Sunday, November 17, 2019

A little Christmas detour

Today was a big Christmas prep sewing day! I finished the farm quilt for my daughter, and made six of twelve placemats. The other six have been cut but not bound. It will have to wait. Tomorrow is a big custom quilting day.

Hot off the frame, with the binding attached.
I finished the hand sewing while watching a Christmas movie.

I used a loose swirly panto to keep the quilt soft and cuddly.

Really soft flannel backing.

Six placemats ready for someone's dinner.

Reversible, too!
I did quilt a customer quilt, too. I feel guilty if I don't accomplish something for the business every day.

This was another giant quilt. There have been a lot of them this last couple of weeks!

The quilter made it perfectly flat and square. I love that!
The pattern and colors are lovely, aren't they?
Panto: Maple leaves

The simple muslin back really shows the quilting.
I'd better hit the hay! Tomorrow is going to be a custom quilting day. Standing up for eight hours. Oh joy...

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Computer problems and some quilting

I have been horribly frustrated with my aging computer lately, and Mr Wazoo suggested it was time for a newer, faster and more updated one. We discussed it a couple of times, and tonight I ordered a new laptop! My Christmas, birthday and who knows what else present. This one is ten years old and I have so much stuff on it that is frequently crashes or freezes. I have been re-booting and coaxing it along for months, but have reached my threshold for patience. Next Tuesday I should be zooming along on a speedy new model. Until then, I put up with less blog and more patience!
Meanwhile, life in the studio goes on and I have been busy with work and some gift making. I am making a Christmas themed quilt for my daughter in Portland and hope to have it done by Sunday so I can get it mailed before Thanksgiving. That way, she can have it out for the season instead of putting it away for a year before using it.

I got the pattern and fabrics as a kit from the shop in Dahlonega. I don't often buy kits, but this looked easy and was really pretty. When it is done, it will remind her of Wisconsin winters.

I labeled all the bits and pieces of fabric so I wouldn't use the wrong one anywhere.

Day one, I had the panel trimmed and three borders on, as well as one set of blocks made.

Friday afternoon I made the other blocks. I should have it all sewn together tomorrow and have the last three borders on. Then I just have to quilt and finish it!
I got some fabric from the sale room, too, and I quilted it up to cut into placemats. I'll do that tomorrow as well. At the Cumming shop, I bought two cute snowman panels and quilted them for door decorations. One will go to our cleaning lady and the other may stay here for the studio.

Molly photo-bombed the placemat picture.

Cute snowmen on one side...

Cheerful red print on the other. I should get 8 nice sized mats out of the two yards of quilted fabric. Not bad for ten bucks!

All I did was quilt these panels with snowflakes and add sleeve and binding. How easy is that?!
I spent a delightful morning with my friend Gail going through her vast array of quilts for a presentation she's doing at guild next Tuesday. She is so talented and makes me feel a bit inadequate with my weird assortment of quilts. We went out for a nice lunch and then it was back to work. Gail has a cat at her house that she needs a home for. Someone dropped it off in her neighborhood and left it to fend for itself. It has been very cold here, so Gail let it in her garage and fed it for a few days while looking for the owner. She can't keep it because she is allergic to cats, but says it is sweet and friendly, obviously used to people and seems to be declawed, too. We'l be looking for a holiday home for the cat, and hopefully someone will love it and take it home. It really is a pretty cat. I'm not a cat person, so no dice here.

This is the cat. The fur color is much prettier in person. I hope we find it a home.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Repair and commission, and something of my own!

Mr Wazoo took in a repair for a customer who is leaving for Florida in a few days. It was a hole clear through the quilt, but otherwise, the quilt was in good shape. It was an easy repair, so I also washed the quilt because I don't think it had ever been laundered and was a bit funky and dirty. In the end, it looked wonderful and made the customer very happy!

All clean and ready to go south for the winter.

The repair is in the green sashing.

This is the repair on the back. About the size of a half dollar.

I couldn't believe how much better it looked after a bath. I should have taken a 'before' photo, but I was in a hurry to get the repairs done.
I have had these Grandmother's flower garden blocks for too long, so I worked up a plan for the customer's queen sized quilt and only had to make one flower to do it. It took most of the day to applique the flowers to the backgrounds, and tomorrow I will sew the top together.

This is the flower I made while it was in progress. I finished it up  while watching TV and was ready for the construction in the morning.

