Wednesday, March 14, 2018

All kinds of fun!

Monday, it snowed!! Just in the air...not the sticking kind. I went to my Block of the Month class and there were only three students there. Sigh... I had done my homework and had the instructions for the last three blocks, and the parts to make them, so I sewed with the only person who stayed for the sewcial. We chatted and sewed, and finished our blocks. Next month, we put the quilt together. I may be there by myself, at the rate I'm going!
In the studio, I quilted a baby quilt for a new Grandma. She did cross stitch on pre-quilted fabric and didn't know what to do to cover the back and finish the project. I think my solution turned out well. No batting (it was already in the fabric) some blue backing and a bit of quilting to hold it all together. I added bias binding (she had cut the piece with round corners) and voila! A beautiful baby quilt.

The customer did a beautiful job with the embroidery!

The quilting is simple, but does the job of holding the quilt together and keeping it flat. Pardon my fingers in the picture...I was trying to hold the bottom of the quilt up for you to see.

I quilted through the embroidery and around stars, moons and clouds, as well as feathers in the borders. Its not fingers are the culprit!
Today was the sew in at the quilt shop, and we made string blocks. Lots of string blocks! There was a nice group sewing and time passed quickly. By the time I got home, the new generator was hooked up and the power was back on. Mr Wazoo is a happy man now because we have a whole house generator for those times the power goes off.
At home, I got this modern quilt done and returned to the customer.

The customer sent Warm and White batting, and there was a real bearding problem on the black back. I changed the needle, and tried some anti-static spray, to no avail. Finally, I pulled the remaining quilt back, cut the white, added black batting by basting them together by hand, and continued the quilting without a single problem. Black backing is tricky. Even stable batting like Quilter's Dream will beard a bit. Black back, use black batting!

The customer chose Time Warp for her pantograph. It looks great on this modern quilt.

I touched up all the spots and the back looks perfect.
Mr Wazoo took advantage of the cold, rainy weather and quilted some customer projects, too.

This quilt has a long history! The customer has worked on it for three years...but only at the guild retreat! She made the back at the retreat last week, and now that its quilted, she joked that next year she will do the binding!

Panto: Flamingo Sunset

Mr W did a stellar job matching the front piecing to the back piecing.

This small baby quilt was the first for the Grandma-to-be. It is made from long staple organic Egyptian cotton fabric. Wow! All I know is that it has a soft hand and is smooth to touch.

I know the pictures are backwards from the usual, but the panto used is Daisy Swirl, done with a light peach thread.. Its a sweet flower and heart design.

I did manage to squeeze in the quilting on the charity quilt I made at retreat. I need to get the binding made and put on before the next guild meeting.

Panto: Flower Power
Tomorrow, Tim goes to SC to visit his Mom. I have to get my trunk show packed and ready for my appearance in Shelby, NC on Thursday. This week is a whirlwind of activity! I'll be back on Friday, ready to go to a fine-arts and crafts show in Cobb County Saturday morning. I had better get some sleep!!