Aug 23: Preview pictures from Julianna.
Sep 02: Quilt top finished picture from Julianna.
Sep 21: Daisies 1 panto by Donna Kleinke with yellow thread.
Sep 29: Quilt top arrived.
Oct 16: Programming IQ. Offered a slight modification to get more consistent stitching.
Oct 17: Refined the plan.
Oct 18: Loaded & ready to quilt.
Oct 19: Quilting.As I rolled the quilt to do the last couple of rows, I suddenly spotted bad tension after it had been so perfect before. A sigh and acceptance that i need to spend some quality time with Jack (the ripper). Done. Turns out rows 1-3 & 5 are perfect. Only 4 was bad & has now been removed.. After quilting rows 6 & 7, I will go back and re-quilt row 4. Strange how that happened with no sign of a problem from the front. Such is longarming some days.
Oct 20: The quilt and I survived yesterday's mishap & all is ... quilted.
Did you know longarming could change the color of a quilt from browns to greens?
Sep 25: Quilt top arrived. Nicely done, Brent. Excellent piecing. Fleur de Lis pattern at 5.25" with Bottom Line #916 Tan thread.
Oct 06: Backing is loaded. Top is ready to load. Ordered a bolt of wool batting. Usually takes one day but this time they are short staffed due to illness.
Oct 10: Batting is here. Cut and loaded what I needed.
Oct 11: Quilting. Will ship Monday if all goes well.
Oct 12: Quilted
Oct 13: More pics. BTW the quilt is neither brown nor green. See 4th image below for the closest I can get to the true colors.
Sep 17: First contact about this quilt. When LW was sharing her story, I suggested she write something for the blog (posted above).
Sep 22: Quilt arrived.
Sep 24: Connie spotted the Strawberry Row panto and wants to use it because it is an emblem of Zeta (theme of t-shirts).
Sep 26: Decided to do this at 5" row height with silver thread to blend in. Cotton batting.
Oct 04: Prepping then loading. The back is prepped. With so much complex piecing, I cannot guarantee the results on the back. Loading it added to my skepticism so LW decided to order a different backing. I will also fix a sashing issue on the top. Hey! I did make one real bit of progress for all my work today--the batting is cut and ready to go! And the backing ordered. Took the sashing apart so I know now what I need to change. Hope to re-sew everything in the morning.
Oct 05: Send good vibes to wish me success. A special girl's dream quilt & her mom's hard work & loving heart depends on it. Took all day but it should quilt flat now.
Oct 09: New backing is here.
Oct 13: Pieced the new backing. Prepped top and back. Loaded, basted ready to quilt.
Oct 14: Quilting.
Oct 15: Entering the area where I need to quilt around the second ZTA lettering. Got that done & rolled the quilt. Noticed a t-shirt that was no longer fused to the interfacing with lots of puckers that simply would not longarm nicely. I stuffed some super thin double side fusible between the top & its backing and pressed front & back. Now it should quilt nicely.
Oct 16: Programmed around last ZTA letters. Hope to finish soon. Finished at 4 PM. All is well that ends well.
Sep 20: The quilt top arrived. I absolutely LOVETT. The fabrics are brushed cotton & flannel.
Joan, you've got me & my cabin mentality/simplicity down pat. Already cut the wool batting.
Sep 21: Have to play. Auditioning patterns to see what I like. Comments & opinions are welcome.
Sep 24: Worked most of the day on a plan.
Sep 25: Started working again after getting home from Greensboro. Down to two plans using 6 patterns, 5 of which are by Donna Kleinke. I like both a lot so deciding will be hard. Time to quilt so I need to decide. Oh, and I picked up some backing fabric (Moda-Through the Winter Woods) at Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shoppe.
Sep 26: Bought patterns and drawing layouts in IQ. So much better than cut and paste but still extremely time consuming.
Sep 27: Another long day of planning and drawing in IQ. I think I'm done. Will sleep on it before I quilt it.
Sep 28: Will use Bottom Line #618 Medium Brown thread and wool batting.
Sep 29: Pieced the backing. Quilting. Somehow I deleted my perfected layout and am having to redraw it. Fortunately, I still have all the components & earlier versions.
