Friday, March 16, 2018

Coastal Lily Raffle Quilt of NWA

Here it is all done and off the frame.

This quilt will be raffled off at the NWA Q.U.I.L.T. Show on April 5 & 6 of 2019. Come to the quilt show and buy some tickets you could have this quilt laying on your bed. Tickets should be available for purchase at the April Meeting (next month). 

The Raffle Team included Natalie McCroy, Elizabeth Ray and Myself. We met up and decided on a pattern and fabric. Then cut the fabric and separated flowers and 4 piece flying geese units. These units were bagged and handed out to the members of  NWA Q.U.I.L.T. Guild.

Once all the units had been sewn together our team met again to determine the color layout of the flowers.

We took 2 rows each and pieced them together, borders were added and we had a quilt top. I loved working with these ladies. It was so amazing how we all had the same vison and we worked so well together making sure that this vison came through in the quilt. ❤

Husbands of Quilters
Alison Glass and True Blue by Zen Chic
So Fine 50 Superior Threads #504
Quilters Dream Wool, 1 layer
Quilt Top Size
90 x 107
Purple Disappearing Marker
Longarm Rulers - Below
Drafting Ruler 1" x 12" also seen below

Since this was such a big quilt that was going to be raffled off , I wanted to try out a few different designs on a Sample Quilt ↓ before I quilted the real one. This approach did help. I was able to play around with many different designs.

Sample Quilt 

Now it was time for the real thing!!!
First I basted the whole quilt, on the frame. 

Also while quilting this quilt I made 10 short videos on the quilting process.
You can find them on YouTube at 

Where I find Inspiration:

One of my favorite quilters is Judi Madsen she is an Amazing quilter.
She has 3 online classes at iquilt.
Check her out she is the Rock Star of Secondary Designs.

These are a few of the rulers I used for Stitching In the Ditch.

Once I decided on the quilting pattern I made a cheat sheet to help with all the different widths of lines.
The lines are 1/2", 1/4" then 3/4". These lines made squares that extended out and then repeated all throughout the quilt, even into the borders

Where the tops of the flowers come together, in-between the 3/4" lines are straight  horizontal lines,
Seen Below

and Pebbles are in-between  the 3/4" lines, where the flying geese met the flower stems.

The ruler in the picture above is the drafting ruler that I use for marking.
 For this type of quilting Marking is a must, for me. 
For me basting is a must.
With just a spritz of water the basting dots will disappear.

Sometimes mistakes happen you just have to Unsew :(

Other times Everything comes together, Perfectly.

Moving on to the Borders

For this design Feathers are First the a good filler, I like swirls.

Then I pulled the center lines up and behind the feathers and filler.

This quilt had 2 borders on the top and bottom.
Great for extra quilting:)

Here are a ton of photos once the quilting was completed. 

Backing is Below

This quilt was great at testing my quilting skills. It was definitely outside my comfort zone, but working outside of our comfort zones is how we grow and become better and stronger.
So go get Outside of Your Comfort Zone and do something Amazing.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Under the Weather

A while back I wrote this and thought it would still be good to say:

I’ve been sick now for about a week maybe 2 I can’t remember. It seems like this year the sickness just keeps coming back, circling around my household.

I’m the type of sick that refuses to lay down until absolutely necessary. Since longarm quilting is out of the question, unless I want to unquilt. I decided to fold my fabric. So for days I sat and folded my fabric mostly the same size, while getting caught up on all my tv shows.

Then the time came, time for bed. The fever had taken me down
Being sick sometimes is the only thing that will make me slow down.

After a couple of days in bed, the urge to get up to do something becomes so overwhelming

After a shower and cleaning up my room. I went out on my patio and sat in the sun. Looking out into the winter forest. Thinking of the first time I saw this land and house. Still to this day I am amazed that we are here. That we made it, our dream came true. It was a ton of work but somehow at the time it was so easy.
This land and house seemed to be waiting for us

In these slow down times:
 My mom helped me clean the kitchen with Fleetwood Mac playing in the background.
 Wayland (my son) helping me fold and hang the laundry while talking about everything
 The sun shining down on me, with so much warmth and comfort

Slowing down can be hard, it is for me. These slow times are where memories are made.
Schedules seem to keep you on track but how do you schedule in memories?
Maybe schedule in a time to winde down without your phone:
Take a walk
Sit on the patio
Take a bath/shower

After taking the time to calm down it becomes easier to have a relaxing time with the people you love. Also being comfortable in the quite time instead of filling the quite space with talking. Slow down let someone else be the one to talk. Soak in the moment without controlling it.

Fill yourself with peace and comfort while being surrounded by all that you love.