Friday, October 9, 2015

September Quilts and Cancer

September was a pretty busy month for me, even with just one machine running.  In October I'll share the quilt that took me over a month to quilt, and my hubbie's reaction was "they are paying you to quilt that and you can't see the quilting?" - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!  More on this quilt in October.

During the month of September I participated in a Ovarian Cancer Mug Rug Swap on face book.  I'll be posting on that later in the week, because there will be a blog hop and I'm scheduled to post on Thursday the 15th.  I'll be posting on Monday the complete list of blogs and their links on Monday so be sure and check back then.  I was amazed with all of the talent in this group, and I've got to tell ya' my partner was completely cheated!!  Check back to see why.  

Life seems to be slowing down a bit, thankfully.  Kids back in school (college) have lessened the noise activity level around the house a bit.  Miss them, but ready to slow things down.  With the Hulbert Retreat around the corner, I'm looking forward to a little me time with a great group of gals.  

Okay, let's get to the quilts, lots to show even with just one machine running!

Cindy did a fabulous job on this beautiful quilt!  Cindy's quilt came to me all the way from the state of Washington!  She wanted a light quilting design and I think the Woodsy Elegance from Anne's collection was just perfect! 

Sue in VT finished up another great t-shirt quilt for a young lady.  T-shirt quilts are a great way to put those un-worn shirts into something that can be enjoyed!  Love the way Sue set the blocks!

Elizabeth here in NH wanted to give the Minkee  try and finished off this cute little 1600 quilt.  She opted for no batting and this quilt is like BUTTER!! 
I adore these, having one of my own and it's my go-to quilt to take the chill off of a cool evening.  The back of the quilt shows the quilting design like nothing else!

AND!!   If that just weren't enough.....Virginia in VT sent me this wonderful top and she too wanted the Minkee backing without batting!! I LOVED the color of this backing!!  So bright and cheery, I had to do something very fun with the quilting!  What do you think??

THEN!!  Julie from CA had sent me a cute little kitty quilt with Minkee too!! Julie opted for batting which is going to make her quilt warmer than warm but ooooohhh so snuggly!  (that's snug-a-lee, I'm getting the red line for spell check, they just don't understand quilting or it would be a real word!)  Julie wanted the I Love Cats from Anne, so that's what she got!  Cute choice!

Another Julie, a neighbor I just met needed a little help finishing this adorable little baby quilt.  She did a great job on the giraffe design!!  We selected a cute little design called In The Jungle and I cropped around the giraffe for her.  I think it finished up pretty nicely!

Pat from VA pulled this cute little quilt together.  With the Kaffe fabrics you just have to have a modern design!  This is one of my go to designs when in need of a modern flowery for the new fabrics.

A different Pat from here in NH dropped off a couple of cute little quilts for me to quilt up for her.  Again, LOVE the modern fabrics on these quilts!!

Brandy has spent a little time with her machine and ended up with a drop dead stunning quilt!!  Brandy always does great work, but the burgandy, maroon matched with the grays and silvers in this quilt.....WOW!!!!

Had not seen Alex for a while and she dropped off a couple of great little quilts!  Again with the modern fabrics and Alex loves to try new things with her quilts.  The first, she mixed a pink thread with the yellows and grays for the stitching, interesting.  Alex tends to gravitate more toward the traditional designs with the stitching that she has me do, and I think it's a winner with her choices of colors and designs.  Check out the Hydrangea design on the second little quilt.

Marga in VT put in a little time with this quilt!  Tracing all of the little hands and then doing a fabulous job on the top stitching to securely hold them down.  She opted for a medium meander for the quilting since a meander does not distract from the design of the quilt at all, her little hands remain the focus of the quilt!
Cute, cute, cute!!

Marie in NH finished off this wonderful quilt!  It's my understanding the quilt is for a little girl.  Not knowing all of the details, I'm happy to see the fabric selections and even the quilting design that were chosen.  This is a quilt that will last for a long time and go from childhood past teen years and into adulthood without losing it's appeal.  

Cathie in NC!!  BLUES!!  I LOVE BLUES!! 
Isn't this just a fabulous quilt?  

