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Enjoy your stay under the variable skies of Eastern Washington and watch the seasons change, from planting to harvest here on the farm...be sure to wrap up in a quilt during the winter, it's cold!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

I WON!!!

I am so excited!!!  I just got an email from Jennifer Sampou Hensley letting me know that I won the BIG fat quarter bundle of SHIMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh my goodness, it is so BEAUTIFUL!!!  You can see it on her blog here.  Check it out and while you are there you will be treated to some fabulous eye candy made with this beautiful line!!  I'll post pictures when I receive it!!!  I'm so excited because I am currently making a low volume quilt and just loving it...SHIMMER will make another low volume quilt (and I think it will be MINE!!).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Divisive or Inclusive?

Are you a quilter or do you think of yourself as a traditionalist or maybe a modern quilter?  Sam, who blogs over at Hunter's Design Studio has the most marvelous discussion on her blog today!  We can unite to get a website who steals our blog content eliminiated...united, quilters are POWERFUL!

                                         (yep, got this great graphic from Sam too!!)

I have pieced mostly traditional quilts, but I'm working on a "modern" one right now.  Most of the quilts I have quilted for my customers are traditional, but I did this beauty for one of my customers.  Personally, I just love quilts!  I love the time, energy and love that goes into every fabric/pattern choice, cut and stitch.  I have seen some quilts that I would really not want in my home (I'll admit it, I've made some of them and they DO live here!!), but I can still appreciate the time and effort put into the creation of the quilt.  Donation quilts...I just happen to believe that if I am donating a quilt to some cause, it deserves my very best effort...I will guarantee you that it will NOT be perfect!  I am not the best piecer in the world, nor am I the best quilter, but I do all right with piecing and I think I quilt much better than I piece.  So go check out Sam's blog - it really got me thinking!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Theft of Posts

                If you are not reading this post 
on http://farmquilter.blogspot.com/ it is pirated content!
       No other website is authorized to use my work.
Please click the link directly above to go to my real site 
    and please help spread the word about this site’s 
           unethical use of other people’s work.

 Megan, who blogs at The Bitchy Stitcher has found, along with many other quilting bloggers, that there is a site that is taking quilting blogs, pictures and all, and posting them on their site, with no link back to the original creator of the blog post.  This site also has a tab for free patterns...patterns written by other quilt designers who sell their work...this is theft!  Check out Megan's blog post about this and go to the site yourself to see if your blogs posts, pictures or patterns have been pirated!!

UPDATE!    Due to numerous complaints, the offending website has been shut down!  Score a big one for quilters united!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finished Modern Squares Customer Quilt

I delivered this beauty today to my customer.  All she told me was that she would be putting some dimensional applique in some of the white.  I had a blast with this quilt, using 6 different rulers - 90% of it was done with rulers, so it took me 57 hours to quilt this baby.  I spent 2 months considering the quilting designs, then changed 10 of the 11 patterns when I got the quilt on the frame!  I finished the quilting at four this morning and delivered it to her at my guild's annual Quilt 'Til Ya Wilt.  She was thrilled with the quilting and that makes me happy.  She is planning on putting it in our guild's annual quilt show the end of April and the immediately sending it off to Pennsylvania for a show the first week of May.  This is going to be a well-traveled quilt.

Finished Hearth and Home Customer Quilt

Finally finished this king-sized beauty.  After 2 months of quilting on it, I felt like I was giving up a member of the family!  My customer loved it and that makes me happy.  Here are a few more pictures.

Two of us standing on chairs and so much of the quilt was still on the floor!  I love the medallion center with the sampler of blocks surrounded by - I haven't a clue what the name of the half-cream-half maroon block so if you know, please tell me - and the basket blocks.

This is just the "sampler" portion of the quilt.  It was really fun to figure out what quilting to do in each block.  In addition to the other quilting, I did SID on almost every piece of fabric in these blocks.  I tried to quilt lots in the light fabric to let the darker colors of the blocks pop out.

Details of some of the blocks.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

What I am working on

This is a customer quilt which has occupied my frame since the beginning of December...2 months!  Okay, I was gone for 4 weeks, but still!  It is a sampler quilt, set on-point, and surrounded by two different blocks (one a pieced basket, I don't know what the other one is), setting triangles and then the usual 2 inner and larger outer border.  The quilt was very willing to stretch in any and every direction, so I stabilized it by doing SID around all the 12" blocks and basted the sides down.  I am now working my way to the top by doing SID and feathers in the blocks.  I will do all 16 basket block fillers at the same time, but the center blocks are all different so I am getting to design a different pattern for each one.  It has been fun, especially since I've gotten my step-son's girlfriend (Brandi) to give me advice on quilting motifs!  She's never done a thing with making or quilting a quilt, but I have her hooked!!  She suggested a motif, I drew it out and she loved it, so I'll use it cuz it's a good one!!
So here are a few pictures of a few of the blocks...not all the quilting is done and yes, there is chalk on one of the blocks to remind me of what I think I want to do when I get back that way with the right color of thread!

On the last picture, you are seeing half of the block, there is a matching burgundy half heading north.  This is the block I don't know the name of...anyone out there know?  This block is the first to circle the center sampler blocks.  When I quilt the other half of the block, I'll post a picture of the whole block.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Finally figured it out! Picture heavy!

I don't know how I got here again...I've been "locked out" for 4 months!!! I hope I can figure out what I did to get back here again!
I have been busy quilting for customers so I'll share a few pictures of what I have been doing.

A cute little baby quilt with appliqued hearts.  I didn't mean to do the watermark across my customer's face...oops!

This quilt was all flannel, top and backing.  Pictures were taken at my LQS, Experience Quilts.  The owner also longarms but sends all the custom quilting to me as she prefers E2E and B2B.  I certainly had to do lots of cleaning of my bobbin area with the flannel - at least every bobbin change, sometimes more often.

This lovely raw-edge applique quilt had cross-hatching, leaf feathers, curves and stitching around all the applique.  The top was all flannel and the backing was cotton.  Love the way it turned out with using a bunch of rulers for the quilting :)

It is so nice to finally be able to post again!  I'll try to figure out what I did right. 

Blessings and happy quilting.