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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!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Challenge Quilt Done!

I belong to the Inland Northwest Machine Quilters - lovely group of ladies who love to quilt by machine!  We meet four times a year and have a guest teacher every year.  Most everyone has a longarm, many have computer systems on their longarms and all of them are incredibly talented!!  Every year we have a challenge where we buy the kit to make a quilted something - changes every year - and this year I actually pieced my little 25" square wall hanging and got it quilted in time to be in the challenge!!  The last week of quilting it was a bit of a challenge because I was suffering from vertigo for the very first time!!  Is it really hard to stand there and guide my longarm when everything is spinning and tilting!!  I really went out of my box with this quilting and it was so much fun!  I used Superior Threads' gold and cranberry metallic thread and So Fine on the top of the quilt, and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  I used a double layer of batting - cotton on the bottom and wool on the top.  I also used Lisa Calle's Quilter's Groove Pro Line 16 (found here) to do the match stick quilting on the edges.  I forgot to get a picture of the back - Kona solids light gray - but when I get it back from the WSQ Spokane Quilt show I get some pictures of it - looks so cool!

Of course, this is the only picture I took - while it was hanging up at our meeting!!  I'm sure you can enlarge the picture if you are interested in seeing the quilting more closely.  There were 11 of us who participated in this challenge who were hand-guided, and only one who was using a longarm with a computer - they were supposed to digitize their own patterns and I guess most of them didn't know how to do that (I am certainly clueless!!).  This is probably the worst job of binding that I have ever done - it would not stop swirling with the room!!!  We will find out who wins the ribbon at the WSQ Spokane Quilt show October 17.  This is only voted on by the INMQ members.  It was fun to stretch myself and do something totally different.  I usually base my quilting on the blocks, and while I did use them for determining where the star points would go, I pretty much ignored what I was quilting on!!  When it comes home from the show, it will hang in my living room - my first wall hanging in my house!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rush Hour in the Blogs!

Have you noticed all the great quilty things our fellow bloggers have been creating in the Rush Hour Blog Hop?  You know that Mdm Samm of sewwequilt is the mastermind of this blog hop and Carol who blogs at justletmequilt is the head Cheerleader.  If you haven't been hopping, head on over to their blogs and prepare to be blown away!  So impressive!!  I was inspired to make a red, black and gray quilt...not quilted yet, but the top is finished!!  I'm not a part of the hop, but I thought I would throw my red, black and gray quilt top in there!
It quite reminds me of the crazy streets in big cities.  This pattern is from the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, called Knots and is designed by Natalia Bonner.  I love it and can't wait to get it on the frame and quilt it!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Free BOM

Jacquelynne Steves is doing a free BOM called Sew Sweet Simplicity.  Did I mention free???  Oh yes, not a penny is she asking for her adorable design!  You can find it here.  Her blocks can be just pieced, machine appliqued or hand embroidered - something for everyone!!!  Check it out and see if you would like to go on this FREE trip with Jacquelynne!!!
  • you can just piece them
  • *OR you can applique them (hand or machine- I did machine applique)
  • *OR you can do simple hand embroidery
  • - See more at: http://jacquelynnesteves.com/sewing-quilting/sew-sweet-simplicity-free-block-of-the-month/?utm_source=The+Art+of+Home+E-Magazine&utm_campaign=ebe859484c-Blog_Update_9_11_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7301cf290-ebe859484c-339051405#sthash.3RhivTLm.dpuf
  • you can just piece them
  • *OR you can applique them (hand or machine- I did machine applique)
  • *OR you can do simple hand embroidery
  • - See more at: http://jacquelynnesteves.com/sewing-quilting/sew-sweet-simplicity-free-block-of-the-month/?utm_source=The+Art+of+Home+E-Magazine&utm_campaign=ebe859484c-Blog_Update_9_11_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7301cf290-ebe859484c-339051405#sthash.3RhivTLm.dpuf
    Sew Sweet Simplicityhttp://jacquelynnesteves.com/sew-sweet-simplicity-free-block-of-the-month/#sthash.3RhivTLm.dpufSew Sweet Simplicity

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    The Wedding Quilt Hanging

    Whew...my daughter got married last Friday at Lake Tahoe and her wedding quilt, Two Hearts in Love, was hanging behind the cake table.  I love how it turned out and it looks great hanging up there!!
    The cake and cupcakes were fabulous too - there were 4 different flavors of cupcakes and all of them had a yummy center surprise!!  The guys at the venue, MontBleu, had to use a lift to the quilt pinned to the bar that holds the drapery.  They were very careful not to mar the quilt or get it dirty!  This was a first for them!!!

