Jun 09: I showed this panel to my friend, Cecelia Fares. I know her from church & she is active on Facebook.Thought we had lost her & her husband recently when the home they were renting sold out from under them but they are back. YES! Cecelia has been a career nurse, is a natural beauty and a very personable woman. I liked her instantly. She is part of our after mass Sunday morning breakfast crew. And she is the partner on this quilt. Her response as we got into it was simple: the panel, purple, king size.
Jun 12: Over several days I made my way through my process. This is Cecelia's final plan. Purple batik fabric has been ordered from Ye Olde Forest Online Quilt Shop. The gold & the solid purple are on the way from Fabric.com. Still working on a layout for the IQ patterns. Quilt size is still to be determined by how much drop Cecelia wants. For now it is 90x100.
Jun 14: The panel is here from Wing and a Prayer Design. I like the first IQ layout above. Cecelia liked it from the get-go.
Jun 16: The gold fabric and the purple backing fabric are here. The gold has speckles like angel dust. The purple photographs as blue. Maybe later.
Jun 19: All the fabrics are in. I couldn't have gotten a better backing color match if I had been standing in a quilt shop. YES! The purple batik and the solid backing are rather stiff so I am going to prewash. The gold is quite nice to the touch.
May 25: Quilt is here.
May 26: Paula made all her decisions...
May 28: ...and changed them.
Had to order Gold bobbins. Going with Wedding Vine panto.
May 31: Bobbins are here but not the size I ordered. Superior Threads has shipped the right order.
Jun 02: Bobbins are here.
Jun 13-14: Programmed IQ. Prepped ready to load.
Jun 15: Loaded ready to quilt.
Jun 16: Quilting.
Jun 17: Quilted.
Jun 18: Final pictures.
May 01: I suddenly had no water. Time to call David Braswell who dug & has serviced my well since 2003. After the work was done, I started talking to David about a quilt for him. He was more interested in me making quilts for his daughters, Caroline & Alison.
May 23: Caroline & I have been working hard on fabrics & quilt designs with a nautical theme. Yesterday things started to come together & today we finalized the design. I ordered fabric. Waiting to hear from Alison, the 2nd daughter. There is enough Sea Cottage fabric for a second quilt. Would need sashing, border & backing fabrics.
May 24: Fabric is on the way.
May 26: Fabric is here except one small piece. It is wonderful with a very soft feel.
May 27: Worked out a map for the small squares. Need to help Caroline select a longarming pattern.
May 28: Piecing. Cut the border, backing & strips except for the one not here yet. Still need to cut the sashing.
May 30: Strip sets are together except for the Creme Damask not here yet. The last fabric came in. All 7 strip sets are done & cut in block size sections.
May 31: Got the small blocks done. Will use them to connect the large blocks...tomorrow.
Jun 02: The columns are done.Only the sashing & border remain.
Jun 03: Quilt top is finished. Backing is next.
Jun 04: Caroline is working on choosing her pattern.
Jun 05: The backing is ready to load. Caroline wants the Seashells at 13" rows.
Jun 06: Using Magnifico 2170 Old Lace on the top & in the bobbins. Loaded. Quilting. Forgot to reconnect the power cord after programming so IQ died without a whisper after the first row. She'll be good to go in the morning.
Jun 07: Quilted. Ready to bind.
Jun 08: Squaring the quilt.
Jun 13: Attached the binding. Clipping for hand work.
May 11: I spotted Marsha's quilt on Facebook. A short chat later, Marsha agreed to let me longarm it. She likes my Whispy Feathers plan so I get to see it quilted here long before I piece mine.
May 15: The quilt is here. Pictures do not capture how beautiful it is. Will be using Quilters Dream batting & white Bottom Line thread. Prepped the back including cutting it down to max size 96".
May 16: Had to tweak a few places.
May 17: Prepped the top. Back & batting are loaded.
May 18: Fussy programmed until I got the look we want. Uh oh. This will take more than 7 hours of quilting time & over 6 bobbins even the density is in the medium range. Everything is loaded ready to quilt. I'll start fresh in the morning.
