Home From Vacation!

August 31, 2011

Just returned home from a much needed vacation.  Our family vacation couldn't have come at a better time.  It was a wonderful, relaxing time with the family.  More often than not, I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation because I'm so exhausted when I get home.  Do you know what I mean?  Not this time.  I made sure to relax and let my body do some much needed healing.
 With views like this every morning, you can't help but feel relaxed.  I even worked on some hand projects that I never would have had time to work on at home.  I will post about our vacation later because of course I hit some quilt shops while gone too.  :-)  I have so much to catch up on, but first I want to share the rest of Judy's quilt.  Naturally, I forgot to take a pre-quilt photo.  I'll have to remember next time because I'm actually going to be quilting this quilt again, but for a different client.
Sorry these photos are upside down.  Oops.  You get the idea.

The back.
I always love to see how pretty the quilting looks on the back too.  I used Hobbs 80/20 batting.  The majority of the thread was a pretty yellow from So Fine, but there is a little Isacord mixed in too.  My two favorite threads!!  I really had a lot of fun with quilting this.  It makes me smile even more now because Judy was so happy with it.

Tonight we have 5th Grade orientation for the girls.  Hard to believe the girls are going into 5th Grade!  I think they are more ready than I am for them to go back to school.  I took them school shopping right before we went on vacation.  Trust me, I earned every second of that vacation based on that alone.

Thanks again everyone for all the well wishes.  I think they worked!

Lil Miss Cutie Patootie

August 19, 2011

Thank you for all the well wishes!!!  I did return to the doctor on Monday.  Seems I have a festering kidney infection...still.  Doc put me on a TWO week dose of Cipro.  He wasn't playing around!  If that doesn't clear it up, I'm in trouble.  I'll need to go back to the doc in a few weeks for a recheck.  I think I'm finally starting to feel some relief.  I'm still kind of tired, probably because I haven't been resting like I should. 

I haven't posted anything quilty in a while.  I'll give you a peek at a darling quilt I quilted for my client, Judy, before I got sick.  It's a birthday gift for her granddaughter.  The quilt is called "Lil Miss Cutie Patootie Springtime" by Desiree.  Fabric line is by Red Rooster.  Oh and is it ever cute!!!
Judy asked for basically an allover, but said I could do whatever I wanted.  I knew the quilt was going to be used by her granddaughter, so I didn't think an overly custom job was necessary.  However, Judy did a beautiful job hand appliqueing the flowers, leaves and carrots on this quilt that I couldn't bear just going over the whole quilt with an allover pattern.  So, I just added some custom touches to the applique.  I wanted to keep the quilting whimsy like the quilt.
Carrots were my favorite!  I just added some little details to compliment the applique.
Judy loved the swirls I added here and there in the quilting.  She thought it reminded her of bees buzzing around the flowers.  She called me yesterday morning just to tell me again how much she loved her quilt!  Made my whole day.  I was bit mopey because doc gave me strict instructions to NOT quilt.  No extended periods of standing for at least 3 days, which I kind of  listened too. :-) 
I'm thinking there might be another little quilter in my house.  Above is my white board that I always keep handy by my machine, so I can doodle a design if I need to.  BUT these are not my doodles, they're Alyssa's!!!!  It just melted my heart to find this laying on the floor next to my machine.  I knew she was on the floor drawing, I just didn't realize she was doodling quilt designs.  So sweet.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Alyssa's Flower Power

August 15, 2011

Honest, I haven't left the country.  I'm still recovering from being sick.  Just when I think I might be feeling better, I'm saddled in bed with a fever.  Saturday I worked at the shop.  I was extraordinarily cold it seemed.  I kept jokingly telling Karen, the shop owner, she was freezing me.  I even sat outside in the sun to warm up! LOL!  Well, by the time I got home, I was feeling super cold.  I actually put a hooded sweatshirt on, with the hood on my head and velour pants because I was so cold.  Indeed, I was running a fever.  I mean, really????  So back to the doctor I go today.  I'm sure he is going to tell me that I didn't rest enough, burning the candle at both ends...something along those lines.  I'm sure that's part of it, but there was a mix up with my prescription to begin with and I think the one I took didn't do squat for me.  It's just so hard to rest when I have so much to do.  Typically, I try to quilt for a while, rest a bit and quilt some more.  We leave for our family vacation Friday.  We take a vacation every year during the same week.  Hopefully, I can rest some on our trip!!  Yeah, right. 

