Monday, August 17, 2015

Pets On Quilts 2015


Pets On Quilts went live today, the best, most fun and friendliest quilt show on the web. Can you tell this is my favorite?

There's a lot of stalking and planning that goes into this, so this year I decided to change things a bit. Miss Maya has a thunder coat and every time we put it on her, Brady Bug gets jealous.  She's afraid of everything and he's fearless, so I decided to make him a coat of his own. 


It has a removable cape since if there's a scary sound, Maya runs to us while Brady runs towards the sound, we call him Super Dog, absolutely fearless. 

I had this zebra flannel and made him his own quilted coat

And it's reversible if he's in a more moo-mellow mood. He's smiling about the purple cow, but he prefers the zebra, it makes him more ninja like. I used batting to give it body then straight line quilted it. 

So that was it, Brady will pose, Maya will run, but David was home that day and advocated for his little girl being included, O.K. let the circus begin.

Here's the pictures that we could use from an all day try. 


That's it, two shots.

And here's the outtake stories and pics.
We had the quilt all laid out, I have the camera hidden and David promises he'll get her to lay on it, he call's her and she takes the long way around to us, goes to the upper deck finding the only puddle in the yard, walks through it and gets ready to jump down onto the quilt. I'm grabbing the quilt, David's trying to grab her, she's trying her best to get on or under the quilt, comedy ensues and that's an end to take one.

Take two: Cleaned up, same setting it actually works, except the sun didn't cooperate and we were so focused on Maya neither of us noticed how bright it was until I saw the actual pictures, one side completely bleached out.

 And this one where we bribed her with a cookie
Attractive, right?

 I'm leaving out the dozen or so of the one's where she's cowering and it looks like we beat her, we don't.

Here's the quilt sans Maya
 Just playing around with strings.

Why not have your own circus, join the fun. You can use any pet for the show, it's not just about cats and dogs. Even a quilt with an animal theme is welcome. So grab your buddy, a quilt and a camera and come play with us, you'll meet the nicest people and animals.

Jacque at Lily Pad Quilting is the special person who works so hard on this for us, so I'm sending her a huge Thank You! 

I hope you all get a chance to check out all of the other quilts and furbabies, it's so full of love, I promise you'll be smiling.

Later Gators,
Dana

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Let's Book It July 2015

Yay it's time for Let's Book It, I knew that Sharon's linky would make me climb back up on the blogging horse. Except I kind of messed up, I haven't been sewing a lot so I just grabbed the first magazine in the pile

The Quilter Magazine Dec 2010 - Jan 2011

I started on the marked page

Following the directions I came to a weird step and it hit me, deja poo, I've done this stuff before! I made this quilt in January but this time I made it in the "boys" colors or Mardi Gras colors for babies that like Bourbon Street. 

 I'm happy with it and it got me sewing again.

Last time I wrote I told you my machine had eaten fabric and stopped. David and I did take it apart and change the fuse, not for the faint of heart, we had to take every cover off and pull the mother board, but it's working again. That had me looking at Juki's something without a mother board and not so touchy. I was talking used and David kept talking warranties, what is it with men and warranties and maps? Anyway the next day he handed me a receipt for a brand new Juki TL2010q (with warranty) and two days later this arrived.

I especially like how he frames the junk piled on the chair behind him, should have straightened up first :)

My new friend, kind of, we've been getting to know each other, he has a tendency to shred thread, I've ordered different brands to see what he likes. He free motions like a dream though, the back and front stitches are identical, so beautiful. His 1/4" foot is terrible if you want to make string quilts, it's so forceful it just twists the fabric, I ordered a Janome foot that fits him so problem solved there and my Janome has a much better walking foot, so I'll be jumping back and forth between the two. All in all I'll be in love if he'll just stop with the shredding thread. 

That's it, please check out "Let's Book It" over at Vrooman's Quilts, still my favorite linky.  

Later Gators,
Dana



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Normal Life

I've always said that "normal" is an urban legend and my first day back to "normal" proves it. I walked in the morning with my walking partner, we walked, we laughed and we cried, a few times we had to stop because we couldn't breath, it was wonderful and ridiculous. 

Shower and on to errands except when I started out I had a flat tire, O.K "the universe has spoken", it's a good day to sew. Two stitches and the machine ate the fabric, turned itself off for safety and after cleaning, new needle, new bobbin and rethreading it comes back on with an E1 error which means take it to someone qualified. Two hours each way, eight hours total since I have to drop it off and I'm not doing that, I ordered the fuses, which I'm pretty sure is the problem and I'll figure it out myself, the worst that can happen is I need a new machine :).  Which led to internet research for a new machine which somehow led to me ordering a new mattress which is being made for me. LOL. David's answer to all this is "whatever you need", what a sweety or enabler. 

