Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Calm day with no surprises

Both of us worked quietly all day in the studio. Mr Wazoo quilted two nice customer projects, and I worked along on a show quilt for another customer. Nothing went awry...the machines hummed along without a hiccup, and the day passed quickly, and I felt that sense of accomplishment that comes from time well spent.

This is a great pattern for a bright jelly roll, isn't it?

Panto: Daisy Swirl

I love the happy texture this pattern makes.

Here is another happy quilt. (I see a theme emerging...)

The panto is another cheerful floral, Flower Festival.

And yet, another wonderful texture!
I spent the day with this quietly elegant quilt. The stitch in the ditch is done, and so are the Dresden Plates! Tomorrow, I will do the background fill, and maybe the borders. That may be ambitious, but I'm going to try!

The pieced plates are almost 15 inches wide! The picture doesn't show the colors as rich as they are. Its a beautiful quilt.
After doing the last of the plates, I did a bit of work on my show quilt. At the rate I'm going on this, it will be finished ten minutes before it is to be turned in!!

Today, I attached all the applique bits to the top border. Maybe I'll get the cornerstones done tomorrow after work.

One more border and four cornerstones to go...
A nice dinner, a glass of wine and some handwork, then its off to bed. I have had a really good day!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fruitful day with a bit of a tutorial

We had a quilt last week with an extremely wavy border. Mr Wazoo soldiered along, trying to keep it straight, but it got away from him and he eventually cried Uncle and asked me for help. I had recently watched a video on You Tube on the subject, and thought I'd give it a whirl. This is the original tutorial :(
And here is what I did. I tweaked it a bit to suit the quilt.

I had already started the repairs when I thought to take pictures.
This border was easily 7 or 8 inches off!! How the heck does that happen?
You can see where I decided to take up the slack; 4 places, each about 2 inches to fix.
Here's another view. Scary, huh?

I peeled back the edge of the first one to show you the fusible inside.

I unpicked the seam at the bottom of the block, and then made the pleat.

This is Misty Fuse. I rarely use it because it is so thin and difficult to cut and place, but it is perfect for this application. It stays soft after fusing. Just don't turn on a fan!

A fine web of fusie goodness.

I cut some thin strips for the repairs and laid them on a bright folder so I could find them when working on the quilt.

The block is unpicked from the white inner border, and the pleat taken. I lined up the colors as much as possible before laying in the fusible. You can barely see it in the fold.
I placed an ironing surface under the area to be fused.

Then, I applied heat to the pleat to fuse it in place.

Carefully pressing the borders and keeping them aligned.

Here's what it looks like after fusing.
Fixing the side border fullness was next.

In this picture, I have completely unpicked each border and re-laid them in straight lines.

Then I put the fusible under the overlapping edges and fused them down.

This one, too.

Look at how much too long the side border was!
I unpicked the bottom outer border and fused it , making the corners meet squarely.

After four pleats that took in around 6 inches, there were still two inches too much! One inch at each end! See it there on the left.

I repeated the procedure on the other end, too.
After fusing all the pleats, I took the quilt off the frame and sewed the edges with a tiny zig zag stitch, using invisible thread. I did not sew through the batting and backing.
This is what it looks like sewn, before quilting.

Here is the quilt, quilted and trimmed.
Nice and flat, without tucks or pleats.
The bottom borders are now straight and the corners are pretty square.
The invisible thread blends in and looks like a sewn seam.
Panto: Small Splat
The back is perfect!! Yippee!

Mr Wazoo stayed busy out in his garage studio, quilting a small wall hanging. I spent some time realigning the pattern for the quilt I was working on when the computer died. It took me a while to get the software loaded and running, and to put in the digital pattern that got dumped along with the broken computer. I finished the tee shirt quilt, and then took on the wavy border quilt. That pretty much shot the day, and we quit at 6 pm.
Panto: Mahogany
My customer made this for a grandson going off to college.
Yes, the block is upside down, but the shirt was printed this way.
Digital panto: Dazzle

Easy to see on the dark green back

The only silver lining in the second trip to Atlanta in a week was a stop at Dillards so I could get some new shoes! They sell my favorite Ecco sandals and mine are hopelessly worn out. Look at these babies!! Swanky!
Pretty shoes, but I see I need a pedi ASAP!
More colors on the sides and back, too!! Cool!
I'll end with garden visitors!
The butterfly bush is living up to its name!

I couldn't resist sharing Molly cuddling with her favorite toy.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Finishing the week strong...and another computer failure

While Mr Wazoo was out visiting yesterday, I finished up a few quilts! And when he safely arrived at home, we had our barbeque and a nice, quiet evening.

This beautiful king sized quilt will be for sale in the boutique at our show in September. I hope someone gives it a good home!

The panto I chose is called Swan Song. Its a lovely feathered pattern.

Here is the backing.The quilt would make a wonderful wedding gift...

I downloaded a new panto for this baby quilt.

The pattern is called Animal Crackers, and features an elephant...

a giraffe...

and a cute lion!
I also worked on the custom quilt yesterday, and was able to finish it today! Hooray! The customer has been patiently waiting for her quilts, and Mr W will mail them off on Monday.

The customer requested swirling, watery looking quilting, like what it looks like when koi fish surface and swim.

I think I did pretty well!

I did smaller swirls around the fish, since she tells me there will be crystals to mimic the sparkle on the water. This gives her a good spot to add the bling!

Nice batik on the back.

Mr Wazoo did a small baby quilt today before going out to plant some new shrubs. The panel is really a cute one!

Cute, cuddly baby animals

The panto is Jungle Fever.
Look at that face! I love it.

The back is a companion print. Perfect!
I was working on a tee shirt quilt today, when the computer started doing the black screen thing. Crap!! I was sure it must be a bad connection with the quilting machine, because it would sometimes come back on if I jiggled the machine. (my Dad's favorite fix for everything is either give it a whack or jiggle it...) Well, I ended up calling my APQS help line, and they couldn't help. I looked up dealers and called one that said they do repairs and spoke with the nicest girl. She tried to help, but everything she suggested, I had already tried. I figured I would give the tablet a charge off the machine, and when it was all charged, gave it a try. Screen went the sewing machine!! Its the tablet, again! Mr Wazoo said to make an appointment and we will go back to the Microsoft store in Atlanta tomorrow. Oh joy. Another wasted day. Meanwhile, the tee shirt quilt will languish on the frame.
On a happier note, Mr W's Mom is doing well at 95, and they had a nice visit. She will be 96 in August. She is beginning to get her groove back after a nasty fall and recovery from a broken pelvis. 

My dear Mother in Law is the best. I used to have kindergarten in the classroom next to hers, and have known her longer than I have known my husband!
It rumbled and got dark this afternoon, but the rain couldn't find us here on the mountain, and we were glad to just have the lower temperature. The geraniums in the flower box  are a stunning pink, and I get a kick out of their brightness every time I go in the back door. I didn't touch up or change the photo at all. This is what color they are! 

At the end of the day, I powered through appliqueing the second border for my show quilt. Two more to go, and then I can assemble the entire quilt top and get the quilting started. It won't happen tomorrow...Atlanta, here we come...again!

Two down, two to go!