This lilac fabric is so popular…..honestly I have quilted several quilts that have used this fabric….It is a lovely fabric and conjures up lovely memories for me. Spokane, WA is my hometown and it is nicknamed “The Lilac City” Lilac bushes grow very well there.
So when I think of lilacs it conjures up memories of Grandma Nay. She had her patio surrounded by Lilac bushes …if you were out on a spring..early summer day when they were in full bloom the scent was heavenly. When I see them, I think of her and her loving spirit. She also gave me my first sewing machine in my early 20’s.
When Monna saw another quilt with this fabric and in this pattern that I had quilted (for someone else) she contacted me right away to see if I would quilt one for her in just the same way…then she went on a hunt for this fabric. The quilt is beautiful….I quilted wreaths to fill in the white areas..and Charisma Curls..I topped it off with a feather.
Thanks Monna!…I hope your daughter loves this special gift!
Well today was a busy, busy day…I didn’t even have time to get out of my sweats…nice huh? Thank GOD the ladies at bible study love me for me..cause I was smelling a bit funky today..honestly. I ate a piece of garlic toast as I was running out the door …messy hair and dirty sweats..sounds appealing right? WOW!
That is what happens when you work from home…you are busy doing what you love and time escapes you…see there is a benefit…maybe not to anyone around me…LOL But still a benfit for me.
Tonight at Bible study we went thru the first 3 chapters in proverbs, we shared our stories from the week. ..praises! So many Praises of what God has done for each of us and to think we don’t even know the half of it every day.. right?
Other than that today was a day of quilting…quilting and more quilting…trying to get all of the Christmas quilts finished up and shipped out …need to make deadlines.
I hope all is well with all of you..please keep me updated on prayer requests..we are getting into a hectic time of year for everyone…I think of all my quilting friends who have lost ones and the approaching holidays will be difficult..I won’t name any of you…but just know I am thinking of you and praying for you.
This is the first time Shannon and I are working together…she sent the bargello for me and the Angels for the boys to quilt.
I think I have quilted a few bargellos similar to this..and I have to say I am always AMAZED to see how they come to life after they are quilted. Bargellos are so beautiful..I have made a few myself ..but gave them away….but there is something about them that just seem so lovely and serene..right? It doesn’t matter the color way ….or pattern they are eye candy.
So in order to emphasize the pattern created by the fabrics I wanted to separate the waves by quilting different designs. Swirls and waves….beautiful!
Thanks Shannon! I hope you are having a lovely vacation!
Well this time last year La La Lori asked me if I wold be willing to quilt her first quilt. She showed me pictures of her first quilt which was this same exact pattern. I big quilt with the shape of Texas in a patchwork type theme. I thought that was so ambitious as a first quilt.
I also think there is no other state in the USA with as much PRIDE as Texas! LOL. I am pretty sure nobody I know around here wants the top of their bed covered with the state of Washington. LOL But we gotta LOVE those Texans!
So when we discussed quilting patterns I was a bit hesitant….it was her first quilt and as a quilter you don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder …right? She said there had to be long horns somewhere on the quilt. At first we had discussed an allover type of design with western themes. OKay.
Well she mailed the quilt and that happened to be when a FLOOD of quilts came in last year..when it finally dawned on me that I could make this a business because I received an ENORMOUS amount of quilts within two weeks..it was insane really….I kept putting off the quilt…Lori finally emailed me and said”Are you uninspired”..”Is there and issue?” LOL I was actually tossing around this “other” idea and I didn’t know how to say it to her. I asked her if we could change our original plans….If she trusted me? She said “yes” and said I wouldn’t be stealing her thunder I would be “amplifying” her work! YAY! That is just what I needed to hear. SO in TEXAS fashion I thought “BIG” Everything is “BIG” in Texas right?
So this is what I came up with..these sketches of a bull rider in a star, A steer head in a star, and a few desert scenes at the bottom. I was so proud of this quilt! When we posted the first quilt…it got RAVE reviews..I was also given the title of “Honorary Texan”…. WOW! I do feel honored.
So now a year later Lori makes these and sells them (if anyone would like pricing info just email me at Charisma@Charismascorner.com) …they are big quilts that cover a king Size bed nicely….and I have quilted several for her..even a baby sized one.
Thanks Lori for taking a chance on me a YEAR ago…..I love you!
That should really be the name of my business…”Will work for quilts” I am constantly trading..my services for someone else’s ..In this case a quilt.
Mary had listed a bunch of quilts for sale…and one of them was made from fabric I really loved by Heather Mulder Peterson. So I asked her if she would be willing to trade LAQ services for one of her listed quilt tops. She agreed. YAY!
This is the quilt top she sent me to quilt for her…of course I still haven’t quilted the one that I traded for..LOL . That would be a miracle…I don’t have time to quit my own.
So here is this lovely leafy quilt. It is made from all different kinds of Moda fabrics..all very rich and beautiful…and it fits my bed perfectly..LOL It is being shipped home today.
I quilted leaves and outlines the pieced leaves. I quilted falling leaves in the border and filled it all in with a stipple.
Thanks so much for looking. Thanks Mary for the trade.