Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hi, There- Warning!! Very pic heavy!!!

       I have SO MUCH to share with you!! It has been way too long!

 It is already OCTOBER and I can hardly believe it. Seems like time flies faster and faster every week. This has been a super busy beginning to the symphony season. This is our opening concert in East Texas Symphony in September. What a terrific group it is. I feel very fortunate to play here.

I am basically working several jobs at one time right now with playing music and quilting and a little teaching. I barely come up for air these days. That is a happy problem, however. I love all of the work so I can't complain  much…except for the lack of sleep…

  October begins my favorite time of year. I love the fall. Even though I am in the south and our fall is a little pitiful. I have these visions of fall in Vermont. I've never been there so this is complete fantasy on my part. A tree lined street of houses with large porches and people sitting out enjoying the turn of weather. Yards covered in leaves of all colors and a brisk breeze blowing warning of a coming frost. Kids playing street hockey in sweaters…….Romantic, eh? And here I sit with a forecast of 94 today. Go figure.

  So I HAVE been busy quilting the last months. How about a few pictures of client quilts? Be sure and click on them if you want close-ups.

 These are twins I finished. Completely custom and a zillion thread changes, but super fun and challenging.

 I finished this beauty by Deborah ta while back and forgot to show it. It is called Vintage Compass and  the pattern is by Judy Niemeyer. Deborah used metallic fabrics and this just smacks of Christmas to me. I LOOOOVED quilting this one. Stitch in the ditch on everything and lots of feathers and paisley fill. 

 And another Niemeyer. Feathered Star. Also tons of feathers and lots of stitch in the ditch. See a theme here? …...

Some place mats in a Neimeyer pattern for one of my dear friends. The clarinetist in the above symphony shot actually. :0)

The Plano quilt show was this past August. I had 5 clients enter their quilts and 4 of them ribboned. I was so excited for all of us!!! You may recognize some of them from the previous posts. 

Then the Trinity Valley Quilt Show where Kim entered her beauty and ribboned 1st Place as well!!! I don't have the picture with the ribbon, but here it is at another show hanging. It has ribboned at least twice now.

Here is a gorgeous Neimeyer by Jackie. I finished this one recently. The colors on this quilt are so beautiful. A lot of Fassett fabrics as well as 3 kinds of black polka dots and also batiks. It was incredibly hard to give it back. 

 I also finished a little fun lap quilt that will be donated. I made it using one of Moda's scrap bags that happened to be Blackbird Designs in Country Orchard. I Love ANYTHING of theirs, so this was fun. The scrap bags usually consist of selvedges, so it can be challenging to make something nice. I found a great pattern on their Bakeshop page, so I went with it. So cute! Finished with a swirl feather allover pattern. 

I was lucky enough to quilt another Paradise in Blooms. This one was done by Eileen. She is a certified Neimeyer instructor and her workmanship is impeccable! You have seen some of her other work if you have followed my posts previously. I adore quilting for her. This is hanging up at Quilt Country in Lewisville, Texas. 

And last pictures for the day. This is a wedding quilt done for a client. It is the Metro Rings pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I had been wanting to quilt one of these for a long time. When she came in and was referred to me I jumped at it. I hope she didn't notice me salivating. Since the quilt is mostly white and I tend to dress in maybe a little too much black…occasionally……maybe…... I had to buy a white apron in order to work on this beauty so I could keep it pristine. I LOVE the way it turned out. 

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend! Happy Quilting!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

More Pictures!

 So yes, it's a miracle. I am adding a post before another year has gone by. hahahaha

 I wanted to add some more finishes of the past year. I had to beg and plead with my camera to finally let go of these. We are having a little trouble and I think after ummmmmm….8 years or so I need a new camera. I am not even going to tell you how miserably few megapixels there are on this one. hahahaha  Ok. 5.!!! FIVE!  that is ancient. Like me. hahah

  So here are some more finishes from this year.

  Fire Island Hosta by Eileen U. It was hard not to run away with this one. V likes it because of the German colors, of course. This was so much fun to quilt. Eileen gives me free rein to quilt as I please and I can hardly contain myself on her quilts.

Next up is another Fire Island Hosta by Deborah B. She also lets me run amuck so the result is more fun and some serious play. Whooohoooo! The quilts are similar but different. I hate to do the same quilt twice, but similar is ok with me. I like that they can be one of a kind.

Kim P's award winning Glacier Star. She chose really neat fabrics and fussy cut much of the quilt. Go Kim!!! 

Here is Connie's lovely Gene-Yes! again at the Dallas show with it's award. 

A lap sized quilt a client was giving to her sister. She cried when she picked it up, so of course, so did I. hahahaha Sheesh! 

  And I have some more to show you, but we will leave that for tomorrow or the next day. It is Saturday!  Get out there and have some fun today!!!!  xoxoxoxo

Friday, June 19, 2015

Here I AM!

 I just realized that this blog is more than 10 years old now! Can you BELIEVE that????Wow! What started out as a knitting blog morphed into something more over the years as life has run its course and things have changed as they do in life.

And time flies once again. Seems like yesterday I was blogging about summer and here we are once again. It has been a crazy whirlwind year so far.

   We added a new family member, Juliet. After we lost Hayley I couldn't imagine having another cockatoo, but here we are. She needed a new family and we needed her. hahahhaaha How can you resist a bird in a sweater? And she is as lively as this picture suggests. She's a Muluccan cockatoo. One of the larger and louder of the cockatoo family. I am so glad she wasn't our first bird as she is quite a bit to handle. The neighbors definitely hear her…..and me when she occasionally bites me. That beak is strong. But she is what she is and we love her.

   Meanwhile I have been working hard on trying to grow a quilting business. It has been so wonderful meeting so many new people and being able to teach classes and quilt for others.

   This year I have started teaching beginning custom long arm classes at our local quilt store, Quilt Country. I am using Connie Keller's studio and I am indebted to her for starting me on this crazy beautiful journey. I learn more myself with every class.

  Also I have been quilting for others as much as I can. Let's have a look at a few…….

  A Glacier Star by Martha. The colors on this one are just phenomenal. The pictures do not do them justice by far.

  A modern original pattern by Connie Keller called Gene-Yes! It took a second place at the Dallas Quilt Show. Yay, Connie!!!!! This was super fun to quilt because there were no rules. I consulted an artist friend about some design concepts and away we went…..

 A gorgeous appliqué by Wilma S.

A Paradise in Blooms by Cathy B. Beautiful!!!!

 A Bali Wedding Star by Debbie. Such wonderful colors. She had exactly the design she wanted in mind and I love the way it turned out.

And several of my own including this Bento Box pattern. This was done in Moda's Persimmon line. It is a wedding quilt for a family member. I decided to do an allover spiral feather design to just let go! it was sooo much fun and very freeing after so much detailed custom work before it.

 A wonderful little bag for all of my appliqué tools. This is the Hold Everything! bag by Annie. I took a class on it with Dianne Speller at Quilt Country. She is a great teacher and does many classes like this on other bags as well.

An Amy Butler pattern bag. This is my go to purse right now. I did this to practice feathers and to be able to have some of my quilting handy at all times. It is so funny how quilters don't even notice it. Should have done different colors I suppose. ha! 

More quilt pictures coming up as well as our trip home to Germany to visit family.