Friday, August 29, 2014

Machineitis

Not a good week! My longarm went down first thing Monday morning. Glad I was able to get as many quilts done for August as I had. Except for Pam's, the ones I posted last night and this morning were all done before my machine went down. I was setting up to finish Pam's quilt. Literally start, it was the first stitch and WHAM!!!

Good thing I always start on a piece of fabric off the quilt top to dial in the tension.



It was the hook assembly. After removing the assembly from the machine, it had to be re-timed and I tried my best to do that. First time for me on this machine and I could not get it timed. Chad came by on Wednesday afternoon and was able to get it to sew with the thread I had set up on the machine, thank you Chad! He keeps Esther's machine humming along :0) I was able to finish the baby quilt promised for Pam and very happy to do that!

Well I started out yesterday on Janie's quilt with a different thread and batting, hopeful all would go well.  Compared to today, yesterday wasn't so bad. Started out this morning, forever hopeful and mustering up all my positive thinking that Janie's quilt would be finished today... Nope! Not to be :'(

Not sure yet how this is going to play out. Until I get the machine problem resolved I am sad to say I am not taking in any new quilts. It would not be kind to have quilts sitting here only to end up returning them unquilted.

As for the quilts I have here now. This will be resolved one way or another! I am looking into other options. Of course, you all have options as well with other longarm quilters like Esther ~ Threads on the Floor, Kathy and more in the Chico area. If anyone is concerned, has questions or would like a #, please call. I will be in touch and will keep you updated. If you prefer to have your quilt returned right away, again, please call.

This has been quite the year and maybe not my best decision. I definitely wish I had kept my last longarm as a back up. It's too bad they take up so much room and are expensive!

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Take the time to take some stitches :0)

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!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A little Ketchup

A new month and a good time to post a few of the customer quilts not posted that were quilted in May and June while I was in Ketchup mode :0)
This is a quilt made by Barbara H.
A kit she purchased from Morning Star Quilt Shop in Paradise. I was very happy to see this quilt top as I made the same kit purchsed from Marsha when Morning Star was a vendor at Annie's Star Quilt guilds quilt show. Custom quilted on the Innova. She also brought along this quilt to my studio for quilting...
made from a Kim Diehl pattern which I was also familiar with because I am making one too! We have the same taste in quilts! I spent some time on both of these quilts and they are the very first custom quilts quilted on the Innova. Here are a few close up pix...
 This is Petit Fours from 2009 :0)
Heirloom Roses and a Williamsburg border design quilted in the borders
 and below the back...
 Barbara's Kim Diehl quilt

Surprise, I found another that Sandra E made, a Tessellations style quilt...
Sandra is a prolific quilter! 


 Also quilted with Jubilee. Love this Anne Bright pattern!
Another gorgeous batik used for her backing...

Check out this fun quilt made with Mickey Mouse and 
Nightmare Before Christmas fabrics
Made for the quilter's sister, a true Disney fan!
Quilted with a geometric design that she picked that was perfect!

This is a Breast Cancer Fundraiser quilt made by members of the 
Embroidery Club at Cathy's Honey Run Quilters
The project was spearheaded by Carol and the quilt pieced by Beckie
Custom quilted on the Innova, 
each of the blocks were machine embroidered
so an e2e was not an option for this one! 
Following are close ups of some of the embroidered blocks...



A wonderful collaboration!

Three Four more, these are all baby quilts...
This one is a very cute panel quilt made by Janie
Quilted with Stars in a Bright Yellow Glide thread

Two made by Janet M
This one is quilted with Dragonflies
with a very cute backing fabric
and last but not least...
 These fabrics and prints were a mix of baby animals
 Quilted with Aussie Babies and a Minkee backing
 very cute!

 Found one more, made by Rosie
 Also with a minkee backing and quilted with Jubilee
Love this quilting design!
I had a hard time taking pix of this one, it was a very bright, sunny and hot day so I laid down a sheet and took photos out in the grass in the shade. Not the best photos, but the best part is that this is one of Rosie's first quilts. I now have a second she made already, waiting to be quilted. She is getting ready to retire and plans to spend some of that time learning to quilt. Well, she has gotten a pretty good start on that! Yea! 

Thank you Rosie, Janet, Janie, Carol, Sandra and Barbara! I appreciate each of you very much! If I have left anyone out, my apologies. Every once in awhile a quilt gets past me without a photo or a customer did not give written permission on my work order to post their name and/or quilt on the internet.

It is so nice to be caught up from the back log. Not a fun situation, especially in the summer time! Recently finished two for Judy J and a class sample for Honey Run Quilters that Goldie will be teaching in September, it's still on my longarm and will be posted... stay tuned! Today it was cloudy all day. Lots of rain up in the mountains, a good thing with the fires but not so good with mudslides in SoCal... in August! Very weird weather! 

Stay safe and cool and take a few stitches whenever possible! 
Groetjes, Jo