Monday, August 10, 2020

August 2020

 Once again, it has been awhile since my last posting so I will try to bring you up to date on happenings in my world.

In June my Bernina Q24 finally arrived and was installed on the fourteenth (Flag Day) by Noah an his crew from Gather Here.  Pretty much an all day affair, but when it was over the machine was ready to go!

So I stared at it for the next 24 hours as I wondered to myself what was I thinking!

But I forced myself into motion, watched a few videos and began to try it out on the various charity quilts I had assembled in anticipation of just this time.

Each quilt has been a unique learning experience. Let me show you some of what has been done.

Below is my most recent quilt, “Milky Way”, pattern from Quilt in A Day was quilted with the “Cottontail” pattern that is part of the Bernina Q24 suite of loaded patterns.


This was the second charity quilt.  It’s distinguishing features include a row of bubbles, unfortunately not shown here, as well as the “scrap paper” design . But the best thing about this quilt are the feet!  Can you see them? It was our first experience taking a design, linking it and turning it in various directions.  May not seem like much to you but it was a very big thing for Paul and I to figure out and do!


Next we have below one of my Daffodil quilts. Two of these same design wall hangings were quilted side by side on the long arm using a very large flower design.  The second one of these now lives with my sister.


And now we have the second charity quilt.  This was quilted side to side rather than top to bottom.  It was also our first attempt at making a true edge to edge pantograph on a quilt. Can you see the bubble design?
This was fun to do and a true learning experience.



Next comes one of my quilts which was a pattern called “Can you spare a dime?”  Made with a layer cake ( one from a Pat Sloan line of fabric), this quilt was actually quilted on my Babylock Coronet! Now why did I include it here?  


This “Turning Twenty” quilt was made with twenty fat quarters, hence the name, and quilted with a lovely  stars and banner over all edge to edge pantograph design.  Its significance comes from the fact that we finally got the design to actually be edge to edge,


An overall view of the charity quilt with the feet, scrap paper and circles.  This was really lots of fun to do.  I was sorry to let it go!


Next below is one of my wilder creations in terms of fabric.  It’s included to be visually stimulating and to annoy some of my friends with it’s wildness. You know who you are!


And finally up is “Fanfare” a Studio 180 design.  It is made with fabrics purchased from Kathryn when she had her store, “Dragonfly’s Quilts” I know I probably spelled the dragonfly part incorrectly, so I apologize Kathryn!  You can find her these days online and doing a Facebook event every Sunday night.


Well this concludes this slide show since the rest of my pictures are on other devices and it takes way too much thinking to get them into a blog post at this time of the morning!

Hope you enjoyed seeing our progress as we learn and use my new Bernina Q24!

Louise, on the island, waiting for the coffee to perk, 
(yes I still have an old fashioned Faberware percolator sitting next to my Keurig!)


Monday, April 6, 2020

An Ironing Monday

As many of you know, I thoroughly dislike ironing!

( yes, there is another word that would substitute very nicely for “thoroughly dislike” but as a former kindergarten teacher, I spent many years trying to keep that word out of the students’ vocabulary. Thus I hesitate to use it even today, especially in the written word!
However, I digress...)

So as I have been sewing lately, I just pile up what needs to be pressed on my ironing board and then move along to the next sewing item.


But eventually it catches up with you.  You can’t go on to the next step until you get one part pressed and trimmed.

So guess what needs to happen today?

That’s right! Pressing! And maybe a little bit of trimming this afternoon.

Wish me luck!

Louise, on the island, standing at the ironing board, staring at the units and blocks that need to be pressed.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Keeping Busy

It is not difficult for me to keep busy - whether it be recently or times in the past.

As a quilter, I have many projects to do!

Today I have been working on a precut Block of the Month that I found recently when I was rearranging for a new purchase.  I decided to try to put together one block a day.  It will keep me busy.








I also resurrected a number of tops that need to be quilted.

This one was sandwiched today and put on the Babylock Coronet.
I have a little bit done.  Now that I have a plan for the quilting it will proceed quickly.

"Birds on a Wire" by Michelle Renee Hiatt is ready to be assembled.


That will happen sometimes this week.

There are many more projects crying out to me!

Some just need a final border,

( yes, Eileen, that background was your challenge fabric!)

Some only need their binding,


And finally, some are waiting to be started.




These times can be stressful, or they can be viewed as time to work on projects.
You are the one who can choose.

Me? I choose projects!

Louise, in the studio at the moment working on projects!




Wednesday, February 19, 2020

January 2020 Retreats

Retreats are the best thing ever!

You get to sew with friends, eat great food and see wonderful projects that will inspire you.

The past three retreats can be seen under the hashtag of #quiltersretreat2020 in Instagram.
all put together in one tidy space.

But if you are not an Instagram person, I will give you a view here of some of the projects that showed up at Retreat these past few weeks in January 2020.




Janice's Snowman made with a Creative Grids ruler.


Sharon's Storm at Sea made in a class with David Sirota





Gail's baby quilt made for a friends newborn


one of our gifts from the weekend



String blocks ready to be sewn into squares

Many more photos were taken of the beautiful projects that happened over the weekends.

Check out my Instagram feed to see what was posted.

In the Studio Classroom window...


Recently this piece made its presence known in the window of the Studio Classroom.

This little quilt is the pattern found in the 4 1/2 inch On Point Ruler package from Quiilt in a Day.

I used a charm pack of Tula Pink's "Tabby Road" fabric to make this quilt

The On-Point ruler make the "kite" shape that is found in many quilt blocks.

Why not stop in some day for a quick tutorial!

Enjoy your day!

Louise, on the island, catching up on things!







Thursday, December 5, 2019

Retreats Foster Creativity

Recently I was reviewing some of the pictures from the November Quilters Retreat.  It is amazing what quilters get up to when they have the time, space and community in which to create!

Check out these pictures! Can you honestly tell me that your creative juices don't start flowing after viewing these pictures!


Berta's Scrappy Pinwheels


Berta's Hexagon Flower Quilt in progress!


Carol's T-Shirt Quilt


Janice's queen sized quilt using the "Milky Way" pattern from Quilt in A Day


Kate continues to work on her Stitch Sampler


Mary H's Mexican Star blocks using a Quilt in A Day pattern


Mary C's scrappy quilt - can you find the mouse? 
Hint - He's hiding on the lower right!


More hand stitching by Sharon


Mary C's scrappy Apple Core quilt

There were many more quilting activities going on during the retreat.  I was not able to capture them all!

So next time you find your creative juices lagging, either view pictures of others' creative works or find yourself a retreat to attend!

Hint, hint,  - check out the retreat tab on the blogs' front page.  We still have room in many of the weekends!

Louise, on the island, trying to get her creative juices flowing