Merry Christmas to All!!

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Thank you to all of you who have supported me this past year. May you have the Merriest of Christmases, and Health and Happiness in the New Year!

Andi

Vacation for Me, 20% Savings on Wide Quilt Backing Fabrics for You!

The Studio will be CLOSED

Thurs. May 23 through Weds. May 29

To compensate for the inconvenience,

all wide quilt backs have been marked down 20%

As always, local customers may order through the website and include a comment that they wish to pick up in-store. I’ll subtract the shipping costs when I finalize the sale, and email you when your order is ready to be picked up. Mail-order customers, please be aware that no shipments will go out during the above dates, but I’ll send them as soon as possible after May 29.

A Recent Customer Quilt

I’m working on Part 3 of my article on types of quilting and when to choose which one. But in the mean time, how about some eye-candy?

If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen this already. But I really had fun on this one, so I wanted to share. It’s called Glacier Star, which is a paper-pieced pattern by Judy Niemeyer. My customer did a great job piecing this. I think I would have given up before I got it finished (good thing she likes to piece and I like to quilt!). She wanted custom quilting, not too dense, thread to match, but other than that it was up to me.

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Glacier Star, a Judy Niemeyer pattern

I wanted to play up the circular area in the center of the quilt so I quilted a circle with flame designs around the center star. I know she doesn’t like dense background fills, so I wasn’t sure what to do in the rest of the cream area around the flying geese. Then I decided that 1/4 inch outlining would be just the thing.

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I like to have continuity in a quilt, so I repeated the ‘flame’ stitching from the center in the around the black spikes of the large star, and repeated the 1/4 inch outlining in the outer New York Beauty blocks.

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Feathers would have been the obvious choice in the black areas, but I wanted to do something unexpected – so I chose an orange peel fill.

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She was very happy with how it turned out, and I had a lot of fun quilting this one. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Wide Quilt Backing Sale

Blog Contest Winner

I used a random number generator to choose a winner from those who commented on my post about Working With X-Blocks Rulers. Drumroll, please……..the winner is Linette Greene! Linette, I’ve sent you an email, please respond to that with your mailing address and I’ll send out your prize of a Mini X-Blocks ruler and a pattern. Thanks to everyone who played! And if any of you do decide to try an X-Blocks quilt, I’d love to see it!

The Party’s Over……

Another successful quilting retreat is history. Once again we had a wonderful time. I’ll try to post some photos here soon, but for now you can view them here.

Quilting Studio Tour

If you couldn’t make it to my Quilt Market Review on Saturday, would you like to now join me on a photo tour of the Studio?

Here is the front entryway:

Front Entryway

Don’t you love the hayfork? I found that in an antique store in Missouri a few years back:

Hayfork

This is the view that greets you as you come in the door to the Studio:

As you look to the left, you come to the “Civil War Corner”:

Civil War Corner

A closer look (hmm, I didn’t know they had stereos like that back then <grin>):

Looking across the room reveals more fabric, patterns, and Paintstick supplies & samples:

And to the right more books and the “Twirling Tulips” sample:

Let’s go into the back room now for some refreshments:

And while you’re snacking you can see a demo of the AccuQuilt GO!

or browse through some new books and lines of fabric:

Finally, if you need to sit for a while, maybe you would like to help me sew some blocks for this sample that isn’t quite finished yet?:

Thank you again for coming, whether in person or in a virtual visit. I hope you’ll come back very soon!

Sad Day

It was a busy day at the shop – that was good.  It helped keep my mind off of what I had to do when I left work today. In this post I showed you a picture of Annie. Annie is our lab mix who came to live with us on our first anniversary (hence her name – short for Anniversary Dog) back in 1995, when she was just 8 weeks old. Which makes her 14 now. That’s about 98 in human years. She doesn’t hear so well, doesn’t see so well, and for the last year or two has had trouble with her back legs. She had trouble standing up, her back end would start sinking. And she couldn’t always make it outside to do what should be done outside.

