4.23.2014

Machine Quilting: Feathered Star Queen

Now this quilt differs slightly from this one and this one. Same basic pattern, same designer, same principle. However, this one is the Queen size and then some.
 Now, this quilt actually has less in the star itself than it's smaller counterpart, but has this awesome pieced border. Then in true Doris fashion, she added borders to make this quilt bigger than usual. When I asked her what she wanted, her reply was, "lots and lots of feathers."
 So with that in mind I got started. Every so often I try to take in-progress photos and they're fun to look back on.
 Plus it helps with a design like this that is so large. Usually by the time I would get to these same pieces on the sides, I might forget some crucial detail and the reference helps to keep it all the same.
 And before you know it (or a few days later really) it was done.

 I added in feathers where I could on the larger pieces. Since the pieces in this size are MUCH larger than those of the smaller size, I could add in a TON more detail, like these feathers.

 I kept the overall plan simple. It was basically feathers, stippling and tendrils.
 The center of this quilt was HUGE! I actually had to quilt it in sections it was too big to quilt all at once in the span of my machine. I was puzzled on how to fill this large area without detracting from the overall design. And then it hit me, a feathered wreath in the feathered star with some tendrils. I love how it turned out. It filled the center nicely and adds to the design I think.
 I love the colors for this quilt. Granted the movie is so popular right now, but when I look at this quilt, all I can think of is Frozen. Am I right?
 And here's more feathers...
 Oh and the one border was extra big so it got a TON of feathers quilted in it. I swear I never quilted so many feathers before.
And because you can actually see it, the backing shows off the quilting nicely. 
I know this one might be a little harder to see the details, but that's because it has all of the details. This is a shot of about half of the back of the quilt. If you click on it, it should make it larger to see more details.

Thank you again, Doris! Your quilts are beautiful!!!

4.22.2014

Tangents

I know I promised quilting pictures, and I have plenty to share, but I had to pop in for this little tidbit of info:
I'm super excited to be participating in the Blog Tour next week and almost can't contain myself. If you're as excited as I am, there's this awesome little website you can get some information before the tour starts, just visit http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/.

4.21.2014

Back in the groove

The Hubby and I just got back. It's the crazy time of year right before Market and I'm working diligently on my new manuscript, but a little trip was in order. Where did we go?
Oh, just Paris... I absolutely love this city. I took way too many pictures, walked way too much and got a sunburn of all things. It was amazing and just what the doctor ordered. I'm feeling back in the groove and refreshed and ready to hit the pavement running. Now, let's see if that still holds up later this week.

I have way too many quilts that I've done over the last couple months or so to share with you too, so stay tuned for those and I will share them when I can.

Now back to reality!

4.12.2014

I'm here (but I'm not)

First off, thank you so much for the kind words and emails checking up on my health. I'm feeling better, not grand, but better. Hence the lack of blogging. 

By the time I'm done catching up on quilting and a little work on my new manuscript, I sit down and I'm done. I can't tell you how many times I brought my camera home and didn't have the energy to download the pictures. 

To recap, what is going on is a flare-up of my costochondritis. It's an auto-immune type thing where the cartilage that connects my ribs to my sternum gets inflamed and it's very painful. It hurts to move, to breathe, and when it gets really bad I can feel like I'm having a heart attack. Normally aspirin and simple anti-inflammatory pills would knock it out (or atleast help) but lucky me, I'm allergic to most of them. 

Anywho I'm on the mend and as long as I can keep my spring allergies under control (the sneezing and blowing my nose really strains my ribs) I should continue to get back to "normal".

I will be posting some random stuff here and there, but for now, this is where you can find Paco and I:

3.27.2014

Second Edition

Granted I knew when I got to Spring Market last year that my book, Seamingly Scrappy was going into it's second printing... What took me until last week to realize was this:
It even says it on the box!!! How cool is that?! That is all :)

3.25.2014

Sad Sad Day

I don't like to share sad news on here, but sometimes it is needed. Or it is needed for the people needing support.

I'm sad to report that over the weekend we lost a local quilt shop as well as 12 other businesses in a historic Main Street setting in Garrettsville, OH. The businesses were all housed in a block on Main Street and a fire was reported about 1:15 pm Saturday. Within just a few hours all was lost. This is a photo that says it all:
So sad to report, right smack dab in the middle of this block was the beloved Shaker Tree Quilt Shop. Owners Randy and Kim are sad to lose so much of their lives so fast (this shop was their home away from home) and they are still processing the situation.

As the plans for the future of this store and this community develop, I will keep you all posted and see if there is some way that we can help. For now, if you could just say a prayer for all of those affected and remember that everything can change in an instant, that would be great.

Luckily to report, if there's anything good that came out of this situation, no injuries or fatalities. It was a quick moving fire, yet everyone was able to get out in time.

One again I will keep you posted...

3.20.2014

Recliner Reunion

I knew it was coming but I tried to fight it as best as I could. Unfortunately this is my view today:
With the combination of being busy, traveling, lack of sleep and just enough allergies in the mix, my chest pains have been acting up forcing me to spend my day in the recliner :(

However, I'm taking it as a hint to slow down and work on paperwork including writing patterns for my new manuscript!!!

So it's not all bad, but I wish I could be sewing. Maybe tomorrow will be better. 

With all that said, I would also like to say that after much consideration (as I sit here in the recliner waiting for my pills to kick in) I need to take a step back and focus on my health. In the future the turn around for quilting services may get longer due to more traveling and deadlines and most importantly my well being. It's just not worth squeezing in one more quilt if it's going to lay me up with chest pains for days. I hope you all understand. 

If you have any questions or concerns about quilting services, please e-mail me at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks. 

P.s. Say a little prayer I can back to sewing tomorrow! I miss it so!
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