A Mariner’s Compass!

One of my students made this beautiful Mariner’s Compass; then I was asked to quilt it!  She patiently waited for this quilt to move up the list of quilts to be quilted!  I sent her a couple of sneak peek photos once it was loaded.  But this did not prepare her for what she would receive – upon receipt of the quilt and shams her note to me said simply  “It Came!  It takes my breath away!”  Another happy client!  Her quilt was so stunning to begin with – the choice of classic colors made this an amazing quilt to start with.  She had sent me a pieced back originally.  Then it was determined she would need to send me a different back; I must say I was so excited to use the new backing as I knew the quilting would be stand out!

Without further ado – I will now share some quick photos of Pat’s quilt.  You will be able to see it in all it’s glory in May at the Lakeview Quilters Quilt Show.  I will also be a vendor there!  I hope to see you!  PS – my shop opens the week AFTER the LQG show!

 

NOTE: I have removed the slideshow and replaced with photos – slideshow was playing inconsistently.

I would appreciate some feedback regarding the slideshow – do you like it?  Or do you prefer individual photos with comments?

Denise

Houston! We have a Rodeo and Quilts!

Texas is BIG and Houston is HUGE!!!  So is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!  There are many Go-Texan competitions as part of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and on more than one occasion I have been asked to be a participant in the “Quilts” Competition. Even having a quilt I own – take Best of Show Metro along with several other ribbons that year!

So there is a story that goes with this quilt.  I purchased the top at my guild auction in 2003 and it was bidding war to the end.  Luckily some folks sitting near by adversary convinced her I was not going to give up and she finally stopped bidding.  What she did not know, is my final bid was truly my final bid – had she bid one more time this beauty would’ve gone home with her.  I arrived home and tentatively showed my hubby – he wondered out-loud what this had cost him; I don’t think I told him that night!  Fast forward to May 2004, I entered my now finished quilt in the Lakeview Quilters Guild show, out of 3 entries in its category it took 3rd.  I had it appraised that year and I highly recommend you have your special quilts appraised, this one appraised for 4 x my initial purchase of the top.  Some interesting information regarding appraisals – the backing fabric DOES matter.  As part of the quilt I was given a beautiful Jane Sassaman for the back; that added value.  I used to say “it’s just the back” but not anymore.  Also, the number of years you have been quilting, your status in the quilting community and many other little things add to the value of your quilt.  I have considered having this quilt re-appraised because my status in the quilting world has changed and it is probably more valuable now.  Fast forward to 2006, I was asked to allow this quilt to represent the NASA/Clearlake/Friendswood Go-Texan Region and I of course agreed.  Well this quilt, took Best of Show, 3 first places and a judges choice!  Be sure to view the photo of the label I included below – I give these women ALL the credit for any ribbons this quilt has received.  I am just the quilter and the proud owner!

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Another block! The background is a Hoffman 1895, color Havana – I have been known to purchase this by the bolt! All the fabric in this quilt are batiks. The patterns for the blocks were from a book by Jane Townswick
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A close-up of one of the blocks in Chocolat
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This is the second label for this quilt. Prior to shipping it off to Houston for the competition I wanted to update the label to include that it was part of the 2006 HLSR Quilt Competition. This label is significant to me because it reminds me who made each block and/or border. These talented women are members of the Lakeview Quilters Guild and there work is some of the finest I have seen when it comes to appliqué!

For 2016 I was asked to quilt this quilt for the competition.  I do love how these wool appliqué quilts quilt up!  Be sure to find this quilt when you visit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year – be sure to share your photos!  Here are my photos; but they never do the quilt justice because the quilt is not yet trimmed and there is no binding.  The binding always just gives a quilt that polished look!

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An overall view of Ronda’s beautiful wool appliqué quilt!
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A dragonfly close-up – doesn’t this make you smile?
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The border – appliqué and piecing
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A basket of sunflowers
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Another view of the back – more light this time
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And one more of the back – do you need a drool bib yet?

Wishing this quilt and it’s owner best wishes in the quilt competition for Houston 2016!

Denise

Sewing with Boys – that are 5

The title pretty much sums it up I think!

2 years ago when sissy had a quilt in the quilt show Mr. B said he wanted to do that, he was 3.  I said OK, you will be 5 for the next show and we will do that!  He has now made 2 quilts, the first when he was 4 and he helped draw lines for me to sew on and then he say on my lap while I sewed at the machine.

One of the blocks he made when he was 4!
One of the blocks he made when he was 4!

This time he was able to guide the fabric, with a little help and understand the process much better.  He thought it was cool how we could sew each piece together to make it BIG, like a puzzle.

Today I am going to sew!
Today I am going to sew!
With a little bit of help from DeeDee it will stay straight
With a little bit of help from DeeDee it will stay straight
The "puzzle" is put together
The “puzzle” is put together

When it came time to quilt it, asked if he wanted to draw with thread from the front of the machine or use one of the boards on the back.  He like the swirlz board from Circle Lord so we used it.

As I learned in my first longarm class, it is important to finger trace the design, so we did that.

