Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Finishes

Hello everyone!  I am glad the road to heaven is paved with good intentions.  I would love to post everyday like I had previously, but my job at the mall is up to 40 hours a week.  So, I have to pick and choose how to use the rest of my time.  I will post as much as I can until this temporary job ends in January. 
So here are my latest finishes.
This quilt was made by Kara A. who is a beginning quilter.  She did a fabulous job considering she stated, "I didn't know what I was doing".  Keep on quilting Kara, you did just fine. :)
I used Ocean Froth by as the quilting pattern and soft white thread by Omini. 
From longarm to finish....
This wedding quilt is ready for the binding and its trip to the wedding.
This quilt will be a signature quilt at the wedding.  Guests will be asked to sign in the white areas.  I asked Kara to send me a picture of the quilt with the happy couple to post later.
Isn't this  a happy quilt for a guy?  I just love all the different fabrics.
I quilted waves all over the quilt.  You can see the rest of Gloria's quilts in my previous post HERE.
Gloria B. is the maker of this quilt and one of her lucky guys gets this quilt for Christmas. 
Thank you Aaron, for holding the quilt for pictures! 
I used my new batting in the swim trunk quilt, Legacy 80/20 and love the results.  It has a wonderful drape to it and is cuddly soft.  Plus, I had no lint in my bobbin area of my longarm. 
Have a great weekend and stay cool!  Its steamy hot here in Illinois.
Yours in quilting,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vintage Thingie Thursday

A while back I had an adventure with my friend, Barb.  We went to a home that was filled with treadle machines and a few feather weights.  Oh my, oh my, where do we begin!
This was their reading lamp.  This was super cute.
Every where we turned there were more machines.
This is a Wheeling & Wilson.
So I came home with a Feather Weight table.
Grandma Esther's feather weight now has its own table!  Its so cool!
I will be going back as I left my name on a beautiful oak treadle machine.
I had to leave before I was tempted to buy more.  I don't have endless room to store these things.
Have a great Thursday!
Yours in quilting,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, Monday....on my longarm instead of Design Wall

This weekend we had a little get away.  The whole family went to my dad's in Iowa and we went to the Iowa State Fair.
Couldn't loose our guys with the bright colored shirts!
(Left to right:  my husband, Rod; my son, Aaron; my step-mother, Pat; my dad, Joel.)
As we entered the Fairgrounds, the Big Green Egg welcomed us.  Our neighbors have served us many great meals from their Big Green Egg smoker.
Of course, the guys wanted to check out the horse power.
Photo Opportunity!!
Yes, I felt like Edith Ann in this big chair.
I got home yesterday afternoon and rested a while.  Then headed to the basement to load and quilt this black and white quilt.  I completed 2 of the 7.5 rows before going to bed.  Started on it again this morning and finished it about 10am. 
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.
Yours in quilting,

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

Today I got up and went straight to work quilting on the swimming trunk or boxer quilt.
It is now fully quilted.  Full view will be shown on Friday Finishes.
I met with the kitchen planner yesterday afternoon and we have our kitchen planned.  I came home and went over the planning with Rod and we are in agreement.  That's a good feeling. 
Tonight I get some free time to attend the Gems of the Prairie meeting in Peoria. 
I am leaving my son home to do laundry. Hahaha!
Yours in quilting,

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Block of the Month Links

Many of my quilting friends are following along with me on several Block of the Month quilts.
Quilt Doodle Designs 2014 BOM:  This month's blocks look like peppermint hard candies.
Country Threads 2014 BOM (scrappy): This month's block makes a chevron row.
The third Block of the Month is with Quilter's Garden Quilt Shop in Princeton, IL.  It is a Barn Quilt that they have designed.  I have my July blocks finished and will be getting August's pattern next week.  If you are interested in their barn quilt you may contact them thru their website at
Late this morning I did some cooking for the week.  I baked bacon for Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches tomorrow night.  Tonight we had BBQ chicken on the grill.  Sorry it disappeared before I could take a picture.  The menu is planned for the rest of the week.  I have to work a few nights at my mall job so I am preparing meals the family can heat-n-eat without me.
I also had a large zucchini given to me.  The blog, Chef-in-Training, had posted 50 recipes to use with zucchini.  I made Zucchini Cookies.  Melt in your mouth good and super moist. You are suppose to frost them but they are so good they never got frosted.
All in all it was a productive day.  Today I have linked with Connie at Freemotion on the River.
Yours in quilting,

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Finishes - 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 is started!

Woo Boy, this has been quite a week.  I have been little quiet in the blogging area.  I have been busy at finishing my Sales Lead Team training at my mall job.  For the next five months I will a SLT, or similar to an assistant to the managers.  I am happy to say I have completed 50 hours of training.  Next the on-the-job training that comes along with doing all the daily activities.  So that is finish #1.
Finish #2 is Kansas Troubles quilt.
I used Magnifico thread for the quilting and the quilting pattern is falling leaves b2b.
#3 is cool winter scene and I used Off White Magnifico thread and snowflake e2e.

Finish #4 is this beautiful teal, brown and cream butterfly quilt.
I used Coffee Glide thread and the flutterby pattern by Handi Quilter.  This one I delivered in person as my friend, Stephanie, had her right knee replaced last week.  I sewed the binding on at her house and she is finishing the hand work on the binding while recuperating.
Last, but not the least, #5 the biggest quilt of the week is still on the machine.
I am quilting waves over all these very cool swim trunks or boxers.
I will share with you that I am not super woman and my body is paying the price for all the hours I have put in day and night for the last two weeks.  This morning I arrived at the vet with our horse at 8 a.m. 35 miles away and then took him back to the pasture as well as cleaned the barn.  This afternoon, Rascal, my Yorkie and I curled up for a long nap.  I went into work at the mall at 6:30pm.
Hopefully, I will get a good night's rest tonight and will feel a little more human tomorrow.
Yours in quilting,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Finish

Happy Friday!  I am so excited I finished the t-shirt quilt.  I originally had started out doing a meander with loops on the quilt but it just didn't trip my trigger.  I was getting a ridge between the sashings and the t-shirt blocks, so the quilting was not even enough.  So I started looking through my patterns on the computer.  I am so excited with the results.  The quilt lays really nice now.  I started chuckling at myself yesterday as I finished this quilt.  I have said many times that I do not do custom quilting, but this quilt is all custom quilted.  So lesson learned -- I do custom quilt. :)
                                         Below are a few close ups of the blocks.
This was the most difficult block, quilting gray on gray.
Double loop quilting in sashings.
While I am working this is what goes on under my sewing table.  These two grew up together and size doesn't matter.  Just a bunch of monkey business going on.
Have a great weekend.  I have the weekend off from the mall.  Plan to enjoy some family time and hope to get a few more quilts done.  I have a few deadlines to meet for the quilt store competition in August.
Yours in quilting,