Sep 30: Redrew the desired plan before continuing. Quilting again.
Oct 01: Thought sure I would finish today but when a friend is willing to clean my nasty deck with his spray washer, I drop everything and help! And treat him & his wife to dinner.
Oct 02: Can see the end. Still a lot work including the side borders. Finished all but side borders. Need to unload, turn & then reload to do those.
Oct 03: Quilted. The backing is a camel color very close to the tan browns on the front, not cream in the photos. The back is in effect a whole cloth quilt. Binding is attached, clipped & ready for a needle & lap time.
Nov 17: Got in sheet blanket to use under the quilt & night stand cover to match. One side left to finish on the binding.
Nov 20: Finished the binding.
Sep 20: Quilt top arrived. If you use the search feature at the top of the page, you'll find more Noah's Ark quilts.
Sep 21: Programmed IQ.
Sep 23: Reprogrammed IQ down to 4" rows. Loaded & ready to quilt tomorrow.
Sep 24: Quilted. The challenge on this quilt was to be sure the linear pattern & the quilt came out even and parallel all the way down the quilt. I think I succeeded without it being obvious what I was doing.
Dpe 06: First contact by husband/wife quilters, Heather & Brent Murphy.
Sep 11: This is Brent's quilt. He had selected King Tut #936 Pharaoh's Treasures at a local quilt shop so I am very glad I have plenty on hand for him. Will use Bottom Line Red on the back. Afternoon lighting is not behaving to do this quilt justice. The pattern he selected is Acorns & Oak Leaves.
Sep 15: EQ7 rendition & pattern overlays to help us select best density. We have a plan to quilt Acorns & Oak Leaves with 13" rows using Quilters Dream Wool batting.
Sep 16: Setup & loading...
Sep 17: Basting. Quilting.
Sep 18: Quilted. Will get a better picture in the morning ... I hope.
Sep 20: Will ship today.
Sep 06: First contact by husband/wife quilters, Heather & Brent Murphy.
Sep 11: This is Heather's quilt. We are still trying to decide on thread to quilt the Curls pattern.Sep 15: EQ7 rendition & pattern overlays to help us select best density. Heather wants King Tut #917 Pharaoh Tales on top & bottom. I have never used KT in the bobbin but will try it just for her. Extra thread has been ordered. We have finalized our plan to use Curls with 15" rows and Quilters Dream Wool batting.
Sep 18: Loading ...
Sep 19: ...with green square up and gold triangle down. Quilting.
Sep 20: Quilted. Will ship today.
Aug 28: First Contact.
Sep 11: Twins are expected much too early so Terry & I are working hard to get these done before the babies arrive. Donna has agreed to let me move her two quilts down in the queue. Hope to ship these quilts Monday if not before.
Sep 11: Using Ribbit pattern & Magnifico #2034 Orange Spice thread. Terry knows his design will show up mostly on the back so he wants the same thread in the bobbin. Never done that before but Superior assures me it is done all the time. I am concerned about some of the fabrics too.
Sep 12: Thread/fabric test on Janome looks great. Hope it looks as great on the longarm. Loaded, programmed & ready to quilt.
Sep 13: Quilted.
Sep 11: Using Dragonflies v2 pattern & Magnifico #2034 Orange Spice thread.
Sep 14: Getting started. First step--fix a seam...uh, make that 2 seams. Quilting.
Sep 15: Quilted.
Aug 18: First contact about this quilt.
Sep 09: The quilt which will be a kids play quilt.is here. We will use Magnifico bright red thread to quilt the Celtic Braid pattern.
Sep 20: Loading. Donna, always the sport, agreed for me to do the four quilts that arrived after hers first. For that, I will hand deliver her two quilts to Greensboro. Thank you, Donna.
Sep 21: Quilted. This came out so cute!! $5 well spent if you ask me.
Sep 22: Final pictures.
Aug 18: Ran into Donna at Ye Olde Forest recently when she was selecting backing for this.We guessed wrong what would work best. She did however help me put together the fabrics for a Hearty Good Wishes quilt
Sep 09: The quilt is here. We will use blue Magnifico thread to quilt Flying Bugs.
Sep 22: Quilted.
Sep 23: Final pictures.