Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Warming up

It was a lovely, warm day, perfect for quilting and yard work.
We started early here at Wazoo, I had a quilt show meeting and Mr Wazoo finished yesterday's quilt and got it mailed off to the Florida customer. 

Giant BQ2, with a beautiful focal fabric

Panto: Flowers and feathers
After my meeting, I went to work quilting the tee shirt quilt for the Christian school. All done!! The sleeve and binding are made and applied, and tonight, I will do the hand sewing.

Quilting finished

Digital panto: Dazzle

I pieced and appliqued the back

Now, a few hours of hand sewing.
On the way up, I stopped to take some pictures of Mr W's latest project. He is building a ramp from the driveway to the front lawn so he can drive his tractor right over, rather than having to drive all the way around the house to get there. Maybe you have noticed by now...he is rarely idle, and is always thinking of what he can tinker with next. Hey, it keeps him off the street and out of trouble! 

Everything is prepped and ready for the cement footers tomorrow.

He dug twelve holes for the footers. A good day's work!
With the warm, sunny weather comes more blooming plants. Our clematis is bursting with blooms!

Monday, May 8, 2017

A custom finish and another ready to go!

I took my speed trip to Murphy this morning and enjoyed being out of the house for a while. Even though the time was spent driving, it was nice. Beautiful sunny day and tunes on the radio. I purchased the backing fabric and was home by 11:00.
The next quilt in the line was a Christmas quilt. The customer had a picture of how she wanted it, so that's precisely what I did.

This is someone who really plans ahead!

The collection of fabrics is very lacy looking and pretty

Hard to see the quilting on the busy fabric. The thread is silver.

Can't see it very well on the back, either.

By 6:30 I had the first quilt bagged and tagged, and the tee shirt quilt on the frame for tomorrow.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Just a quick note...I sewed all day and finished the top for the tee shirt quilt. Well done, Susan!!

Tomorrow, I'll take a quick trip to Murphy, NC to get the same backing as the other quilt. Quilt it, add the label and sleeve, binding and hand sewing. and it will be ready to go!

Watching our favorite PBS programs, I blanket stitched this wall hanging for my birthday daughter in Wisconsin. I have one for her twin sister in North Carolina to do next. I got the pattern from Primitive Gatherings shop while at the Paducah show. I bought enough supplies to do one for each of the kids with their home state on it.

The last thing I did before going upstairs after work was check the peonies. There was a beautiful white one, just bloomed today! After all the wind and rain, I thought they would all be laid flat. Thanks to Mr Wazoo, the hoops held them in check.

Now, its time for bed! Until tomorrow, I'll dream of quilting.

Deja vu?

If this looks familiar, it is because it is. Here's the scoop; You remember the tee shirt quilt I made for a Christian school live auction a while ago? It turns out, the auction was a tremendous success, with the quilt bringing in more than one thousand dollars. The quilt sparked a bidding war between two people, and went up, up, up. One of the bidders finally cried uncle and dropped out. After the auction, the woman who commissioned the quilt asked the losing bidder if they seriously wanted the quilt. Yes in deed, they really did. She made them an offer; a quilt like the auction one for the last bid they made. The person quickly agreed, and I got a call from the woman to make another quilt.
I sure didn't have enough of the original fabrics to do the job, but she said it was okay for it to be a bit different, if it was the same size and design. Off to the fabric shop for appropriate fabrics, then back to the studio and work.

This is a photo of the original quilt, taken during the auction.
That's the auctioneer in the picture! Cool.
A work in progress...
It took the entire day to get this far.
The blocks are made and the shirts prepped and cut.
I had to change the two green blocks because the shirts were too small to cut the correct size block from. I used the backs of two blue shirts and will sew the green circles onto them.
Mr Wazoo worked on what he described as, "The most perfect quilt I've ever done!" He said the quilt, a Bonnie Hunter mystery project with hundreds of pieces, was flat, square, and perfectly made. Kudos to the quiltmaker for making his day!

Stunning and perfect!

Panto: Splat
Its not hard to work inside when the weather is nasty. We had another day of 40 degree, rainy, windy weather. This put the kibosh on going to the farmer's market, but the cloudy wetness made the landscape colors more saturated and beautiful. Trees really look good in the rain...

I hope to get the tee shirt quilt finished today, so I can move on to the next custom quilt. Call it a palette cleanse...taking a break from quilting to do some sewing!