Sunday, September 28, 2014

Catch Up Time... what?

It's been much too long between posts - I know! So much has been going on over here - I'm still down to only the one machine. And with still being only one machine I have been like a crazy woman working on quilts. Working during the week on my already behind client schedule and quilting all weekend long on secret stuff for market peeps and a couple of other things (and no, I can't share any of that stuff - secret or other) -- I lie, I'll share that they were amazed by my quilting. I don't care who you are, hearing those words feels great! On another note, I truly have to laugh (out loud) - I've been posting my client quilts on my client Facebook page as well as my other blog and every one is like OMG you're so fast. Not really, I'm just quilting every hour of every day... it's like being an accountant at tax time. I'm just working really long days which online appear as being really fast.

So, back to the many things going on in my little quilty world. Let's start with the sample quilt I stitched on for Quiltworx - OMG, what a beautiful quilt. I've already posted it on my other blog with many more photos, but I'll share the full picture again here. This is one of the quilts for market that I am able to share:
Weathered Windmill - Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer
Isn't is awesome? Click on the links above for more details. I know that you will be able to see this at market, it'll be in either the Quiltworx booth or the Timeless Treasures booth -- as it is pieced in Quiltworx new fabric line, Reclaimed West -- so if you're at market check it out and feel free to send me a pic! I can't wait to be able to share the other stuff I've worked on -- absolute beauties, hopefully you'll see them soon!

Next we'll jump to the MQX Quilt Festivals - Midwest show. I had entered The Thing with Feathers and also True Colors (aka White Lines). Honestly, I wasn't expecting much so let me tell you how tickled I was last week when I received the email stating I had won a ribbon... OMG really?!!

Let me tell you, the excitement I feel when reading those words never gets old! Unfortunately I wasn't going to the Midwest show so I was depending on my peeps to keep me informed, and they did! Turns out, The Thing with Feathers won an Honorable Mention - wooohoooo!  I love this quilt, but then, you already know that. Several of my friends snapped the pic for me (thanks again to all of you):

Ooooohhhh lookie there, that's a beautiful ribbon next to that quilt (with some awful fold lines)! But wait... the news gets even better! Turns out True Colors (aka White Lines) snatched up a Faculty Ribbon as well (thanks Linda for snapping the ribbon pic and letting me know). For those that don't know this about me, any choice ribbon (teacher, viewer, judge) is one of my favorite ribbons -- it means that my quilt was some one's absolute favorite -- how can you beat that?!! So here's a picture of True Colors and also her ribbon:

Winning anything on this quilt is pure amazement to me... seriously, super sweet icing. There were so many issues with  this quilt creating, quilting, the lines, blocking, painting, etc -- I truly just wanted to share her with people so they can see that mistakes and problems can still turn out beautiful! 

Now on to the non-quilty stuff. In all that craziness I did manage to sneak away for an afternoon of family fun - it was much needed and even more appreciated. It all started when the littles came over with a surprise:

One of those is mine!!! OMG, pure deliciousness. What started out as a quick visit turned into an all-day adventure.  It was one of those super-amazing unplanned days! Aren't they the best?!

Some of you know this has been the year of pool issues. We've been fighting with the pool since March -- chemical balance, crazy algae that wouldn't go away, broken salt generator, etc. I have been in my pool a total of 3 times since March... really!  It has been depressing, disappointing, I've actually gone numb to the entire pool issue. Well, in the past two weeks we have finally resolved ALL the issues - and yes, I spent yesterday afternoon floating my stress away - it was nice! 

Oh and last night I found out we are the proud grands of a little fluffer-nutter! She weighs in at a whooping less than two pounds!

I hope all of you have been enjoying life - both quilty and non-quilty. Til next time... 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Just a little catch up...

That's all I'm doing anymore - catching up.  Come to think of it, I can't even recall when I was ahead of myself.  Perhaps it has never been?!!  Hmm, I might just have to ponder on that...

Until that answer arises, let's see what has happened in my little quilty world:

Client quilts - still behind, but working some crazy overtime (kind of morning, afternoon, and evening stitching).

