Dec 07, 2016: I purchased these fabric as part of Christmas Stocking event at Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop. No specific plans at present for these fabrics.
Jun 07: When I delivered Ted's quilt, he decided he would like to have a quilt made for Ana, his girlfriend.
Among the many choices I have on hand, Ted selected "I Love Music" like this original quilt.
Jun 25: I got an email from Ana. We talked. Not her preference.
Jun 26: We talked again. Ana really likes the heart as shown here. Ana wants the heart centered in a small cuddle quilt. That will be easy. The hard part will be following directions for a layer cake (10" precut squares) but using a jelly roll (2.5" strips). I've done some renditions but the dimensions are off until I can do the math. The heart will be batiks & the rest of the quilt will be flannels. If I can figure out how to use wool batting & NOT obscure the piecing in the heart, I will. If not, perhaps warm & plush batting. Ginger Heart is Ana's choice for a quilting pattern. Now we just have to get Ted on board--DONE. Shopped for fabric so I could do a quote. Final decisions yet to be made.
Jun 08: Marty & I have been talking about a quilt for his mom every since I finished his last year. Somewhere along the line I learned that purple is the theme. Marty's Mom has been dealing with serious family issues & just has not had the time to be involved in the planning stage. Today, Marty & I agreed that we need to go ahead and plan a quilt and let it be a surprise. Marty's aunt (Mom's sister) has cancer. The plan is to give the quilt to her (purple is her favorite color) knowing that one day it will pass on to Mom. So I have put together some possibilities for Marty to consider.
Jun 09: Ordered fabric for the quilt above. Things have changed dramatically since Marty & I started this project just 2 days ago. In the last 24 hours, the aunt/sister has gone from serious to only days. I didn't know this when I placed my orders. Whatever else this quilt may be, it is a prayer for all these dear people.
Jun 10: Finished all the ordering. I found the bits and pieces from 5, no 6 vendors.
Jun 15: Pre-washed 4 of 5 fabrics.
Jun 16: Started cutting & piecing. Prewashed last fabric that came today. Got 4.5 borders done, 2.5 to go.
Jun 17: Piecing finished. Marty came by to brainstorm backings. I learned his aunt died about a week ago. He decided on the dark teal from the Mystic Garden line, Donna Kleinke's Leaves & Ribbons for the IQ pattern and Bottom Line Ivory thread. Fabric is ordered & so we wait.
Jun 21: Backing is here.
Jun 22: Prewashed the backing. Cut, pinned, ready to sew the seam.
Jun 23: Ordered batting. Binding is ready. Backing is ready & being loaded. A note: I did not realize the backing fabric was directional. I guess if one wants the back side up, the quilt can be turned 90 degrees.
Jun 24: Batting is here in only 1 day.
May 20: First contact on Paula's "Be My Neighbor" quilt using her stash. She'll be sending this next week. Paula "Initially I wasn't even going to do it, but once I started, I couldn't wait to do the next block".
May 26: It's here! Larger & more vibrant than I expected. Very, very nice of course as expected from Paula.
Jun 01: Programmed.
Jun 18: Prepped.
Jun 19: Quilted. More pictures later. I'm hungry.
May 11: First contact about this quilt.
May 12: Donna selected Chantilly Lace like she chose for her last quilt. She asked me to choose the thread.
May 17: Quilt arrived. I've run out of places to photo an entire quilt so here is 1/4 of it. One of my most repeated partners with over 20 quilts posted here, I must say welcome back, Donna. I do believe this is an Ashley's Journey quilt layout (also a brickyard design). I choose Bottom Line Ivory for the thread & we will use Warm & White batting.
Jun 02: Loaded ready to quilt.
Jun 05: Quilting.
May 11: Shana picked out this bear panel & I ordered it.
May 16: Met Shana at the local quilt shop to plan her borders that will expand this 36x44 to a king size mattress topper 90" wide. That is a lot of border. Found a unique fabric called Moondance that takes up most of the border. We are still trying to figure out the rest of the layout. Playtime.
May 02: First Contact. This quilt is for Carol's 13 year old godson. Chatting on the phone & learning he is a big sports fan, Carol settled on Hoops for the panto.
May 08: Quilt arrived. This is feel good quilt - makes me happy.
May 19: Started prepping.
May 20: Thinking about thread. First thought was best background blender but I thinking more color where the basketballs will show on the white blocks. Carol has chosen one with blues & green. Turns out Silver Bottom Line bobbins work best with this thread.
May 21: Bobbins, programming, etc.
May 22: Prepped backing.
May 23: Loaded ready to quilt.
May 24: Quilting.
May 25: Quilted.
May 03: Quilt arrived. We spent yesterday planning the panto & settled on the overlapping version of Wrought Iron. I'm thinking Bottom Line Light Yellow will do nicely & not over power the blues.
May 13: Prepping.
May 15: Finished prepping. Loaded. Quilting.
May 17: Proving to be a challenge, I point out how difficult this was to piece. I get lost just trying to follow the design. Making progress row by row.
May 18: Quilted. It is overcast outside so I can't get a good picture of the quilting. Actually the thread blends so well, this is pretty much the way the quilt really looks. I still can't figure out how Kathy pieced this Ye Olde Forest Mystery Quilt. Very interesting design, I think.
Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop has moved across the street more or less. Solicited to help, we had fun nonetheless while tolerating the heat, the work, the chaos, the meal breaks, did I mention the heat?, the concrete floors, the water--lots and lots of cold water. :Slowly things came together for the most incredible sale one could imagine. Batiks, grunges & other Moda bolts all on sale for ridiculously low prices plus an extra % off for end of the bolt. Patterns, Anita Goodesign CDs, needles, books, thread, so much more I can't begin to cover it all.
