Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Many balls in the air

Right now, I have so many things going on that I feel like the circus juggler! Yesterday, we had the board meeting as well as a show meeting for the guild. There are lots of things to be done and vie for my attention, but I'm sure I'll get there if I just keep moving forward. One of the balls in the air is closer to being eliminated, as I am finally done with the quilting and tinting of the Rat Race quilt, and only need to sew on the binding, sleeve and label. I ran out of steam at 7:00 last night, and called it a day before going home and making supper.It will be done today!

The Rat Race

I wanted it to remain cartoon-like, so I lightly tinted parts of the background with crayon and heat set it afterward.

I also added shoe laces to the runners

I 'pebbled' the road to distinguish it from the sidewalk

Today, I will get to work on two tee shirt quilts for a customer's grown children.
I love my life, but think it is a bit crowded right now!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I worked on my rat race quilt today while digitally quilting a customer tee shirt quilt at the same time! It takes longer to do both, but they get done without too much trouble. First, the tee shirt quilt...

The subject matter is a bit creepy, but the quilt is expertly made and quilted beautifully.

Our go to panto for tee shirt quilts, Dazzle.

The backing is well suited to the quilt, too.
Mr Wazoo worked n his garage studio, quilting this dresden plate quilt. I love the fabrics in this.

So sweet and pretty

Panto: Flowers and feathers

Simple white on white backing.
While the Millie was doing her thing, I started in on the rat quilt. I am trying to make it look cartoonish by stitching all the lines twice. Nothing too perfect. Sort of wonky...on purpose! After stitching everything, I gave it a thorough spritz of water to get the blue ink off. It will be dry by tomorrow, and I can carry on with the quilting! So far, so good.

The whole shebang
On the left, a quilt shop!

In the center, a cheese shop

On the right, the Blairsville post office!
Tomorrow, I go to the Sewcial to demonstrate making a sleeve for a quilt. Then, I'll be home, playing with rats!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Happy work day

I had a very nice day, doing what I wanted all day long. I did deliver the wedding ring quilt, and the quilt maker seemed pleased. Whew!... Then some grocery shopping and home.
Mr Wazoo stayed busy in the studio, quilting a bed runner that is 36 x 117"!!. It just fit on the big Gammill, and he was rejoicing the fact he didn't have to quilt rows and rows and rows only 36 inches wide. He only had to quilt 3 rows, but each one took 20 minutes!! Wow!

Its a biggie!!

Very pretty. It will look nice at the end of a big bed.Panto: Feathers and flowers
I spent the day planning the quilting for my rat quilt. I'm not a good artist, so it took a long time and a lot of erasing to get it the way I wanted it to look. I did a paper pattern with a pencil sketch first; then I traced it with a sharpie. I laid the paper pattern and quilt top on the light box and traced it  with a water soluble pen. 

The finished drawing

Left side...


right side.

And here it is, traced onto the quilt top.

I have to re-do the cheese shop, the sign was too low.
Tomorrow, I will start quilting. Aaah, stitch in the ditch. Horrible to do, but necessary for a nice, square finish.
Brats and sweet corn for dinner tonight, and raspberries about one inch across! Yum.

Last two customer show quilts done!

I have finished the show quilts for other people and now, I can finish my rats over the weekend! I am so happy!!

This little wall hanging was primarily done with machine embroidery.

The seed packet blocks are charming. I custom quilted it with leaves and flowers.

See the bunny looking out from the gray plants on the backing and borders?

This is also machine embroidered, with a circus theme

The blocks are all a retro circus The retro styled blocks were echo quilted with yellow thread. The sashing has loops and the border has double loops.

The back is the same starry fabric as the sashing.

Another customer made this wild wedding ring quilt.

I used a swirl theme throughout for continuity in many different colors to set off the striped fabric.

The customer requested something to tone down the arcs, so I added colored swirls there.

I almost prefer the back to the front!! It would be a cool looking whole cloth!
Tomorrow, I'll plan the quilting on the rat quilt and maybe prep the first of two customer tee shirt quilts. Gosh! I'd better go to bed!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Messy studio tour

I realized today that I haven't up dated my studio tour since acquiring the APQS Millie. Mr Wazoo has moved to his 'man cave' in the garage, and I have the main studio for the Millie and the Gammill Classic Plus. It all works for us, and we are happy with the set-up even though I can't keep an eye on my employee while he is at work! ha ha!!
Anyhoo, had a fruitful day, learned some new tricks on the APQS and maybe, just maybe, I am making friends with it.
I did manage to get this quilt done today. Thank you Angela!

The big picture. Taken from the back of the room.
Millie on the left, Gammill on the right.

The "office".

The thread. The shelves roll out.

The snack and beverage area.
Basket of customer Tees waiting to be made into a quilt...
my Rat quilt waiting for quilting is on top of the small cabinet.

The sewing area.

The big stash

The little stash and the design area

The reading and hand work area

My homemade hanging thingie

More hanging stuff...

I love hanging stuff!

The big Gammill with the quality control officer in attendance.

Mr W's studio and Gammill Premier Plus.
Here is the Jen Kingwell Long Time Gone quilt by one of my customers. I was going to custome quilt it, but looking at others on line, I knew an old fashioned pattern with a modern slant was the way to go.

The fabrics are quaint reproductions

The customer fussy cut many of the tiny squares throughout the quilt. 

A peek at the back

Digital panto: Funky Fans
Six o'clock and time to quit for the day. More handwork awaits upstairs, so I am glad Mr W is cooking tonight!! Winner, winner, a nice steak dinner!