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New Techniques

I didn't get around to any quilting today. The day was filled with running errands and doing laundry. Monday's are usually house-cleaning days, but today that was pushed aside. I did get the bathrooms cleaned, but that's all. Tomorrow is another day.

My landscape quilt digest is having a challenge where we all work from the same pattern and create a landscape quilt. The challenge just started today and we have until September 1st to complete our quilt. I'm anxious to get started.

In the meantime, I'm trying to learn new techniques in embellishment as well as gaining perspective in landscape quilts. I'm reading everything I can find on the web, looking for instructional and inspirational videos on youtube. Viewing work of other landscape artists is also helpful. I have a long list of websites in my "favorites" folder on the computer to look at anytime day or night. Most of my landscapes are not realistic looking. I chose fabrics for color and texture and…

One More of Joe's Quilts

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This one is a one-patch quilt with Christmas fabrics and a snowmen border.

Joe's Quilts

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Here are Joe's quilts that I have finished so far - except for the binding. My plan is to do all the binding once all the quilting is done. Double 9 Patch
Pinwheel
Log Cabin
Trip Around the World
Bird One PatchI still have 4 more of Joe's quilts to complete :)Susan

Pinwheel

Today I'm working on Joe's Pinwheel quilts. It's made with cat themed fabric and solid blues and black. This is a large quilt - 108" x 102" - so I had to piece the batting. I'm quilting it with a large meander so I can avoid those dense intersections where 8 seams come together! Those are impossible to quilt through without breaking or bending a needle, and I definately don't want to have to deal with the problems that causes my machine again!

I really need to photograph Joe's quilts so I can post them here!

Susan

More New Landscapes

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Spring Mountain Range
Utah Sunrise
Both of these quilts are hand appliqued and machine quilted. They both use Hobb's 80/20 batting. Most of the fabrics are commercial, with a hand-dyed fabric in the sky of Spring Mountain Range.

New Landscapes

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Autumn Mountains
Rocky Mountains I
Rocky Mountains II
Rocky Mountains III
Serenity BeachThese are small landscape quilts from 8"x10" to 30"x35". All are machine quilted. Serenity Beach is machine appliqued, and the other quilts are all hand appliqued. I used Hobb's 80/20 batting.

Trip Around the World

This afternoon I finished Joe's Trip Around the World quilt. It's a lap-sized quilt in pinks, purples, and beiges. It's really pretty. I quilted a freehand victorian feather in the outer border. I made sections in the quilt with some straightline quilting to showcase the center diamond where I quilted a victorian feather wreath. I also quilted sections out to the corners where I quilted more victorian feathers. The spaces between the other straight line stitching I quilted some stipples.

Photo to come.

Susan

Sunrise

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I was up at 3am yesterday morning and tossed and turned for an hour before finally giving up the idea of sleeping. So, I sat at the dining room table browsing the web while waiting for the sun to come up.

It's been a while since I was up early enough to get a good sunrise photo, but that morning I got some good ones. The back of our house faces north-northeast, so we get some beautiful sunrises in the summer. Yesterday I spent the day painting my master bathroom. It's done and everything is put back into place. Now it is a restful green instead of the gaudy, bright yellow. I really do like yellow, but this hue was just way too harsh for a small room. I like yellows with a hint of gold in them. Susan

Progress!

I did lots of quilting this past week after fixing the machine. I finished Serenity Beach as well as several other smaller landscape quilts. I'll post photos after I have the binding finished on them.

I also finished a full-sized quilt of Joe's. It's a bird theme quilt made with squares of different types of bird fabric. I quilted a feather vine alternating with a ribbon all the way down the quilt.

Today I tackled the wallpaper border in my master bathroom. It took 2 hours to get it off the wall, but it's done! Our master bath is a bright yellow that makes you get in and out of that bathroom just as quickly as you can. That may have been the plan for the previous owners, but I wanted something a bit more restful in there. So, I bought a gallon of "fresh aspargus" green paint that matches the green stripes in my bath mats. I'll get that painted in a day or 2. I washed the walls down today, so I should let them dry for 24 hours before painting.

I also bought …

Crash!

I've spent the past 2 days working on my machine! My machine works great 99.9% of the time. When it doesn't work well, it's because of operator error :(

I was quilting on the Serenity Beach quilt (the one in the header of my blog) and quilting away through the palm fronds, loving the way it was turning out when all of a sudden:

PING! CLUNK! RATTLE - RATTLE - RATTLE!!!!!

I was quilting through the center section where all the leaves come together and the needle refused to penetrate all those layers of fusible web and fabric! HOW RUDE!!!!!!!

The needle didn't break - it bent into a fish hook shape-ugh! Of course that knocked the timing on the machine completely out of whack. That took an hour to fix, but the machine still wouldn't work right. I had 1/8" loops of thread on the underside of the quilt with every stitch!

So I took everything apart.

I cleaned every moving part, retimed, retimed, retimed! Still no luck.

Changed the bobbin, the thread, the backlash spr…

Catching Up

On rest that is! This week has been very draining for me. Vacation Bible School ended last night with Parent's Night. It was a good night for the kids. We've had 14-16 kids in the kindergarten class each night this week - all full of energy! With me still healing from surgery and my energy level being low to begin with, I barely made it through. Today I catching up on laundry and being a couch potato.

Thursday, I managed to attach labels to 3 of my quilts, but I still have 6 to go. Perhaps I'll get those done today while I'm sitting on the couch watching reruns of Matlock and Perry Mason.

Susan

Slow Progress

This week has been filled with VBS so quilting has taken a backseat. I do have the Serenity Beach quilt on the machine and it is outline quilted. This is the quilt that is in the header of this blog. I'm using Hobb's 80/20 batting and the backing is a water/waves commericial print fabric that I've used to back other quilts with.

I did bind the Sunset Beach quilt on Saturday and it is now hanging up in my living room. I have yet to make the label for it.

Valerie Hearder, a major landscape quilt artist just had 2 suitcases filled with her quilted landscapes stolen this week. All the quilts are published and will not be able to be sold easily because if it, but it is still a tragedy. Hopefully she'll be able to recover her quilts. This is a good reminder to me to document and label all my quilts. I'm not the best at doing the labeling unfortunately. I do document with photos as I'm making my quilts, but I often forget to attach a label.

So guess what my project for …

Sunset Beach

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This little quilt is 30x35" and was made by my glue basting method. It includes hand-dyed fabrics as well as commercial fabrics. I machine appliqued the background pieces - the sky, sea and sand - and hand appliqued the palm tree and leaves. Machine embroidery was used in the palm fronds. I have yet to bind it.

The batting is Hobbs 80/20. I used a gold metalic thread by Signature for the rays in the sunset after marking the lines with a water soluble pen. The pen came out easily by spritzing the fabric with water.

The quilting in the remaining parts of the quilt is done with 100% cotton thread by Signature in various colors. All quilting was done on the longarm machine. Susan