Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my quilting, blogging friends. I hope this year brings much health, happiness and productivity. Have you made any quilting resolutions.....clean your studio, organize your stash, take a class, make more time to sew???? Let me know what you have lined up for 2010. Remember the christmas quilt top that I swore I'd have done and bound for the holiday????? (scroll back if you don't) well it is still under the needle of my machine with about 1/3 left to quilt. That is my FIRST project of the new year....clean up the old years left overs..lol


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dear Santa

Dear Santa:

At this point in my life, I'm not sure what you are looking for in a good girl any more.....

1. Do good girls sneak bags of fabric into the house in their grocery bags thus making it look as though there might actually be food in the house???? (I am using my re-useable grocery bags after all!!
2. Do good little girls blog about, read up on, and spend inordinate amounts of time quilting?? Even if they swear they're going to donate the next project to a worthwhile charity??
3. Do good little girls make their husbands believe the water and sewer bill get paid monthly instead of quarterly while they divert the excess funds to their favorite fabric store. (I am after all helping the economy)
Taking all of this into consideration, I feel that I can reasonably make a christmas wish from Santa: I would like the Blush Fat Quarter Bundle by basicgrey from FatQuarterShop.com

Robin
P.S. - I did take time out of my quilting activities to bake so there will be cookies here if you should stop with my gift!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Fa la la......
















Working on a new pattern and my gift to me will be a trip to one of my favorite fabric shops....it's just enough of a drive that it's a real treat when i get to go. I'm hoping to find a collection to test out my new pattern with...fingers crossed!!
And many of you might ask....don't you have baking, decorating, and other holiday "stuff" to get done???? My answer is YES, I do!!!; however, I am having good days and bad days over this holiday. Last year my daughter and grandson were living with us and we had the "majic and wonder" back again. We really did up the decorations!! You could land small aircraft via our outside lights, my husband brought down his fathers lionel trains and we moved out furniture to build our train town and small wonderland...and it was wonderful!! Well, we went ahead and did the same thing this year; but there are no babies living here...my daughter and grandson have moved out (as they are supposed to do) and although they stop on a regular basis as well as my grand daughter...it just isn't the same. I'm dreading christmas morning....myself, my husband, and a 16 year old who would rather sleep in than open presents......SOOOOOO this fabric fix is my quilters version of retail therapy.
I have included pics of our holiday gala so some of you can share the "wonder".










Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pattern Shopping

Hey All:
Just thought I'd share the newest place to find me. The Quilt Pattern Shoppe at www.thequiltpatternshoppe.com. I am one of their new designers and my pattern will also be for sale there as well as at my etsy shop. I am trying to install a Pattern Shoppe button on my blog so you can hop right on over there and pick up your copy and see what all the other talented designers there have to offer. Lots of inspiration to keep you quilting happily all winter long.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Better Pics


Here is a much nicer picture of my new quilt. See my etsy shop if you would like to purchase either the pdf. or hard copy of the pattern. Plenty available lol.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pattern finished and available...YEAH


I finally finished the mock up quilt for the pattern I wrote. The pattern is titled Pop Art Poppies. I choose this name beccause the large blocks were to be an abstract flower. I love the asian feel and simple elegance of the design. Very easy piecing with a real WOW factor finished. I have to take a much better photo of the finished project for the pattern cover, but the pattern is available through my etsy website via pdf. file (which is a little cheaper) and the hard copy will be available as soon as I get the perfect photo taken. This is great for any large scale floral that you don't want to cut up with splashed of accents for jazz.
The real final touch to this is the quilting. My longarm quilter used a gold metallic thread and the large open areas has the bamboo quilted all over and there is a floral design in the large blocks and along the pieced border added to the "floral" theme. Love, Love, Love it...this picture does not do it justice.

