Friday, June 3, 2016

The speed of light

Tonight I will show you what working at the speed of light looks like! We last left you Wednesday evening with two quilts loaded and waiting to be done. Here they are!
Christmas quilt ready to go

Holly and piano keys in the borders

Featherize in the body of the quilt

Mr Wazoo successfully completed the two color quilt

Panto: Small Splat
After we finished these, it was straight into high gear for the rest of the day.
I loaded this 110 x 126" quilt, did the stitch in the ditch,
and then started the quilting.

By 6:30 I was too pooped to continue...

Mr Wazoo quilted this in the time it took me to get the SID done on my quilt,
then, he loaded a quilt for in the morning.

Panto: Bayside
After a bit of TV watching, reading and sleeping, we were back in the studio bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to start again. By noon I had the gigantic Irish chain quilt finished, and an easy baby quilt loaded for the afternoon. Mr Wazoo took a morning trip to the post office to mail off the finished quilts, then loaded a pretty log cabin quilt.

Finished quilt

A peek at the back

Rush job baby quilt

Panto: Angel wings

Panto: Texas fan

This afternoon, Mr W (who was now really on a roll) loaded and quilted another customer quilt made in my class! It is a really colorful one, too.

Garden Delight quilt
Panto: Tickle
Meanwhile, I custom  quilted this customer quilt for a special little girl.

 By late afternoon the speed of light was slowing down. I loaded the forth quilt of the day and did all the stitch in the ditch before calling it quilts at 6:00. The man also loaded a quilt for tomorrow and got a couple of rows done. He'll be visiting his mother tomorrow, and I will be  cleaning (gasp!). I hope to get this quilt finished over the weekend.
Thanks for indulging me while I relived my last two days of quilting! When am I ever going to start the blocks I cut out?...Sunday! of course.

This quilt is so perfect, it intimidates me to start.
By 6 pm I had all the stitch in the ditch done.

The embroidery is crisp and perfect...and very small!

I put my fat finger in so you can see how wonderful and tiny this doggy is!

Mr W loaded this quilt with the chameleon border. I love that fabric!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Long live the queen!

Yesterday morning I went to Hiawassee to get my new crown. I sure didn't feel royal while it was happening; I felt like the weenie I am when it comes to the dentist. It hurt! The hygienist and dentist did their best to allay my fear, but it was not a pleasant experience. On the way home, I did a few errands and by the time I got home, the pain was gone. Hurrah! Long live the queen!
Mr Wazoo was already hard at work, having finished one quilt and loaded another. He is really focused when there is work to be done.

This modern beauty was quilted while I was at the dentist.

This two color quilt is his next project
Progress on the second quilt was stopped when Mr W realized the hopping foot got caught on every intersection of the blocks. It is so important for quilters to press properly to get a nice flat quilt! All the corners of the blocks were pressed to one side, making hard lumps at each corner. They stick up about 1/4 inch, making it impossible to quilt over them without pulling the quilt top and distorting the pattern. After a call to the Gammill tech man, Mr W tweaked his machine, raising the hopping foot slightly so he could glide it over the offending areas. He will have to re-adjust it when the quilt is done.
I loaded a Christmas quilt and began the partial-custom quilting with the stitch in the ditch around the borders. The center of the quilt gets a pantograph (Featherize) and the borders are done custom.
The customer requested piano keys in the outer border, and this is where I quit yesterday. I should be able to get it done this morning and get on to another quilt later today.

Christmas in May!

Panto in the center, holly in the first border. One border to go!
We quit working at 6:00, I had to make supper and Mr Green-Jeans went out to spend some quality time with his garden. He spent about an hour and a half dead-heading the rose bushes. 

My Mother's Day pot is going great guns!

This picture doesn't capture the true color of the geraniums.
They are a deep blood red and are just beautiful.

Molly doesn't care...she just wants to get in and have her kibble!

The gardens are coming along, filling out more and blooming like crazy. We love it here!!

The side yard
Things are filling in

Monday, May 30, 2016

Baskets finished!

I finished the basket quilt at 3:00 in the afternoon. That gave me time to do some laundry and pay some bills before starting a new project of my own.It was a fine day for working, too warm to be outside for long periods of time. Even Mr Wazoo worked in the studio until 6:00!
Tomorrow, I return to the dentist for my crown and hopefully to chewing on both sides of my mouth.
Until then, enjoy the fruits of our labors.
All done and quite beautiful

Quilted just like the magazine

Same quilt maker, totally different vibe!

I love this bee backing. Panto: Small Splat

Oooooh! Big pile of blocks ready to sew up a into a new quilt!

Memorial Day weekend sewing

We spent another day in the studio quilting for our customers. I am still working on the customer basket and star quilt.
The magazine photo with the quilting I am duplicating

After 8 hours, I am on the last row!!
Mr Wazoo finished two quilts.

Eye popping kaleidoscope quilt

Panto: Quirky

Dresden Plate quilt in a cool setting

Panto: Daisy Swirl
When customers come, this is the arrangement that greets them. Nobody saw it today, since it was a holiday with intermittent rain showers.

I should get the basket quilt finished today and have some hooky time to start a new project just for fun! Have a nice day, and give a salute to the fallen Americans who gave their all so we can enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. God bless America!