Thursday, October 18, 2018

The race is on!

Oh dear! We have taken in 27 quilts in less than a week!! Mr W and I have made our plan, and will get them finished in good time. I started the day by applying and finishing the binding on the two charity quilts.
This is the second charity quilt. Bright and cheerful.

Panto: Small Splat

Green backing, yellow binding has since been applied.

Then I loaded a Quilt of Valor on the APQS, and a customer quilt on the Gammill and went to work. The QOV is finished, and the big custom job is about half finished.

This QOV is like a burst of fireworks.

Even with red thread, it is hard to see the Simply Stars panto.

Patriotic backing.

I am doing the lowest custom on this quilt. The customer wants all over feathers, so I am doing a feather meander. It takes some time and uses a bunch of thread, but is just what she wants. I should finish it up tomorrow.

I did get this quilt done yesterday even with all the many interruptions from people bringing quilts.

This scrappy Bento Box quilt will be raffled to raise money for the customer's  granddaughter's school.

Panto: Woven Wind

The pattern really shows nicely on the white backing.

On the homefront, we had a bear in the woods last night when I took Molly out for the final pee. She just sniffed the ground and went about her business, oblivious to the bear about twenty feet away. I chanted "Hurry up!" to her and she came back inside just as the bear ambled off into the darkness. Our yard light makes a sphere of light in the yard, and partially into the woods up the hill, but outside that sphere...blackness. No ambient light here. It is really dark! Sometimes I feel like there is something just outside the sphere watching me and Molly, and those nights are the most uncomfortable ones. It was just as dark in the Wisconsin woods, but I never had the feeling there.
This morning Mr Wazoo was yelling and waving his arms out on the back porch at a small herd of deer having breakfast in his garden!! Between his outburst and Molly's yapping, they scattered in all directions. Never a dull moment!
I have another full day tomorrow, so I need to get some Zzzz's.
Stand in the light!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

When it pours!

Last Friday we had one quilt on the rack and were wondering if people stopped making quilts! Since Monday, we have taken in ten new projects and expect some more tomorrow morning. Now, we're busy! We like busy!
Before the quilt tsunami, I made ten pillowcases for the nursing home. Our evening guild is supplying festive holiday cases to the residents. I think it will be a nice gift for them.

Here are my pillowcases all lined up and ready to go.

Fun Christmas fabrics. I actually used up some of my stash!
Mr Wazoo quilted the first of two charity quilts for me, because I was at a meeting most of the morning. I have my first quilt loaded and a few rows done, but had to quit to go to guild.

Some lucky nursing home resident will get this pretty quilt.

Panto: Wandering leaves
My foot injury is doing well. The only tedious thing is having to explain over and over that I partially tore my plantar fascia and achilles where they connect to my heel bone. Five to seven more weeks in a boot before I know if I have healed myself. Until then...big foot, little foot.
Off to bed! Tomorrow we quilt!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A regular work day

The word 'nice' is really over used, but if I had to describe today, it would be nice. Nothing exciting happened, but we accomplished a lot and feel good about it. Mr Wazoo earned some serious brownie points today for adding a thick pad under the rug I stand on to quilt. The difference is amazing! Like standing on a cloud. He also got two quilts finished!! I think employee of the month is a shoe in for him this month.
The number one quilt is seriously funny. ha! See what I did there?
If you click on the picture, it gets bigger so you can read some of the blocks.

Panto: Yodel

This one is more sophisticated and full of color.

Panto: Swirl and Twirl

Swanky purple backing!
I worked all day and finished (binding and all!) the Frank Lloyd Wright quilt. The pictures don't have the binding in them, you'll have to trust me that it is sewn on and pretty!


The customer requested the straight line quilting

The colored circles are a part of the window the quilt is based on.

The pieced back.

Tomorrow, I will be making pillowcases for my evening guild and matching pairs of fabrics for the raffle quilt. Otherwise, what I should have been doing today!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday re-cap

Another week has blown by and we are busy, as usual. Mr Wazoo has been getting the gardens and yard ready for winter, trimming, mulching and fertilizing. After the hurricane bands went through, we have had much cooler weather for his efforts.This Fall has been so weird, the trees are still in full canopy with green leaves and the roses are blooming like crazy. The poor plants and shrubs are confused. Let's see what this change in temperature does.
Storm coming

After the storm

I have been slowed down by my foot problem, clunking around in the big boot. I work for an hour or so then have to sit down for a few minutes. I am still getting things accomplished, but at a much slower pace.I finished the quilt for the customer whose Mom passed away. She came yesterday to get it, and was thrilled with the result. That makes me so happy.

There was enough fabric to make the quilt a nice queen size. It is a lovely quilt. I added the small pink inner border from my stash to give it a bit of a pop.

Panto: Frolic, with light teal thread

There was also a huge length of white on white yardage to make the back.  Mom definitely had a plan.
Mr Wazoo did get one quilt finished this week. He took time out from his gardening to quilt this for a customer.

This quilt looks quite manly, so Mr W took a cue from the fabrics for the quilting.

Panto: Dazzle, using camel color thread.

Sort of a pixelated camouflage backing.

Now, I'm working on a quilt for a customer who wanted to create a replica of a Frank Lloyd Wright window from the Coonley House in Illinois. Her son is a Wright fan, and the quilt is a gift for him. The customer is a new quilter, so the project had some serious construction flaws that I had to fix before I could start quilting. I picked out a couple of places where there were big pucker/tucks at intersections, as well as giving the top a press with starch and steam to get it to lay as flat as possible. I'm doing the stitch in the ditch now, and there isn't one straight ditch. Needless to say, it is slow going. My plan is straight line quilting punctuated by randomly placed circles. The windows in the Coonley house and playhouse have circles in them. This should take a while, but I think it will please the customer.

I'm about half done with the stitch in the ditch.
One of the Coonley House windows.
Stay tuned to see how the quilting experiment goes! I'm off to the studio and another day of fun.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Change of pace

Yesterday, I made, applied and hand sewed bindings on two quilts a customer's mother made before she passed away. Today, the daughter/ customer came to pick them up and drop off a quilt top her mom hadn't finished. My job is to finish making the blocks, sew it all together, get it quilted and bound. Here it is so far.

Making the blocks

Sewing the quilt together in sections

I'm getting there!!

By 6:30, I was tired and hungry, so I will have to finish this later. There is plenty of fabric for the border, and I think it will end up queen sized.

On Friday, Kay, Henry and I went to the grand opening of the craft gallery we have items in. The county commissioner came and there was a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as the local radio station broadcasting live. Our job was to mingle around and talk to people about the items we made. There were more of us artists than patrons, but it is early in the game and there wasn't a whole lot of stuff there yet.

My four quilts are hanging along a wall. Kay's two boat paintings are just above them.

Kay also made these mermaid dolls.

Another friend has up-scaled clothing for sale.

'Thunder gourds', toothbrush rugs, leather belts, crocheted items and hand made toys are some of the things local folks have made for the shop.

These handmade and hand painted boxes are really nice.

There were paintings and prints from all mediums represented, too.
They also have a diverse selection of jewelry that didn't photograph well. Sorry.
On the home front, Mr Wazoo has been changing over the potted plants to the Autumnal ones. He also got some conical shaped firs to go in front of the posts of the deck. They're little now, but will fill in and up in no time!

Kale, Cabbage and mums!

One begonia made the cut because it was still doing well. Mr W has a kind heart.

Two of the new trees.
And then there was this!!! The stink bugs are bad enough without the scads of huge spiders we have had lately. It can't get cold fast enough for me!
Going to the movies tomorrow to see A Star is Born. Should be wonderful!