Tuesday, December 15, 2015
I finished my last customer quilt over a week ago. It is amazing what you can get done when you're not working! I've been baking, shopping, decorating, gardening and writing Christmas cards. There are only 10 days until Christmas! What? It feels like the days just vanish ... I can't explain it!
A tight feather pattern ..
... Speaking of special someone's ... This guy decided to clean up after my cookie baking last week ...
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Oh my I have neglected all you friends and I am so sorry! This happens to me every year after Halloween ... The time just disappears! I have been so focused on getting my quilting work done so I don't have to work in December that I have ignored most everything else! I have my last customer quilt of the year to do today! I hope you are enjoying this season of blessedness and joy. I live in Southern California ... close enough to San Bernardino to have felt even more the terror of this last week, combined with the terror in France a month ago. I console myself knowing most of the world is full of good and decent people. Especially this season when we celebrate family, joy, and for many, a savior and his birth ... I won't let evil people destroy my peace!
I just have to finish this last quilt and I am putting up my Christmas lights, and decorating my house, sending my Christmas cards and joining all the rest of those crazy shoppers and spending some money!! I love you all!!! Please stick with me ,,, I promise I'll get better again at my blogging after the holidays. But for now ... Here are a few pictures to keep you going!
Merry Christmas from this sweet little munchkin!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
My falling was catching a major cold from my hubby last week -- I had a cold a couple weeks ago, but mild. This last one knocked me out from last Friday and I am still fighting it! Yesterday was the first day I could get off the couch ... Lucky for me I didn't have a lot going on!
I had the pleasure of longarming this adorable quilt a couple weeks ago!
This was one of my favorite shirts ... We have a beagle in our house, and this is perfect for describing him!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
If I could just make time go slower right now, I surely would! I love this season and time of year ... I guess October is my favorite month ... I never thought of it that way but here's why: it's my birthday month, it's fall, it's weeks ahead of the time of year where I feel crazed from too much to do!! Fall to me means apple cider, turning leaves, a chill in the air ... Except when you live in Southern California and it has been in the 90's for the last week. I am sick of the heat ... Bring me some snow!!! Ok ... I'll take rain instead ... I'm about ready to figure out how to do a rain dance!! I can feel wrinkles sprouting on my face from lack of moisture in the air!!
I have been busy busy ... Finished the quilting and binding of a quilt I started years ago. It is a Donna Yackey pattern and the Thursday girls at the Country Loft will surely remember it!
I love it and have decided to teach it in my October stash class, Friday, Oct. 30 from 10 to 1. I requested permission from my dear friend to teach it! She is a doll!!
Been longarming as well ... Here is a beautiful quilt that I worked on last week
Saturday, October 3, 2015
I am slowly getting my quilting business organized. I thought a couple of weeks ago that here it is almost October ... If you're a quilter, you are thinking that your Christmas quilts or ones you want finished by the end of the year need to get to your longarm quilter! I didn't have any new quilts for a while, but over the last couple weeks I have had at least 8 come in ... That's a lot for me. I realized I better get myself organized and stick to a schedule!!
I quilted a 108" x 108" quilt last week. It took me 4 days because I would only work on it about 2 or 3 hours a day. Longarm quilting puts you in a position where you are always leaning over the quilt. I quilt from the front of the frame, so I lean over the quilt and tend to have poor posture, because I am leaning down to see where I am quilting and making sure it looks beautiful!
The quilt is a great pattern for a fairly fast quilt ... An alternating solid block with a four patch ...
Slipping in a couple proud grandmama pictures ... Daddy took her to the aquarium for the first time ...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Most of the people I quilt for are friends/customers I have had for some time. I am a part time longarm quilter, so my calendar is usually pretty full. I had the opportunity and pleasure to quilt for a new customer ... I met her so we could discuss thread color, pattern, etc and I was so excited when I saw her quilt.
... A sneak peek at what I'm working on ...
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Have I said how happy I am that school is back in session ... There is such a peace that comes over me in the fall. It is my favorite time of year and reminds me that routines are good, and a necessary part of life. I have been busy ticking things off my to do list ... I'm currently working on my September stash class quilt ... Here's a sneak peek ...
I quilted a huge quilt ... 108 x 108 ...
Monday, September 7, 2015
The end of summer ... That's always what Labor Day meant when I was a kid, and when our kids were little. As much as I always dreaded the end of summer, there was a part of me that enjoyed getting back into the routine ... The routine of school and friends, and as a mom ... The routine of my kids being back in school and me being able to get something done! Now that we are empty nesting, it was a nice day to spend together. We walked the dogs in a beautiful area of downtown San Diego by the harbor, and got some home/yard work done.
When I flipped my calendar to September in my sewing room, this is what greeted me!! In San Diego we always look forward to the end of summer because the tourists go home and we get the beaches back to ourselves! August is usually when our weather starts getting HOT and it goes through October ... We've got a scorching week ahead of us ... Don't you feel sorry for me??
Isn't it beautiful? I was a little thrown by the light background color ... Cream, but with a lot of yellow in it. Once I found a taupy-grey thread in my stash, then I was happy with the results!
Now to sneak in a pic of my sweet g-daughter ... With her daddy ... Their first carousel ride together ... Their faces are priceless!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I have been spending a lot of time in my quilting/sewing studio. I showed you my mystery quilt but I wanted to prove that I actually did finish the binding.
I had another quilt of mine in the to be quilted pile - I dug it out, along with the back that was already made and quilted it! I am teaching it this Friday from 10 to 1 at the Country Loft.