Friday, February 15, 2019

Here's the November quilts!

November was another great month filled with more amazing quilts.  The fabrics, the designs and the work never ceases to amaze me.  There is always so much talent and creativity in each quilt that I am entrusted to work with.  Keep up the good work and thank you again for trusting me with your special treasures.

Up first we've got a couple of quilts from Michele in NH.  The fabrics and the colors were nothing less than stunning!  Bordering the fabrics in the black fabric made the print stand out and shine!   





Here's a couple of quilts from Brandy in PA.  The first quilt was a Christmas gift for her oldest son.  A guy with really good quilting taste told Mom that he wanted leaves quilted on his quilt.  Not just any old stitching.  hummm....could this young man have excellent taste in quilting?  Sounds like Mom has raised him right!  Brandy's second quilt is a fun, modern Christmas Tree block that I believe she told me was done using a layer cake.





How much fun is this first quilt from Julene?  What a great way to use up some of those scraps!! Quilting was a fun dogie bone design that finished it off perfectly.  Julene's next quilt is just stunning!  The bold purple fabrics and the modern design work beautifully together for a fantastic finish.





Kristen in ME spent some time fussy cutting her fabric for this superb quilt she made for a special young man in her life.  Here we see again how the black in the fabric can really make the design pop!  Using batiks for the border and cornerstones was just the perfect setting for those wonderful leaves.  



Super cute kitty quilt from Lisa in CT is the next quilt up for viewing.  Using modern prints this one is super fun!  Lisa's second quilt is soft and sweet made with light color floral print fabrics making it oh so feminine.  I believe this was also a Christmas gift for a very special person in Lisa's life.






Here's another great quilt story....

The quilt started when a teacher (now retired) and I decide to teach some of the staff members how to make a simple quilt.  We choose a 1/2  square triangle and decide to do an exchange. We brought in sewing machines and they sewed the 1/2 square triangles.  I brought mine home and put them together in the "barn raising" pattern.  The top sat for a long time.  In the mean time my mom went into a memory care unit.  I decided to add more 1/2 square triangles to make it fit her bed.  I had my grandchildren and best friend make some of the triangles so they were part of the process.  My mom raised vegetables and sold them at the West Allis Green Market.  She also lived on a farm for years.  She loves flowers and planted and started her own flowers from seed.  Just a little history.

Yep, another quilt filled with love.  Thanks Mary in WI for trusting me with your wonderful work of love.



Here's a gorgeous Christmas Tree Skirt made by Mary in NH.  The gold fabric was leftover from making bridesmaids dresses.  How special is this?  This is Mary's second tree skirt using the fabrics.  The first one was presented to the bride last year, I am positive it was well received.



Here's an adorable little baby quilt from Kristina in NH.  Made for a co-worker with a new little one on the way.  Hearts for the quilt design and completed with hearts for the quilting pattern.  Great match!



Mary Catherine keeps me busy!!  Here's her latest batch of wonderful quilts....

Up first is this adorable little Micky baby quilt. She selected a "bow/bow-tie" design to keep the quilt gender neutral.  The fabrics were so cute and so bright and colorful!



Blocks won from the local guild block of the month made this great little quilt! Love the colors, mixing the dark blue with the bright yellow!!



Wedding gift for a co-worker was Mary Catherine's next project.  Fun and funky fabrics in a fantastic quilting pattern!  We went a bit wild with the quilting design and it was just perfect!



So stinkin' cute!!  (said that just for MC!!)
 The fabrics and the colors are just cheerful! Just perfect for a little person.



How about a shadow box quilt made with some wintery fabrics?  Another quilt that was gifted during the Christmas season.  



A Mary Catherine classic!  Here's a 1600 all done up in beautiful purples, green and off whites.   Love that she matches the border and backing using the exact fabric line.  We did a bit of modern floral design on this one, just perfect.



A very special little girl (granddaughter) got a very special gift with all of the things she loves on it.  Made by her very special Grandpa he incorporated butterflies, ice cream, flowers and lots of sparkle. Grandpa, Paul here in NH decided upon a larger floral quilting design.



