Saturday, June 26, 2010

My scissors thingy is broken


I was a Teacher's Angel for Carla at MQS this year. It was lots of fun. And she gave me a fantastic "thank you" gift. It is a denim apron made my Dory M's husband. There is an embroidered chick on it that says Artistic Quilter. Carla is famous for her chicken cartoon antics. I love that apron and attached my new Famora scissors acquired and blunted by the good guys at Famora working at MQS. It doesn't take long to develop a habit and mine is reaching for those scissors on my apron.


So you can imagine how bummed I was when I realized that the pull the string scissor thingy was frayed and no longer worked. I have been to 5 quilt shops (and 3 hardware stores) looking for a replacement. I have not had any luck. So I decided to take my search to the internet. The problem is I don't know what the pull the string scissor thingy are called. I'm thinking that Etsy has them or Nancy's Notion. But what should I google for?

A little help.

Kokopellis for a Santa Fe Quilt


Several people made this Santa Fe quilt in the night class at the high school. It was very popular. I think I quilted 7 or 8 of them. Diane did this one and it is all in black, grays and turquoise. She chose the Anne Bright pattern named Southwest which should be named Kokopelli because it is covered in them.



Each pass on my IQ for this 70" wide quilt took 29 minutes set at Row Height 15" and Pattern Height 17.05. It is the most intense quilting I have done on IQ. I use King Tut thread by Superior in the colors of turquoise called De Nile #927.

4 Adorable Baby Quilts


I just finished these quilts up for a customer and put them in the mail. She always uses the coolest backing from minkee to velour. So cool. I fell in love with one of them named "Love Surrounds You" and have ordered the pattern for me and one for a friend who also happens to have a grand-daughter. You can order the pattern from
www.suzannesarthouse.com. She is still setting up her web-site but I like what I see.
Here are the photos. I used the digital pattern Serendipity by Anne Bright on this one. It had a pale green chenille backing.






Then there was the Pinwheel quilt with a velour white with brown and blue dots backing that was so snuggly. I used Pinwheels digital pattern by Vicki Malaski.





Then a couple of panel quilts with minkee backs. I used another Anne Bright pattern on both of these. It is called Jungle Animals and has elephants, lions, giraffes, frogs and more. Very fun.

Americana Broken Lone Star


I called it "the beast. I just finished a raffle quilt for my church. It is a Broken Lone Star from a kit made in the 70's It had several issues including the fact that it had a "colors may bleed or run" (say, what?) warning that nobody seemed to notice until I was quilting it. I used CCs (never ending) and feather wreaths. But there was still some fullness in the corners and blocks.

So I posted my question on Machine Quilters Resource on Design Help asking "do I really need to stipple the wreath blocks?". I was being lazy and did not want to stipple the blocks, too. But everybody agreed that the stipple was needed.



I had been looking at this beast for a week and I just hated it. But after the stipple, it looked finished and the wonkiness was gone. It is so wonderful to get advice from pros.

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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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