Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Design Challenge

Yes, I admit it, I should have been working... but this is working ... sort of...

JudyL posted a design challenge on her blog and I couldn't pass it up. I love to play with EQ and this was a good excuse/ exercise. It is so cool to see what different people come up with using the same block.

I changed the fabrics in mine once the design got going, but it's just the
Arkansas Crossroads block that Judy gave us to play with. I added some sashing between the blocks and a border treatment that I love- and I borrowed from Judy. Hope she doesn't mind, I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due.

So now off to "work" I have quilts going out and coming in and a meeting of a crafters co-op I'm helping to start... Anybody know how to put more hours in a day???

Sunday, October 07, 2007

September... Found

I just finished uploading pictures of September's quilts to the webshots album and I think I found out where September went. I did a lot of quilting last month! There's 8 different quilts in the September album. Two of those are custom.

The NASCAR stripes quilt took a bit more time than planned because I didn't like the way the stencil pattern in the stripes was working out, so I spent 2 movies picking out the stitches and then re-did it.

I liked it MUCH better the second time.

The second custom quilt was the Kaffe Fasset squares I mentioned in the last post. It was pretty straight-forward quilting... stitch-in-the-ditch on the sashing and stipple in the big squares, but the challenge was the "Suffolk Puffs"

Now I think they look like yo-yo's but if a top designer calls them puffs, then they are puffs. Anyway, they sit there at the intersection of the sashing and are a bit tricky to quilt around until you get the hang of it.

That's one of the things I love about this job. I get to play with quilts of all types. Trendy Kaffe Fasset to Thimbleberries samplers. And that's about as wide a spread as you can get.

Then I also finished 3 Quilt pink quilts (there are 5, but the last 2 were technically October quilts). The QP quilts were from Jennifer at She has a great online fabric shop. All sorts of fabric and at discounted prices. Nothing better than that (except maybe chocolate). I'll post pictures of them as soon as I get them. I sent them off so quickly, I never took a picture.

So I guess I was busier than I thought. It's really nice to see the pile of "quilts in waiting" getting smaller. Maybe, just maybe, I can get to quilting some of my own tops, or maybe some piecing... Wishful thinking I know.

So now I have found September. I feel better. Sheesh... no post for a month and now two long ones in a few days. I guess consistency is not one of my strong points.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Where did September go?

I remember Labor Day weekend, I had found a huge blackberry patch and spent the weekend making jam and bread.

I had just finished quilts for two new customers- Jan who made this bright lap throw

and Marjorie who likes the more subtle tones of Robyn Pandolph.

The next thing I know Mary is reminding me that we are going to the Common Ground Fair this weekend...But wait, that's on the 22nd, It was the 3rd only yesterday!

The fair was a blast- It is put on by the Maine Organic Farmers & Growers so if it's organic or Earth-friendly it is there.

Well, today I look at the calendar and it's OCTOBER how and when did that happen?

I have been quilting like mad and I guess time flies when you are having fun.

This is Carmen's Kaffe Fasset loaded on the machine. I never would have believed that many colors could "play nice" together, but somehow it works.

I also did a crib quilt for Sarah. I really like this one, the quilting added something extra to the wide pink borders. I'm glad she let me play with it.

Hopefully I can get caught-up before this month is gone too. If not, is Thanksgiving tomorrow?