Ellie L - I could tell you a lot about that woman!!  My hubbie calls her "the lady with the rings".  What I will tell you is that Ellie is a very giving lady. 
Ellie put out a request to our guild for a little help covering beds at a local Veteran's Home.  I really wanted to help Ellie out but knew I couldn't come up with a top fast enough,  so I decided to see if I could "team up" with another quilter.  I put a request out for a top, I would supply the batting, backing and do the quilting.  I would then return the quilt for the top owner to finish the binding and together we could get another quilt for Ellie.    A super, super sweet Paula S answered my plea.  Yea, Paula!!!  Here's the quilt that teamed together got Ellie one quilt closer to what she needed.  (And everything that I could tell you about Ellie would be all good, and mostly funny!! hugs, Ellie!!)

Whew!!  That's a lot of quilts and I'm not done yet!!

We have a UFO challenge at my guild and I finished a UFO, which then ended up with two finished quilts for me!  Here's a UFO that I started back in 2007!! But it's done!!

AND, because I got a UFO done, I got to put my name in for a monthly drawing!  I won a Bali Pop.  Not wanting to add to my ever growing stash I sat down and did a 1600 quilt, with a quick border and finished it off so I would not have another UFO in my stash!!  Now I have in reserve a great little quilt that I can gift if and when needed!!  Yea, ME!!  

That's almost it for September.  Yep, it was a busy month.  I've finally got both machines up and running and hope to have even more next month.  I've certainly got a few quilts ready to be quilted and they are super!

Don't forget you can see more of these great quilts over at the other blog, and click for a closer view!  Here's the link:

SplittingStitches Longarm Quilting

Check in on Monday for the details on the Blog Hop and look for my posting on Wednesday.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

August Quilts are showing!!

Well, I'm finally getting around to my August paperwork now that it's the middle of September.  It is still the middle, right?

Not too many quilts in August, but the machines are running full steam to play catch up for the missed time.  With one kid returning to college, and a second starting college we had a busy month.  Returning kid, not too many issues to deal with he's pretty much got the song and dance down.  New kid in college, totally a different story.  I'm beginning to hate the education organization.  I'm finding it harder and harder to call it an education institution, it seems it is more about the money and number of paying bodies they can get to pay the price.

Had a great time with the kids at the Dartmouth Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock for children with rheumatic diseases. I won't go into it now, I'm hoping to follow up with a few photos of the kids and their work.  Its a fabulous camp for the kids and they really enjoy it.

How about seeing a few great quilts!

Betsy brought me a couple of really cute ones to work with.  The first one is so bright and colorful and a fabulous design.  Mixing the brights with the white, makes it "Oh, so modern!".  Her second quilt may look familiar as it is the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar panel.  Betsy did a great job making the circles on the top of the quilt.

This fabulous quilt came to me all the way from CA!  Dale put together this wonderful quilt to use as a summer quilt for her bed.  The daisy fabric led me right to the daisy quilting.  Good job, Dale!!

WOW!!!  WOW!!  WOW!!!
I love bargello quilts and this one is drop dead beautiful!  All blacks and whites with a huge mix of bright colors.  Gay did a fabulous job on this one!  Don't forget you can click on the photo's for a closer look.

Sometimes a quilt just needs a little more lovin'.  Nicole made this quilt for her son several years ago and the hand quilting was just about gone.  We loaded it on the frame, did a basic meandering stitch and it's ready for a few more years of quilt lovin'.

I took in a few of the guild quilts, what was I thinking?!?!?!
Done and returned, might be a while before I go looking for something else to do!

Pam's quilt was like spending time on a beach in Florida.  The pinks, yellows and blues combined with the pink flamingo's were a bright spot in my room while I was working on it.

The photo's of this quilt does not begin to do this amazing quilt justice!  This was Pat's first quilt and her piecing, colors and fabric selection were on spot!!  I hope to see many more fabulous quilts from Pat in the future!

Renie brought me another quilt in August. Feminine and flowerly, pinks, whites with a touch of soft green makes this braid quilt fantastic.

Rosemary in OH sent me this cute little baby quilt.  The family is going to grow by one soon, and what a great welcoming gift for the little one.  The forest animals are just too cute!

Another family about to grow by one is Sandra's!  How cute is this log cabin quilt that she put together for their newest family member?  Primary colors are always a good choice for baby.

Sarah was excited to get this UFO done and gifted!  What a great quilt to have finished!  Adding the triangular quilting design was perfect.  Good job, Sarah!!

