• Applique,  Process Pledge,  Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts,  Signature Quilts,  wedding

    Winners! And Bathing Your Quilts

    I put some turquoise binding on my newest rainbow quilt, I have fancy pictures in the fancy camera but it’s Sunday morning and I don’t want to drag it out. It’s four shades of turquoise kona cotton. I like the subtle variation. And I randomly selected some winners of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway – yikes, 350 comments! There were sooo many awesome jokes, it was a delight checking in every few days. I was surprised how many folks said they don’t know any jokes – well y’all – I ALWAYS have many jokes on hand, day or night. You could run in my house in the middle of the…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    More Fall Quilts…

    My lovely assistant, Mr. Random.org choose two winners for Kona Color Cards in my Megastorm giveaway! If you didn’t win, I am going to be having an Aurifil thread sampler giveaway in the near future, so keep your eye out for that!  If you like reading about wild storm stories, definitely check out the comments – thanks everyone for your stories! I really enjoyed reading them. Ok, without further delay: NancyinSTL says: October 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm (Edit) On a road trip to New Orleans, several years ago, my husband, Sandy (short for Sanford), and I drove through the eye of Tropical Storm Bill. I had never been so scared in my life…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Vote-stravaganza

    PSA…Don’t forget to enter my Megastorm Giveaway – the last day is tomorrow. Well, golly y’all, I’m pleased as punch that my Rainbow Derecho quilt was nominated in the “Bed Quilt” category in the Bloggers Quilt Festival I highly recommend going over there – the quilts in all the categories are really just absolutely lovely and I am so impressed with Amy’s Creative Side for the work it must be to curate that show. And while I wouldn’t mind if folks vote for my quilt, I really am just enjoying this neat on-line event that showcases so much fabricy talent. In fact, I am loving it so much that I was trying to…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Signature Quilt Blocks

    Recently all my quilting time has been so feverish and swamped I haven’t been taking many process photos – just a few quick shots at the end of each quilt and off in the mail. I love the process of quilting, including my current stage I’m in – which is watching the neatly starched blocks stack up on the edge of my desk. These are for an orange and navy wedding signature quilt. My brother’s wedding had an orange and royal blue theme years ago, and I remember it being an edgy (and awesome) choice. Now it seems like every other bride I talk to has orange and blue. Maybe…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Fall Gardens Wedding Quilt

    I first met the incomparable Lauren aka Lolo when she was living on a West Virginia ridgetop with a bunch of nuns on fourwheelers. Though I loved her mountain retreat, we spent most of our time together blowing off rural steam in the big city of Charleston. I can thank Lauren for introducing me to a bunch of cool music, and I’m pretty sure she was with me at the concert where the married lead singer of a very well known bluegrass band asked me to go to the bathroom with him. What did he want me to do in the bathroom? It will remain one of my life’s biggest…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Fall Wedding Stars

    Oh my stars, it is coooold. I feel worn out just from being cold – it has almost frosted the past few nights, and no, we didn’t turn on the heater. Matt wants to wait till December…we’ll see… But speaking of oh my stars, I am excited about fall colors in this fall quilt! Matt points out to me that it is Virginia Tech colors – burgundy and orange – as requested by the bride. I was actually fussing back over the binding color for ages – worried that it was too crimson, but decided that umm, that’s crazy. Burgundy and crimson differences aside, it was the right color for…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Linen Wedding Signature Quilt

    If you keep an eye on my flickr page – and, you know, I’m sure you do breathlessly check it 100+ times per day, you may have seen pictures of this linen block quilt popping up here and there. Here it is being basted via my patented (not actually patented) front porch basting method. It is a lovely coincidence that the parts of my porch not covered by furniture = a king size quilt. And thank the gods of thread and rotary cutters I took this picture, because after I quilted this bad boy, I tossed it in the wash and…hold on to your hats…ink came out of it. I…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Scrap Linen – Putting Pieces Together

    I am working on a linen wedding quilt which I just need to finish the backing for, pin it, quilt it, bind it. Oh that’s it! In the meantime I have all these scraps which were calling my name…I have been doing mainly custom wedding quilting and wanted to do something totally my own design. And of course I had to show off our gorgeous clematis, which I love, despite the sinus infections I am pretty sure all the pollen gave me. Not pictured – the monarch butterflies that have been hanging out in this cool new pollen joint.   I also recently lost a dear friend and piecing all…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Orange and Blue Block Party

    Blocks and blocks! I love the crazy mess of frames this quilt is turning into. My quilt tester ran right out onto this queen size lay out the second I had the last block layed down. I guess he approves. This is for another wedding signature quilt – this one will have signatures in the white areas – which are actually an ivory. I am trying to decide whether or not to put sashing between the blocks? Thoughts? It would be the same ivory color as the signature areas (Kona Bone) I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced for the first time in months. Lots of fun…

  • Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts,  wedding

    Raw Edge Applique Testing Testing

    I am interested in quilts as usable, washable, durable art. I love the idea of making beautiful things that can be tossed in a washing machine, and the way that use and abuse changes the look and feel of the quilt over time. The problem is, how to predict how use and abuse are going to be affecting your quilt? I love the look and convenience of raw-edge applique but I don’t like it to be THAT raw of an edge. So, I am conducting an experiment where I test out different fusible webbings, fray check and different edge sewing techniques to see which wears best. I throw this in…