Thursday, July 30, 2009
It seemed like it took forever to quilt because we have been having thundershowers move through this area almost every day, so about the time I would get going well on it, a thunderstorm would move through and I would have to shut down the machine. That seems to cause me to lose all momentum for the day, and it is very difficult to get started up again. I think it actually took me 3 days to finish this quilt with the storm interruptions!
I love the creative flow of custom quilting, but I don't do much custom quilting for customers (and I'm not complaining... I just don't make any money on those because I am slow and meticulous, which means I make about $3/hour!).
Also done this week was a very old star quilt (probably 60s fabrics), hand-pieced. It was really a challenge because it was coming apart in many places. The quilting won't win any awards, but I was able to stabilize the quilt to where hopefully it will last for a long time with gentle care.
And then I've also done 3 quilts with pantographs last week. So you see, I really HAVE been busy!!
Now... off to pin in another quilt. I don't plan on quilting any more today, but the next one will be ready and waiting!
Have a blessed day!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
And speaking of Kathy A., here she is with one of her projects, a cute snowman wall quilt.
Pat and her log cabin and star blocks from Civil War fabrics.
Barbara and 2 cute baby quilts.
I promise THIS AFTERNOON I will load the quilt-finishes pictures from retreat and WOW will you have some eye-candy!
Of course, that will be AFTER a busy day of quilting... I think I have customer quilts stacked everywhere, and I must do something about that today! Because...
My SIL TWISTED MY ARM and is MAKING me go on a mini-shop hop tomorrow. (Yeah... right...HAHA!) The invitation was to join her and my niece on this trip. We will visit 3 not-so-local quilt shops and then make a run to "the Big City" to visit Sam's Club... My list is long.
Truthfully, I need more fabric like I need a hole in my head, BUT... the fellowship will be fun, I'm sure we will find a great place to EAT, and I can window shop (SURE!!!! You KNOW I won't buy anything! HAHA!).
So... off to quilt. I'll post again late this evening and share retreat finishes.
Have a wonderful day, enjoy this little bit of cooler weather, and count your blessings today.
Friday, July 17, 2009
#1 - Renee G said...
I love surprises, so I would love to be entered in your giveaway. It sounds like a lot of fabric fun.
I have emailed Renee and as soon as I get a mailing address the rainbow bowl, 5 coordinating fat quarters, and 1 yard of hand-painted fabric will be zooming her way.
Thanks to all who entered, and thank you all for putting up with me and my meandering posts. Please continue to check in with me, and if you enjoy my blog, please tell others!!
The remaining pictures of our retreat will be posted sometime this weekend... I just don't have time to deal with it today!
Congrats to Renee G!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Now... off to rest. See ya' tomorrow in Blogville.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Lunch Menu: Chicken club sandwich rings, rainbow slaw with pineapple, strawberry shortcake
Dinner Menu (OK... it is SUPPER where I come from!): Southern Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, zesty French salad, butter batter bread, chocolate cobbler (super-YUM!).
And here is my first finish... This quilt uses a Moda Swanky jelly roll, a little yardage for the borders, and a lot of time and pressing. I got the pattern from the Moda web site. See, Dear... I really HAVE been busy and not JUST playing on the internet!!
Tomorrow I will post LOTS of finishes... our group has really kicked it into gear today and lots of things are up on the "finish" wall.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Today we have... gone to a quilt shop in Montgomery, TX, ate at the Rabbit Run Cafe (YUM!). Since returning we have done a lot of quilting. And tonight was our first meal cooked by Chef Charles... YUMMO! I'll try to remember to take a picture of the meals tomorrow... he REALLY does do a great job of feeding us.
BUT the highlight of the evening was the "jungle dance". Each evening at some point decided by Fearless Leader, the music to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is played. Remember this is the SEWFARI, so the music is our theme song. When the music starts, we are all SUPPOSED to get on our feet and dance. Yesterday it was an animal imitation dance, and each participant got a tiny animal to place on the top of their sewing machine. Tonight, participants in the Congo Line got animal tattoos! Note I said PARTICIPANTS.... (A COUPLE of us did not get a tatoo... no play, no tattoo!) This event was captured on video... now if I can just figure out how to load it...YOU'LL get to see it, too!
