Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Frame This" take II

I have been working on this quilt for the past week off and on. It's the same layout as "Frame This," but is different enough that I needed to write up a new pattern. I used the fabric from Ivy Trellis by Gabriella Hunter Designs for Riley Blake Designs. Riley Blake is a new company that has formed and has gorgeous fabric coming out. I was lucky enough to have been chosen to use one of my designs (well, Clint's and mine) to showcase this beautiful fabric.
I love how it turned out.

The fabric colors are just so happy. I love that there are bright fabrics as well as soft ones. They compliment each other very well.

Here's a shot of the whole quilt.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

I want to take a minute to say Happy Birthday to my Mom! She is the best mom anyone could ever ask for. I am amazed at her life and all she has been through and her amazing strength through trials. She has been the best example to me and I love her so much. I wish I could be with her on this day, I moved away and took the grandkids, (I don't think she has forgiven me for that yet), but I just want her to know that I love her and I am thinking about her today.
So, here's a little bit about my mom. She is the wife of 1 and mother to 11. She has 24 grandkids and manages to make them all feel like they are her favorites (I do know that my kids are the favorite though:) Hehehe!!!
She is an amazing seamstress and taught me all I know, so I owe a lot to her in that area. She is so funny! She can make anyone laugh. I will never forget how funny she was at girls camp when I was a teenager. And instead of me being the dumb teenager that was embarrassed by my Mom, I loved how funny she was and how she made everyone laugh. Most of all I just love my Mom, she is the best and I miss her so much. The hardest part for me about moving away almost a year ago was knowing I wouldn't see my Mom often. I used to see her everyday almost. Now it's just when we are up in Salt Lake and that's not enough.
I miss you Mom and I love you so much! I hope you have a wonderful day!

One more thing, my Mom designs patterns too. She has been a quiet part of Green Fairy Quilts and has a few patterns. This is her latest one: Piecemaker's Dream.

Monday, July 27, 2009

What keeps me going!

I have never had a bigger fan of my work than my sweet little girl, Lili! She brightens up everyday for me with her infectious smile and her love of life. Each day she tells me, "Oh Mom, I love that quilt!" She is my biggest fan and I love her so much.

Heather over at Superior Threads told me to try doing some large pebble work because it will go a little faster for me. So this quilt was my first attempt at doing larger and smaller pebble work, I think I like it. It worked well for this quilt.

These characters are just too fun!

So, Lili is my biggest fan and these little guys are coming close too it. I am so happy that I am their mom. Do you like their sweaters? I got them at Children's Place for a $1.99. I love buying clearance! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

For the past week I have been stuck behind these two quilts..

This was a quilt done by Heather Purcell of Superior Threads.
When she commissioned me to do this quilt, I was really nervous because come on, she is the owner of Superior Threads, the best thread out there if I do say so myself.

I did a ton of pebble work to make the quilting stand out.

Align CenterThis was a fun quilt as well, lots of feathers in this one.

I love the little leaves.

The brown triangles are done with the texture magic and they look so cool, (the pictures really don't do them justice!) The fabric is from a new line from Timeless Treasures called Vienna.

I don't know why I do this, but I am always so nervous when I give any quilt back to the customer. Whether I am charging right, whether it's too much or too little; whether or not all the work put into the quilt looks good to them. It's really tough sometimes to be a long-arm quilter, but I guess it takes a little confidence and self-worth.

Thanks to everyone that has loved my new patterns, I am thrilled with the positive feedback I have gotten from all of you. Have a wonderful week, hopefully I will be better at posting!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I totally lost count!!!!

So I was counting on having my 100th post be my big giveaway, but for some strange reason I lost count, or thought I was only two posts away, so my next entry will be the giveaway. It will just be the grand 99th giveaway! I am totally embarrassed. I feel bad that I haven't been keeping up the blog, I will be better after I get this weekend over (Happy 4th!) and sometime next week will be the start of my big giveaway.

Here's a recently finished customer quilt.
I did a lot of feathering and swirls in this one, I think it turned out nice.

It's always fun to see the back.

A simple quilt design, but fun. I like to do simple sometimes because it goes by a lot faster.

Remember these fabrics? It's part of the giveaway in some form!

This one two! I can't wait for you to see the finished projects! New patterns anyone??

I love those Moda Jelly Rolls! Can't wait for you to see this one, it is too cute!

I will also be talking about my charity in the next giveaway. Clint and I have the tickets purchased and we are ready to go to Romania in September to bring several of my quilts to people and children in need. We are hoping to raise some money so we can also give these people some food as well. You can read about Clint's trip last year "here" and watch our video "here."