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I’ve had 4 quilts on (and back off!) the quilting machine this week — it sure feels good to FINISH things.  Well, “finish” as in “finish this particular step and then put them in the pile for the next step.”

I’ve uploaded a bunch of pictures to my Flickr Photostream, and because I’ve run out of steam for tonight, I’m just going to point you there if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to.  A scrappy nine patch plus those Strip Twist QOVs from last week are the 3 that are photographed, the braid quilt was quilted today, but not photographed yet:

Quilt Photos

Did you know that tomorrow is the last day of January? How did that happen? Here are the photos I’ve picked for the last few days of my daily photo project:

The sky was such an odd foggy shade of grey and the trees were all covered with snowy ice:
january 27, 2009

You’ve seen this one:
january 28, 2009

And this one:

january 29, 2009

I waited until too late in the day to try to take Mark’s picture. None of the pictures I took were very great, and this one only looked decent after I went with the black and white. My goal was to get some pictures that show HIS eyes, but he wasn’t in the mood, and it was really too dark.

january 30, 2009

I’ve always thought that my eyes were my best feature, but my boys hit the beautiful-eye-gene-jackpot in that their DAD has really beautiful eyes, too.

Look at that dog’s tongue.  Don’t you wish you could do that?




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Mark had the Beatles going tonight at supper.  I was quietly singing along (how can you NOT sing this one???)…

all you need is love…

all you need is love…

And then Joe asked me to stop…(his timing was impeccable)…


I adore driving them crazy.

Speaking of them:

january 15, 2009

Part of my goal with these photos is to learn more about Photoshop, so I dinked around for awhile with Actions and such-like and decided I liked the look of this action from the Pioneer Woman.  That wall in the background is actually very yellow.  I think it’s cool.

I think I’ve mentioned before that Mark has been helping to coach our elementary school’s Lego League Team.  The team gets to go to the state competition on Saturday, which is quite exciting.  Santa brought Will, Joe and Mark a Lego Mindstorm set of their very own, and tonight they decided to try to build the Scorpion Robot.  I don’t know how far they got, but they were having fun.  That’s Katie sitting on Mark’s lap, keeping an eye on everything.  Or maybe she was sleeping…

january 14, 2009

Remember how I realized in a previous post that the pictures I had thought I had taken yesterday were probably non-existant? Well, I was right. Duh. The above picture is a fake. It’s not even precisely the same as what I had taken yesterday. The picture I really wanted to use was a spread out stack of about 30 of my books, waiting to be shipped. I couldn’t retake their picture because…they got shipped. So, a stack of covers will have to suffice. It’s hard for me to imagine how many copies of those covers and books I’ve printed and punched and bound and shipped over the last 2.5 years. A lot.

january 13, 2009

And with this one, I’m now caught up on this week’s pictures. I was going to use the frosted window picture, but decided that I’m ignoring the weather right now, and would rather remember this quilt. I somewhat surreptitiously posted a link to these pictures the other day, so in case you missed them, more pics of this can be found at this post. I am extremely happy with how this quilt has turned out. I really like it when things turn out the way you expect them to.

As of this moment, school has posted a 2 hour delay.   It is just so *bad word* cold out there, and is supposed to stay that way.   It’d be nice if they could actually go to school, but we’ll see what happens.

Stay warm!


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I referenced this a few days ago, but have only today remembered to get photos of it.  if you are a member of MQResource, these are the same pictures that are posted over there.

This quilt is so big, I don’t have a good place to spread it out for a full view, but this gives you an idea of the overall look.

Typically, a Blooming Nine Patch is made with all print fabrics that flow into one another (via changes in color).  I made one last spring which I’ve shown a couple of times with bugs and flowers and stripes.

My customer used some solid fabrics with her, which meant that some of the quilting would actually “show,” whereas in a typical B9P, the fabrics are so busy, the quilting is more texture than design.

I picked a couple of things to work with:  continuous curve (the arcs), feathers and ribbon curls, and tried to come up with different ways to use them, so that each color fabric has different design, but it is all cohesive.

I think it turned out well, though it is huge and seemed to take forever to do.

And yes, David, I stand by the word NEED, in reference to NEEDING to sew.  (That would be my brother, by the way, being smart-alecky…)

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I’m not even sure why I bothered to post about my pleasure with the USPS shippin website, but I do apologize for boring all of you with it.  LOL
Here’s something more interesting:  a quilt I finished for a customer.  In theory, you’ll be able to click on these to view them larger, allowing you to see the detail a bit better.

