Sunday, September 21, 2014

A wedding quilt and a week of progress

This is a quilt made by my friend Donna. When I opened up her folded top I was surprised to see this gorgeous center! Donna is busy adding the binding this weekend getting this quilt finished as a wedding gift for a family member. 
This large quilt is going to look gorgeous draped on a bed when it's all completed. Wonderful blue with green fabrics and a great design. They will love this Donna, well done!
A close up of the quilting design. I choose a floral design with heart shaped petals that also mimicked the flowers in the large border print fabric. Quilted with a blue thread and wool batting. 
 Thank you Donna :0)

Also completed a few small quilts...
This one is made by Beckie. It was meant to be a large quilt, however, Beckie started this quilt in a Linda Ballard Mystery retreat. Not being a HST kind of girl opted not to make the gazillion HSTs required to make the original quilt so this became a baby quilt with the blocks she had completed :0) Love it in blue and white! 
With the same intent in mind, these flowers mimicked the tiny flowers in the print of this fabric as well. I used a variegated Fantiastico thread that added a little sparkle. A different design but also with hearts in the petals of the flowers plus this one has butterflies to make it fun for a baby. Quilters are very resourceful! 
I had the best day yesterday taking part in a class Beckie taught making table runners in the classroom at Honey Run @ Cathy's. I'll post about that on my blog later this morning.

Two more little guys quilted for Carol F. She came by Honey Run yesterday to pick them up and got to see all the different table runners almost completed. We had fun! 
Carol has been using up scraps to make quilts, these are two more of four that I have done for her this summer. This one is all Hawaiian prints...
 Quilted with a new to me design of Hibiscus flowers
 Blue Turquoise thread on the back where you can see the design better. 

And this one is very special to Carol, 
a memory quilt made with scraps from items her mother made. 
 Every type of fabric you can imagine! Faux suede and even a piece of fur! 
I was a little nervous to quilt this one because of all the different types of fabrics so I kept the quilting simple. Even I was pleasantly surprised that it went well.
Loved the backing that Carol chose for this quilt. I wanted to have fun and turn the quilt upside down and quilt along the print of the fabric. It would have been a good option except for the scale, it was too large a print for the size of this quilt. Thank you Carol. She plans to have more done and ready for quilting after the holidays. Love scrappy quilts!

This is a quilt made by Claudia V
I am also working on a holiday table runner to her
and will post more pix when finished this coming week.

Finally, a wall hanging for Linda D. 
Made by a friend using wool and a mix of hand and machine applique. 
Custom quilted with a cross hatch behind the basket, SID around the applique, 
stars added to the star print inner border and a simple leaf design in the outer border.
 Love how the quilter pieced the stripe fabric to look like a basket weave.
This was started earlier this summer and set aside while I was dealing with some of the bugs in my machine. I can't tell you how happy I am that Helena is running smooth now and progress is back on track! There are many quilts here in my studio waiting for their turn and I am doing my best to have quilts done for the holidays. I also have a two more to finish that will be going to PIQF with Honey Run Quilters. The latest is a quilt made by all the staff at Honey Run and is a gorgeous Christmas quilt. Pix soon! 
Planned for this coming week is a top made by Kelly K...
...up on my design wall for inspiration, this is a quilt Kelly made in a Don Linn class this summer as part of our guild's workshops. I missed out on attending this workshop. He also offered an Art Deco style quilt that I would like to make. I did buy his book and met him at our guild's meeting. Very nice guy. Kelly's quilt is called Asian Salsa. Love the graphics! 

Kelly is Vice President for the new term just started for Annie's Star Quilt Guild. I can't wait to see what speakers and workshops she will have in store for us next year!

One more quilt finished for Janie, I will save for a new post. There are lots of pix! I am happy but sad to say that I am not able to take on any new quilts for this year! In fact, January is filled as well after Cindy dropped off 7 quilts last week! Busy, busy, busy! 

Birds of a Feather takes place in February and I would love to attend. Sponsored by Innova and Gammill, I am ready to take Auto Pilot to the next level and learn from the experts that know the program really well. It's a Bi-annual show so I would hate to wait two more years! Will keep you updated, if I attend, depends on my mom as well, I plan to block out the month of February.  

Enjoy your Sunday
Make some time to take some stitches!
Groetjes, Jo

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beckie loves Tula Pink!

Great fabrics from Tula Pink's collection
went into this quilt made by Beckie C
This quilt is two sided, two Green Goddess' in one quilt!
The Green Goddess pattern is by Theresa Wright
Quilt made by Beckie C
Quilted by Jo @ Moonbear Designs
and fabric design by Tula Pink
Can't go wrong with that combo!!! 

Love how Tula Pink designs creatures into her fabric collections

Quilted with a design called Flamingo Sunset
in a Gold to Green variegated Fantastico thread
So even the quilting has an animal hidden in the design! 

Two more quilts recently made by and quilted for Beckie
Beckie made this quilt for Nancy
 Wonderful pattern made with cool blues and greens
Quilted with QD request cotton batting, the perfect summer quilt for Chico!

Quilting design is Escargot by Anne Bright
A nice complement to all the floral prints! 

And a cute little quilt with a music theme...

 Quilted with Clef Notes in a gold Glide thread
The backing was perfect as well
Great quilts made by Beckie! Thank you

Enjoy your weekend!
Groetjes, Jo

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mega Churn Dash

This is Theresa's Mega Churn Dash
Isn't it wonderful!

I usually crop my pix like this...
but then you wouldn't see the scale of this 91 x 91 quilt!

Theresa used a cream background 
with some great textured paisley print fabric in two colorways.

