Thursday, October 30, 2014

Little something old...Sun Bonnet Sue Quilt

Hello Quilty Friends!

It's been a while....but I have finally started working on customer quilts again.  Recovery from foot surgery is going good...I can stand for about 30 minutes at a time till the throbbing starts and I have to sit down.  I prefer to stand and quilt, so it is taking some getting used to, but at least I am getting to work.

I started back with an easy custom old Sun Bonnet Sue!
The lady who brought this quilt to me bought it at a garage sale for $10.... it is stained and old but she wanted it quilted.  She doesn't know who made it. But whoever did....did a very good job of the applique part, beautiful stitches. Some of the fabrics are damaged and weak from age and the lower corner is sun faded.

I only took three pics and I am sorry for that.

                           I am happy (and so is the customer) and I had fun quilting it....and that
                                                   my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Quilt Closeups!

Hello Quilty Friends!

On today's post I am sharing some photos of quilts that I have quilted in the past..These quilts were before I started my "blogging" so most of these photos are just close up areas that I liked and wanted to remember what I had quilted in a particular place on the quilt. My appologies that I don't know what quilts these photos are from.
Hope you enjoy!

This was made by Muriel R. 

 This was made by Jackie

This one, I can not remember who made it. If any one knows, let me know and I will add it.

This was made by Muriel R.  I loved quilting this one. Tried "Modern quilting"...

Not enough of the quilt showing to tell who made this one.

These are just a few of my favorite close up pics from quilts that I have quilted. I am realizing that I need to take more pics of the quilts, especially now that I have my blog.  When I start back to work after surgery recovery, I will do that for sure.

I am happy and had fun quilting these quilts....and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lucille's Mariner's Compass Quilt (Edited)

Hello Quilty Friends!

Today I will be sharing my friend, Lucille Amos' quilts. She is a CI with Judy Neimeyer/  She made these quilts for her samples. Lucille made the wall size quilt and the Queen attachment for the pattern. I have combined them in this blog post, as she had used alot of the same fabrics.
This is Mariner's Compass. I love this quilt.  I really had fun quilting these quilt. Quilting Lucille's quilts are always fun because she is one of those who trusts me as her LAQ and just hands over the quilt. On the larger quilt, I used wool batting. It quilts beautifully, I have only worked with wool batts a few times.
Note: Just after my original post I found the pics of the larger quilt so that is what has been edited on this blog post. Thanks

This photo is a closeup of the corner.

 And another corner view.  I did not take alot of photos of this quilt when I finished it. (I will get better about taking more photos)

The next few photos are from Lucille's other larger quilt.

Of course, a few pics of the back

The lighting in my quilt room and time of day made this fabric look different.

This last photo is the day I met Lucille to deliver her big quilt.

I did quilt both of these alot alike being she used the same fabrics. So, if after she teaches the classes and wanted to use them in a room together, they would look nice together.
I took Lucille Amos' class of this pattern. It is a technique of the month type class. I have not finished mine yet. It is on my "to do" list. I can tell you from personal experience (I used to hate to Paper Piecing)...if you have ever wanted to try paper piecing....find a Quilt Shop that has the classes taught by a Certified Instructor for Quiltwork/Judy Neimeyer.  They are trained to help you understand the concept, and show you how to make the pattern . The patterns also include cutting instructions, which is what I really like. You know the fabric will cover the area, no trial and error. 
I am in no way affiliated with Quiltworx/Judy Neimeyer...I just love the patterns and have had wonderful experience with the ones I have made and in the process of making. 

I am happy with how Lucille's quilts turned out and had fun quilting them both....and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thanks Goodness for Hexigon (Hexies) Quilts!

Hello Quilty Friends!

Yes, I did say "Thank goodness for Hexies"......without my little hexies over the past 4 weeks, I know without a doubt I would be in a straight jacket! After my "Rotary Cutter Accident" (mentioned in an earlier post) I have had to STOP all longarm quilting and "Sit" or "Lay" with my foot up and I have been hard at work on my Hexie Quilt.....well, when I am not sleeping.

I started this Hexigon Quilt about two years ago, just to work on in the car rider line when picking my daughter, Katie up at middle school. That 15-20 minutes always felt like an enternity so I started making hexies to pass the time sitting there.  My daughter was in the 8th grade at the time, now a Sophomore in High School and it is almost done! I have only worked on it while waiting for Katie, my nephews to get off the bus on days I had to pick them up, on two vacations, two times of sit-n-sew....and the past four weeks while recovering from foot surgery.

When I started this quilt, I had high hopes of making this one into at least a Queen size quilt...........yea right! I will officially say now that this quilt will be a Crib Size! In just one photo you will see why I changed my mind on this. Anyone, who knows me personally, knows that I am one of those people who take that risk, ummm, if that is what you want to call it, I say, I am nuts!

I have always loved a challenge and this hexie quilt was one more of those personal challenges...

When I started this I went on the internet and did a search for Free Printable Hexigons...sorry, I do not know the site, but this is what I did. I then found the size that I wanted, loaded a sheet of card stock and hit print. Waa-laa! Then I cut a few out. I then sat and traced the cardstock hexigon onto freezer paper.....over and over and over.....then I cut those out, pressed onto the fabric strips I had. I started this quilt with a JellyRoll. Then I looked around on the internet to find out what to do next..Stitch the seam allowance down....and this the adventure started...

I did misplace a bag of my hexies about a year ago, never have found them...will probably find them about the time I finish the quilt.. so, I just got busy to make more.

I will tell you that I love my Clover needle threader (thanks to my friend, Jonnie)! I can thread my needle so easy and it helps to be able to loop my needle back through so that my needle stays on the thread, even if I drop it (thanks again, Jonnie for that tip)

For me, I like to go back and forth doing the different "segment" of making the hexigons. I get I have to keep it interesting...So, I prepare some for a while, then I do the seam allowance stitching for a while, then I make them into flowers for a while then I have an "add them to the quilt day(s)"

 This box is my ready to stitch the seam allowance box......I did not use my method of tracing and cutting for this box full. My friend, Lee Monroe introduced me to the AccuQuilt Cutter System and she told me about an English Paper Piecing dye that was the same size as my hexies! Wow! So much faster!

This is my "seams are stitched and ready to add" box...
Next, I make some into stacks. I like to set little goals for the day...So, I get a few stacks out and that becomes my goal for the day...just to get that much done...last few weeks, I have had to add stacks over the day to keep me busy...
But, now this is all the flowers left to sew together...9 little stacks! Well, I hope....we will have to see if the quilt is the size that I want it when all sewed onto the quilt...Keeping my fingers crossed, I am ready to move on to a new project but I must finish this one...I have played with it long enough...getting bored....
After the little stacks, I get it to the flower stage....

I have been making the flowers into rows..There is more than likely better ways to do this, but I just like to make the rows, then add the rows onto the quilt. I feel like I am getting more done at one time this way..I have found that with hexigon quilts, you have to be ready to feel like you are NOT getting much done in a day...really you are, but, it just doesn't feel like it some days.

 This is a photo of how far how I have gotten on my little hexie quilt....I am hoping to have it done before my foot recovers and I can start longarm quilting again.

I will post once more about this quilt...when it is finally finished, quilted and binding done..
I am happy (that it's almost done) and I have had fun (most of the time) making it, and that my "quilty friends" is what it's all about!
Happy Quilting!