OK so the real reason we finally decided to take the plunge and buy a new house was really so we could get a puppy! On June 20th we brought our new baby Holly home. I had no idea how much work and how much fun it would be! We made some mistakes like allowing her to sleep in our bed at first, having to wash the bedding two days in a row put a stop to that. She is so sweet and funny, it’s really brought our family together as we all share the responsibilities. Thank God for the crate, she is already sleeping in it all night without a sound. I’ve managed to keep up with all my quilts as usual and I welcome even more business! I have attached just a small sample of some of the beautiful quilts my customer’s have made. Gotta go snuggle with my pup now.
I have to admit that since the Pine Needle closed in March business has been slower than usual, steady but slower. I learned how to quilt at the Pine Needle and miss all the Pine Cones and all the referrals. Since I had a free weekend a few weeks ago I pulled out this scrappy quilt top I made ages ago out of Cotton and Steel Bluebird fabrics. To be honest I didn’t really care for it but I don’t like having unfinished projects. I used one of my favorite designs called Waves and Pearls. Not only did I get to use up a bunch of fabric making the backing but now I have a really beautiful quilt that I love!
Yvonne emailed me one day out of the blue and said she follows me on Instagram and wanted to know if I would quilt for her. As you can see her quilts are absolutely beautiful and it’s a pleasure to quilt for her. Her Summer Sampler blew me away, the fabrics she chose and her piecing was perfect and I love how the quilting Dizzy Izzy adds so much texture. The last quilt she made for her soon to be fiancé and it’s a gift for him when she visits him in Germany. I can’t wait to see what she sends next!
I can’t believe it! We finally bought a house! Well I can now after moving both my sewing studios to the new house today and my back is killing me! Fortunately it’s only about a half mile from the current house so don’t worry I haven’t gone far! The machine moves over this week and the big move will be in a couple of weeks. It’s so much work to move, how did we get all this stuff? I know it will all get done knowing me, at record speed, but it’s one box at a time. I can’t wait for all of my wonderful customers to visit! I love my new studio, I can’t wait to quilt all your beautiful quilts!
This quilt is truly one of a kind! Jami made this fantastic collage quilt by gluing fabrics to a pieced backing. I wasn’t really sure I could even quilt it with all the layers of fabric and glue but I was so inspired by it I rant wanted to try. Figuring out what to do is the hardest part so I just let the fabrics guide me. I did a mix of pebbles, crosshatching, wavy lines and some really cool circles in the left background piece. I used my computer for the circle grid and the triangle fill but the rest was free motion with tons of thread changes. I’m thrilled with how it turned out, I hope Jami is too!
I’ve had this beautiful Kona Cotton solids fat quarter stack for a while that I’ve been dying to use. This is the second Spiced Chai Quilt I have made, I just love the pattern, it’s simple yet the end result is so awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever made a quilt with all solids, it might be my favorite. I used a mustard yellow for the backing and binding, the quilting design is Seafoam. I’m so happy with this quilt.
It’s a happy mail day when I get a box full of quilts from Carole Lyse – Shaw! I love Carole’s modern style of quilting and the pops of color in these blew me away. I used Pick up Stix on the dark ombre quilt and Zing on the cream quilt. She is in the process of publishing patterns for these and will be teaching them in her workshops. What talent!