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Thanks!

Thanksgiving is almost upon us once again, and it is my favorite holiday.  I mean, the food?!  Yeah, that is enough to make it my favorite, however relaxing family time is nice too…  *record scratch sound* yes…  It is a nice fantasy, isn’t it?

Anyway, I want to say a quick Thanks to everyone who reads, follows, and lurks my blog.  I know I write strangely and sporadically, but having an audience is a bonus surprise that I was never really counting on!  For your reward, I have put in a couple of shots of my new studio.  One of the current pile of FINISHED QUILTS YAY!  The other is the quilts that the binding is attached and need to be hand tacked.  Wishing you a warm, lovely peaceful Thanksgiving with friends, family, or whomever you love the most.

Love and Piece!

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Jingling Bells

So last week, I used the “Robot Overlord**” machine at the long-arm rental shop to quilt my Mod-tro (ReTRO fabric with a MODern design) Christmas Quilt…  Ok, yeah, I guess you need some backstory here.

I found the Cotton+Steel “Garland” and I LOVED the retro colors and feel.  I especially img_0078loved the Tossed Santas.  Just too cute to resist.  I found some yardage on SUPER sale a while back, so I decided to grab it.  The fabric being so retro, and rather large scale, I thought I would like to show it off in a more modern quilt design that I could use larger sections of those big prints, so I went back to one of my old stand-bys Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave quilt pattern.  I have used this pattern on 4 different color-ways now.  but this one, by far is my favorite.  Using a few of the Cotton + Steel prints and a couple of coordinating prints from I don’t even remember where.  I made it 2 rows larger than the pattern for some extra feety room and I quilted…  Ok, that’s going to require more story.

The computer driven long-arm machine (**which my husband calls the “Robot Overlord” machine because it drives itself)  quilted 2 inch old fashioned Christmas lights all over the top in a really cool variegated blue thread that I didn’t even get the name of.  I have already attached the binding, which I used a combination of the prints from the quilt top and the sashing fabric.  I still have to hand-tack the binding to the back of the quilt, and she’s ready for display and what I will assume will be much needed warmth around Christmas time.

While I was binding, I finally attached the binding to “Plain and Fancy”.  It was every bit as bad as I was thinking it was going to be.  That quilt is HUGE and it’s HEAVY!  I used a thicker batting than I normally use, and there might be more than a pound of thread in the quilting.🙂  But I’m glad that it’s almost done.  What I’m going to do with it when it IS done?  No idea, but it’s one of the more huge accomplishments in my quilting career thus far, so I’m very proud of it.

Ok, now it’s time to get back to the grind for me.  Keep Stitching out there, and

Piece!

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Photography

Is killin’ me.🙂  I guess my lack of blogging is a direct result of lack of good pictures for my blog.  I want to write, but I am just not able to get a setup good enough to take pictures of my finished quilts, and so…  I end up not blogging at all.  I have started posting pictures to Instagram.  Mostly while I’m in progress.  I like that better, the pressure on myself to have a GREAT photo is much less…  If it’s a little wonky, or too far away, I can crop it.  If there’s not enough light, I can throw on a filter and brighten the sucker up…  :)

So what have I been working on?  I made a quilt for my cousin’s son’s wedding, which was at the beginning of the month.  That turned out pretty great and everyone loved it.  I finished the top of my Fancy Fox quilt for my nephew’s birthday, I go to the long-armers tomorrow to quilt that.  I finished “Shine” completely, the picture, as I explained earlier is not that great. and it’s mostly of the spare bedroom re-do that was mostly finished at the point that I took that picture.  Plain and Fancy is still quilted, but it is still folded up on one of my bins, and no binding has been attached yet.  I am a little afraid to attach the binding, if I’m being honest because that sucker is SO heavy, I think it’s going to be a little bit of a nightmare.  I will tackle it soon, I’m sure.

I made myself a Christmas quilt, the top here using some of my favorites, the Cotton + Steel Santas are the best.  It reminds me of my Grandma’s 1950’s Christmas decorations.  On the right is a quilt top for a baby boy who should be born in the middle of next month sometime.  I went with all blues and greys from my 2½” strips and did a quick strip race quilt.  Now I just have to get it quilted and bound.

I guess the biggest news is that I moved from my old studio into my NEW STUDIO!  It is so much better, I have separated all of the “Office stuff” out and it is strictly for quilting…  well…  Mostly.  I do have my laptop in here most of the time, which can lead to some work being done in here as well, but mostly, it’s strictly for quilting.  I have more light, more space, and I’m very excited about it.  will it mean more quilts?  Actually, so far it  has meant I am putting in some more work time than usual.  So I guess it is working.  I still don’t have a space to take great pictures of completed quilts, but who knows, maybe I will get that figured out soon, too.

I suppose that’s it for now.  Keep on sewing away, I know I am, even if I have no photographic evidence of it!🙂

 

Piece!

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It is quilted!

I have been working on my Plain and Fancy quilt now for over 2 years.  but, I have great news!  It is QUILTED!  Only 1 step left, binding.  I quilted it with the computer guided machine, so it was a little like cheating, but all those feathers would have killed me!🙂  Once it is bound and I am able to get some photos of my quilts again…  I know, there are so many to show you…  I will post some more snaps.  I also finished quilting one other quilt, it was my first leaders and enders top that I finished, using leftovers from what was supposed to be my nephew’s quilt that I changed mid-stream.