The pattern is Buggy Barn’s Coneflower Crazies.  Isn’t it cute?  She still has buttons to attach to the center of each flower.  I had a lot of fun this one, using the wonkiness of it as inspiration for the wonky quilting.  I used Warm Bond batting (The Warm Company’s new 80/20 cotton/poly blend batting) which seemed to quilt nicely.  Signature cotton thread on top, Superior’s Bottom Line in the bobbin.  I love prewound bobbins now.  I used to think they were overly expensive and not worth it, but I’ve changed my tune.

Another quilt is calling my name, so I’d better answer, since it’s the quilting that’s keeping the lights on right now.  Did you know that opening a shop take a LOT of money???  Yikes.


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The simple meander is often maligned by quilters, many of whom are longarm quilters and get tired of quilting it on their customers quilts.

Sometimes, though, it’s just the ticket, especially when your customer wants something super-quick and simple, just something that holds it all together:

(customer = myself.  quilt = shop sample, pattern = ellen’s favorite lap quilt in the book laps from fats)

This coming weekend is the Traer Cruise, if anybody has a classic car they want to bring to town, I’m sure you could join the crowd.

I pulled out the blue and white double Irish Chain I mentioned yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had more of it done than I remembered.  In fact, nearly all of the 169 blocks are made, and I had even started sewing some of them in rows!

As a refresher, those blue squares finish at 1 inch.  I worked on a little bit of sewing last night, but had to bring all of the pieces to the shop today — I had brought my iron and ironing board down here and had no way to press them!  I need to get a second ironing board, but I keep forgetting, or haven’t had enough room in the vehicle.

Got a call from Mark a bit ago, we are out of milk AND bread, so I HAVE to remember to stop at the grocery store on the way home.  I need to work on some menu planning, and getting more use out of our crockpot.  I actually put some chicken and rice in the crockpost on Tuesday.  Tonight, they had to fend for themselves.

I’m trying to think of a snappy way to end this, but nothing is coming to me.  I guess I’ll just quit.


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i just posted a version of this over on MQResource, and then decided to post it here, too, apologies to those of you that might see this twice.

I pieced this quilt as a shop sample, I designed the quilt (and you can download the free pattern from the shop blog).

When I quilted it, I wanted something fast and simple, like an allover loopy meander.

Now, since I started quilting, I’ve always quilted my allover loopy meander such that I always changed direction after each loop, like so:

Apologies for the terrible mouse drawing.

Well, the stripy fabric that I used in the quilt had these squiggly lines on it and I had an epiphany:

Look!  The loopies don’t always change direction!!!!  Did you know that you CAN actually quilt meandering loops that DON’T change direction after each loop?  Deep down, I’m sure I did know this, but I was so used to making myself change direction, I didn’t even think about it anymore.

So, this is how I quilted it, and you are going to have to suffer through another bad mouse drawing, because the quilting doesn’t actually show up in photographs.  It does look quite cute in person on the quilt:

I was pretty irritated with myself when I realized I was doing something “just because” someone told me that’s the way the loops had to be.  I hate that kind of thinking: “that’s the way it’s always been done” is like nails on a chalkboard to me.  Yes, I realize that this is a pretty minor sort of epiphany, but it’s got me wondering.

What other “rules” do I subconsciously follow in my quilting??  Sure, there are some that I follow because they make sense to me, or because I’ve learned from experience that that is what works the best — but what are the things that I do just because I was told to do so?

Of course, I can’t think of any others right now, but I thought I’d open the challenge up to all of you, my beloved blog readers.

What sorts of things do you do because someone said you HAD to do it that way? Maybe you could take some time to think about a different way to do them, or maybe you will discover that the way you do it really does make sense to you!

My challenge to you:  go break some rules, challenge some assumptions, and try something new.

And then come back and tell me about it.  Or post about it on your blog, but be sure to leave me a link so I can read about your rule-breaking ways.


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This one is not mine: it was made by a customer that has brought me something like 4 or 5 Blooming Nine Patches over the years.

She is donating it to an auction to benefit a young mother that has cancer. The young woman is in the midst of a divorce and has 3 children under the age of about 5 or 6.

The quilting was done freehand on my longarm.  The thread is So Fine and Bottom Line.

I know that most of my quilting friends that read this either (a) quilt for themselves or (b) already have a relationship with a quilter of their own, but, if anyone out there is looking for a machine quilter, and likes the style of my quilting, I’m accepting new customers for machine quilting.  Drop me an e-mail if you  would like to discuss!

And now — I’m off to get the boys weighed in for football and then to the church for choir rehearsal.



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