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 (btw impressive customer service) 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. I am not redoing the EQ7 rendition because it doesn't look right. I do however like what we have now.
Mar 26: Prewashed all fabrics.
Mar 27: Finished pressing them all out for cutting.
Apr 25: Cutting.
Feb 17: I am not the only one who loves Haberdashery. Cameron wants a blue one. We've got it planned & fabric is ordered.
Feb 23: Fabric is here.
Feb 24: Prewashed.
Feb 13: I learned a new quilting word today that is actually quite common--Quatrefoil. Per a Missouri Star Quilt Company video, I am going to use a fabric that grabs me whenever I dare to enter Sew Original. Truth be told I am not crazy about the EQ7 rendition this time. I think & hope the real fabrics will look so much better.
Feb 14: Started off with a horizontal quilt layout but like the on-point rendition better. Once I get a block or two made, I will have a better idea of what I what to do. (There are some RWB version on XYZ.
This is another in Joan Taylor's RWB collection.
From Joan: I love it and can't wait to give it to my friend. I hope I'll be able to get him
to let me take a picture of him with it to share with you. Thanks so very much.
From the very beginning, working with & for Joan has been a delight. It is a joy that I can be a part of her special project.
Sep 08, 2016: Saw an unusual navy batik at the shoppe today I couldn't pass up. I like the casual feel & the way the lighter shade in it pulls in the lighter fabrics. So this 3rd Americana quilt is planned for some day in the future.
Feb 07, 1017: The nice thing about plans is that they can change. I saw a quilt that I revised to make into a RWB for the Joan Taylor Rwb project. And this has become my 2nd, not third, Americana quilt for Joan's project.
Feb 14: Once again, I looked up the quilt that inspired this one. I missed the amazing story: 2011 - Jim's Altered Lemoyne Star before & am so glad to share it now.
Feb 17: I want to make one block today. It was hard enough to decide which block to make so I asked Joan to choose. Now I can't decide between a 16" block or a 12" block. You'll know when I do. Hmm...I guess a 3/4 block will do for a trial run.
Feb 18: After my trial run yesterday, I have decided on 18" blocks which has even 1/2" dimensions. I prefer the larger block look over the 12" stars. I also admit I like the idea of 12 stars over 20 stars. Did a second trial run on half a star & got the dimensions right this time for the 18" block.
Feb 21: Cutting strips.
Feb 22: Have enough strips cut to get started piecing.
Mar 05: I've finally started the piecing phase.
Mar 08: Trimming diamond segments.
Mar 09: Joan gave me a tip ... big help.
Mar 13: Have enough 1/4 blocks from my first set of strips to make 9 of the 12 blocks.
Mar 14: Making stars. First 9 done. Also cut all the remaining pieces including corners & borders.
Mar 15: Picked up some backing fabric. Made last 3 stars. Cut & pressed corners so they are ready to sew.
Mar 17: Finished the 12 blocks. (Turned out to be 17.5" blocks but who is measuring?)
Mar 18: Rows are together. Quilt center is together. Now the borders.
Mar 19: All borders are on and this the quilt top is finished.
Mar 20: Pieced the backing. Loaded ready to quilt.
Mar 21: Quilted. Joan will do the binding.
Mar 22: More pictures.
Jan 31: First Contact. We've already been working.
Feb 06: Quilt is here. The color is a warmer casual navy than the royal blue showing in my pictures. The backing, actually a bed sheet, is a light denim blue that completes the top nicely adding to the casual affect.
Feb 07: Will be quilting Deb's Swirls using So Fine! #50 #434 Misty Blue & Warm & White batting.
Feb 25: Prepped & loading.
Feb 27: Quilted.
Jan 05: Started planning.
Jan 11: Before I could hear back from Ted, some of the fabrics I selected were no longer available. Redesigned a simpler quilt. Ted loves his dogs so we needed a quilt that would be compatible. The fabrics are all flannel & I will use wool batting. Since Ted sleeps in the dogs' bed .... I mean since the dogs sleep in Ted's bed ... they should all be comfy.
Jan 12: Sent Ted this plan. Hope he likes it because I ordered the fabric last night. He does. I bought enough extra plaid & fabrics to get free shipping & to make a 2nd similar quilt. Will be making both at the same time.
Jan 23: Fabric is here. Prewashing.
Jan 24: Everything is cut ready to sew.
Jan 27: Borders are ready to attach.
Jan 29: Backings are pieced. Attaching borders.
Jan 30: Quilt tops are finished ready to quilt.
Feb 01: A true mountain man very familiar with firearms, Ted selected Ellen Munnich's Revolver pattern. I am thinking about using a 50% offset version of my honeycomb pattern for the 2nd one.
Feb 17: I am not the only one who loves Haberdashery.
Dec 22: I was asked by each of two friends for a black quilt. Hmmm. I was short some UNC fabric so I looked about for black fabrics. I ordered the hearts & backing when I first saw them to round out my order.
Dec 23: Ann is one who requested a black quilt. I offered her Bee Creative or this fabric. She chose this. I just ordered more of the hearts & backing plus the border fabrics so I will have enough to make a 2nd quilt. Had to get the Grunge Onyx from a diffferent vendor for the best price I have seen for a grunge.
Dec 28: The hearts and backing fabrics are here. The Solid Grey Grunge is not going to work though--wrong shade.
Dec 29: The Onyx Grunge is here.
Dec 30: All the fabric is here & now prewashed.
Jan 04: Found the right shade for the middle border at the local quilt shop.
Jan 23: Prewashing the middle border.
Jan 24: Everything is cut ready to sew.
Jan 27: Borders are ready to attach.
Jan 28: Quilt top & backing are pieced & ready to quilt.
Feb 04: Will be quilting Zephyr using Bottom Line Cream or Tan thread & Warm & Plush batting.
Dec 14: Just as I was about to settle in for a nap, I got a call. I need the binding done on a quilt -- don't know how & don't have time -- ....... for Christmas. Ohhhh? We agreed to meet at the local quilt shop so Karyn could pick out a binding & she wouldn't have to drive all the way out here. Besides I had essential errands to run. Delightful woman that Karyn. With the help of the staff including Patricia who referred me, we actually found quite a few options. Knowing her son, Karyn knew what to choose.
Dec 15: Will attach binding and then sit down for a long winter's sew. Didn't have enough binding ... wait I do have a small remnant .... Hand binding.
Dec 17: Binding is finished.