7.11.2016

Happy Birthday to me! (AND YOU!!!)

Thank you all who sent me quilts for the long arming sale! I am busy hibernating and working my magic over here, but still managed to get a sunburn somehow... Well, Maura (my baby), Rosie (the dog) and I go for a walk every morning so we get a little outdoor time, but I got fried at a local Tall Ships Festival this weekend. It was worth it.

Do you ever have one of those great ideas like getting a new computer that makes you think life will be so much easier - and then it's not??? Well, transferring the info from one computer to another was quite challenging because no matter what, not everything would switch each time and not the same info would transfer each time. So frustrating. Once we got that all established then I found out the two programs I use the most "aren't compatible" with the new operating system so I had to upgrade those too and I'm still trying to figure this new computer out.

So that's why there's no pictures in this post. I haven't gotten that far just yet. I'm working on it but quilting is more fun than sitting at a computer all day. You can't blame me there.

So what's this Happy Birthday stuff? Well, to keep the celebration going and as a thank you to all the awesome supporters that allow me to call this amazing thing I do everyday "my job", I wanted to share it with you.



Head on over to the shop by clicking here and grab the sale while it lasts. You have to the end of the month to take advantage of this great deal!!!

6.20.2016

Oh my my! (And a QUILTING SALE!!!)

First things first, happy belated Father's Day from this little cutie!

She is definitely a Daddy's girl in the making. Maura is growing like a weed, has four teeth driving her (and her mommy) mad, but hopefully they will cut through here soon, and she is doing just wonderful otherwise.

Next, THE CAVS WON!!! THE CAVS WON!!! THE CLEVELAND CURSE IS GONE!!! Okay, I am still in shock (as is the rest of Cleveland) and I keep pinching myself to see if it's still true. Watching the game last night was brutal but SOOOOO WORTH IT!!!

Okay, and onto the main reason you all come here and read what I type and look at the pretty pictures - quilting.

How about a little quilting sale???

I'm getting settled into the new house, Maura is doing well and we are figuring out our schedule. However we are both the color of jellyfish (neon clear), the sun is bright, and it's getting a little too hot outside for my little miss. So what are we to do? Stay inside and hibernate where it's cool.

To celebrate let's have a little quilting sale! From now to July 9th (first come/reserved, first served basis) send me your quilt for all over (edge to edge quilting) and get 10% off of quilting. Send two quilts and get 15% off your quilting. Send three quilts or more and get 20% off of your quilting. I have batting here, just send your quilt top and backing ready to go and I will work my magic and get your quilts back to you. The $50 minimum still applies to presale pricing.

If you have questions, please email me at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com or call me at 440-567-1688. For more information about my quilting services you can read more here.

I'm still doing custom quilting too, but I will be saving those projects until after the sale. I am taking reservations for all quilting, contact me to reserve a spot for your quilt.

Thank you all for hanging in there with me and being patient while I learn this new mom gig and settle into our new home. I am blessed to be able to call this my job and I couldn't do it without all of you!

5.19.2016

Settling in

We have moved! And to my knowledge nothing got lost... That I know of yet at least. We didn't waste much time and basically had most of the boxes unpacked in the first few days. Basically now all we have left to really "do" is hang pictures. I should show you a picture of the house... But it's dark now so that's not going to work. How about a picture of the quilting cave instead? 

It still is and will continue to be a work in progress, but so far it's wonderful! I'm working on my first client quilt here and it's coming along great. The long arming part of the room is basically done. The sewing part is still a complete disaster but I'm going to wait and work on it when I can focus a bit more and get in the piecing groove. First I need to find a new chair...

And because I can, a little Maura update. Little Miss isn't so little anymore. She's just over two months old now and she has grown a whopping 4" since she was born! She's only gained a few pounds which put her in the 25th percentile for weight for her age, but she's now in the 97th percentile for height. I have a feeling she will get all those tall genes and be taller than me by the time she's in middle school. We are having a hard time fitting her in clothes because she's so tall and skinny! 

She's turning into a fun crazy little chatterbox and an overachiever. Oh, I forgot to tell you? This silly girl started rolling over the week before she turned two months old... All she wants to do is stand now (she stands, we just prop her up so she doesn't fall over). If she crawls I think it may be soon but I have a feeling she may bypass crawling and go straight to walking. We shall see! 

Our nights and days have gotten a bit easier to distinguish, now it's trying to get on a more regular routine. She has her days where she sleeps hardly at all, the days she sleeps a ton and the average days. Granted I feel with as much as she's grown she has one day a week that is a growth spurt! 

Alas I'm trying to work in quilting between naps and some days it's easier than others but I'm hoping soon I will have a clearer idea of what my turn around may look like. Thank you all for being patient with me and hearing me gush about my sweet girl! 

4.13.2016

Holy Cow!

I have no clue where the last month has gone. How can my baby girl be a month old already???

Well, I know how. It's been an insane month and it's going to still be insane for the next couple weeks or so and here's why:

Not only did we have our little girl and bring her home and have to get acclimated to our new life as we know it, we sold our house, bought a house, have been packing as well as all of the other things that go along with selling a house and life with a newborn... I swear this is why the good Lord gave us caffeine and alcohol. Just saying.

