Monday, October 3, 2016

Fish swimming in the Deep Blue Sea for Sandra

Fishiness quilted for Sandy with Deep Blue Sea 
using the set by Kim Diamond that includes the borders, corners and e2e 

Cute fish swimming in the Deep Blue Sea! 
 Great prints to go with the great piecing and fabric choices by Sandra E.

Love the graphic piecing pattern as well... well done Sandy! 

A second graphic quilt made by Sandra, this one with cat prints...

quilted with Catrina, a design by Apricot Moon
This is the backing!... just as graphic as the front :0) 

Another for Sandy... these girls keep me busy! 
This one is quilted with a new design by Patricia Ritter named Malachite. 

Chosen for the stone look of the background fabric 
and a nice texture with the loft of the wool batting.

There was one more quilt that Sandy brought in with musical instruments 
made for a young man from her church (it left the studio before pix) 

Thank you Sandy. 
Good to see all your pix of the Grand Canyon and that you and Mo 
had a fun and safe trip to Arizona. Welcome home :0) 

Tot ziens, Jo

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Quilts for Betty

Lately I am quilting faster than I am taking pix! Which is a good thing with PIQF and the holidays coming up in the all too near future :0) At the beginning of this month Betty brought in 4 quilts, all of which she has picked up. Love her work and especially love quilting for her, one of my favs :0)

Check out this cute baby quilt...
This is the row print mixed in with other fabrics that Betty used to make this cutie

and the kangaroo quilting design that worked perfectly for this quilt!
LOVE my Innova!

Above is the backing, a pretty ribbed knit similar to Minkee... very soft and cuddly
and ever so stretchy!!! again, love my Innova!

 lots of cute Aussie Babies :0)

A 2nd quilt Betty brought in was actually pieced by her small group part of our quilt guild.
It's a quilt top they started during our guild's community service night this summer.
(Just as many longarmer's do... my quilting time is donated to community service)
Also guild related... this was a guild's recent block of the month
Betty won all of these blocks made by guild members...
and now they are Bee Haven!
That's the design from Anne Bright I used to line up to each of the blocks
 to finish off this fun quilt

and last is a quilt Betty made... I believe the name is Maisie Daisy
Very graphic and very scrappy!
 Quilted with Echo b2b also by Anne Bright

Definitely some very fun quilts!
Thank you Betty :0)

These were finished a week or so ago... many more have come and gone
some with pix and some without
Having a hard time keeping up!

Tot ziens, Jo

Friday, September 16, 2016

Kathryn's Labyrinth quilt

Wow, 10 days since my last post! Time flies when you are having fun quilting ;0) With a new month starting just as I got back from Sandy, Utah many quilts came in since the 6th, following the holiday weekend. Several are quilted and ready to be trimmed. Have allot of pix and posting to catch up on as all my time has been spent quilting.

Loving all the little tricks and details I learned from Renae at Quilts On the Corner. It's made my experience with my longarm sew much better and I am getting lots of customer quilts completed! 

Kathryn's Labyrinth is the first quilt I finished as soon as I got back to work in the studio. Already delivered, Kathryn was very happy with the outcome and I hear that Ryan loved it as well! Yea! 

This is the center of Kathryn's quilt... it's big :0)

Sorry about the out of focus pix, I am using a borrowed camera and didn't notice that the settings were changed until after the quilt was picked up :0( 

The quilt laying across my frame after quilting...

Quilted with a design named Peacock Feathers 
using a variegated thread from Superior that went from green to dark teal. 
Batting is Quilter's Dream Wool... love that loft! 

 The quilting pattern was chosen to pick up the shapes in the fabrics 
mimicking the same texture but using curves to add softness to the hard lines. 
For an all over pattern it worked pretty well and was a good option for a big quilt. 

I neglected to get a picture of the backing... it was a navy blue solid.
Using that bright green color in a solid thread really popped!

Thank you Kathryn :0)

I'll try and get more pix posted but for now, getting caught up is a priority...
as well as buying a new camera. Sew much to do!
Enjoy your weekend :0)
Tot ziens, Jo

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

BTL ~ Back to Longarming!

