Friday, January 20, 2023

A feather for you and a feather for you and a few other things.

 Oh 2023 has gotten off to a great start!  3 quilts on and off the frame.  I am in such a quilting groove right now.  And I have two more to finish by the middle of Feb so, I do hope the quilting Gods stay with me just a wee bit longer.  Want to see what I've been working on?   So many beautiful and different things.  This is the part where I feel very lucky to be a longarm quilter. I love the quilting part, the final icing on the cake.  I get to work on so many beautiful and creative pieces that I never in my wildest dreams would ever make.  But yet with the grace of the Quilting Gods above they cross my longarm and I feel ever so grateful to be a small part of these beauties....Ok so are you ready to see????

First up is Kim's New York Beauties, The stars are silk and the background is aboriginal fabrics.  I did a simple design in the middle of the stars, I wanted the silk to just shine through.  On the background I literally used the prints for the dense background quilting, quilting on the lines and then added the border.  I tried to pull some elements from the fabrics for the last border, but I think that silk, anything quilted on that would look amazing.

Next up was the first art quilt that I've quilted.  Kathleen's water lily pattern by Sandra Mollen.  I am so in love with this, I really need my own!!  Isn't that the hardest  part about being a longarm quilter? You want one of everything that goes on the frame! Hmmmm can't remember the last time I quilted on of my own....oh wait it was an edge to edge :)  Yes I digress here.  One day I will have my own quilt with some fancy stitching but in the mean Kathleen gets hers.  I have to admit I was a bit nervous, I have never quilted an art quilt before and I did love how Sandra Mollen quilted hers so I took that as inspiration.  This is all free motion, two layers of batting, quilters dream wool over dream orient. The fabrics everything, just in love with this

And finally a sampler quilt for Annemarie. The pattern is Portage Lake.  Is there such thing as too many feathers?  Oh I think not!  She likes feathers, I like feathers, there are lots of feathers.  One person commented there are feathers everywhere except on the Bird, lol!!  Samplers are fun and it's like a new quilt with every turn of the frame and this was no exception. This has two layers of batting as well, background quilting with 60 wt glide thread, the rest with 40 wt glide thread and too many rulers to mention!  Lot of free motion, lots of rulers, lots of fun.

Check out the linky parts on the side bar for inspiration!  So much out there.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Design Wall Jan 2023

 Oh boy, if my design wall is any indication of how 2023 will go, I'm not really sure what it's trying to say!!  Hmm it's like instead of reading tea leaves I'll be reading my unfinished blocks - what are they telling me about my future???  Just look, goodness gracious!  All of these projects were started in past years but surprisingly more than half were started last year. 

Design Wall Jan 2023

Oh 2022 was a wreck of year, it just hobbled along to the bitter end for me.  There was Drama, there was delight in retiring, family expansion with the wedding, guild shenanigans, health issues and to end this crazy bit of a year, I ended 2022 with Covid for the first that I know of....if I had it before I was completely asymptomatic.  I had my first positive Covid test Dec 20 2022.  That's right I was on the naughty list and I got Covid for Christmas Yes, yes, ready to see you go 2022.  There were good things, thank you, there bad things, no thanks and everything in between.  I think my design wall shows this!!

So let's just take a look at what's up there.  Looks like two finishes up there waiting to be quilted, one before covid started and the other from the first year of covid.  They may never get done, but still hold a place on the wall.

Sue Spargo Squash Squad

This guy just needs a border and to be quilted. There's a guild quilt show in May so I have high hopes for this one!  I think it's gonna be finished by April (fingers are crossed and a little shaky).  Just needs a border, keep it simple (I think this is the overwhelming message from my design wall for 2023). I learned to hand embroider in 2022 and I have completely smitten by all the pretty threads and textures.  But mostly so very surprised that I actually love and, at times, need the handwork.  I've found it to be very meditative and comforting.  Running with that while I can!

Next up

Buckingham Garden Stitch Along - Pieceful Gathering

In the second half of 2022 as I finished (well almost finished, hehehe) the one stitching project that I was working on I started to crave traditional everything, piecing, colors, quilts, all of it.  We have a lovely shop by us, Pieceful Gathering, which will serve all of my traditional needs.  They have this lovely block of the month Buckingham Garden and I jumped right in.  They even had a little stitching group which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I need to find another stitching group.  This one I'm doing my own stitching on it, making up the stitches for the wool applieque. Theirs's is quite lovely and quite simple.  Well, those that know me know that I am the queen of over complicating.  So yes, there is a bit more stitching on my blocks, Some I like, some I don't but if I don't try how will I ever know????  So again I feel my design board hinting at maybe I should consider a little simplification in 2023, perhaps..... 