Old Gam had a maintenance check up.  Well, it turned into a maintenance pick-up as she had to go away for repairs.  So instead of having my usual two machines for multiple chaos I am now down to just the one for a few weeks.  Here is Richard (Pat's Calico Cottage) prepping old Gam for her road trip for some heavy maintenance and new parts:

I finally ordered the purple fabrics for Lucy.  I went back and forth between solids or prints, it was all I was thinking about, but finally decided on solids.  Shocking, I know!  I ordered them from Cherrywood - the eggplant 8 step gradation - because yes, my Lucy will be purple!  I can not wait to get started on this!

Oh, remember the JTA field trip a couple of weeks ago? I had purchased the ladybug fabric for place mats.  Well, I made them:

True Colors was chosen as The Quilt Show's quilt of the day on 9/5 - that was cool!

I wrote a little article for Gammill on the AQS QuiltViews blog - check it out when you get the chance -  - I'll have a couple of more of these in the very near future.  I will definitely let you know when they become available.  In the meantime, check out the other great stuff on the AQS Blog!

I think that's about it... for now!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A little catch up...

Lot of stuff has been happening over here, most of which is client work (still behind) and the rest isn't too quilty (just causing more behind-ness).

So here goes, in absolutely no particular order:

I had a birthday!

My son moved into his own place - wow, yep, that one is kind of bittersweet.  I'm so proud of him and the man he has become and yet he's on his own... when did that happen?!!  I swear he was just starting high school last week!

I discovered I can charge my phone on the Vision 2.  I know, it's the little things, right?!!

I actually attended two guild meetings - here's one:

I managed to sew, yes even if only for one evening:

True Colors (aka White Lines) debuted at IQA's newest show Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in a special exhibition - here's a peek
photo by Janet Lee Santeusanio
This... which needs no further explanation.

And finally, the great news that two of my quilts were accepted into MQX Quilt Festivals - Springfield. Yay! If you're going, you can say hello to True Colors (aka White Lines) and The Thing with Feathers.
The Thing with Feathers
I think that's about it... at least what I can remember.  Til next time quilties!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stupidity reigns in the land of chaos...

or... chaos reigns in the land of stupidity -- either one works equally well in this case!

This title could easily be a weekly post in my studio - at least lately. Most of you know I'm crazy behind on my client schedule, if not, surprise! And by crazy behind I mean like 5 quilts should have been finished already, so those, plus the amount of time to catch up which usually doubles the time behind -- it's a crazy kind of scheduling math, one I try to avoid at all cost!

So anyway, I'm working on a super-secret project for someone. Yep, super secret. So when it arrived I opened the box pulled it out and said OMG... it's awesome and quickly put it back in the box. A little back story - this super secret project is for the wonderful Sondra (shesgotmojo) Millard, aka Mojo Quilt Designs. She dyes the most beautiful fabrics. I purchase some of these beauties from her, some just by chance, others I custom order.  Well... I ordered one early last month to match a competition piece I'm beginning soon. Here are the fabrics for my quilt - a bunch of silk dupioni that I've been collecting for some time now:

So I sent the fabric picture to Sondra as I'm beginning to spoil myself with custom dyed backs that totally match the fronts. Here is the amazingness she created (the photo is borrowed from Sondra's Facebook page):

So tonight, I'm sitting here wondering when the backing is going to arrive as it's been a couple of weeks now. Hmm... maybe? Yep, if I actually took the time to look at all the items in the super secret package (not just the awesome quilt top) I'd see that in addition to the super secret project and the backing for the super secret project, there was also my backing. Yes, it is times like these that I don't just feel dumb, I wear it proudly!

So here is a picture of my backing that I snapped just now:

It is beyond gorgeous.  Now I really need to get started on this quilt!!

Oh, and I can't forget the super secret project - no, I can't share it, but I can share Sondra's backing for it - amazingness:

Friday, August 8, 2014

JTA Field Trip!