Dorothy in WA, her quilt this month is a drop dead gorgeous Christmas quilt!  Her fabric selection from Moda prints makes this quilt amazing!  The gold tones sparkle and her piecing was fantastic.  I selected an elegant quilting design to finish it off wonderfully.



Ginny in WA sent me this fun little quilt for quilting.  The bright green border really brings out the green in the center of the quilt.  Black being the second color really makes it pop!  The small amounts of the other colors look like little jewels in the quilt.  Great job, Ginny!



It's always wonderful to hear from Bev here in NH.  Bev made this quilt for a cousin.  The soft colors on the oriental print makes this quilt delightful.  I am sure Bev's cousin just loved the quilt. 



Up next a couple of great quilts from JoAnn in NH.  The first one is filled with brightly colored tea pots and tea cups!  Such a fun fabric design!  Her second quilt a super scrappy one filled with Christmas prints is spectacular!  I love the layout on this quilt, it's a great design and what a brilliant way to use those leftover scraps!!





No pattern required for this great little quilt!  Laura in NH pulled bits and pieces from her stash, made a few brightly colored blocks and sashed 'em up! This fun quilt was gifted to a very special person who brings joy and happiness to a member of Laura's family.  



November was a busy month for me, but I loved every minute of it!  You gals and Paul make me look fantastic, thank you for that!

Don't forget you can click on the photos for a closer look and more photos can be seen at the other blog, here's the link:


Hope to be back soon with lots of great quilts from December!

thanks for checking on me,
hugs,

joanne

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Quilting prices going up and down!

I'm regrettably announcing the increase in my prices.

My last price increase was June 2017 
when I went from .01 to .013 per sq. inch.

Here's the changes:

I will offer two basic quilting designs for .01 per square inch.  These are very basic designs that will finish a quilt very nicely.  The designs will be your choice between a simple meander or simple loops.  No discounts or coupons for this pricing option. 

All other designs will be priced based on density of the quilting.  Pricing will start at .015 and go up from there.  I believe that the majority of the designs will be .015 but if it has more quilting/thread for the design the price will be higher. I can and will work with you to keep the cost within your budget.

I could try to justify this all day long.  But the long and short of it is, most longarm quilters are charging at least .015 and even more at this point are charging .02 for their basic services.  I feel like I offer great service, excellent quilting and work my hardest to meet all deadlines that my quilters request.

Pricing will be effective on all quilts received after February 1, 2019.

Thank you for understanding and I will continue to do 
my best on every quilt that is trusted to me. 





Saturday, January 12, 2019

Busy October!

October was a super busy month for me.  It's fun to remember all of these gorgeous works these gals sent my way. Such a variety of colors, styles, and designs!  I try to post at least once a month, sometimes I get a bit behind due to one thing or the other.  ugh!  I've had this post ready to go for about two weeks now.  I've lost photos and tried my best to find them within the 17,000 photos I now have on my computer.  I'm missing photos for JoAnn, Linda, and Sue from Hen House Fabrics.  If and when I ever locate these great quilts I'll add them back into that posting.  So sorry gals, I'll keep looking!  But for now, on with the show!

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Photo's found!!

JoAnn's projects were amazing!!  LOVE the blue one of course, but the yellow/orange is so bright and colorful!! With lots of Y seams, the blue one constructed with gorgeous fabrics is stunning!  The colors on her second, so vibrant!  From the yellows to the reds and oranges, amazing!  





Linda's quilt is full of wonderful new fun fabrics.  So modern with all of the latest prints.  She paired them perfectly with a slightly off white fabric to finish a really great quilt.  Ultra modern quilting design for the finish!



OMG!!  I LOVE this little blue kid print! How stinkin' cute is this animal print in blues and gray?  What a great fabric for that perfect little guy.  Sue worked two of these little quilts up finishing one with a batik backing and the second with the cute little print.  



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First up is Alex.  With this ultra modern quilt using a variety of colors and prints.  The curved of the smaller block fabric keeps the interest of each one of the different fabrics.  Opting for a totally modern quilting design was the perfect finish for this quilt.  Alex donated this one to the Upper Valley Humane Society for their annual fundraising auction.  Good job, Alex!!