May 19: I woke up thinking I need to start in the middle of the quilt to get the pattern placement over the side 9-patch areas where we want them. As with all quilts, the real dimensions are never exactly the same as a drawing, e.g. our mutually measured width of quilt was 90" but 91.5 once loaded. Quilting.
May 20: Still quilting. Got the top half done. Shifted to the bottom & completed one more row. Each row takes 50 minutes to quilt. Setup for the next row is taking as long because I am making certain the pattern aligns all the way across the quilt.
May 21: Quilted.
When I priced potholders (OUCH!) recently, I decided to make my own. The fabric I am using is the first I ever bought back in 2008 from the Marie Osmond line. It is a perfect match to my kitchen rug--mauve & teal..
May 05: Crosshatched mine. Very substantial with 2 layers of Warm & Plush 100% cotton batting and crosshatching. Should probably use cotton thread but I am sticking with Bottomline Gold with Tan bobbins. Using a coordinating cream fabric--2 actually as happens with remnants--for the binding.
May 06: Making a second set for my friend, Van. Her kitchen is black & white. Went to see her with a stash of fabric so she could select what she likes. Using black thread & solid black binding.
May 07: Crosshatched Van's. Made a small test potholder. Binding & loops for hanging are ready to sew. Will machine bind everything.
May 08: Only got one finished. Finding too many other interesting things to distract me.
May 10: Finished my set. Attaching the binding to the black set.
May 14: Finished the black set.
Nancy's Quilt Story
About a year ago I made this memory quilt for my 15 year old grandson. I didn’t have any instructions on how to make it. I just cut out squares and sewed them together. Then I sewed the batting and backing onto the front.
I gave it to my grandson as a birthday present in April 2017. A few months later I realized it needed to be tacked down. I looked up quilting places online and found Longarm Quilting Services. I asked Linda if she could quilt it for me. She talked to me for a long time on the phone and explained that she couldn’t. She could not quilt material that stretches or moves under the longarm machine, like t-shirts. She said if I wanted to make it right, and if I wanted it to last, I would need to take it apart and stabilize the t-shirt squares. At first I had no intention of doing that. It just seemed like way too much work. But then I decided I wanted to make it right. I made the decision to take it apart and redo it.
I took out all the stitching while I watched tv. That took about a week or two. Then with Linda’s advice, I ironed on interfacing wherever it was needed. I just took my time. I made the squares straighter than they had been, and I sewed the squares back together. It looked so much nicer than it had before! That alone was a big difference. The whole process took me about two months, as I worked on it off and on.
Now I have sent it to Linda to be quilted. I’m so excited and happy that it will be done right. It was totally worth the effort. And it really wasn’t that hard. I’m so grateful to Linda for taking the time to talk to me that day last August!
Apr 09: First contact. Leigh has two 90" wide quilts she wants longarmed this month.
Apr 16: Using Acorns & Oak Leaves.
Apr 19: It's here. The fabric is a tightly woven flannel that is very soft. There are issues with the dimensions I will try to remedy or cope with it. Backing is prepped but still need to trim a bit from the side(s).
Apr 20: Backing is prepped ready to load. Got the batting cut. Leigh selected Magnifico Orange Spice for her thread. We will use Bottom Line Copper (same color as the top) bobbins.
Apr 21: Leigh finalized her density at 11" rows. Prepped the top. My EQ7 rendition was wrong so I tweaked the programming, paying attention to where the pattern falls on the borders. Magnifico requires a larger needle & looser top thread...tension is set. Loaded ready to quilt.
Apr 22: Started quilting. Have a communication error on my system I have never seen before -- IQ stopped talking to the longarm. Once I found them, I wiggled & pushed in 3 wires like the online help said to do & it worked. Scary stuff. Quilting again. 4 rows done leaving 6 for tomorrow.
Apr 23: Quilted & shipped.
Feb 17: First Contact. Kathy knows she wants Chicken Wire for her panto.
Feb 26: Quilt is here. I love the colors! Her fabrics have texture!
Mar 05: Going to do some work on the flannel backing & one rooster block. Started on the backing.
