Linda, I cannot thank you enough for helping me complete this project for my father. My father announced to the family on July 6th that he had a health issue that was progressing quickly and that he was unsure of what the next few months held for all of us. This rocked our world. The thought of losing him was not something I wanted to entertain. I realize that each day we are given by our Creator is one to cherish. I try to stop and smell the roses, tell the ones I care about that I love them and be kind to other people. These things I learned from my Dad. Over a months time, he has declined rapidly. not sure how many "see you tomorrow" 's we have.
I have not been quilting long and my Dad has always loved the ones that I have created. It takes me TOO long to hand
quilt one, so I contacted Linda with questions and she said she would help me as much as she could. Her guidance is valued. When the quilt top that I pulled from my stash did not work out, it was Linda that suggested that making a new one might be easier than fixing the old one. I decided on a new pattern and using fabrics that I loved in my stash, I made a Quilt for Dad. Praying that Dad gets to use the quilt that I made for him. My apologies to anyone that I may be inconveniencing on Linda's to do list. Thanks to Linda for understanding the importance of this gift.
Prayers for my Dad are appreciated. Prayers of peace for him, strength for my Mom and the others of us that love him so.
Josie's First Quilt
Denise: Josie is a 7th grader who is taking sewing classes with me, Denise, her neighbor.
Josie plays clarinet, cornet, trumpet and piano, and is one of the fastest readers in her class.
The fabric was bought as coordinated 1/2 yard cuts at the Ontario Quilt show last January.
We added the gold batik to brighten it up and pick up the metal in the instruments.
Aug 06: The quilt is here. I recognize the fabrics as Quilting Treasures "Encore" line.
Aug 27: Met Josie today. She selected "Well Noted" pattern by Ellen Munnich. Thinking Bottom Line Silver thread on front and Bottom Line Light Yellow bobbins on back. Started prepping but have issues with the backing. And so it goes. Hey, I got the batting cut & the thread loaded & the machine rails cleaned. And a new backing has been ordered ordered. I'll pre-wash it as soon as it gets here.
Aug 29: Working on overlays so Denise & Josie can determine quilting density.
Aug 31: New backing is here. Pre-washed. Back ready to load.
Sep 01: Quilt is loaded ready to longarm.
Sep 02: Quilting. Uploaded a private YouTube video: https://youtu.be/9GCigMgZuow. Started having communication issues between IQ and my longarm. Shut down.
Sep 03: Still can't get IQ and longarm in sync. Decided to give it and me a rest. Happy Labor Day.
Sep 04: Quilting is going nicely. Almost done.
Sep 05: Quilted. Final pics here and in Gallery.
the forests are so dark and close together, and then, there will be a little patch of light on the forest floor.
Aug 30: Karen selected Easy Swirl with Bottom Line Silver thread.
Aug 31: Doing overlays.
Sep 24: Prepped. Loading.
Sep 25: Quilting. Finished first section before I realized I was not quilting what Karen asked for. An awesome good sport, she is happy with it as is.
Sep 26: Quilted.
The fabric in this quilt is frog fabric I’ve collected over the last few years. I’ve also included dragonfly fabric because dragonflies use the same habitats that many species of frogs use. I also like dragonflies – a lot. The quilt itself represents the ephemeral ponds and wetlands where many species of frogs live. These are wet areas at the interface of water and land. I chose the “wedding vine” quilting pattern because, like any marriage, ours has had its ups and downs. Also, when you’re out catching frogs, you’re often creeping through vines and underbrush.
Jun 25: Selected Wedding Vine pattern. Wants Magnifico thread.
Jun 27: Quilt arrived.
Jul 07: Measured & photographed. Slight problem to work out.
Jul 24: Done. Prepping.
Jul 25: Backing is prepped ready to load.
Jul 28: Top is prepped. Took care of a slight issue.
Jul 30: Programmied. Couldn't do overlay.
Aug 01: I use PIXLR to do the overlays. For two days I have not been able to get it to work. This morning, it is back. Great online tool! So now Karen & I both know we have the density she wants. Decided on Magnifico #2138 Lakota Blue thread.
Aug 02: I am glad Karen is no hurry. Got the back loaded. The batting is cut & loaded ready to baste after I wind a slew of bobbins. My vacuum was not working so well so I took it apart and cleaned it including washing parts that required 24 hours to dry. Darn...should have cleaned up the area around the work table and longarm so I could proceed.
Aug 03: Wound most of the bobbins I will need. Everything is loaded ready to quilt.
Aug 04-06: Quilting. Finished.
Aug 07: Decided to order boxes for the super sized quilts that have dominated my work lately. Karen doesn't mind waiting so it is time.
The only difference will be the backings.
Oct 07: Fabric shipped.
Oct 09: Fabric is here & everything matches.
Jun 26, 2018: My neighbor, Tina, just stopped by. She wants me to use the fabrics here to make her a pair of twin no-piece quilts.
Jun 30: Tina & Denise stopped by. Making progress.
Jul 14: Tina & Denise selected this layout over lots of other options. The quilts will be identical except for the flannel backings. Fabric not on hand is ordered.
Jul 20: All fabrics came in yesterday & today. All set to start piecing.
Aug 07: Pre-washed. Always a good idea and especially since these quilts will be used by young girls. Flannel backing shrunk a bit too so I am very glad I did this.
Aug 08: The backings are pieced ready to load. The bindings are ready to attach after quilting. The pics are awful but the best I could do. My camera has a mind of its own I can't always master.