The Plain and Fancy is definitely staying here with me, the other as yet un-named quilt, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with that.  I have added one more quit to the to-do list, which will probably push Moda Modern Building Blocks off until next year.  But I don’t feel like anything that I have on hand would be appropriate for a wedding gift to my cousin’s son that is getting married this fall. I should have this quilt down by now, I have done it 3 other times, I’ve literally just written up an order sheet of how to do it in solids. It looks really great when it’s done, though, and it’s one I can finish in a couple of days, modern looking, not too intimidating. Count me in, I guess.

Ok, I’m off now. Keep stitchin away.

Piece!

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CUT!!

You know, like how those Hollywood directors will scream?!  That’s what I’ve spent a good portion of my day doing…  Not screaming…  But cutting.

Have I ever mentioned that I HATE cutting?  I’m not sure why, I think it might be that you have to be “ON” all the time.  I can kinda zone out while I am actually at the machine, but I have to be thinking, counting, and paying attention while I cut.  The good news is I got my whole Fancy Fox Lap Sized quilt for my nephew’s 3rd Birthday coming up next April.  I have 4 more quilt tops that I want to finish this year and 8 to quilt.  Ambitious, I know.  I have 2 more long-arming appointments in the next month, plus two of my tops can either be done in 1 half-day session OR at home.  Maybe even I can finish up the two during my all-day session at the end of this month.  All that would entail is getting PREPARED!  Get a back going, get the batting cut, etc, etc!

So here’s the list:

Tops:  Nephew’s 3rd Birthday, Glass Half Full, Moda Modern BB, and Ryo is Rock n Roll.

Quilting: The above 4 plus Plain and Fancy, 2 Charity Snuggle-ups and one Leaders and Enders Top I put together last year.

That’s it!🙂  Alright, so I should be sewing.  I get it…  I’m going

Piece.

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Lacking

Not Slacking, but I am lacking in pictures…  A combo of no holder available, rainy days, and life interruptus has conspired against me to produce a total lack of photos.  I actually HAVE some finishes.  I finished my Shine quilt, and my Je Suis Charlie quilt.  Alas, pictures still having to wait.

As you may or may not know, I have been on a crusade to get all of the quilts that I have topped quilted.  I have been long-arming my brains out.  I’ve been there about 7 times, I believe.  Next to go on is my baby…  My Plain and Fancy.  You remember, I blogged enough about it…  Well, it’s time.  It’s the next to be quilted.  I am excited and nervous.  I am going to quilt it on the computer guided machine, so I’m not AS nervous as I would be doing a pantograph or a freehand design, but I still don’t want to take away from all of the work that I did on that sucker!🙂

Other than that, things are just dashing along this summer, our basement remodel is almost done.  We have started the load-in process, which is taking oh so much longer than expected.  Just the sheer number of trips up and down the stairs has been a bit overwhelming.  But almost all of the furniture has been built or moved down, almost all of the electronics are hooked up and functional, and the great record migration is about 65% completed.  After that, we still have two closets to clean out and my studio to move.  I am going to set up my studio in my husband’s old office and an office/guest bedroom in my old studio.  I have started the purge, but haven’t gotten too far yet.  At least when I have a guest room, I will have somewhere to store my completed quilts.🙂

The dogs, you ask?  They have been good, they are enjoying some nicer weather, they were having a hard time with being cooped up when it was SO hot the last couple of weeks before now.  Plus, Little Miss Pixel somehow hurt one of her toes on her right front foot, and had to be down to restricted activity for about a week, which was driving both of the dogs NUTS, they wanted to go out and play SO bad.  Luckily, that issue has cleared up, and we are back to coming and going as they please, which has made all of our lives better.

The dogs did end up clearing another groundhog out of his home under our shed, never pleasant, but I guess, circle of life and all.  God-forbid the two of them ever come across a skunk together.

On that thought, I’m outta here.  Until next time,

Piece!

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Flying Summer

Summer seems to be flying by, the days being filled with volunteering, relative visits, vacation and long-arm quilting.  I have quilted 2 quilts since my niece’s Graduation quilt.  I finished a leaders and enders quilt made with one of the Mill Series charm packs.  I have the binding on, but not turned, I will post a pic when I get it turned.  I have a pile of 4 quilts that need to be turned.  I was saving them because turning binding was the only thing I was able to do while sitting in the Hospital while my father-in-law was there, so I thought it may be good to have a few projects at that stage, but I’m praying that we won’t have another situation like that again.  So maybe I should just get to turning those bindings.  Then I can actually add them to the list of finished quilts.  I only have 1 quilt on my deadlines list at this point.  While on vacation at a Progressive Rock music festival, I had a quilt signed by the band, that I had made for my husband.  One of the band members wanted one.  So I am making another one for him.

We are in the midst of building a man-cave for my husband in the basement, we are almost there, we are at the point where we can start clearing out his office.  His office is going to become my new studio, and my current studio is going to become our guest room. We are hoping that once that is finished, we can give houseguests a place to rest without having to give up our bedroom every time someone is here.

In preparation for moving my studio, I am going through some of my things, getting rid of a few things, as well as building some storage.  There is so much to go through, and so much to get rid of, so much to separate out.  The guest room will also act as an office, so I an stop the overtaking of my studio with books and papers that aren’t sewing related.  Hopefully this will help focus my sewing time on sewing.🙂  Novel concept, huh?

So I am still here, busy as summer always is.  With some finishes on the horizon.  Stay tuned.