Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Little Late!! (highlights)

* Listened to Tanesha's Podcast
  -artsy inspiration
  -Outlander collaboration
*Charity Quilt
  -sewn binding
  -ready to be mailed
Post Card Swap
  -Dbl secret
  -Tried something new
  -Hope swap partner will like
Hexagon progress
  -steady but slow progress
Longarm practice plan
  -blank canvas
  -lots of ideas
Until next time.......
*Found in draft format and posted

Saturday, February 15, 2014

On the Radar

Belated Happy Valentine's!!!

Full Moon effects results "crazyness" in the medical field sometimes. IMHO

"Beatle Bag"
  -Abbylane Quilts

  -Designer grants permission to sell for profit! Note: finished products not pattern!

                                         My first attempt. 8-/
What it should look like!

On the Radar
  -Process person
  -Sewmammasew (Kennedy Bag)
  -Sew Sweetness (Aeroplane Bag)
  -Pam (HTBAS Podcast)

AJ Update
  -My youngest is coming
  -My boys missed me!

 -CS Update: 
  A third of the way quilted. I plan to complete quilting the top this weekend and start on the charity quilt below.
 -Charity quilt top (VLN)

Jamie Wallen (correction-not Walden)
  -Raising my LongArm table  
  -YouTube video

President's Day (#PDSI)
  I am making mine #PDSI weekend, because that's how I roll.

Additions to my assorted stash

Until next time............

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Refreshed and Motivated!


Celtic Solstice is about 50% quilted and remains on the frame. I decided to quilt an all over design. It was becoming to time consuming figuring out what I wanted to quilt. Just to clarify, the quilt "does not speak" to you.

A snap shot of the Virginia Longarm Network (VLN) - Birds of a Feather 2014 weekend:
The Event Logo

A few pictures and brief descriptions! Bottom line, I had a great time this past weekend leaned lot and, met a host of talented people who enjoy quilting for others. 300 longarmers and wannabe's in one place and much fun was had by all.

The venue was excellent. It was held at the Founders Inn and Spa in Va Beach, VA. After talking with my sister, she informed me that they had a butt-kicking Sunday Brunch! Can't be too shabby if "MY" sister gave it praise. If you knew my sister, you would understand. If you are ever in the area, consider making you hotel plans there. A great place, great service and a good feel.!

My weekend was full of classes!

I had classes that focused ruler work taught by Karen Seivert and a little on whole cloth quilt design process. From what I was told, she has blue ribbon quilts in Houston and Road to California. Here is a picture of one of her pieces. You can find more about Karen here at The Nifty Needle.

Karen Seivert Design

The longarm "make it/take it" project was fun. The bag parts was stitched out for immediate play time. Not much talk time during that class. My FMQ ability, or lack there of, was obvious on that black tote bag. Our handout consisted of the directions to complete your tote. 

Another fun session was on how to keep and attract customers taught by Marie Tallman. I received great handouts during her class. The information received can be used when I get ready to start my own  business. Her website, Pinewater Quilting Company can be found here. She also has an Etsy and an Ebay store. 

Even though I have this blog, I enjoyed "Bloggin for Business" taught by Angela Walters!  In this class, there were a few blogging tips that I had not been exposed to and appreciated the information that was shared. Glad that I signed up for that one.

Angela Walters by her Quilt

I took, I think, a total of seven classes and enjoyed all of them. Plans for next year has alreadey started. It seems as if it will be the same time next year. If so, I will definitely be there.

Additions to my stash:

I met new friend, Dana. We sorta bonded while waiting to get off the plane in Norfolk. She is a military wife and a quilt shop owner! Who knew. Her shop is in Thomaston, GA. Here is a link to her shop here, Southern Stitches Quilt Shop.

Until next time......

Sunday, February 2, 2014

CS Linky Blogpost

Here's a pic of Celtic Solstice:

It has now been on the frame for 2-3 weeks. I was having a mental block on my quilting decisions for Celtic Solstice. I talked about following the lines of the outer boarder. I am not sure what I want to do with the orange/blue border. 

Today, I will begin quilting the top with an all over design.

Until Next Time.........

Saturday, February 1, 2014

ISO (In Search Of)


A lot of "CRS" going on in the episode. Remember, you were warned!

In this episode I talk about:

My applique pins were missing in action. The lead me to "the search" and "rescue" of forgotten treasures. You see, my unorganized craft room yield a multitude of potential finds. It also yield to slowing down my momentum when I get a project in mind. Hmmm, potential finds vs. momentum, which is better. This could be a toss up! Well, my missing pins led to a new purchase. Now that they have arrived, I will more than likely find the others. It's that how it always works?

Do you see the holes created the hole punch? This is how I use my applique pins when doing EPP:

Jenny Doan's evilness, not really. The DP is not a hard block, however, working with bias is always challenging. If you did this top cutting for the individual pieces, it would be easier, IMHO. It may take a little longer, but, no bias to deal with!

Take a look a the pic below! You see? Do you see what I did!!!! I did not have another 10" square to replace the blue! I did not want to start another block, too many steps to get to this point. Sooooo, I did the next best thing...repaired it! Be forewarned, pay close attention to surrounding fabric when trimming dog ears!


Good as new, almost. (I used another block to fix the white triangle)
Who out there remembers the video game "QBert"? It was one of my favorite video games to play back in the day! Do you remember the sound he made when he went over the side? Silly me! I tried to duplicate the sound in the podcast. Please forgive me. I hope it made you chuckle. You have to admit, the blocks 3D effect reminds you of Qbert. This was the baby quilt I started when my daughter first got married. It was in hopes that she would give me my first grandchild. I guess that was not meant to be. Now, I do three grandchildren and love them dearly. They just happen to come into my life at various ages. I should just finish this and either frame it, make a small wall hanging or donate it as a baby quilt. What do you think?

Until next time.....