Dog Paws and Flowers

Andrea is a new to me quilter. She brought me 3 quilts and These are the first 2.

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Can you just squeeze these little dogs and hug them? I immediately “awed” them when she unfolded this quilt…they are so adorable!

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I of course had to give each flower & dog a different texture so they could stand out. :) I copied many of the textures that were in the fabrics. I love the bright colors and the fun whimsy style of the fabrics. It made quilting so easy & fun…and it reflects all of that as a whole..the whole quilt just makes you smile.   IMG_0682 IMG_0683 IMG_0686

Andrea used flannel backs on all of her quilts. :) I love flannel backs.

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This next one is very elegant…sort of opposite of the dog paws. :)

IMG_0679They are a water color type flowers…all of the prints are beautiful and she set them perfectly in this pattern to showcase them. We chose an all over flower pattern for quilting to match the theme of the quilt.

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They both turned out so beautiful! Thank you Andrea for taking a chance on me! I love your quilts!

Many blessings!

Charisma

 


Lil Twister Christmas Tree

Debbie sent this elegant little tree. She loves Asian fabrics and tested them out using the lil Twister and made a Christmas tree.

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Isn’t it beautiful? I love it. So elegant. You can’t see in the photos very well but the fabrics all have a gold metallic thread through them..so they really shine. IMG_0667

I quilted  the tree with movement to look like branches and twinkling snowflakes in the background. Then curls in the outer border. The gray-gloomy lighting has been my nemesis lately. I can’t seem to get very good photos.  IMG_0664

I tried a few different areas to get photos….:)

IMG_0665 IMG_0666 IMG_0668 IMG_0667It’s such a pretty tree! Thanks Debbie! Always a pleasure working with you! Have a great holiday!

Many blessings to you all!


Vintage Tinman

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OK so I had been trying to work ahead and had my fabric fast stats post set to go last week ….and here we are-> it posted this morning and I have been neglecting my blog…for good and not good reasons. I have so many posts to make..and I would try to avoid posting any of my own quilts before I posted anyone else’s ->but I wrote about my Vintage Tinman quilt. So I guess I better share it since it’s accounted for. :)  Plus I am posting it for Annette to see..:)

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It’s a scrappy trade quilt. Annette made it from my scraps. It is by far one of my FAVORITE quilts. I had pieced the backing for it and had it all ready for quilting….since it arrived. Which was several batches ago. It’s been a long time almost a year, I think. The problem is that I love it so much-> I couldn’t quilt it.  I would pull it out and think about it…..then put it back. I know…….I do this with my own quilts all of the time…..trust me. I kept coming back to an all over swirl because it’s not distracting. It doesn’t take away from the Tinmen. There wasn’t going to be any easy transitions for custom quilting…..and I just didn’t think any of my custom quilting ideas were really going to add that much to them. The swirls get lost and you see the Tinmen. They really captivated me anyway and that’s why I wanted to keep it that way. :)

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I love this quilt because it is so different from anything I have ever seen. I had never seen this pattern…after she made it for me I saw one in an old book….and she shared the pattern info “Fat Quarter Friendly” by Fon`s and Porter and the name of the quilt is \\Collective Conditioning”

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I would have never thought of this idea…so this trade thing is so great for me because I get to benefit from other people’s thoughts, experiences and handiwork.  It also makes me think. I have to stretch myself and decide what will be best….and in this case I went with an all-over design. That isn’t a real stretch..but if you knew how much I had thought about quilting this quilt and all that I could do….it was a process to settle on an all over design.

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I would have never thought of this idea or paired my scraps up with these guys and look how fabulous they are….Annette is such a genius! I am always amazed at what she comes up with and I get to benefit from her work! I am keeping this quilt. I use several quilts that she made every day….her work is displayed all over my house :) I like that because she is such a great woman and my friend.

You know what else I love…which there is no way anyone could really know this while they are working on it…but so many of my favorite designers are represented in these tinmen. MoMo, Tula, Amy, Joel, Basic Grey, 3 sister, Robyn, …..ect. It’s funny how that worked out. :)

I used scraps for the back….and didn’t get a photo. The quilt is already with Beth the Binder.

Thanks Annette!

Thanks for looking everyone! I really appreciate it!


Fabric Fast 12/21/14

Ok I only have 2 weeks left until this experiment is over. I have been so tested into buying fabric! With it being this close I have even been tempted to go buy a backing…but I decided to still use what I have!

I quilted another quilt top and finally got pics posted the-> Vintage Tinman. I don’t get to count any yardage for that…but I do get to add it to my project list. :)

I have really been bad about taking pictures lately. I sent some stuff to Beth ( my binder)  without taking pics…and I also sent some quilts back with their owner before taking pics. It was so gloomy and I was getting so backed up I completely forgot….so just know that I have been really busy…..:)

My machine broke down for a few days as well…I had to wait for the part to come. Yes it broke 3 times in the last two weeks. Fortunately, I  am pretty sure the first 2 times it went down is because the big problem hadn’t shown itself yet…so thankfully Venus is back at it again. Rob is amazing and he can do just about anything with my machine…so he got her all fixed up.

