Sunday, August 9, 2015

What a whirlwind of a week!

Oh my my my.  Do you ever have one of those weeks where you just sit back and say, what on earth happened and how did we get here?  Man, it's been one of those weeks at work and next week isn't suppose to be any better.  What to do when that happens?  Hide in the sewing room and sew like there's no tomorrow!!  So now I have to have my standard disclaimer that while it's going to look like I was really productive this week, that's just not the case.  The truth is, all these weeks while I've done a little here, a little there and looks the same week to week, finally started to look like something different this week.  So, I've got a lot to show, but really most of it was done in previous weeks.  The funnest of all these, was a visit from Elvis.  Ha, not just Elvis but Romeo and Larry too.  These are Nancy's Pugs in the Garden.  I can't tell you how much these little guys helped me through some of the craziness at work.  I LOVE what Nancy did with these Pugs.  This one has two layers of batting, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 on bottom and Hobbs Wool on Top. They Pugs just jump right off the quilt.  I used one of the flowers in the bottom row as a template and quilted the same flower in a couple of the rows.  A little butterfly and dragonfly here and there to tease those Pugs.  What fun this was.  So glad Nancy let me quilt this wonderful quilt for her.  
Elvis has left the quilting studio


that bike is adorable!!  



Romeo, oh Romeo


The last few quilts have all been custom.  I had this quilt, backing and batting that all but jumped on the frame to get done. My goodness the pantograph that I used was still on the table.  This thing practically loaded itself and quilted on it's own.  I used this pattern from Sharon at Vrooman Quilts.  Not only did Sharon share this pattern, but she taught me how that pop of white can add so much to a quilt.  This one finished at 50 x 60ish, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting, Glide thread on top, magna glide in the bobbin.
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Boxes in Boxes - Great use of those 2.5 in squares. 

Look at this, my design wall looks a little bit different.  Look at all that color!!! I'm like in heaven.  Now again, these blocks have been done for a while but it's just now they got up on the design wall.  This is Old Friends BOM from Calico Girls - love this one.
Old Friend Bom, so big won't fit on the design wall, crazy crazy color!! That dark purple has to go
While it was good to have a finish, and a quilt with all the blocks done,  what I'm even more happier about is Black Sea is officially a flimsy.  Not only that, but this baby is loaded on the frame.   I've wanted to quilt this ever sense I saw Kathy's version at Tamarack Shack.   I saw this an instantly fell in love with the way she quilted this.  I've wanted to make this quilt for over 2 years and finally I have one and it's ready to quilt.  I hope I can do half the job that Kathy did - so unbelievably excited about this one!!! The pattern is Judy Martins' Aegean Sea.  I added a couple of borders to make it king size. This one ended up 121x121. You know I'm going to quilt this like crazy so I expect to loose a couple of inches at least in the quilt.
Black Sea, my version of Judy Martins' Aegean Sea - super sized 
Absolutely Positively can wait to quilt this guy.  Feathers are going to fly!!
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13 comments:

  1. It's funny... at first glance I thought Nancy's quilt said "Rugs in the Garden" and I could not figure out why! Then I read what you wrote and saw the "Pugs." That is one adorable quilt! I love, love, love your Black Sea quilt. Looking forward to seeing what magic you quilt into it. Gorgeous!

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  2. Oh, to have at least half your talent for guilting. Cute pug quilt. I am sure you are going to have such fun with Black Sea and can't wait to see this one's frosting.

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  3. Sorry to hear that work has been rough for you lately, but your quilting is ON FIRE! I love the cute little pugs in the garden, your Black Sea is sublime, and the Old Friends project is so exciting that I'll bet you're tempted to call out sick from work so you can stay home and sew!

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  4. Love the quilting on the squares with the white. Looks great. Can't wait til you share some quilting on the Black Sea.

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  5. Lots of pretty quilts! Love all the colors in the Old Friends BOM and then the contrast of the cream and black quilt. Lots of "wow" factor in both projects.

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  6. Love it when things start coming together and the progress is obvious. Cute pug quilt, and your Boxes in Boxes turned out beautifully, too. Looks like a great way to use scraps.

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  7. You did a lot of work. The quilting of the stunning pug quilt is stunning. I love it. I love the other quilts too. Hope things on yur work are back to normal soon!!

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  8. You sure get a lot done in a week!! LOVE that pugs in the garden!!

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  9. Such lovely quilts on show! I am new to long arm quilting and so have really studied the Pugs in the Garden quilt. It's quilted wonderfully - such lovely detail. Something for me to aspire to ....

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  10. Really like your BOM quilt. Very colorful. The black background really sets off the colors. Micki@2dogsstudio.us

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  11. Very pretty work all around, but my favorite is that Old Friends BOM. Lovely and bright!

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  12. Wow, Sue, you sure have some beautiful quilting there! I love the 16 patch quilt - a great pattern! And your Black Sea is going to be spectacular!!

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  13. So much good stuff in this post!! Love how your quilted Nancy's pugs names in the quilt. Good lesson shared from Sharon! Always inspired when I stop by!! SMILES!! V:)

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