Saturday, February 27, 2016

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

A perfect day finds Mr Wazoo outside doing what he loves. This is today...Let's back up the train and see what happened yesterday.

Yesterday, I finished the tee shirt quilt and got it quilted and binding applied. Last night, I did the hand sewing, and today, it went home with my happy customer.

The primary layout, after preparing the shirts

The rows going together with sashing to make them the same length.

The quilt, after quilting and before the red binding was applied.

I did a big meander because of the thickness of some of the shirt fronts,  to miss buttons on some of the shirts, and to avoid really rubbery logos.

On the back, I added a row of shirt backs with the ball player's  numbers from over the years.
Mr Wazoo did his job, too, quilting this Springlike project.

Panto: Flower Festival

I finished the front of the latest repair job and have the pieces for the back ready to appliqué tonight. I will add the binding and get that sewn, too. There were a few usable pieces left from the cut off parts, so I plan to make a pillow to go along with the the little quilt.

Here is what I started with. The customer gave permission to cut the quilt down and repair just the center. Thank goodness!!

It may look rough, but this is actually the fixed quilt!

All my patches are edge turned and ready to go. I have made the  checked binding, and will apply it before quitting for the day, so I can hand sew it and the appliqué at the same time.
When I'm done, I will give the quilt a gentle wash and pray it doesn't fall apart when I do it. It is so dirty, I am afraid the fibers will disintegrate like the 100 year old quilt from last week.
For now, it's back to the studio and quilting some charity projects. Mr Wazoo is driving his tractor up the hill for another load of mulch. Life is good!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hit the ground running!

We started early here at Wazoo, getting a quilt loaded and designing a tee shirt quilt. Mr Wazoo did his job and quilted this fishing quilt.

I started the design for the tee shirt quilt, and I think I will finish the construction tomorrow! I love it when things fall into place and aren't hard to figure out. It will be a nice memory quilt when it's finished.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Knee progress and a new quilt started

My knee doctor gave me the good news today; I have 115 degrees of flexion in my knee and no longer need to go to PT as long as I walk and exercise at home. The pain should gradually diminish and by next November, I should be all healed.
Mr Wazoo mailed three quilts today and managed to quilt this one, too. Sweet birds on a branch. Very modern feeling.

I spent most of the day running back and forth to town for PT and then my doctor's appointment, so I didn't get any quilting done. I did spend a few hours prepping tee shirts for a customer quilt. I hope to get it laid out tomorrow...maybe even put it together! 

Pile number one of tees
All the backs with numbers are here. I may need a few to fill out the rows in the quilt.
Hmmm....I think this shirt is trying to tell me something...

Right now, it's time to go to bed. They are predicting snow over night. I hope that's wrong. We'll see.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

More quilting...what else?!

We just love to quilt here at Wazoo! I finished this beautiful appliqué quilt today and I tickled myself with how well it turned out. As I was doing the quilting, I wondered what made the quilter pick this particular pattern and these fabrics. I love the combination of the toile with little birds in it with the dimples fabric as the background. I never would have put these together. Genius. The result is so stunning. I am truly blessed to get to add something to these wonderful quilts.

Mr Wazoo finished this quilt, and is working on another one. He will be doing his other job tomorrow...shipping and delivery. Two quilts will be shipped to Florida owners!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Weekend warriors make progress

Both Mr Wazoo and I worked over the weekend to get caught up on some quilting. I hate to be behind on things, and my knee surgery has caused a backlog of custom quilts to be done by little old me. Mr Wazoo has blazed past me and is doing fine on his queue of pantograph quilts. He finished a set of twin bed quilts over the weekend and is working on a third one.

The customer made two of these for her guest room beds

Panto: Come Dance With Me
This is the third twin quilt, being done in Autumn Oaks pantograph.

My first project was this perky nautical flag quilt. I L-O-V-E the rick rack!

Custom quilted so as not to disturb the rick rack.
I did finish the patching and quilting of the hunting cabin quilt. It looks so much better...I forgot to take the 'before' picture. It had holes everywhere. It really would have been easier to just sew a new one! Oh well, someone loves this quilt enough to have it fixed. They will love it another 50 years now!

The last couple of days, I have been working on this lovely hand appliquéd quilt made by a woman in Florida. The stitch in the ditch and feather background quilting have really made the appliqué motifs pop. I just have to finish the top and side outer borders and I'll be finished.  I think it will look beautiful on her bed.

work in progress.
The quilting is coming along nicely.

Tomorrow is guild, and I am a February birthday girl, so I have been baking brownies and cookies for the meeting. I will also be delivering quilts to customers there. Audrey Hiers is speaking, so it should be a good meeting all around. Hopefully, I'll be home in time to finish the appliqué quilt.