Thursday, December 7, 2017

Studio work

Mr Wazoo stayed in the man cave yesterday and quilted up a storm! Here are the results of his labor.

He quilted two of this Olivia quilt.

Both are done with the panto: Quirky

I quilted this pretty pastel quilt

Panto: Frolic

This fun Pickles quilt is so cute!

Panto: Modern twist
I worked the entire day on tee shirt quilt number three. It is finished and ready for binding! Yippee!!

I finished quilting at 6 pm and left the trimming and binding until today.

Panto: Diamond spiral

Swirly backing
My daughter in law is visiting her family in Japan with my grandson. They took a day trip to Monkey Mountain, a place we visited before the kids were married! He seems fascinated.

Soon they'll be here for Christmas! I'm getting excited.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

19 days left and I'm feeling the pinch

I started early, and finished late. I think this will be the norm until Christmas, which is only 19 days away. Mr W sent off the pre-Christmas goodies to the kids as well as the grandkid's Christmas gifts. Only little Dechen will be here for the holiday. The mail man and the UPS man both had packages for us...more quilts to be done, and the backings for the second tee shirt quilt and Carolyn's quilt.
I worked all day on tee number two, and here are the prepped blocks on the design wall.

Tomorrow, I'll start adding the sashing.
Here is tee number one, all finished and ready for Christmas.

This is a better look at the inner border and the binding.

The backing is cherry Grunge.

Panto: Diamond spiral
Remember the last minute Christmas quilts I took in yesterday? The big one needed 6 inches added to the side so I could get the clamps on. The length was a squeaker, too!! I almost didn't have enough there either. I had one inch to spare!! Please!! Make your backs big enough for the longarm quilters out there. We'll love you for it.

At 107 x 107, this is one big quilt! It really is beautiful. The customer made it in a local quilt shop's block of the month class.

It was so late, I left the trimming to the morning.
Panto: Come dance with me

I started the quilting at ten minutes to 2:00 and finished at 6:15!! Each row took 30 minutes to quilt. Wow! The machine will get a much deserved break tomorrow. The customer will be thrilled to get her quilts back so quickly.
Now, I'm going to vegetate to a Christmas flick and go to bed early. I'm pooped!!

Tee shirt mania!!

Yesterday, good to my word, I worked on tee shirt quilt number two. By 6:00 quitting time, it was ready for the quilting!

Figuring out placement on the design wall

Sashing and borders on. I added a small striped inner border for pizzazz!

Ready for quilting today!
One of our favorite customers came yesterday with two quilts for Christmas. One is huge and requires some construction on the back (too small) and the other was a soft, lovely, flannel lap quilt. Guess which one I did first...

It turned out soft and cuddly, which is what the customer requested.

Panto: Diamond spiral

Flannel backing, too!
The other quilt will have to wait. Today, I will be prepping shirts for number three. UPS sent a message that the backing will be here between 4 and 8pm. I hope that's correct, because I had to do a speed run to the fabric shop for the backing for number two! While I was gone, Mr W greeted the customers with the repair and tee shirt quilt number one. They were so pleased with them! Mrs Customer called me later in the evening to thank me for the beautiful quilt. I love the astonishment from customers who don't sew or quilt. She was amazed how good the kind of boring tee shirts looked in a quilt. Mission accomplished!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Fun day Sunday

Work didn't get underway until 10:30 this morning. We had a leisurely breakfast before getting to the studio.
I started in with the tee shirt quilt, adding the vertical sashes and the border. Mr Wazoo was a sweetie and ironed the backing for me. I hate pressing wide backs...
The quilting moved quickly along, and I made the remaining blocks for Carolyn's quilt while the machine was working. By 2:00 The quilt was off the machine and trimmed. The binding was applied, and voila! Done deal.

I think gray sashing was the right choice for this quilt

Panto: Modern twist

Thanks for the ironing, Mr W.

Gray binding

Looking good.
Here is what tee shirt quilt number 2 looked like at 3:00.

A pile of shirts
By 6:00, it looked like this!

Tidy pile of blocks, all backed with interfacing and ready to sew into a quilt.
The final trimmings are in the background, on the table.

This is what you get from the shirts...

The initial trimmings

Pieces big enough, and without seams, to be used as rags.
I thought I had finished the mending on that quilt last night, but found a couple of holes in the front that I hadn't seen before. Rats!! I'll be doing those repairs tonight!

Last night's work. Not perfect, but fixed.

Same patch from the Front.
Mr W spent the day doing errands. He washed the car, went to the grocery store, and put up some more lights, this time in the back yard. He just loves to be outside when the weather is nice. By Wednesday, the weather man says it will all change. Cold snap on the way!