Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quilting! ! !

I have had a quilt on the frame for over 2 weeks now.  Do you think I could find time to get this done! NOT!
This past week I washed all the windows inside and out including storms - there are LOTS of them.  Today, Sunday, thought - oh boy, after church I'll quilt.  NOT!   Hubby wanted me to help him - he is working on the front porch - so there goes my quilt time.  Then he wanted an apple pie so no quilting for me.

Now WE have to watch the football game.  Oh well!!  Tomorrow 
is another day. It's a good thing that I don't quilt for a living!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stadium Chairs

My son in Texas bought stadium chairs for when we go to watch soccer games at the granddaughters college - Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas.  He wanted the logo put on the back so of course 'mom' will do them.  It took a while to get the logo digitized and with the help of a friend it turned out pretty good.  This was the first time that I had embroidered on canvas.  Hooped a mesh stabilizer, basted in the hoop the size of the design, cut a piece of sticky stabilizer and basted that onto the mesh piece.  Smoothed the chair back (after I took it apart) over the sticky (did not hoop the canvas).  All went well but it took over 3 hours to stitch out each one - 86K stitches.  I am pleased with the way they turned out.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pillow

A whimsical 9 patch which was fun to make. The banner was made orange / black for the colors of Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas. Crosshatching is uneven intentionally. I sent it to my granddaughter to decorate her dorm.  The pattern is The Ninepatchers - A Family Reunion by Mickey Depre

Thursday, July 10, 2014

T-Shirt Quilt - more

I just received a "thank you" note from the gentleman I made the t-shirt quilt for.  He wants to know if he can enter it some local fairs in his state.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rip It!! Rip It!

I loaded a quilt on the longarm - started to do a pass and the design went off into the stitching of the previous star so I am mastering the technique of RIP IT!!!!  Tedious for sure.

Friday, July 4, 2014

My First T-Shirt Quilt

Car t shirt 2
This all started when my husband was deployed to Kuwait. Somehow, Jim (co-worker) saw my
 Picasa album of my finished quilts. He said to John (husband), do you think there is a way to 
incorporate my collection of t-shirts into a quilt? John said – oh sure. John volunteered my
 services free of charge. I had never made a t-shirt quilt before but knew I could do it. Jim left 
Kuwait in May of 2013. Mid June I got a box with 15 t-shirts from Jim. These t-shirts
commemorated road races that he participated in. He wanted someway to display and pass
 on his collection of t-shirts to his family.
Car t shirt 1
Because this is likely to be passed on for generations, I wanted a unique design. I took pictures
 of all the shirts and brought them into EQ7 to start the design process. When I spoke with Jim, 
he said that he wanted something like a ‘spoke’ with emphasis on the first race. The center
 medallion represents his first race then from upper left clockwise the others are positioned
 around the quilt.
Car t shirt 3
The backing of stars was chosen by John. He wanted something patriotic since both work for the
 Dept. of Defense. I quilted it on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher using Quilter’s Dream 
Select Poly and Anne Bright’s design – Vanilla Cream. This is a big quilt – 100 x 110. I am very
 pleased with the finished product; I hope Jim is as well. The quilt was sent to him and he should
 be receiving it soon. 
  

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pillowcases

I made these pillowcases for the little girls across the street.  Sarah is 5 and Emily is 3.  They are cute little girls. Their mother had to go out and buy another pillow because they want the name pillows in the middle.  They love them.

I had to make something fun as all I  have been doing was putting things back in my 'room'.  Took forever - I went through everything and did some pitching.  Might as well do it now as I have been told by my two sons that when the time comes they will just put a dumpster out the window.  They have NO idea what is in here!!!

I have been working on my Christmas at Elm Creek that we were doing as a BOM online.  I was a couple of months behind.  I now have to do the center block which is approx. 28 x 28 - looks as though it will be a combo of machine and hand applique.  I am not a fan of fusible applique but......

Happy quilting
Charlotte