Saturday, May 26, 2012

I think she likes it!

Yesterday my granddaughter Megan graduated from high school. We had lunch together with several friends and family. I presented the quilt to her in the restaurant while we waited for food. I think she really likes it! She said she and her college roomie (together since kindergarten) had already chosen black and lime for their bathroom next fall. Guess I do know this girl's likes. She's the only one of my 5 grandchildren who lives in the same city as I.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Special Label

As a family history buff, I believe every quilt should have some sort of label. A while back I came across a unique quilt label tutorial by Shelley Rodgers. You can find it here. When I finished the Crayon Box quilt I knew this was the label to use. It is a fabric envelope that opens to reveal a lot of information. I chose to use the backing fabric for the outside of the envelope. That way it doesn't really show up until it is opened.

You can make a buuton hole and sew on a button or use a snap. I used a snap, but put on a button too. Got the look without the buttonhole. Look at all the info this label holds. As usual, I stitched the binding over part of the label to help better secure it to the quilt. I love this special label!

Monday, May 21, 2012

More Crayon Box

As promised, here is a photo of the entire quilt. Each center block has special meaning. So much color!
Here is the backing. I pieced it so it would be large enough for the long arm machine.
I like the backing almost as much as the top.

That center panel has purple and a little bit of orange that does not show up in the photo. Soon I will show the label.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Crayon Box is finished!

The day after I returned home from Cincinnati, I got a call from Chelli that the quilting was done. I was so excited and picked it up a couple hours later. I love the thread and the pattern we chose for the quilting. It just worked perfectly for this quilt. The quilt designer (Bonnie K. Hunter) used a purple binding and that was my original plan. But, after it was quilted, Chelli and I agreed that a black binding would be better. I have been working hard to get it finished. This afternoon the deed was done! It even has a special label that I'll show later.

I snapped a few teaser photos. Love the variegated thread going across the black inner border. I will get a photo of the whole quilt and post later. The border is a bright lime green, but does not show well in the photos.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I Can Breathe

I have always said I work better with a deadline. But, sometimes I get over-whelmed with it. Such is the case of the special quilt I have been working on recently. I wanted the top finished before my trip. I've really had to push to get it done. This is a scrap quilt called "Crayon Box" and designed by Bonnie K. Hunter. I don't have a photo of the flimsy. I was exhausted when I finished the top Friday evening. And, then I had to piece the backing. That turned out better than expected. I had debated all week whether to take it to a longarm quilter or quilt it myself. The only thing I can do is stitch-in-the ditch. But, I wanted more. And the quilt is so large, I doubted I could do it... in 12 days!

So, I made the decision to contact Chelli Wagner at Simply Beautiful Quilting. I took the top, backing, and batting to her yesterday. Glad I did. Chelli and I really hit it off. I was amazed at her quilting and her studio. We chose a varigated thread with the major colors of the quilt. It will be awesome. The best part is that when I return from my trip, all I have to do is put on the binding. Yay!!!

I am leaving Tuesday morning for Cincinnati to the NGS conference. So, I probably won't post again until I return and pick up the quilt. Yes, now I can breathe!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's A Small World After All...

Funny how things work with the quilt blog community. I recently saw a reply post on a blog about Singer featherweights and the problems with odors in the carrying cases. So, I sent her this emal.
"Hi, Teresa,
I read a comment from you on another blog. You said: "This has been my
"go to" machine for all sewing away from home...". I bought a
featherweight a few years ago on ebay for $300. I had it serviced
about 6 months ago, but haven't used it yet. The case does smell.
Since you no longer use your case, I wondered how you transport it?"

Not only did she respond, turns out that we both live in the Nashville area. She told me she was a member of Music City Quilt Guild. I had been following the newsletters for this guild for a while and had wanted to attend a meeting. Teresa not only invited me to today's meeting, she was there to greet me and saved me a seat. She graciously introduced me to other members. This is a wonderful, friendly group. I felt very welcome and joined on the spot. 

Years ago I attended a meeting at another quilt guild. I felt that I would never fit in and I doubted they cared if I ever came back. I didn't ever go back either. But, the MCQG is so different. I felt right at home. Plus, I met Teresa, whose blog I follow at A Quilt and A Prayer.  I also met Melissa, whose blog I had lurked around for about a year and now have been an official follower for about a year. She quilts, crochets, knits, cross stitches, etc. Her blog is Doodle-head Stitches.

There is a lady in the guild (didn't catch her name) who makes these really cute fabric pins for the visitors. It is made of a black and white music print fabric. It was the perfect accessory for my new bag.

And, as if this were not enough, today's guest speaker at MCQG was quilt designer Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. She had a trunk show of over 80 of her beautiful quilts. Many of the fabrics were designed by Edyta for Moda. The program title was "Reasons to Quilt". Edyta was such a warm, down to earth person. Awesome, inspiring program!