Nov 18: First contact about this quilt.
Nov 22: Wool batting. Still considering thread and pattern options.
Nov 28: Quilt arrived.
Dec 10: Finally took a picture when double checking how much batting I need.
Dec 12: Tara & I have been trying to find the best thread for awhile. So many shades in the quilt and so many threads that work make it very difficult for both of us.
Dec 13: Tara will send fabric samples to test to narrow down her 2 choices at this point--Art Studio #308 Lilac OR Magnifico #2120 Lilac Frost. This is the best way to see ahead of time how it will look. PS: Always a good idea to send fabric samples if you want the best thread and tension match for your quilt.
Dec 18: Fabric samples are here.
Dec 27: Final thread samples. Final thread choice: Magnifico #2120 Lilac Frost.
Dec 29: Prepped, loaded. Quilting. Quilted.
Dec 30: Final pics.
Aug 23: Home from Greensboro, I knew I couldn't rest until I loaded this project into EQ7. Borders can be adjusted. Outer border is also the backing.
Nov 26: My dear neighbors who live most of the year in Miami helped me get 4 packages up here today in the pre-Thanksgiving snow. While here, they asked me about a queen size quilt for their home in Florida. I showed them this one and they liked it, selecting High Seas panto to go on it. (I did a plan with the sashing red--thus Heather's comment--but the original won out. I'm glad.) I am really looking forward to making this for Eddie & Maria.
Dec 03: While the longarm is down for repairs, I started on this by pre-washing & pressing the fabrics.
Dec 04-05: Cutting & piecing the triangles.
Dec 06: Squaring the large 20" blocks.
Dec 07: Sashing. Main quilt top is together.Just need borders.
Dec 08: Took a quilting holiday.
Dec 09: Top & back are pieced & ready to quilt.
Dec 20: Loaded.
Dec 21: Quilted.
Dec 22: Made the binding.
Dec 23: Attached & clipped the binding. Ready for hand work.
Dec 24: Starting the handwork.
Dec 27: Binding finished.
Nov 04: Dorothy swapped this quilt in her personal queue for one she has been planning even longer.
Nov 18: Started this post when Dorothy described her panel & I found it online. Love the innocence. Dorothy & I have each other smilin'.
At the rate Dorothy is going, the recipient baby might be an old man...ahh, but I know the behind the scenes story. Life has been a wild ride lately to put it mildly.So glad she has this creative outlet to keep her sane. And so glad I finally get a glimpse of what's she been up to for so long.
Nov 19: After searching the better part of 17 websites, I found the perfect Stitch Happy! panto complete with bow ties. (Yes, there is a version without bow ties.).
Nov 22: Expecting the quilt Thanksgiving Eve.
Nov 26: Quilt is here with its navy flannel backing.
Dec 10: Decided to use a grey/blue thread to match inner border & contrast with the navy flannel backing.
Dec 15: Prepped, loaded, quilting ... quilted.
Nov 11: First learned this quilt will be on the way soon.
Nov 13: Had pattern selected and IQ programmed. Thread will match the sashing.
Nov 20: The quilt top arrived. Created an overlay. All ready to quilt when the time comes.
Dec 10: When remeasuring for batting, I found some extra seam prep work.
Dec 14: Had to stop & do some routine maintenance--clean the bobbin assembly. Cut batting. Changed thread & bound bobbins. Got the back & top prepped. Started loading the backing when I discovered it is 3" off being square. After I square it, I will need to add 3" of something on each side so I can load it. So much for the ease of using extra wide backing.
Dec 18: Devised a plan for the backing & started implementing. Squared the backing. (Don't let anyone tell you squaring a quilt backing is trivial. It is exasperating and time consuming even with a wonderful large work table.) After squaring, trimmed enough from the length to widen the sides. Ready to sew but will finish in the morning when not so tired.
Dec 19: The backing is ready. Loaded. Quilting. Quilted.
Dec 20: Shipped.
Nov 10: Got a call from a dear partner named Marilyn. I had already gotten word that she was sending a quilt. Besides catching up on the news, Marilyn selected her thread and IQ pattern.
Nov 18: The quilt arrived today via Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop where Marilyn shops for fabric and batting.
Dec 10-11: Pieced the backing.
Dec 12: Using a red Magnifico. Prepped including 2 open seams fixed. Loaded.
Dec 13: Quilting. Notice how the thread visibly sits on top of the quilt not blending in.
Rita is one of our mail carriers.
She has one of my quilts but not a flannel & wool snuggly one. It's time.
Using Suede flannels by P&B Textiles from Beverly's online
except for the tan, a Moda flannel, from Fabrics.com.
Nov 17: Maybe it is the super cold outside, maybe it is the Santa panto Intelligent Quilting is giving away this week, maybe it is my love for wool and flannel, whatever -- it is time to make Rita a winter quilt. Yep! I am going to quilt Santa on this for Santa Rita. Well, she does deliver a whole lot of Christmas packages and every other kind of package too like QUILTS to and from the cabin all year long. Quilt top pattern is Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs.
Nov 21: The solids came in today.
Nov 22: The tan fabric with trees is on the way.
Nov 23: Pre-washed the solids. Studied the directions & started cutting late tonight.
