Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snow?!... Won't stop this girl!

Yesterday was the first time to go to the big guild here in Blairsville, and I wasn't going to let a skim of snow ruin it! Fortunately for me, the sun came out and the roads were fine. I miss snow...I'm from Wisconsin, and we know snow! This little dusting was enough to stir my northern soul and the nip in the air made me feel really alive. Hot weather just doesn't do it for me; I am a cold weather gal!
First light, and I see snowflakes!

Oh yeah...

I'm glad it was melting when I had to leave. I hate scraping windows.

Along the drive to guild, I snapped a picture of the mountains with snow still on top.

I love it! I know some people think this is bleak looking, but I think it is beautiful.

The guild meeting was nice, and Stephanie and I joined. We met some nice quilters and  had a good time chatting and seeing some quilts. I am especially looking forward to the Hugs and Kisses sew day where it is more relaxed and we actually get something accomplished. Meetings are fine, but I want to make something!
Here are the quilts we finished yesterday and today.
Tim did this baby quilt
I quilted this darling quilt
detail of the quilting the customer wanted.
This is one of my UFOs from a retreat. It is the disappearing pinwheel pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
I quilted it light custom; no rulers or templates, just fun free motion!
Simple but nice!
Tim quilted this Kaffe project. I love the fabrics.
While I was off at guild, Tim painted and installed the peg-board for my specialty rulers.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three finishes on a dreary day

Not much to say except BOOYAH! Three quilts done. Two for customers and one for charity. Tomorrow, (unless we have snow or ice) I go to guild for the first time!! Yippee!

I love the way the pantograph made this great texture!

Simple, yet effective.

My friend's hexie 'Science Project' quilt

Quilted like the picture on the pattern.

Colorful and modern looking.

I made this while teaching it in a class. Major fail with the fabrics! Both medium in value and just fall flat. A murky mess, but someone will like it to warm their lap in the nursing home.

I love this backing fabric. I bought it in Pennsylvania in an Amish shop. Pretty wild colors for men's shirting! It was 54 inches wide, so I bought yards of it and have used almost all of it. I guess I'll have to go back and see if they have any more...

Too bad...I like the two fabrics. The next one of this pattern will be scrappy, darks and lights.

Poor Molly, sick again and puking blood. These bouts only last a day or two, but are very hard on both pup and people. She laid low most of the day in the recliner near my machine.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

In the groove at Wazoo!

It felt really nice to be back at the machine doing some custom work. This sweet quilt was hand embroidered by the customer. I love it!
The shabby chic quilt

Each block a bit different

Pretty embroidered blocks

Fun with borders. This quilt will be scalloped.

A peek at the back
 Tim has been busy fixing the thread shelves and hanging up the towel bar and some more memorabilia. The room is really ours now!

Yup, another late day at work...but I love it!

 I also got the binding done on the little green and gray quilt. I guess I will put it away until someone needs it!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tee Shirt top done!

Lots of fun today working on the tee shirt quilt. I finished the top and will make the back tomorrow. I like it!
No room for sashing here! There are parts of 55 different tee shirts  in the quilt. The border is a small striped fabric from my stash.

Using variegated thread and a close buttonhole stitch, I added the circles from shirts to the finished top.

customer work in progress

I have been working for a couple of days fixing a quilt that my customer's mother in law started and just couldn't figure out how to finish it. She had never made a quilt before and wanted to make one for her granddaughter's birthday. To complicate the gift even further, she decided to make a tee shirt quilt. Unfortunately, she didn't know about stabilizing the shirts and made quite a stretchy mess of it. I spent the first day taking it apart, the second and third days painstakingly unrolling the curled up edges and applying interfacing and cutting the shirts to usable pieces. Today, I was able to get the project going on the design wall. I have three vertical rows put together and two more to go. Then I am going to make the back out of the rest of the shirts. (there are LOADS of shirt-pieces to use!)
Here is what I have so far. Now I am off to bed to dream about tee shirts....

C'mon back to see what happens with the circles!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy Day!!

It really was a happy day here at Wazoo. I quilted a lap quilt of my own, after oiling and re-timing my machine. Everything went well, and tomorrow I will start on the few customer quilts here in Georgia.

Working on the first quilt in the new studio
I used a Walmart sheet for the backing . I like the sheets in the big box stores, not too tightly woven and often colorful.
Mr Wazoo hangs my ribbons while I finish up the quilt on my machine.
Here is my finished quilt
I used a wishbone type panto so I could finish it up quickly.
oWhile I was working on the quilt, Tim put up my ribbons. I am so happy about all the work he has done for the business. He's a rock! Now that the studio is up and running, he is toiling away in the garage, getting it cleared out and things put away.

I was especially pleased to find my doll , made in my image (oh dear!) by my friend Marcia. Aunt Sewphie is now perched on top of the bookcase, keeping watch over the activities in the studio. She is accompanied by Bucky Badger and a winter cardinal. I did hear her say she is missing Uncle Leo, who is upstairs guarding the front door. I may have to bring him down to keep the peace. We'll see.
Tomorrow is another quilting day and my first trip to the Blue Ridge quilt guild with my buddy Stephanie. What fun!

I forgot to mention my new window blinds! They are so nice, and make every room look better.

Aunt Sewphie, relaxing with her peeps.


Monday, January 19, 2015

All fabric is unpacked!! At Last!

Finally, I am unpacked. Just when I thought I had all the boxes unloaded and the stuff put away, Tim found two more! I never thought I could get sick of fondling fabric, but I reached my limit and was anxious to be done with it. While unpacking the last boxes, I felt guilty for having so much fabric and put together a box of yardage and panels for the new group I have joined. They make the kid and nursing home quilts. I love making these quilts, so I thought I would give them a boost with some new, colorful fabric to use.
Tim has been busy making the trim for the design wall and a slat for hanging my Perkiomen Nine Patch quilt. That class was a misery to take, but the quilt turned out pretty and bright, so I wanted it in the studio. It may not be my best constructed quilt, but it one of the most cheerful ones. The other quilts in the studio are small wall quilts either I have made, or were made for me by friends. Every one makes me smile. That's what I like about them!
It was such a lovely day today, we took a ride into town and went to lunch at my favorite barbecue place, and then to the Home Depot for the supplies needed to make the ironing surface for the studio. It will be wonderful to have the room done and not have projects hanging over our heads. Tomorrow, the blinds come and will be installed everywhere but the living room. They are not in yet. We have been without curtains or blinds since buying the house. No more feeling like we're in a fishbowl!
Here are the latest pictures. We are nearing the end of the job, and it is looking wonderful. I can't wait to load up a quilt and start my machine humming!

The view from my sewing table. Perkiomen in all its glory!

Looking toward the door from the design wall side of the room.

My sewing corner

Fabric wall, pantos and thread

looking toward my machine from my sewing corner

Soon to be office corner. My notions cabinet just fits next to the bathroom door.

The design wall and office corner from my sewing desk.

thread and tools behind Tim's machine

Quilts in the bathroom, too!

some of my quilts and quilt tops stored in the bathroom

The view from Tim's machine.