Monday, November 30, 2009

E Readers Weigh in Please

Okay, I have decided that I would like an e book reader for christmas....now which to choose....the new Kindle2 or Sony Pocket Reader??? I have read the reviews....done the comparison shopping and find I am leaning toward the Kindle2. If any of you out there already own one and would like to weigh in I would certainly appreciate it before I send hubby off on the hunt!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Watch What You Wish For


Well, I promised my self a date with my studio yesterday....and I definately got it. I woke up to find my internet connection and cable service down for most of the day. Soooooooo, without the distraction of blogging, facebooking, emails, and dvr'd television shows to catch up on....I made this adorable quilt. It is a pattern from Pieces of my Heart (I follow her blog, check it out), and I made mine in flannels. Fun, Fun, Fun project and literally a one to two day project if your cable is down lol.


I think I am going to machine quilt this little cutie on my home machine and hopefully have it bound and ready for christmas display. I'll post a completed photo.....if I get it done...cable is up after all!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The two E's

Sorry for the constant delay in posts...but the holidays aren't even here and I find myself distracted. I just finished up the quilt for my first pattern, edited the pattern, and have sent it off to the longarmer for finishing. Once finished, I will definately post pictures and the finished pattern cover here for all of your input before finalizing for print.

And the two E's....ebay and etsy....in order to scrounge up some much needed christmas cash, I have been listing items on both my etsy and ebay sites.. you can look me up by seller name on ebay, the name is robquilts. Some items are crossing over both sites..whoever buys first lol, but most of my vintage items for sale are on ebay and handmade on etsy.

And there is turkey day looming next week. I am cooking; therefore the shopping and planning and prep for that has started......

Enough!!!! I am off to the sewing room with no phones or computer or family distractions for the entire day tomorrow. It's a date I am making with me, for me.

Let me know how you find the time for your passion...especially when life gets in the way.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blog Hopping Anyone??

Is anyone else participating in the Cross Country Blog Hop?? Today is day one so go visit
www.gudrun.typepad.com to post your comment and get in the running for the prize. Have fun reading up on the 12 designers and collect some interesting projects and recipes along the way.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Close Up & Label




This is a close up of some of the hand quilting on the nosegay quilt. I have also included a pic of the label. I do not usually label, I prefer to sign directly on the backing unless the fabric is too dark; however, alot of guilds/shows require labels so I comply lol.

Monday, October 26, 2009

SHHHHH don't tell


Okay everyone...it has been waaaayyyyy to long since my last post. Unfortunately, I have been working on a test pattern for a designer....so I can't show that :(. Along with that I have been working on my own pattern...mess in progress...not ready to show that :( Hand quilting a project for a client...that one is not mine to share :( ....and so it has been going in my studio.


HOWEVER, I am going to share my guild challenge project with you. It is due on November 11 and I think we are close enough for a show and tell here. It is a "paint chip" project. You reached into a bag, pulled out a random paint card with 4 colors in it and were asked to created a quilt in those colors. Can't measure larger than 50x50. No bags, clothing etc....must be quilt or table runner.


My quilt measures 45x45 it is the nosegay pattern. I hand quilted this and used a wool bat. It was the first time I tried the wool and it is lovely. Has just enough loft to show off the hand quilting, but still lies flat....which is how I like my quilts. I fussy cut the "petals" in order to get a kaldiescope effect and modernized this old fashioned pattern.


Let me know what kinds of challenges you are working on and if you're not....go find one!! It is fun to work within a certain set of parameters that might normally not be your comfort zone.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Project photos
















Fall is here?!


So happy to feel the nip in the air but sorry to see my garden winding down. I'm sure this will be the final basket of goodies. Glad to have had some fresh eggplants last week to make a beautiful parmigiana with.


