Saturday, May 19, 2018

Royal wedding and Quilt of Valor

Today was the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markel. I taped it (it was on at 4AM) and watched the entire thing when I got up. Beautiful and classy. A nice way to start the day.
After the wedding, we both went to work in the studio. Mr Wazoo quilted a bright, happy quilt, and I did one of the Quilts of Valor that arrived yesterday. I have a month to get two done, but I do them right away and send them on so I don't stress out over the deadline. I'll do the other one tomorrow.

The combination of these jewel tones is wonderful!

Botanical back

Panto: Check and Chase

Pinwheel Quilt of Valor

Panto: Simply Stars

Blue backing
I finished the stitch in the ditch on the African quilt. I'll get started on the real quilting tomorrow or Monday. I need to make some stencils to mark the motifs with, and then start quilting. Should be fun.
I'm also starting a new repair of a treasured trip around the world quilt. It has been loved to death, and needs some TLC. I'll do photos in the morning...I left the camera in the studio.
Tonight, I think I'll watch my favorite movie one more time. Ever After with Drew Barrymore. Its a Cinderella love story with a strong willed Cinderella. A good twist, I think.




Long time, no post!!

Good golly! Has it really been six days since I posted something? Why yes it has. I have been so busy this week, I forgot to blog. Let's fix that now.
I finally finished the lap quilting project, and it went home today. Started in the 1980s and finished in 2018!! Better done than in a drawer.
All done, with the 30s blue for the binding.

Looks great!
Mr Wazoo has taken a couple of days away from the yard to help catch up on the quilting queue. Fortunately it has been dark and rainy, so he hasn't complained.

perky green pinwheels


Panto: Popcorn

another baby quilt


Panto: Modern twist

I love this froggy panel!


Panto: Drip!

This paisley squares quilt took Mr W a long time...he had to use Roxanne's  appliqué glue to hold down the sides of all those squares! The customer sewed them down with a straight stitch 1/4 inch from their edges.

Panto: Paisley


Our first Christmas quilt for 2018!

Quilted with the panto, Holly Ribbon.

The customer pieced the back, too.
I quilted a few of the pieces in the queue, as well, and we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for pantographs. I think there are 15 left to do. Of course, I have some custom quilts that have been hanging on the rack for a long time. I hope to get them done, and drop that part of the business. I like the tee shirt quilt making, repairing old quilts, and commissions. I like to sew and have some time to do quilts I want to make. I hope I'm getting there.

A nice Mini-trip quilt

The panto is Swan's Journey, but its hard to see.

A cute bug and flower panel

Panto: Butterfly swirl


The photo doesn't do this quilt justice. The colors are deep and rich.

Panto: Trellis Roses


This collection is called Anne of Green Gables

Panto: Feather Flourish


Only in a nightmare would I expect to have to fix and quilt another double knit polyester quilt. This one made of all hexagons from old pantsuits.

The customer wanted to have it finished just where Grandma left off, so it is a "free-form" shaped quilt with a vintage sheet for backing. I made bias binding and hand sewed it while watching TV. 
The weirdly shaped polyester quilt. Binding finished!


I also quilted this shadow illusion quilt.

I used the Butterflies and Blooms panto again.

Groovy backing!
After work, I stopped to take a couple of pictures in the light rain of Mr Wazoo's gardens. It is so calming to see the greenery in the gloom of a rainy day.
More to come tomorrow!

The back door planters will be pink this year!

So will the blue pot.

We picked up this fun hummingbird feeder at a small shop in town. 

Lovely purple clematis.




Saturday, May 12, 2018

Charity quilt day.

I started the day with some charity quilting that I had put off because of our busy week. I hate to have these gathering dust when they need them for the nursing home. Now, they're all quilted and bound. I'm also expecting the next two Quilts of Valor from the piecer. Never a dull moment!

Some woman will love this...

it has soft flannel on the back!

Another pretty quilt for a lady

Panto: Flower Power

My third finish was this kaleidoscope quilt. I wrestled with the wavy borders, but it turned out well in the end. There are at least four more from this customer, so I am going to look harder for border wonkies before I load them on the machine! It is much easier to fix a border  than to adjust it while quilting.

I sense a purple theme going on today. 

Panto: Dragonflies

More purple!

I was working on the lap quilt project and stuck myself with a pin. I didn't realize it, but I had dripped blood on two places!! After some serious spot removal manipulation, the quilt is back to normal and air drying. I'll carefully tackle it tomorrow.
I finished the binding on the tee shirt quilt, too, and hope the customer likes both of the quilts I made for her.

All done!
We are enjoying beautiful weather here, and entertained our friends on the front porch with hamburgers hot off the grill. Birds were singing, the sun was setting and the conversation was easy and fun. Life is so good!!