In the midst of all this craziness I have been able to get back to the quilting machine slowly and practice a bit. It's definitely much different after several weeks off as well as having Maura in tow with me while I work (but I wouldn't trade it for the world). I just loaded my first client quilt and I am proud to say I'm back!!!

Well, I'm back but not in the same way I was before. It's still going to take me a bit to get on a schedule as Maura and I still figure out our days AND I still have to move the machine to the new house once we get in there which will also help streamline the process a bit more in the future. It's going to be an adjustment for us all here in our house, but I can't wait.

If you're interested in getting on the schedule for quilting, please email me at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to comment below or shoot me an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you all for being patient with me as I neglect the blog and adjust to life as a Momma! I would love to say I'm going to start posting more, but I think until we get in the new house and get settled in - it just may not be in the cards for a bit longer... But I have some things in mind so stay tuned and I promise the wait will be worth it.

Oh, time to go, Little Miss is waking from her nap! Toodles!

3.14.2016

Well Hello There...

Please let me introduce you to:

Maura Avilyn!!!

Born 3/9/16
7lbs 3oz
20" long
And she stole Mom and Dad's hearts instantly!!!

Last week was just one of those weeks let me tell ya. I thought my next doctors appointment was Wednesday. Well, it was on Tuesday (glad I looked at the calendar). Ben and I had to prep our house for another house showing and after a couple small scares where we thought Maura may arrive early we decided it was best to just go about life like it was any other day. Boy were we wrong. 

Anywho, Ben went to work, I went to my doctors appointment (first appointment he didn't go with me in awhile - we hadn't made any significant progress in weeks) and low and behold she made enough progress that the doctor asked me whether I wanted to have her that night or the next morning. It all happened so fast, I went straight to the hospital and Ben met me there and the next morning Maura greeted us with her beautiful slatey blue eyes and precious face. 

We finished our stay at the hospital, have been home for a couple days and are starting to settle in nicely. The pups have been amazing and our families have been the biggest help. 
(First bath at home yesterday) 

So far my major accomplishments since we've been home have been getting a shower each day and that's about it. (And I'm completely fine with that) Now maybe, and just maybe, if I find some energy these next couple weeks I may actually start her quilt. I have the fabric and a plan, I just have yet to start. Plus it's not like she doesn't have stacks and stacks of quilts here to choose from! 

3.09.2016

Blue Stars

Suzanne brought me this quilt. It was one of those "I'm sick to death of looking at this quilt, please take it and make it pretty so I want to look at it again" type quilts. You know what it's like when you've been staring at and man-handling a large quilt that never seems to end? Well, Suzanne hit that wall and I was glad to take this quilt off her hands for a bit.
 This quilt has a funny story too. Suzanne's hubby has been asking for years for a blue quilt. She worked on this quilt for what seemed like forever and when she was done her hubby saw it and asked, "Oh, who is that for?" She's like, "You silly!". Guys, you gotta love them! Well, this quilt proved trickier than Suzanne was bargaining for. It was an online tutorial that seemed super easy and fun, but the pressing instructions weren't the greatest. Okay they were downright dreadful and when she started to piece together this monster of a quilt it just added to the headaches. She had to work on it in little bits until it was finished - hence another reason why she was sick to death of looking at it.
 Knowing the pressing issue, there were some bulky seams that needed tamed so we opted for a simple overall design where I could work in and around those areas without harm to quilt, quilt plan, and my machine (thank you!). Again, Suzanne lives super close to Lake Erie like I do so with all of the blues she chose the wave design to quilt this monster. It not only helped to soften all of the harsh lines and contrast in the quilt, but also tied in with the blue theme.
 It wasn't until I was taking this photo that I realized Suzanne had the blocks in diagonal rows matching the fabrics... One of those "too close to the quilt" type situations. You have to understand while I'm working on a quilt I can only focus on about 20" at a time. Large patterns like this are immune to my vision until the end most times.
But isn't it just dreamy? Didn't it turn out awesome? If my memory serves me correctly I think this was quilted with a light blue thread to balance between the white and various blues. The backing was a solid white so a light thread was the way to go. Even though some of the blue fabrics are very dark, even a light blue thread plays better than a white would have. The white on a dark blue would have been like a neon "look at me" sign strewn throughout the quilt.

Suzanne, you did it! I hope hubby loves his quilt and it's come in handy during this frigid winter.

3.07.2016

Nancy's Chevron Quilt

Sometimes simple is good. When you do something so simple but so effortlessly, it's just magical. Like this quilt.
 Now you all know (or you should by now if you've been following my blog for awhile) that I LOVE scrappy quilts. Nancy just put together some scraps with no rhyme or reason and came up with this fun quilt. When she got the pieces done she faded the colors and it just made this quilt that much more spectacular! Don't you agree?
 Once she got the top done she was on a search to find more of this "wave" fabric for the border since it reminded her of the lake we live so close to. Luckily she was able to get it but it was a tight squeeze in order to get enough for all four sides, but she did it!
We chose to quilt this simply with all-over waves to play off of the lake theme. You could go crazy with quilting and make this one custom, but Nancy wasn't sure what she was going to do with it, so simple was best. Not every quilt needs custom quilting.

Thanks, Nancy! Your quilts are always fun to work on!
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