Happy New Year!
I am off work this week for my high tech job, which gives me time to spend with the kids who are visiting for the Holidays and to QUILT! I am involved in several quilting clubs at my Local Quilt store. We get a set number of blocks each month during our club and I have been dutifully sewing each months blocks throughout the year. I am spending this week creating the quilt tops from my clubs and quilting for customers. I am hoping to get the tops completed before 2017 starts, but we will see how far I get.... Below are some of the projects in progress, from blocks sitting under a desk to some almost made quilt tops. I've also included a few pictures of a quilts I recently quilted for customers and a picture of the fam. :)
Happy New Year!
I hope you are starting December off with a great start. I've been busy getting ready for the holidays and in quilting. Since I last posted, I have been working on whole quilts (buying to binding) and longarm quilting. Below are some examples of a quilt I made for a customer and some of the quilting projects I have been working on.
I can't believe we are in the last month of 2016. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and a great New Year!!
Between my high tech job and quilting, I have been quite busy. I have been quilting for Linus Connection. Folks make quilt tops and I quilt them. Then the finished quilts go to help those in need. They are given to children and adults who may be having a rough time. You can read more at www.http://www.thelinusconnection.org.
Today I went to the University of Texas game. While the Longhorns put up a good fight, they lost :( I have included a picture from our tailgate of part of our Longhorn crew!
Since my my last post, I have taken a Quilt Path class and been practicing my new Quilt Path skills. Mostly I have been practicing on the placement of designs in sashings and borders. I also created a simple filler for a triangle and have been seeing how my own creations stitch out! It has been lots of fun.
I have a very scrappy quilt top that I am trying my sashing skills on. More pictures to come on that, soon!
I also finally finalized my logo. Let me know what you think. I've included a picture below in the gallery of photos.
I hope everyone has has a great weekend and Thanksgiving.
I can't believe that more than half of October is already gone. I have been sewing on quilt tops and quilting on Millie. I am in a Quilt Path class next week and can't wait to learn more about the Quilt Path program and the world of possibilities.
Enjoying playing around with borders and free-motion quilting. Below is a picture of a beautiful quilt a friend made and I quilted. One of the largest quilts to be on Millie so far. I had a great time with this E2E pattern.
Have a great weekend!
I've spent most of my spare time this week working on my Bernina machine. I am in several monthly sewing clubs and have been working on the blocks I have gathered for those clubs. In one of the clubs we are working on Lori Holt's, Farm Girl Vintage, Cover Quilt.
I also created 6 drink coasters for a birthday gift. These coasters are fast and easy. You need 4 inches of batting for each coaster and two 4.5 inch blocks. You sew the blocks together with a scant 1/4 inch seam on three sides. Turn the blocks inside out. Carefully place the 4 inch batting piece in your coaster pocket. Turn in the raw edge of the top and bottom and press. Sew 1/8 inch seam around the outside of the pocket and quilt the coaster any way you want. I quilted each of my coasters differently. It's a quick, home-made gift!
Have a great week!
Wow! I can't believe another week has flown by. On this anniversary of 9/11, let's remember all those who died in the 9/11 attack as well as all those who helped in getting many people to safety.
I was able to finish two more Linus quilts this week. I'm having such a fun time, picking patterns and seeing all the possibilities of how each quilt can be quilted. This week I quilted two quilts on one backing. It's great to learn new techniques on the APQS Millie machine.
We attended the UT/UTEP game on Saturday and as always, had a great time with friends and a great time at the game.
I am returning the Linus Quilts to the local quilt store and hope to pick up some more to continue my quilting adventures! Have a great week :)
It's been a great Labor Day weekend. On Friday afternoon I picked up a bag of "Linus" quilts. This is a group of quilters that make quilts for kids and adults that may be having some challenges in life and are given a quilt for comfort. I picked up 6 quilt tops and got busy learning about my new machine and it's capabilities.
One thing I love about quilting, its that each quilt top has it's own story. There is no perfectly square block and each beautiful quilt top lets you use your imagination on what pattern to use that will compliment the quilt top. I've had a grand weekend and have finished 4 of the 6 quilt tops. One quilt top, I quilted by with me driving the long arm machine and the other three I used Quilt Path to create patterns and the allowed Quilt Path to drive the machine. I have ideas for the last two quilt tops and hope to finish them up in the next few days.
I was also able to go the the UT Longhorn versus Notre Dame game on Saturday. Overall a great Labor Day weekend!
All in all, it has been a wonderful week. It's a 3-day weekend, the first weekend for College Football and my first weekend with Millie. I loaded my first quilt top during the week and stitched my very first pantograph on Friday evening. I learned loads! I had a few common issues and some great learning experiences. I have my ipad with me at all times right now and have found that Long Arm Quilters that have produced helpful You Tube videos, ROCK! You can see in my bottom picture that I have some spacing issues too and my loading needs to be a bit tighter. I was happy to finish a edge to edge pantograph. Hooray!
My DH also helped me with getting the zippers loaded onto the Pick-up bar and belly bar. This weekend, I plan to free-motion quilt a charity quilt or two and try my next pantograph on a charity quilt. More pictures of firsts quilts soon!
Happy LABOR Day weekend :)
Millie arrived on Thursday, August 25th and she is being assembled today. The gals from Over the Top Quilting are working tirelessly in getting her all set up. I can't wait to take a test drive. :)
I have charity quilts lined up for test runs as well as a practice piece of fabric for free motion quilting. It's.so.exciting!
Well, I have moved up the delivery of Mille to 8/25 and she is getting set up on 8/29 by my quilting friends from Over the Top Quilts. I'm getting the game room ready and thought it would be fun to take some before and after shots. We used to have a coffee table in the game room too, but we donated that recently. I am hoping to get the couches moved downstairs tomorrow with the help of a couple of college boys to do the heavy lifting. If they are not able to help me, I am going to need to come up with another way to get the couches moved downstairs. 11 days and counting until Millie is set up and ready to be used!
I've included some "before" pictures of the game room. I'll upload more pictures as things progress.