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


Friday, August 29, 2014

More quilts in August

Love this graphic Christmas quilt made by Sandra E
Check out these really cute fat Red Cardinals!
Quilted with the perfect Christmas e2e with gold Glide
Ornaments, stars, trees and of course another cute little bird
Not a Cardinal but both birds have cute little feathered tails!

Sandy's was one of the four delivered yesterday along with this one for Phoebe
Also quilted with birds. A different design, this one from Anne Bright
Phoebe's is made from blocks she won at our guild
Annie Star Quilt Guild's Block of the Month lets say 'some' time ago :0)
Phoebe is finishing this one for a family member

A second quilt for Rosie was picked up yesterday
Rosie is new to quilting! Loving it which is good
because she is very good! 
 Quilted with a pattern from One Song ~ Dogwood
I love this pattern and used it allot on my last longarm. After using it on both Rosie and Judy J's quilts on my new system found that it does not run correctly. It's in a .dxf format that Auto Pilot is able to convert to .pat but it doesn't read it the same. New functions I have now didn't work and the stitching path was completely different. It did allot of extra traveling that wasn't necessary so I have decided to retire this design. Not to worry, I can repurchase it in .pat or will find something new to replace it. The amount of designs available now are amazing. A note about One Song if you are a longarmer, Donna will be closing down her website in October. Her patterns are now only available thru Digi-Tech. They carry lots of designs from several different designers. Someday, when I have some extra time (ha ha) I want to play with Art N Stitch and learn to digitize my own designs and then I could redigitize patterns myself when needed.

One more of the four from yesterday was a baby quilt made by Pam P
Pam appliqued the hearts and added a chain stitch around each of them with embroidery thread. Very cute. A new to me customer, she asked for a cross hatch for the background and that I not stitch thru the hearts. I added a floral border and corner design for the outer border finished with a SID in the inner border. Quilted in a thread called Western Pink.

The backing, perfect choice for this quilt.
Thank you Pam! 

I am off to work on Janie's quilt. She is coming by the studio today to work on Amaretto Cottage as well. Looking forward to seeing her progress and new finished blocks.

Enjoy your day! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Quilts

Lots of quilts that came in 2's were quilted in August...
This is a baby quilt made by Betty D
Fun summer project!
Quilted with an all over pattern of clouds
The back was fun too with hot air balloons and flying geese blocks.
Very colorful :0)

Two quilts for Judy J
This one is quilted with a Dogwood pattern
and this large quilt with a really nice layout and colors
 Quilted with a paisley e2e design from Sweet Dreams
Thank you Judy! You are in our thoughts and hearts right now
praying for the best and sending bear hugs

This quilt is made by Tina B for a very good friend
that is going thru breast cancer treatment right now
A very pretty panel with great colors and a great bird. 
Quilted with humming birds in the outer area
and FMQing in the center panel
A very special quilt! 

This very cool little quilt with itty bitty log cabins is made by Carol F
Made of scraps from family members, this quilt is for a baby
 lots of fabrics, very scrappy!
lots of SID with a border design called Love Doodle

A second quilt Carol made, also from scraps
for another family member
Definitely a sports theme going on with this quilt
Quilted with stars for her sports star :0)

Quite the variety! My job is rarely dull and always filled with lots of color!

More to be posted. Two for Sarah, as well as two more for Beckie
One of them is a surprise for a friend so I will hold off on posting those.
Another flip quilt for Donna, this one with numbers but it got by me
along with a really cute quilt for Judy P 
that were quilted and picked up without pix :0(
Two more samples for PIQF that Theresa made
Two Christmas quilts, one for Sandy E
A quilt for Phoebe, one for Rosie and a baby quilt for Pam P
The last four were delivered today
I have a quilt for Janie C on my frame right now
Happy that my machine is up and running again
after three days of down time this week!

I will share one of the Christmas quilts... 
This is a Christmas Tree Bargello, made by Goldie and is a class
Here is a pic of the quilt hanging up right now
at Honey Run Quilter's
 Stop by and take a look
Better yet, sign up for Goldie's class! 

Hope you find some time to take a few stitches!