Saturday, July 22, 2017

Finishing the week strong...and another computer failure

While Mr Wazoo was out visiting yesterday, I finished up a few quilts! And when he safely arrived at home, we had our barbeque and a nice, quiet evening.

This beautiful king sized quilt will be for sale in the boutique at our show in September. I hope someone gives it a good home!

The panto I chose is called Swan Song. Its a lovely feathered pattern.

Here is the backing.The quilt would make a wonderful wedding gift...

I downloaded a new panto for this baby quilt.

The pattern is called Animal Crackers, and features an elephant...

a giraffe...

and a cute lion!
I also worked on the custom quilt yesterday, and was able to finish it today! Hooray! The customer has been patiently waiting for her quilts, and Mr W will mail them off on Monday.

The customer requested swirling, watery looking quilting, like what it looks like when koi fish surface and swim.

I think I did pretty well!

I did smaller swirls around the fish, since she tells me there will be crystals to mimic the sparkle on the water. This gives her a good spot to add the bling!

Nice batik on the back.

Mr Wazoo did a small baby quilt today before going out to plant some new shrubs. The panel is really a cute one!

Cute, cuddly baby animals

The panto is Jungle Fever.
Look at that face! I love it.

The back is a companion print. Perfect!
I was working on a tee shirt quilt today, when the computer started doing the black screen thing. Crap!! I was sure it must be a bad connection with the quilting machine, because it would sometimes come back on if I jiggled the machine. (my Dad's favorite fix for everything is either give it a whack or jiggle it...) Well, I ended up calling my APQS help line, and they couldn't help. I looked up dealers and called one that said they do repairs and spoke with the nicest girl. She tried to help, but everything she suggested, I had already tried. I figured I would give the tablet a charge off the machine, and when it was all charged, gave it a try. Screen went the sewing machine!! Its the tablet, again! Mr Wazoo said to make an appointment and we will go back to the Microsoft store in Atlanta tomorrow. Oh joy. Another wasted day. Meanwhile, the tee shirt quilt will languish on the frame.
On a happier note, Mr W's Mom is doing well at 95, and they had a nice visit. She will be 96 in August. She is beginning to get her groove back after a nasty fall and recovery from a broken pelvis. 

My dear Mother in Law is the best. I used to have kindergarten in the classroom next to hers, and have known her longer than I have known my husband!
It rumbled and got dark this afternoon, but the rain couldn't find us here on the mountain, and we were glad to just have the lower temperature. The geraniums in the flower box  are a stunning pink, and I get a kick out of their brightness every time I go in the back door. I didn't touch up or change the photo at all. This is what color they are! 

At the end of the day, I powered through appliqueing the second border for my show quilt. Two more to go, and then I can assemble the entire quilt top and get the quilting started. It won't happen tomorrow...Atlanta, here we come...again!

Two down, two to go!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Busy week so far

We have had our noses to the grindstone this week, getting quilts finished and back to their owners. Mr Wazoo has been inside much of the time due to heat and intermittent rain. The view out the window was beautiful to look at, but beastly hot and humid.  I don't mind it, because I'm inside sewing!

I did this geometric quilt early in the week, and am still working on
the second one by the same quilter.

I used Glide thread, because of its shine.
The panto is called Pipeline.

I really like the backing fabric.
I'll be on the lookout for it at fabric shops!

Mr W quilted this memory quilt
made by a customer from Mama's blouses.

Panto: Fantasia

It's backed with soft flannel. I did the binding, too!

A nice woman bought this quilt at the festival,
and had me embroider her new granddaughter's name on it.

Mr Wazoo did this machine embroidered/appliqued
outdoorsy quilt.

The blocks are really pretty 

The woodsy panto is called Mahogany

Isn't this different!? I think the blocks
look like giant medication capsules!

Again, the Pipeline panto was perfect!

The back was one giant pieced'capsule'.

I also quilted this scrappy bargello.
From here, you see color...

up close, you see all the diverse fabrics!
The panto is called Time Warp.

Here's a look at the back

This little quilt will be for sale in our show boutique.

Mr W used the Bush Berries panto to highlight the
berries in the fabric.

Pine trees on the back.

This quilt is folded in half in the picture...

It is 37 x 97!! Meant for a buffer between a Florida man
and his leather recliner. I guess there was a 'sticky' problem.

I used a wiggly panto called Stipple. Duh.

This is the quilt I have been working on for a couple of days.
It is hand guided custom, and I am also doing a panto on the digital
machine at the same time, so it takes longer because of stopping
to advance and set up the next row on the APQS.

The APQS is chugging along on this king sized quilt
which will be for sale in the boutique at the show!

This is a customer commission I did using
a fleece blanket for the top.

It is quilted with the panto Zephyr, and I appliqued the star with
the customer's grandson's name on it.

I can fly!!

Here is another sale quilt for the boutique.
The fabric is all Monopoly symbols!

I can't remember the name of this panto...
it is a really nice swirly one!

The backing is this fun money print.
The back 'flap' for my Koala cabinet came, but is the wrong one. Sigh...
We spent a couple of hours on the phone trying to get it resolved, and I have to call California again today, too. Someday, I'll have a nice big surface for sewing and quilting. Until then, Mr W packed it up for the return trip.
Today, Mr Wazoo is off to Greenville to visit his Mom and sister. Sister was supposed to leave for her new life in Germany last Monday, but fell and broke her knee. She's grounded for a while so it can heal. Our Niece and her family have already moved to Germany where he will be coaching a soccer team. Grandma takes care of the kids, and will follow as quickly as she can. A big adventure for all of them! I think I'll surprise Mr W with barbeque from Jim's Smokin' Que for supper. Yum! Now, it's time to go to the studio and get busy.