Saturday, April 20, 2019

Hand stitching and more rain

I spent yesterday quilting the retreat raffle quilt, the Wisconsin quilt, and making binding for them. The big white embroidered quilt also needed binding, and I got that done, too. The day ended with pizza, ice cream and plans to go for a ride to Clayton to look at the azaleas and buy some annuals for the gardens in the morning.
The retreat quilt is ready for binding here.

Panto: Chantilly

Nifty graphic B&W backing.

My Wisconsin quilt. The pattern is from a class I teach. It's free on line and called  Garden Delight.
I have made four of these now.

Panto: Rounded square lattice

Soft flannel backing

There was to be no road trip today...
Poor old Molly was up and panting at 4:30 this morning when the big thunderstorm rolled through. This lasted for two hours or so, and Mr Wazoo took over the 'calm the pup' duty at 6 AM. I went back to bed and got the last hour and a half of sleep before starting my day.
Except for a half hour for lunch and another for supper, I did hand sewing all day in order to finish all three bindings, and the sleeve on the raffle quilt.
Now, I'm pooped and ready for a bit of reading and then sleep. It was a fruitful, but very soggy, day. We will sleep with the window open tonight! The temperature dropped twenty degrees after the storms went through.Maybe we'll get to Clayton tomorrow...

This one was biggest, so I tackled it first. I finished it at  noon.

I finished this binding and sleeve sewing at 7:30PM

Finally, I put the last stitches in my Wisconsin quilt at 11:15PM.

I blocked my daughter's last name for privacy, but thought I'd show how I do labels. It's sewn into the binding, then stitched down across the top.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

switching it up with some sewing

Quilting has taken a back seat this week while I try to get some of my sewing projects a bit farther along. Yesterday, I cut the old edges off the trip around the world repair quilt and removed the lumps of shifted batting along the edges. I need to cut new batting for this 2 inch area and secure it before applying a wide binding like the one I removed.

What a chore! The batting was full of fine dirt particles that got all over the table. Just ewwww.
When I cleaned up after the binding removal, I noticed again how messy and cluttered my cutting table was. Piles of fabric from projects needed to be sorted and put away, patterns, bits of paper with quilt dimensions on them, scissors, pencils, rulers...you name it, it was there! So I stopped what I was doing and spent three hours (really! Three hours...) clearing the space, putting stuff away and cleaning the surface. It made me feel so good, I am going to make an effort to clean one area a day until the room is back to its tidy state.

Clean and ready for some work!
Next, I loaded the retreat quilt and started the quilting on it. The pattern is a real thread eater, but looks pretty, so I'm glad I chose it. I have one row to go. It will be finished today, and I'll get the binding made and put on. Yippee!

The final row. It was too late to do it, as each row takes about 20 minutes and it was already after 6:00 when I quit for the day.
I also made the binding for the big white embroidered quilt. The customer wanted it like the pattern picture, so I picked a blue solid for the job. Tonight, I'll do the hand sewing.

Ready to go!
And last, but not least, I made the borders for the Wisconsin quilt I put together at the retreat last month. Hopefully, I will get it quilted today and ready for binding. Go Badgers!!

Looking snappy! In the background is the trip around the world repair. I'm auditioning binding fabrics and also cut another 25 replacement squares for the repair. I swear, the entire quilt will be new fabrics at the rate it's going! I have been sewing on this on and off for almost a year and still have a long way to go. Yikes!
I better get moving and get into the studio for another fun day at work!




Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A sad day for the world

 Notre Dame Cathedral. An icon for the world, 850 years old and the heart of Paris. I went there in 2010 and attended mass with my friends. Nobody who experiences Notre Dame will ever forget the power and the beauty of the architecture and the soaring ceilings and spires. My heart is broken for the people of Paris, and the world tonight.

I took this from the boat that takes people around Paris by way of the Seine.

We posed, and got off to attend Sunday morning mass at the cathedral.

So beautiful.

The rose window is gone now. This is what it looked like from the inside.

The sanctuary before mass started.

We walked around the Ile de la Cite and I snapped this picture.

The copper statues were taken down before the recent renovation began. I am so thankful for that, because they were the most fascinating thing about the place. The steeple burned and fell into the sanctuary today.
On the homefront, I worked in the studio yesterday and today, quilting and sewing. I finished the blue and yellow raffle quilt for a customer, and loaded the big embroidered quilt for later. I decided to start an applique and pieced quilt from a pattern I picked up in Pigeon Forge, and made some progress on it. That felt good!