Cathedral Doves 2 - A Different Box of Crayons

Another BOM, this one from Lynn Schmitt of A Different Box of Crayons.  Lynn's BOMs are always out of this world, always!!!  This stitching is a little different on this one.  The other stitching projects were folksy type projects and if you stitching wasn't up to par, you get to write it off as "It's folk art, it's not suppose to be perfect".  But this BOM, it's all elegance and charm.  Yes I had to step up the stitching game just a little.  but I can't wait until it's done.  I do have over 400 HSTs to make......hmmm what is your favorite method for 2 inch finished HSTs??? I've lightened my up with light color silks here and there. Time will tell if this was a good more or not.  So far I've done quite well not over complicating this one, but it is a bit complicated to begin with through no doing of my own!

Friendship Star Guild 2022 Challenge

This bright beauty does not have one single traditional stitch on it!  Actually there isn't a single stitch, it's all fused. These are hand dyed Frieda Anderson left overs.  You had to start with a square of with a minimum size and any method you choose.  The one stipulation is it has to have a little crazy.  LOL mine is just a hot mess of crazy!  My center is the beautiful landscape with hills and trees (courtesy of Frieda Anderson.)  First round was curves, which I added to two borders. Next was flowers and then triangles.  Last was applique but shoot my entire piece is all fused.  Now I just need to figure out how to finish because I really like the triangles hanging off the edge....we'll see if anything happens with this one, there is still a glimmer of hope, not completely written off....

Guild Work Shop with Karen Combs
We were delighted to have Karen Combs as a speaker at our guild and a workshop.  The workshop was for this lovely Illusions quilt.  It was supposed to be a large lap, but honestly I didn't want to buy 10 yds of fabric!!!  I know that really doesn't sound like me but...I did want to participate in the workshop so I did a mini!  Brilliant, my blocks are 2 inch finish (the project as is had 6 in finished block), I used a couple of layers from a layer cake in my stash and this was so much fun.  Ok I made the mini, it was great and out comes the Queen of over complicating again.  It needed something, just a little something.  I have a couple of yarn couched daisies, don't they look sweet on this mini?.  Now I just need a little yarn couched  bird and then this will be complete.  I think this is a spectacular example of taking things to the next level that bring me joy, but not completely over complicating things.  And this is what I think my design is trying to tell me....

Kaffe Wedding Star - Judy Niemeyer

I've had the pattern since 2009, it was  a limited edition pattern (don't even know what that means) and the fabric idea came from a bundle of fabric I purchased at Paducah in 2017 ish.  I started the arcs in 2018 (oh I was so motivated then). But along the way I decided I wanted to a silk back ground (the queen of over complicating rears her head again).  Oh the yards of silk that were purchased before I finally decided to dye my own silk radiance a lovely chartreuse color.  I  finish quite a few blocks on this the end of Dec.  I just have 4 more for the inside and then the border blocks.  I'm still very much in love this one.  Will it be finished this year?  I dunno but it will get bigger this year for sure.. 

Lady's Basket BOM - Pieceful Gathering

Warm Winter Wishes
And of course I start two new project rather that finishing the others...but in my defense, some of those are BOMs and they are done yet....I need more!!!  So feeding my traditional crave is the Lady's Basket Sampler.  I'm all caught up, I've got the January blocks done!  But I do need to catch up with Warm Winter Wishes. This has the piecing and the wool appliqué which I just love.  These may go to FL for  project to finish there.  Perhaps at the end of 2023 I will have a nice little Winter Wishes quilt!!

And that is my crazy design wall as we start 2023.  I have high hopes for finishes!!  But I think the overwhelming messaging that it's telling complicate things were appropriate and simplify the rest.  Do what you love.  Whatever that is, do that, it will bring you the most joy.

Next week I'll share some of the lovely things I've add on the frame this year.  I have been running the wheels off my long arm and there have some beauties on there.!!

In the mean time, check out all the linky parties on the side and go get inspired!!