Thursday, July 16, 2009

I've been busy

Well, I got my IQ last week. I love it and am trying out several patterns. I had some trouble with some things but I cried out to my friend Debbi and she helped me over the rough parts to start.

I also had a hard time figuring out how to the finish a row of panto, roll the quilt and start the next row. The IQ-Yahoo group helped me with that. On the bright side, when I couldn't get the quilt lined up where it was supposed to go, it took me 2 clicks to go into manual mode so I could "fill" in the gaps in the pattern.

So here's a couple of my efforts. This is a kingsize rail fence in blues. This photo is the flannel back so you can see the quilting. The digitized pattern is called Virginia Flower. I should have scaled it to be bigger since I used double batts. The customer wanted fluffy.

virginia-back

This one was a rush on a shop sample. I used Linda Taylor's digitized Twirly Feather. I love this one because it is big and open, not too dense. I did the Twirly Feather in the field, nothing in the inner border and Sassy (digitized) from Keryn Emmersen in the outer border. I did not have the pattern sized correctly (another mistake) so if you look, you will see how IQ travels (in a straight line) down the side to the next part of the pattern. LQS owner said it was OK with her. Next time I use a panto inside a border, I will have to "Preview" the entire row to see where it ends.
LightBlues

This was a special-order digitized pattern called Menorah and Stars of David from Georgette Dell"Orco at Quilter's Niche.
menorah-dtl

Another Virginia Flower scaled to 14 inches.
sq-in-sq-ft

And this is a paper-piece fractured hearts that I did freehand hearts and ribbons on.
hearts2

The IQ comes with some nice patterns but it is always fun to freehand and to play with new patterns.
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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 Help (Kindle)
  • 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
  • Bleachers by John Grisham

This is called Fruit Cocktail

This is called Fruit Cocktail
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