Finger tracing the design
Finger tracing the design
I can do it myself
I can do it myself

Then he stitched the first 2 rows (we needed 4).  He watched from the front while I stitched another row.  He liked that watching the stitches appear on the quilt.

watching the swirlz
watching the swirlz
concentration
concentration
The scary part for grandma - he is actually running the machine and I am on the other side taking photos!
The scary part for grandma – he is actually running the machine and I am on the other side taking photos!

Time for a quick photo and then he was off to ride his bike and explore the neighborhood with grandpa!

All done - now I want to ride my bike!
All done – now I want to ride my bike!

Sewing with boys – that are 5!

 

Mini Me!

First off, I am not an Austin Powers fan, not even in the slightest!  However, I do love “Mini Me!”  (Silver lining in every cloud).  Sunday was a Mini Me day.  Each of the grandkids will be displaying quilts in our local quilt show in May, it is their choice, they are not forced to do this.   I am a firm believer that kids can do pretty much anything to some degree.

Little Toot’s adventure began at an early age, here she is working on the featherweight to help momma make Aunt Jess’s wedding quilt.  She is 1 in these photos!

Getting ready to help momma make a quilt!
Getting ready to help momma make a quilt!
Have to get everything setup!
Have to get everything setup!
Sewing with Momma - I hope Aunt Jess loves her quilt!
Sewing with Momma – I hope Aunt Jess loves her quilt!  Little brother is in the lower right!

At age 3  I taught her how to use my embroidery machine.   She would choose her design, select the threads and was able to rethread the machine for each thread color change.  All I had to do was hoop the fabric and set up the design.

She put a design on a shirt for Grandpa!  He still wears this shirt!

What a model!
What a model!

She had her first quilt in our local show when she was 4.

It is important that they do as much of the project themselves as is safely possible.  I chose prairie points for the quilt because a 4 year old can fold a square to make a triangle and then fold it again, now they may have gotten straightened out a little bit when I ironed – but she did it!  We also used glue AND pins so as she sat on my lap and pushed the go button and pulled pins I didn’t have to worry about the fabrics slipping.  For this quilt we did it on the domestic machine, not the LongArm so she could participate by helping guide the fabric under the walking foot.

She wanted butterflies, I asked how we would do that, she pointed at a stencil I have on my wall and said “with that”  I showed her to mark the design and then I quilted it (no easy feat for me on the domestic!)

Marking her quilt!
Marking her quilt!
The proud winner - she still thinks she won the quilt show - don't you tell her any different!
The proud winner – she still thinks she won the quilt show – don’t you tell her any different!
Even little brother was proud of sissy - this year he will have 2 quilts in the show!
Even little brother was proud of sissy – this year he will have 2 quilts in the show!

 

All of the blocks in this quilt below were machine embroidered by Little Toot, starting at age 3.  She chose placement of the blocks and all of the coordinating fabrics.

She sewed the blocks together and when she had long rows to sew together I sat behind her and helped with keeping the fabric feeding straight.  I had planned another border around the outside, but,  said she was done with the top – OK!  This is her quilt!

Once the top was done we headed to our local quilt shop for some fabric for the backing and binding.   Grandpa commented that he was surprised there wasn’t something in my stash that would work – I reminded him that this was her quilt and all of the fabrics for the top did come from the stash!  At the shop Miss Sally was very helpful, but in the end the decision was up to Little Toot!  She went with her first choice! (even though she had auditioned at least 20 fabrics)

Here is her quilt and a few of the photos (not the most flattering of me – but that is life!)

What?
What?
Oops, she got off her 1/4" because I distracted her - time to learn how to unsew!
Oops, she got off her 1/4″ because I distracted her – time to learn how to unsew!
Feeding in the longer pieces!
Feeding in the longer pieces!

Once we returned from fabric shopping,  she realized she was going to quilt this quilt all by herself!  I asked what she was going to quilt on her quilt, she said butterflies, I asked how she would do that.  She showed me on the whiteboard, then I said OK – now draw that design without the pen leaving the board – that is how it will work on the quilt machine.  Then we practiced for a few minutes on a piece of muslin – then MAGIC!  I was STUNNED!  I was AMAZED!  I was reminded of the shear pleasure of whimsical quilting and quilting just for fun!

Outlining the blocks
Outlining the blocks
Oh happy day
Oh happy day
She really had fun in the plain blocks!
She really had fun in the plain blocks!
Oh this one has nothing to do with quilting - we had the music up a little loud and "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" came on - we had to just stop and enjoy the moment!
Oh this one has nothing to do with quilting – we had the music up a little loud and “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” came on – we had to just stop and enjoy the moment!
Do you smile like this when you quilt?  You should!
Do you smile like this when you quilt? You should!
I could not be any prouder! And if it is a sin to be prideful, then call me sinful!
I could not be any prouder! And if it is a sin to be prideful, then call me sinful!
Showing Grandpa
Showing Grandpa
Look right here grandpa!
Look right here grandpa!
They don't teach cursive in school, and especially not in 1st grade, but she does it anyway!
They don’t teach cursive in school, and especially not in 1st grade, but she does it anyway!
Yup!  Me Too!
Yup! Me Too!
Not too Shabby!  She might even win the quilt show again!
Not too Shabby! She might even win the quilt show again!

Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to have a life!  Enjoy these moments, they can be gone in the blink of an eye!  Create those memories, for in the end that is what it is all about!

Dee