I added a paisley panto design quilted on my Innova 
using a cream thread to add texture to the large background

The back
Theresa used a cotton Chambray and pieced in a little more of the prints
This is the second quilt made from the book Adding Layers from Material Obsession

Theresa also made Super Nova
from the same book, this quilt finishes at 72 x 84
This one is custom quilted, details on this post

Two of the many samples that will be going to 
Pacific International with Theresa
Check it out in Honey Run Quilter's vendor booth at the show! 

Very happy that my Innova is humming!!!
Enjoy your weekend! 
Groetjes, Jo

Monday, September 1, 2014

Miniature Quilts

Very happy with my Innova! Helena and I finished a few more samples today ~ miniature quilts, testing out the machine and tension at the same time. These samples will be a good visual for customers to see patterns, designs, threads and battings as well. 
Each sample is quilted on fat quarters or smaller pieces of fabric with each design scaled down on Auto Pilot. It was also nice to try out a few patterns that came on Auto Pilot that I haven't used at the same time adjusting tension. I kept a log of each pattern, tension settings, the type and color of thread and the batting that it was quilted on. Here are some close ups of each design... fyi QD = Quilter's Dream, a brand of batting.

Strawberry Fields quilted with Omni on QD wool batting

 Starburst quilted with Omni on QD Select cotton

Keukenhof quilted with SoFine #707 on QD Select cotton
Keukenhof translated is Dutch for Kitchen Garden :0)

Woven Weave quilted with Signature cotton on Hobbs 80/20 on a homespun
 Woodland Path quilted with Fantiastico on QD wool

 Raindrops quilted with Omni on QD Puff

 Center is New Wave quilted with Omni on QD poly
(The FQ's have two to three designs on each of them)

Calm Water quilted with Fantastico on QD poly

 Flamingo Sunset quilted with Fantastico on QD cotton layered with Dream Blend

Wild Cherries quilted with Omni on QD wool

Very happy with the tension, it was consistent and no shredding!
Tomorrow it will be back to quilting customer quilts. The samples were a nice way to test and adjust tension and not have to pull out any more stitches!

Last week I was only able to finish the one quilt for Pam. This is going to delay each and every quilt in line to be quilted. I have and will do my best to make up some time. Looking forward to some days with cooler temps. With the exception of the quilts on "the list" new quilts that come this month will be scheduled for December. Thank you!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Enjoy your week!
Groetjes, Jo

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Right as Rain

Wow, what a load off my way too big plate, my Innova is feeling better! as am I!!! 
Jim made us 'right as rain' :0) 

Following a new and upgraded tension assembly (thank you Jim and Innova :0) re-timing we spent almost 4 hours on my Innova. Jim and I ran every kind of thread that I use on every kind of batting that comes into my studio. 

Our biggest challenge was getting a good stitch quilting on Quilter's Dream cotton batting, Request and Select, both very thin battings. It's a good batting, very popular here in Chico because of our temps and the brand of batting available at Honey Run Quilter's @ Cathy's so I quilt on it allot. All of Theresa's samples that I quilt for her are quilted with them. Of their battings I personally prefer Quilter's Dream Wool, LOVE the loft, it's light weight and allot more fun to quilt on! So do quite a few of my customers and the list is growing :0) Yea! 

After Jim left I headed over to Cathy's to bid farewell to Nancy. Dan had 2 cakes for her and she received lots of flowers and cards. I will miss her at Cathy's so very much but I know we will see her often at Embroidery Club having fun with that crazy crowd! ;0) Becky and I invited her to join us for lunch every Monday, that would be great!

By the afternoon it was too hot in my studio to fire up my longarm and it was all I could do to wait for some cool evening air to play on some samples on my Innova. I did and it was a BIG improvement! HUGH!!! It ran a little different on Auto Pilot than it had that morning with the belts dropped free hand. With a minor adjustment on the check spring I had it dialed in perfectly. LOVE this new tension assembly!!! Thank you again Jim and Nicky as well for letting me keep him all morning. The two of them have allot to do to get ready for an upcoming show in San Diego. They will also be at Pacific International Quilt Show in October. If you go, look for Jim and Nicky at their Innova ~ Sew So Shop booth! I have to add that Innova is a really good company. Support is available 24/7 and they really stand behind their product. 

Look for Theresa and Honey Run Quilter's booth at PIQF and the samples she made, all quilted by Theresa, Esther (Threads on the Floor), Kathy Thomas and I. With two more I have to finish I've lost track of how many quilts Theresa has made. She is one very busy person! (She also will be sorely missed!) Here are pix of the last samples, this one is up on my design wall waiting for a background fill I have planned for it...

This one was quilted 2 weeks ago...
with Solar by Anne Bright
 using a Fantastico thread *my new fav!*
 and the backing

and one more, from that book I've been drooling over Adding Layers by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. It's the one with the giant Churn Dash, this is a pic from the book... Theresa and I challenged ourselves to make this quilt and darn if she didn't do it first!
Wait until you see Theresa's made with a really cool paisley fabric! It's even better! Just like my machine. Now that it is all better, right as rain, I've decided to give it a new name as well. In place of Harley for it's chrome handle bars I think maybe the problem is that it's a she machine. "She" certainly has had her "moods" picking which days she wanted to run. Well now her name is Helena, my mom's name. It's a beautiful Dutch name and I hope it makes her as happy as I am right now. As you can see, I am up early. The windows are open and the fans have been pulling the wonderful cool morning air into my studio. I am ready to go play! See you on the flip side!!! 

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend
Take some time to take some stitches!
Groetjes, Jo