And off to the sewing room. Alot going on, finalizing a pattern mock up...waiting for the fabric to be delivered so I can do the first test run. Testing for another designer and thoroughly enjoying her pattern. Sidetracked a little and made some nice warm flannel pj's for my grandson 3 pair....again the nip in the air..... and for that same wonderful little boy my storybook quilt was returned from the long armer and finished to give to him. Now you know I had to go out and find that little golden book and give him the hard copy too. Enjoy the photos and let me know what you have up your sleeve in the way of fall projects.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New BOM

I just visited one of the blog sites I follow and was amazed at the new block of the month being offered featuring fabrics from Robyn Pandolf. Jolly Jabber is doing the yellow version for their BOM and I am psyched to join in. Hope you join me on this fun journey. Follow the link to get in on the fun and show me your work in progress as you go. I'll be sure to share mine. Also, they are drawing a prize for comments to the post so REALLY head on over!!
http://www.fatquartershop.com/Bespoke-Blooms-Block-of-the-Month-Robyn-Pandolph-RJR-Fabrics.asp

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Winner!

And the winner of the flannel quilt squares is Sara. Please email me your shipping information at robinlaino@verizon.net and I will get these off to you. Thanks for following my blog.

robin

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back to School

Well, its that way in more than one sense. I just dropped off my class samples and descriptions for the upcoming fall/winter quilting classes at The Little Shop in Haddonfield, NJ where I teach. I will be teaching both the hand quilting class and another based on the booklet Sizzlin Sixties. Hopefully, I will get a nice turnout for both as I really do enjoy teaching!! Let me know what kind of classes you have lined up to either teach or take.....fun either way.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

HEEELLLLPPPPP! with a giveaway!


Ok, I have shared my camera dilemmas and now my blackberry is acting up. The keys are sticking and won't write what I say...i spend more time deleting and rewriting than I would actually picking up the phone and having a full blown conversation. This is my mission for you, should you choose to accept it ...(channeling a little mission impossible)


Let know your experiences, likes and dislikes on digital cameras, phones or both and I will pull a random winner on August 30. The winner will receive 68 flannel 6" squares shown above.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pattern Writing / Publishing?

I am on a new venture to try my hand at quilt pattern writing / publishing. My last attempt at this never got me farther than the drawing board...by the time I sketched out the pattern and purchased ALOT of fabric to test drive the pattern, I received one of the many quilt mags I subscribe to and there for all the world to see was a very very (too close for comfort) quilt too much like the one I was drafting to continue!!! Project abandoned.

I am off on another attempt in a totally new direction and we'll see how far I get before I see it somewhere else..lol. I have finished the draft, laid out the cover, and am off to buy some fabric to see if it really works. The next step will be to send it out to at least three quilters for testing (email me if you would like to be one of the testers). I'm not really sure where to turn after I get the first one completed and printed. Not sure if I should start by offering on my etsy site or go right for the big guys...Any thoughts or help would be GREATLY appreciated.

And finally I better go buy a damn new camera....this Kodak easyshare stinks. I just tried to upload a pic of my drafting space to share and the camera told me I already had that photo and deleted it. I REALLY dont need a camera to make decisions for me just take the pics and upload when I say so. This happened previously and I wrote to Kodak and the instructions for correcting the problem take longer than the price of the camera was worth!! Not to mention the fact that during this process I had to delete all of my previous photos from the computer.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Class Sample 2


Hello All:

Sorry for the posting delay....lots going on. My hubby turns 50 next week and I am trying to pull off a surprise bd party for later today but as many of you may know, the harder you try to plan the goofier things go. Everytime I turned around this week he was there!! It will truly be a miracle if he is surprised later today...lol.

On to quilting. I recently finished this little table topper. This will be another class sample for the fall class I am teaching from the Sizzlin' Sixties booklet. Same basic triangle turned a different way gives a whole new look (not to mention a totally different fabric selection). In case you missed the first sample it was the Opposites Attract in an earlier post...go to older posts to see that one. This one I machine quilted myself and it turned out fairly well, if I do say so myself...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Class Dismissed!




Finally, I have back a quilt that I finished and brought into my local shop to have a chuckle with the shop owner. You see, until recently, I did NOT do hand applique; however, I bought this pattern and decided to test out some of my decorative machine stitches. When the owner saw the quilt, she asked if I would like to teach it....and so it goes. I quickly machine quilted it on my home machine and sent it back to the shop where it has been "in residence" on display since April. The last class has finally ended and it is mine again to enjoy. Now I can share this little cutie with you.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

And The Winner Is.............

