Category Archives: Longarm Machne Quilting

Quilting Customer Quilts on my APQS Longarm

Quilt those Custom Quilts and…

Gallery

What’s On The Design Wall

Standard
What’s On The Design Wall

Although I have three different design walls there’s never enough space for my on-going projects. Squished on this wall is my appliqué project designed by Esther Alieu. Loving just being able to use up my scraps for this one. Slow going for me especially because I really want to explore embroidery and embellishment. Lots more to go!

Next to appliqué is my Pam Holland UFO collection. Between Geraldine the giraffe, the wonderful thread painted cat and the cheesecloth portrait, I have truly enjoyed her classes. My dream would be to join Pam on one of her tours!

Next, I played with my Silhouette today and made a fun shirt. Can’t wait to wear it

And last but not least for the past couple of days, two beautiful quilts ready to go to their makers.

Have a great evening. Quilt and craft away. Karen

MACHINE QUILTING CONVENTION

Standard
MACHINE QUILTING CONVENTION

Recently returned from a great show in Manchester, New Hampshire.  This trip was not in the plans but an opportunity presented itself and, well, when does a quilter turn down a great opportunity to smooze with other quilters.  Of course we left the spring heat of Houston and headed to a somewhat snow-covered Boston and Manchester area.

I have to admit, these next two pictures are still making me chuckle.  The first is a picture of an elevator I had to opportunity to push the buttons on.  Makes you wonder just what the BS button was really meant for.  The obvious answer was Bus Station since that’s where the elevator stopped, but sure does make you wonder.

IMG_1095

Well now, this is in an elevator in Manchester, New Hampshire…BS ????

The second, and even more amusing thing we found was on the menu at an Italian restaurant, and NO, I didn’t try it!  Read the Cinghiale under Plates.  The waiter assured us it was incredible and very tender!

IMG_1099

Happened to be traveling along with other friends, most from the Houston area and Linda, from Sante Fe, New Mexico.  Had a great time and learned so much I can’t wait to apply to new quilting adventures.

DSC_0140 DSC_0141

 

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING….Karen

 

 

TALENT, TALENT, TALENT…GREAT QUILTS

Standard
TALENT, TALENT, TALENT…GREAT QUILTS

When you wander down each aisle of a quilt show it brings to the top the amount of talent that goes into making each and every quilt.  Matching points, picking colors, strong stitches, pattern flow….so many things to see.  I had to walk the quilt exhibit a couple of times (would have walked more if time was there), in order to begin to see the beauty!  Here’s some more from Tri-County.

IMG_1017 IMG_1018 IMG_1019 IMG_1020 IMG_1021 IMG_1022IMG_1025 IMG_1026

 

Happy Quilting…Karen

Off The Table Today

Standard
Off The Table Today

This is a gift for a retiring lady.  What a gift to receive!  The fabric choices were great and centered on shades of coral and blue.  The back matched the border fabric and was just so happy.  I embroidered and attached a label in remembrance of the retirement.  It included the ladies name, the date of retirement, the name of the pattern, the piecer and quilter’s names….great idea!  Barbara did a wonderful job on the quilt and I heard that everyone is excited to give it to her.

Look closely at the blue backing to a Quilts of Valor quilt I finished recently.  First time to use the quilting design…I really like it on the QOV.  I believe that it was designed by Nancy Haacke from Canada.

Enjoy…happy quilting.  Karen

Label Your Quilts

Standard
Label Your Quilts

“I know that putting a label on my quilts is super important but I am so bad about doing that.  Really your quilt isn’t complete without a label. Name of quilt, date and made by are the most important thing for a label. However, adding more information like pattern name, technique used, even information about fabric and embellishments.  I have so many quilts without labels that I am adding that to my UFO list for 2016.  Join me!

There are so many ways to make labels.  I often embroider mine, most simple is to write with a permanent marker, but my favorite way is to use my light box and trace using permanent gel pens.  Of course, all of you artists can simply draw your own label.  Several years ago I found a dealer at the Houston Festival that was selling books of great traceable pictures and I have truly enjoyed using them.  Her name I Kim Churbuck and her books are available on good ol Amazon.  Here is a slideshow with one of her books(she has many), along with several labels I have prepared.  They are lacking the text but it can easily be filled in when I am ready to put them on a quilt.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


As I said you can still find her books, but with the onslaught of coloring books this is also a great, fun way to make your labels.  I iron the fabric to a piece of freezer paper to stabilize the fabric while I color it.  Lots of fun.  You can find lots of fonts to trace your words, simply put a piece of lined paper under your picture on the lightboard.  Her books do include fonts though.

So, have fun and get labeling!…..happy quilting, Karen

 

LOVE BLUE AND WHITE QUILTS!

Standard
LOVE BLUE AND WHITE QUILTS!

These were the last quilts to come off the quilting table.  Mema does beautiful work and her fabric choices are wonderful.  I really love the blue and white quilt.  Its a blend of lots of blue fabrics and I quilted it with swirls to make the orange peels spin.  Looks great!  The second is another of Mema’s quilts, this one done with 30’s fabrics using the Dresdan shape to create the flowers.  Great idea!

Enjoy your day….Happy quilting!  Karen

STATE OF THE STUDIO

Standard
STATE OF THE STUDIO

Well, this seems a very appropriate day to check on the “State of The Studio”.  I make a really big mess when I am working on a project (kind of like not doing dishes as you are cooking).  That being said, I can’t stand to start a new project, no matter how large or small, when my studio is a mess.  The studio is almost the entire upstairs of my home, and yes, it does overflow downstairs.  The main “game room” holds my longarm, my design walls, my book shelves and longarm thread cabinets along with many other things as well.  Walls are covered with patterns I have printed out, ribbons, notes to myself etc.  Here are some pics of the “main” room.  We will check out the “cutting” room with the another post and then the embroidery/serger/stash room later.  Yes, there are two more bedrooms upstairs and there is barely room for the beds!  Closets are “quilt” full!

Happy Quilting…Karen