Decorating Fun

March 30, 2012

So yes, I am still a little MIA from Blogland.  I just need to concentrate on quilting for a little longer to make some upcoming deadlines, then you should see me a little more....hopefully.  :-)  I thought I would share how I decorated with my goodies that I brought home recently.  While I love primitives, I don't like a cluttered look.  Nor do I like a "dark" look.  I love antiques.  I would pick an antique over a piece of reproduction furniture that has been painted to look old given the choice.  Not always, but most of the time.  I'll start with the kitchen.  I wanted to change out my roosters that were above my cabinets.  I was accumulating a few too many and they were looking a little too cutesy for me.

The basket and scale were the "new" purchases from my goodies.  The crocks and others were all from my stash.  I love when I can find buried treasures in my home.  Just like shopping our stash for quilting!!!  I have not decided on the coffee grinder yet...he might not have a permanent residence there.  Hmmm???
 I love how the new look compares to the way it was.  Of course I didn't take a before photo, but I found one so you get the idea.
 Please pay no attention to Kristin and I looking our finest while making pierogi and notice the roosters on top of the cabinets.  Big improvement!!  I haven't totally done away with the roosters.  There are still a few sprinkled around. 
I'm still undecided if I will keep the roosters there or not.  I just could not get a very good pic with everything all together.
Moving on...I added the decorative balls to the basket of fabric ones I already had.
Sweet little chick...
The rest of the photos are either some Easter decor pics or other new little decor additions.
 Carrot tree
A nice new welcome for guests at the front door!  Sorry for the photo overload.  :-)  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Antique Quilts

March 23, 2012

I think I am MIQ- Missing In Quilting.  I have been quilting like crazy and avoiding the computer this week.  I find that I get a whole lot more accomplished if I avoid the computer a little.  Sometimes a lot like I did this week.  I even stayed away from my email until last night!!  The weather here has been nothing short of spectacular!  It's been in the mid to high 80s!!  So instead of getting on the computer first thing in the morning, I've been taking Sarge on beautiful morning runs.  Much needed ones too, seems like he and I packed on a few extra lbs. over winter.  :-)

After dropping the girls off at dance last Friday, I decided to stroll through downtown Marshall.  The weather was perfect for a walk and window shopping.  Well, I did a little more than window shopping.  I found a new to me shop called Tracy's Primitive Creations & Soy Creations.  Tracy does not have a website, but she is on Facebook if you'd like to check out her shop.  It is an awesome shop!  Full of primitive goodies, antiques and vintage items.  I had a wonderful time wondering around in her shop.  Maybe too good of a time because I picked up a few items.  My first antique quilts!!
Look at this gorgeous Dresden quilt!!!  It is in amazing shape.  It is big too.  A queen!!  Next...
Antique Apple Core!!!!  It is BEAUTIFUL!!!  This one is pretty old, so it has a little more wear and discoloration, but still in amazing shape!!!  It is quilted with a Baptist Fan pattern.  I LOVE it!!!  Next...
Another beauty!!!!  I love the pattern!!  I know you are all wondering how much I paid for my 3 new beauties.  Do I dare tell you??  I paid under $120 for all 3!
Don't they look right at home?  I think so.

  I picked a few other goodies while I was there too.
Loving that vintage scale!!!  Loving the other things too! :-)  I'll need to post pics of how I decorated with them all soon.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Moriah's Quilt

March 12, 2012

Last weekend was so nice.  The weather was beautiful on Sunday!!!  A great day for cleaning up the landscaping.  I wouldn't know anything about that, but Scott sure did! :-)

The next quilt I want to share is a quilt from my client Rita.  It's the perfect quilt to share with Spring in the air!  I've had the pleasure to quilt for Rita before.  She does such a beautiful job!
A gorgeous quilt in pastel batiks!  I believe Rita used a couple of Bali Pops and yardage.  This quilt is huge!!!  I did not really realize how big it was until I took it out to measure!
 I could barely fit it in the photos!  This quilt is Moriah's quilt, Rita's niece.  Rita thought she would like some type of flower quilting.  My freehand allover the bill!!! 
 Rita did have one request, she wanted her niece's name somewhere quilted on the quilt.  This was a new twist for me.  I hadn't up until now quilted words onto a quilt.  So I practiced a few times on my whiteboard writing it out just so I could exercise my muscle memory and get a feel for the movement when I quilted it.
I love how it turned out on the quilt!
I quilted a flower to dot the "i".  I really tried to make her name just blend in with the design of the quilt.  After I quilted the name, Scott kept saying to me that he sure hoped I got the name right!!!  Ummm, me too!! :-) LOL!
Scott took the photos of the quilt.  He did a good job of capturing how perfect the stitches are.  Sometimes I forget to take closeups of the quilting and stitches.
Rita used a gorgeous batik backing that matches perfectly!!
Specifics...all the quilting is freehand.  I used Dream Blend Batting.  LOVE it!!!  Worked beautifully with the batik backing!!  The thread is a gorgeous pale blue from Isacord.
I used it top and bobbin.  I think between the Isacord and the Dream Blend Batting, the stitches just quilted like butter!!  Rita was thrilled with her quilt.  I'm sure her niece will be too.  I know the girls loved it!!  :-)

Hope everyone has a great day!

George Schnibbles Quilted

March 9, 2012

Another week that just flew by!! Actually, this was one of those weeks I was glad to see leave.  :-)  You know the ones I'm talking about.  I am not sure if it's the fluctuation in the weather or what, but I had to deal with my old nemesis Mr. Migraine all week.  Luckily, he did not get the best of me and I finished up a gorgeous custom quilt.  It's off to it's home today.   It'll be a nice welcome home greeting for my client who is out of town.  I know she is super eager to get it bound.

