Busy Year

img_4172 img_4173     It has definitely been a busy year. I had intended on posting more, updating my photo gallery, and printing new patterns this year. Alas, I have not had time.

Keep posted as I hope to meet one or more of those goals.

 

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Remember, life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Be positive, loving and giving!

 

See you soon!

sue

January 2016

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It is hard to believe that 2015 has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I thought there would at least be 12 months…..oh, wait…..there were and they flew by so fast that I can only hope 2016 will move a little slower.

This is the time of year that we all consider how to make this next year be different in some way.  Some of us have goals.  Some of us have resolutions, some of us make lists, and some of us just hope that this new year brings about some changes of some kind or continuation of things we like that happened last year.

I have never been one to make resolutions, but I do have hopes.  For those of you that know me, I always have HIGH hopes.  I seem to want the moon, but will take a piece of cheese if that is what happens.

My hopes for this year is for moderation in projects that I attempt this year.  Moderation in gardening, moderation in landscaping, moderation in my budget, moderation in activities that take time away from what I would really like to do, and moderation in expectations of myself.  There it is, those HIGH hopes once again!

I think my biggest hopes are to travel a bit more this year, to spend more time with my family, and to have a bit more time for my own quilting projects.  Scheduling did not go as I wanted last year so I definitely need to make a change to allow more ME time.

I also hope to be able to write more on the blog and post more photos of the quilts that I complete for myself and for my clients.  I was not very good at posting last year and I apologize.  Time management seems to float right out the window on many days.

Speaking of time management, now is the time to think about the quilt tops you would like to get quilted this year and call to get placed on the schedule.  The slots fill up before you know it and then my turn around time is further out then either of us would like.  I do have some clients that keep a consistent slot every two months so they know when there time is available and they are ready to go.

I truly wish you have a 2016 that is relaxing, loving and pieceful!  I leave you with a few photos for a bit of eye candy until I post again.  Another hope, to post more regularly this year.

Sue

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Summer Filled Quilting Projects

  I have been sew busy quilting that I have not posted in a while. The saying “the hurrier I go, the behinder I get” seems to match my summer. I have been very focused on getting quilting pieces completed for my clients but sometimes it seems that I am not making progress. It is always nice to look back at some of the quilts I have completed. Enjoy the show!   

Here are a couple of the details from the darling snowman quilt. 

   
This wall hanging was commissioned using antique appliqué blocks. The detail pictures below show how nicely it turned out. 

  
 
This blue and white quilt was one of my favorite client pieces this summer. 

    

I made this Levi quilt for a repeat client. I like to work with the varied shades from the Levi pants. 

    
I loved the colors and movement this piece presented.    

   
I have been able to be very creative this summer with my quilting. It helps to have great pieces to work with each day. 

   
   
A little flower garden to “grow” is always a visual treat. 

   
    
 
This was my Valentines For Aids auction piece this year.   

Loved being able to be very inspired with this great quilt. 

   
   
Here is the quilting on the back side of the quilt. 

  
This cute snowman quilt just made me smile. 

   

 This quilt was very large and took a bit of time to finish. 

   
   
Having a small piece made me think I was catching up on my client quilts.    

   
My dear friend and I each did this embroidery piece to learn how to use our machines. She finished hers and I quilted it. Mine is not finished yet. 

  
 
The following pieces continued to keep me busy this summer as I quilted, quilted, and quilted some more.  

   
    
 
I also managed to make and quilt this commissioned Double Wedding Ring quilt. It took hours and hours to piece and then the quilting was not a fast work either. 

  
I am still trying to stay focused and get these client quilts finished before the Holidays hit!  Anyway, I had better get back to work. I hope you enjoyed the mini quilt show!  Stay turned for more to come. 

Sue

A Few Pictures To Inspire . . .

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This quilt was a very nice piece that I quilted along with the following small table runners.   Here is the back side to show you how I quilted it:

The following were very fun, small pieces.  Sometimes it is great to have a series of small pieces to get the creative juices flowing. 

