Friday

Quilts on Etsy - Finally!

I finally posted some of my quilts on Etsy. I've avoided the whole thing for a very long time because it's so time-consuming to do. On Sunday I took photos of 5 quilts. I hung the quilts outside, I laid them on a bed with the overhead lights on, then with the curtains pulled wide open to be photographed indoors in natural light. What a production. 

I also had to iron out the fold marks before I took the photos. I did set up the ironing board and iron on the back patio since it was such a beautiful day. 

Once I reviewed and cropped the photos to my liking it was time to write up detailed descriptions. The size, colors, patterns all needed to be written down. After I finished uploading 5 quilts, 5 hours had gone by. I was done for the day. It's too nice outside and my garden needed tending. 

I proceeded to pick some pickles to crock.


Monday I got up with the intention to make the pickles and finish uploading quilts onto my Etsy account. I am happy to report that I got 9 more completed and I spent another 5 hours getting it done. At least I am getting faster. Ha!

 The pickles are in the crock fermenting nicely. And I still have more to do but I am taking a break. 

Here's what my Etsy site looks like today:


I am hoping to finish all the entries on Etsy by next weekend. The moral of the story is don't let them pile up. As soon as I know I want to sell it, list it! 

Sunday

Summer Days

I love summer. It's my favorite season. I will spend afternoons napping on my hammock in the hot sun. It's one of my favorite places to be. I find it hard to stay in the house and do anything in the sewing room. And I struggle with deciding whether to attend sew days. Summers are short so I don't want to be indoors however, I love chatting with the ladies in my sewing groups. It's definitely a conundrum. Since it was supposed to rain, I did go to the Saturday Basement Quilters group sew day. I decided that that's where I will work on items for upcoming arts & crafts fairs. So I completed a bunch of flannel baby blankets and burp cloths while I was there. 

It felt good to get all of these done but it never rained. I would have rather been outside all day. 

Speaking of outside...

I was weeding my vegetable garden when I came across this:


Yes! That is a baby bunny. I am certain there are two babies nestled together, possibly three. I didn't want to disturb them too much so I spent very little time checking them out. They are hard to see as they are deep down under my lettuce patch but isn't that the point? 

My neighbors do this thing they call "Wine Down Wednesdays" where they invite all the neighbors to come and sit in their yard. All you have to do is bring a lawn chair and your own cocktail and you're welcome to hang out. It is great fun to sit and chat and it's a little something to look forward to each week. We have decided to make it an opportunity to try new cocktail recipes. This week we made Moscow Mules and wow, were they good.

Wine Down Wednesday

The recipe is so simple, just 2 ounces vodka, 1/2 ounce lime juice, and 4 ounces of Ginger beer. Just put the ingredients in a mug full of crushed ice with a slice of lime and a spring of mint. I didn't have any mint but I knew our hosts from WDW had some growing so they kindly gave me some mint. The drink was perfect and I will be making them more than this one time. Yum!





My roses are looking so lovely these days. I paid $3 for each rose plant at Wal-Mart and they are hardy and growing without much care.

Wednesday

A T-Shirt Quilt

My friend Audrey asked me to make a quilt for her grandson. He is a high school baseball player and she attends all his games. She gave me his jerseys and a few t-shirts to make a quilt for his birthday in August.

I am happy to report that I finished the quilt way before the August 16 deadline. Phew! I love when that happens. 


I cut all the blocks the same size and laid them out on the floor. It was hard to get all the number nines down in a way that scattered them around. There were an odd number of blocks that made it a challenge so I just took the ones with lots of blank space and cut them in half to make two blocks into one. It worked out nicely, I think.


Sewing the blocks together took no time at all and I got it on the longarmer the same day. I did take two days to quilt it since I used a pretty tight quilt pattern.



I machine bound the quilt once it was done. I like the sturdiness of machine binding as well as how quick it is to do. And here it is all done:



I hope they like it.

Monday

A Summer Bazaar and Some Projects in the Works

I rented a space at a Summer Bazaar this past weekend. This is the only photo I took of my space. I was lucky enough to be so extremely busy that there was no time to sit back and take a photo while I was 'open for business'. What a great day it was!

