Monday, December 8, 2014

Blog Break

I am taking a break from blogging

Today was not a good day. Following a visit to our vet with my Crystal, we have a very hard decision to make. Bottom line, I will loose her soon. Still in shock tonight trying to make sense of all of this.  Crystal has been diagnosed with a tumor on her Spleen. Surgery could do her in or prolong her life by a few months. Without, just a matter of time, possibly days. 

Not that there is ever a 'good' time for these matters, not great to deal with during the holidays. All quilts promised for Christmas giving are completed except one that is currently loaded on my longarm and it will be ready in time.

Linda E and Joyce, both of your quilts are ready. Just emailed both of you. Donna, whose quilt is on my frame, I had lunch with today.  Beckie, thank you friend. Love and respect, Jo


Friday, December 5, 2014

A couple of Finishes

The stars on Linda E's quilt shine!!! 
Perfect piecing in great batiks, 
dark to light neutrals with a splash of deep red and purple
Quilted and on my worktable. Still raining so no outdoor full view pix :0(
Linda's quilt has a great layout. It is 87 x 87 square.
What you can see on the table is a mirror image of the other side
The backing. Top and bottom thread is Glide in Viking, a medium purple
The same thread quilted on Pam's Swoon, different look but just as effective!

Quilted with a Swirl and Feather block design repeated
creating a secondary design at the intersections of the blocks
Love Linda's pops of red and purple and gold
Thank you Linda! 

For a big change of pace...
Check out this fun cat fabric Cindy G put togther
with this fun cat border fabric. 
If this quilt doesn't make you smile... well!!!
 Quilted with a design from Apricot Moon
named Catrina, cats and curly swirls!
The rainbow is the border on the backing, folded over the top
Fun quilt! 

A second for Cindy
 A cozy flannel quilt in all sorts of flannel prints!
 Scrappy!!! with a beautiful leaf print flannel backing
 Leaf e2e quilting with a cotton thread from Signature called Wheat
These two went home with Cindy after our guild meeting last night.
Cindy is a fellow Annie's Star Quilt Guild member and made one of the 
Challenge quilts displayed at our December meeting

Cindy's is the arm chair with the Golden Book
in the upper right corner
The theme was reading and Cindy's is great! 
One more quilt for Cindy G quilted on my Innova
 last week, this beauty is all batiks including the back
 With allot of ocean and water inspired prints 
Cindy choose Under the Deep Blue Sea e2e by Sweet Dreams Studio
 The movement of the pattern with swirls and pearls
just works really well with batiks
Thread used is a lime green variegated thread, Fantastico by Superior
Love this thread as well as Cindy's quilt and choices! Well done :0)
Thank you Cindy!

One more done previously. It's been in the hands of Goldie for binding
and is now back in my studio ready for it's maker, Faye
 Goldie did a beautiful job of binding!
As discussed with Faye, I kept the quilting very simple. Faye requested a 1/4 inch stitch which is perfect for this era of quilt style and the fabrics. Her Baseball blocks, she calls them, also known as Apple Core, are all hand pieced by Faye since she was a young girl. She kept adding to it over the years and is now (I believe) in her 80s. Her daughter drove her to meet with me and recognized many of the fabrics from dresses Faye made for her as a child. So these fabrics are the real deal, no repros! Here are some close ups of a few...

This last one is an example of one of the 'newer' fabrics
Faye added in more recent years :0)

Thank you Faye for trusting your well loved quilt 
to Goldie and I to finish for you! 

We are getting more rain! All good but a little break would be OK too! 
Our parched soils are starting to slide and all of the leaves are wet and gooey
The upside is that my truck is clean! :0)

Enjoy your weekend. Make some time to take some stitches!
I will be working on Frozen Quilts for a pair of sisters

Groetjes, Jo
 "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."
Native American Proverb

Monday, December 1, 2014

Batik Star Sampler for Bettie

OK, now I know I am tiered, just posted on the wrong blog so if you see something about Frozen quilts, refer to my quilt blog! That's where I moved the post :0) silly me!

In it's place are pix of a recent customer quilt finished in November ...

This beauty is quilted for Bettie C

Bettie is a new to me customer, definitely not new to quilting! This is one gorgeous well made quilt!!! Loved everything about it. The colors, the batik fabrics, the pattern (a BOM offered at Morning Star Quilts in Paradise CA) Love, love, love!!! 