Mar 06: The backing is loaded.
Mar 08: Done my thing on the rooster block.
Mar 09: Working on an overlay.
Mar 10: All set.
Mar 11: Loaded the batting (93" x 120" of it). Prepped & loading the top.
Mar 12: Top is loaded. Quilting. Got the entire top section of borders done.
Mar 13: Second day of longarming. https://youtu.be/7C06-_kmFHI
Mar 14: Finished second & third sections. Probably 6 in all.
Mar 15: Finished 4th & 5th sections. Two small sections to go, mostly borders.
Mar 16: Quilted.
This is a modification of a quilt posted on MSQC. I removed the sashing.
The Quatrefoil Quilt: Easy Quilting Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co
Feb 09: The only thing I have to go on from a potential recipient is "yellow". Stopped by the quilt shop on the way & reserved these fabrics.Over the weekend, I posted lots of renditions.
Feb 12: Since no requested feedback, I made an executive decision to make this quilt. I like that there are two contrasting Quatrefoil designs--the blue & the yellow. Bought the fabric.
Feb 14: Busy working on another project that is on hold until Friday so I am cutting strips. All cut except the yellow.
Feb 15: Everything except backing is cut & ready to sew.
Feb 16: Sewed the strip sets & cut into pieces for making the 4-patches.
Feb 17: Started on the 4-patches.
Feb 18: Finished the 4-patches. Started on the blue leaves of the quatrefoil attaching the yellow squares to the corners on one side.
Feb 19: Finished making the quatrefoil leaves. Just a matter joining the top 3, middle 3 & bottom 3 blocks into the larger 12" quatrefoil blocks. The middle ones with the large colorful squares are done.
Feb 20: Working on the blocks.
Feb 21: Top & bottom rows are done. Connecting top & middle rows.
Feb 22: The blocks are done. Next connecting them into rows.
Feb 27: Been working but slowly. Finished putting the rows together. Whew!
Feb 28: The quilt center is done. Pressing and borders tomorrow.
Mar 01: Working on borders. Finished 2 of 3.
Mar 04: Third border is on which will mean this baby is pieced.
May 01: David Braswell is buying this quilt for one of his daughters. Need another colorful quilt for his other daughter. Thinking Salsa.
May 03: Somewhere along the line I made the binding. Piercing the backing.
Feb 05: Quilt is here.
Feb 12: Returned backing to Kit at her request. She wants to replace it.
Mar 29: New backing & binding is here.
Apr 05: Kit is still not satisfied with her backing choice so on hold again.
Apr 09: New backing is here. Settled on pattern, density & thread. Ready to prep.
Apr 10: Prepped & loaded ready to quilt.
Apr 11: Quilting.
Apr 12: Quilted.
Apr 13: Binding is attached. Finished with my part. Will ship tomorrow ... too late today.
Nov 05, 2016: These Moda Brighten Up fabrics coordinate with Moda Dot Dot Dash fabric. I like bright happy colors in a scrappy quilt great for any age.
Nov 06: Did Yellow Brick Road renditions.
Dec 17: Did Take 5 rendition.
Mar 14, 2017: Did Cinnamon Toast rendition.
May 24: Bought the Cinnamon Toast pattern.
Jan 29, 2018: Met Shana of Mark of Eden Salon who says she wants a handmade quilt & loves color. Of all the colorful projects available, this the one that caught her heart.
Jan 30: Did a 90" x 100" quilt rendition of Cinnamon Toast. Remembered I had purchased more of these fabric last April during the Ye Olde Forest Quilters Moving Sale. This gives me enough for a very large quilt.
Feb 01: After spending most of Jan 30 on this design & 1/2 of today, we just got a comment. Yes.
Feb 06: This quilt is a go. I will start as soon as I finish 3 ongoing projects. Should be this weekend.
Feb 14: I rarely use marking pens but need them for this project. Just ordered several from Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop.
Feb 17: Got my pens today so back to work soon.
Feb 19: Marking diagonal seams...2 per square set. Stopped to make a complete block. DARN!* (see above)
Mar 16: Replacement fabric is here.