Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ryan and Michael have their quilt!

Last Saturday night, Ryan arranged a little surprise gathering at a relatives house to present the quilt to Michael.  Michael knew something was up but had no idea what it was.  We all were out on the deck waiting for their arrival.  Ryan had the most beautiful 'love note' to read to Micheal (we all cried) and then he got to open up the quilt.  What a wonderful group project completely made with love!!!

 Melinda Overstreet took some great pictures (check out her pictures here) and Danielle recorded Ryan reading his 'love note' to Micheal (go here to see the video).  It takes a bit to load and you need QuickTime but it is worth it !!!

They looked so good under their new quilt, I just had to jump in!!!

This was a pretty cool project for all of us to work on.  Thanks to everyone who  helped me figure out what to do, donated fabric, helped me pick out fabrics, cut stuff, ironed stuff, tore off the paper pattern FROM EACH AND EVERY PIECE, and lovingly longarm quilted it and made the beautiful label for this great piece.  Give your selves a pat on the back and a hug until I see you again to do it in person.  Bravo, team, bravo!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Fairy Quilt GodMother is done!

Paper Panche had a contest to create your very own, one-of-a-kind Fairy Quilt Godmother.  They had a list of questions you answered and then you got the pattern made just for you.  A bunch of us girls made 'em.  Of course, I'm bringin' up the tail end of the pack but she is done.  Thank you Betty for taunting me into "get 'er done"
 mode!  I didn't paper piece the intricate locket that came with the pattern, so she sports a Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild pin as a locket.  I am so smart!  That little idea saved me like 2 hours!!!!

Maple Sugar

A few years ago, Betty and I took a road trip to Keepsake Quilters and I bought this kit.  Never have gotten around to making it and she said instead of me trying to sell in on ebay, she would take it and make it.  Well, the clever girl instead, cut it out and brought the kit along on her latest trip to see me.  So, with the kit all cut out, we just tag teamed the sewing and before we knew it, we had a really beautiful top.

Betty has found the backing and is going to have her longarmer quilt it. What a beautiful piece.  I am so glad she 'made' me sew it.  Of course, when you are sewing with your buddy, it is a lot better than sewing alone.  And the project goes together a lot quicker, too!!!  Thank you, Betty!!!

Look what Betty did!!

Betty whipped up 2 tumbler block charity quilts for the Murfreesboro Sewing Ladies and we dropped them off when she was in town.  These are just so cute!  I love this block.  Ole RJ just had to get in the picture to show off all the weight she has lost.  Way to go, RJ.  Why is the answer always 'diet and exercise"?  Can't it just be 'chocolate and the couch" just once?
And Betty, quite accomplished quilter that she is becoming, made these tops by using the pieces as 'spiders' while sewing other projects.  A 'spider' is a random piece of fabric run thru the sewing machine before and after any piecing that is not chain pieced.  So, Bonnie Hunter   has taken the spider to a whole new level.  She always has a box of fabric pre-cut and ready to go when she needs a 'spider'.  Before you know it, you have lots of blocks made.
Rj is taking a bunch of tumbler blocks to the Project Linus Blanket Day for the 4Hers to work on.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Double Wedding Ring is back from Zoe!!!

Yippee, look what came in the mail!!!  I was so excited when I got home and saw this big box waiting for me!!!  Well, for Ryan and Michael really but it is mine for a little while. 

And look how pretty it is packed in it's little box!
Zoe really knows how to do it up right!  It's like an early Christmas!  And it is all fold so pretty and all tied up with a bow!  Zoe, girl, you rock.

So, what does her little note say???  Well, as usual, she is telling me what to do!  She says, "Draw your lines - and sew ALL around edges BEFORE you trim to square up otherwise it will spread or seem to grow.  I left pins in to help (at the top and bottom)."  Thanks for the heads up.  You know me well!  I would have stuck my little fingers for sure.  She used a pattern called "Manchester Cavier" by Anne Bright. How perfect.  But I will be a bit of a tease right now!  You all can't see the pattern til I apply the binding and then we will have the big reveal!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Quilt Label arrives from Australia!!

Auntie Joan (from 'Down Under') has completed the label for Ryan and Micheal's double wedding ring quilt.  And it is fabulous.  Auntie Joan sent some pictures of the label in progress.  This is pretty cool machine she's got!!  I am very impressed.  Ole talented Auntie Joan designed this label and choose the colors especially for the quilt.  Wow!  This is way cool!  Who'd a thought this whole project would turn our this incredible.  You go, Joan!!  We bow to your creativity and talent!
Auntie Joan has it all planned out on the fancy machine and we are off!