We posed for group pictures, and now back to quilting into the wee small hours of the morning. Tomorrow will totally be for quilting... no Fabric Aquisition Road Trips (FART for short) are planned. Tomorrow I will also share more great blackmail, ummm... I mean CANDID photos. Stay tuned!
Monday, July 13, 2009
This is a part of the barn that we don't plan on using until late tonight! The bedrooms here are so pretty with a quilt on each bed, and wonderful decorations. We LOVE coming here.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We will spend 4 days and 3 nights quilting, eating, laughing... the usual for women who leave responsibilities behind for fun, food, and quilting into the wee small hours of the morning. They (Charles and Janet Watson) cook, they clean, they keep the coffee pot full... WONDERFUL!
My plans are to take the laptop and give you all updates on our accomplishments and fun as we go along. So, YOU ARE INVITED to attend this cyber-retreat!! Come along with us, please. We would love to have you meet us here each evening as I post what we have been up to that day.
Now if I can just get the rest of my stuff packed to go, and get some sleep tonight. It reminds me of trying to sleep the night before I went off to summer camp as a kid... too excited to rest!
See you tomorrow evening!
Friday, July 10, 2009
I was really pleased with the colors... hope you like them too.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Jamie's technique is really easy and neat because there are no raw edges! These are really fun to make! He is working now on a DVD that teaches his method. I'll let you know when they are out because as part of our class we will get one.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Patricia asked the question about good books to learn fabric painting techniques. There are lots of great books out there on painting fabrics; it seems to really be growing in popularity. Here are the ones I have used. I have had these for quite a while, so whether they are still in print or not I do not know.
"Off-the-Shelf Fabric Painting", by Sue Beevers. Subtitled "30 Simple Recipes for Gourmet Results". A very good book with step-by-step procedures. I used this book when I taught fabric painting at the not-so-local quilt shop. Publisher: C & T Publishing
"Fabric Painting, a Simple Approach" by Ginny Eckley. Another GREAT book with tons of information, patterns, and a great gallery of painted fabrics and projects. Publisher: Martingale & Co.
My favorite fabric to paint on is 200 thread count white fabric. I don't usually get the PFD (prepared for dying) fabric because the thread count is not as nice as the 200 thread count. When you are done painting on the 200 stuff your fabrics LOOKS like commercial batiks. Now that is impressive!!! HOWEVER, I can now order the PFD wholesale, so that may be what I use once my supply of 200 count is gone.
Type of fabric paints: I like to use the Setacolor Textile Paints, transparent. I also have some of the Shimmer paints... very nice addition to fabric that didn't quite turn out the way you wanted.... just paint some sparkle on it and it will look fabulous anyway! I have never used the opaque paints so I have no experience with them. The transparent Setacolor can also be used for sun printing, which is another really neat technique.
Source of paints: Two places that I have ordered from are: Pro Chemical & Dye (they have GREAT customer service and a very nice selection of supplies), and Dharma Trading Co. (another great company to work with, they have a larger selection of supplies. ANYTHING for painting or dying, they've got it!)
I hope to be doing a little fabric painting the later part of this week and I will take some pictures to post. I was going to post pics of some of the things I have previously painted, but that means I have to FIND THEM... cleaning out my quilting and office/sewing rooms are on my list to be done this week, also (IF I can tear myself away from the really beautiful fabric basket I am working on).
SHAMELESS PLUG: Don't forget to sign up for my drawing on the July 2 post... you could win 1 yard of painted fabric plus other goodies.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have and I will try to answer them.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT MY DRAWING... ENTER BELOW. I'm upping the offerings as I come across things that might sweeten the pot, so keep checking me out.
ALSO: Post about my giveaway on YOUR blog and get an extra entry. Just leave a post (on the July 2 entry below) and let me know you have done so, also leave the link so I can read about it.
Become a follower of my blog and get ANOTHER extra entry! Already a follower? I'm not leaving you out of the fun! Just leave a comment and let me know you already follow, and you will also be given the 3rd entry.
Have a wonderful 4th of July!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Would you like to win
Would you like to win a fabric bowl (another technique I learned from Jamie)? Sorry for the washed out colors, but it really is beautiful! I will be making another one in a few days using a color progression, and I know it will really be nice. THAT is the one I will be giving away.