This quilt is so lovely, I'm first in line to buy some tickets to win it.

Panto: Paradise Feather

A peek at the back.

The embroidered quilt, ready for the binding. I'll do that tomorrow.


I have already forgotten the name of this panto, but I have used it before.

White backing, too.
My applique project started yesterday with the background cutting and making the bits. I got the parts for four blocks cut out last night, and assembled them today. I will be doing machine buttonhole stitch around all the elements and embellishing them after the quilt is made and quilted. I know it doesn't look like much now, but it will be fun when it's done.

Blocks in progress

Mr Bunny

Pretty flowers

Bumbly bee. His black head will show up better with yellow stitching around it

Beautiful bluebird
We got the brunt of the storm yesterday afternoon, but after all the wind and rain came the rainbow! If you look hard, you'll see the second rainbow faintly above the bright one.
Today, the sun was out and it was still breezy and cool. The gardens made it through, and I took some pictures to end my day.

Everything in the side yard is coming along well. I can't wait until the peonies open! There are loads of buds.
My chicken pot is blooming happy. She is right outside the studio door.
Flame azalea beginning to open.
The vinca exploded into bloom today, too. The dogwood took a beating in the storm, and many blooms came off.
The lily of the valley came up this year! We thought it might not make it.
In he back, everything purple blooms first.
Mr W knows what this is, but I don't.
Lobelia
A form of sedum
Creeping Jenny. I love the color!
I don't know what this shrub is, either, but it has small white plumes of flowers now.
Lamb's Ear and other ground cover coming on.










Friday, April 12, 2019

Catching up at last!


  The quilts have been flying out of the studio and I am counting my cash for Paducah! Tomorrow I'll be taking a day off to accompany a friend to Asheville to pick up her new sewing machine. I deserve the break. I finished the QOV custom job today, as well as a small hummingbird quilt. Yesterday, I finished the schoolhouse quilt and Mr Wazoo mailed it and the big star quilt back to Florida. Let's see some pictures!

Finished Quilt of Valor for a customer's son.

She wanted the stars to stand out

The quilting is simple because the fabrics are so busy, anything else would be lost in the print.

I love the eagles on the backing.
Nil magnum, nisi bonum. without goodness there is no greatness.
Thanks, Audrey for the help with the writing! It's perfect.
Panto: Funky fans
Looks great on the back, too.
Bagged up and ready to go in the box to Florida!
This nice quilt features hummingbirds!
The vines and feathers panto is called Abbie
Hummingbirds flitting all over the back.
Here's the quilt Mr W finished yesterday. I love its scrappy goodness
The customer chose Featherize for the panto pattern.
Looks better on the back.
Mr W quilted this string quilt today. He grumbled and complained loudly until I came to his rescue and triaged the machine. I determined the bobbin case was badly warped (probably from him dropping it on the cement garage floor...) and replaced it for him. I tested the tension, fixed that, and tried a row of quilting. Voila! He was able to finish without too much more sounding off. The strings were sewn to a foundation of black flannel (don't ask...I don't know why) and the seams were pressed to the sides, making for tough going for his small machine. I'm glad it's finished!!
I made and added the binding by machine, as requested by the customer.
Panto: Angel wings
Pretty butterfly backing and the other side of my binding job.
The customer with the hummingbird quilt also had this beautiful quilt here to be done. The order said E2E, so I called to be sure. It is going to be a raffle quilt, and to save money they are having an E2E done.  I picked our best looking panto and started working.
Meanwhile, I started squaring up the second set of embroidered blocks from our customer's mother.
I should be able to start the quilt construction on Sunday.
It took all afternoon to get this far on the  customer raffle project. It is looking very good.
Everything outside is lovely and fragrant. Dogwood, phlox and vinca all happily blooming together along the driveway.
I just adore dogwoods! Don't you?
Mr W got this pink one last year
For a little tree, it is putting on a good show!
After taking the pictures, Molly and I had a breathless climb back to the house.
More quilts, finished and waiting to go home. We're making progress!
I got this picture of Mr Wazoo's mother, Pam today. She is finally able to get up and walk some distance! She fell and broke her pelvis a couple of years ago, and the rehab has been very slow. I have always admired her pluck and vigor! She is 97.
They also have her in an ankle monitor that goes off if she tries to leave the facility. Cheeky Pam up and booked it a couple of days ago, but didn't get very far...about ten feet out the door. She walks very slowly with a walker. An easy catch. Now, she is taken outside to see the garden during the day. I am so glad she is happy and getting some fresh air.