The weather was perfect, the bazaar was very busy. I met many wonderful people and some friends stopped by to visit. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who helped me set everything up. It sure helps that he has a big truck to haul all my stuff. I don't know what I would do without him.

So that explains why I haven't had much to blog about - I've been spending lots of time making baby blankets, burp cloths, and rice/boo-boo bags to sell. They are my most popular items. 


I've had these blocks on my design wall for over a month. I took them down temporarily while I made the wedding quilt, but they're back up now to remind me to finish the project. Ha!

Lori Holt Blocks
I'm also working on a quilt called Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt. 

Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt

I've learned a lot about applique from making these blocks. The first block I made I ended up ripping the whole thing apart to re-do it because I just didn't like how it puckered when I sewed the flower onto the block. That's where I learned about Terial Magic. It is a fantastic product that when you spray it on your fabric and press it, the fabric feels like a piece of thick paper. 

Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt

I pressed all the pieces with Terial Magic on them and re-stitched everything to the background and it lays perfectly flat. It is amazing.
Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt

I have 4 blocks done so far. They are fun to make however, I must admit that after a while I get tired of sewing dresdens. There are so many pieces. I think this one will take me quite a while to do. 

Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt

Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt

I have two t-shirt quilts to make and I took an order for a lap quilt while I was at the bazaar. It's going to be a busy sewing summer. 

Thursday

Silver Linings Quilt

I spent the last month making a quilt for my niece. She got married on May 8th and planned a wedding reception for June 5th. The invitation came in April and we were quite surprised. She had talked about how she would get married "someday" but it didn't seem like she was in a rush. They were both married before and have 6 kid between them. Quite a blended family they will be! 

I got working on making a wedding quilt as soon as I got the invitation. I found a pattern by Basic Grey called Silver Lining that I loved and I purchased a beautiful Moda fabric collection called Sanctuary. It came it teals and grays that I thought were perfect for a couple. Not too feminine but not really manly either. 

Silver Linings Quilt

The blocks were easy to make however each one had to match up with the block next to it. It required a lot of planning on a design board in order to make it work. It was fun planning each block.

Silver Linings Quilt

Silver Linings Quilt

Silver Linings Quilt

When it came time to make a quilt label, I worried I wasn't going to know how. My embroidery machine is pretty new so I wasn't sure I was going to have any success. I downloaded a font I purchased online and this label was my first attempt.  I think it worked out pretty well.


I hope the new family enjoys the quilt.

Friday

May Client Quilts

My co-worker made a baby quilt for herself using fabrics from the shop. Since she used a brand new fabric collection, the quilt will hang as a sample until most of the fabrics are sold. She asked me to quilt it for her so I wanted to so something fun. The fabrics have animals wearing glasses so I found a quilt design with eyeglasses on it. It worked out perfectly.



I had a friend ask me if I would quilt something for her neighbor. She was using Minky on the back so she was worried that no one would want to quilt it. I have no problem with Minky, you just have to know how to load it on a longarmer. I think the important thing is not to use a quilt pattern that is dense since there's so much going on with the Minky. 



I grabbed an unquilted quilt from work and decided to longarm it. It's been sitting at the shop because by the time the sample quilt top was made, the fabric was sold out. It was a pretty busy print so I just did a large swirl pattern over it. Now it can go directly to the sample sale after the binding gets sewed on.

April Client Quilts

This month I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend. We met at the quilt shop where we both used to work. The shop had recently moved to a new location so it felt like a good opportunity to see the new shop in a place that was safe. 

We walked the aisles of the shop and there was much more room for fabrics however, it seemed like the fabrics were all pretty old collections that were there when we worked there. And we haven't worked there for over 3 years! We really love the owner, Robert and it was nice to catch up with him but I'm sorry to say I wasn't that thrilled with the shop's offerings. There were a few new quilt samples which were very pretty but too much old carried over to this location. I did purchase some fabrics that has just arrived and no matter what, a trip to a quilt shop is always worth it.

I was happy to see my friend but it was a sad conversation since her son is fighting cancer and had just endured a second bone marrow transplant. During this pandemic, it's only worse for these patients since they have to go through it all alone. There's nothing worse than seeing a mother unable to comfort her child, even when the child is almost 40 years old. 

