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.
Jun 20: Binding is done & thus the quilt is done.
Jun 21: Met David at the Linville Post Office to show him the quilt. Together we shipped it to Caroline in Florida.
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 Millbrand 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.
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 home from talking to Mish at Geeks at Work & 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 03: Somewhere along the line I made the binding. Piercing the backing.
Aug 30: Took my quilt to Sew Original to show Patti who helped me select the fabrics way back when. I had purple fabric intended for this quilt but it never quite felt right. I decided to replace it with Grunge Sky Blue, a perfect match to the blue used throughout the top. And it will show the quilting. Since Mish is into robotics, I choose Steam Punk Gears for his panto and will quilt it as loose as I can. Thinking Light Yellow thread. May try for blue in the bobbins.
Sep 13: Mish likes the gears (over the Spokes I also have).
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.
Jan 20: Quilt top here.
Jan 21: Brainstorming quilting ideas.
Jan 22: Matching thread & more ideas. Can quilt two rows at a time & can load the quilt sideways to reduce the number of rolls of the quilt.
Jan 26: We have a plan. Will use light turquoise on the blue, green & dark blue border. Will use dark pink on the pink & purple corners in the heart blocks. Will use white on the white border.
Jan 27: Worked through this all night, you know, in my sleep. Will implement my ideas this morning to see if they work. Yep.
Jan 29: Prepped ready to load.
Jan 31: Loaded. Tweaking the pattern ...
Feb 03: Quilting.
Feb 04: Don't like the pink on purple corners. Switching to a simple line pattern the inside pink-purple seams in the heart block corners.
Feb 05: Quilting. Halfway.
Feb 06: Working on 2nd half. Only borders left.
Feb 07: Quilted.
Jan 03: First contact on this quilt.
Jan 11: Quilt is here. Quilting Leafy Swirls medium dense using Magnifico #2003 Snowflake (off-white) & Warm & Plush batting.
Jan 13: Prepped ready to load.
Jan 16: First task today--wind 10-12 bobbins. Loaded ready to quilt.
Jan 17: Quilting. Couldn't quite finish. Since I'm snowed in, I can't ship tomorrow anyway.
Jan 18: Quilted. A fun quilt to photograph ... can you tell? Posted in the Gallery. Will ship when I can get out of here &/or the carrier can get up here, if not Saturday then Monday. Sorry Karen.
Jan 02, 2018: Jon picked this as his quilt today. (Made this quilt for Ann in 2017 using Onyx Grunge.)
Jan 03: Using a dark batik on the outer border, back & binding. Should show the quilting nicely on the back.
Jan 06: Fabric is here. Has a bluish tint that just happens to match the large symbol in the fabric. Can always use grunge for a blacker look but the batik is growing on me.
Jan 08: Jon likes the blue.
Jan 13: Prewashing the batik. Went ahead & pieced the backing so it is ready to load.
Jan 15: Borders & binding are cut ready to sew.
Jan 16: Borders & binding are pieced ...
Jan 17: ... & pressed. Binding is ready. Started on borders but didn't get very far.
Jan 18: All 3 borders are on & thus the quilt top is finished. Can load for longarming tomorrow.
Jan 19: Going through the longarm setup process. Need to fine tune my programming to match the real quilt size. We are doing an intentional placement of the panto so the borders will show off the pattern nicely.
Jan 20: Quilting.
Jan 21: Still quilting.
Jan 22: Quilted. Squared ready to attach binding.
Jan 23: The binding is attached and clipped ready for hand work.
Feb 02: Half way done.
Feb 08: Bound & thus the quilt is finished.
Feb 09: Hand delivered.
Feb 02, 2012: Purchased.
Nov 29, 2017: The guy who has been helping me for a week with my new PC has selected this as his quilt. I am so glad someone likes it as much as I do who also still plays cards.
Dec 10: Prepped fabrics for cutting.
Dec 12: Did EQ7 rendition to check the discrepancies in the directions.
Dec 13: Got everything cut ready to sew.
Dec 14: Working on pinwheels & square in a squares.
Dec 15: Working on pinwheels and center medallion.
Dec 16: Finished square in a square & pinwheel blocks.
Dec 17: Finished the medallion center. That leaves 4 borders.
Dec 18: Two borders are on. Also pinwheel pairs in the four corners are joined.
Dec 19: Black border is on.
Dec 20: Last border is on and thus the quilt top is finished.
Dec 21: The backing is ready. Loaded & quilting.
Dec 22: Quilted. Binding is attached. Only hand work left.
Dec 26: Binding is done.