I am so thankful I worked through Thanksgiving and killed myself for the week after. My schedule this week is pretty manageable …..I will make the deadlines. I also had time ( since Venus was down)  to put together a quilt top that has been on my list for a long time. I even loaded it on the frame yesterday since it was my day off. I am going to show it after I get the embellishments sewn on.   :) I posted the center on FB because I was just so excited to get as far as I did.

 

Anyway. I hope you all have a wonderful week! Christmas is only a few days away!

 

 

Fabric Count   487 yards used

 

 

Bolts I have purchased this year:

Black -3

White -3

Gray-3

Extra Wide Muslin -1

 

Personal finishes for 2014 (these are ones I made from start to finish):

1. Scrappy Squares (pieced & quilted)

2. Amy Scraps (quilted)

3. Scrappy 500 HST (quilted)

4. Soothing Gray quilt ( quilted)

5. Modern Monkey Baby (quilted)

6. Dresden Flowers pieced & quilted

7. The Grinch Quilt  (quilted)

8. Mod Vintage Tablecloth quilt (quilted)

9. Scrappy Swoon (quilted)

10. Scrappy Owls (quilted)

11. Scrappy Postcards (quilted)

12. Double Delight (quilted)

13. Deep Sea Bubbles (quilted)

14. Red, black, white & gray Big & Bold Pieced & Quilted

15. Scottie Dog Houses (flimsy)

16. 9 Patch Scrappy Pieced & quilted

17. Asterisk Quilt

18. Pumpkin Pie (quilted)

19. Baby quilt (whole cloth/cheater) pieced & quilted

20. Scrappy Jelly Race pieced & quilted

21. 2 Shopping Bags

22. Galleria (pieced)

23. Bubble wand quilt (quilted)

24. Charisma’s Flock of Birds (quilted)

25. Valentine Quilt pieced & quilted

26. Celtic Solstice pieced & Quilted

27. Improv Charms pieced & quilted

28. 2 Hope quilts Pieced & quilted

29. Granny squares flimsie

30. Scrappy Sassy pieced & quilted

31. Scrappy Sassy Pieced & quilted

32. White Star Quilt (flimsie)

33. Gold Ring pieced & quilted

34. 9 Patch Delight pieced & quilted

35. 9 Patch City Planner (flimsie)

36. Everlastings quilt (flimsie)

37. Everlastings Wall-hanging (flimsie)

38. Favorite things pieced & quilted

39. As for me & My house pieced & quilted

40. Christmas Flurry pieced & quilted

41. Christmas 9 patch table runner pieced & quilted

42. X’s & O’s pieced & quilted

43. Hour Glass Quilt pieced & quilted

44. Sister’s Choice Table Runner pieced & quilted

45. Sister Choice Quilt pieced & quilted

46. Glow Happy Quilt (flimsie)

47. Winter’s Lane table runner pieced & quilted

48. Beth’s Graduation quilt (pieced & quilted)

49. Round Robin quilt – quilted

50. Spool pieced & quilted

51. Spool Pieced & quilted

52. City Planner (flimsie)

53. Over the river pieced & quilted

54. 30′s Round Robin (quilted)

55. Felted Women Pieced & quilted

56. Asterisk Quilt pieced & quilted

57. Gilmore Chickies (or Birdie Stitches)  Pieced & quilted

58. Love Quilt -Flimsie

59. Blush Tumbler (quilted)

60. Swirly Bouquet (quilted)

61. Embroidered Beach Babies pieced & quilted

62. Christmas Rose Pieced

63.  Metallic Burgoyne Surrounded quilted

64. Scrappy Peaks & Valleys Pieced & Quilted

65. 8 Embroidered Christmas Placemats Pieced & quilted

66. Outside the Box Pieced & quilted

67. Road to Stardom Quilted

68. Road to Stardom quilted

 

 

 

Scrappy Trade Quilts Finished:

1. Harmony’s Soothing water quilt (Quilted)

2. Plaid Bouquet (quilted) Made by Annette

3. Snowman Advent Calendar (quilted) made by Karin

4. Snowman Welcome sign (quilted) Made by Karin

5. Squared Origins (quilted) Made by Harmony

6. That Thirties Thing (quilted)  Pieced By Annette ( will post this later today) Some pics are posted on Fb.

7. Wing It! Rectangled (quilted) pieced by Annette

8. Scrappy Origins (quilted) pieced by Harmony

9. Peaches & Cream (quilted) Pieced by Annette

10. A Tisket A Tasket (quilted) pieced by Nelle

11. Snowman Country (quilted) Pieced by Nelle

12. Table runner (quilted) Pieced by Harmony

13. Birdie Wall hanging (quilted) pieced by Karin

14. Birdie Welcome sign (quilted) pieced by  Karin

15. Baby Boy Tumbler Quilt (quilted) pieced by Jolinda

16. Scrappy log cabin (quilted) pieced by Jolinda

17. Crazy squares (quilted) Pieced by Jolinda

18. Meadow Lark (quilted) Pieced by Teresa

19. Green Stripes (quilted) Pieced by Annette

20. Roll Roll Cotton Boll (quilted) Pieced by Tisha

21. Birdie Round Robin (quilted)

22. Sunshine & Roses (quilted) Pieced by Jolinda

23. Marmalade Flower Girl (quilted) Pieced by Donna

24. Stacked Coins made by Annette (quilted)

25. Impromptu pieced by Donna (quilted)

26. Halloween Quilt pieced by Florence (quilted)

27. Christmas Presents pieced by Donna (quilted)

28. I love Lucy. Pieced by Annette (quilted)

29. Wild Thing Place mats made by Donna & Clarissa ( quilted)

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30. Vintage Tin Man  made by Annette ( quilted)