Nov 24: More cutting. Spent most of the day with my sister in great need of help. What a privilege. Still managed to cut what I have & can start sewing strips tomorrow. Camel shade of fabric with trees will be here Wednesday, the 26th.
Nov 26: Cutting & started sewing. The last of the fabric is here now in spite of the snow..
Nov 27: Power was out until noon. In addition to getting ready for some quilters this weekend, I cut the red border & binding, cut & pieced the red backing. Made all the blocks. Started squaring them.
Nov 28: All 35 blocks are now squared.
Dec 01: Main quilt is in one piece.
Dec 02: Piecing finished. Loaded.
Dec 03: Quilting. Machine broke down just before the end of the first full row. Waiting on parts
Dec 10: Parts are here and installed. Quilting has resumed.
Dec 11: Quilted. I ran out of backing (meant to add a strip top & bottom but forgot. Had to remove the quilt, add a red strip, sew it on the back and then reload before basting & quilting the final row.
Dec 13: Attaching the binding. Started the hand work.
Dec 20: Bound & finished.
Dec 21: On my mind & in my heart for 34 days spanning 5 weeks, I can't wait to deliver this later today. Well, that didn't happen.
Dec 23: There will be a delivery today. It is raining so I will just leave this in the rocker on the porch. I won't get to see Santa Rita open it & that has broken my heart. What is important is that she will have a warm quilt to come home to after a long cold days delivering mail and packages.
Oct 30: First email contact.
Nov 01: Phone chat. As we talked I couldn't help remembering the Sweet Pea panto Donna Kleinke designed from my Where Smiles Are Born logo. Adora loved the idea with the princess being outlined into a no-sew zone rather than quilted. Being a brat sometimes, I dared to ask about the expression on the princess ... well a real princess can sense any imperfection, even a pea under a stack of mattresses. The expression reflects how that pea felt to her thus proving she was a real princess indeed. When I asked about the yellow ... she was just guessing here ... it was not used in any of the other fabrics & thus helped the rest stand out. Mind you, Adora did not pick the yellow, only the kit. LOL. Had to stop binding long enough to play. Quilt be shipped soon. Curious now how this will turn out.
Nov 07: It's here. Posted photos.
Nov 08: Thread selection: Magnifico #2058 Sundrenched.
Nov 09: Working on density. Going for medium dense due to so much white space in the pattern.
Nov 13: Loaded thread & set tension. Crazy day here so not much else.
Nov 14: Need to do some prep work. On the backing, want to redo seam to remove salvage & must square top & bottom. Back & top prepped. Loaded. Quilting.
Nov 15: We debated long and hard about whether to go denser. FInally decided to leave well enough alone. Quilted down to the last section. Will tackle the bed skirt tomorrow.
Nov 16: Mapped out a plan for the bed skirt. Finished the quilt.
First A Bit Of News
Joan shares that her brother has supplied trees
to various White House events at least as far back as the Reagans.
For those of you who are interested, my brother's tree farm was selected to supply the 2014 Christmas tree to Vice-President Biden. Also, some of the White House staff went to their farm in early October to flag some trees for the White House. I’m very proud of my brother, as he has spent his whole adult life working with trees. For them to win reserve champion is really nice.
Nov 06: Quilt arrived.
Nov 10: Programmed IQ, pieced & loaded backing, cut batting. Did overlays of two patterns--Billowy and my Sine Snow. Snow wins.
Nov 11: Prepped the top. After loading the thread & adjusting the tension, I re-programmed IQ making it more dense. Quilting. Quilted.
Nov 05: Quilt tops are here. I've been looking for a paisley panto but this quilt has enough of that already. No pattern is going to stand out on this quilt so it just needs something to get the job done. That is all a vibrant quilt ever needs.
Nov 12: Will use Forget-Me-Knot Sash 2 with white thread.
Nov 20: Starting on this quilt. Overlay is ready.
Nov 21: Backing & batting are ready.
Nov 22: Final took full picture of the quilt top. Loading. Quilting.
Nov 23: Quilted. Hoping for a better picture tomorrow,
Nov 02: Pattern selected.
Nov 05: Quilt tops are here.
Nov 06: Prepping & loading. Got the backing and batting loaded.
Nov 07: After prepping the top, I had to stop and take some close-up photos. Beautiful, stunning, difficult, meticulous piecing. BTW those 8 cornerstones are applique! I trimmed a bowl full of thread wads from the back while pressing but enjoyed the beauty of the quilt & workmanship the whole time. It is settled we will use whitest white Magnifico high sheen on top and matching Lace White Bottom Line on the back as pictured below. Janet, feel free to contact me with any changes, comments or questions. I will finish loading tomorrow.
Nov 08: Loaded & quilting.
Nov 09: Quilted.
Nov 10: Final pictures. Shipped.
Nov 02: Pattern selected.
Nov 05: Quilt tops are here.
Nov 28: Janet was here and re-programmed her pattern with some x & y flips, a unique offset and modified row gap. Sorry--this is one of the pictures I failed to take so her layout is lost forever except on the quilt. This was the first of the three quilts we did together Thanksgiving weekend. Janet found a King Tut variegated thread (KT 930 Thebes with Bottom Line #633 Lt Turquoise for the back) that managed to go well with all the colors in her quilt. Quilted.
Nov 29: Daylight pictures.