Aug 09: Borders cut and ready to sew.
Aug 10: The women chose Acorns and Oak Leaves for the panto. I choose Bottom Line Silver thread.
Aug 11: Both quilt tops are pieced ready to load.
Aug 12: Presented a couple of overlays at 10" & 7.5" rows for consideration. First quilt is loaded ready to longarm.
Aug 14: Density is settled. Quilting. First quilt done.
Aug 15: Second quilt is loaded ready to quilt.
Aug 16: Quilting in one room, attaching binding in the other, blogging in the third.
Aug 17: 2nd quilt is quilted.
Dropped the blogging ball here but can say I was hand binding until done with both quilts.
Aug 25: 2nd quilt is bound.
Aug 26: So glad Tina asked for pictures of the binding as I had completely gone brain dead. Realized I had a lot of pictures I hadn't posted. Now posting in the Gallery.
Jun 20: Quilt arrived.
Jun 21: Just found the quilt outside in my rocker. Eeech! Glad it is okay.
Jul 16: Pattern is Ginger Heart. Thread is Magnifico #2003 Snow Flake (i.e. white). Batting is Warm & Plush.
Jul 17: I'll be out awhile. Finished programming so I know how many bobbins to wind. Cut the batting.
Jul 18: Prepped ready to load. Loading back, batting, top.
Jul 19: Well, I got the bobbins wound & the tension set for plush batting, batik backing, regular cotton top.
Jul 21: Loaded ready to quilt. Quilting.
Jul 22: Quilted.
Jun 09: I showed this panel to my friend, Cecelia Fares. I know her from church & she is active on Facebook.Thought we had lost her & her husband recently when the home they were renting sold out from under them but they are back. YES! Cecelia has been a career nurse, is a natural beauty and a very personable woman. I liked her instantly. She is part of our after mass Sunday morning breakfast crew. And she is the partner on this quilt. Her response as we got into it was simple: the panel, purple, king size.
Jun 12: Over several days I made my way through my process. This is Cecelia's final plan. Purple batik fabric has been ordered from Ye Olde Forest Online Quilt Shop. The gold & the solid purple are on the way from Fabric.com. Still working on a layout for the IQ patterns. Quilt size is still to be determined by how much drop Cecelia wants. For now it is 90x100.
Jun 14: The panel is here from Wing and a Prayer Design. I like the first IQ layout above. Cecelia liked it from the get-go.
Jun 16: The gold fabric and the purple backing fabric are here. The gold has speckles like angel dust. The purple photographs as blue. Maybe later.
Jun 19: All the fabrics are in. I couldn't have gotten a better backing color match if I had been standing in a quilt shop. YES! The purple batik and the solid backing are rather stiff so I am going to pre-wash. The gold fabric is quite nice to the touch.
Jun 24: Pre-washed & pressed.
Jul 04: It's a holiday so I am working on this. Got everything cut except the backing.
Jul 07-9: Adding borders.
Jul 10: Quilt top is finished measuring approximately 88 x 98. The quilting will draw it up a bit more.
Jul 11: Fine tuning the programming.
Jul 12: I have details clear enough for Cecelia to pick one of four options.Still need to piece the backing.
Jul 15: We have a final longarming plan. The backing is pieced but still needs squaring & pressing. Will do that when prepping for quilting. Binding is ready.
Jul 16: Quilt is packed away for now.
Jul 17: Finished programming the design.
Sep 07: Polishing the design, prepped the backing.
Sep 10: Batting is cut. Prepping the top.
Sep 11: Loaded the backing.
Sep 12: Cecelia selected her thread - Magnifico #2065 Amberlight. Wound the 15 bobbins I had free but that may not be enough. Normally I would say "loaded" at this point and be ready to start quilting. For this quilt, I want to start in the middle. I have basted the first section. I will roll the quilt & loosely baste the sides until I reach the middle.
Sep 13: At the middle & ready to quilt.
Sep 14: Quilting. Posted a video: https://youtu.be/R9_FJFXXNRc.
Sep 15: Top half is quilted.
Sep 16: Didn't want to risk the machine getting interrupted by a power outage due to Florence so I left it off.
Sep 18: Quilted. Now the binding. Binding is attached & I am clipping it before hand sewing. @#)(*#$)(* !?L>* just seeing places on the back where the tension is too tight. The front looks okay. Hopefully the worse of it will only be on the drop & on the back. After all that work too. There is nothing I can do at this point. It is what it is - homemade. Clips are on ready for handwork.
Sep 19-21: Binding
Sep 22: The binding is done. The quilt is ready to deliver.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
I have long admired the beautiful Hoffman Spectrum Prints and have wondered how I could use them. I have very little wall space & more quilts planned than I will ever make. This week I had an idea & I am going to give it a try. Since I had to buy more batting, that took me to the Warm Company website. Ah yes! I had forgotten about the Warm Window. After such a terribly cold winter & knowing I can't afford storm windows & hating plastic, I thought why not removable shades? Instead of just any old fabric, why not some of these beautiful panels? My wooden blinds are good insulation but with the added shades, I get excellent insulation & get to add some color without using valuable wall space. I ordered enough panels from Ye Olde Forest & asked Joanne to select coordinating fabric for borders. Just got everything in the mail. Still need to purchase the velcro (have my vendor selected) & need to order the Warm Window. I want to wait until I get their sample of the Warm 100 to see if I want to order that too. And I am excited. Just want to get ready for next winter so I have time that I know will fly by.
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