Saturday, February 25, 2017

A little detour

Yesterday, I had a lesson on my new machine from an APQS dealer from Marietta. Shirley drove up here to answer my questions and show me some tricks that will make my quilting go better. I'm still not 100% with the Millie, but I will try, try, try to get comfortable with using it. I took off the partially finished quilt I was working on, and put on a charity quilt for the practice session. After Shirley went home, I finished the quilt, machine sewed the binding and label on and re-mounted the custom job. I'm determined to get it finished this weekend.
pretty charity quilt for Pieceful Mountain Quilters guild.

Pattern: Dazzle

This quilt is really soft, thanks to the lovely hand of the fabrics used.

Progress is being made on this happy quilt. I am determined to get it done!!
Mr Wazoo split his time between quilting and yard work because the weather was so darn perfect! He got a good start on my customer commission, and vows to finish it today. Then, I'll be hand sewing the binding. A huge job.
The panto he is using is Flower Festival
My UFO group got its order s for March, and I have to get going on my number 7 project. I used EQ to come up with a plan, and cut the pieces before quitting for the day. Here's a teaser...

Print out of what the quilt will look like, without the panel blocks. (represented by the blank blocks)

The days are getting longer! I took this picture as I walked up to the house after quitting for the day at 6:00. Just a couple of weeks ago, it was dark when I took the same walk.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

No surgery!! Back to work for the man.

The trip to Gainsville was a nice one in that Mr Wazoo is healing well and can avoid surgery for now. The rotator cuff tear hasn't changed in size, and the fracture is slowly healing on its own. The doctor is happy with his progress. Six more weeks of rehab and he should be good to go. Yippee!!
When we got home, both of us charged right in to working, and are pleased with what we accomplished today. By 6PM, Mr Wazoo had finished yesterday's cowboy quilt and did a small charity quilt for me to tweak the settings on his machine. He has been having some tension problems, but not with my quilt. Must have been the slinky backing the customer used on the cowboy quilt.
Cowboys galore on this manly quilt

The customer got the panels in California and added the denim
sashing and borders to keep the manly vibe going.

Mr W did a starry panto in keeping with the star in the center of the quilt.

The back is a slinky sheet. Not our favorite fabric, for sure; but it turned out better than expected.

This UFO has been in a bin for a couple of years. I was going to add a border, but decided to just get it done as a child's charity quilt.

The panto is Jungle Fever

This is one of the fabrics I got on my little shop hop when my sister was here.

I wasn't idle while Mr Wazoo was busy quilting. The final borders are on the Dresden plate customer commission quilt, and I sewed up the backing and pressed everything so it will be ready for him to do the quilting. 
Top together, inner borders done

Here is what the blocks look like

Small outer borders on and ready for quilting!

Just before quitting for the day, I made and sewed on the binding for the cowboys. I'll do the hand sewing tonight after supper. Mmmm..Turkey pot pie.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

After show after-glow

As a final nod to the Peace River Quilters' Guild 2017 show, I made a little slide show of my favorite quilts from the hundreds that were shown. Sorry if I left yours out, but I had limited time for photos, and picked the ones that made me say, "Oh, Yeah!!"

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I have been home a couple of days, and the work is flowing along.

All the blocks for the customer commission are done and the sashing in

I couldn't fit them all on the design wall.
There are two more rows on the ironing surface!

The quilts are put away, and Mr Wazoo will hang my ribbons soon.

He just finished quilting this cowboy quilt, and I need to get the binding cut, sewn and applied.

My colorful show quilt is happily on the bed where it will live from now on.

Tomorrow we travel to Gainsville to follow up with the Orthopedic doctor about Tim's shoulder. He still has pain, but is able to lift it pretty far. I sure hope she doesn't recommend surgery.Not sure he'd go for that... Well, time flies when you're having fun, and we have winged our way to midnight. Good night readers. I'm off to dream of beautiful quilts.