My friend gave me two quilts to longarm for her. One was a gift for a friend of hers and the other was a baby quilt for an upcoming shower. I always love her color choices and her quilts are always square which makes them a joy to quilt. Here they are:


March Client Quilts

I quilted two quilts for Debbie, my co-worker at the quilt shop. She does such beautiful work. I'd like to take photos of her quilt tops from the wrong side, the piecing is always so perfect. She made this cute baby quilt and she used her embroidery machine to personalize it in honor of the baby's birth. It's amazing how great the navy blue looks in this quilt, such a non-traditional baby color.



I also quilted this koala quilt for Debbie. She used all fabrics from the shop so it might hang as a sample there for a while. The pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman and Debbie used Michael Miller's Coco fabric collection to make the koalas. I quilted it using a leaf pattern since the koalas were hanging onto tree trunks. This is such a happy quilt, I think I need to make one for myself.


Thursday

Bear Paw on Point Quilt

I started this quilt at the once-a-month sew day with my Basement Quilters group back in February. Usually when I start a project at a sew day I finish the project there. That means I will end up working on the same project for quite a few months. However, I don't have a lot of other things going on lately. So I finished the quilt top at home.

I quilted it using a pantograph with lots of swirls. It complemented the bear paw points nicely and filled in the white background blocks. 

The quilt pattern used a jelly roll where you sort the light strips from the dark strips to make blocks that have lots of contrast. Sometimes I find that the line between dark and light gets a little blurry when the medium color strips are used. I think I need a color theory class! At least the jelly roll takes away some guesswork.



Jack's Northern Star Quilt

I dug out a fabric bundle I purchased a few years ago to make a baby quilt. I am not sure why I wanted to make a baby quilt - I see no new babies in my future. I think I just needed a project that didn't take too long. The fresh colors are also nice to be around in the middle of winter. Ugh!

I used a pattern called Jack's Northern Star found in the book Baby Takes Five by Creekside Stitches. I bought the book at Creekside Stitches Quilt Shop last year. It's nice to support Wisconsin artists. 

The quilt went together quickly but then it sat since I couldn't decide on backing. It was tough to find the right color and I really wanted to finish it from my stash. About a month after I made the top, I was organizing my sewing room and I came across some yardage in a cute bunny print. It wasn't quite big enough but I did some creative sewing to make it work.

I quilted it with a simple pantograph called Loophole that compliments the star blocks nicely. 

It's a cute baby quilt that's a decent size so it should be usable well past toddlerhood. 






Monday

Flying Leap Quilt a.k.a. The Lock Down Quilt

I've been working on this quilt on and off for over a year now. The pattern is called Flying Leap. I purchased the pattern at Blue Bar Quilt when I went on a shop hop bus trip with a church group back in October 2019. I instantly started making the blocks. OK...a block. I got one done and I set it aside. 

Why is it so hard to pick up a project after setting it down? I think part of the answer is that this one is made from scraps and scraps are messy. I generally don't like messy.

I've picked up this project multiple times but never could seem to finish it. Then winter came and after almost a year of living through a pandemic I decided it's time to finish it. I certainly have plenty of time. Especially since my husband tested positive and I had to quarantine for 14 days. What a perfect time to finish a project. So I am officially renaming this quilt from Flying Leap to Lock Down. Ha! 

During the 14-day quarantine I got all the blocks done. Once quarantine ended, we got a brutal snowstorm so I felt like I was back in lockdown. The quilt shop where I work closed and I had another long stretch of nowhere to go. I sewed all the blocks together and finished the quilt top. 


I spent a week completing the quilting. I did all ruler work and free motion quilting. The ruler work took a lot of time as I wanted each section of the quilt to look different from its neighbor. It was a lot of fun. It was only my second attempt at ruler work and I found myself buying a book with quilting designs in it to help me figure out what to do. It is a great book-I'm sure I will use it often.

I used Grunge on the back and as the binding so as to not take anything away from the colorful blocks or the quilting. I think the back looks awesome.



Today I stitched on the binding and am so very happy to call this quilt finished. 

Lock Down Quilt