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    IT. IS. FINISHED!!!!!

    I finished my daughter's wedding quilt!  All I have left to do is wash and dry it, but that will wait for when I get to my dad's house since his bathtub has a hand-held shower nozzle so rinsing will be easier.  It took me a year to piece the top - I tested a pattern for Jenel Looney called Two Hearts in Love and you can find the free pattern here.  That became the center of the quilt, but it wasn't as big as my daughter wanted, so I got out the graph paper and graphed out the woven border - that was HARD with the HST/QSTs, but it is lovely!  Next came the Delectable Mountain border - I had never made this block before so it was lots of fun and I made enough that the extra blocks are going to be the guest book at the wedding, so she'll get another quilt!  Still too small, so I added the small ombre pink border and the larger white on black border.  The quilt will be hanging behind the cake table at the wedding, so I'll grab a few shots of it when it is hanging!!
    Here is the whole thing!  I thought it was 105x105, but when I did the binding, I was short a bit, so it is a little larger than that.

    I took the quilt with me when I went to Florida last summer and after spending 3 weeks in England with my quilting buddies, I stayed an extra week at one of their houses, pieced the back of the quilt and used her longarm (it has IQ on it and I love IQ, wish I had it too!) for 12 hours a day for 8 days to get some of the quilting done.  Brought it home with me and didn't get it back on the frame until April (customer quilts come first), worked on in a while, took it off to do some more customer quilts, but I got smart!  I schedule the month of July for finishing it - her wedding is August 1, so I kinda had to get on it!!  So, here are some pictures of over 200 hours of quilting:

    Can you see the E?

    Can you see the T?

    Now, here is the back:

    And the label!
    I used Superior Threads So Fine pink, black and while on the top and their Bottom Line pink, black and white for my bobbin.  I made the label on my Bernina Artista with So Fine and Bottom Line.  Now to finish the placemats for the flower girls and I am done with the things I created for the wedding!!!  I am so excited to get everything finished!!  I'll be linking up again with Sew BitterSweet when it is time to post our July finishes.  I've linked up with Sew BitterSweet for the Lovely Year of Finishes - July Finishes Party!!

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    A Little Busy

    This summer has been flying by!  I was helping a friend sort through some shirts for a t-shirt quilt she wants me to make for her daughter.
    Just a few shirts to choose from!  When she narrows the choices down, I'll get it put together!

    Then I did a fun quilt for my customer, Joan.  It was so long that my friends had to hold it sideways or it would have been on the ground!!
    All those pretty squares!!!  Of course, she sent a solid cream backing fabric for me to stress over!

    In the pink squares I did a 6 different designs, modern quilting style.  In the greens and blues I did some swirls and a couple different kinds of feathers.  Took a bit of time, but worth it in the end.  The border was fun with deeply curved feathers.  In the small inner border I did e's and l's facing each other - makes for a lacy looking design.  She loves the look of the back of the quilt and has decided that she'll have to use solid backings on all her quilts that I quilt for her so she can see the quilting!!!

    I am working on my daughter's wedding quilt, getting up early so I can quilt upstairs while it is cool because in the afternoons, with no a/c, it heats up something fierce and I just can't quilt when it is over 90 and I'm dripping sweat on the quilt!!!

    What have you been up to?

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    A Lovely Year of Finishes - July Goal

    I've never done this, but I MUST finish my daughter's wedding quilt because her wedding is August 1 - not cutting it too fine, am I??  I am going to try to link up to Sew BitterSweet Designs Blog as added incentive to get this monster 105" square quilt finished.  Since my daughter wants it as part of the decoration at the reception behind the cake table, I really need to get this baby finished!
    I have most of the quilting finished - it should be less than 100 hours to finish the quilting, label is made, need to wash the binding fabric and get the made and put on...just as soon as I get the quilting finished!!  Maybe this will help!!