October 21, 2011

I think I may be becoming a bit of a quilting recluse.  If I'm not downstairs in the studio quilting, I'm sleeping!  Last night the girls came to read to me in the studio.  Very sweet.  They actually enjoy being in there with me.  Well, they like to play in there more than anything.  They draw or play "sewing store."  That's my favorite.  Those colorful spools are just too tempting for them not to play with. :-)

So I've been quilting my days away.  The amazing thing is...I learn something new every day.  What works, what doesn't.  I hate it when it doesn't.  I feel like I get braver with trying new designs and ideas with each quilt.  What is still a challenge for me??  Figuring the time it takes me for each quilt.  It seems like every time I think "oh, this quilt should go quickly," that's the quilt that takes me the longest!!  I'm still on a learning curve with scheduling time for each quilt.  I'm thinking that will come to me as my experience grows.

I wanted to give you just a small peek at a client quilt.  I don't want to share too much because I usually like it to be a surprise for my clients.  She mentioned that she has checked my blog to see if I've posted her quilts.  I will soon because they are being shipped off to her.  Deb has waited very patiently, so I know she'll enjoy a tiny preview.
 I'm sure you know what I'll say next...I LOVE it!!!  I can't wait to reveal the rest.  I tried some new designs and techniques.  The fabric is American Primer by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  It's so gorgeous.  I will give all the details with the reveal. :-)

It's nice to have company when I'm quilting away.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

The Wedding Quilt Recap

October 19, 2011

You know I wish I had all the time in the world to blog, but that just simply isn't the case.  I love blogging!  I love all my friends, which is what I consider all of you.  There are days when time is short and unfortunately my blog is usually the casualty.  Especially, if I've had a bad day, I stay away from blogging completely.  I don't want to write a grumpy blog post. :-)  OR write a post that isn't worthy of posting...meaning one that I just threw together.  Like my quilting, I like my posts to be worth it.  My posts aren't always about quilting, but life in general.  I know the quilting posts are funnest to read and see because of the eye candy.  I feel the same way.  I do, however, love to read about other aspects of people's lives too.  Sometimes those are my favorite posts.  There are so many bloggers out there that I admire.  The way they balance family and work, their personal accomplishments or even frustrations.  I especially like pics of their families, recipes, sewing spaces, decorating or homes. :-)  We are all human.  We aren't blogging machines.  So, last night when I read Camille's post on her blog Simplify, I was particularly annoyed.  Annoyed with the person that left a comment on her blog.  I think her comment was hurtful and more importantly unnecessary.  It made me feel really bad for Camille.  I wonder if the commenter ever heard "don't read it if you don't like it, after all no one is forcing you."  I thought Camille was very gracious in her reply post.  I'm thinking a photo of a certain hand gesture might have been a more deserving reply.  LOL!!!!  Sometimes words just aren't enough.

Above is not what I intended to post, but I just couldn't let it go.  Anyways.... I received several emails with questions regarding the quilting on the Wedding quilt.  I just happen to take a few photos before I quilted it that might just help answer some of those questions.  First, I pre-marked a lot on this quilt before I got started.  Not my favorite thing to do, but it makes things a whole lot easier later.  I use plain old cheap, white chalk for the dark fabrics.
I cut out random swirl type shapes out of paper for templates.  I have since bought card stock, which will be soooooooo much easier for future templates.  I had to use pins to hold my templates in place because the paper was so flimsy.  

I just kind of moved the templates around until I liked the way they looked.  I used an air erasable marker on the lighter fabrics.  I outlined around the templates, once they were in the desired spot.  Then, I just flipped the templates over and did the same on the other side of the quilt, so the images would be reversed.
I quilted the outline of the shapes first.  Then I added the pebbling.  My client left all 6 Fleur di lis raw edge because she said it didn't look nice when she machine appliqued around them.  She asked me to "tack" them down some how in a few spots.  I think she was trying to do a satin stitch around them, which would have been difficult.  Well, I wasn't just going to tack them down because that would never hold up after washing.  Plus, I'm going to finish it the right way for my client, no half jobs here.  Before quilting, I machine appliqued them with a tiny buttonhole stitch.
I think that finished them off nicely.  She was thrilled.

Hope that helps answer some of those questions. :-)

Wooly Fridays

October 14, 2011

I want to thank everyone for all the lovely birthday wishes!!  I received the nicest comments and emails.  You guys ROCK!!

We were having a bit of an Indian Summer and I was loving every second of it, but it's starting to cool off again.  I finally have most of my fall decor out.  I swear the boxes were sitting out for nearly a month before I got to them.  I love to decorate with pumpkins.  While on vacation in Tennessee I picked up a new pumpkin.  A new favorite for sure!!
A Michigan State Spartan pumpkin!!!  I can't believe we found it in Tennessee.   What a beauty!!  I LOVE it!

Speaking of vacation, while chilling in our cabin in the Smokey Mountains, I worked on some wool projects.  It was nice because I just haven't had the time to do any hand stitching.  Now that the girls are dancing on Friday nights this year, which is so hard for me to get used to, I can make Friday evenings my time to work on wool while I wait for them.  I'm looking forward to it!! :-)  So I didn't really have a project ready to go when we left for our vacation, so I just packed some leftover wool from my stash and supplies.  I thought maybe I can just whip something up like a candle mat or something.  This is what I came up with.
FOUR!!!  Four of the cutest little candle mats.  Yep, I designed them and everything!!  They are simple designs, but not too bad for something I did on a whim.
Perfect size for a candle.  I think I used a coffee cup outline to get the shape of the mats.
The pumpkins are on a mottled dark brown wool.
I think the ghosts are my favorite.
I made little colonial knots for their eyes.  I forgot to take pics of the backs.  I finished them with a nice brushed cotton backing.