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I still have many pictures to share with you. I have been busy quilting!  Thank goodness it is my passion. 

It has been terrific to have met so many of you over the last couple of months and to have seen and worked for all of you. Continue to keep being creative so I can be creative as well. 

I will leave you with this gorgeous double wedding ring I quilted for Marianne. 



Simply Gorgeous!

Keep quilting,

Sue

Back In The Saddle Again

Seems that my posts disappeared for awhile as I moved into the summer, fall, and winter. I thought I was doing well with posting, until I wasn’t. I have so many pieces to share with you since last time. My goal during this next month is to get caught up and stay posting since I have been working on some fabulous quilts. 

I have added pantographs for sale on the website. I will be adding more as they begin to filter in to me.  Take a look and see if there are any that spark your interest. If you are local, you can contact me and pick them up to avoid postage charges. Remember to check back as more will be added.  As always, it takes me a while to get some technology things set up.  I am working on the postage calculation online. Until I have that figured out, you will get two charges on PayPal when you order pantographs, one for the pantographs and one for the postage. Sorry about the inconvenience.  As most of you know, I do get things figured out but tech stuff just takes me a bit longer. 

Here are a few photos from the booth that my sister and I shared at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas. It was definitely an experience. 



At least you know I am still around and am still trying to figure out the tech stuff (ha, ha). Keep watching for updates as I try to catch you up on all the great quilts I have had the pleasure to work on these last few months. 

Sue

Spring Projects

Scheduling gardening, yard work, and quilting certainly becomes a juggling act at times. My yard is calling to me that it is becoming a hay field while I am quilting in the studio. Thank goodness I am as organized as I am. Nothing would get done if I let my attention drift.

I have completed a couple of projects this last month. I repaired an antique double wedding ring quilt but forgot to take her picture. Too bad. She was gorgeous with a green background and prairie points all around the edges.

I completed this memory quilt for a wonderful woman who lost her mother. I hope this quilt gives her comfort as she shares memories of Grandma with her children. Memory quilts are a fabulous way to use clothing items of the person who passed and create a quilt to wrap around shoulders or lay in a lap and remember!

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I also have completed this very large T-Shirt quilt for a beautiful graduate! I really enjoyed making this quilt with all the different fabrics and photos added. It is a different layout than just a grid of T-Shirts. The time involved is more but it certainly was a darling quilt.
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I have another T-Shirt quilt ready to go into the frame, a top pinned to my zipper system and ready to go into the frame after the T-Shirt quilt, am piecing a double wedding ring quilt (only two rows to go) and am cutting out a new top.

The garden is in and thriving, the iris are almost in full bloom, all the flower beds are weeded, am getting ready to paint three adirondack chairs and a bench, am working on my vintage trailer, Trixie, and am still “letting the grass grow under my feet”. Guess I need to fit in the mowing soon.

Was working in the studio and this gorgeous dragonfly came to visit.
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Remember to be positive about life, count your blessings, and involve yourself in your passions.

Sue

How To Decide What To Quilt On a Quilt Top

I am so excited to be asked to write a guest blog for APQS. It took me a little while to really think about what I wanted to share with you today. I know that I am going to talk about how I decide what I will quilt on a client’s quilt, but it is an involved process.
There are some basic things I go through with the quilt maker before I can begin to generate ideas for the quilt. I thought it would be easier to video my talking about those basics and give you a direction to think about for your own quilts. I hope you enjoy the video.

I have never done a video for my own blog: CrystalVisionQuilting.com but think that I will try it again in the future. I had a great time spending time shooting the video and do hope it gives you great ideas.

I have been involved in quilting since 1972, even though I do not see myself as old. All aspects of quilting from beginning, teaching, having a store with my sister, Trinity, to having my own business that does: longarm quilting, custom quilts, t-shirt quilts, and memory quilts, has given me a huge background in the industry. I am always learning and I hope that I have been able to give you some help in deciding how to quilt your own quilts or quilts for your clients.

