Thursday, June 23, 2016

Baby Elephant Quilt

Teresa made this super adorable baby quilt with these sweet little machine applique elephants.

It's super hard to see the quilting, my light grey thread blended in really well, even in the outdoor sunlight.

I did a echoed paisley design with a few pebbles.

Thanks Teresa for having me quilt this sweet little baby quilt!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Elaine's t-shirt quilt

Elaine made this t-shirt quilt for her granddaughter, a brand new high school graduate. 

She was very into the drama department. I filled in the backgrounds with loops and filled stars in the cornerstones.

Super Giant swirls in the large black border.

Solid blue backing. How do you like my Christmas socks in May? lol. Elaine loved how it turned out--me too!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Case Tractor T-shirt quilt

I quilted several t-shirt quilts this spring, but this was my first with a huge tractor panel.  Joyce made this one full of football and Case tractors.

I like to use this paisley design on guys quilts.

I custom quilted the large tractor panel by adding swirling clouds, outlining the tractor and such.

Thanks Joyce- this was a fun one!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Double Irish Chain and more repairs

This is Rita's Double Irish chain quilt. Love these colors.

I decided on c2c in the chain part and went with this swirly feather motif in the centers.

More feathers in the border.

This was the quilt where halfway through my machine took another dump on me.  The buttons started to malfunction and would beep at me all the time, the tension was all over the place, and I was beyond frustrated!  Long story short--I ended up taking it back to Nolting (a 4 hr drive) where they determined it was my motor.  It was burnt out! They got it replaced and back in working order in a couple hours. I barely had time to eat lunch and find a quilt shop! They were able to look up who actually built my machine, and it happened to be the same guy working on it that day! I thought that was pretty cool. He was also the same guy who worked on it a month earlier when I had a new bushing put in. When I showed up at the shop he said 'Hey, I remember you!' So after 2 trips to the factory within a month, I should be set to go for a LOOOONG time! I sure hope so because it is not exactly cheap to get it fixed.  It also didn't help that I got a speeding ticket in the mail after the first trip. ouch. (You're welcome Cedar Rapids!)  So I made super sure I stayed under the limit this time! I didn't care if everyone flew past me, I was not getting another one!

Motors usually last 10-20 years. My machine was born in 2009 so it didn't quite make it to 10 years. But in the 4.5 years I have owned it I have quilted 500 quilts on it!

Despite all my troubles with my machine, I still like how this quilt turned out, even after having to rip out several spots and fix areas with terrible tension.

It ended up turning out nice, but was very glad when this quilt finally went home with Rita!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Faux Log Cabin

Teresa made this lovely Christmas faux log cabin quilt.

I quilted a fancy flower pattern in the cream areas...

...and feathers in the red/greens.

The backside.

Thanks Teresa!!