 

98 Projects made! YAHOO! 2 more to go to make my 100 project mark!


Quilt Labels

I am going to share why quilt labels are important. At least according to “Charisma”……The rules according to me….and that doesn’t have much weight ->I guess. But I just thought I would share why I think quilt labeling is so important and you can agree or not.  But just hear me out because maybe you will agree? Maybe you won’t ..but at least you will think about it if you are not a label-er as of right now.

I try to label each and every one of my quilts. It doesn’t always happen I admit. But I absolutely try ….I would say I do 99% of the time if i gift it. If it has been in a show it’s labeled as well.

It doesn’t take long to label them….I will take a group of ten at a time and get them all labeled in an evening. If I think about it before hand I will have the label ready when it gets it’s binding so I can be done with all of the hand sewing already.

I use1 of  3 methods:

1 label panels.

Like these:

Pre-printed then I can just write in my info . <——click there is you want to order this panel.

Printed labels

I use these all of the time. The new Downton Abbey Line even has a yard of printed labels that look really nice right now. You can find that here.

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My shop has several types of these label panels anytime I go in…so if I run out I can just go buy a panel pretty affordable and I can label tons of quilts right?

 

The second method I use is my favorite method….I use Printed Treasures fabric paper.

You can get that here—————>Printed Treasures.

It is printer ready fabric that you can run through your home printer and it is washable, dryable ect. I prefer thismethod because I can type a special message to the person I am gifting the quilt…I can write details that one may not be able to fit into a pre-printed label. I try to include as much pertinent information as I can …just in case someone needs the story.
The 3rd method I use is to just write it directly on the back of the quilt. I may do this on small projects or wall-hangings. I will use a fabric marker..not a sharpie or anything that will compromise my quilt. This is probably my least favorite method.

So what are the reasons you should label quilts??
Thank you so much for asking.
1. Reason one is simply for the history. There are so many things that we say we will remember and we don’t. Life gets in the way and we can’t remember everything that we want to. If you only make 10 quilts in your lifetime maybe you will remember. I have made 100’s ( literally) and I can’t in no way remember everything. The other thing that I think is important is that those labels provide a timeline. I can see a great improvement in my skills through out the years. I like to have that reminder to keep me humble. I appreciate those terrible ones from the beginning-> they got me to where I am. In a few years I may think what I have been doing this last year aren’t real good? Who knows? Or Maybe I will appreciate myself more? There are some little wall hangings that my extended family have from my early days ( Christmas gifts) …I want them all back so I can re-do them and hand them back. They are terrible! But it is what it is. Not only that-> have you all heard of the Dear Jane quilt? How fabulous would it be if we had more that her name? what if she had the ability to print her story on the back of that quilt? Instead of filling in the gaps decades later..we may know more about this special quilt that has captured many of us.
On a label you should always include you first & last name, year , city & state. Those are the minimum requirements. ( According to Charisma)
2. I will say that you should label a quilt in case it gets lost or stolen. You still may never see it again..but you just never know. I have friends who have gotten quilts back in unusual ways after a terrible experience. After all of the heart, soul, time and money that goes into them…a little piece of cheap insurance wouldn’t hurt ….right?
3. Many times I use my label as a way to include a special message to the recipient of my quilt gift. Sometimes I will write a whole letter on the label and sew it to the back. If it is a particularly special person or quilt. I want them to think of me every time they use it. Well not exactly me..but how much I love & appreciate them. It’s a love letter that they get to hug and see every time they use that quilt. It’s not just a piece of paper that gets thrown away. How often can we do that? I may print a picture with my label….or write a story, song lyrics…..whatever I think will make that person feel special. A quilt is not a flimsy gift. It’s so heartfelt and I want that message to be heard loud & clear. :) I can tell you from personal experience that my loved ones love those personal labels. So it’s not a waste of time….:)
4. The last reason to make a label is to give credit where credit is due. If I quilted a quilt I want credit it for it…good or bad. If I pieced it I want credit for that. If it was a collaboration I want to give credit for that. I do that with all my show quilts. I am the owner…but I want my friends to get their credit. :)
So I know you may have been thinking of ditching the labels this year….with all the business of the holiday season..but please take a second thought and give yourself credit, make a little insurance, keep the history and send a love note. It’s worth it. I think it’s just as important as everything else involved with the quilt process.
Many blessings
Charisma