Think about this.....

...the only thing scarier then reaching out to the unknown is settling for that with which we are comfortable.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Day

After returning from the Urgent Care in Battle Creek (Jim, not me), I was able to get into the studio after our very late lunch. Surprisingly, I did get some things accomplished.

I first started on my Garden quilt. I'm getting near the end of whatever it is I can do currently because I loaned the pattern out to a quilting friend. I need the pieces she hasn't returned to me to work on the more intricate blocks. But, I can easily enough eyeball the lesser complexities and here is what was done yesterday.

That seed packet will have "seeds" written on it when I get around to that portion of my work.

After playing with the garden quilt I moved on to a few Amish Star blocks. Only two. They weren't going together easily; I guess we all have those days and decided to move along.

Since yesterday was Tuesday, it was once again time for The First Snow block of the week. Here's week number 9. I will embellish it today with snowmen.

The First Snow; week 9
The pic didn't turn out very well, did it?

Because DW is empty, I decided to do a little cleaning in the spare bedroom; the place where all the tops and backings are stored. Happiness is finding extra backings that fell down behind some finished quilts to use specifically on quilt tops I've already made!

One of the backings is for a quilt I was hired to do a long time ago. The person who hired me to do the complete layette used to work with Jim, but then left for another job. He didn't keep in contact with Jim so we were pretty much left with all this finished stuff; a frog, a pillow case, and a quilt top.

That person has since returned back to Jim's place of employment. I figured I would finish out the quilt and see if the customer would want the set he ordered a while ago. Let's hope so.

Long-arming mistake number 4,296; forgetting to measure the quilt top prior to putting it on the rollers. Ugh! I was going to free motion this quilt initially (thank you Caleb for your ideas on how to quilt it), but then realized it's set diagonally and would work better if I quilted it using the ProStitcher. It's better to have all the measurements prior to setting up the computer so the area is filled evenly and not squished or spread out on the last row.

I'll have to unroll the top from the roller and measure it out and then re-roll it back again. It's not wise to float the top when using the computer (says my Handi Quilter rep in Lansing). Lesson learned!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Got Flies?

This is such a cute little baby quilt. I don't know if I'll sell it or keep it around here for our new little grandson expected in early October. Not that he'll visit much initially with the kids living in California, but I know they are trying to get jobs back here once they have their PhD's completed.

Got Flies?

Detail of the free-motion quilting I did within the quilt
I was able to work on garden quilt some more last night. I have the bottom panel done and what a large piece with many little pieces to make up the sum!

How the garden quilt is coming along
The customer t-shirt quilt was taken off the machine yesterday morning and it turned out wonderfully! I hope who she made it for appreciates all the beautiful fabric, construction, and quilting that went in it to make it a pleasant memory of her high school and college days.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


We didn't do any actual gardening yesterday, but I did get to work on my garden quilt for a little while before heading out to run errands.

This is one of the sections being built. It's on the bottom of the quilt and should be pretty challenging to get together once I get all the pieces cut out.

 It doesn't look like much now, but it's still in construction mode.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I lied!

I said I wasn't going to long-arm yesterday, and guess what? I lied! After working on some of the gardening appliqué pieces, I decided I was at a good stopping point and knew I had a customer quilt sitting in the spare room waiting to go on DW. I have to deliver this Thursday and thought I'd better get it started in case there were any issues.

Here's where I'm at today.

Customer T-shirt quilt I'm simply doing a meander on
Here are pieces of the garden quilt as they are evolving.

Except for the muslin on the background pieces, everything else will be taken from my existing stash. I think I'm going to have to get a little creative for some of the colors and patterns.