 We have got to find out just how long this took for the machine to stitch out.  This machine is way cool.
 Look at the wedding rings!  They are outlined in a heavier gold stitching and just fabulous!  The stitching in an arch over the rings and ribbon is just inspired.
 Now for a classy saying. . .
 . . . and who all had a hand in this project.  Ya know, I'm sure the machine does this, but aren't the lines all straight and everything all centered and aligned.  Yeah, it's the machine and not Joan. . .   lol
And for the big finish -- this wonderful label is surrounded by fabric from Auntie Joan's own Australian stash.  You go, Joan.  This is just amazing!  You are the embroidery goddess!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Baby Quilt

Just whipped up the cutest little baby quilt for my newphew, Kevin, to give to a brand new baby of a co-worker.  It is so cute.  He knows the baby will be a little girl and he knows that she will be delivered by C-section tomorrow morning.  Think I'll overnight this quilt. . . .

 Here's a closeup of the wonderful butterfly inspiration fabric.  I sorted thru all my stash but what do you know, I don't have any cute stuff for a sweet little girl.  The closest thing to baby pink I had was glow-in-the dark highlighter pink.  Yeah, not gonna work.  Dan and I ran to Joann's (the only place open around here on a Sunday) and found this great bundle of the solids.  Dan had seen some butterfly fabric he took a shine to and then as we were walking to the cutting counter, saw this butterfly print.  Wow!  The colors are perfect and enough on the 'bright' side to make me happy.  Saw this pattern in the latest Fons and Porter and just went with it!  Kinda looks like woven ribbons.
Welcome to the world baby girl!  August 22, 2011 is a great to come into this world.  xoxox

Newest victims - ah, I mean students in Quilting 101

Ah, yes, two new students have been added to the list of Quilting 101 victims.  these two were pretty much fun, fun, fun.  Both of them seemed not be taken aback by my lack of organization and style.  Good for them!!!

Blair already has plans for a really cool quilt she has designed and has the fabric already purchased.  She just needed a bit of jump start to brush up her skills.  Desire and drive are the first steps to design.  She is well on the road.  When we played around with fabric arrangement, of course she choose the path less traveled.  I love that in a woman!!  Nice job, Blair.

Ginny has s flair for fabric selection!  I just love the medium print she choose.  We talked about how much more fabric she could use up if she fussy cut that cool fabric to have a different element in the center of each block.  That's the foundation of quilting - use up as much fabric as possible, isn't it???  Very nice job, Ginny.  Keep up the good work!

On the road again. . .

Ahhhhh, look at little Matthew ready to deliver the quilt to Aunt Zoe in Atlanta.  Doesn't he look sweet? Let's leave it at that!  He was not talking sweet.  He was being quite snarky about the big bad football player delivering a quilt to the longarmer for his mommie. . .    Oh, he still looks cute in the photo.

Auntie Zoe will begin to quilt the quilt for Ryan and Michael.  We will not elaborate on just how talented Auntie Zoe is with the long arm.  Her head is already big enough, but suffice it to say, this is gonna by one fantastic quilting job.  You go, Zoe.  We expect pictures to share of you and Clementine doing the deed!!!  lol

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The pieces become blocks and the blocks become a quilt top!

After all of Betty and Louise's hard work pressing, trimming and peeling of tissue paper, it is finally time to sew something together.  We started by laying out a corner on the living room floor.

And then we completed the outside border, block by block.
And then the fun part - Uncle Dan started to fill the inside with the completed blocks.  Dan and Matt had to make sure that no two of the same fabrics touched, that colors flowed and tones matched...  yeah, a Braves game was on at their attention may not have always been on color placement but they were persistent and didn't cuss at me too much!

 TAA DAA!!!!  Well, at least it is all on the floor in the way it is gonna be sewen.  Now to the Throneberry production line of quilt making.  Dan picked up two blocks to be sewen togehter, handed them to Matt who handed them to me.  I thru the finished blocks on the sofa, Uncle Dan picked them up and tried to remember where they went and then handed more to Matt.  It took about half the quilt before we really got in a grove!  But, at this point, all the rows are together.

the next step is to sew the rows together into one big quilt top, make the backing, get it off to Aunt Zoe to longarm quilt, sew the binding one and handstitch all around the edge.  And then it will be time for the surprise!    Yeehaw!!!

And the last of the fabric donations for the Double Wedding Ring!

This bunch of fabric just made it into Ryan and Micheal's quilt at the extreme last moment!  Good timing kids!  And it is so cool!

