Friday, January 13, 2017

Sun up to sun down, we're working for you!

The sunrise today was so beautiful, I just had to take a picture...or two!
Early on, it looked like this

only a half hour later, it looked like this!!
With our company on their way home, we buckled down and quilted the day away. I got all of the stitch in the ditch done today on this quilt. Its one of my own, and needs to be done for the Florida quilt show in a few weeks.

It pained me to see all the mis-matched corners and mistakes on the quilt
while I was stitching. Oh well, I love it, and it will live in the guest room soon.
Mr Wazoo stayed on task, finishing two identical quilts after finishing a quilt he loaded yesterday. Good boy!!

This Blue Ridge Parkway quilt was finished first.

Panto: swirl and twirl

He quilted two of these, both the same.

He used the panto yodel on both pretty quilts.
Mr Wazoo also did me a big favor while my sister was here. He finally made my wide ironing board!! It is wonderful for pressing backs and doing some fusing on big projects. Like the door panel I need to finish for the silent auction!
Ready for action!

Huge fabric piece? No problem!

I need to get this quilted and finished.Its called Happy Jacks and will be auctioned at the quilt show.

Molly patiently waited, but with the sunset, we quit working and went upstairs for a supper of beef stew made from yesterday's pot roast, collard greens and cornbread. Yummy!, and the filling end to a busy day.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Starting the new year with a bang!

The weather here has been on again off again as far as cold and rain are concerned. We have spent more than the usual time in the studio getting a jump on 2017 and the quilts in the queue. No sunshine means the man is indoors!
First up yesterday, I did two quilts for a favorite Florida customer, who has been patiently waiting for her quilts while we blasted through the Christmas orders.
This swirling log cabin made my heart sing while I quilted it. The scrappy reds are wonderful!

The different size logs make the illusion of curves!

Panto: Funky fans

 After that, I did a snazzy quilt with jewel tone stars in the piecing. I like the little friendship stars in the bigger stars.

Panto: Starlet

Mr Wazoo was also very busy with both quilting and studio projects to help us work more efficiently. What a guy! He finally made my big ironing board, and I can't wait to try it out tomorrow! The glue has to set up overnight. Then he made holders for our new Red Snappers Santa brought us for Christmas.
Here are mine, all stored for the day.
He also got some quilting done. My sister is coming in a couple of days and we had 13 quilts to get finished for her to take home with her to Texas. They are all done now, and we are ready for a fun visit.

The last of 13 wonderful quilts

Panto: Yodel
I finished, quilted and got the bindings done on three charity quilts over the last couple of days, and made a quick 2-3-2-6 today. It's quilted, but I ran out of steam before making the binding. Leave something for tomorrow, Susan!

free motion quilted

quilted with double hearts

I had this jungle animal fabric in my stash! Perfect for both quilt back.

More stash busting. I've had the airplane fabric forever!!

Panto: Zephyr
Today, I also quilted two quilts for another customer whose grandsons need bigger quilts. Too cute!! Cowboys and cavemen, great subject matter for little boys, don't you think?

She calls this one 'Buckaroos'

Panto: Simple Stars

The cavemen and dinosaurs are so cute!

Panto: Two Simple

I love the backing she chose, too!
In my spare moments (and there are more of them now that I am using the computerized pantographs) I designed and started making blocks for a Quilt of Valor. I really enjoyed making my brother's quilt, and want to keep making them. Maybe one a month, if I can fit them in.

Steak on the grill tonight! Well worth working until 6:15...Mr Wazoo is also a super grillmaster!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017!! Off and running.

Mr Wazoo didn't make the ball drop...but I woke him up to wish him Happy New Year, so its all good. I spent the evening watching old movies and hand sewing the bindings on two quilts. Champagne mimosa at midnight, then off to bed.
Today, we started later than usual after a 'farm fresh breakfast', as Mr W likes to say. I quilted another beautiful customer quilt, and had time to make a couple of kid charity quilt tops, too.

I did get the flimsy quilted, ad the binding on!

Panto: Flight of fancy

Finished New Year's Eve for the last quilt of 2016.

I also quilted this Christmas quilt NYE, and loved doing it.

Panto: Holly Berries

My Employee of the Month quilted this disappearing nine patch for his last quilt done in 2016.
I figured he deserved the honor for working with a broken shoulder.

Panto: Rosie

Happy New Years! The first quilt of 2017.

Oh crap...once again, I can't remember the name of the panto...but it was perfect for the quilt.
I have a bunch of new pantos for my new machine, and I'm still learning their names.

One top still under construction.
I had to get the ribs started, so it will wait until later.

Both tops look like this. There is another border going on, and then I'll get them quilted.
My friend Stephanie gave me the cute panels. I love how cheerful they are!
I hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Years Eve. My 2016 was another fun quilty adventure, and I look forward to yet another one in 2017. Cheers!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Over the finish line??

I thought we were done with 2016, but Mr Wazoo burst my bubble when he informed me New Year's Eve is TOMORROW!! All day, I thought it was the night, and I would drink some champagne and watch a chick flick. Nope. I was a day off. The week between Christmas and New Year's is a dumb thing. Are we off? Are we working as usual? Do we still eat our body weight in cookies and turkey?! Yes, yes, and of course!
So you see, the quilt count is a bit off. We quilted another three quilts and I made a flimsy that will be finished tomorrow...the real end of the year.

Mr Wazoo quilted this. When I saw it, I knew I had to make one, too.

I can't remember the name of the panto, but it looks like the swirls in the red fabric.

I quilted this veteran's charity quilt for the nursing home.

The panto is called Star in a lazy log. Weird name...

I put this fun picnic fabric on the back.

I drafted the pattern and made the quilt!
I just had to do it.

The next one needs more contrast, but this one is okay for a prototype.
It will be a nursing home quilt, too.

Mr Wazoo did this pretty purple quilt, too.

Panto: Ribbon roses
Tomorrow, I will quilt the flimsy from today, and probably another customer quilt. Or maybe I'll goof off...