Oct 26: Wow & Wow. The season has begun! The fabric on this quilt leaves me speechless so I'll just post the pictures. I will be using invisible thread on this quilt.
Nov 07: Monopoly Smoke invisible thread is here. Using Chantilly Lace as large as possible to minimize quilting.
Nov 11: Quilting.
Nov 12: Quilted.
Eleanor Butner first contacted me on Oct. 9. Today her quilt finally arrived!!! Gorgeous & beautiful work too. Eleanor is sharing her story and saga regarding this quilt. Enjoy!
It is a fact that I am past retirement age. After teaching school for 42 years I returned to college and fulfilled a life long dream to become an RN-graduating in 2003.(with honors!)! I am a Hospice nurse turned Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) instructor--something that I enjoy almost as much as my new found love of piecing quilts! I was so excited to find Linda and sent Rachel's quilt to be finished with fluffy lambs! Well-it got lost! Not once but twice:Traveling from Charlottesville to Richmond to somewhere ??? and finally back to my mailbox marked undeliverable due to no such address! ( Goodness-has Linda moved???) During this time Linda was waiting and we both were fuming! Back to the Charlottesville PO where the post master had no answer and it was mailed again-this time to be tracked by me!! Same address!! I excitedly put the numbers in on Saturday morning and lo and behold-the package had arrived in Statesville (one digit difference in zip code) and was marked undeliverable AGAIN!!! HELP!!!This can' be happening AGAIN!! Luckily, the post master was in the Statesville PO Saturday and heard my incredibly sad story-he was a bit dismayed to say the least!! Someone-somehow tracked down the wandering package and it finally arrived safe and sound in Linda's hands today!!! Rachel's (a 14 yo twin granddaughter in Greensboro) quilt had been on the move since October 15-Priority Mail-no less!!! I cant wait to see the finished product!! I am already working on Hannah's quilt! I will be bursting with pride and excitement when they open Christmas gifts from Grammy this Christmas!! Thank you, LINDA!!!! (date 10/24/2011)
This is not the best time of day to photograph a quilt from my only bed but you get the idea. Rachael's Mom chose the IQ pattern Fluffy Sheep for her daughter but Eleanor and I decided it was too dense & just not the best pattern for a star block quilt so we changed the plan. Us women get to do that, you know! LOL. Rachael knows nothing about this quilt YET so the excitement grows...
10/24: Ironed and loading.
10/25: Quilted! It didn't dawn on me that the batik in the center of the star is feathers very like what I am stitching. Must have been a subconscious choice as both Eleanor and I saw this pattern at the same and agreed it was perfect. HA!
I am making one of these bags for an upcoming birthday present. She picked out the fabrics so it won't be a surprise. How nice of her husband!!
Oct 22: Couldn't sleep so in the wee hours...fabric and batting cut and ready.
Nov 06: Sewing. Finished all but the final assembly. No fusing. Minimal basting. HA!
Nov 07: Got them together. Some top stitching & I am done! Broke two denim needles! Yikes.
I had enough of the main fabric for two bags so I am making a more subtle one with a green handle. Could have used red but personally, I like subtle. This one was in the booth until Judy let me know how much she loves it. Now it is in Texas with her!!!
YES! This is a quilt of just Christmas trees. Paula tells me this is made from 14 fat quarters and she has been collecting fabric all year to get enough reds & greens & whites to make this. Very special quilt. We have discussed using Kim Diamond's Christmas Lights. I have drawn the top pattern in EQ7 to use to figure what we want here.
Oct 19: Reviewing IQ patterns with Paula. There are several options but none just right.
Oct 20, 22: Sandy is working on a IQ pattern for Christmas Lights When you don't like what is available, you ask Sandy. It works every time!!
Oct 25: Paula approved the layout sort of. I get to make the final decision. I will be quilting this sideways as I think the pattern has better flow when turned back normal. I have also offset even rows by 50% so it is very difficult to see the pattern repeats which is what we want on this one.
Oct 26: Quilting
Planning to make three 20 x 20 pillows--one for each of Pamela's grandchildren for Christmas. We have them all planned out and the fabrics are ordered! I will overlay a square of the feature fabric onto the background polka dot fabric and quilt it before making it into a pillow cover. Two of them are 3-D when viewed through special glasses. How kool is that?
10/18: The pillows inserts are here! I ordered these wonderful pillow inserts from PillowsXpress. Great price. Fast turnaround. Only the shipping was pricey but bulky boxes do that!
10/26: All the fabric & 3-D glasses are here
11/08: Prepared the fabric
11/09: Programmed IQ, Quilted the covers. Finished one cover.
11/10: Hope to finish and ship today.
I just got in two quilt tops today from Michelle Binder (Kentucky). She has already selected her quilting patterns as we got acquainted on the phone Sunday evening. These are going to be FUN!! Michelle has shared this: "The pattern is by an Australian Designer, Kate Conklin. The fabrics are a limited release from Laurie Wisbrun, who designs for Robert Kaufman.
10/07: Quilted. Notice the two asses, I mean donkeys, on the back!! LOL
French Country fabrics
We will be using a Dream Orient bamboo & silk blend batting I ordered and received faster than the quilt top! Per Michelle, "Pattern is from Carolina Patchworks and fabrics are all American Jane (Sandy Klop) for Moda. Sandy's fabrics are always so cheerful."
10/09: Loaded & basted.
Using a layer cake (10" squares) called Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda, I am going to finally make a twister quilt. I have seen several of Joanne's & finally decided to try one. Wish me luck. It is suppose to be fun and easy. I've already laid the layer cake out on the bed & ready to start piecing. The inner border will be white with purple polka dots. I will wait until more coordinating bolts come in before choosing an outer border. The technique is to first sew the squares together and add the border. Next, I will cut again on an angle lining up with the points with the cross lines on the special twister ruler. When I sew the blocks back together, they will form the pinwheels. Hmmm. We shall we. Should look scrappy and fun. I love the fabric!! It is so very soft and silky smooth to the touch.
Oct 02: Had to get started. Couldn't resist.
Oct 03: Phase 1: Sewed the 10" squares together and added the border.
Oct 05: Phase 2: Cut the pinwheels.
Oct 06: Sewed the first two rows. It's coming together.
Oct 08: Finished sewing the blocks into rows and connected the rows in pairs.
Oct 10: Main top finished. Need border fabric.
Dec 16: Got in fabric for borders and backing. It is all pieced now too. Ready to load and quilt. What a difference with the vibrant purple!
Dec 17: Started loading. I went back and forth between periwinkle thread and white thread on the back. I knew I wanted white on the front. I finally opted for white top and back & glad I did. The thread is so fine it is barely visible plus the border matches the backing completely now. Yes!
Dec 25: Sold to Joanne, my daughter & owner of Ye Olde Forest
Sep 2013: Joan Taylor bought this quilt from Joanne for a gift to her sister & did the binding.
Bought some homespun fabrics that are so soft. Like flannel soft. All I plan to do is add borders & quilt. One is green and the other red. I see this quilt as being a nice extra layer when my fall quilt isn't warm enough. I also see me snuggling up in this one while watching TV when I am not binding another quilt. Kelley has plenty of this fabric on his discount rack so if any one else is interested, now is the time to say so.
Oct 24: Made two tops this evening. I will definitely get more of this fabric and make throws.
Oct 28: Quilted using Gerry Wheaton's No Evil Monkeys. I have loved them since I first discovered his website many months ago looking for dragons.
Nov 30: Bound & finished.