Using random.org number generator, the winner is Michele. Yeah, Michele. Please contact me at robinlaino@verizon.net with your shipping information so I can get your winning blocks/fabric off to you.
Thanks for playing.
Robin

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Last Call - Quilt Block Giveaway

Okay all, today is the final day to post a comment to my June 8 post and qualify for the quilt block giveaway. Midnight tonight is the deadline and I will post the winners name tomorrow! Good luck and happy quilting.
Robin

Monday, June 29, 2009

What's the Buzz?!


I just finished binding a quilt that I made from a guild workshop. The pattern is titled Buzz Saw and was published in Fons and Porter several years ago. I'm really happy with the bright fabrics and best of all except for the background and backing all the fabric was in my stash!! I'm not sure if you've seen this one previously; however, if you have, here it is quilted and bound.

PS - This one is for sale on my etsy site.

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's The Little Things


Some days there is so much satisfaction in doing some of the mindless little things of our quilting craft. In this case, I spent several hours making and pressing the bindings for 3 quilts that went off to the quilter....I believe you have seen them all.....the plaid is for the Opposites Attract, the burgundy for the tropical kaleidoscope, and the fireworks for the patriotic quilt. They are made and ready to go whenever the quilts come back. I felt a real sense of accomplishment as well as relief in having them done. I know that when the quilts come back I won't have that extra job waiting for me and I can get right to the finishing up of them :)

Along that same note, I finished labeling and binding a challenge quilt and have the binding stitched on and ready to hand finish on a workshop quilt....debating whether to share the challenge with you guys, I'm really, really pleased with the result and it doesn't have to be turned in until November....not sure I can wait until then to post...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trick or Treat Basket Update


Here is my updated trick or treat pictures...not much work done. I went to a quilt guild meeting this morning and did some work on one..

Finishing up a hand quilting project and a binding then back to my baskets :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Came First???










Did you ever buy the most wonderful fabric and have no idea what you would use it for..but had to have it??? I bet you did...lol.... Well in my case (only one example of many impulse purchases...) I bought this gorgeous patriotic print about a year ago. Not only did I buy it, but I bought enough of the stuff to make sure no matter what I decided to do I would have enough..and then some. Well lo and behold, while taking a road trip to a quilt store I hadn't previously visited, I turned up the perfect pattern and fabric to turn my impulse buy into a quilt. In this case, the backing. The pattern is a free one from http://www.quiltedtreasures.com/ and the fabric was purchased at the quilt shop, but is also available through the website. Now my quilt has some of the backing fabric fussy cut to act as centers on my front.....why you might ask?! I thought I knew more than the pattern designer and when I purchased the fabric for the centers I just knew that there were more motifs than I could possibly need. so I bought less than the recommended yardage.....WRONG. When you cut them to the designated size, you lose all the surrounding motifs so I was very, very short. Instead of going back for more (which I usually do) I decided to fussy cut some of my original fabric to add in...you can see them with the white background. They do stand out more than what the original pattern called for; however, I think they add a little zing to the front. I can't wait to get it quilted and enjoy both the front and back.
So in my case which came first? The backing!!! How about you?

***REMINDER*** Only 7 days left to leave a contest comment...see prior giveaway post to enter!




Friday, June 12, 2009

Off to The Show

Today, i am heading up to Edison new jersey (about an hour ride for me) to the NJ State Quilt Guild annual show. This is one of the larger local shows for me. Can't wait to see the wonderful quilts and what the vendors have brought to lighten my wallet. If I'm lucky, I might get a pic or two to share with those of you who can't be there.

Quilt block giveaway still going on see prior post to get in the running!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Quilt Block GIVEAWAY - Yeah!