Judi combines color, value and scale with a flair!  I would never in a million years put these fabrics together but Judi does it with style!  How fun is the latest Judi quilt??  Can't wait to see the next one!

My last quilt is a fun t-shirt quilt from Sue in VT.  I enjoy working on the t-shirt quilts, it gives me a little insight to the owners.  Take a moment to click on the photo's, you won't want to miss the details!  

Whew!!  That's it for the month of August and I'm already at 13 quilts for the month of September!  It's going to be a busy month!

You can see more of these great quilts over at the other blog, stop in and check them out, here's the link:  

See you soon!
Until then, take care of yourself and those you love.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

July has come and gone

Can not believe that it is August 11th!  Time is passing at what seems to be lighting speed.  It is so true the older you get the faster time goes.  I try to remember this and not wish the time away moving from one event in time to another.

July was not a busy month for me.  I was still one machine down and finally had my HQ16 serviced and upgraded the computer.  This was a huge move for me, I loved my HQ16 with the old computer and was more than comfortable with how it operated.  I've got over 50 million stitches on that fabulous machine, that's a lot of happy quilts!

Speaking of happy quilts, how about me showing you the ones I finished in July?  On with the show!

Here's a great red, white and blue one from Amanda in NC.  We went with stars and loops for the quilting design.  You can really see the design on the accent white kona on her backing.  Pretty cool quilt!

Cheri in Me put together this great little quilt.  Love the fabrics, looks like a complete collection or line.  The quilting ended up with a light quilting to keep it light and flowey.  Once washed and dried it will have the perfect amount of texture.

Deb in VT kept me busy for a while!!  Here's four quilts that she put together and wanted quilted.  Deb is a very talented artist and her color sense is wonderful!  On top of that this gal is involved in a horse rescue and a couple of these quilts will be raffled off to help support the rescue efforts.  Here's  a link if you would like more information.  Good cause and there are more auction/raffle items to be had, check them out.....

Beginner quilter Elizabeth in NH is doing a fabulous job!  Each quilt has been better than the last.  I think we've got her hooked on a new hobby.  Here's a quilt that she put together for one of her girls.  The colors are great!

WOW, WOW, WOW! Not sure what else I can say about this great quilt from Gay.  I am always amazed when I get quilts with the graduated color, this is something that I dream of doing.  Love the modern fabrics in the traditional setting, made it perfect for a more modern quilting style.

Trust me the photo's of this quilt does not do it justice!  Here is another one of those WOW! quilts.  This quilt will be a house warming gift for a couple who lives near the ocean.  How perfect are these colors???  AND the quilting design that Jeannie in NH selected-VanGogh by Anne Bright-AMAZING!!  Just pulled it all together!  Great job, Jeannie!

Here's a couple of quilts that came from Laurie in TX.  Putting the traditional fabrics on the star quilt, always perfect, and the spinner quilt below, fun selection of fabrics.  Almost done and will be ready for some extra special quilt love!

I LOVE working with t-shirt quilts!  What a great variety of tones and colors all come together to create a one of a kind quilt.  I try to imagine the person who collected them and wonder about their lives now.  This great quilt comes from Marianne in CT.

How cute is this one?  Michele in ND put this adorable little quilt together for someone very special I'm sure.  Quilted with a simple hearts and loops.  Cute, cute, cute!

Rita here in NH put a few log cabin blocks together to make this wonderful quilt.  It was HUGE!!  I believe it's for one of her adult children and what a great quilt it is going to be!  I hope they appreciate all of the time, effort and love that Mom put into making it!  Lovely quilt, Rita.

Sandra (NH) pulled a few black and white's together and added a splash of colors in a few small area's.  This quilt if for a co-worker who is leaving the area.  I had fun stitching out the Doctor's Bag stitching on the quilt.  Don't forget to click for a closer view of the quilt and the stitching.

Lastly, a manly quilt from Stancy in NY. LOVE the simple design!!  This is a great way to use a fantastic focus fabric.  Adding the offset block pieces was a good way to add just a touch of interest to the quilt.  Stancy tells me she's made baby quilts but this is her second larger quilt.  She is on the road to becoming a stellar quilter!  Hope I see many, many more of her wonderful quilts!

That's it for the month of July, already off to a busy start for August.  I've got more fantastic quilts from some pretty talented gals.  

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