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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ok One More Post Mini Show

Before I leave for my vacation (yes another trip)  I manage to finish all the quilts that I had planned on doing before leaving.

It was peddle to the metal and keeping my nose to the grindstone but alas I can leave without thinking of all that needs to be done when I return.

There are a few here waiting but they are not in a hurry and can wait until Mid or End July.





Now its off to lunch with a girlfriend, nails getting all pretty and a cut and color on my crown - back to packing etc etc etc

I will try to share some of the fun I'm having while I'm away 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Just A few More

been keeping really really busy quilting for others.  Instead of doing a blog post for each thought might just stack up a few photos and give them to you in a group.

Consider it a mini quilt show.



















Tuesday, June 23, 2015

M.I.C.K.E.Y....M.O.U.S.E

Now sing it -  thats what I was doing when I quilted this one for a customer - the song kept popping into my head.

Pantograph Diamonds are Forever





How cute is this - she made this during our retreat last April - fun fun quilt


I was going to load another quilt today but got sidetracked, as usual, on something else - this afternoonits sew day with the girls in Milton -  if Im a good girl and dont spend too much time here I might get it ready just before I leave.

Im packed for sewing, just a matter of finishing here, dishes, make bed, shower -  yes there is time hehehehhe.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Quilting Is Fun

I really enjoyed doing this wall hanging/table topper.

Using rulers and free motion McTavish, stippling and pebbles I completed the quilt.

Honestly very pleased with the way it looks.





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Seriously!!!

As you probably remember my meeting Karen McTavish (love) buying her book and dvd's

My fingers were itching to try my hand at McTavishing - Isnt that something that they actually named her stitching technique after her own name.

A long while back I took a long arm ruler class and kept the practice piece we were using.  Not like most of the ruler work I had done that day I spent hours ripping out the stitches.

So instead of practice more ruler work I practiced McTavishing and other stitching - here are the results of my "playing around"

This is McTavishing


Practicing Victorian feathers

Paisley feathers and tiny swirls




Now I'm anxious to try out McTavishing on real quilts - hmmmm   She explains that McTavishing is an alternative to stippling and meandering - hmmmmm again!


In addition to practice quilting I am still working on customer quilts - finished a guild sisters quilt just in time for Tues night meeting,. And No I didn't use McTavishing - but I did use one of my favorite Pantos - Fern Gully






This design works well with most quilt tops but especially if you are working on a quilt for boys or men.  They really aren't too happy when you put flowers or hearts or feathers on their manly quilts.

Dont know why!





Monday, June 15, 2015

PS I Love You

PS I Love You is the name of the panto I used on this heart quilt.

Finished the quilting just before leaving for MN - and this morning I added the machine binding.

Now to the Post Office to mail off to quilters sister in AZ






Time to get dressed - load another quilt - take time to run to PO  come home and do more playing 

Minnesota Quilt Show 2015

What fun!!!  but then its always a good time when I get to go with my girlfriends anywhere.

Left my house around 6am Friday and stopped at only 1 quilt shop on our way. And 2 on the way hone. Laughing because we are headed to a quilt show but we have to make stops to and from to other quilt shops.  Its crazy isn't it but so much fun.

Here are some of highlights of  us and the show -

road trip

traveling and quilt shows require a lot of fuel


the Wicked Exhibit was one of my favorite parts of the show




thrilled to find  Pam Moller's exhibit awesome 

































Julie getting up close and personal with her camera






I was thrilled with this quilt - love a tone on tone and the quilting exquisite -  make me buy more tone on tone fabrics





we had to find a white glove to turn this because the backing on the tone on tone was Minky


Karen Mctavish - she was gracious to sign my book and let me have a picture taken with her  We had to laugh so much because she is so tall and I'm so vertically challenged she had to bend down and her hair fell in front of my face then her dangle earring and finally Julie got a good picture of us.







Julie and I enjoyed her lecture so much, she is a very special lady, and so entertaining.

There were many more pictures but You would either get too tired of viewing or just be so Jealous

As a long arm quilter I love all the quilts but of course I have to get real close and look at the stitching.  

The time and talent that goes into these Show quilts is mind boggling.

Always makes me want to go home and quilt something even though I'm not that talented (yet) I still love the process of making a quilt top come to life with the stitching.

Lucky me I have a few customer tops here waiting for me to play with.  What a job I have - get to see all the beautiful tops that customers bring me and I get to "Play" with them and get paid doing it.  You cant get much better than that.