OK, in an effort to gain some followers to my site, I am going to have my first ever giveaway...Whoot (as my daughter would say). I am giving away 10 finished 4 patch kaleidoscope blocks and the precut squares (thats the small stack in the lower left hand corner of the photo) to make an additional 38 which will give you a finished total of 48 5.5" squares...set on point and you have a great quilt!! If any of you have ever tried any type of kaleidoscope block you know that the most challenging part is the stacking, lining up, and cutting exact patches....I have done the hard work for you. Check my prior posts to view the quilt I made from these squares. My finished one is off to the quilter so I will post the finished product when I get it back. The pattern I used for this quilt is 4 Patch Stacked Posies by H.D. Designs.


Rules:

Simply comment to this post and tell me about any kaleidoscope you have tried or want to try in the future. Post all comments prior to midnight June 30 and I will draw a random number to determine the winner. Winner will be posted on the blog on July 1 and can contact me with shipping address.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sizzlin Sixties




This is what is currently on the design wall. It's a newer pattern from a book called Sizzlin' Sixties. This particular pattern is called opposites attract. I decided to use a lower contrast collection Chez Moi....love love love this fabric. I have also started another from the same book the whirlygig pattern. I'm doing this in a totally different colorway...more along the darker repro lines...alot of the fabrics from Minick and Simpsons new line. Keep your eyes on the blog for photos of that one coming later.




These are going to be class samples for an upcoming class at the local shop where i teach. You can visit their website at http://www.littleshopforquilting.com/ .

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Trick or Treat Photos







As I promised some photos of some of the blocks I have been working on. I am using 30's/40's repro fabrics on mine. The first photo shows a what 32 blocks look like stacked up (that's how many I'm up to..). The pattern calls for 291 blocks, can you just imagine what that stack of blocks would look like?!
Later on I will put them up on the design wall and photograph for you; however I have a class sample that I'm working on to teach a fall class at my local quilt shop. I have also taken pics of that, I will post them for you in the next day or so.



Trick or Treat ~~ I'm in!

Yea, I have finally broken the "web ring" code and am up and running as part of Pink and Barbara's Trick or Treat Basket ring. I did count up my blocks and I have 32 completed to date. I am in the middle of a hand quilting project so I will get back to these little cuties by early next week. In the meantime, I am charging up the camera to share some pics of my progress so far.
Thanks for the help Barbara!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Basket Sew Along

I have just joined a webring and sew along for a sweet little basket pattern that I was already working on! I have to count up how many I have made to date and get a picture posted. I'm just waiting to finalized my webring subscription. This is a little new for me and the copy didn't want to paste to my hotmail, so I'm waiting for help from the originating website and hope to be part of this ring very shortly. In the meantime, I'm heading off to count up and snap a few pictures of the baskets I'm working on!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Close up


Zig Zag


Once again I get side tracked from quilting. I have been "sweatshop" sewing gift items for my Etsy website. And I was so close to done another quilt. I am taking an etsy break and moving forward with this quilt. It is a 4 patch Kaleidoscope pattern and is turning out very nicely. I'm not really crazy about the skinny sashing....(but anything skinny gets my skepticism..lol). Picture of work in progress on my design wall. The block setting is 6x8 so you can see I have the top 4 rows assembled with the bottom four to go. When I get to the outer borders, I will use the original fabric so that you can see how it changes so dramatically when cut in these kaleidoscope blocks.


TIP: When it comes to assembling my quilts, I find it much easier to assemble the rows in two equal half then join the halves together. Much less bulk to deal with until the very last seam. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Thank You Kodak!

Well, finally an almost live person. I had to break down and do a live chat with someone from the Kodak company regarding my camera and easy share software. Every time I took a picture of anything close to something similar in it, the software REFUSED to upload it saying it was a duplicate. I was very frustrated to say the least. As it turns out, I can't even begin to tell you the steps involved in correcting this issue...suffice it to say that I should have been issued an IT degree at the end of all of it...lol.

But thank you to John in cyberspace who saved an innocent camera from being pitched out the window!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sidetracked Again!


