Thursday, October 30, 2014

UFO In Need of Quilting

I was looking for a past Thimbleberries past club project*, and came accross this wonderful "wreath" wallhanging.  If you look closely, you will see that the top is completed, and it has been sandwiched and pinned, ready for quilting.

Anyone who is new to quilting will find Lynette's way of quilting is so detailed and simple, allowing you to learn and then have a nice project when done.  I cut my qiulting teeth on her methids, and way of quilting.  I still use all that I learned from her in all my quilt sewing today.

When I first came accross it, I thought since Christmas is coming up (quicker than I have time for),  I figured I could get this quilted and bound in time to hang on the wall for all to see during the holidays.

I got started tonight, by outlining the inside and outside of the wreath.  I think I will be doing a small stippling in the light areas, and a medimum stippling in the dark areas.


* I think I have written about the years of Thimbleberries clubs that I have partcipated in and each club had twelve complete big projects, not just a block a month.  This project can be found in Lynette Jensen's book "In Celbration of Quilting".   The club was through an online quilt shop called The Main Street Cotton Shop, which had all things Thimbleberries, and club after club after club.  I just found out in trying to link to the online store, that after 31 years of doing business, the owner retired, and closed the store.  That's sad for me, but wonderful for the owner!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

De Ja Vu? Maybe!

A couple of weeks ago, I finished the John Q quilt, an then I mentioned, that there was enough fabric left for a lap quilt.  The client jumped on it, and so I took the leftover squares, and put one together.

So, no, you are not seeing a post you have already seen in the past.  This is the lap quilt top all done, and approved by the client.

This time around, though, the client wants regular quilt batting, and limited quilting.  I am planning on doing large areas using stitch in the ditch method to quilt it.

I the backing and binding will be the same as the bed quilt, and I should have it done early next week.  I would have it done sooner, but we will be out of town for three days this weekend.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Finished Potholder Sets

The day before yesterday, I finished the last set of the 8 holiday potholders.    I did get the hang of making them more efficiently the more I made a set, but all in all, they are pretty cute.  The best thing about all of this custom job is the customer is delighted.  Here are the pics of the sets:

And here are the individual set pictures.

This is the spring set:

This is the summer set:

This is the Easter set:

Finally, the Fourth of July set:


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two Completes

I have two completes to show you today, one is the structure of the greenhouse and the other is another potholder set.

First up the the picture of the completed structure of the greenhouse:

Next we will be working on the floor, sterilizing the ground with a treatment, laying down landscaping cloth, and then bring in some pea gravel and stepping stones for a path down the middle. Although, I might use some narrow pallets for my middle path?  We'll see.

Next up is another holiday potholder set.  The set is for Valentine's Day.  

This leaves four sets to get completed.  I probably won't bore you with individual posts on each set, I did today because I wanted give an update on the greenhouse.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Winter Set

The count down is beginning, as I just finished the winter set in the series of holiday potholders.  Five  more sets to make.

Not sure if you can see the quilting without enlarging the picture, but I followed the zig-zag of the red and white print.  So far each set of potholders has different quilting.  I'm hoping I can continue to make all 9 sets different, but at least the first four have their own quilting.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Treat From My Husband

I have been asking my husband for about the past five years to build me a greenhouse.  This fall, a couple of weeks ago to be exact, he decided to build me one!  I am so excited, as I want to extend my garden growing by starting new plants in the spring, and keep growing some vegetables into the fall/winter.

I have had these plans picked out for the last three years that I found on Pinterest.  If interested, here is the link  to the greenhouse plans (their free!).

Here it is all framed out!  It is a gable shape, 10' X 12', and corrugated tin around the bottom.

This is hubby being silly when I was trying to take pictures.  He's a lot of fun to work with and be around.

Here is the corrugated plastic sheets that will finish the greenhouse.

 Of course, here is hubby working on getting the sheets screwed into the frame.

We had just beautiful fall weather to work on such a project.  We should be done with the outside this week, and then we can start working on the inside.  I plan on having a washtub sink (complete with plumbing), work bench tables along each side, a pea gravel floor, and some rods across the ceiling for hanging items.

I'll keep you posted as we proceed to the finished greenhouse.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Holiday Potholder Sets

I received an custom order back at the beginning of September for a local college themed set of potholders.  One was to be an oven mitt and the other was just a simple rectangle one.  I posted about getting them done in between other projects, but in case you missed it here is a picture of them again.

The client then contacted me again, and ordered an additional 8 sets for various holidays throughout the year.  This way they can decorate the kitchen at a reasonable expense throughout the year.  Here are the first two holiday sets, that I will get off in the mail tomorrow, as Halloween month is already here, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Here is the Halloween Set.  The lining, binding and back of the square potholder is spiders and their webs.  

Here is the Thanksgiving set.  The backing, lining and bias binding is a print with words of thanks.

Yes, I made the binding, only because it looks so much better than the limited colors of bias binding that can be bought in the fabric stores.  Anyone who is interested in the mitt pattern that I used, it was on the roll of Insul-Bright  that I used in the middle of the potholders.  If you click on the link, they provide the pattern for free.

Now, I still have to make Winter, Valentine's Day, Spring, Easter, Summer, and Fourth of July sets.  I will keep you updated with pictures as I get them finished.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Finally Finished

Yes, people, mark your calendars, I have finally completed John Q's quilt.  I couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out either!!!

Pardon the pictures, it is a small spare bedroom, and it is hard to get all of the quilt in one picture.

Even the pillow shams came out random.  Just like the client wanted.

Remember, this bed is a queen size, and the quilt is going to be on the client's double sized bed, so it should be just perfect.

Now on to my next order!