Whew! Made the Deadline!

I’m just coming up for air this week after finishing Deanna C’s big quilt.  It was a joy to work on, everything was square, flat, even edges and the borders were exactly right.  It was just big!

Deanna C’s Wedding Star quilt

The quilting went very easily, I’m just going to post the pictures so you can see for yourself…

Closeup of the Star

This is a Judy Niemeyer Wedding Star pattern.  As you can see, I inserted a little feather bouquet in the background area.

The curved cross-hatching was an idea given to me by a friend when I was wondering what to do in that small space in the oval.  The rings themselves are simply stitch in the ditch, just let the fabric speak for itself.

Closeup of a ring

This beautiful quilt will be shown at the quilt show in Coburg, OR this next weekend (July 28, 2012).  http://coburgquiltshow.org/

It was quite a rush at the last to get it completed and bound in time to deliver to the show.

AND…

This picture was taken from my teaching post at the EVQ Schoolhouse Night.  In the yellow is Susan Rogers, one of my students, and in the background you can see the other teaching stations.  I believe we had nine teachers; our members could choose three topics, 20 minutes at each table.  It was quite a rush to do the presentation, but everyone seemed to love the pincushions!  I had kits, 15 threaded needles and a very hot glue gun at the ready.  I gave out 43 pincushion kits that night.  Super fun!

FINALLY — Almost Done

Autumn Pathways Photo by Jesse Shields

The painting is finished.  I am now working on adding beads to the piece.  I will bind it in gold, with curved corners; I think that will go nicely with this piece.  All the color was done with pastel chalk.

Closeup of Autumn Pathways Photo by Jesse Shields

So this week I’ve been working on the beading.   I also quilted a very small piece (24×21) to donate to Emerald Valley Quilt Guild for their small quilt auction at their quilt show September 28 & 29, 2012.  I’ll post some pics of that later; it will also be a painted quilt.  The next client quilt is loaded on the frame, and today I’m going to play with the grandkids in celebration!

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WhatI’mWorkingOn

I have three things that need to be finished almost simultaneously, and I’m working on each of them quite intensely.

Petal Pincushion

I’m teaching a mini class on making this pincushion for the Emerald Valley Quilters next week.  So I’m preparing samples, handouts, and kits for the class.  While the grandkids were having some quiet time in the studio today, I cut out kits for the class.

Longarm Table as workbench…

Since Halie was using my ironing board and Nick was using my cutting table, I moved my center of operations to the back of the longarm table, which I found is exactly the right height for this type of work.  What you see are pincushion parts and a kit on the cutting surface.

Deanna C’s Wedding Star Quilt

Here is one block from Deanna C’s Wedding Star Quilt.  It is 115×115, and need to be finished at the end of next week.  Although it is a very large piece, I have enjoyed working on it and am very excited about it.

Quilting Closeup

Remember, you can click on the photo to enlarge it.

Quilted Bouquet Closeup

So that piece will be a big part of my day tomorrow.  Of course on Saturday I’m traveling to Sisters for the show (after all, it is a national holiday, isn’t it?) but I think by the end of Sunday I’ll be to the outer edges, which are planned to be a festival of feathers.

Autumn Pathways

After the grandkids went home this evening, I set my studio back up for work tomorrow.  So all my pastels are set out on the cutting table, with a nice clean cloth to test on, all the pencils put back in order..and of course the piece is in the background.  I have it mounted on my design wall, and I’m working on it there.  I have to stand on a ladder sometimes to get to the top.  The painting on this will be done next week.  For one thing, I can’t stay away from it, so it is worked on steadily.

Closeup

As you can see, there is still quite a bit of color to add.  But I feel like I’m getting the idea about this quilt.

Leaf

It feels very satisfying to have these projects that complement each other during this time.  When I am fatigued at the longarm, I am still able to work on the painting.  And when the grandkids are spending the day, I can still cut out kits and enjoy the day.

EZ Glide Wheels

EZ Glide Wheels

A couple weeks ago Dave from Boersma’s installed these new wheels on my Gammill frame.  What a huge difference this made during the next 35 hours of work creating the fill on my show quilt!  I hadn’t realized the physical effort involved in pushing my machine around.  The ease of moving the quilting machine easily doubled the amount of time I could spend quilting during one session.

Check it out: http://www.boersmas.com