Boise Basin Quilters
Last weekend was the Boise Basin Quilters annual quilt show. I went on Saturday with a fellow Innova owner and long arm quilter, Linda V. and we had a great time. I entered Odd Girl Out in the Exhibition Only category and had lots of compliments. It was a super busy day and the quilts were great. I even purchased a couple of tools I’d seen earlier this summer. You’ll be hearing about those over the next few months as I get those projects started.
On Sunday I took the Wandering Spirals class from ReNae Merrill. Of course, I had to get a photo in front of the class sample! If you look closely you’ll see “shadow” blocks in the quilting. That would be the outline of the quilt blocks on the other side. Yep, it’s a reversible quilt! Unfortunately I neglected to get a photo of the other side.
ReNae developed this block specifically for our guild and debuted the pattern at our show. She specializes in a unique paper piecing technique. I’ve done very little paper piecing but found it easy to follow and really enjoyed the class, learned a lot and made a new friend, Vicki.
Notice that in the photo my shoes don’t match. That’s because I can’t sew with my shoe on so I was wearing the felted slipper that I made earlier this year.
Nxt up: print the additional foundations and get them assembled (this block requires 4 foundation pieces), cut the fabric, and find time to piece the rest of the blocks!
Customer quilt complete!
She provided a Hobb’s washable wool batting and I quilted an overall meander in the chains, a freehand boxy leaf pattern in the inner white border and a piano key on the outer border. I used a continuous line stencil pattern for the design in each of the setting blocks, tracing it from a printout of the stencil using the laser light on the back of the machine. It turned out great, and my customer really likes it!
Longarm machine update
Two weekends ago I spent a full day with tech support again and we adjusted the electronics on my machine. It seems to be sewing a lot better, but I’m taking it slow because I don’t want to create yet another problem with the customer quilt I have on the frame. Once I get the off of there, I can put on a test piece and quilt the way I usually do. If it works, I’ll be back in business. If it doesn’t, then ABM is going to see if they can route a technician through Boise to get this resolved once and for all.
This past week my mom came to visit because we got tickets to go to the Gordon Lightfoot concert! We had a great time and even though I couldn’t take any time off work I was able to work from home. That was awesome!
The Boise Basin Quilters quilt show was this weekend, too. Mom isn’t a quilter and wouldn’t have had as much fun as I do when I go, so instead we went to the Farmer’s Market before her flight back home. After I dropped her off I went to the trunk show lecture that our featured artist, Marsha McCloskey, gave.
It was raining on Sunday and with all of the activity of the busy week, I didn’t want to go out, even to the quilt show! I went, though, because I’d ordered some batting from the Winline Textiles vendor. I knew I’d enjoy myself after I got there, and I did. It was a really good show and I got lots of photos so I could refer to the quilting later for some ideas. I even got to talk to my friend, Julie, afterwards. All in all, I enjoyed the day but I got absolutely nothing done this weekend.
I’ve come down with a sore throat, which started yesterday, so I’m working from home today with a colleague and trying to rest a bit, too.
I met Marian Drain at Innovations in 2010 and we’ve been fast friends ever since. She’s an amazing longarm quilter and teacher who’s developed a style that brings home awards!
I’ve been privileged to host Marian this week and we’ve been having a great time together. Marian’s had me busy with learning some new techniques, working on a new collaboration, and I’ve taken her to a few of the local quilt shops.
Without further adieu, here’s the link for the meeting information:
My goal really is to post at least once a week, not once a month! And yet again, once more I’m saying… can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted anything!….
So, what have I finished while I haven’t been blogging?
It’s a super cool modern scrappy quilt that I just love, but I can’t post the photos of the finished quilt until she sees it first…that’s only fair! But here’s a preview, as I loaded it on the frame… I loved it the moment I saw it, and I can’t wait to share it!
While I was working on Jessica’s quilt, I had a lot of trouble with a cone of YLI cotton thread. It’s the second time I’ve used this cone, and I thought that it was the new batting I was using the first time. This time was very difficult also, and I was not very happy with the tension on the back. And then…I was almost finished, only 1 1/2 rows left to go on the panto and the thread kept shredding, every 3 inches or so! Not only that, when I checked the stitches on the back of the quilt, they were almost railroad tracks in some areas….oh, great….NOT!!! So, I decided the easiest way to remove almost an entire row of stitching would be to remove the quilt from the frame and work on it while on my lap. Not only that, I didn’t want to take a chance that something else might happen on this quilt.
Note to Self: do not remove the quilt from the frame and expect to be able to line it back up properly later. Yes, Self, even if you have a trick for it.
I ended up retiming the machine, then ran into more trouble, and eventually the machine jammed on me! I mean HARD! The needle hit the metal casing and everything! Of course, it threw it out of time again….so that made me REALLY nervous about putting Jessica’s quilt back on so I decided to test it out on another one instead.
This is a quilt that our small group put together when one of our members had been having health challenges. I made 2 of the 15 blocks, which I’d mistakenly thought I’d posted photos of because I thought they turned out so darn cute!
Once we got the top together, I quilted it using freehand echo quilting around each of the 12″ blocks. There are feathers in the borders and a heart motif in the sashings. Feathered hearts with cross hatching are in each of the four corners. Quilted with Wonderfil’s Tutti Frutti thread on top, So Fine in the bobbin and Warm and White batting.
Lynn absolutely loved it, as did I! If you’re interested in getting a closer look, I’ve posted photos of the individual blocks on my website.
I was lucky enough to receive another modern design to quilt in a lovely pink, yellow and zebra stripe. It got a large overall meander, and I used Brytes 30# in hot fuscia pink in the bobbin, which I’d never done before. This was after all of the jamming and tension problems, so I was nervous that would be a problem, but it wasn’t.
The back was made specifically so that the quilt could be turned down to coordinate with the sheets and other bedding. The blocks weren’t perfectly centered in the back, but I liked that they could make a coordinating trim at the top, if desired.
As if I didn’t have enough to do, I joined Dishcloth Mania, which is a knitting forum on Ravelry. I’ve been hopelessly behind on that challenge ever since! But talk about some beautiful patterns! Since I’m not big on applique, I take this with me to work on at lunch or other down times.
On the spinning front, I bought some Corriedale wool roving and started practicing, and think I might have figured out the motion! This was after one of the great gals at Puffy Mondae’s took a few minutes to show me how to use a drop spindle, and it was very easy to apply the motion to my wheel….enough to fill a bobbin full of a strand of various thicknesses! Now I’m considering having them tune up my wheel and glue the sides onto two of the bobbins that have come unglued. They also had a large bobbin on consignment when I went in, and I’ve been wondering if I should snatch that up…hmmm?
…and sidetracked, yet again, by another project, which is that my website needs updating…again…