Fabric I picked up includes
AH! The sale has been extended all week
Occasionally I buy fabric if the price is super right like $5 yard & gorgeous. Here is my limited stash. If you can use any of these, let me know. The same is true of other planned projects. Eventually I hope to get around to them but if you see something you like, let me know.
Apr 12: Joyce asked if there was fabric with Scriptures on it. Of course I showed her Dorothy's work and then went looking. I have fallen in love with this panel & been playing with layout options to show her. If she likes it, fine, If not, I've had some fun. I am physically ill from all the website stress lately so doing this is therapeutic/calming.
Apr 13: Fabric is on the way. Just ordered the teal from Fiberworks. Thanks Karol for very good prices.
Apr 17: All the fabric came in today. Bought a bit of border sashing since I can't use the top & bottom of the panels.
Apr 13: Met with Crystal this morning to get an idea of what she might like. It will be fun to see where we end up. WoW wowed her instantly. I pulled the greens and purples from my batiks collection & will plug them into the EQ7 rendition to see how it looks & what it might need. Also have other fabrics on hand that might do.
Apr 18: Went to Greensboro. Picked up a pattern & some purple & green fabrics.
Apr 24: Met with Crystal & showed her these options: Enchanted Pond & Rum Raisin. She liked them but Will O' Wisp will be her quilt.
Apr 10: Quilt top is here.
Apr 19: We have a plan. Thread change from white, to bright red, to dark red, to medium blue using Classic Stipple Meander all over (like this one). Will quilt sideways to maximize quilting area & minimize the number of times I need to roll the quilt.
Apr 20: Loaded ready to quilt. Had to tweak the programming some.
The technique is to create a panto for the entire quilt & move it out of the way. (BTW, this is for my benefit more than yours.) For the first row, I will
Apr 21: Quilting.
Apr 22: Quilting day 2. Hopefully things will go faster today.
Apr 23: Quilting day 3. All of the white is quilted. And all the blue is quilted. And all the red is quilted. Yep. All done!
Apr 05: Picked up a small brushed cotton project for the next baby/child that comes along. Love the delicate super soft fabrics. Planning to use a twist on my charm quilts (Charm Quilt, Shannon's Charm) wanting a bit more than a no-piece center this time. Joan saved me from this plan with some solicited & gratefully appreciated honest feedback.
Apr 08: While trying to resolve my website domain issues, I am playing here to refocus. I only have 4 fabrics to work with. My second plan is like my 2012 Baby Quilt which I love. "Much, much, better." Indeed. I think I got the rose & ivory fabrics switched in the pinwheel blocks. Hmmm. Guess it works either way.
Feb 20: First contact.
Mar 07: Sonya is looking at patterns. New to this whole world, she is exploring & discovering. Thinking ZZag, Triangles SD or Jennifer's Cables -- all geometrics. If I do my job right, I will guide Sonja to learn how to select a nice pattern. No, I do NOT know what will work ... yet.
Mar 08: Quilt arrived. I've done a quilt rendition & 3 rough overlays to get us started on selecting a pattern. Time for a phone discussion.
Mar 28: Have a plan using SINE curve.
Apr 24: Loaded ready to quilt.
Apr 25: Quilted.
Mar 08: Mary has a lot of printed quilt top fabric with coordinated backings along with a large supply of polyester battings. She spent the day here but we kept running into various problems not worth detailing. After learning a lot about prepping for longarming, Mary took her quilts home to wash & inspect them carefully.
Mar 16: Trial run for Mary. We prepped, talked, loaded, talked & started quilting. The pattern backtracks almost 100% so quilting time was over 6 hours. Most quilts this size take 1.5 to 3 hours.
Mar 17: Quilted.
Mar 03: Reed and I have been working on a quilt design for several weeks now. Finally have a plan & fabric is ordered.
Mar 06: Thread Bear Fabrics are here. The Stitch n' Ship fabrics are on the way.
Mar 08: The final fabric is here.
Mar 09: Finally got around to photographing the fabrics together. Hmmm. Do not like it.
Mar 10: Went to local quilt shop & left my friends looking for matching fabric while I went for a much needed hair cut. Finally decided to have Reed drive over the very short distance from where he works. He had no trouble making a selection.
Mar 26: Prewashed all fabrics.
Mar 27: Finished pressing them all out for cutting.
Apr 25: Cutting. Using the method taught by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. for half square triangles, namely, sew 2 squares together all around the outside edge then cut diagonals. Yields 4 half square triangles.
May 01: Continuing with the cutting. Will have 64 blocks: 16 light squares & 48 half square triangles (16 half floral/half light, 16 half floral/half blue, 16 half blue/half light).
May 06: Now making progress. Sewed the cuts squares together all the way around & cut into half square triangles.
May 07: Planned the layout. Ready to sew the rows. Got 5 of 8 done.
May 08: All 8 rows are pieced & pressed ready to join.
May 09: Working on joining the rows - very slow going matching the points.
May 11: Finally got the quilt center done, i.e. in one piece. Borders next.
May 13: Added 2 of 4 borders. May have a problem with wavy borders I will have to stop and fix. (This is not the first time I have considered starting all over again on this quilt.)
May 19: All day long just to add one white border after doing what I could to fix my wavy issues.
May 28: Quilt top is finished. Still need to piece the backing.