So I thought I would share a quilt I made for Alyssa.  It's a quilt that incorporates the "snail's trails" block.  I quilted a client quilt recently with the same block.  I posted it here.  I made this about 3 yrs ago.  It's one of my earliest quilts.   
Yes, Scooter couldn't stand to not be in the photos as well.  This was literally the fourth time I removed him only to have him lay right back down again.  I just gave up.  :-)  Alyssa wanted bright colors and flowers.  She helped pick the pattern with me and off we went fabric shopping.  I free-motion quilted it on my little Janome 6600.  I used Quilter's Dream Cotton batting.
 I traced the the above flower design on Golden Threads paper and stitched following the lines.  I hated every second of it.  I just didn't enjoy it.  I couldn't wait to get them all done.  I think that's when I realized that I probably wouldn't enjoy following a pantograph on a longarm some day.  That's probably why I have yet to try one still on Annie.  Maybe some day...
It's fun to look back and see how far my quilting has come!  I remember being so proud of how I quilted the border.  All just freehand.  This has been a well loved quilt!  I appliqued the flowers with a satin stitch.  I'm not usually a fan of the satin stitch, but the fabric was chenille and that seemed to work best.

The back.

I bet you can guess who the lump is under the quilt. :-)
The quilt is a design by Tammy Tadd.  She had some really cute designs for girls.

One thing I know I will be doing on vacation, catching up on my emails.  I just found a bunch of legitimate emails that were in my spam box.  Grrrr!!!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Here I Am

August 9, 2011

I hope I haven't lost all my blogging friends.  Scott is convinced everyone is going to think I've abandoned them.  He was really giving me a hard time about not posting.  I swear, one day he's telling me we should have bought a "blogging" machine instead of a quilting machine and the next he's telling me I'm not posting enough! LOL! Anyways, no, I did not go on vacation.  I wish.  I had been feeling rather sluggish the past few weeks.  Then last Wednesday evening I started having a dull pain on my left side.   Initially, I thought I may have pulled a muscle.  Well, I woke Scott up at 3 AM because I thought I might need to go to the ER because the pain was so intense.  I decided to wait it out and call the doc in the morning because it was a pain that I was pretty sure I remembered...kidney stones. :-(  This is not my first rodeo with kidney stones.  I did end up going to the doc.  I definitely have an infection.  We are going to see if I start feeling better after taking some antibiotics.  Hopefully, it's just a kidney infection.  Fingers crossed.  I need to get back on track with client quilts!  Having this down time has put me a little behind.  I'll be quilting 24/7 the next few weeks!!! LOL!  No joke.

I thought I would share a quilt I did nearly a month ago for my client, Pat.  I almost forgot to post it!
The fabrics are a gorgeous group of batiks.  They are fabrics from Edyta Sitar's line.  I love the snowflakes!

I believe Pat said the quilt will be a retirement gift for a coworker.  What an awesome gift!  Pat did a beautiful job on the piecing.  We thought this allover quilt design would work great.
The backing is a wide back batik.  I used a pretty shade of blue Isacord thread on the top and bobbin.  Pat was thrilled with her quilt.

I can't wait to show you a quilt I just finished. It's gorgeous!!  It was truly a labor of love.  I think my irritability with not feeling well translated into me being particularly picky about the quilting.  It was definitely worth all the time I spent on it!  I'm shipping it off to it's home today.  I'll be able to post all about it soon.  Now, I'm off to quilt!

George Schnibbles - July's Le Petite

August 1, 2011

Woo-hoo!!! I actually finished July's Le Petite project in time for the parade on Sinta and Sherri's blogs!!  I sewed a few minutes here and there and somehow managed to get it pieced!  I still don't know how I did it!!  July's Le Petite was George Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
I used leftover charms squares of Pom Pom de Paris and the green is from Fa La La, both by French General.  The Green is from French General's new Christmas line.  The green is a great mixer to add to a lot of the French General lines.  The background is a Primitive Muslin from Primitive Gatherings.  My new favorite go-to background.  I love how pretty it turned out.  Schnibbles never disappoint!  I think I will change the name of mine to Georgette because it has such a pretty, feminine look.
 I now have a coordinating table topper and table runner.  I used Pom Pom de Paris for a previous Le Petite (I posted about it here)  and made a table runner for my kitchen island. 
My sister brought her kitty Scooter home over the weekend.  Scooter will be living with us for the next year because Kristin starts her Clinicals at the end of the month.  Kristin is in grad school to become a Physician's Assistant.  She will spend her Clinicals traveling all over the state and will not be able to travel with Scooter.  I don't think Scooter minds staying with us.  This kitty loves to quilt!! :-)
 He made himself right at home!  Make sure you stop by Sinta's and Sherri's blogs later and see the parade of all the different versions of George.