What a great day!  Today should have been a Journeys Thru Art meeting day, but instead we went on a field trip.  Well, half of us did, two of us are summering in Maine (nice right?), and the other two just couldn't make it (not so nice).  Let me tell you -- FUN, lots of it, happened today.

We started early this morning (early for me, probably mid morning for the rest of the world).  Here's my usual road trip pic:

Our actual field trip was to the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts to see the Florida in Fabric II exhibit.  It was a really nice exhibit.  I'm kicking myself for not submitting something.  Eons ago I saw the call for entries and was like yeah I can do that.  Then life snuck up, smacked me in the forehead, and I pushed it aside.  Silly girl!

We weren't sure where to park so we asked this guy... he escorted us!  Pretty awesome huh?  Well that, or we looked suspicious...

So here are just a few of my favorites, in no particular order:

And, as if all that wasn't enough, our field trip continued, deeper into Florida (notice the dirt roads):
Nancy is having a new kitchen installed and since we were up in Melbourne, we had to stop by the granite place to help her decide - this was my top choice (for Nancy, I had many choices for myself, if I needed some granite), the color is Typhoon Bordeaux (please comment and tell her how awesome this piece is):

And Nancy is a wonderful driver... really!  Nancy is one of my best friends, and we have a never-ending inside joke about her driving -- the parking situation, that's new!  I love this - this picture made my day!!

So after all that came the quilt shops.  Our first stop was The Quilt Place in Rockledge.  I was fairly well-behaved and purchased project stuff only.  On the left is a blue for accent frames and a yellow/blue batik for a background on an old project (these pieces will go together on this old project) - I'm hoping the background fabric matches, it's close.  On the right are a super cute ladybug fabric and a cool wobbly stripe.  These will be for place mats for my son and his girlfriend.  I also had to get on a list for my Row by Row license plate as they didn't have any more (insert super pouty face here).

Then on to Boutique 4 Quilters in Melbourne.  Again, I was pretty good - a new 9mm open toe foot (because I suddenly can't find mine?), and some greens and blues for leaves.  They will be used in an upcoming applique project that is brewing.  And yeah, I got my license plate!!

Oh wait, I can't forget the awesome selfie mirror in Nancy's car:

It was a pretty awesome day with some great friends!  Now to find my calendar to schedule our next field trip!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

True Colors (aka White Lines) is FINALLY finished!

Hard to believe, I know!  Like I have said in the past, this is the quilt that refused to be finished.  Her she is wearing just a few sparkles.  I know the previous photo without the bling is a much better pic, this mornings sunlight wasn't as perfect, although it still shows the bling and quilting so I'm not complaining:

I love bling, and could have easily added crystals everywhere on this quilt. But, I'm learning that is one of my personal preferences. Not everyone likes bling, it actually bothers some people. So knowing this quilt looked pretty amazing already (you all told me), I decided to just add a little bling. I'm hoping I hit that perfect balance - no worries, I'm sure you will let me know. I am really happy with this quilt. And no, I didn't think I would ever say those words. She has a few issues, no need to name them here - if you can't find them I'm not going to point them out!

Here are just a few pictures I snapped during the bling process:

So if you don't already know the entire story of this quilt, here it is, from the beginning:

2/22/2012 Bobbin work - longarm style
8/9/2012 Update on True Colors/mexican pinwheel
6/6/2013 Over-Extended and Undertimed (also known as everyday)
2/21/2014 WIP Inventory
6/29/2014 The quilt that refused to be finished...
7/11/2014 Week in Review, plus a few days...
7/23/2014 Soaked and Blocked
7/24/2014 White lines...
7/27/2014 Update on White Lines...
8/3/2014 True Colors (aka White Lines)

I realize some of the links also link back to previous post, but this is the majority of them in chronological order.  I really wish I could remember when I officially started the center pinwheel...

Don't forgot, you can see this quilt debut at IQA's newest show Quilt! Knit! Stitch! at the special longarm exhibit. I'm not sure where she'll go after that.  Even with all the issues this quilt has I think I will still send it out to competitions, she really is a beauty!