Friday, May 30, 2014

It's Friday

I've been at it since 8:30 this morning and it's just past 2:00... time does fly when you're having fun! But all of the appliqué is finished and the border is on... hooray!  And the quilt lays nice and flat and isn't lumpy.  This is always a plus.

It always amazes me what the back of the face of a quilt looks like once the appliqué is finished; it's almost a line drawing of the other side. So I took a picture of it so that all of you could see it.  This will be inside the quilt against the batting, never to be seen again.

Next, the quilt gets laid on the batting which is laying on the back. Then the whole thing gets hand quilted - my favorite part of any quilt. That's when my quilts seem to come alive. All of those bushes in that amazing material will get quilted and there will be ripples in the lake and contours in the mountains.  I don't quilt right, according to "them." My quilting is not a regular pattern and it's never symetrical. I quilt to bring up details, in addition to holding the three layers together.

But all of this will wait until Monday...  My wonderful husband is "forcing" me to go camping in our little trailer for the weekend. Everyone should be so lucky!  Have a great weekend everyone. See you next week!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Life Goes On!

So today, I accepted the sheet job...  not sure why, but I did.  It's not real "artsy," but it is a regular customer.  So I accepted it to keep my customers happy!  Thanks for letting me talk that through with you.  I also came up with a number on the 30 miniature rag doll tree ornaments and sent it to that customer.  She's thinking.......

On the quilt front, I got everything laid out, square, flat (really important and sometimes difficult if the fabric has stretched), and securely pinned in place and ready to appliqué by about 1 this afternoon. I changed things a bit - what else is new!  But I'm happy with it now and that's all that's important.

It just always amazes me how much of a mess I make putting a quilt together!  I understand and am thankful that I am so fortunate to have all of this fabric ready to grab when the need arises, but man!  It took me an hour and a half just to get my room back to functional again!

I appliquéd for almost 3 hours.  If you've ever used a sewing machine, you are well aware of how it works; you sew in nice, straight lines.  Not me...  I keep setting myself up with all of these curves and corners to sew.  It's a trick to get just the flowing look I want without stretching or twisting the fabric.  Yesterday, lumpy was okay.  Today, lumpy is definitely NOT okay. All three sets of mountains are done and so is the top of the first row of bushes (I start at the top and work my way to the bottom.) I'm hoping to finish the appliqué tomorrow.  We will see....

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quilt Update

Quilt Update

I promised an update, and here it is!  I have yet another query on a custom order...  kind of interesting, really.  A customer needs custom sheets made.  She will get one sheet for her custom-made, 10 feet wide by 7.5 feet long bed out of two king size sheets.  It's a matter of cut/seam/hem.  Simple enough, but cutting a straight line for 9 feet (includes the drop) will be a challenge.  And cut it wrong means go buy more sheets.  I'm thinking about this one....

I've given a lot of thought to the 30 miniature rag dolls/ornaments, too.  I'm thinking half price on such a large order is probably the best idea.  Has anyone done large, like-wholesale orders?  Any advice on how to price these?  I would love to hear it.

Most of the day, I spent playing with material.  Arranging a quilt when it's a figment of your imagination is a challenge, even with a rough sketch.  But I'm getting there.  I'm happier with the foreground now, but the mountains need something...  I just don't quite know what yet.  Here's a photo.  Please bear in mind that nothing is attached, and very little is cut to size.  At this point, lumpy is okay!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

And So It Begins

The last time I had a quilt in my head, it stayed there for quite a while, as I was searching for an amazing piece of fabric for the sky.  This time, I own the amazing piece of fabric. There is so much depth and fabulous color in this piece...  I just love it.

So today, I sketch and then I shop.  Although I have a lot of the material I may use on hand, there's always something that needs to be purchased.  Besides, going to the fabric store makes me just as giddy as any kid at Toys 'r' Us!  Once the shopping is done, then everything gets machine washed and dried.  I should be doing layout by tomorrow.

In the meantime, I have a new custom order...  for 30 tiny rag doll Christmas tree ornaments!  I'm  working up a price quote for this today as well.  Fortunately, the customer doesn't need or want them until September.  It's so nice to have enough time to finish something!

Saturday, May 24, 2014


I've been "retired" a bit longer than a week, now. And in that short time, I think I've worked 80 hours! I put a bunch of time in on art festival planning.  GROOVEFEST Music and Art Festival is June 27-28, 2014, and I plan all the logistics for the event, as well as coordinating the entire art festival and all of the food vendors!  If you're going to be anywhere near Cedar City, Utah in the end of June, you should stop by Main Street Park and enjoy the festivities of this free event!  In addition to the many bands who will be performing live over the two-day event, there will be 60 artists happy to chat with you about their art.  More information can be found on the GROOVEFEST website.

I finished my custom order. This was a kick all the way around.  My customer wanted a pair of crocheted mens shorts.  And they needed to be delightfully hideous.  I think we achieved that, and in the process, I learned to crochet.  No, I'm not changing my name to iKnitQuiltSewCrochet!

I'm just about done with this white baby blanket.  This is some incredibly fuzzy yarn, and bouclé to boot.  It's not the easiest to knit with, but it has the most incredibly silky-soft feel to it.  I'm hoping to have it done this weekend, but we will see.  I kind of think it looks like a poodle!

I've had a quilt in my head for a few months now.  I didn't start it because I knew I was retiring and then I could start it and work on it without interruption.  Well, THAT hasn't happened... at least not yet!  You may remember this quilt, which was also a quilt in my head. This one took forever to finish because it needed to have all of those palm tree fronds hand-embroidered, and of course, they had to be worked in two different colors.  But the current quilt in my head doesn't need all that much embroidery.  I am wondering, though, how I am going to make the waterfall come alive.  My goal is to get it going this coming week and I promise to keep you all posted.