There is no way I can top this photo by Kim.
All my poor attempt does is show perspective.
That is a large star!
Backing is colorfully & lightly pieced.
Nov 26: On the way. Kim is exploring options with her sister (recipient)--texture, stippling, panto, a combination of these...
Nov 29: The quilt is here.
Nov 30: Exploring pattern options.
Dec 06: Prepped (thread, batting, pressing), ready to load ..... The pattern for this quilt has one of the longest stitching times I have ever done & then only on quilts that maxed out my table. I think it is going to be gorgeous and well worth the time. It's 2:30 ... will be back at 4:00 to load. I want to ship this tomorrow. Loaded, basted & ready to quilt ... after supper. Quilting. Finished just past midnight.
Dec 07: Boxed and ready to go.
Nov 27: The quilt arrived at my door today in spite of bitter cold weather & a white driveway. I have decided to do this one out of sequence so I can ship both to Joan on Friday. I'll load it tonight & quilt it tomorrow & still have time to enjoy Thanksgiving. There is no friend for whom I am more thankful than Joan. I keep losing count but I think this is quilt/project #31 from Joan to the cabin.
Nov 28: Loaded & quilting using Bottom Line Silver thread and 6" rows. After completing the first pair of rows (one roll of the quilt), I meant to take a picture. I checked the stitches on the back & then unrolled for the photo shoot. Rolled the quilt, clamped the sides, pin basted, realized I forgot again to take the photo. Shoot! Shut down the system knowing I was too tired to continue. Took a shot of the rolled up quilt instead. Oh, and I'll be binding this one.
Nov 29: More photos. Squared. Started on the binding. And the binding is attached, clamped & ready for the needle... in the morning.
Amy Newton's quilt top pattern is really called Hugs & Kisses.
I still like White Diamonds
Nested in Purple. Okay, I concede that I sure missed the XO's but there they are! And I just recently quilted some XOXO's.
Still -- Just stunning!
Nov 22: First contact by phone
Nov 25: The quilt is here
Dec 04: Hugs & kisses to you, Amy. Thanks for graciously letting me postpone your quilt until after Christmas. And now we know to quilt this medium to loose.
Jan 24: Prepping & loading after a very long delay. RIght after Christmas, I came down with pneumonia and am just now getting my strength back to longarm. Thank you for your extraordinarily kind patience, Amy. Got the back loaded. Since Amy wants medium-loose density, I have done overlays. This is the largest I can quilt this pattern unless I try to modify it so I can quilt it looser. I am going to use Periwinkle thread on top. The purple on the back is darker than any purples on the top. I have experimented some and may be able to use a dark purple on the back without it showing through on top. Otherwise, I will use the Periwinkle on the back too even though it doesn't match exactly. Will continue tomorrow.
Jan 25: Loaded & ready to quilt.
Jan 27: Quilting. Quilted. Shipped.
Bali Xanadu Star Quilt
Oh so, so beautiful.
Nov 17: First contact by online form
Nov 19: Pattern selected
Nov 21: Quilt shipped
Nov 23: The quilt is here.
Nov 24: Thread & density are settled. Planning is complete.
Dec 04: Loaded & ready to baste.
Dec 05: Basting & testing thread tension. I knew the combination of batiks on top, batiks on back & 40 wt. (thick).King Tut cotton thread would be a challenge. Only took 2 hours just to get the tension right. Finally quilting but not totally happy with the back. Spent another hour on it so know that it is absolutely the best I can do. I sure do appreciate Heidi's graciousness & understanding with the challenges of longarming this quilt. Called Superior Threads and took their advice. A bit better. Proceeding. The thread hung in the bobbin on that final pair of rows. Didn't notice the problem (way too loose on top) until well into the row. Had to take it all our but the thread was so loose that went fairly quickly. Stitched the final pair of rows finishing at 2:30 AM. So QUILTED. Whew! More photos tomorrow. Will ship Saturday since too late to schedule a pick-up now. Now it is 3:45 AM after answering emails and catching up here. What a day but all is well that ends well.
Dec 06: Final pictures.
Perfect project for this time of year to cheer things up,
making it feel like Spring.
Nov 22: Janet brought her quilt by. It was so nice to select a pattern and thread together on the spot. Even though Janet lives about 15 miles away, she will not be helping with this one. Running a thriving restaurant in West Jefferson is more than enough for her to manage. Ah, but we had a delightful time planning this one together.
Dec 3: Loaded. Quilting. Using wool batting. Janet, much to my surprise, the back is not showing any of the top thread. Yeah!
Dec 4: Quilted. Surprise delivered in person. Tis the season.