It has been strange weather here.  Beautiful one day, cloudy the next.  Sometimes it is bright and cheery and 5 minutes later it is dark.  It has made it super difficult to take good photos.  I like my photos to capture the texture of the quilting, but sometimes it's impossible.  So I have another little finish to share.  One of mine.  It's small, but I LOVE it!!  Again, it was quilted in the wee hours of the night a few weeks ago when I was throwing everything on the machine but the kitchen sink!! LOL!!  George Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson, but I've changed the name to Georgette because this is way to pretty to be a George!
I LOVE how it turned out!!!  I quilted the same allover freehand flower that I quilted on Endless Summer runner.  The fabrics are Pom Pom de Paris by French General for Moda.  I used some Primitive Muslins, Tallow from Primitive Gatherings for the background.  My favorite and go-to background fabric!!  The green is from Fa La La also by French General.  Even though I used Pom Pom in both Georgette and Endless Summer runner, they have totally different looks by just adding the green.  I love that you can interchange and mix so many of the fabric collections from French General to create a completely new look!!  The primitive eggs are another gorgeous creation from the talented Denise of KKL Primitives!!

Right now Georgette is hanging on the wall, but she looks good in other places too.  You can see the quilting a little better from this angle.

So pretty as a table topper too!!
Or on the pie safe.

A before quilting photo.  I sewed this up last July as part of the Le Petite group, which I posted here
This quilt has been washed and dried already.  I used Dream Blend for the batting.  Love it!  Crinkled up just enough to give it a little age.  I washed it in cold water and light heat in the dryer.  I took it out of the dryer before it was crispy to allow to continue to dry flat.  I normally kind of do that anyways.  I noticed on the batting it recommend a low dryer to keep the suppleness of the quilt.  I might dry something until it is crispy next time to see if I notice a difference.  The thread is a very pale creamy yellow So Fine Thread from Superior.  I'm very happy to have this gorgeous new addition at The QP!!

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Blind Man's Fancy

March 7, 2012

If you love scrappy quilts, Blind Man's Fancy is the quilt for you!!  I had the pleasure to quilt a Blind Man's Fancy quilt from Lori of Humble Quilts.  Lori is an amazing and inspirational quilter.  She has a real knack for recreating quilts to look just like an antique.  Her fabric selection is always spot on for reproducing a gorgeous masterpiece!

This is a before photo taken from Lori's blog.  As you can see this quilt has a lot going on.  Lots of gorgeous fabrics...and look at all those flying geese and HSTs!!  Lori's scrappy mix of fabrics made this quilt look just like an antique.  I loved every moment I had with this quilt!!  Due to the nature of the quilt, a simple allover design for the quilting was the way to go.  Every time I tried to take pictures it was horribly cloudy here, so please excuse the photos.
I quilted my freehand allover paisley design.

It blended in perfectly with the quilt.  The quilting served as a nice backdrop to the piecing and fabrics.
The batting is Hobbs 80/20.  I actually pieced the batting from two pieces.  I thought my roll of Hobbs had more left on it than what was actually there.  I ran some options for batting by Lori and she gave me the go ahead to piece the batting.  What an angel!  You would never know the batting is pieced and it is keeping with the scrappy theme. :-)  I used a tan So Fine thread from Superior, top and bobbin that blended well with the top and backing of the quilt.

Although the quilting doesn't show up well, it was perfect for the quilt!!  Another beautiful quilt I enjoyed while I had it! :-)  I believe Primitive Gatherings is doing this quilt as a BOM.  That would probably be the only way I would be able to make it!!  (sigh) If only I had the time. :-)

Make sure you stop by Lori's blog to see her quilt at home and her other beautiful top she just finished!

Endless Summer Runner Quilted

March 2, 2012

I can't believe it's Friday already!  This week just flew by, even with an extra day in it!  I, of course didn't get nearly all I wanted to get done, even with the extra day.  I do have another little finish to share, though.  Remember when I quilted my little tumbler runner, I said I also quilted something else on the same backing??  Well, I quilted Endless Summer, which was a project from the Le Petite group from last year.
Here it is bound and washed.  Nice and crinkly.  I love how it turned out!  It's the perfect size for my kitchen island.  I chose to quilt a mini version of my allover freehand flower that I love to do. 
You can see the design much better here.

Not bad for quilting at one o'clock in the morning!!  Loading two small projects on one backing is the best idea ever.
The pattern is called Endless Summer by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts.  I modified the original pattern to make mine into a runner.   I pieced my Endless Summer nearly a year ago and posted it here.  This is the original design.
I can't tell how nice it is to be able to enjoy something that I pieced and quilted...finally!!  Some before photos.

The fabric is Pom Pom de Paris by French General.  Another favorite of mine!!  I tried out another new batting too.  This time I used Dream Cotton in the Request, which is the thinnest loft.  This I would not use again.  I think it's a wonderful batting, but not ideally suited for longarm quilting unless you double batt it.  I didn't feel it was thick enough, therefore the stitches didn't look as nice as they usually do.  I felt like I had to tinker with the tension a lot.  Dream Cotton in the Select (mid) loft was awesome to quilt with and definitely a better choice, in my opinion.

It's Friday during Lent.  You know what that means...pierogi time is here!!! :-)  Hope everyone has a great weekend!