Well I have been sewing and although I haven't posted anything recent to my blog most of my pics have been going on my etsy website. Came into a large lot of old store stock. 16.5 yds of toile (plus some loose cuts)...yards and yards of knotted fringe on its original spool....hundreds of buttons...and some retro 70's fabric and toweling...


I have listed most of these items as is; however, i turned the loose cuts of toile into some fab market tote bags since we are all going green and passing on the plastic bags...(how many of you forget your reusable totes in the car or home???...I'm so trying to get better at this.lol) I am also thinking of turning the 70's towels into totes...they were never really asthetically pleasing so I think thats the perfect reuse for them. Also, they were so coarse and heavy they will make a nice sturdy bag...keep your eyes open for them, they will be coming soon!


Here is a pic of the toile tote...hope I have enough left over to keep one for myself!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Back on Track

Well, sorry to have been "out of the game" for so long. Stomach bug running rampant. Just got done posting some great new listings on my etsy site and still have to upload some of those photos. As soon as I get that under control, I plan on sharing some of my latest work with you guys. See you soon.

Robin

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Random Thoughts

I just joined the Facebook community much to the consternation of my children. Apparently this is another no no that old, decrepit parents shouldn't be doing because the young have invented it....well in this case they have but it's our turn to jump in..lol. It's not really my idea of "fun" however, my son is in the high school marching band and most of the photos taken of the events have been posted there. It seems that between the blog (which I'm recent to), etsy, facebook, and my daily work/home computer banking/bookkeeping that the computer is slowly going to eat away at valuable sewing time...or is it?!

Not so many years ago our fore-quilters and ourselves had to travel to meeting and/or friends homes in order to share our work and get the creative feedback we need to continue our pursuit of the art form. Today, we are able to simply post our newest accomplishments or failures and receive instant feedback or commiseration from like minded people. So are we saving time?!, I personally still travel to a guild or two, spends gads of time at my local quilt shop sharing and discussing every one's work and now I have ADDED the time spent on the computer. Is it time wasted that could be spent quilting....I say NO...it simply adds to the rich resource of others creativity helping my work become better through the friendships and camaraderie that we grow through all things "quilty".

Let me know how you feel about sharing your sewing time, with the computer....it could be worse we could be cleaning house!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

When do we call ourselves artists?? or professionals?? I seems harder for me to view myself in that light due to the fact that if I am speaking to anyone other than a quilter I feel like I'm defending myself. I finally in my own mind do consider myself an artist, even though most of my work is from other peoples patterns, I am still the color picker outer and sweatshop seamstress....I am having more trouble with the tag "professional". I have been teaching hand quilting for the past year and have recently been asked to teach another series on decorative machine applique. I just sold one of my quilts on my etsy site for a reasonable sum of money...when do I get to be a professional?! Just because I sew in barefeet and pajamas and don't don a suit and heels everyday shouldn't disqualify me...I guess I've spent so many years in that suit and heels I just can't get past the concept. Tell me how you see yourself as a quilter and maybe we can all break this roadblock together!

Robin

Monday, March 2, 2009

When you quilt a lemon.

Well I guess I'm sorry for not posting lately...but not really since I just bound and finished another quilt. This poor baby left my house for the machine quilter out of square and I swear not one of the points matched!! It came back a new quilt!!! through the majic of my beloved machine quilter the quilt became not only square, but somehow I can no longer find the mismatched points. It was love at first sight. Just goes to show you when life gives you lemons a good machine artist will return lemonade. So next time you want to throw that no so perfect top in the rag pile, send it out anyway...you never know what you might get back. Will post photos as soon as I get them taken.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Flower Quilt Update

I have decided to list my flower quilt on my etsy website for sale. I have never listed a high ticket item so we shall see how this works out. Visit my site at www.thequiltednest.etsy.com

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

As Promised
















As promised I have uploaded the pics of the flower quilt that I machine quilted on my home machine. The flowers are raw edge applique and intended to fray around the outer layers...each flower has four layers of "petals" and two leaves. I have also included a photo of the backing fabric which has words like peace, love, harmony, home, respect...etc. You can see some of the quilting on the pic of the backing.





