Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday re-cap

Another week has blown by and we are busy, as usual. Mr Wazoo has been getting the gardens and yard ready for winter, trimming, mulching and fertilizing. After the hurricane bands went through, we have had much cooler weather for his efforts.This Fall has been so weird, the trees are still in full canopy with green leaves and the roses are blooming like crazy. The poor plants and shrubs are confused. Let's see what this change in temperature does.
Storm coming

After the storm

I have been slowed down by my foot problem, clunking around in the big boot. I work for an hour or so then have to sit down for a few minutes. I am still getting things accomplished, but at a much slower pace.I finished the quilt for the customer whose Mom passed away. She came yesterday to get it, and was thrilled with the result. That makes me so happy.

There was enough fabric to make the quilt a nice queen size. It is a lovely quilt. I added the small pink inner border from my stash to give it a bit of a pop.

Panto: Frolic, with light teal thread

There was also a huge length of white on white yardage to make the back.  Mom definitely had a plan.
Mr Wazoo did get one quilt finished this week. He took time out from his gardening to quilt this for a customer.

This quilt looks quite manly, so Mr W took a cue from the fabrics for the quilting.

Panto: Dazzle, using camel color thread.

Sort of a pixelated camouflage backing.

Now, I'm working on a quilt for a customer who wanted to create a replica of a Frank Lloyd Wright window from the Coonley House in Illinois. Her son is a Wright fan, and the quilt is a gift for him. The customer is a new quilter, so the project had some serious construction flaws that I had to fix before I could start quilting. I picked out a couple of places where there were big pucker/tucks at intersections, as well as giving the top a press with starch and steam to get it to lay as flat as possible. I'm doing the stitch in the ditch now, and there isn't one straight ditch. Needless to say, it is slow going. My plan is straight line quilting punctuated by randomly placed circles. The windows in the Coonley house and playhouse have circles in them. This should take a while, but I think it will please the customer.

I'm about half done with the stitch in the ditch.
One of the Coonley House windows.
Stay tuned to see how the quilting experiment goes! I'm off to the studio and another day of fun.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Change of pace

Yesterday, I made, applied and hand sewed bindings on two quilts a customer's mother made before she passed away. Today, the daughter/ customer came to pick them up and drop off a quilt top her mom hadn't finished. My job is to finish making the blocks, sew it all together, get it quilted and bound. Here it is so far.

Making the blocks

Sewing the quilt together in sections

I'm getting there!!

By 6:30, I was tired and hungry, so I will have to finish this later. There is plenty of fabric for the border, and I think it will end up queen sized.

On Friday, Kay, Henry and I went to the grand opening of the craft gallery we have items in. The county commissioner came and there was a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as the local radio station broadcasting live. Our job was to mingle around and talk to people about the items we made. There were more of us artists than patrons, but it is early in the game and there wasn't a whole lot of stuff there yet.

My four quilts are hanging along a wall. Kay's two boat paintings are just above them.

Kay also made these mermaid dolls.

Another friend has up-scaled clothing for sale.

'Thunder gourds', toothbrush rugs, leather belts, crocheted items and hand made toys are some of the things local folks have made for the shop.

These handmade and hand painted boxes are really nice.

There were paintings and prints from all mediums represented, too.
They also have a diverse selection of jewelry that didn't photograph well. Sorry.
On the home front, Mr Wazoo has been changing over the potted plants to the Autumnal ones. He also got some conical shaped firs to go in front of the posts of the deck. They're little now, but will fill in and up in no time!

Kale, Cabbage and mums!

One begonia made the cut because it was still doing well. Mr W has a kind heart.

Two of the new trees.
And then there was this!!! The stink bugs are bad enough without the scads of huge spiders we have had lately. It can't get cold fast enough for me!
Going to the movies tomorrow to see A Star is Born. Should be wonderful!