Saturday, January 25, 2014

Two quilts this week

Customer quilts finished this week...
Linda E made this gorgeous quilt top! Love the sparkle of the little blue and white nine patches. Border is a Paisley print so we choose a Paisley panto to quilt this beauty. 

And the backing with a close up of the quilting design...
I've been quilting for Linda a little over two years. It's nice to see first hand how she has gained confidence in her skills and has grown into a very talented quilter! Her piecing is perfect!
Thank you Linda!

This is a fun baby quilt for Judy P. First quilt done for Judy, a member of our guild, ASQG. We also share the same birthday and got to know each other a little better during the last quilt show. Judy makes soft sculpture and was a vendor at the quilt show with her beautiful dolls. Brandie, Jill and I purchased all of her mermaid dolls. All different and really cute! I'll take a pic today and post it later.

Quilted with a swirl design to go with the POW! Judy said it is for a "bruiser of a boy" and had a good laugh when she picked up this quilt yesterday. Thank you Judy!

With a late start this week which started out with a cold, only three quilts quilted this week. The third was a sample quilt for Theresa at Honey Run Quilters. Two more to be done and six that will be quilted on the new longarm in March. March, that does seem like a long time! Thank you Beckie, Barbara (each have two), Carole and Carol for putting your quilts on hold. 

The list of quilts waiting for the Innova is growing and I may be in for a log jam. When I dropped off the quilted sample yesterday at Honey Run Quilters, Kelly told me she has three ready to be quilted!

On the home front, I finished my Mystery quilt top and am ready to start two projects this weekend. Barbara Brackman posted the first block for her 2014 BOM Threads of Memory and yesterday Lori of Humble Quilts posted the start of a QAL on her blog. For links head over to my blog Ramblin' Rows.
Disappointed at the end to last weekends game and the 49ers not making it into the Super Bowl. Happy to have a break from football until next weekend, I have blocks to make! 
Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Finishes to start out the year

Finished tops before the Gammill heads over to Kathy's shop in Orland.
This is a quilt made by Lori. Not real sure of the orientation  I saw the pattern for this quilt today, Kelly at Honey Run Quilters had it in her hands, the pic above is correct, it's quilted with a non directional quilting design ~ Bubbles Everywhere. I used a purple variegated thread that matched the background of the border fabric. A modern quilt with brights, especially the back... 
close up of Bubbles Everywhere

Also finished is a quilt for Teresa
A large quilt she made for her son. Black and white prints and the Chinese Dragon panel with red fabrics in the center. Quilted with black thread, I added a Chinese Dragon panto design everywhere except the center panel. That I custom quilted, outlining with some echo around the dragon plus quilted rays radiating out from the sun in a medium grey thread. Close up of panto...

Wonderful scrappy quilt made by Frances P
Had some finishing touches to finish up on this quilt. Also finished one quickly for Cindy for her daughter, a fundraiser for her team. She picked it up last night and it was too dark for pix. A few more promised this coming week and spending time quilting with Kathy on the Gammill.

Watching the playoffs today. Denver is out front for the first game today with 10 minutes left. The 49ners are playing this afternoon's game against Seattle. Go Niners! Patriots just made a touchdown so this game is not over yet! I'm off to finish my mystery quilt top between games. Here is my layout...

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day, stitching away!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy Dancing!!!

A new longarm is in my future!!!
As of today, I am a brand new member of the Innova family!
Esther ~ Threads on the Floor ~ and I spent the day in Yuba City, CA. First we went out to lunch then over to meet with Jim and Nicky at the Sew So Shop. Our California dealer for Innova Longarm Quilting Systems. We played on all of the machines. Asked lots of questions. I made the decision to purchase an Innova.

I've been test driving them for a little more than a year at different quilt shows. Tried out a few others but I kept coming back to the Innova. Decision made! I am relieved and exhausted. After a visit with my mom, some dinner and a quick post, I am ready to unwind, except I keep happy dancing!!!

ETA is the end of February, which sounds like a really long time! It will fly by with preparations to be made and classes to attend so I can hit the ground running. I will spend much of the time working with Kathy to get her up and running on the Gammy as well. 

Esther, thank you for coming along, I am privileged to call you friend! And thanks to Jim and Nicky. What a wonderful day!

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Official!

Gammy is sold! I will miss this dependable work horse...
She's got plenty of quilting left in her :0) Kathy came by last night and we sealed the deal! Very exciting for both of us. Kathy has a business in Orland, CA located about 20 miles from Chico. Talented artist, Kathy and I first met when she took a few of my quilting classes at Cathy's about three years ago. Last year she used the Gammill to machine quilt a quilt she made for her mom. She is the only person I've ever trusted to use my longarm.

KT Jewels is part of her business as she is a woman of many talents. She makes Handcrafted Jewelry, Fabric Art and Machine Embroidery. She has a professional multi needle embroidery machine. Does needle felting and has become a very good quilter! Now she is adding longarm quilting to her repertoire and is busy making room to set up the Gammill in her shop in Orland.

As for me, I've been test driving different longarms, ever since Kathy and I started talking about doing this. I have made a choice. No worries, I am staying in the longarm biz!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Forty Niners and Packers

One of the play off games today is between San Fransisco and Green Bay with the home field advantage for the Packers. Today's forecast of a chilly 2 degrees predicted at kickoff! Not a good thing for our California Niners. Always a hard choice when these teams play each other. Aaron Rogers, quarter back for Green Bay is from Chico and the Forty Niners are our 'home' team.

In the spirit of the game here is Donna's 49ers quilt :0)
Of course it is quilted with a football design!!!
 I quilted this quilt last November as a surprise so I did not post it on the blog. 
Donna made it for her son as a gift, who probably doesn't read my blog but then, maybe!
The backing is made with the softest red flannel from Maywood. Beautifully made by Donna using Theresa's (Honey Run Quilters) Green Goddess pattern

I heard from my friend Mary Kay last night, she lives near St. Louis, IL and was hunkering down for the snow coming into her area. Will be some chilly games again today. 
Enjoy your day, stitching away!
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