I also included a picture of my signature. I prefer to sign my name, city & town, and year made right onto my quilt backing...if the backing is too busy or dark, then I will add a label, but I feel that in the long run it will be much more difficult to remove ink than a label so my basic history will always remain with my quilts.

Monday, February 9, 2009

On A Roll!!



Well 2009 has so far proven to be a year of frantic sewing. I completed two quilts this week and even machine quilted one of them on my home machine. This is a first for me with a quilt of this size 57.5"x57.5". It went so well that I believe I must have been outside of myself during the entire process. Except for a few snaggeroos when the bobbin ran out it came out nearly perfect. Will upload and post pics tomorrow.


I also finished a sweet little quilt top for my granddaughter (pictured above). This pattern is quick and easy. It is an original pattern from the quilt store where I teach and shop. Its called Maggie & Mac. You can find the pattern and kits at http://www.littleshopforquilting.com/ tell them I sent you!! Against my usual nature and previous post, I have decided to repeat this pattern for my step-grandson in dinosaurs and yet another with a "vintage" feel easter fabric for my stair wall for the easter holiday. When I say this can literally be made in a couple of hours, I kid you not. Now the question is do I machine quilt my granddaughters or send it out?! After my last success I am truly afraid to test the quilting gods

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Quilt







Well, almost true to my word, I have another quilt photographed and ready to share. This was made for my 22 year old neice who requested it for Christmas. I had collected a stash of those funky, almost 70ish prints with no real purpose in mind...when I saw this pattern, I knew this was the quilt for them and she was the girl for the quilt....unfortunately, after my daughter saw the finished product (they are only 1 month apart in age) she fell in love and has requested one also. I don't know how you guys are, but I'm kind of a "one and done" girl. I really don't enjoy replicating a pattern more than once. Once I finish something, I'm looking forward to the next project and don't have the heart to repeat. On the upside, she does love most of what I make so I'm sure there's one on the horizon that will also call to her. In the meantime, I did also finish the bug quilt for my grandson (her son) so that should compensate a little. It is out at the machine quilter...as soon as it returns it will be posted....I can't wait!
Pardon my grandson stealing the show, he jumps on every quilt that I try to bring into the room...I think if you look carefully, you can see his foot in the last quilt I posted..lol






Robin

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm Back!!







Well...Finally, computer is back and good as new. The wonderful people at HP were also kind enough to restore all of my original information so that I did not have to go through the drudgery of reinstalling everything. It probably happened that way due to the fact that I actually backed everything up to a flash in the event that I would need a new motherboard (and I did)!!



On to quilting! As promised I am posting the latest quilt that was returned from my machine quilter. This was a swap exchange with 19 other quilters from my local shop..(also the shop where I teach). This was a first for me and turned out to be very enjoyable. Not only that but the blocks finished at 20"x20" so when they came back you had an "insta"quilt...no further borders required. If you notice, my print was directional and when I received my blocks back some people minded the directions and others did not. At first, I thought this was going to bother me, but once together it was just fine!! as a matter of fact I think it adds a little interest and quirkiness. For those of you who may not have participated in a swap yet, the rules are as follows:



The coordinator supplies the pattern



You supply one fabric (in this case a 6"x wof dark)



You insert your fabric along with your name and the general direction you would like your block to take.



You recieve 19 other block baggies and go to town making them



On a designated day all 20 quilters meet and swap their completed blocks.(small party is in order)



I really enjoyed this and would definately sign up again. The monotony of making the same block over and over is alleviated by the fact that you get to pull different fabrics for each person.






As you look at my quilt, I supplied the argyle fabric and asked that the large blocks be dick and jane (ish) and the setting fabric be the dark and a solid "read". I loved each and every block. You probably can't see the quilting on this, but I had the quilter do an all over pattern of oldfashioned spinning tops and the swirls between look like the pull strings.



If you've participated in a swap, let me know your experiences and if you haven't...definately look for one to join!!