Longarm quilting and snippets of my life

Look at these adorable Yarn Coccoons Cmoisant_1843-1 They are hand knitted an felted. They’re used to hold your ball or skein of yarn so that while your knitting, it stays in control. Look at how creative you can be with the colors. Cmoisant_2402-1 You can get this pattern at Ravelry.com  here.  My sister, Cindy, designed these and wrote up the pattern so you can make your own. So go to her Ravelry store, and let your imagination go wild!

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I got the quilting done on the Feathers quilt today. Quilted feather quilt  Quilted feather quilt close up There are still chalk lines that need to be washed out. I really love the effect the quilting gave to this quilt, and I changed colors as I moved through the different sections. I didn’t start out with a plan, but somehow it always comes to me. I’ve already attached the binding, and it’s ready for the hand sewing to the back. Now it’s time to clean up and load my next customer quilt. quilty mess I think this is my new favorite quilt. I used wool batting, so it will be nice and cozy.

Sneak peek

progress Here’s a sneak peek at how the quilting is coming along on the Feathers quilt. I’m really liking it!

Feathers quilt

I started this Feathers quilt at the beginning of the year. FeathersPatternJUSTcover1 The pattern can be found here. I loved the graphic look of this quilt and I had the idea of really playing with the colors.  I knew I wanted the background to be dark purple. So this is how I layed it out to get the gradated look I wanted.Layout  I kept things organized by pinning the strips to the actual paper patterns.  I was really excited and motivated to work on this quilt. There are more “in progress” pictures on my Flickr page. This is the first large paper piecing project I’ve done. It’s kind of a pain when you’re putting it all together with the paper still on. Putting it all together Once that was done, it was on to the task of removing all the paper. Paper removal This actually wasn’t too bad, because I did most of it while I talked with my dear friend on the phone ( thanks Lynn ).  Here’s the completed top. Finished top Millie approved! Millie approved Now for the task of quilting it. I’m not too sure how I’m going to approach it, but it always comes to me in the end. I have to say, I really love this quilt. It turned out exactly how I envisioned.

After taking quite a bit of time off from blogging, (over 2 years), I thought I would give it a try again. The past couple of years have been very difficult for me personally. I was getting burnt out on quilting, I lost a very important relationship, and I just wasn’t feeling very creative. I would quilt quilts for others, but just couldn’t get into doing anything creative for myself. It was a big struggle. After working through it all, I’m finally getting my groove back. And it’s exciting! I’ve got all kinds of ideas for quilts I want to make, and other creative crafty things I want to try. So come along on this journey of creativity and exploration and we’ll see where it takes us. I’m still continuing to take customer quilts, so contact me if you need some long arm quilting done.

I started a Facebook page for my quilty stuff. “Like” my page at www.facebook.com/SewNowWhat  It’s all a work in progress, so bear with me while I figure all this stuff out.

This is a quilt I made for my bed. Bed quilt I have a king sized bed, and the last time I made a quilt for it I swore I wouldn’t make another one. That was until I came across the patterns and ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful. For one, Jenny’s quilting is to die for! Her patterns are fun and her ruler makes them easy. I bought the “Abacus” pattern because I wanted something to showcase the cute fabrics I bought. Even though it wasn’t too hard to make, it took a long time. Over 280 blocks to cover my bed. I love the way it looks, but I won’t be making another quilt for my bed for a LONG time. It’s just too much! I haven’t put it on my bed yet because I used silk batting so it could be a warm weather quilt. I’m planning on putting it on in the spring. I’ll post the whole quilt when that happens.

That’s all for now. I’m looking forward to sharing projects, and fun stuff in the future.

My husband and I have been doing a lot of hiking and backpacking. Most of my summer is spent out in the forest somewhere. I have exciting trips planned for this year. You can follow those adventures on my other blog, Hitting the Trail, if you’re interested.

Please help

I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m on a Relay for Life team, our goal is to raise money for The American Cancer Society. Our relay is next weekend and I would love to get more donations. I’m not very good at asking for money, which is why my donation page is pretty weak. It’s very easy to make a donation. Just click on my page and donate any amount you want. Every person has been effected by cancer in some way. You either have battled it yourself, or know someone who has. Please help me make a difference. Please help make more birthdays.

I appreciate it very much. Remember, any amount helps.

Carie

It’s even hung on the wall already! I like the way it turned out. I decided to make a 1/8″ binding instead of trying to do just piping. I wanted it to lay flat on the canvas and I was afraid that if I tried for a piped edge it would’ve been bulky. I just wanted that tiny bit of turquoise around the edge. This worked out fine. I glued it to the canvas after the black paint was dry. It’s different, but lots of fun. The quilt finished at 12×18 and it’s mounted on a 18×24 canvas.

I finished quilting a customer quilt today that was a lot of fun to play on. The back is pretty cool too.