HI Friends! It’s been a few days since I posted. It’s been a seriously busy week. Between all of of house projects, appointments and freaky things happening this week…I have been out of routine. Cole was in a fender bender……So that added a lot of extra stuff to this week. Rob is helping him get his car fixed ect. So anyway I didn’t make a post for a few days…but I do have some things to share.
So as many of you know I trade piecing for quilting with some people… Annette and I have been working together several years now. I gave her a bunch of “I love Lucy” fabrics a few years ago and asked her to make me a quilt. She made 2. I can’t seem to find the first one she made to make a link for you all to see…..I wish I would remember the name? I quilted it in 2012…..My Mother in law really wanted that quilt and I gave it to her…Only because I knew I had this one left for me. Pink is my favorite color. 🙂 I like to trade quilting for pieced tops…because I can’t possibly keep up with everything. I like to have a bountiful amount of quilt tops to practice. I also like to have different styles and things to work on. I know that I can’t possibly try every design…..and I won’t be exposed to the same ideas of someone else. So it’s a blessing to share art, Creativity & strengths. 🙂
So Annette pieced this and she did a great job. I had big wide open spaces to work in…which was perfect for me to practice something in. I bought a new cross hatch system. It’s the system that ABM sells…it’s the quilter’s rule system. I had heard when I first started that this system is cumbersome ect. I have to say ..I really like it. I have a few different Cross hatch systems that I have tried. As you all know I don’t have a computer…so everything I do is freehand ( or with rulers) …I have no problem doing a small area with my ruler…..But when you are cross hatching a large area…it is very difficult to keep everything lined up perfectly as you are walking your ruler around. Unless you have pre-marked. Marking is fine…but it is very time consuming and some how I would still make mistakes. It really made me not want to take any all over cross hatch jobs. Forget about whole cloth quilts. If you are a freehand quilter….it is VERY time consuming to do so much ruler work and it’s difficult to balance the love of quilting and also make money with it. If I put 20 hours into a small quilt and make 80$ it’s really not cost effective…to offer that service. So I am always looking for certain tools to help me maximize my time and ease the process. This ruler is really great for cross hatching. It took me a bit to get the hang of it…so I had to practice on one of my own so I could make mistakes on it…and get the groove before trying a customer quilt. ( I will show you that one tomorrow) .
So if you look closely you can see a few mistakes and that is perfectly fine. It’s my own quilt. I like imperfections.
I quilted hearts in the wide open spaces as well…so I could treat them like appliques or something that I have to work around. I tried different angles….and sizes. I just had fun with the rest…easy designs for a fun quilt.
I love Lucy. They play the re-runs late at night on the Hallmark Channel. Every year Lucy is still voted the number 1 comedy. Those shows are timeless and loved by many! She never disappoints….neither does Annette. I can’t wait to show you all my Elvis quilt. She pieced that for me too!
The back….I had been hoarding this pink fabric for so long….you don’t even know how long…..It’s one of my favorite pink fabrics…and now it’s in a quilt. It’s in a quilt I am keeping so that makes me feel better……I am a quilt hoarder! I own it!
Thanks Annette! Took me awhile to get this quilted….I would take it out..put it back. Take it out put it back. Same with the 30’s Tin-man pattern. I just love that quilt so much it stumps me…so I haven’t quilted it. I think I need to quilt it with an all over….I can’t part with that one either. LOL
blessings to all you! Have a great day!