Friday, August 31, 2007

Avoidance

If there are two things I'm really good at it's procrastinating and what my husband call avoidance. They kind of work together. Like right now, I have a quilt to finish. I have found all kinds of things that "just need to be done"... Like printing brochures... trimming the quilt I need to send out... posting on my blog...heck, I'm even thinking of doing some laundry!

This is the quilt I need to send out- (A customer quilt that came in response to my ad in Quick Quilts magazine...yea!). The quilt I'm avoiding is a pretty quilt, well pieced, simple panto design, probably 1-1/2 to 2 hours work and it will be done. I just can't make myself go work on it. The thread we chose is gorgeous, but it's touchy. I had problems the last time I used it, but thought it was just me. This time I went looking for hints and found that the manufacturer has "revised" the suggested uses and doesn't really recommend it for long-arms. Not saying you can't, several people on a couple of forums love this stuff. But, they love it for detail and fine work like micro-stippling. I'm using it in a big open panto. I only discovered the problem when I did the first pass on another quilt. Looked at the back and lousy tension anytime I go right to left. Adjusting the tension just makes it break... so, loosen the quilt sandwich, get the tension as good as possible, and go r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w. I hate crawling when I want to run. The first quilt (70 X 70) took me 7 hours quilting and fixing (mostly fixing) This one will make up for it but I just don't wanna do it! Oh well, I'll put on my big girl panties and get over it. Once it's done, it's done and I know other folks are having way worse problems than this.


I did find the pictures of the flannel squares orphan quilt . Someone really worked hard on this one.

A few squares are pieced and she even matched the plaid- Attention to details- wow!









Tuesday, August 21, 2007

'Cause I'm a woman... W-O-M-A-N

This was the week that wasn't
OK, we all know that weekend that begins with this, can't be good...







The washer has been broken for about two weeks, so two trips to the laundromat (yuk). But now...my husband's truck blew a brakeline, so he has my Jimmy and there's no way I'm WALKING to the laundromat, so...Sunday I finally had the time to turn it over and investigate. I was hoping to simply find a broken belt- No such luck, but I did find the villain-

The link between the motor and the drive assembly (thank you to the Internet for schematics) had given it's life so the motor wouldn't burn out. Monday (I'm still stranded at home) I call and yes there's one in stock, send my dear husband to get it and spend the evening putting it in after work. One small hitch to solve re-connecting the water supplies and I should be back in business. - Update- The hook-up went pretty well but there's a small problem with the hot water line to work out, but washing in cold water is better than doing it in the sink!


During this week I have 2 quilts to do with deadlines. I believe quilts tell you how they want to be quilted, but these two were mumbling. I got the first one done Friday night, the second one will go faster, since the designing is already done. They are really sweet and I'm happy with the quilting.

These are pieced for a customer by Sarah at Downeast Quilting (my binding wizard) The weather has been dreary, so I'll get better pictures when the sun comes out.

This is the back so you can see the quilting.



In the meantime, I have also quilted 3 charity quilts as

well as baking bread for the week, making a zucchini bread and nursing a sick cat.

So, I've been cook, quilter, nurse and washing machine repair person, no wonder I didn't get anything posted on the blog. I'll try to do better next week with the posting.









Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Routine is Good

I don't know where the weeks are going! But, they are going in a much more orderly manner. No big surprises or last minute changes. That is SO nice.

I've been quilting and still trying to get the renovations done at the shop. The electric is almost done. I had to take a bit of time away from that to build some cabinets for downstairs. The sewing machines have moved upstairs and piecing is a bit of an adventure, but my furniture arrangement looks like it will work out.


The last quilt I finished was the lupine print. It had lots of quilting, so a few pantos will be great to let my brain rest.


I got one of my "Orphan Quilts" back from Sarah. All it needs now is a label. I thought I had a picture, but can't find it. I'll post it when I do. I just love the orphan quilts. It's nice to see some one's hard work finally finished. This flannel squares top was hand sewn and all the seam allowances were overcast to stop fraying. I had to finish one seam on the last row. There are a few blocks that were pieced and whoever made this top took the time to match the plaids. That much attention to detail deserves a better end than languishing as a UFO somewhere. With the twill backing it is a really snugly rustic "cottage" type quilt. If it sells, I'll donate some of the proceeds to the Ark Animal shelter to help with their orphans. That's where Emmie and Leggs came from.



This is Leggs and Emmie...They own the shop and graciously let me work there as long as the food bowl stays full!










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Monday, August 06, 2007

Brain Cramp

OK, I had a brain cramp, or an ear cramp... The mysterious quilt block is Communion, not Chameleon. I was just too distracted by all the pretty quilts. One sense was working overtime so another didn't work as well. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Great Quilt Show


The quilt show in Pembroke (not Perry...oops) was great. They hold it in a little church in the woods and drape the quilts over the pews and the altar and hang them on the walls. It is such a riot of colors and styles. I saw lots of patterns I would like to try. Even found a couple of new border designs. People look at you a little strangely as you trace the quilting in the air with your finger trying to see how it was stitched.





Mary saw a quilt she wants to make. The lady who made both of them was there and told her the pattern name is "Chameleon". I've googled it and come up empty. Does anyone know the name of this pattern? I wonder if it may have come from a magazine? It has a great primitive look.
Well, off to work. Have to squeeze in a trip to the laundromat too. The washer is broken and I haven't had a chance to see what's wrong yet.
If it's not one thing it's another.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

I just love Saturdays

Maybe the novelty will wear off soon, but I just love this Saturday morning stuff. It seems easier to get out of bed, I get stuff done, and today I get to go to a quilt show! Mary and I were going to take the Town Hall quilt to the show and sell tickets, but we couldn't get the canopy to sit under, and neither of us is up to a full day in the sun, so we are just going as spectators. The show is held in a church in Perry (I think). They hold it every other year. One of the organizers is Bonnie Hunter... not the Stashbusters-Scrap Queen Bonnie Hunter...Maine's Bonnie Hunter. Kinda weird, huh? Two Bonnie Hunters, both seriously into quilting.


I never mentioned the last of the "green quilt day" quilts. Sheri's "patchwork therapy" had lots of chunky borders and I couldn't decide what to do in them, so I did a little bit of everything. Each piece has something different in it... there are freehand leaves, stenciled feathers, you name it I think it's there. It was fun to make it up as I went along and went along with the "funky-ness" of the quilt. There's more pictures on the webshots page in the July 2007 album.


Well, got to pack lunch for the show. Hope to come home with lots of ideas.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Time Flies!

Wow, how has it been 2 weeks since my last post? Things are finally settling into a bit of a routine. A busy one, but a routine none the less.
Most of last week was spent quilting what is almost a wholecloth quilt. The customer does what she calls "nature printing" . She uses actual plants for block printing. It makes for a very realistic painting. My job was to fill in the rest of a queen size piece of unbleached muslin. This is the result.














Yes, the quilting went a little over the top (I seem to go there quite often) but I like the way it came out.














I also picked up a quilt from Sarah that has been lurking as a UFO for years. It was a mystery quilt and somehow I was never crazy about the contrast. Now that it is quilted and bound, I really like it a lot more. If I keep up at this rate, I'll be able to hang out the "quilts for sale" sign fairly soon.










The renovation upstairs continues. No pictures yet, but I have overhead lights, lots of plugs along one wall and the electric on other wall is almost done. My sewing machines have moved upstairs, but haven't been set up yet. Not having a sewing machine is no fun. But it is keeping me focused on quilting. I just keep thinking about how great this sewing room is going to be.