Saturday, May 28, 2016

A lovely day for quilting

It was in the high 70s today and very pretty outside, but we spent most of the day in the studio quilting. Because we have been simply inundated with projects lately, it is inevitable that many sunny days will be spent working on quilts. I don't mind at all, but the man gets antsy after too many 'quilty' days and not enough gardening days. I figure since it is a holiday weekend, I will give him the day off tomorrow or Monday to do whatever he wants. (And we all know what that is...yard work!
Here is what we have accomplished in the last couple of days.

This customer Stack and Whack is one of the prettiest ones I have seen. I wish she had used some of the un-cut fabric for a border so we could see what it looks like.

I did this custom job. It is a fused appliqué block of the month.

The quilting was pretty simple, with background fill and border treatments. The customer
wanted a low cost custom, but it is still really nice.

Fun borders

Oops! The quilt was photographed upside down! Mr Wazoo did a panto on this fused appliqué quilt.

The customer picked Trailing Vine, a very loose and simple pattern.

I hope this is the last time I work on this quilt!
You may remember it from past posts. The customer has sent it to me twice to get more hands put on it. This time, I added the father's hands. He must have arthritis with those knotty fingers.

The man did this little wall hanging with the panto Curlz.
Last night, I finished a repair job I have been working on for a month or so. I forgot to take a picture, and the customer already came and got it. Oops again.

When I finished up yesterday, I quickly quilted these charity quilts I made at the guild sew-in.
The binding is on and I will be hand sewing tonight! 
Here are the backing views.

If this quilt looks familiar, it is because you have seen it a few times before. This is a quilt from my latest class. The customer used these bright batiks to make a stunning quilt.

Panto: Small Splat

I am in love with this fabric she has on the back!

I worked all day today on a huge reproduction quilt. The customer brought the magazine she got the pattern from and requested I quilt it like the photo of the finished quilt.

The stars and basket handles are hand appliquéd, and there are no two fabrics the same in the baskets or stars. Wow!!

The stitch in the ditch took most of the day. One row of actual quilting is finished. There are 81 blocks, and each one takes me about 8 minutes to quilt. All ruler and template work. But isn't it lovely? Square and flat, too!!
I thought I would close today with the latest pictures of my rapidly growing grandson. He is now 6 months old and has a bunch of teeth! I wish I could see him more often. He is such a happy child!
Toothy grin

Isn't he cute? You just want to pinch those cheeks!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A couple of finishes

I didn't find time to post yesterday, so here is what I did on Sunday and Monday! Sunday, I finished sewing the sample for the up-coming 'sewcial' at the guild, and got it quilted and bound. I like how it looks and will make it again for sure.

I love the border fabric so much, I used it for the back and binding, too.

Panto: Rosie
Mr Wazoo worked on Sunday, as well, and finished this customer project.

Panto: Ginko leaves

The customer didn't have enough backing, so I added this textured gray fabric to the backing.
Yesterday, I tackled this modern quilt. The customer wanted the quilting to look like the pattern photo, and my heart sank when I saw it. All diagonal lines. If you don't have a longarm machine, you don't know that diagonal lines must all be done with a ruler and parallel lines are especially time consuming and difficult. It took all day, but I got it done. My wrist and hand were aching at the end from holding and steadying the ruler, but I think I captured the look she was going for. Yippee!

And a white back, too!! No room for error here.
Mr Wazoo kept me company, doing this lively quilt.His first foray into custom quilting!

Most of the quilt has the panto Curlz, but he designed a little shell
for the corners, and did piano keys in the border!


Good job, Mr W!
Today is guild, and I will be showing the raffle quilt, the sewcial sample and my grandson's quilt from my class. Pretty good for someone who also works full time quilting! Gotta love what I do.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Saturday quilting

I started a bit late today. I had to go to the store and get a few things, and then started this little wall hanging. The customer must be a really new quilter, as almost every block is wonky and has the points cut off. Now that its quilted, it doesn't look too bad. I think she'll put it up and feel the pride of a finished project. I just have to hand sew the binding and sleeve before I give it back to her.

I had problems with the internet last night, so I am posting this on Sunday morning...the quilt is totally finished and I am looking forward to the next project.
I am doing the project for the next guild 'sewcial' and I didn't have a finished quilt to take to show them. Yesterday, I made the blocks ( after work, of course) and have them up on the design wall.  Today, I will sew them together and add the border, get it quilted and then...more binding. Sounds like fun to me!