I often claim to have a Quilting "Hobby" in attempts to hide my obsession with fabric and color.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Client Quilt

Several weeks ago, I received a call from a lovely woman looking for some quilting to be done on a quilt she had made for her daughter's birthday. She had used a longarm quilter in the past, who also owns a local fabric shop, and she was given my number off a business card, because the owner was too backlogged to take on her project.

Now, keep in mind I haven't done much for client quilting, and I don't have a long arm. I told her this over the phone but was more than willing to take on the project. Boy am I glad I did! Not only did I make some money (yay!), but I met an amazing woman, and discovered a new idea for a quilting project.

Forgive me for the elusive write-up but I must remain somewhat vague as this is a gift that has not yet been given, and I will NOT be the one to let the cat out of the bag.  I have a few pictures I can share of the back of the quilt just to show my work. Because I am proud of it. I did all the Free Motion Quilting on my home machine (my beloved Janome MC6600) and while I had a stencil, I did most of the work by eye. And the thread I found by chance~ Variegated in all the colors of the backing fabric! What a find!!!!

Once the quilt is gifted, I will post again to this and show the front side, because let me tell you, it is a gorgeous quilt, with an incredible story. But for now, you just get a peek....

I also have a new quilt ready to go under the needle. It will be called Star Cabin, and it's done in Blue and Orange Batiks. It will finish out as a throw at 55"sq. More to come for pictures on that later.....

Lastly, todays funny.....what to do when it's hot out? Stay cool like a cat! Way to go Lilly!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Newest quilt top

I decided to try a new quilting technique. The Hunters Star. I used this amazing product called the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star by Deb Tucker.  Pretty neat. It gave me the motivation to use some fabric I bought way back when. And then I decided it would be neat to add some embellishments and attempt some basic bias applique. Lots of fun, very neat. I used a beautiful rayon Sulky thread and a double needle to secure it to the top, and when it's time to quilt it, I
think I will do some shadow quilting.

But let me tell you, those mini irons get hot!

I have to admit, sadly, I have managed to turn Quilting into some sort of contact sport. I have cut myself, sewn my fingers, glued stuff to me, and now, I can add branding.  Nothing like a day of quilting to add something to the conversation table. How many of you recognize this mark? Yup, that would be the Clover Mini Iron.

My son saw the burn the other day as it had a chance to dry out and darken down. He asked what it was and I told him it was a mark. "A mark?" he asked, and I answered, "Yup, to remind me which space ship I belong on!". They are so fun to mess with....