I actually have a wool project I would like to start working on, but I haven't done the prep work yet.  No time.  That's the problem.  If I can just get my wool prepped, so I can have it ready to stitch, I'd be all set!!  I could work on this if I wanted to torture myself.  "This" is my Hawaiian applique quilt. Actually, I worked on it on the ride down to Tennessee.  It took all my willpower not to throw it out the window every time I got frustrated.  I did make some progress.  Since I'm determined to finish it myself, I figure at the rate I'm'll take me 20 years, but I'm fine with that.  :-)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

37 Years

October 12, 2011

Oops, I took a little blogging leave of absence.  We had some family stuff and had to go out of town too last week.  It's nice to have things back to normal this week. :-)  I had some nice emails wondering if I was OK because I had been so quiet.  Thank you.
So, the title of my blog post is 37 Years.  Yep, I'm 37 years old officially as of yesterday.  My family and friends made it the best birthday yet.  My bff Patti had the most thoughtful gift made for me...
It's a personalized painted tile with my tumbler quilt and logo!!  The logo is the one Scott designed for me with my initials in the pineapple!!!  I was so surprised and overwhelmed with emotion when she gave it to me.  I LOVE it!!!!  I can't believe all the attention to detail on it.  It was made by Renee of Kudos Kitchen by Renee.  If you click on the link, you can read all about how she designed and painted it.  It's a great story!!  Renee has a great blog.  She posts all sorts of tutorials, her projects and recipes.  She is super talented and can personalize anything!  She also has a wonderful Etsy site.  She has tons of great gift items.  A huge big thank you to're the most loyal, supportive friend I could ever have!

Now, my family didn't do too bad either.  They are sending me with $$ and giftcards to The Mothership of Wool...Primitive Gatherings!!!  Myself, along with my two best girlfriends are going on a quilt retreat there next month.  I CAN'T wait!!!  We'll be taking a class with Lisa Bongean while we are there.  Lisa is going to surprise us with a brand new wool project. 

Scott is always thinking too.  He gave me a Jawbone Bluetooth.  I love it.  Most of the time, I don't answer the phone during the day because I'm busy quilting.  Plus, like most women, I'm multi-tasking and need my hands for other things.  No time to hold a phone!!  I already feel like I'm getting more things accomplished with this!

I received some really good cards too.  The girls' card that they made me is probably my favorite, though.
Do you like how they wrote that I'm the best mom they ever had??  LOL!!  I asked them how many they've had so far??  Alyssa, I think is going to be a quilter.  She included some feathers (where my hand is) and swirls.

Of course, they did pay me back with some Silly String...
Thanks to my awesome family for a great birthday!

Full House Schnibbles - Le Petite

October 1, 2011

It's October 1st!!! Can you believe it???  Seriously, I can't.  September went by so fast!  I've been spending nearly all my time downstairs in the quilt studio, so much so that I can't tell if it's day or night sometimes!  My neighbors are convinced I've gone into hibernation early this year.  They always joke that no one sees me from Thanksgiving until April 1st.  LOL!

October has always been my favorite month out of the year.  It seems all good things happen in October.  Let's birthday, Halloween, wedding anniversary and blogging anniversary.  Wow, what a month!!  Well, to kick off the month, I need to reveal the Schnibbles I chose for last month's Le Petite.  We could choose any Schnibbles pattern we wanted and there was only one pattern for me.  I chose...
Full House Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  It's one of Carrie's newest Schnibbles patterns.  It was love at first sight when I saw this pattern!!  I knew I couldn't wait to make it.   I almost copied Carrie's quilt exactly.  The charms squares are Little Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings.  I love these fabrics!!!  Being the Primitive Gatherings groupie that I am, you know I had to make my version of Full House with these too!  On the pattern cover, the borders are the red from Le Petite Ecole by French General.  After much fabric auditioning with Kristin, we decided we really liked the steel blue/gray from Le Petite Ecole.
It was in my stash, which was even better!!  I think this border fabric choice makes it look just a bit more prim.  The colors look perfect in my house!!

I managed to finish this project last week.  I surprised myself.  I just try to sneak a few moments here and there for my own sewing.  Literally moments, but they add up.
Baby steps.  One thing that helps, I size my fabric as soon as I bring them home.  That way they are ready to cut when I need them.  Honestly this was one of the fastest Schnibbles I've ever made.  It went together like butter and perfectly!
 A credit to what a genius Carrie is!

Scooter is like a moth to a flame. :-)
This was our last Le Petite project.  BUT, I'm looking forward to making more Schnibbles in 2012!  Sounds like Sherri and Sinta are going to be hosting "Another Year of Schnibbles" starting in January.  I wonder what the first Schnibbles pattern will be...maybe Bibelot??

Thelma over at Cupcakes n' Daisies is doing some serious campaigning to have the name changed to "T" Stands for Thelma.  She might have a pretty valid point. :-)

Make sure you stop by Sinta's and Sherri's blogs to see the Le Petite parade of Schnibbles.  AND make sure you wish Sinta a Happy Birthday too!