Monday, August 11, 2014

CR Down the home stretch...#2

Here is what is on the design wall tonight.
Yes, that's denim in the alternate blocks.
My client brought me a huge box of jeans along with the CR bags for his quilt.

Crown Royal-down the home stretch...

I have been working on this for the past 2 days.  I will not put any other quilt on the frame until I have finished piecing this quilt.  It will be next.
This quilt was commissioned by some very good friends of ours.

I have been working on it-off and on- for almost 2 years.  Mind you, we sold the farm in Idaho, moved to Ohio during this time....and I had a surgery....yada, yada..... 

These friends are headed out to visit us next month and spend a few days. Now, my goal is to have it on the bed when they get here!

Here are the finished blocks I am making from the bags.

I was able to create a way to use up all most all of the fabric in the bag and the gold braid to boot!
Here's how it works:
I cut off the drawstring casing and fish out the braid--taking care not to cut the braid because I will need every millimeter of it for the block.
I cut off the knot and fish out the braid
There is a 36" length of braid in each bag.
Here's what I end up with...when I get a dozen bags dissected, I iron everything and start assembling the blocks.
If I have cut the bag extremely carefully, I can get two 9.5 x 2.25 inch strips from the side length.
I need to cut the bottom curve off the front piece right where the width is 4 inches.
Sew the front to the back... 
Centering the words, trim this to 9.5 x 4 inches. 
Not much left of the bag and I am saving the chunk left from the back, I might use it later.
Here we are: the braid is stitched 3/4 inch in from the edge of the block making a nice frame.
I am getting close to my final number of 60 blocks this afternoon! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lisa's Quilt

Today, I just finished quilting this beautiful quilt made by Lisa in Minnesota.  It is large enough I had a difficult time getting a photo of the whole quilt but here you can see most of it.
It was really fun to quilt. 
Sampler blocks are fun, you can be do creative. 

Basket weave quilted in the white/black setting triangles.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy July!

Quilt of Valor, top made by Linda L. of Colorado

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bears and Bees~

Just finished this sweet little quilt tonight and will get mailed back to my client tomorrow.

It's all hand embroidered with crosstitch.
Quilted more bees in the white border so it was easy to work around the flange. 

Minky backing. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Cross Stitch Bears

I started on this a couple of nights ago.  We are so busy with summer work and all things yard and garden, I have not even been in my studio for about a month!

My client is very talented with her needle.  Her embroidery is perfect.
After quilting all the designs, I decided to put a simple crosshatch in the background of each "block."

I still have not decided what I will do in the outer borders, I do know that I will change thread in the brown border.  I have to come up with an idea that will work with that flange in the white border. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Work in progress update--

Churning out a few more blocks for the Crown Royal quilt. I am able to use a rotary cutter to cut out the bags, but it's slow and tedious and I need every mm of fabric to make these blocks.

I spent about 4 house marking this top for a client in MN. Can't wait to get it on the frame!
I always take a few photos of the quilt and then print them out in B&W so I can doodle on the to come up with a design.

Then, I translate it to the quilt top.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Graduation Quilt

Just finished this graduation quilt for my sister-in-law.  She made it for her grandson.

I used black thread to do all the ditching, but am not a fan of dark thread on lighter colors.  However, the ditching went pretty well, so I decided to just use black on the whole quilt.  Most of the quilting is in the darker fabrics, and I tried to limit it in the yellow and light grey fabrics.

Since this is for a male, I am decided I liked the crisp look of the crosshatching for all the sashing and it will link up vertically and horizontally.

Ocean City

My sister and I went on a road trip down to Ocean City, Maryland over the weekend.
We took bicycles and biked 5 miles along the board walk.

We drove down to Chincoteague Island, VA. 

We were looking for a place to have brunch before another afternoon of biking, look what we just happened to drive by!

It was a cute little mid century house.  They had a very interesting item...

Yup, they had a whole hide here for sale. 

We spent the afternoon on bike trails.  We took our backpacks, some water and snacks (not nearly enough), biked another 3 miles and then hiked 2 miles out to the ocean and back. 

Back in our room in Ocean City, MD we crashed early.
 We got up early Easter morning and walked out to the beach to see the sunrise.
We found the Easter Bunny!

It was too cloudy to see the sun, but beautiful none the less. 
Atlantic Ocean, Ocean City, MD


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