And in the last week or two she was pacing a lot and panting. Which the vet had told us were signs she was in pain. So we decided it was time to put her out of her misery. I *know* we did the right thing, but it still hurts. We had her all but one year of our married life. We lived with her in 5 different houses (plus 2 motels) in 3 different towns. And she caused us all kinds of problems, like chewing through the cable TV and telephone wires, and digging out of the backyard fence, and jumping out of the 6 foot high kennel – several times, and jumping out of the window of the rental house (ripping the screen and messing up the trim), and stressing out during thunderstorms, and, oh, – I can’t even think of all the other things. But you know what??? We loved her anyway. And no matter how much we ignored her or got mad at her or yelled at her, she loved us right back. Pets are funny that way. People should learn from their example.

So long, dear Annie. Thank you for sharing your life with us. We’ll look for you at the Rainbow Bridge…..

Raffle Quilt Finished!

One of the guilds I belong to has an interesting way of creating a raffle quilt. A theme is chosen, fabrics are selected, and block kits cut. Anyone who wants to participate can purchase a block kit and make a block to fit the theme. The blocks are displayed at our quilt show and voted on by the public. The first 3 places are awarded cash prizes, and then all the blocks are assembled into the following year’s raffle quilt.

This year I was on the raffle quilt committee. We chose the theme “Everything Old is New Again”, and tried to incorporate the idea of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” by asking guild members to donate pieces of fabric from their stashes to use in the block kits. And one member offered to donate a Dream Green batting from Quilter’s Dream – it’s made from recycled pop bottles.

We gave them each a piece of this fabric to use as an inspiration for colors:

Then we sorted through the donated fabrics and chose ones to use for the kits.

I think we had about 14 blocks turned in. We also asked them to make 6″ finished blocks from any leftovers from their kits – these wouldn’t be judged but would be included in the finished quilt.

I had a plan on how to lay out all these blocks, but as often happens, the quilt had other ideas. So it took a bit longer to put together than we planned, but the piecing was finished the end of January, and I had the quilting done just 3 days before it’s first public display! Our Winter Farm Show (like a county fair) is held in February and we traditionally sell tickets for the quilt in the room where the needlework and crafts are displayed. This is the first time anyone can remember that the quilt has actually been totally finished for the Farm Show. Yay Us!!

Oh, you’d like to see pictures of the finished quilt???? Well, sure, here you go……

Working on the new Studio

It’s been a busy week. On Thursday DH’s Uncle Johnny came to help me paint the studio. We left the main room alone, it’s a warm beige in good condition, so that saved a lot of time. The back room, which will be my sewing room and break room and class area, had been a storeroom, so it needed help. DH and I pulled out old shelving and patched the walls earlier. I chose a lighter shade of the beige since there are no windows and not a lot of lights. It’s much brighter now.

My office has two walls of white panelling, the other two walls were a not very nice pinkish beige. Now I’m usually a very neutral person. I always choose the ‘safe’ colors – wouldn’t want to be too flamboyant, you know! So I went back and forth on what color scheme to use for the studio. I also usually gravitate towards cooler colors – blues, greens, purples, maybe venturing into the bluish-pinks.

So what ever possessed me to choose these as my color inspiration????

Sometimes you just have to get out of your ‘box’. I wanted bright and cheery, I wanted different. Do you think I got it?? LOL

The third one down on the left is what I painted the walls in the office.  It’s called ‘Coral Gables’. (The bottom one on the left is the main wall color.) Who comes up with paint names, anyway?? Is that an actual career choice? As in “Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a paint-color-namer”? There is probably a much more romantic name for it, but I haven’t figured it out yet.

Anyway, Johnny needed his sunglasses half way through the first coat of that color! He was very diplomatic in just agreeing with me when I said it was bright, instead of offering his real opinion. DH was even very kind to lie and say it ‘wasn’t bad’ when he first saw it. LOL

So here’s what it looks like when you see a glimpse of it from the main room:

It’s really not quite as orange as the photo shows. And if I decide it’s too bright, I can always put a glaze or something over it. The good thing is I don’t think I can ever fall asleep in that room, so I don’t have to worry about dozing off while doing paperwork!

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