Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse day!

Today is the day we will see the total eclipse! Mr Wazoo is wearing his eclipse shirt (a no brainer for his birthday tomorrow...) and we are ready with our special glasses and shoebox camera obscura. Now we wait... I will tell about it tomorrow.
As for yesterday, I finished the first of two tee shirt quilts for the same customer.

All quilted and ready for binding.

Our go-to tee shirt panto: Dazzle

Soft brushed plaid on the back
The binding is the same fabric as the sashing. I sewed it down last night, and the quilt is finished! I worked on the second quilt most of the day yesterday, getting the shirts cut and arranged on the design wall. These tees have much smaller designs on them, and made for smaller blocks. I will make up the size with the sashing and borders.I'll be doing that when we're not 'eclipsing'!

Another Florida State fan
Mr W worked yesterday, as well, and finished the quilting on this autumnal colored quilt. Good job!
Another quilt where the border measuring was dubious. Mr W had me straighten out and baste every row. No pleats or tucks in the quilt, so we did a good job. People!! Measure for your borders! It will make the quilting go so much smoother if you do.

Three borders. The quilt was two inches bigger at the top and bottom than it was in the middle!

Mr W did an outstanding job with the difficult panto: Autumn oaks. Those acorns are tough to hand guide the machine around!
Well, I had better get moving and get something done before the eclipse-mania starts. Until safe, and enjoy the event.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tee shirt quilts

I haven't posted lately because I think its boring to look at tee shirts being prepped for a quilt. I cut the front and back apart, remove the sleeves and neck, back them with fusible interfacing, then trim them straight. One all that is done, I play on the design wall, trying to get a pleasing configuration using all the shirts.

Experimenting with placement
Once I get them in a nice balance, I cut some sashing and start sewing the bits together like a big puzzle. I sew the shirts in columns, trying to keep the width of each column consistent. Here they are sewn together.
I didn't add vertical sashing because the quilt was already as large as it could be without borders.
Then, after measuring the center part, I added small borders to bring it to the size requested by the customer. I just need to make the back, quilt it and add binding!

Top done!
Meanwhile, I quilted this quilt of valor on the computerized machine. Mr W was happy to see me do this one, as stars are really hard to do on the hand guided machine.

Panto: Simply stars

I had some trouble with little dots of bearding on the back.I don't know what the cause was, but it drives me nuts!!
Mr Wazoo worked in his man cave, and finished this pretty quilt made from vintage blocks inherited from the customer's Grandmother. She is giving it to her daughter.
The blocks are all hand pieced

Panto: Feathers and flowers

The sashing and backing are perfect for this sweet quilt
I got another small quilt done, too. One for a favorite customer of mine. These quilts go to her missionary effort at her church.
I have this fabric, too! I love fabrics with people on them.

Trains on the back

Panto: Paper dolls

At the end of the day, I'm in my happy place.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Many balls in the air

Right now, I have so many things going on that I feel like the circus juggler! Yesterday, we had the board meeting as well as a show meeting for the guild. There are lots of things to be done and vie for my attention, but I'm sure I'll get there if I just keep moving forward. One of the balls in the air is closer to being eliminated, as I am finally done with the quilting and tinting of the Rat Race quilt, and only need to sew on the binding, sleeve and label. I ran out of steam at 7:00 last night, and called it a day before going home and making supper.It will be done today!

The Rat Race

I wanted it to remain cartoon-like, so I lightly tinted parts of the background with crayon and heat set it afterward.

I also added shoe laces to the runners

I 'pebbled' the road to distinguish it from the sidewalk

Today, I will get to work on two tee shirt quilts for a customer's grown children.
I love my life, but think it is a bit crowded right now!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I worked on my rat race quilt today while digitally quilting a customer tee shirt quilt at the same time! It takes longer to do both, but they get done without too much trouble. First, the tee shirt quilt...

The subject matter is a bit creepy, but the quilt is expertly made and quilted beautifully.

Our go to panto for tee shirt quilts, Dazzle.

The backing is well suited to the quilt, too.
Mr Wazoo worked n his garage studio, quilting this dresden plate quilt. I love the fabrics in this.

So sweet and pretty

Panto: Flowers and feathers

Simple white on white backing.
While the Millie was doing her thing, I started in on the rat quilt. I am trying to make it look cartoonish by stitching all the lines twice. Nothing too perfect. Sort of wonky...on purpose! After stitching everything, I gave it a thorough spritz of water to get the blue ink off. It will be dry by tomorrow, and I can carry on with the quilting! So far, so good.

The whole shebang
On the left, a quilt shop!

In the center, a cheese shop

On the right, the Blairsville post office!
Tomorrow, I go to the Sewcial to demonstrate making a sleeve for a quilt. Then, I'll be home, playing with rats!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Happy work day

I had a very nice day, doing what I wanted all day long. I did deliver the wedding ring quilt, and the quilt maker seemed pleased. Whew!... Then some grocery shopping and home.
Mr Wazoo stayed busy in the studio, quilting a bed runner that is 36 x 117"!!. It just fit on the big Gammill, and he was rejoicing the fact he didn't have to quilt rows and rows and rows only 36 inches wide. He only had to quilt 3 rows, but each one took 20 minutes!! Wow!

Its a biggie!!

Very pretty. It will look nice at the end of a big bed.Panto: Feathers and flowers
I spent the day planning the quilting for my rat quilt. I'm not a good artist, so it took a long time and a lot of erasing to get it the way I wanted it to look. I did a paper pattern with a pencil sketch first; then I traced it with a sharpie. I laid the paper pattern and quilt top on the light box and traced it  with a water soluble pen. 

The finished drawing

Left side...


right side.

And here it is, traced onto the quilt top.

I have to re-do the cheese shop, the sign was too low.
Tomorrow, I will start quilting. Aaah, stitch in the ditch. Horrible to do, but necessary for a nice, square finish.
Brats and sweet corn for dinner tonight, and raspberries about one inch across! Yum.

Last two customer show quilts done!

I have finished the show quilts for other people and now, I can finish my rats over the weekend! I am so happy!!

This little wall hanging was primarily done with machine embroidery.

The seed packet blocks are charming. I custom quilted it with leaves and flowers.

See the bunny looking out from the gray plants on the backing and borders?

This is also machine embroidered, with a circus theme

The blocks are all a retro circus The retro styled blocks were echo quilted with yellow thread. The sashing has loops and the border has double loops.

The back is the same starry fabric as the sashing.

Another customer made this wild wedding ring quilt.

I used a swirl theme throughout for continuity in many different colors to set off the striped fabric.

The customer requested something to tone down the arcs, so I added colored swirls there.

I almost prefer the back to the front!! It would be a cool looking whole cloth!
Tomorrow, I'll plan the quilting on the rat quilt and maybe prep the first of two customer tee shirt quilts. Gosh! I'd better go to bed!