Friday, November 02, 2007

Black Lights and New Lights


Look at my new addition, a light bar with 4 flourescent bulbs makes it like daylight inmy studio. Putting that light unit together was not easy for me and my husband. We could have used another set of hands. It weighed a ton. Just getting it up from the garage was hard enough. It was a balancing act to put the pieces together. It was worth all the effort, though. I can really see what I am quilting now. And it holds cones of thread.

Then I decided to try one of those Hidden Glow pencils that show up with black light. I drew the design using the wavy template, I turned off all the lights and flipped on the blacklight on my Gammill. That design just popped up and made it so easy to see while I quilted. I had a bobble with the template so there were some lines over lines. I think that the quilt has to washed to get glow pencil out.








Funky Flowers for Sally



The Crazy 9 Patch in Ramona had a Funky Flowers class last month. Susan came down from San Bernadino to teach the class. Susan really knows her stuff. I love taking a class from Susan, no matter how much a chatter and goof off, I always learn something from her. She is very patient. I will be quilting two of these from the class. The first one is Sally's. She wants me to quilt it exactly the way the class sample was done.
Lesson learned: cut the fringe after the quilt has been quilted. I quilted my hopping foot into the fringe twice. YIKES. As soon as Sally binds it, she will wash it so it can get soooo soft.



Sunset Motorcycle



Cathy made this quilt using The Creative Iron Fusible Fabric Art. It is a laser cut fusible applique. Cathy wanted lots of quilting on the motorcycle so it would not come loose. I tried to make it look like the motorcycle was in motion.

I put in some desert accents like Saguaro cactus, sagebrush and hills, flying eagles in the corners of the border, a big sun in the right corner. I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting and King Tut thread #912 named St. George which has variegated gold, rust, orange and yellow.



Sunday, October 28, 2007

I Love those Baptist Fans



I love the Circle Lord Baptist Fans. They give a quilt a traditional look. And the Circle Lord Baptist Fans are so easy to use and produce a perfect design of fans quickly and easily.
This is Lori's quilt, 90" x 104"; it's an Irish Chain for her son. The back is a green flannel. I used Signature's Limey Green thread top and bobbin. Take a look.







You can see the fans template on the table.
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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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  • The Appeal by John Grisham
  • Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (again) by Harper Lee
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This is called Fruit Cocktail

This is called Fruit Cocktail
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