Beth lives right around the corner on this side of Boone in an area known as Deep Gap.
Imagine that -- 2nd local gal this month.
I love this quilt & Beth is a quiet joy.
Her piecing is precise.
A perfect day & tomorrow will be the fun part.
(Yes, I am buttering her up in case I need help with some of these Christmas commitments--NOT!)
Fabrics are Panier de Fleurs by French General for Moda.
Nov 20: First contact & follow-up phone call.
Nov 29: Setup done together. Beth will come back tomorrow for us to quilt this. Oh, and we are using wool batting.
Nov 30: I kept forgetting to photograph as we went along but the pattern was very difficult to see even standing in front of it. Beth is squaring her quilt while I blog.
I used to kayak many moons ago & it is still in my blood. In fact, I read this pattern as kayak and only later realized it was canoe.
I did better than usual when spending an afternoon in my favorite quilt shop. This is just a small project. I feel in love with the cranberry red marble (called cherry but what does Moda know?) & built a project around it adding some sharply contrasting whites & blacks. For lack of anything better, I picked up a fat quarter of white Christmas fabric with a gray music score on it. Hey, whatever works.
Nov 16, 2013: Purchased the project and did the EQ7 Layout. Learned that while this quilt block is modern looking, it dates back to at least 1895. And that was the year my grandfather was born!.
Nov 17: Went wild with variations. I love a versatile pattern! Now I think I like the last one with just a kiss of solid black.
Jul 29, 2016: Added two more.
GO! West Virginia!
Just fhought I'd show some school spirit.
Nov 15: Quilt arrived.
Nov 17: Did my own pattern of the WVU logo.
Nov 18: Thread selection time. Geez! How many shades of yellow do I have?
Nov 26: Setup.
Nov 27: Quilting and quilted. Want a better bed photo...perhaps tomorrow.
Nov 28: Final pictures.
Acorn & Oak Leaves pattern.
Thread - brown.
Medium to tight density
Needed for Thanksgiving,
Nov 03: First contact.
Nov 04: Got 2 preview pics from Blanca just before midnight.
Nov 12: The quilt is here. Question? Which way is up? If pumpkins go at the bottom, the fabric with text is upside down. If he text is right side up like in my photos, the pumpkins at the top are upside down. At least with this pattern, it won't matter how I quilt it. I'll redo the photos later with pumpkins at the bottom.
Nov 13: Blanca accepted my offer to turn her text blocks so everything would be right side up--a total of four.
Nov 15: Blocks are all right side up now. Setup complete. Loaded & basted.
Nov 18: Quilting. Should mail today or tomorrow. All depends on those unforeseeable's or (hopefully) lack thereof.
Piper is a local school teacher and lives so close we are just over the county line--4 miles away--from each other. How kool is that?
She is in the queue today but will wait her turn for us to get this done together. And if we don't finish her very large quilt in a day, no problem. She'll keep coming back until we do.
Nov 08: First contact by phone. Preview picture.
Nov 14: Piper came by today to start prepping her quilt. The top & the muslin backing needed a good pressing. All those lovely wrinkles and what only looks likes puckers are gone! She wants to use Baptist Fan Almost to give this a historical look. We'll be using a So Fine! variegated thread #701 Didgeridoo (med. brown, lt. gold, tan). The weekend is out so we will finish the setup on Monday including programming, thread, batting and loading.
Nov 19: Piper found three patterns she likes for this quilt so we programmed all three options. The quilt is now loaded and basted. Begin quilting tomorrow.
Nov 20: Butterfly Garden it is. Quilting. Piper brought a friend with her--Diane. Together we got 5 of 9 rows done. Will finish on Friday.
Nov 22: Finished last 4 rows. Quilted!
Donna made this quilt as a wedding present for her granddaughter.
I first heard about this quilt back on July 01 before the backing was purchased. On the 22nd, it was finished and oh so perfect for her granddaughter's new house.
On the 28th, boxed and ready to ship, it was stolen from her car in her driveway outside her bedroom window. @#(*$^&#@!!!.
Nov 01: The quilt is here safe & sound
Nov 02: We will be using Fast Splash & ...
Nov 04: Magnifico #2167 Cloud Cover. We are all set to quilt.
Nov 10: Programmed.
Nov 13: Started the setup process. Programmed. Thread all set. Batting is cut. Pressing is done.
Nov 14: Quilting. I didn't know black would photograph as brown. did you? And quilted. More pics tomorrow.
Nov 15: Final pictures. Will hand deliver to Greensboro on Sunday, Nov. 17th.