Sunday, August 28, 2016

Progress on Gypsy Wife

Karen, Barb and I met today to work on our Gypsy Wife quilts. Briefly for me as I spent the weekend getting ready for a business trip with a fellow Innovian, Joy. We are signed up for a week of longarm boot camp and training on the new Mach 3 software. Yea! 

Karen is making allot of progress on her Gypsy Wife, Barb and I are the caboose on this one. I am still working on my filler blocks and after this week away, will fall further behind! That's the life of a quilter :0) at least for me, the insane one that loves to start new projects!

As you can see my Civil War colors are all over the map!

Scrappy with a little fussy cutting thrown in

even had to do some mitered corners! 

My longarm studio will be closed until September 6th 
Michael will be holding down the fort until I get back.
Enjoy your week and Labor Day weekend!

Happy Trails until we meet again... 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Painted Forest is Bee Haven!!!

Painted Forest, a pattern by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios
quilted with Bee Haven 
*I even LOVE the name of the quilting design!* 

with bees and cone flowers...

a delightful digital quilting design by Anne Bright Designs 
Quilted with SoFine 40, a variegated thread from Superior 
and the batting is Quilter's Dream Machine designed for longarms 

A nice bright yellow backing which also worked well for the binding...

Yep! Even the binding is done! 
Fast you say... that's right because it's machine stitched down with my trusty Juki! 

I am quite proud (can you tell :0) of my machine stitched binding!!! 
(There is a secret and if you come to my class in November I will share it with you) 
and get the very same tip! 

Chico is the place to Bee Haven!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Painted Forest is a Flimsy

All of my trees are planted! 
Link for this pattern from Blue Nickel Studios and more on the previous blog post

I put the last blocks together last night at Honey Run/Cathys classroom
where is was nice and cool :0) with Ronda, Pam and Melanie. 
Pam finished binding on a sample quilt for HRQ
Melanie cut out two quilts and had a flimsy up the the design wall 
that was gorgeous! Happy to see her at HRQ again and back to quilting
If only I had a smart phone, I could have taken pix :0(
Ronda worked on her Toes 
We missed you Karen and Barb! 
Hope to see you at Toes tonight

Close ups of some of the trees in progress...
Fun quilt to make and Scott's pattern is great! 
All of the measurements/cuts were spot on :0)

Back to work for me now that my studio has cooled off from yesterday! 
Tot ziens, Jo

Friday, July 29, 2016

Painted Forest

Painted Forest
First 3 blocks
Pattern by Scott Hansen 

I am having so much fun with this quilt! Modern, urban folk, whimsical, scrappy and just plain fun! ... and another quilt out of my box! I started this quilt at Sisters, OR at A Quilter's Affair when I took one of Scott's classes. Wow! Love :0) Finished blocks one and two in class and made block three today. These first blocks are symmetrical. Now on for more fun because the rest are not!!! Yea! 

Thank you Scott for a wonderful and fun class! 
Check out Scott's website and blog
for some of the new patterns and projects Scott is working on. 
If you ever have a chance to take a workshop with Scott... sign up! 

 Scott has more patterns available as well. During the class at Sisters quilters stopped by with the quilts they made in classes. I saw Painted Forest quilted plus another... Twister...
and took pix of Scott's Christmas 1964 in the Instructor's tent at Sisters...

(The sun is shining thru from the back)
This looks like as much fun as Painted Forest :0) 

Enjoy your weekend 
Stay cool, forecast is low 100s this weekend 
and back into the 90s next week. Oh boy!
You know you live in Chico when the 90s sounds cool!!! 
Tot ziens, Jo

Rows of Toes!

Toes in the Sand

Making good progress with my quilting projects this week! One reason... the summer temps :0( it's been triple digits all this week... yuck! Too hot to run my longarm computer except in the early early mornings. It's not even 6 am and it's 80 degrees outside already :0( The studio hitting 90 by late afternoon. Sew, I've been spending the afternoons working on my Toes in the Sand and Gypsy Wife, sewing in the house (my studio is not air conditioned) or, as I have the last two days, with friends sewing at Cathy's/Honey Run Quilters classroom. Thank you Dan for keeping us nice and cool! Plus, Dan came in and helped me get my Singer Featherweight running. Yea! 

In June a herd of us started Toes in the Sand with Kelly at Honey Run Quilters. Toes is a quilt from Jaybird using the Hex and More ruler designed by Julie @ Jaybird Quilts. As a very traditional quilter, this has been a really fun project to make new shapes... allot of them! Hexies, triangles, half hexies and jewels. We are getting close to finishing our tops, a few like Linda with two finished! I'm getting close with this one :0) and a second in batiks that will be finished during the August meets. Here are a few of the 'blocks' in progress...

with a little fussy cutting going on :0) 

Allot of fun working out of my box both with shapes and color! Texture too :0) Still keeping my hands busy with Civil War fabrics! This month Karen, Barb and I started Gypsy Wife, mine in CW. That is quite the project! Right now we are working on the 'filler' blocks, more on that later. For now, off to get longarm work done before it gets too hot. Have the whole house fans on trying to pull as much of the cool air into my studio as possible before the sun is up. Happy Friday! Tot ziens, Jo