Anne from NC sent me a couple of great quilts.  Her first is a sampler block all done up in browns and tans.  Very calm and soothing color combination. A very simple swirly quilting design to finish this one.  Her second all done up in an orangish coral, grays and a splash of green is wonderful!   I used a poppy design similar to what was in one of the fabrics.  





WOW!!  Barbara worked up this panel and it was spectacular! The browns highlighted the soft colors of the center and the silver on the fabrics was amazing.  Keeping it simple not to take away from the design, a simple swirl was used for the quilting.  Her second quilt a colorful batik we went with a more modern design to finish it off.  Her final quilt is AMAZING!! Love the design and the color combo sets it off beautifully!







Dorothy is back again this month.  Working with her normal favorite colors combo but adding a bit of extra splash this month.  I love how she added the bright green to really make this one pop!!  We went with an updated traditional quilting design to mimic the fabric selection and the bold green.  Excellent job!



Karen in IN kept me busy for a bit.  Here's a wonderful panel that she made into a window pane quilt.  These work extremely well for all of those guys (both big and little) in your life.  Her second quilt is full of girly colors all done up in pinks, white and brights.  Knowing it was made for a little girl, I just had to use a swirly heart for the quilting.  





Here's a couple of things I got from Katherine.  Her first is a fantastic red, white and blue quilt.  Love it!!  This could absolutely be a great way to burn through some of those scraps you've got in your stash!  Katherine also finished up this cute little table runner just in time for Halloween. Spider webs just had to finish it off with as the quilting design.





Are we surprised to see Mary Catherine back again this month?  Nope...lol!!  She is a woman on a mission and don't get in this gals way! Keeping up with her is a challenge!  This month she finished off another beautiful 1600 all done up in Christmas fabrics. A super cute little person quilt all done in blues is her second quilt. Don't forget to click on the photo and check this fabric out!  The final quilt she finished was done using the blocks that she had won from her guild.  It was a lot of fun to finish the arrow quilt with an arrow quilting design.







Up next is a quilt from Nancy in CT.  How fun is this bowling quilt that she made for her son?  Using a traditional log cabin block with her fabrics offsetting them with the white makes a striking combo for a guy quilt.  Check out the quilting, of course, it's a bowling design.



Pat from VT, who is now enjoying the warm sunny days in FL, dropped these two quilts off before heading south.  Pat's a Kaffe Fassett gal, we've seen her use his fabrics in a lot of her quilts.  Really, who can resist all of those bright, bold wonderful colors?  Her first quilt using purples as the sashing with touches of greens is just stunning!  Breaking away from the brights her second quilt is very much the Oriental theme.  Quilting on that one, dragonflies and ginkgo leaves, why not?





Pat E in VT made this cute little person quilt for a grand nephew.  A cute little sports theme for the focus fabric and then we finished it with trains for the quilting.  What little guy wouldn't just love this one?



Regina in NH brought me this stunning top.  When she delivered it, it was pinned together and a couple of the blocks were hand quilted.  Regina rescued this UFO and will be finishing it off for another family member.  The quilt maker had passed before getting it done. Regina will be doing the binding and returning a finished quilt to I'm sure someone who is going to be excited about the finished project.   



Here's a stunning quilt from Ruth Ann in NH.  This one is for her grandson who recently began his college adventure.  Ruth Ann's fabric color selection is perfect for the young adult man with the soft browns, tans, creams with splashes of burnt oranges.  We kept the quilting modern and offsetting the points of her stars with circles for the quilting.  Wonderful, wonderful gift.



Here's a cute little quilt from Sharleen and her quilting/crafting group.  This little quilt was finished and will be donated to the Jack Burne Cancer Center.  It's fun to see how the color/fabric selection from a group turns into different blocks.  Some of the fabric choices really pop with contrast and the others tend to blend a bit more.  A perfect way to bring all of the fabrics together is the block border.  Great job gals!



That's it for now, hope to be back soon!!

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Thanks for checking on me,
hugs,
joanne

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