Yesterday though the universe was very kind. This is Wolfy


he was due to be put down at 3:30 and the rescue stepped in at 3:28, they had found a foster for him. This is Wolfy's freedom ride picture, I had nothing to do with this rescue except jump into the car and cuddle this amazing dog. Cori, my daughter, had been asked to transport him to the Keys, she lives in the land of sewing machine repairs two hours away, so she brought him down and I got to spend the day with her. Wolfy and I both had a wonderful day.

Later Gators,
Dana 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

My father passed away on May 30th.  I flew up to see him when I heard he was sick and was there when he woke for the last time, I got one last big smile when he saw me and one last wonderful kiss. I was there when he left us surrounded by his children and grandchildren and lots of love.

Today is hard, if you still have your father please give him an extra hug, kiss and “I love you”, not just today but as often as possible.



Thank you to the people who emailed to ask where I was, during a difficult time you made me smile.

Dana  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Let's Book It, April 2015


A few months ago Sharon was listing off all of the possible places for patterns to use for the Let's Book It and she mentioned the internet, light bulb moment, I have a few (many) quilts bookmarked so that's what I used this month. Here's a link to the pattern


All I saw when I looked at that was what a great string quilt.


I didn't follow the directions, just cut the strings the same width they had in the pattern, 1 1/4".

My strings are completely out of control, somehow they've expanded from their usual home to 4 reusable shopping bags, I guess I had a plan at some point because they are sorted by color values. 


This quilt made a small dent in the "brights" bag, was easy to do and I love the way it turned out. 

I'm declaring war on my strings so you'll be seeing a lot more string quilts, hopefully I can have my shopping bags back by the end of the year. 

Think about joining in, I love the "Let's Book It" linky party. 

Later Gators,
Dana


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summer Flowers

Sometimes, just before I fall asleep I'll see a quilt in my head, if I can remember it in the morning it's usually some impossible curving thing that is probably my brain saying I should be painting. 

I remembered this one and I even know where it came from. I've been asked to make a Dresden throw with heavy quilting.


I've never been interested in Dresden's, but I started researching and found a lot I do like. I've always seen them in 30's fabric which is pretty, but has never appealed to me. It's pretty obvious to me that this quilt was my rebellion against working in lighter fabrics, LOL. 

The borders don't wrinkle like in the picture, if I want to lay a quilt on the deck I need to be quick before the terrible twins see it, nothing like all of that white with puppy prints added. David says lock them in, I'd rather be laughing and getting doggy kisses.

The heavy quilting is what was really bothering me, how do you quilt a dresden? For my rebellion quilt (that's what I call this one), I pebbled the purple centers, then shadow (is that what you call it?) the rest of the flower. For the white sections I drew more flowers and repeated the outline/shadow quilting. This thing is really quilted!


Now that I've got that out of my system my future holds a more traditional Dresden. Neutrals, not brights, rounded plates, not pointed ones (my research was for the pointed ones) and heavy quilting. Any hints or tips would be much appreciated. Do they need to be hand sewn when you do the rounded plates? How would you quilt it, with and without sashing (she hasn't decided yet). Would you use the freezer paper method to make the plates? I bought the EZ Dresden ruler, but I don't think that will help me with these plates, will it? As you can see HELP, just help, LOL.


Meanwhile I'll probably make a Dresden or two in the style I liked.


Later Gators,
Dana 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jazzy Peter

It's said that here in the Keys we have two seasons, tourist and hurricane, one just ended and things are slowing down around here so I'm hoping to get back to blogging. 

I made this just before Easter, when chocolate bunnies were dancing in my head.



I drew him up one afternoon and had him appliqued the next. For the border I used the left over fabric, added a few colors, then sewed it on log cabin style. The yellow background was hand dyed, I just didn't have that perfect bright yellow in my stash. 

Years ago we had two pet rabbits in our family. I was approached by a friend who told me the story of "Peter", he was being horribly neglected and the man who owned him had been reported, but nothing was happening and the abuse continued, which led to a truck pulling up to my house at 1 A.M. just before Easter, three woman I didn't know all dressed in black unloaded a hutch and handed me a skin and bones, cloudy eyed rabbit and left. 

The second one came when David heard about a family who's electric was on the fritz with no money to pay for an electrician. David went by to help out and met a rabbit they had found and couldn't afford to keep. David said his family would love to have the rabbit and took it as payment, I love that man. So, Jazz came here to live. 


I call this guy Jazzy Peter :)

I'm linking up with the Creative Goodness party over at QuiltShopGal's blog (formerly know as SewCalGal). I've been wanting to join in since she started it months ago. 

Later Gators,
Dana