Quilted with Deep Blue Sea, a nice combination of swirls and pearls
In addition to the e2e, borders and corners were also quilted in the outer borders.
A digital design set from Sweet Dreams Studio
Perfect for this quilt with it's colors and the batik prints!
They were made for each other :0) along with the Marine blue Glide thread
Quilted with wool batting... love love love!!!

Quilt almost all laid out on my worktable. 
We've had rain, for more than one day... YEA!!!
Good for the earth, not so good for taking pix outdoors
so this is the best shot I can get of this beauty in it's entirety :0) 
 Did I mention... love love love! 
Bettie was pleased as well, that's always the best part! 
 Thank you Bettie :0)

Thank you for stopping by! Groetjes, Jo
"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."
Native American Proverb

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beckie's Birds

Two quilts for Beckie
A Convergence Quilt in Teal Blues
 Quilted in my 'custom e2e' layout
using Williamsburg from Sweet Dreams,
a wool batting and Fantastico variegated thread
The back of the quilt

This week I finished another custom e2e 
quilted on one of Sandy's scrappy quilts
I love my Innova!

Beckie's Birds

Quilted with Little Tweet!
also a design by Kim Diamond at Sweet Dreams
 Beautiful fabrics, the floral fabric above is the backing
I added a Pearl border in the 2 inch stripe outer border
Beckie added to her quilt with perfect little fussy cut cornerstones :0)
Thank you Beckie

Thankful for wonderful quilting friends

There is a Season

A beautiful wall hanging by Joyce
Hand embroidered and pieced in churn dash blocks
Each reflecting images of the seasons throughout the year
with the poem in the center...
'to everything 
there is a season
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven'

The cornerstones are also embroidered
with tiny wreaths, one for each of the seasons
 ...ready for quilting.

First, a day of Thanksgiving
 Best wishes for a wonderful day with family and friends!
 Many, many thanks to each of my customers,
family, friends, fellow quilters and bloggers

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 21, 2014

Swoon for Pam and Baskets for Debbie

Swooning over Pam's quilt!
This is Pam's second Swoon. I quilted her first last year, in the Spring. It was displayed at Sisters the following July and someone purchased it :0) Quilted on my previous longarm with a butterfly kaleidoscope design, completely different from this one. What a pleasure quilting Pam's new Swoon on my Innova longarm. Such a difference!

The beginning of the stitch out, LOVE my Innova! Quilted with specific designs for the 26 inch Swoon blocks with motifs to fit each of the shapes including a 'pebbles in a pod' design in the diamonds. Below is the secondary design that fills the shapes and sashing in between each of the blocks.
As well as the negative space which forms a block in the corners of each Swoon. Quilted with a Glide thread in the color Viking (who comes up with color names?!) and a wool batting. It's layered with a thin cotton batting under the wool for stability. Love the loft of the wool! It's so much fun to quilt on :0)
Below is Pam's gorgeous voile backing fabric!
(more pix at the bottom of this post)
Thank you Pam

Baskets for Debbie,
also a longarm quilter. This quilt is too large to fit her longarm frame, she added a berry fabric to three sides to hang down the sides and custom fit her bed. Debbie is a very talented longarmer in her own rite, it was an honor that she asked me to quilt for her...
Quilted with an e2e ~ Williamsburg
using a Glide thread in Sand (gold)
Also with wool batting

Here are the sides with the berry fabric
Love the colors and fabrics!
and a close up of the baskets... 
and the two backing fabrics

Two great quilts! Thank you Debbie!
I even received flowers from Pam
which are sitting on my side table next to my longarm while I work in my studio
After which they get moved into the house to enjoy them all the time :0)
So very nice, thank you Pam! 
and in the same colors of the quilt :0)
 A few more pix of the Swoon blocks
made with gorgeous, more of that drop dead fabric (below)
that Cheryl used for the backing for her quilt, pictured in the last post 

A close up of the pebbles in a pod, the perfect shape for a diamond

I am finally feeling better today, that little flu bug I encountered last week had friends! A bit of a set back in my quilting schedule. I will be working tomorrow to catch up and happy to have my flowers from Pam to cheer me up! Enjoy your weekend :0)

Groetjes, Jo

note: Digital designs used are from Sweet Dreams Studio