6.30.2010

Vote for Kathleen!

I don't give Kathleen enough credit here on my blog! She is an amazing person and has an amazing sense of color and fabric style. I can say so because not only is she my right arm but I have had the opportunity to watch her decorate homes and design beautiful works of art from fabric and color for the past 28 years! (She's been doing it longer than that too! ) She is also my mom!
She has entered a quilt that she designed and I quilted for her into the McCalls Quilt Design Star contest and she needs you to help her out by voting for her quilt.
Daisies and Lattice
You can keep voting every day for the next month too!!!
Thanks!


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6.29.2010

I'm using....

Quite often I'm asked the question "What do you use?" So today I'm sharing what I'm using.
The most asked question I get is about my quilting. No, I do not quilt on a conventional machine. I have a Gammill Premier with a stitch regulator. I have been machine quilting for three years. I have actually never tried quilting on a conventional.
Look Bonny, it's your quilt!
All of my piecing and applique is done on my Bernina Anniversary Edition. I have had this machine for about two years and I LOVE it! Definitely a little pricey but I have never had a moments trouble with it and it gets it's share of use.
Batting, I prefer to use Quilters Dream Blend batting, it's a low loft batting and it lays, washes and quilts beautifully. On occasion I do quilt with more lofty type batting's and I prefer Quilters Dream Puff or Wool for loft.
Thread, I love So Fine by Superior Threads. For the most part I piece, quilt and bind using So Fine!
I know someone will ask how I store my thread. Well, I buy in cones so the best storage I've found so far is a Super Satchel Art Bin. They have removable cone holders and I love them for my thread storage. I got mine from United Notions.
I've had a few of you ask about binding. Here's our little secret. If the quilt is going to be judged or in any show then we attach the binding by machine to the top and then do a whip stitch using So Fine thread on the back.
If the quilt is not going to be judged or in a quilt show then attach by machine all the way. To attach by machine we attach our biding to the back of the quilt first then to the top using So Fine thread. Just make sure you've got a thread that matches very well. I also like this style of binding for quilts that are going to be heavily loved.
Click here to see how we prepare our bindings.

Hopefully this answered some of your questions. 
If you have more I'd love to hear them and I'm more than happy to do another post like this.

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6.28.2010

Pinwheel Baby Quilt

 One of my sweet customers made this darling Pinwheel Baby Quilt using Jodi's tutorial. I machine quilted it for her and I love how it turned out!

I think I have self diagnosed myself with a horrible medical condition I've got.....
It's called QADD
Quilters Attention Deficit Disorder.
Yes, remember last week when I told you that I had two quilts in the works, well today I started another one. Help! Are you this same way? How do I stop starting projects?

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A much needed break!

I haven't touched my computer since Friday morning and let me tell you it was so nice!
My husband is always telling me I spend way to much time on it so I decided to take the weekend off, no answering e-mails, no Facebook, no twittering. Nothing! I didn't even know where my phone was most of the weekend.
So, now you're wondering what I was doing that was so nice......
Babysitting.
(Left, my daughter, right my niece)
Yes, it was so much fun! My sister needed someone to tend her cute little girl so she came and we had a slumber party, with two-two year olds it was very busy! They went everywhere in tutus, we went and fed the ducks played at the park, went and visited grandpa & grandma and payed in their new stream and giggled!
Now, I'm feeling refreshed and I feel like I can take on another week!

Hope you had a productive weekend, maybe lots of sewing or playing with kids!

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6.24.2010

Machine Quilting

I've done a bunch of machine quilting for my sweet customers this week. Here are a few of my favorites!
I love the one above, I love Make Life materials so I don't think you can go wrong.
This sweet customer also made this darling pinwheel quilt in Rachel's Pinwheel Quilt Along. So cute!
Can you believe it's almost July?!
I quilted this darling little quilt today. It makes me excited for July!

Hope you're having a happy week!

To my Christmas Bee friends, I put your block info and fabric in the mail today, I can't wait to see what you make!
                                                                                                                                               
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6.23.2010

What I'm working on.

Two new Christmas Quilt tutorials! WAHOO!
I must be in the Christmas mood!
Also, I'm hoping to have the tutorial for this bed runner ready by the end of the week!
I love tutorials!
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6.22.2010

Putting the bee in Christmas

I was asked by by sweet friend Tracey to participate in a Christmas block exchange! I'm super excited about this group of ladies and can't wait to start making my blocks!
Here is the fun group of ladies that are participating in this fun group.
Kelly @ "I'm Just Saying"
Natalia (me) @ Piece 'n Quilt
This is the first online group like this that I've participated in!

I have been working on some other fun projects but I forgot my camera cord at the studio..... So I promise I'll share pictures soon!

Today I attended the funeral of one of my sweet customers. I've made four little baby quilts for her great granddaughters and I'm so sad to see her go. Within 24 hours of her passing the sixth great grand baby was born, I am planning to make one for that new baby and I know it will become a treasure.:)


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