Each flower is huge, almost 18 inches, so I had to make the blocks big, too. The setting triangles are yellow with white strips next to the body of the quilt. There will be a yellow outer border, too.

More blocks prepped and ready.
Last night I finished the cats quilt! Binding is on, label is on and it is D-O-N-E!

Hot off the machine.

Panto: Twinkling Stars

Wild Jane Sassaman print on the back.

Bound in blue/purple print.
Past my bedtime! Tomorrow is another fun studio day. 42 days until Christmas...YIKES!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Top finished, Back made...going out to eat!

I got a late start today because I went and had a haircut. I feel like a new person! Back in the studio, Mr Wazoo quilted a Christmas gift for a customer's granddaughter. It is a pretty Florida style quilt, with soothing shades of teal and aqua on a white background.

A simple pattern, but beautiful when finished.

Panto: Waterworld

The backing is this blue wavy fabric.
I finished the cats  quilt while Millie did the quilting on yesterday's leftover project. Both are looking good! I need to quilt and bind the class sample, but should be able to do that tomorrow.

This is such a happy quilt! I wish it was mine.

Brick and block pattern with the panto, Modern Squares.

The quilting shows up best on the solid backing.

It is an oversized queen quilt.
My class sample is ready to be quilted. I have a Jane Sassaman print for the back. It should be binding ready tomorrow at quitting time!

Big enough for a lap quilt at 56 inches square.
We stopped quilting early today so we could go out to a local eatery for a change of pace. Full of beef tips and peppers, I plan to watch another episode of Agatha Raisin tonight!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Class sample taking shape

 It may look as though I have been taking it easy of late, but I have not. There is a top secret quilt on the frame that I can't show you. My customer has plans for it, and doesn't want pictures put on line. Take my word for it, I am making progress on it (it is a custom job) and should have it finished and going home by next week.
Millie was resting this morning, but I put her into service in the afternoon with this customer quilt. I almost finished it, but time ran out and I was hungry! I'll finish it tomorrow.

Almost done. Look at how dark it is outside the window! Daylight savings makes it pitch black at 6:00pm! Oh well, it was raining, so Molly and I took the stairs today instead of walking up outside.
Remember the class I'm teaching at the guild retreat? Stairway to Cat Heaven is the name of it. I have been working on getting it put together so I can get it quilted and finished by the 19th. Here is my progress so far...

This is the picture from the original magazine.
I had the strip sets made, so sewing blocks went quickly.
I put together the blocks and added the background.
Then I then assembled the applique pattern and traced the parts off onto the fusable.
The fabrics on the right are for the cats and the moon. The applique was done by machine with the buttonhole stitch. Every time I advanced the custom quilt, I stopped quilting and sewed a bit on this project.
Just before leaving the studio, I added the black inner border and made two of the pieced borders, too. It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself! Finishing it will be delayed until afternoon tomorrow. I have an appointment to get my hair cut.
Sometimes I need a bit of 'me' time!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Oooooh! Choosing fabrics for a couple of projects!

I pulled some fabric for my class sample I need to make before the 19th. I know what I want it to look like, so the selection was a breeze. Cutting came next, closely followed by some strip piecing. I can hardly wait to see it start to come together tomorrow.

This is the quilt. I made one years ago for a class, but it is currently hanging in the Young Harris library and won't be available by the 19th. It is all Halloween fabrics.
Here are the sets I made this afternoon. The quilt will be more bright and colorful than the one in the picture.
The giant quilt from yesterday was quilted on the Millie, and took all day to do. It turned out nice, and I am happy I don't have to do the binding!!

This will look really beautiful on a queen bed.
It is 96 inches wide and 110 inches long, enough for a pillow tuck.

It started out as a throw, but the customer said it got bigger and bigger as she added blocks and borders.

The panto is Forest Floor, a very thread heavy, complicated pattern. Each row took a full bobbin!

The backing is a nice rust color.
In the afternoon, I made a trip to town to get the fabrics for the flower garden quilt. I should be able to get it started by the weekend. I also picked up the fabric for the sky in the class quilt. I love our fabric shop!!
It was also my grandson's birthday today. He turned four, and his Papa made him a rainbow cake. He really has a thing for rainbows! Before his bedtime they opened and built stuff with the new Lego. It doesn't take much to make this boy happy. What a cutie!

My son is a wonderful baker, and makes delicious cakes, cookies and pies!
Mmmm...cake and ice cream! And a silly kid.

Papa and Dechen making something from Lego.
Happy Birthday!