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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Two for Tina

First of two quilts made by Tina B 
Great fabrics, especially the setting triangles 
Tina used to make this nine patch set on point. 

Quilted with a new design from Anne Bright 
Bee Haven (Love the name too!)  
Quilted with the repeat of the Cone Flower and a bee in each of the background squares!
I love to do custom e2e :0) 

Thread is Omni in Green Olive from Superior 
quilted on Quilter's Dream Machine Blend 
Love the floral fabric! 

A custom e2e for the second quilt as well... 
This purple Pluses quilt is a better example of how cool a custom e2e can be set up!

Tina made this quilt scrappy
reversing the values is always a great effect :0) 

This one is also quilted with a design from Anne Bright 
This is Echo b2b
and a better example of how an e2e or b2b can be used in blocks
for a custom look without all the starts and stops! Yea!!! 
First time I tried out this design was on a quilt made by Claudia ~ link

Quilted with a purple Omni named Royalty 
Batting is a newer cotton from Quilter's Dream 
This is Deluxe, which is a little thicker than Select 
and a really nice alternative to W&N 

Bordered with a Grunge (love :0) as well as the backing.
I was able to trim the quilting design and use it in the border, worked great! 

Thank you Tina! 

More quilts were finished for Carol and Kelly 
Thankful for the cooler weather ! 

Enjoy your weekend 
Tot ziens, Jo
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