Thursday, September 6, 2012

NO, NO! Oh Molly...

Molly was busy hunting bunnies in the back yard while Tim and I were working, and we had quite a surprise when Tim went to get her in. In case you don't know, plumbago has very sticky flowers...very sticky; especially on little white dog fur. Oh my, what a mess! Tim spent an hour picking and brushing, picking and brushing some more. Poor little girl was all spent after the exercise. Darn bunnies!

Picture this, but all over her body...

not a happy pup

cleaned up and in her favorite spot to recover.

During the week, Tim and I have been busy at the Gammills working to get the quilts back to their owners and out of the back bedroom. The most different thing was the two quilts made by friends in a block of the month club who made the same quilt. Both are lovely and equally beautiful.

BOM quilt #1

pumpkin seed quilting

pink back

BOM quilt #2

same quilting pattern, green back!

Then there was yet another one-of-a-kind creation from Carole, over at Carole's Quilts, made from biking jerseys, menswear, ties, and even team jackets! A challenge to quilt, but a great heirloom for the family who gets it.

Bicycle jersey memory quilt by Caroles Quilts

some of the quilting

Big, stiff jacket emblem tamed with stitching

A peek at the back

Can you guess where the owner is from?!

My son's quilt is on the way to Massachusetts, along with a baby quilt for one of his friends. My 'Shades of Gray' 5" blocks are off to the exchange moderator, and the dishes are done!! Wow!
Now, I'm settling in with my basket of popcorn to see what my President has to say to me tonight.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day weekend labors

We are back at work here at WAZOO since our trip to Texas to visit family, and just because it's a holiday doesn't mean a day off! I finished a custom quilt and a  baby's room wall hanging for customers before tackling a huge project of my own.
It was fun to work on this exciting quilt!

Some of the quilting

The backing is just as wild as the front, with checkerboard down the center

The wall hanging was a challenge with all the prairie points sticking out

Here is a closer view
 My son and his wife finally got an apartment with a proper bedroom, so I made them a king sized quilt for their bed. The only request was that it be colorful. No problem there! The pattern was a tutorial from In Color Order's blog called Patchwork Chevron. I loved it when I saw it and figured I could make it as colorful as I wanted with my fabric selections. I used two layer cakes by Kate Spain for Moda called Good Morning and Terrain. The background is Kona white. I found the books and swirling books fabrics on the back at Connecting threads. My son is an editor at a book publishing company, so I thought it was a good choice. I wish I had time to custom quilt for my family, but I figure it's a utility quilt and will be washed and used, so I just chose a fun whimsical pantograph for the quilting. The binding is an old Jane Sassaman fabric from my stash. Now, I just have to do the hand sewing. Should take a while...I think this calls for a Pride and Prejudice marathon! Ooh-la-la, Colin Firth!!

This is my son and his wife's quilt, zigs horizontal

This is one of the book fabrics on the back

Here it is with zigs vertical. It's square, so either way is okay

Fun quilting and striped binding