Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Customer's Quilt

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Barbara who had found me via APQS. She has a friend going through a difficult time and asked if I could quilt this small quilt for her. Of course, I said yes.

She had this pieced and ready to go very quickly for her friend; it's not elegant, but it's heartfelt and her friend will love it.

A close up...

Thanks for looking....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dr. Seuss is back...

My customer, Lyn, has a new grandbaby and you know what that means??? Yep, new baby equals new baby quilt.  She did this cute little quilt:

And then she made this adorable wall hanging to match.

And look at the fabrics she used on the back of these. Perfect!

That's a lucky baby!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Can you say "Ahhhhhhhhhh"?

Here's pictures of Cash and Dash when we brought them home. Cash is almost 8 weeks old and Dash is almost 6 months:

Here's more...Cash is growing:

And here's the most recent. Its so amazing to watch him grow in photos! They really enjoyed their first trip to the ocean.

This one is my favorite...I love the tails.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Disappearing Nine-Patch

Can you spot the pattern. Marei really made this a wild one!!

My plan had been to use a panto on this one, but I really, really get bored quilting them. Instead, I did a leaf meander with a leaf border to tie it all together.

I love how the back turned out. She used her leftover blocks and then just some plain green for a totally toned-down (i.e., un-Marei) look. 

I have a couple more of Marei's quilts waiting to be quilted, but the next one of hers that I'll be doing is really cute. She designed an "I Spy" quilt for her granddaughter that is just outstanding. I can hardly wait to get my paws on it!!  Stay tuned.........

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Enough Wildlife...Back to Business

Isn't this quilt cute? Kim did this for her granddaughter, Ruby. It's going to match her room perfectly.

When Kim brought me the quilt, she wasn't thrilled with her fabric choices. On quilts like this that don't really have a lot of design details in common, having a quilting "theme" ties them together. Quilting the blocks in all the same pattern really seemed to unified the quilt.

I just did a simple leaf meander in the border. I love quilting on flannel; everything shows!

Thanks for looking!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Snake 1; Lizard 0

Dennis was in the office today talking on the phone. As he stood looking outside, along comes a lizard out for a leisurely stroll. Then--SNAP!! No more lizard. (Of course, we had to run outside so I could get pictures)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Relay for Life

Each year, a Relay for Life is held in Quincy. This year a participant came to our guild meeting asking for help with making a quilt to raffle. I told her that if she got the quilt put together, I'd donate the batting and the quilting to the cause.  She delivered the quilt to me right before our quilt show, so it had to wait for my return from Arizona to be quilted. Its a darn cute quilt...I hope they make a lot of money with it!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Last Quilt Show Quilts

These are the last two quilts I finished in time for our quilt show. This first one was for Carolyn; she called it "Regal."

A close up:

This one was for Stephanie, another member of our guild. She bought the kit at Pacific International Quilt Show and then as she was putting it all together, she realized that the blocks were not the right sizes. She added the skinny sashing though and liked it just as well.

This quilt had so much going on, that I only needed to add some thread to hold it together. Anything else would have been overkill. I used my Quiltazoid and did a large spiral design in the big squares and some smaller designs in the setting triangles and even smaller ones in the four corners. I hadn't had an opportunity to use the QZ in such a long time; it was really a fun quilt to work on.

One of the best parts about this quilt was the back. Steph didn't have backing so asked that I just use my muslin. Look at how cool this looks from the back...

(Click on the picture above and you can really see the detail!)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rumors of my demise....

Have been greatly exaggerated! But yes, in case you haven't noticed, I've been away for a bit.

After the quilt show, I was off to Phoenix to watch my "grand" niece graduate. Is that what you call your niece's daughter?? Christy, the niece, was born when I was 12 and people used to always mistake her for my daughter. Our baby pictures are very similar, too--except hers are all in color. Breanna is the grand-niece that graduated from a school with 600 students. Boy was that exciting--not. However, getting to see everyone was fun and it was so warm there. The day I flew home in the early morning it was in the 80s; I landed in Reno in the afternoon and it was 39!

From Reno, we headed to Walnut Creek to help my oldest step-daughter move to a very cute place just outside of Sebastopol and only about 5 minutes from where one of my brother's lives. Hannah found a very cute little place on 20 acres. There is a main house; then both the rentals are below the main house and actually share the same deck.  At one point, they were a house and garage, now they're both houses. Hannah is in what used to be the garage. Its a lovely location and exactly what she wanted. Now she can be a "country mouse" again and have a garden.

More posts and quilts to follow....