Monday, September 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Nothing at all is on my design wall today. But I do have a project in progress, all lined up on my sewing table waiting for the next step.

I also managed to finish a quilt this week.  Put the binding on it just in time for my son to sleep under it one night, before he headed off to university.  Last minute Mom :)

Drop by Judy's blog for more design walls today.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Common Threads Indigo Quilts

I just got back from a trip to Vancouver, and I had the opportunity to see a lovely collection of quilts. The Common Threads Indigo Quilts display, at the Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver is absolutely beautiful. My timing was perfect, as the quilts are normally only viewable before & after Sunday service, or by appointment.  But a few days before my visit my father happened to be in a meeting with a member of the church, and a tour had been arranged (for the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild gathering, I believe) on the Saturday I was to be there.  When they found out I was a quilter, I was invited to join the tour.

The collaboration and process in putting this together is incredible.  118 people created 26 quilts from hand-dyed indigo fabrics. The red ribbon running through all of the quilts is carefully placed to connect the quilts, and represents the community of the church. The quilts cover the 4 walls of the parish hall, and each wall represents a view from Vancouver - the north shore mountains, the west coast, and east & south views.  This is the southern wall pictured here.

And a portion of the west view with an orca whale.

And east here.

I love the salmon stitched into the ribbon, on this quilt.

And the letters on this quilt are all individually hand beaded.

Such beautiful work. I have a few photos here, but please check out their site for photos of the entire collection and the story behind the project.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A finish!

This quilt was started last November. It was Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery quilt. I stayed right on track until the last couple of clues. Finished up the top in the spring, and it's been languishing since then in my "to be quilted" pile.  Finally pulled it out last week, got it on the longarm during a lull, and even finished the binding. Now it sits in a new stack, waiting to be dropped off for donation :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stash Report - Aug 24

Just a short stash report this week, although backings do make for good numbers.

1 yard used for binding on 2 quilts
6 3/4 yards for backing on single girl quilt
4 yards backing for red anvil quilt

Stash totals for the year:
463 1/2 yards in
164 yards out
Total: 299 1/2 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog for more stash reports.

Friday, August 22, 2014

10 Million Stitches

My longarm has a stitch counter on it, and I just passed the 10,000,000 stitch count.  2 years, 10 million stitches.  That's over 25000 yards of thread, or 14 miles of stitching.

When I bought the longarm, I had planned to use it just for my own quilts. By the time it arrived, I had 8 tops backed up, waiting to be quilted - because once I'd made the decsion to buy it, there was no way I was going to do any more quilts on my domestic machine.

But then I was convinced to do a couple of tops for friends.  And then their friends. And before I knew it, the business side of things took off last October.  I've done over 50 customer quilts since then.  I'm still loving it, although longarming for others has drastically cut into my production of quilts.  But that's ok. I'm still quilting, and instead of having to buy fabric, I'm getting paid for it :)  (No, that has not stopped me buying fabric, as those who read my stash reports know).

And now, 2 years after buying the longarm, I have only 18 tops waiting to be quilted.  Oh.  Well, at least the original 8 are not all still waiting, although I think 4 of them are.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Productive week

I had a really productive week this week.  I got 3 of my quilts on (and off) the long arm.

First, a quilt for my son.  I want to try to get this one bound before he leaves for university next week.  That may be pushing my luck, but I'm hopeful.  This is made from Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, and is my second quilt of this pattern. Quilted with the same panto, too. I think I see a pattern here :)

This is Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice, her mystery from last November.  It's actually looking like it might get done before the next one starts.

And finally this one. I picked up the blocks from the exchange table at guild in the spring. Added the pink setting triangles, and finished it off with a bias border and the darker pink border.  It will get bound with more of the stripe - hopefully cut on the bias again, if I have enough of it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall Monday, Aug 18

I've been plugging away this weekend on my Toes in the Sand blocks. I fell pretty far behind, so I did a catch-up blitz.  Months 7 through 10 are now up on my design wall. Which I think means I am in fact all caught up.

Drop by Judy's blog to see what everyone else has on their design walls today.