Russ, Joanna, Grant and Grace Lauer sent this nifty swatch.
 Julie, Darrell, Malary and Logan sent the blue swirl, Cole added the baseball fabric, and Peanut sent the dog print stuff.  LOL  And this way cool cat angel fabric came from Emmalyn.
Ray and Far added the green flowers; Joe, Jane and Joey sent the white with pink and green and blue; Ryan just had to add the kisses and the Santas.
 Ruth Toms sent this great selection of prairie prints.
 Bradley, Donna Jo and Thomas Glass added this harlequin; Donald and Joyce Propes sent the black dot; Amy, William and Jonathan sent the cool stripes.
Joe, Jane and Joby Keys added the cream; Kory, Amber and Jacob Judd sent the Mardi Gra inspired print; Jodi Sullivan sent in the bright yellow flowers and Gaye Flener added this red fuzzy and brown fabric.
 Cool Canadian fabrics came from Karima Merali.

We are getting some movement!

Now we are getting somewhere with this quilt top thanks to Betty and Louise's hard work.  It is going from pieces to blocks and Betty and Louise's visit made progress by leaps and bounds!!   I was sewing, they were pressing and cutting - we had a real assembly line!  And I would not be so far along without their help!  What sweet girls to spend their short 'vacation' working on this quilt and buying what was on the grocery list!  True friends really know what you need when you need it!  xoxox

And they started ripping the tissue paper off the backs of the pieces so I could start sewing together blocks to see if this whole experiment was going to work or not!

 And work is does!!!  This is a picture of nine blocks up on the design wall.  This is gonna be cool!  Ryan and Michael should just love it.  What fun it will be to find the different fabrics from all the people that love them.  This is lookin' way better than even I imagined!

Japanese Blocks

When the Japanese girls came to visit Holly and go to the Paducah Quilt show, we just had to send something home with them!  And since we are messing around with our new business, we decided to make a seasonal display for them so they would remember us the whole year thru.  Holly selected fabics and designed the series and I did the grunt work on the machine.  It was just too much fun!  Each set is similar but none are exactly alike.  I was able to meet the group at the Cracker Barrel resturant on their way back to Atlanta and be in on the presentation.  Since I have a 'real job' it has cut into my goings a bit too much!!  But Holly made sure I was there to see their faces and get hugs from all.

Each set has a block for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  We stamped the Japanese symbol for these seasons on each block as appropriate.  I used alcohol ink and stamped that right on the fabric.   Each block is about 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".  The pieces are raw edge machine quilted.  I used the 'quilt-la-que' technique.  I raw edge machine stitched around each die-cut fused shape thru the background the batting and the back.  So when I was done doing the raw edge applique, all I had to do was bind.  Simple, easy and fast!  That's the way to do it!!!  Holly gave each of the girls a cute wire hanger so they could display them on the wall of their house.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Look what Betty did!  She and Louise came to visit over the weekend and Betty brought us all three a cute Fourth of July banner.  We each had to apply the binding and add the hot glue crystals to the fireworks.  We did a bit of embroidery work on 'em, too.  These pics don't show the crystal very well but the fireworks are littered with them.  What a cool project for us to work on together.  Betty had done all the grunt work for us!  She cut out the pieces, fused them and then did her best machine applique yet.  She is becoming quite the artist!!!  Her stiches are just great!!!  She had a good teacher!  lol  I took a picture of mine in my little wire hanger on the sofa table.  Actually was inspired to bring out the 4th of July decorations for their visit.  We all supervised Matt as he hung the bunting on the front porch, too!  Thank you, Betty!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quilting 101

 Just had a great evening with Jackie and Janna teaching a Quilting 101 class at JoAnn Fabrics.  This Mother and Daughter team made their first quilt squares.  I don't really think they were beginners - they were both just too good at this!  

They learned how to straighten up the fabric and to use rotary cutters SAFELY.

And they were both naturals with the sewing machine. 

Perfect 1/4" seams were made by all and the blocks turned out really cute - almost as cute as Jackie and Janna!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

MORE Wedding Ring Fabrics!

Ok, so I thought we were done.  Ha ha.  I should have know we would have late comers to the party!

Auntie Ali sent these in.  She has been making the cutest kids bibbs and the like and just had to share these fun prints!  I LOVE HER COLORS!!

And Melinda sent along these olive green sleeves.  They came a note from Melinda that said she would explain where they came from later!  That's a story I will need to hear for sure.  This red fuzzy stuff is a delight from Kathy & Ed and we even have someone give the shorts off their bottom to add to the mix.  I am not looking very deeply for a meaning here...

Auntie Jan T thought of the boys in Paducah while at the big quilt show.  She said this was the weirdest fabric she could find a Hancock's of Paducah.  I'm not sure if that is a comment about Hancock's or about Jan T but the little spiders are way too cute!!  Glad she sent a big piece cause that fabric is gonna show up in some future projects!

And then a wonderful friend of Ryan's sent 9 yards of this great stripe for the backing.  Think I'll use a bit on the front, too.

And when Betty got home from visiting me and arranging the paper pieces, she sent these fabrics to me. What a cool bunch of stuff.  This quilt is going to be so cool!