Back from Boot Camp at Quilts on the Corner. Spent the holiday weekend getting back on track after a week of longarm training. I blogged about my experience on my personal blog Ramblin' Rows... here is a link. If you are a longarmer I highly recommend going to Renae's Boot Camp. It's sew worth it! I learned allot, looking forward to using new ideas, tools and growing with my craft.

More pix and info HERE 
Tot ziens, Jo

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Studio closed until Sept. 6th

As planned, I am headed for Sandy Utah tomorrow for a longarm boot camp at Quilts On the Corner. 4 full days of hands on training for my Innova longarm. 3 days of hand guided training, machine maintenance and more, trying out different threads, marking pens/methods, longarm rulers and tools. Day 4 will be all about Mach 3, the new software platform that will replace Auto Pilot. 
I am sew excited! Classes are being taught by Renae Haddadin, award winning longarm quilter. Most recently won Best in Show at AQS for her longarm quilting. She is an Innova dealer and owner of Quilts on the Corner which carries thread & longarm tools including Red Snappers, a product Renae developed. 

Something I've wanted to do since I bought my Innova however, unable to get away while taking care of Mom. Now, it's time and timing is good because now I don't have to learn the new software on my own!!! Yea. I am a hands on visual learner, so this is a good option for me to learn the new system. 

The week is followed by the Labor Day weekend, so... the studio will be closed until Tuesday Sept. 6th. Have many appointments set up for the week I get back. Looking forward to seeing you all then! 

Enjoy the week and the upcoming Labor Day weekend
Temps here in the North Valley are predicted to be much cooler this coming week, 
hope that holds true for the week I get back! 
Tot ziens, Jo 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pam's Pacific Crest

Pacific Crest 
made by Pam B 
 plus Kaffe Fassett and silks added
Gorgeous fabrics and a great pattern from John's book Beyond Neutral  

 Flock Together fabrics

 Kaffe and silk sparrows. The background fabric is also a Kaffe

 Love the backing  too!!!
Pam pieced together Kathy's fabric with Grunge for the backing...

Quilting design is Quill 
A feather design that worked well with the fabrics! 
Top is quilted with a Fantastico thread with an Omni on the back in Indian Paintbrush 
my favorite red thread :0) Batting is Quilters Dream Cotton Deluxe

 Honey Run Quilters is putting the fabrics Pam selected together as a kit 
and will be available at Pacific International Quilt Festival
and the shop soon! Also signed copies of John's book Beyond Neutral
Pam's quilt will be traveling to PIQF as a sample quilt at Honey Run Quilters booth

Thank you Pam, you are the bestest! 
 Enjoy your Sunday
Tot Ziens, Jo

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

4 for Carol!

Carol is the queen of "Gwennie" style free form piecing! 

Quilted with Humming Birds 
using a blue variegated SoFine 40 thread by, of course, Superior  

All four of these quilts are made from scraps from Carol's mother. There are orphan blocks and cut off pieces from quilts Carol's mom made through out her life. Carol combines them with her mom's stash plus fabric from her own collection, many from Hawaii :0) She has been working on this for some time and I've had the pleasure of quilting several. If you click on Carol F from the Search by Customer box on my sidebar, all of the blog posts with quilts Carol made will come up :0) Her goal is to give each of these quilts to family members, very cool!!!

Each one is quilted with different threads, this one with a coral Omni 
quilted with Quilter's Dream Pink batting

 Love all the borders Carol added to this one!
and her backings are often pieced as well! 
This one has some of those Hawaiian fabrics.

A third... love how Carol changes up each of these quilts 
with all sorts of borer treatments and free form layouts!

This one backed with the same blue fabric as the first

And one more for four...
with similar fabrics as the first one with all pinwheel orphan blocks

btw all are quilted with the same Humming Bird design 
at Carols request because hummers were her mom's favorite bird :0)

Thank you Carol, you are awesome!!! 

Up early today, finished a quilt for Linda D, pix another day :0)
Stopped for breakfast and a blog break and now it's back to quilting 
before it gets too hot... again... 
we are going back into triple digits this week and next :0( 
That's Chico summers and THIS is the last summer I am quilting full time! 
Tot ziens, Jo
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