Monday, January 1, 2018

Holiday Season Madness

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and got to take some time for yourselves to get some extra quilting time in.  I know I did!  There's so much to talk about this month!

First, and most exciting for me, I got the best Christmas present EVER!  My new Gammill with a Statler Stitcher was delivered.  Yippee!  There's actually a bit of a story that goes with the delivery.  Daren (from Linda's Electric Quilters) and Cody (from Gammill) arrived early in the morning and started work, getting everything brought upstairs and put together.  By early afternoon, she was ready for the initial testing.  That's when things started getting strange.  The machine started stitching by itself!  Daren would stop the stitcher, touch the table, and it would start on its own again.  Or, he'd stop it, and step back and it would start again!  I joked that Mom was there with us, testing it herself, because she was so excited about having a Gammill back in the house again.  It turned out that the issue was more likely a short in the machine, and it had to be sent back.  I went ahead and christened her with the name Carol Ann, after the little girl in the movie Poltergeist.  Hehehehe.  Just a few days later, a new head was delivered and installed, and is working absolutely beautifully!  I picked up a couple of community service quilts from my guild, and quilted them for practice.  I love it!
Carol Ann all set up and ready to stitch!
Community Service quilt #1

Close up of the flowers I quilted onto the blocks.

Close up of the work that I did on the sashing and cornerstones.

Community Service quilt #2.

Close up of the quilting from the backside.  A pretty, swirly Edge-to-Edge pattern.

Anyone remember the miniature Sleeping Beauty that I was working on a few months ago?  I just finished it!  My original plan was to hand quilt it, but when I really started thinking about the amount of quilting that I thought it needed (so much stitching in the ditch!), I changed my mind and learned how to use a walking foot on my Bernina.  I finished all of that stitching in the ditch, then loaded it up on the Gammill to add some pretty feathery patterns in the center and in the quarter circles.  I think it turned out beautifully!  I gave her the name Southern Jewel... the bright colors remind me of pretty gems sparkling in the sun.

Finished Southern Jewel.
Closeup of the quilting in the center.

Closeup of the quilting in the quarter circles.

Shot of the quilting from the backside of the quilt.

Next topic... Mom may have mentioned it previously, but she and I had been collecting charm squares to make our own charm quilts.  Charm quilts have an interesting story behind them, where women would collect pieces of fabric and make quilts that had 1,000 different fabrics in them.  Well, I finally finished the top of the first of my charm quilts.  Yes, the first... of three!  After I started making the quilt, I thought there was still a good bit of fabric left on each of the charm squares, and realized that I could make at least one more quilt.  Or, I could make two more quilts all of different sizes.  So, my Goldilocks quilts are named Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear.  Papa's top is done, and getting ready to be loaded up and quilted, probably with a swirly, feathery edge-2-edge.  Then, I'll get busy finishing up Mama and Baby.

Papa Bear

The beginnings of Mama Bear and Baby Bear.
I also finished a miniature double wedding ring quilt.  This was a pattern that I bought at Festival this year, all paper pieced.  I've always had a kind of obsession with double wedding rings, and I figured this would be a good way to scratch that itch without having to make a full size quilt.  So cute!  I haven't quite decided how I want to quilt it yet, but I'll start working that soon enough.

Paper pieced double wedding ring miniature quilt.

And last, but certainly not least, I want to share photos of a couple of quilts that friends are almost done with.  First, Becky finished her Omigosh! top, minus the borders in this photo.  This is such a popular pattern, and you can definitely see why.  It's beautiful!

Becky's Omigosh!
Second, Jerrianne finished The Grape Quilt!  There are just a couple of grapes on the quilt... I think over 1600 of them!  It's absolutely gorgeous!  And, this was a pattern that Mom had put together, and I found the file for it, complete except for a cover photo.  So, as soon as Jerrianne's quilt gets back from being quilted, and gets photographed, we'll be releasing the pattern for sale on our website.

Jerrianne's Grape Quilt.

That's all for this month.  Happy New Year to everyone!  My resolution is to quilt more, and to post monthly blogs this year.  Yippee!

Keep quilting,

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Greatest Show on Earth!

Wow!  I think that's the best word I can use to describe the Houston International Quilt Festival this year.  All of the quilts were fantastic, and there was so much to take in... and, of course, there was the exhibit that is near and dear to our hearts... Remembering Sue Garman: Traditional Talent Extraordinaire.  It's hard to describe the feelings that came over me when we walked into the exhibit.  It was overwhelming, spectacular, beautiful, and sad, all at the same time.  It was fantastic to see so many of the quilts hanging together, and they seemed to just go on forever!  I'm pretty sure that people missed pieces of the exhibit because they didn't realize how many quilts were part of it.  Mary and I got to meet so many people who knew Mom, or who were affected by her in some way over the years.  And, we even got to learn more about her quilts as we listened to stories that friends and fans told us about them.  Many thanks to Quilts, Inc. for hosting the show, and to The Quilt Show for sponsoring the exhibit.  We can't say it enough!  Now, this month will be many more photos than words.  On with the show!

And to All a Good Night was on the end that opened the exhibit.

Quilted Gingerbread was right next to And to All a Good Night.

Ladies of the Sea

The Christmas Lady

The Garden Lady

The Quilt Lady

Mama Said.  In small embroidered font, she wrote things that mothers say to their kids around each block, for example "Always wear clean underwear." At the show, we learned that one of the two Mama Said quilts that she made has all the things kids say to their parents embroidered on the back, such as "Are we there yet?"

Grandpa's Nightshirts

Good Golly

The Walkaway Star Quilt

Cotton Candy

Addie's Cheddar Alphabet

The Glorious Princess Feather

Ruffled Feathers

Sarah's Revival

The Washingtonian

Friends of Baltimore

Sallie's Secret

Baltimore Glory

Coxcomb Medallion - Round Robin

Bed of Roses - the cover quilt for Festival this year!

Baltimore Squared

Sue's Lone Star Medallion

The Houstonian

Lily Rosenberry

Spring Joy

Ruffled Roses

Feathered Log Cabin Christmas

Shine On, Harvest Moon

If Friends Were Flowers

Chain Gang - Chains

Chain Gang - Flowers, Stars, and Chains

The Barrel Racer


Postage Due.  Do you see the mistake in one of the blocks?  I had never seen it before, until
someone pointed it out to me at Festival.

Tucker's Tulips

My Blue Heaven

Bouquets for a New Day

Chain Gang - Flowers and Chains

Target Practice

Trick or Treat

Boo Buddies


Summer Joy

Classic Santas

Winter Memories

Bunny Block Sampler

Daisy's Mother Goose Quilt

Hugs and Kisses

Happy Daze

Mother Goose Stories

Borrowed Roses

Feathered Star Heaven

Hearts in Bloom

All Around the Town

Antique Rose Quilt

Autumn Joy

The Night Before Christmas

We noticed that the stockings have the grandchildren's names on them!  Not including the youngest, Ben, because he hadn't been born yet.

The Lindenberry Quilt

Gingerbread Joy

Papercut Fancy

Forever Yours

Little Baskets

Southern Beauty

Twirly Balls and Pinwheels

Afternoon Delight

Pennsylvania Stars

Coxcomb Medallion

Ancient Stars

Floating Stars


My Old Kentucky Beau
There were so many more quilts to see at the show, but I'm going to leave today with just Mom's exhibit since there were so many.  We're working on bringing back some of her older patterns, like Trick or Treat, Yuletide Joy, and Harvest Moon.  Let us know if you have any special requests!

Have a fantastic holiday season, and we'll see you soon.  Keep on stitching!