Saturday, July 11, 2009
For those of you who remember, I quilted two quilts about a week apart. The first was for Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. It was a large sampler all done in blues, donated by Cecilia H, an avid quilter here in Ramona. The quilt also had a large Hawaiian medallion. The church had a festival on June 1st and the last of hte tickets were sold and the winner of the quilt was Joann F. Father Andre loved the quilt and commented that he hoped that he won the quilt as he was drawing the winning ticket at the festival. Joann F. decided to give the quilt to Father Andre. How cool is that? Well, I guess quilts are warm but you get the idea. Quite a generous gift. The quilt made $575 for the Prayers and Squares group at Immaculate Heart Catholic church.
On Father's Day, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church drew the winning ticket for the Spring Star quilt. The quilt, a Lone Star done in greens, reds and ivy patterned fabric was expertly pieced by Judy H. Joanne B. sold the tickets between services for 4 weeks. The Prayers and Squares at Spirit of Joy Lutheran made $666.25.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
I'm up early because we have to drive down the hill (37 miles) to drop off my Trailblazer for service. I only trust Bill Clark and his people with my cars. I'm fussy. Well, I think a lot of folks are. When you find the right guy for the job, you want to stay with him. No substitutes will do. So we'll get the car dropped off at 8:30, then go have a nice breakfast. I might even unpack some of the boxes in the garage. This move has taken too long.
All of this is just marking time, stalling, until Helen and her husband, Tony arrive to install my Intelliquilter computer on my Gammill Optimum Plus. I am so excited. I had to find a welder to fabricate 2 extensions for my light-bar. $60 for 2 6-inch square tubes that fit perfectly into my light bar, thank you very much. It only took me 15 mintues to find the welder in our small town and he had them ready the next day. So the machine is clean and timed to within an inch of it's life. I have a practice piece for testing the IQ stitching later. The studio blinds are open for lots of morning light. The air conditioner is sitting at 78, ready to be called into service. Helen and Tony are from the Las Vegas area so they are no strangers to heat. But I bet they run their air conditioner all day long there. We just have a thermostat and it decides when to come on and go off.
OK, I'm just blathering on. I am so excited to get this quilting robot. I plan to use it for some of my edge-to-edge work and to record some of the blockwork I do and save those for later use. But mostly, I am looking forward to sitting down while the machine does the quilting.
****Update**** It's here. I love it.
This darling quilt was made by Brenda as a shop sample for the Southern California Quilt Run coming to the CraZy 9 Patch for the next 2 weekends. It will be mayhem. So many quilters will be looking for the right next project. I'm betting that Brenda's Christmas Faeries quilt will catch many eyes...and sell a bunch of fabric.
Brenda designed the quilt pattern herself and the patterns will be given out free at the quilt shop for those buying the fabric. I wanted to use some razzle-dazzle quilting on this beauty, so make the quilt will get the glamour treatment. SID, thin border baubles, lots of ribbons and bows and double-half-circles in the border. It will all eb done in gold So Fine thread and Quilter's Dream batting.
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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