Saturday, February 7, 2015

Quilting a raffle quilt

I really love quilting raffle quilts! They are usually really pretty and hopefully well made. This one is no exception...beautiful, square and fun to quilt. I started it in the morning and knocked off at 6 in the evening. The stitch in the ditch is done as well as all the colored interior pieces. Tomorrow, I will do the black squares and the borders. I might actually finish this quilt in just two days! It has a black back, so I have to be careful not to make any big boo-boos. So far, the back is looking great. Here is a teaser.

While I quilted, Tim continued with the barn quilt. He removed the masking tape from yesterday and the project looked wonderful! He masked off the next color areas and applied two coats of the red paint. I am so anxious to see it tomorrow without the tape! He says it needs another coat first, so I will have to be patient. I will keep on quilting while the barn quilt slowly takes shape.
Did I mention, I love my life?!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Customer finish and barn quilt progress

Yesterday's sewing was fun, but Stephanie and I were the only ones there! The leader of the group came after lunch to see if anyone showed up, and that's when we learned we were not on the email list, so didn't know the sewing had been cancelled. Oh well, I had a great time sewing and visiting with my friend, so it was all good in the end.
Trying to meet new quilting friends is a challenge when they don't meet very often. The next sewing day is when I will be in Florida for the show, so I won't see any quilters until the next guild meetings. Boo hoo!
Today, I worked on Barbara's quilt and finished it late in the afternoon. Her quilts are always imaginative and beautiful.

This is the back!

Meanwhile, Tim painted layers and layers of yellow paint on the  barn quilt, trying to get the primer covered. It seems yellow doesn't cover well, and is the most difficult color to apply, according to the paint person at Home Depot. After I finished Barbara's quilt, he was still painting, so I sewed the blocks together on the real quilt that matches the barn quilt. All I need to do now is quilt it!
The fabric version
The plywood 'quilt' with painting in progress

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Another UFO finished!

Update from this morning...I finished the next UFO in the pile and have the blocks done for the spontaneous wall hanging I started on the weekend. It sure is fun to have some time to sew.
The stitch in the ditch is done on Barbara's quilt and the quilting starts on Friday. Tomorrow, I will be sewing! Happy, happy, joy, joy!
Ta-da! The blocks are done and on the design wall. This is the block and colors we chose for the barn quilt!

My latest UFO all finished. I did get the binding sewn down, too. :o)

Mr Wazoo did the quilting, so not all the finish was mine...

Here's the back. How cute is that?

Barbara's lovely quilt, ready for the magic to begin!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February already?!

Wow! Time sure flies. It seems since getting older, time flies by at an astounding rate. We have been here full time for just over a month and have most of our stuff unpacked and put away, the house rooms in order, the studio up and running, and customer quilts going out the door. Life is good here at Wazoo!
My birthday was yesterday, and we took a day off to roam the countryside in the car and have a wonderful lunch out. When you move to a new location, every trip out is a mini- adventure because all of the scenery and towns are new and exciting. We went to Hiawassee and Young Harris by back road, and the woods and mountains are wonderful. I can't wait to see it all again in the spring.
Last week we were quilting, and here are the results of that labor.
Another quilt from Susie the fabric designer. This one uses her Christmas line.

Here is the backing fabric

The quilting is fun and sweet.

Another of my own UFOs finished! I started this one at the Inn on the Lakes retreat.

Scrappy, retro modern! The quilting is very George Jetson looking.

Nice plaid on the back.

Mr Wazoo has been working on the barn quilt in the garage. He has the primer on and we have decided on a block and colors, so he is full steam ahead with the project.
The board, all primed and ready to be marked with the pattern.

On the weekend, I took some time to putter around with my stash and make some 16 patches. I will have three colors in this project. So far, it is turning out just as I imagined. Here's a has to do with the barn quilt.

Now, it is back to the studio and today's quilting. A beautiful appliqué bed topper from my friend, Barbara. Should be fun!!

Tim put up some of my photography on the blue wall.
Thanks for the B'day cards!
It should be 'smooth sailing' this week!