This is a site I just joined for professionals to show off their blogs and their wares. I came across it from another quilter and thought it was very interesting. When you have time, grab a cup of coffee and sit a while looking it over.
For a while, I am going to start posting pictures of the quilt patterns I have for sale (or anything else new that I come up with). Here are a couple for today.
"LOVE IN BLOOM"
"LOVE GROWS HERE"
Almost all the patterns are designed for beginner or advanced quilters and most come with multiple size options. All patterns have been tested for accuracy.
I saw a wavy border treatment that I really liked but had a really hard time doing it freehand so I came up with a ruler to do it a lot more uniform. It will come in 2 sizes (patent pending). I used the smaller one yesterday on a little charity quilt I put together. The muslin strips were finished at 5". The squares I already had were cut at 3 1/2".
This ruler is really easy to use but does have to be flipped every other time.
They will be available through Leslie Allen at finishedquiltingstudio.com in West Virginia.
I have this beautiful quilt to do for a customer and I'm completely brain dead for ideas.
The blocks are only 8 3/4" and the border is 10".
I would appreciate any ideas you may have.
Wanted to show you all that have looked, what I decided to do. Thank you Donna for the suggestions.
The reason I went with piano keys is that the colored squares break up the light border.
I wanted to do 1/4" quilting in the blank space but didn't like it by itself so I did a little curvy thingy.
This is my friends quilt. It's a center panel with some plain and a pieced border. She wanted something simple but I talked her into letting me do what I wanted. I love how it turned out.
You can click on the pictures to enlarge them for more detail.
Our granddaughter, Jessica, starts school next Wednesday. We have everything she needs. The neighbor moved out (school teacher) and gave us enough school supplies to supply 4 families, I bought her 2 new pair of shoes, and Joe took her over for orientation this morning. She may choose to join Civil Air Patrol. I hope so. It can really make a difference to her future.
It's been a long time since I blogged. I have a very boring life.......busy but boring.
I just finished the 6th quilt for a group of ladies. I will only post pics of one of them, the most beautiful and the one that took the longest.
Now I can get back to some of the UFO's I found (from 12+ years ago) and back to the charity quilts for CPS. I really missed being able to do those. Right now I only have 3 ready to go.
And of course one of my little helpers, Bear. This is how he lays.
My friend has to go out of town frequently for her job so I have been taking her husband down to Riverside for his radiation treatments. They have been very dear friends for years and Brian is from Scotland and I love hearing him talk. I keep them both in my prayers that all goes well.
We now have our 13 year old granddaughter living with us. It's a treat to have her here. I taught her the basics of knitting and she has taught herself much more since. She has also been teaching herself to crochet.
She is a quick learner and smart as a whip. She will start school the 22nd and her school is right across the street. Convenient.
I hope everyone has a great week.
Finally got my black/white Disappearing 9 Patch put together. Now to find borders. This quilt was to pay for Bear but I ended up not having to pay for him so the blocks went into my UFO pile along with all the rest. He was 2 months old at the time, he is now 9 1/2 months old.
When finished, this one will be added to the "for sale" pile.
I also quilted our last 2 guilds BOM tops and finished several charity quilts for our guild.
By the way, this is Bear. He needs to go to the puppy parlor really bad.
This is our guilds BOM called Daisy Chain.
I didn't get pics of any of the other quilts I did.
On drafting out an odd block evenly. Most 9 patch blocks (or any block with uneven numbers) can be drafted out easily and quickly to a measurement that is not easily divisible by a given number.....a 6, 9, or 12 inch block is easy to divide by 3 but what about an 8" block? I will show you an easy way to divide any size block evenly.
Here is an 8" block that I want to make into a Monkey Wrench. What is the measurement for a 9 patch? I don't know and really don't care.
By extending 2 lines on your paper (shown here in green)
Place a ruler with the "0" on the bottom left corner, place the ruler on your extended line to the next highest number divisible by 3. Which in this case is 12.
Place a tic mark at the 4 and 8" measurements.
Using a straight line on your ruler held against an outside line, draw your lines for your division.
Do the same thing with your other extension for the cross measurements.
Here is the block drafted out. Now all you have to do is draw your HST in the corners.
Here is the one I made in 8" x 11" size for our guilds BOM (block of the month.
I am trying to get our ladies to do something different from the norm. To think outside the box.
A large customer quilt. She does the most fantastic needle turn applique but her piecing is always off. It's appliqued maple leaves, large and super small log cabins and a cottage panel. My sweet hubs has been telling the girls he works with that I am a quilter and some wanted to see my work. So I made up a flyer of things I have and he got an order for one I had already made and a Ladybug Picnic that I designed over a year ago for my first great granddaughter. All I have left to do on it is finish piecing the piano key border then quilt it. Here is a close up of one of the large log cabin areas.
Here is another view of the quilt. This is just the second row.
And here is a pic of the Ladybug Picnic in progress. I love designing baby quilts. They can be so bright and fun.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. We have another storm coming in from Alaska so it's cold and windy.
Bites the dust. This is a Buzz Saw quilt that I just finished. It started out as a block exchange maybe 10 years ago on a longarm chat room that I belonged to. It was our first exchange and I won the blocks. All the blocks were put together just waiting for borders and quilting. I really like how it turned out.
Now onto a customer quilt then more UFO's. (unfinished objects)
Is finally finished......except for the binding. It has been 22 years in the making. The first one was quilted by hand and after a friend saw it just had to have it so I sold it to her for $3500. But I really wanted the quilt so I started on another one. Everything was done except for the last row needed the corner triangles and borders. I finished those a couple years ago and put the borders on last month and finally finished the quilting yesterday. It is very heavily quilted with a flannel backing so it is really heavy. The neutral blocks are all done the same way as the hand quilted one but this time I was able to do fancy feathers in the heart and birds. It is for sale so if anyone is interested please feel free to email me or leave a message.
This had to be my best Christmas ever. Mari and the girls came in from St. Stewart Georgia, Nancy came in from Arizona and Joe and the kids were here. Couldn't ask for better than that. But Santa (John) got me an EQ7 (way more than the 5) and the electric griddle that I've been wanting forever. I think we have used it every day since Christmas.
Went to a new dentist (Dr.'s Tom and Kevin Wheeler)(father and son tag team) The last dentist I went to, I hated. Seemed every time I went there, he tried to hurt me somehow and I really don't think his was the best work. Because of so much bone loss, we have decided to pull the rest of the top teeth and replace them and pull the bottom 2 front and put in a partial. It will take a lot of getting used to but I'll be much happier in the long run. I LOVE MY NEW DENTISTS!!
Still working on a customer quilt that's been on the frame for almost a week now. I don't know what's wrong with me, I just can't seem to stick to anything. I pray that it will pass.
Here is a pic of my 16 month old beautiful great granddaughter, Lydia Grace Allen. She is such a joy!