Collaboration

A few years ago my friend Leslie and I decided to do a collaboration. We live hundreds of miles apart, so we mailed the quilt project back and forth. Well, now it is about three years later (or more because I’ve lost count), and it’s almost finished! Yes, that’s right. Years. I know, I know. Why so long? Well, we both have been busy with lots of projects, family events, and well…..life.

One of the things I like to do at the beginning of the year is finish things. So this collaboration project was due for finishing! I got out the pieces, put them together, quilted it and tomorrow it goes in the mail to her! She doesn’t know it’s coming (should I email her to let her know?) so that should be fun when she sees it. Or maybe I’ll send her this link…

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Fun with Flowers

Today I worked on a quilt that was a customer’s very first quilt. How fun is that? I wanted to make it special, yet affordable for her.  For the design we came up with a basic meander, except for the small white border where I put a flower and leaf meandering vine. Not sure how well this will show up, so I’ve added a photo of the back of the quilt as well. I think it turned out really cute! Happy quilting!

Creme Brulee

One cannot live by quilting alone! My hubby decided to make creme brulee (and I didn’t argue). So he made the custard and then fired up the blow torch and attempted to carmelize the sugar. It didn’t work quite the way he wanted, so he then got another heating gun tool out and started on that. Although I don’t have pictures of the second attempt (yes, we ate two each), it turned out perfectly brown and crispy without burning. I think he is going to experiment more on this unique dessert until he gets it right. Darn. (Guess I’d better up the workout programs!)

Strip Quilt on a Longarm

When I attended Innovations Longarm Conference last Fall, I took a class about how to piece a strip quilt on a longarm. Channel locks here I come! Really fun concept, so I thought I’d give it a try. It took me only about an hour (not including cutting the strips) to sew this quilt together on the longarm! It gets quilted along the seamline as you go, and then I added quilting in the borders and of course the cute motorcycles in each strip. The motorcycle design is a pantograph.  I’m a free motion, make-it-up-as-you-go kind of quilter, so learning how to use a pantograph seemed somewhat restrictive, but I wanted to learn how. And I think it came out really cute! The quilt was for a friend of mine who just loves Harley-Davidson motorcycles.