Ebay Quilt is Finito!

August 31st, 2008

I finished binding that dogwood quilt last weekend and was able to shoot some pictures before we left Ohio. Here is a whole quilt shot:

As it turned out, this was a really fun quilt to quilt. I did it all on my Pfaff and I was surprised how quickly I got it done. This shot of the lower half shows the quilting a bit better:

This shot of part of the back shows the quilting the best of all. Sorry about all of the shadows; this quilt is so large that there was only one room with tall enough ceilings to shoot it, and the backside has all the morning light streaming in from the front wondows:

The center is the only part with a “formal feather.” This center wreath was stitched by following the line drawn off a pre-marked stencil that was hanging around from my old hand quilting days:

All the other feathers in the quilt are freeform feathers where all you have to pre-mark is a gentle spine guideline. This shot shows one of the corner hearts in the inner border zone. The background fill design is the irregular swirl from the innies and outies family and I just love the texture it creates:

I’ve got a lot of projects in the wings now that this baby is done, so hopefully, there will be another post later this week, and it will be full of much more color!

Labor Day Weekend

August 29th, 2008

We will be traveling to North Carolina for the Labor Day weekend.

Any orders placed from Friday afternoon through Tuesday morning will be mailed on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

We hope you have an enjoyable holiday.

Ernie & Patsy


August 24th, 2008

For one week only, we’re offering a special on the bendable bright light…only $39.95 from now until 10 pm on Sunday, August 31st, 2008! If you haven’t seen this light in action, watch our infomercial to see just how easy it is to attach it to your machine and then light up your life!

Playing Around…

August 18th, 2008

I’ve found there is a value in setting aside time in your sewing room for no other purpose than to doodle. Here are some fun background fill designs:




While I was working in my sewing room, Ern was toiling in his workshop, making scarf hangers. This pair is made of cherry and here is one mounted on the wall-I think they are quite beautiful in their own right:

Here is a scarf by Laura Sims hanging on one:

and another of her scarves hanging nearby:

It’s quite interesting how these work. This is a photo of the backside-can you see the 2 screws? They are magnetized and all you do is place 2 rare earth magnets outside of the scarf that rests against the screws-these magents are housed in a wood half-circle, so te entire hanging device is quite cool!

2 New Quilts, Mail Call, and Ann Arbor Show

August 5th, 2008

This post is gonna be all over the place! First, I started a new leaf quilt. These pictures are from only 1 block of the quilt. I always find myself intrigued by the shape of dandelion leaves as I’m cutting grass, so I finally decided to play around with that shape on a quilt. Here was my cut out leaf just sitting on piece of fabric. The leaf is about 2 1/2-3 feet long:

(Actually, I added the inner light green area after I’d shown the original to my husband and he said, “Oh, so you’re making a sting-ray quilt!”) Unfortunately, after I showed him what’s in the picture above, he said “Oh, so now you’re making a 2-tone sting-ray quilt!” After that, I knew I needed to work harder on this, so I cut out the leaf veins and fused it to the background fabric:

(sorry about the chopped off portions, but the details aren’t visible if I shoot the whole block at once). Next, I satin stitched around the edges of the inner green portion with a sea foam green thread:

…and then I switched thread colors and satin-stitched around the entire leaf with dark green thread:

With what’s been done so far, it’s already beginning to take on some interesting texture. Next, I need to do some free motion design work inside each of those green zones-I’m still thinking over what I should do there.

I started another quilt, but I think it’s about to go on a detour from my original plans! This one began with these small blocks:

Each of the blocks is different, and I decided to make them more “definitive” by adding a larger border of a bold color around each block. Here they are arranged on my design wall:

Sometimes, I just feel a need to piece things, so I was all psyched to start sewing these rows together, but now that I’ve been looking at them up there for the past few days, I’m thinking this is all a bit much-like maybe too busy…I have another idea for how I could use these that would be much “quieter” but it would take a lot more time and I wouldn’t be able to satisfy my need to piece…I guess I still need to think that one over!

The last time we went back to OH, I had 2 treats in the mail waiting for me. First up was this lovely beaded book mark sent by Wendy Foster:

Wendy is an incredible quilter and you might remember an amish quilt of hers from a LONG time ago because she did beautiful hyperquilting on it. (I’d link to it, but I can’t find it!) Anyway, she both quilts and beads, and you can buy some of her beaded works at her etsy shop.

My next treat in the mail was from Superior Threads:

I just LOVE their threads, so just seeing all these luscious spools all together is inspirational to me!

And last, I got to go to the Ann Arbor Quilt Show a couple weeks ago. (I got to go to the Asheville Quilt Show last weekend, but didn’t have a camera with me!). Anyway, I was really struck by this one quilt that tied for the viewer’s choice award:

This picture doesn’t come close to doing this quilt justice. This quilt was all about free motion quilting. It was composed of several quilted squares that were joined AFTER the quilting was done. BUT, the cool part was how the quilter imparted a sense of movement across the quilt simply by stitching these free motion designs that literally appeared to move across the quilt:

Interestingly, she did not even have to match up the placement of the individual “rows” of designs from one block to the next; merely having this “wave-like” appearance to the designs was enough to create the illusion of movement! How cool!!