Saturday, January 23, 2016

Yup, It Snowed!

It's obvious, we will be in the studio today. No plows here, so we just have to wait it out. I think it is pretty, though.

Mr Wazoo is ready for some TV. I'm going back to bed...

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Storm has started...hunkering down

Last night, after the news, Mr Wazoo made a quick trip to the store for a few supplies. The weatherman said it was going to be a big ice storm, with snow to follow. The big problem when you live out a ways from town, up the side of a mountain is power outage, so I filled the bathtub with water (for flushing the toilet) and dug out the lantern. Tim got another lantern and extra batteries, some gas for the generator, cookies and chips. We have plenty of food, but snacks are always nice when the lights go out!
So far today, it has been raining and the wind has been howling. The poor little birds are trying to use the feeders, but are being buffeted all over.
I plan to work as usual until something happens. Maybe nothing will happen! We'll see.
Yesterday, I quilted this Blooming Nine Patch for a customer's daughter. I love the bright medley of colors of the fabrics. It is a big quilt; 97 x 107".

The back was pieced from coordinating fabrics.
Panto: Flamingo Sunset
Mr Wazoo did me a favor and quilted the second comfort quilt. I applied dark blue dotted binding, and did the hand sewing last night.

The backing is a Thimbleberry fabric I had in my stash.
The binding is finished, and the quilts are ready for guild next week.
I guess I need to get to the studio and get some work done. It sure has been a weird morning here. Its still raining and blowing, but no snow yet. Hopefully, we'll be spared any damaging weather here on the mountain. Stay warm, friends, and I'll check in later.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bad weather alert!

It was all over the TV last night that north Georgia was in for a big storm. This was going to happen in the late morning and continue into the afternoon. I had PT at 9AM, so I was a bit worried, but it was just starting to sprinkle when I left the PT place. Once home, I took Molly out for a quick potty break, then settled in to the studio and some serious sewing and quilting!

Uh oh! Flurries have started!

Pretty soon the driveway was white.

Molly and I were warm and toasty in the studio.
One top ready for pressing and adding a border.
The other, waiting to be finished.

I finished both comfort quilt tops by adding a nice border to each. The first one is quilted, and I just finished hand sewing the binding. Here is a picture of it before I left the studio.

Panto: Modern twist

I forgot to show you what Mr Wazoo has been up to when he's not poking around in the garage. He quilted this sweet baby quilt yesterday.

Panto: Bubbles
Well, it is supposed to rain all day tomorrow. I have an appointment at 11:30, so I hope the temperature is above freezing. When you live down a very winding road on the side of a mountain, you have to think before you drive.  Fingers crossed for a warmer day.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Charity sew in and another customer finish

Today started out icy cold, and didn't get any better as the day went on. Fortunately, Stephanie and I were either in a warm car or the warm room where we sewed up some charity projects for our Blue Ridge guild.
Stephanie made several cute pillow cases for the homeless shelter, and I put together two quilts for members who have had life altering circumstances and need the hug of a quilt made by their friends. The guild makes signature blocks for these, and they needed to be finished. I will get them quilted and bound soon and return them to the guild.

In the foreground are dog beds made today to be donated to the animal shelter

Stephanie is hard at work making pillow cases.
The first signature quilt top is done and folded on my table.

I got home mid-afternoon and had enough time to trim, quilt and get the binding on a vintage customer quilt. The same Granny who made the Sunbonnet Sue blocks, (that I made into a quilt), also made this Grandmother's flower garden. I forgot to take the 'before' picture, with the bright yellow and orange hexes all around the edge. The customer gave me permission to cut them off. Thank goodness! I gave the corners a curve, and the quilt turned out very nice.

Here is the finished quilt.My assistant missed me today.
She pooped on the floor for Mr Wazoo just after I left for the sew-in.

I used a very simple panto because the quilt was not at all flat.
I chose the same color solid yellow as the flower centers for the binding.

A peek at the back and the binding.
Now, it's time to go to bed because I have to be at PT by 8:30 tomorrow morning!! It seems like it is taking forever for this knee to get back to least I can sew and quilt! Yippee!

Good night, Molly

Monday, January 18, 2016

Lone Star Finished!

The quilting on the lone star quilt was finished yesterday, the binding made and applied, and today, finished! It turned out quite nice, with a scalloped edge. The customer should be pleased.
She had a quilt from home that was store-bought many years ago and wanted a quilt made like it, but in blue for her daughter. The original quilt was all solids, 104"x104". I made the daughter's quilt using reproduction fabrics to go with her decor. It finished 106"x106".

The original quilt from the customer. Only stitch in the ditch quilting. Really, a comforter.

My finished quilt

She requested custom quilting that included daisies, her daughter's favorite flower.

I thought scalloped edges were a sweet touch

A peek at the back, before binding
Binding finished. I put a daisy in each corner.
Just a small look at the finished binding. Quilt folded and ready to go!