Thursday, May 19, 2011

Promotions...and demotions

I'm proud to announce the addition of three new Quilters to the Quilting World - Natalie, David, and Anna - and Quilting Apprentice Rebecca. Here they are with their first quilts, and I am pronouncing them spectacular. But I did make an error with their ages and must do a little demoting. David, while eager to be in junior high, will actually be a fifth grader in the fall. Natalie and Anna will both be in junior high in the fall, as soon as they finish 6th grade this month.  I'm truly amazed at how terrific their quilts are!

Here is David's Bear Paw Quilt, a very tricky undertaking.  I'm proud of him for his vision and his execution.

Anna is working on tying her quilt with embroidery floss, and Rebecca is picking through the scrap basket.

Natalie is working at my machine quilting the edges of her quilt.  Not only did both Anna and Natalie piece their quilt tops, they both did machine quilting, too. 

Good Quilting Fairies come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. And moms often make good ones. Here's Natalie, David, and Rebecca's mom working with David on tying his quilt top.

Natalie's "Flying Geese" Quilt.

Didn't they just do the best job on these quilts?
Anna's "Flying Geese" Quilt.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Those Pesky Scraps

This is an ideal time to clean the studio - we're leaving town Friday, my good machine is still at the spa, the lessons with the kids wrap up tomorrow, my graduation quilts are completed.  But could I clean?  No.  I had to use up the scraps from the last few projects.  The bag on the left - the scraps were foundation pieced onto leftover Warm N Natural batting, and the bottom is boxed.  The bag on the right is just a plain old Mors bag.  Now that these scraps have been used, perhaps tomorrow I can actually vacuum.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Sneak Peak

These are the various pieces to David's Bear Paw Quilt. David and Anna just left here - Natalie wasn't feeling well today. And in the hurry of getting things done, the kids left before we could take pictures. So they will come back within the next few days and we'll officially wrap things up. (I thought David was nuts for choosing the fabric for his border, but isn't it stunning? I also thought the kids were junior high-ers. They aren't - David is 9, and both Anna and Natalie are going into 7th grade this fall.)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A: A Purse and Two Boxes

Q:  Name three beautiful things made by two White cousins

This hobo bag is my second one from the Abbie's Hobo pattern, and I'm liking how it turned out.  John and I are heading to some of the national parks of the West, and I think this bag will comfortably serve as my purse and a daily carrier for my iPad.  I'm crazy about this batik, and this is the almost the last of it.

Earlier last week I posted a picture of the fabulous spoons my cousin Jerry made me.  And in that photo were two little round things.  These are boxes that Jerry turns, and I'm thrilled to have these along with the spoons.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday the 13th

No unlucky ladders or cats in the studio - just four very happy kids.  Here's Anna Best working on her quilt, backing, and it was her birthday today!
Anna and Natalie  are working on Flying Geese quilts. Here's Natalie's quilt top ready for some side borders.

And this is Natalie taking a break from working!

Anna and Natalie finished their tops and backs and layered them with their batting. After making the "quilt sandwiches," they then trimmed everything even with the actual quilt top. David and I are working with one of our best friends, Mr. Seam Ripper.

David was hard at work connecting his Bear's Paws blocks, a very intricate block for a first-time quilter. Julie Best was perfect at supervising this tricky and difficult step of joining all the block pieces. 

Rebecca finished her pillow project - she chose the fabrics, pieced some of the blocks by hand, and supervised as her mom joined the four-patches by machine.  She was the envy of all in the studio because she actually left with a finished project.  Natalie, David, and Anna will know this feeling when they leave here Monday.  Stay tuned for their finished projects!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Cup Runneth Over!

With wooden spoons!

My cousin Jerry White finds joy in his family, his mechanical engineering work, and his woodworking.  In February I sent him one of my casserole carriers and asked if he would make spoons for future projects.  He agreed.

Look at these!  They are beautiful!

Jerry's daughter Erin is getting married this summer.  Seems like one of these carriers might be an appropriate shower present! 

Thank you, Jerry - these are fabulous and nicer than anything I could have bought!

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Good Quilting Fairy - Who Also Happens to Make Purses

Donna, the Good Quilting Fairy of the Western Suburbs, has been busy.  Of her current three junior high students, one of them chose Bear's Paw.  Donna underestimated the difficulty of this pattern for the first-time quilting.  She has had to play the Good Quilting Fairy so that David can experience some success with this project.  Lots of trimming and truing up, but it's now ready for him to assembly-line construct these six blocks.  Sister Natalie and Anna Best are doing Flying Geese - both girls will be over shortly to assemble their quilts - their homework was to make blocks of their geese.  And today we will connect their blocks with sashing strips.

Once my fairy work was under control, I tried a new purse pattern.  With the exception of a too long strap, this hobo bag turned out nicely.  I'm especially pleased with the free-motion quilting on both the purse body and the contrasting band.  In preparation for our trip at the end of the month to parks of the West, I made a pocket for my iPad on one side of the lining.

I again used Soft n Stable by and am crazy about this product for purse/bag construction.

This bag is 18" across and 20" deep.

This last picture shows the bag in relation to the iPad.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

For a Local Boy

TJ Bongiorno's baseball jersey quilt is complete, just in time for his high school graduation.  His mom is friends with one of the first people I ever did t-shirt quilts for.  But his mom also knows daughter Julie and her family - small world.

The navy blue backing/binding sets off ths gold very nicely.  And there's a matching pillow made from the leftovers of two jerseys.  I bet TJ's mom will keep it.

Credit goes to Frank of T and F Quilting in Lemont for his terrific meandering quilting. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Demand for a Vacation


No, not for me. For my Husqvarna Sapphire 830!

We talked and decided that a trip to the Husqvarna Spa should be scheduled. When John and I go to some of the great parks of the West (Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, etc) on the 20th, Husqvy and I decided that would be a good time for the mechanical Spa. But someone decided to put his foot down and leave sooner than was discussed. Today as I was winding a bobbin, Husqvy refused to go back into sewing mode. So Thursday we will head to Lombard, and one of us will begin our vacation sooner than the other.

I took Husqvy out of the sewing table and have installed my old faithful 500 Computer Husqvarna in its place. Thanks to the old faithful machine I was able to finish the second of my three sports quilts.

A lot of time in the past two weeks has been devoted to the parental move and getting them settled in to my brother's house in Lombard. How handy that he lives in the same suburb as my Husqvy's mechanic!
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