For information on the Precise Pantograph System, contact Trinity at 2SistersQuilting.com or check out the 2Sisters Quilting.com website. For information on apps, look at what is available on your phone or tablet.
I hope that you have enjoyed this guest blog. Please let me know what additional ideas you may have or just if it was helpful to you. Keep quilting! Sue

Spring Brings Out the Colors

I love spring as the flowers are beginning to have green shoots and the grass is coming alive and not so brown. It certainly is a season to look forward to when it comes to quilting as well.

I have been working on another T-Shirt quilt that turned out very well.

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The sashing and border on this quilt really set off the blocks and helped the logos to shine. Two of the center blocks were added from printing pictures and words on fabric. This is a great way to add to the number of logos or to add special sayings or photos.

I hope that as the yard begins to call to you with gardening tasks, you remember to set aside time for quilting. The quilt shows will be coming up and always needs pieces. Also, do not wait to the last minute for those Holiday gifts. Time passes quickly and being rushed to finish things can be very stressful.

Enjoy the spring time……..
Sue

Tax Season Always Interrupts My Quilting

It is unbelievable how fast this year is moving. Seems like only yesterday . . . . It also seems that I say that more and more frequently as I age.

I have been very busy during the month of February. Seems like, when it rains, it pours. So I just have to take deep breaths and move forward as best as I can.

As tax season approaches, I am buried in paperwork. I keep thinking that I am more organized this year than last, but I am buried and it needs to be done ASAP. Wish I could just quilt and not be interrupted by such stuff. I am going to try and be even more organized this year. I think I said that last year and here I am once again, complaining. Well, on to the quilting stuff:

My Flying M piece was auctioned and brought a very nice price for a great charity. I am so thankful for the buyer. I loved the piece so much that I think I am going to create something similar for me.

I have been working on this TShirt recently and finished it up for the customer.

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It seems to be the season of the TShirt quilt. I am finishing up on the one from last blog post. It is quilted and just waiting for the binding. I hope to have pictures of it for you in the next couple of days.

With the tax season, it seems that everything is happening at once. My vintage trailer, Traveling Trixie is coming along on her renovation. Check out my blog: GlampingWithTrixie.wordpress.com to see what is going on with her.

I am also having my furniture repaired (dining table base, and regluing a couple of chairs), my sofa and chair reupholstered, packing and moving everything out of my foyer, dining room, living room and hallways (including pictures on the walls) as carpeting is going to be installed.

The bulbs are coming up outside and I already have blooming crocus. The garden is calling for cool weather crops to be planted. Of course, there is prep work to do before this happens.

I also have several quilting projects for clients that are scheduled and keeping me very busy. If you have a quilt that you need made, or a top to be quilted,be sure to get on the schedule soon. I do not like being out more than a couple of months.

Well, wish me luck on the upcoming projects and look for more photos to come in the next couple of days.

Sue

Spring Fever Strikes

Seems like every year at this time, I want to be outside enjoying the nice weather. I am being called to come enjoy the sunshine. The sun is out today, but the forecast is for rain, snow, and more cold weather. I always look at the bright side though. I need to do some spring cleaning, organizing of my studio, organizing of my fabric, and general paper work (tax stuff). Maybe I will enjoy today and tackle things tomorrow.

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My art piece for the Flying M’s Valentines for Aids event raised some money! I am not sure how much but any amount certainly helps.

I am going to be a guest blogger for the APQS blog this next couple of weeks. I am very excited to be able to do this. It is going to be an article about how to decide what to quilt on a quilt. Wow! Just how do I explain that so it sounds good to the reader? I am currently working on it and will let you know when it is published and where.

I have been very busy working on two Tshirt quilts and a Memory quilt.

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This is one that I am working on today. I still need to add a border to it and get it quilted. I am also putting the binding on the other one but forgot to take a picture. Guess I really need to be outside. So, I will give you more pictures when the day is not so nice.

Call if you need to get on my schedule. I am really beginning to fill up and I know I need to build gardening time into my schedule.. Are your crocus up yet? I am going to look for mine…….

Be thankful for all your blessings!

Sue

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