Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bloggers in my Guild

I just celebrated my 400th blog post. That's a lot of chit-chat. I use my blog as a quilt journal, to exercise free speech and errr, sometimes to vent my feelings about things that I regard me, not always to others.

I never know who reads my blog. I don't get too many comments so I'm never sure that what I share touches other people's lives. I have a long list of blogs that I keep track of and read regularly. So you can imagine my surprise when one of my guild mates came up to me surprised to finally meet the "real Ramona Quilter". A big shout-out to Rebecca L at Friendship Quilter's of San Diego.

So I will keep on blogging, whether you leave comments or not.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Michel's Paper Fans

This is a small quilt done with the digitized pattern called Paper Fans.

Veronica's Roses

This is Veronica's first quilt. It is a Take 5 made with shabby chic rose fabrics. It is very girly. I used Carla Barrett's circle-hook-fern motif in the red sashing. That is rapidly becoming my favorite sashing/border on girl-quilts.

I used Lisa Calle's Oh My Feathers. I absolutely love this pattern, lots of flow. ( I also used Joann Hoffmann's digitized feather spines with circles in the corners. You just add your own feathers to the spine. Very cool.

Jewel's Sunbonnet Sue

Aren't grandmothers the BEST?

Jewel made this Sun Bonnet Sue for her grand-daughter. It is pink with alternating Sue-blocks. Jewel added some embellishments to this quilt before I quilted it. She has buttons sewn to be flowers, wheels and even green frog button in the rainy day Sue.
I bet her grand-daughter loves it.

Barb's Pinwheels

This is Barb's Bucket List quilt. Barb asked herself what she would want to do if she only had 90 days left. She decided that she would want to finish two of her quilts. I finished her first one last month. This is her pinwheels quilt done in browns and reds.

Barb's Tree of Life

This is my first Tree of Life quilt, I checked webshots for ideas. Barb brught it to me with the along with part of the pattern that showed the quilting designs with mostly straight lines in the triangles. Barb had marked big "NO"s and X's across the designs. Hmm, I guess that she wanted something different. She suggested Maple leaves. So here it is. I used PermaCore Rustana in the big triangels; Aurifil 2335 Bronze in the gold triangles; Isacord 0940 Autumn Leaf in the leaves of the tree and
Superior So Fine #428 Copper on the trunk of the tree. Quilter's Dream cotton select batting.

Brenda's Christmas Plaid

Brenda put some wonderfully festive fabrics into this holiday quilt. I used Quilter's Dream cotton select batting. The thread is Rheingold gold thread top and bobbin. The digitized pattern is called Holly Bows quilted edge to edge.

Reversible Table Runner - never again

The LQS, the Crazy 9 Patch, had a holiday class recently. International quilt teacher, Susan Baker, taught a table runner
class. One of the students made 2 of these table runners to give as gifts to her adult daughter. She made the table runners longer than the original design, they are 14" x 72" or 5 blocks.

I guess that I should mention that I don't quilt table runners...from the longarm quilter (who charges by the square inch) point of view they are more trouble than they are worth. It takes as much time to press and mount them as it does to quilt them. I thought that I had put a "$50 minimum" statement in my business brochure to discourage people bringing me baby quilts and table runners but alas, no.

So Rickie brought me these lovely table runners. However, since the back of the table runner is the same size as the top of the table runner, how do you pin it your top and bottom rollers? What to you clamp to on the side of the 14" table runner?

I had to make two 4" x 72" extensions and pin the top and bottom table runner to it on the top and then pin it again to the roller leader. Repeat that for the bottom of the table runner. I quilted it slowly in an effort to keep my design from hitting the extensions. Rickie wanted Carla Barrett's circle-hook-fern feather in the borders and the sunflower with squiggles digitized design (Legacy Quilting) in the blocks.

I hope she likes it. $25.20 for 3 hours work.

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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This is called Fruit Cocktail

This is called Fruit Cocktail
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