Archive for December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays

It is difficult to think that another year is passing. Thinking back over this last year, I have realized the many blessings I have.
Christmas always helps with the feeling of blessings as family and friends connect. Despite all the rushing around and full schedules, the holidays arrive whether we are ready or not. The most common question I hear is: “Are you ready for Christmas?” The question should be: “Are you ready to share your love and realize your blessings?” Everyone says it is not the gifts and yet we spend how much time and money for gifts?? I am so a part of this. I think I will try to rethink this for next year.
I know this blog is supposed to be about my quilting world so I thank you for your patience when I get off track. Thank you to all my clients for the opportunity to share my part in great quilts this year. Be sure to connect with me for a place on next years’ schedule. Remember, January is just in a couple of days.
Aspen and I wish you a merry Christmas, eh.

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T-Shirt Quilt Fixed and Beautiful

Sometimes I get projects from clients that need some tender loving changes to make them into a great quilt. This T-shirt quilt had been started by the girl that is going to receive it for Christmas.

She had cut the logos (roughly) and tried to make a collage out of them. They had been attached to a piece of fleece with yarn. Of course, they were rolling on the edges and the client did not know how to finish the quilt.

I took the logos apart and reframed them with fabric. Some of the logos were cut to close to the edges and I lost part due to the quarter inch seam I needed to add the new fabric. Even when things do not work out as planned, it is still possible to fix them and create a great quilt to snuggle into.

Speaking of snuggling, my other helping hand insisted we snuggle just a bit before I could finish this post.
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Loaded into the frame and Crystal Rose (my APQS Millenium) and I have begun the quilting.

Crystal Rose the great machine

Here are a few closeups of the quilting on this t-shirt quilt.

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So here is the finished quilt. It has been transformed into a lap quilt out of the logos that had started their journey differently. Once again, this is a finished piece and is ready to go to the client.

T-Shirt quilt

Do you have any t-shirts that need to be transformed? Are your drawers filled with t-shirts that you have collected from different events or activities you participated in during your past? If so, consider contacting me and let’s see what we can make so those t-shirts are being used and so you have more space.

Sue

Applique Quilt For Christmas

Mia helping

It does not matter if I am designing, piecing, or longarm quilting, my shadow, Mia, is always around to lend a helping hand. She loves the sewing room and she loves the studio even more. She has a special bed in the studio and one in the sewing room so she can enjoy the day with fabric. How many of you love fabric? That will definitely be another post for the future.

This darling applique quilt top was brought to me to be longarm quilted. It was so fun to swirl snow throughout the blocks and give a bit of movement to the piece. Each of the blocks were made by a different person in a small group, and then one quilter received these blocks and put them together into a quilt. I loved the detail and fancy that was added to the blocks. Just makes me smile. Here is another example of the connections in the quilting world that keep us motivated and inspired to make beautiful quilts with and for each other. Hang on to those quilting companions! They truly are invaluable.

Elaine's applique

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It feels great to have another quilt longarm quilted and off to the client. I know she will love having this during the Holiday season.

Elaine's Applique Quilt

I am working on my photo taking skills and hope that you forgive some of the pictures. In my excitement, I sometimes do not pay attention as I should. Anyway, another darling project completed!! Hope you take time to rest and relax during this busy season. I on the other hand am off to work on another project!

Sue

Quilting in December

Laurel and Doug's Memory Quilt

Laurel and Doug’s Memory Quilt

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The end of November and the month of December is always very busy. I am trying to complete many quilts for the Holiday season and sometimes those quilts take on a life of their own. Some take longer than I expect and others just come together as if they can hardly wait to be made.

This is a Memory Quilt that I made from shirts that belonged to a husband. They were some of the most beautiful shirts I have ever worked with when making a Memory Quilt. The fabric had fabulous patterns and colors that just sang to me.

I had previously shown you the pile of cut pieces I had been working with on this quilt.
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This was one of those quilts that just seemed to be vibrant and wanting to be made. I know that sounds funny to some, but my passion for quilting shows me that quilts “talk to me”. They tell me what they want or need as I continue to work on them. It is the fabric that works this way or that to come together in a beautiful quilt. In this case, there are many memories that are held in the fabric pieces.

I know that as she sits in a room lit by candles, special music playing, a nice glass of wine, wrapped up in a quilt made from her husband’s shirts, she will remember many, many good memories of their time together. She can “feel” his arms wrapped around her as she snuggles into the quilt. What a special gift to have at the Holiday season when memories are already swirling around us.

She picked the pattern and it was absolutely perfect. This quilt truly “talked to me”. The joy I had during the process of making such a gift was immense. I know that this is a quilt that will be treasured for many, many years.

Laurel and Doug's Memory Quilt

Laurel and Doug’s Memory Quilt

As I have time, I will try to have more eye candy for you with the pieces I have been completing. This season can be such a hectic time. Take a breath and remember the memories and loved ones you have. That is far more important than getting all the “stuff” done in a short amount of time. Spending time with loved ones means more. That will be the memories you hold.

Sue

November Was A Month!

I feel terrible that I have not posted more than once during the month of November. I do know that many of you are so busy that having another email at this time of year can be just the thing that toppled the stack of fabric in your to do pile. Since that pile can be huge, whenever possible, do not let it topple. It can be a huge mess stacking it back up. (Ha,ha.)

I usually hate excuses, but I think this month was a bit unusual for the things that kept me from posting. The biggest reason was that I have been in a black, hole cavern as far as technology is concerned.

After two new routers, many tech support calls to my service provider, and two printers biting the dust, I finally had internet service. However, my IPhone decided that it would randomly choose which photos it liked (regardless of the ones I had taken) and would only send certain photos to the ICloud. Apple support and ICloud support keep telling me that the phone can not choose which photos it likes and which ones it does not like, but the problem remains that only some photos go to “the cloud”.

It is extremely difficult to write a post when photos are not available. So I have been holding off until the problem is fixed. After fifteen days of three to four hours with tech support, my problem remains: only some photos go to the cloud. It is very difficult to write a post with no photos available.

Anyway, I also have been quilting, quilting on many projects for clients for Christmas gifts. I am hopeful I will be able to share these with you during the next couple of days. Please forgive me for not including photos in this post, but I am positive I will have great eye candy for you in the next post.

Remember that this time of year is for love, not rushing around. Breathe and love and be thankful for all your blessings.

Sue