blocks with parts turned the wrong way, but they were easily fixed and now play nicely with their neighbors.
I think it's coming along well, and I am anxious to see how the next border looks.
After supper, I put together a selection of quilts I teach for perusal by the Fort Myers Guild. I love to teach and will go just about anywhere to get my quilting fix. Bring on another group of excited and happy quilters! Nothing could be better.
Tomorrow, I will be back in the studio working on the lovely stack and whack quilt I started on Monday. Now...bed!

The raffle quilt EQ mock up

The center portion sewn

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

32 years ago...seems like yesterday...NOT!!

Who would have guessed that 32 years later we'd be quilting buddies? Not me!
We spent the day sorting and packing. I got the old photo boxes. What a roller coaster of emotions I have had. So many family and friends have passed away. Seeing them smiling and vibrant made me weep. Please tell your family and your peeps that you love them and love being with them. I wish I had said it more to mine.
On a brighter note, some of the guild girls came over on Sunday afternoon and we cranked out the blocks for the raffle quilt. Yippee! Tomorrow, I meet Anne at Nifty Fifty to get it assembled. The applique squad has their stuff and should be starting on the dresden plate blocks, too. I can't wait to see it all come together.
After taking the day to do the photo thing (and, yes, it took all day!!) I am behind on the project on the quilt frame. Thursday I will be seriously working on it. The stitch in the ditch is done and I am raring to go on the quilting. Right now, I am enjoying a glass of wine with the anniversary boy.
Ciao, baby!

Egad! I certainly was younger...

So was Mr Wazoo. This was before mustache

How stylish are these outfits?! We look like circus clowns!

Everybody's happy when the cake comes!

Blocks ready for sewing together.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quilt and pack...quilt and pack

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love my fabric stash. So it won't be a surprise when I tell you that the last few days have been stressful for me. I have been packing up my stash, not to be seen again until (gulp!) next spring! I have kept out some projects to work on and some fabric that I thought might come in handy, but the bulk of it is going in the first truckload when we go to the closing. For the un initiated, moving a quilting studio is a major undertaking. Not just your stash has to be packed, but all those 'notions' you bought over the years have to go too. Rulers, stencils, templates, extension tables, machines, baskets of scraps, books, patterns, stabilizers and freezer paper, fusables, light table, and all the stuff you can't categorize nor live without. Add to this the accoutrements that go with the longarm business, and there's a truck load. My husband asked me when I bought all this fabric...he didn't know I had been squirreling it all over the house for years before we moved here and I got the big room. It is 35 years of accumulation! Some of the stuff will be sold at the guild yard sale or given away to both guild's boutique efforts. Now, what to do with the closet full of quilts and the closet full of quilt tops! Yikes! Anyone want to come to Georgia and help me put it all away?

sad looking shelves

some of the boxes

more of the boxes

I think I am up to 40 boxes so far. Egad!

Meanwhile, we have kept on the work 7 hours and pack 2 hours schedule most days. If it wasn't 100 degrees in the garage, it wouldn't be too bad, but the heat is a drain and then I have to go in and make supper, plus clean it up and do dishes. Mr Wazoo takes his shower while I am cooking, so he is all fresh and ready for TV and bed. I am always doing things until 12 or so before wash-up and bed. Enough whining. I knew it was going to be hard.

Mr Wazoo quilted this bright quilt

He did this one, too

I got to do this dimensional bow ties quilt, because I had to stitch around the centers, not through them.

I quilted an all over shamrock pattern by customer request

See? Each corner is folded, not stitched down.

Another of Mr Wazoo's projects

I got to do this quilt. Isn't it a great pattern?

I love the zinger colors and swirly quilting

Customer brought a picture of quilting she wanted, and I did it to the letter!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yes, We are working, too!

It seems like we have been doing everything but working on quilts lately, but we really have been at the machines every day. Mr Wazoo has been cranking out quilts one or two a day, and I have been faithfully custom quilting one beautiful quilt at a time. Some take two days, and some take a week...but all of them are like family to me when I have finished them. I really do love my job!
On a very sad note, one of my favorite customers and quilting friend passed away yesterday after a long fight with cancer. I think she epitomized strength and dignity in the face of a devastating illness, keeping her poise and grace to the end. Her quilts will be a lasting legacy for her family. I already miss her quiet demeanor and warm smile. I am thankful I had the honor to know her and leave my mark on her wonderful quilts.
Now, I leave you with a colorful array of quilts, both from Mr Wazoo and myself. Tomorrow, I start another customer project and will leave another piece of my quilting soul on its surface.
Pretty stars quilted by Mr Wazoo

A stunning pineapple quilt I quilted

Isn't this a cute quilt?! Mr Wazoo did this one

He did this split 4 patch, too

here he is, hard at work on a cheerful Kaffe Fassett quilt

My friend Barbara made tyhis applique beauty. I had a ball quilting it

the same applique quilt had these wonderful pineapple blocks, too

more of Barbara's quilt

the whole quilt

the wonderful pieced back to Barbara's quilt

Mr Wazoo quilted this. I love the sashing!
The quilting on  the next quilt

The last quilt I quilted for my friend who just passed away.

Mr Wazoo got to quilt this French braid quilt

simple and pretty lap quilt

Nice maritime themed quilt

Mr Wazoo did this scrappy quilt

This is one of two quilts made from a man's clothes as gifts to his wife and daughter

This zinger of a quilt was made as a class sample. Mr Wazoo did the quilting

The second memorial quilt. Both quilted by the Wazoo man.

Christmas is coming! This is a giant quilt for the season. I quilted it.

My friend, Audrey M. made this colorful scrappy Irish chain quilt.
Isn't it terrific?!

Here's what I did n the plain blocks

And here are the border and chain treatments.

My friend Carole made this to give to a foster child at camp

Donna made this quilt; I quilted it, and...

my friend Terri appliqued the leftover blocks to the back! Cool!

Mr Wazoo quilted this one

Hey! I snuck in one that I made at the retreat

I quilted it with my favorite panto. It's a happy quilt.

It took me four and a half days to do this quilting. It was worth it. The quilt is stunning.

Now, we're at the end of the 'quilt show'. There is a quilt on the frame and I will be busy quilting tomorrow.