Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pot head

I'm becoming a pot head!  Ever since I found painted Terracotta pots with transferred graphics on Pinterest I have been hooked.  I have a long way to go but I'm pretty happy with my first attempt.  I made this pot for my good friend Carol. 

Carol loves bunnies so I immediately thought of her when I saw this bunny on The Graphics Fairy blog.  Once I stopped focusing on the things I did wrong I really kind of like this pot!  I can't wait to get together with my daughter Amy and daughter in law Britt to make more!  Now to find some old beat up french looking pots.  Goodwill here I come!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas wall hangings

Some lucky people will be getting these beauties from my customer this year.  Don't you wish  you were on her list?  I do =)

 I'd love to see these finished.  I think they're fabulous now, I can only imagine how cute they'll be with eyes, lol.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Shirley's thrift store find

What a find!  I love the quirks in a hand pieced top.  Very few points matched up and tucks were taken as needed to piece, making this beauty anything but flat.   I spent an entire day taking additional tucks in order to quilt it.

As challenging as it was, I had a blast quilting it.  There's something very satisfying about finishing someones project started long ago.  Every quilt deserves to be quilted.  I'm happy Shirley found this one and finally let it be marked off as finished.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Brooklyn's quilt

Carrie has made quite a few quilts using this pattern in Americana fabrics.   Her daughter in-law Brooklyn made this one.  I just love it!   It's amazing how fabric can change the whole feel of a quilt. 


Brenda's quilt

Every once in a while Brenda will ask me to just do a simple outlining on a fabric.  It's more of a comforter in look and feel.  I was a little worried when she asked me to do this on only part of this quilt.  I wondered how a part quilt, part comforter would look.  The main fabric was bought while on a trip to France (at $25 a yd. I didn't want this to be a flop)  I wasn't sure until it was off the frame and then I LOVED it!!!


 Here's Brenda's 2nd quilt.  Another beauty!

We're off to watch the grand kids pick out their Christmas tree.   I love this time of the year!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Getting behind in blogging again.

Wow has it been almost a month already?  I'm not doing so well on my goals, lol.

Love this quilt of Lynn's!!!   I had a hard time giving it back to her.  It will be stretched on a canvas frame for her studio.  As you can see it's only held together by the quilting.  I quilted the circle on my Juki, which is why there are threads on the back.

Click on each picture to enlarge.

 Another for Lynn!

Kate's lovely wall hanging.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Novembers project

 A few years ago I was inspired by a customers quilt.  I knew I wanted to make a wall hanging for my hall bathroom based on Lynn's gorgeous quilt (below).  I think it's the perfect project for my November goal.  Fast and simple!

Oops, upside down and sideways.


  Some doodles and indecisiveness.  So much for fast and simple.  I like the woven ribbons, but I originally wanted more a water feel.

After tossing the first attempt (ribbons) I think #2 wins.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On the frame today

It's the first day quilting on my new and improved Gammill.  It's amazing what a tune up can do.  I feel like I have a new machine.  It's so much quieter and I'm not out running it anymore.  Oh and all the switches work again.  Who knew a bad speed dial could wreak such havoc.  Woo hoo!! 

I'm actually starting a wall hanging for my hall bathroom.  My goal is to finish it by Thanksgiving.  Then another by Christmas..... and another by Valentines day.  Are you seeing a pattern?  I seem to need specific dates or goals to shoot for, lol.   This one is small and simple, so no excuses to not finish on time =)

Friday, October 19, 2012

The passion is back!

After 12 years of quilting for others (and loving every minute of it) it dawned on me I had stopped sewing/quilting for myself.  We're talking years since I've had a "start to finish" moment.  I've started a few (OK more than a few) that now sit in drawers waiting to be finished.  I "finish" quilts for other people every week but NEVER my own.  I feel blessed that I get to do what I love for "work" but I realized I've lost the passion in doing it for myself.  My fun hobby has turned into a job. 

After a year or so of asking for a rain check I took my friend AnnMarie up on her offer to go with her to her Modern Quilt Guild.  Last night I headed out on a new adventure.  Oh my goodness I couldn't sleep I was so excited!!  I had so much fun, I saw old friends and met a few new friends.   I thoroughly enjoyed the guest speaker and can't wait to go back.  I'm motivated to start making the time to sew/quilt for myself again.  I can't wait to see what the next few weeks brings!! 

Thanks for the awesome night out AnnMarie!!  (look what I learned to do! You motivated me  in more ways than one, lol)
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