Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The rest of the quilts of 2016 - part 1

So, I had big plans to make a post each time I completed one of my own quilts and provide details about each one. Bah, ha, ha, ha, ha! What was I thinking? Not gonna happen. So the new plan is to try to remember to make an update occasionally so I can try to remember the who, what, when and where of things.

This one is called Bread Pudding. I worked on it off and on for a ridiculously long time. Finally the guilt of having this UFO lying around forced me to get it off my to do list and on to my guest room bed.

I finished this one during the summer of 2016. I hated every minute of making the half square triangles with Thangles. Now that it is finished though it is one of my favorite quilts and will be displayed in the local quilt show this fall.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Indiana Log Cabin

Ah, Spring. That means it is quilt show season. Our local guild held it's show on April 2nd. The guild challenge this year was based on the Indiana bicentennial this year. The requirements were to make a quilt that was inspired by the Wabash or Tippecanoe Rivers. It must contain at least two of the state flag elements, blue, yellow, stars or a torch. My family had a cabin along the Wabash when I was a kid so I felt a log cabin quilt was the right choice. I chose fabrics from the Eliza's Indigo fabric collection by Betsy Chuchian of Moda Fabrics. The pattern came from Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book. 

Once I finished the top I was a little concerned that I couldn't see enough of a defined line around the log cabin, friendship star and the center cabin blocks. 

So I chose some carefully placed quilting motifs to create a more obvious line between sections that really brought the quilt to life. 

It was a fun challenge. There were some incredibly creative entries. I was shocked to tie for third place in the viewers choice competition. This one will hang in my quilt studio where it will bring me back to those fun childhood memories.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Never Ending Project

Sometimes you work on a project so long it just becomes part of your daily life. You think it will never end, like that relative that needs a place to stay for a few days that turn into weeks, then months, and eventually years. But eventually it's over and you have to figure out what you're now going to do with yourself. 

I have to admit I've sometimes worked on something so long I get tired of looking at it. But this one has stuck with me. I still love it as much as the day I started it. Which is a good thing because it would be a shame to spend this much time on something and not wish to display it!

This project has so much history with me. It accompanied me on an Alaskan cruise, to so many doctors appointments and spent long hours with me when I didn't have the energy to do anything else. This one is special. I almost can't believe it is finished.

Friday, February 19, 2016

A Look Inside the Studio

Welcome to my studio, affectionately known as Sheville. This is where I spend the majority of my time so I've tried to make it as efficient and comfortable as possible.

The flooring is painted concrete. It was one of those projects that seemed like a good idea at the time, then after 12 hours on your knees when you realize you're still only half way you rethink that. I love it, but I wouldn't do it again.

This space was used as a workshop by the previous owners. To say it was rough when we moved in would be an understatement. I go back and forth trying to decide if I want to finish the ceiling or not. Maybe someday. For now I'd rather spend time quilting.

The cutting table is an old library table that had a gash in the top and mismatched drawer pulls. So I had my husband build a larger top out of plywood and added some antique casters to raise it to the right height for me.

I've separated things out in different workstations. You can see the area below does double duty for the embroidery machine and paper crafting. The pie safe stores my fabric stash and the shelves on the left hold scraps, kits, and projects in progress.

The drawers in the ironing station hold sewing notions. I'm adding label holders soon so I don't have to open all 24 drawers to find what I need.

This corner serves the longarm with rulers, thread, tools and batting. Specialty batting and customer quilt tops are stored in the pie safe.

My favorite part of the room is my sewing desk that my husband built for me. It has served me well all these years. It is a pint-size piece made to fit my 5' 1" frame. It has saved me from much pain in my neck and shoulders. If the house ever catches fire, you'll find me trying to drag this out of here.

Thanks for stopping by. There is plenty of room here so if you're ever in the neighborhood feel free to join me.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Welcome to Wildcat Creek Longarm Quilting

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