Monday, April 1, 2013

A couple things...

Sneak Peak 
So, this is what is on the frames right now and this design has been really fun! But, for some reason yellow thread is my enemy at this point.  The first triangle I quilted at the top of the quilt (not shown) was quilted in what I thought was yellow Magnifico thread, but holy cow - it turned neon green on the fabric.  Needless to say, I have to unpick and start fresh.  Then, my other matching thread is giving me a headache - it keeps shredding and skipping.  I think I have it figured out though - looks like a nick in the needle plate. So, I am heading to Lowe's for a needle sanding thingy - great description right? ;-)  Wish me luck that it works!

In other news, I use a purple disappearing marker that we carry in the shop for marking my quilts - yes, I love it and I don't have any issues with it.  Sometimes the markings come back, but then I just spray another round of water and rub it out with an extra piece of batting. 

And, the ruler in my tutorial.....I received it when I purchased my A-1 long arm. I am looking at getting them in our shop and I will be sure to let you know when I have them in.  It really is an amazing straight ruler.

Okay, last thing - thanks so much for your comments on my last post!  I know what I am going to do.  I love that a lot of you reminded me that I need to do what I want - it's true, but I am easily influenced to change my mind when I second guess myself.  So, I will quilt the way I want and I will save the quilts for a book - who knows how long that will be, right?  It has taken two long years to get my first book in the works, but we are closer to a release date, but still Fall 2013 sometime!  Yay!! - So, here's to sticking to my own style and making quilting and designing fun!  Have a fabulous day!

19 comments:

Beema said...

Perfect. Sticking to your style is Perfect! I'm so glad. Your style is incredible and I LOVE it!

LynnEl in Illinois.

Sharon LA said...

WOW!! just plain WOW!!

Silvana said...

Judi, you do the most amazing things I've seen in my life!
Silvana, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Unpicking is about my least favourite "sewing" activity - all the harder with small stitches. Hope your solution is spot on.

Pleased to hear you are quilting as your desire.

Melissa Corry said...

Oh my goodness, that is looking fantastic. Sorry you had to do some unpicking, that bites. But I am sure it will be absolutely fabulous when it is finished!

Rebecca Grace said...

Another thought -- whether you show the quilts in a pattern or in a book, please show the difference between the UNQUILTED top and what it looks like after you have worked your quilty magic! True, not everyone can quilt like you do, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if someone who bought your book or pattern HIRED A TALENTED LONGARM QUILTER, would it? Hmmm... Can you think of anyone? ;-)Seriously, when I see a relatively easy quilt pattern with basic, boring quilting, I yawn and skip over it. What I see on your blog makes me rethink that, and look at large "empty" blocks as canvases for extra-special quilting. Don't underestimate your readers, and keep in mind that books, patterns, longarm services, and the fabrics and notions for sale in your shops all tie in together. Someone who is already a customer of one product or service is going to be even more likely to purchase the other things, now that they know and trust you and your business.

kadyb said...

I can hardly wait to get a quilt top made that I think would be worthy of your consideration, so I can send it to you for quilting! I love your work! Keep doing your thing!

LynCC said...

So pretty! I just get shivers. :D (You'll have to show us what a needle sanding thingy is so we know what we can try with weird problems.)

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Oh my goodness, look at that quilting! Delicious!! And to think, another book is in the pipeline sometime in the future. Wahoo!!! Thanks Judi for sharing your amazing talent with us all.

Shar said...

I love this quilt design. Great job.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You amaze me Judi!! I have never seen quilting like yours...never. I only wish I could learn to do just a little bit of it...lol I am a hand quilt; you may remember???? Trying a little FMQ on my domestic machine. But I will never be relaxed enough to really be good....but having fun. I just love your work.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Such beautiful work, Judi! You are such an inspiration! I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing your lovely work. Thanks for sharing with us!

kitty said...

Your quilting is so breathtakingly beautiful!! Looking at it makes me feel happy every time you share your wonderful talent. Thank you for sharing and being such an inspiration!!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

What a beautiful quilt!! And your quilting, well magnificent !!

AnnieK said...

You're such an amazing artist...I always get excited to see what you're working on, and this one is just gorgeous!

Yllek said...

I have a question that maybe you can help with.

I too love the disappearing purple marker but I'm getting ready to do some darker quilts and it doesn't show up as good.

Do you have any recommendations on what to use to mark darker fabrics? The only thing that worked for me in the past was tailor's chalk and it was a little messy.

Thank you :)

PB in Texas said...

I just went through all of your pictures on Flickr! OMGosh! You do such beautiful work. Truly Beautiful!

Lady Jane Quilting said...

HI Judy, Stunning work as always! I have been following a couple of quilters' blogs and it looks like you and Border Line Quilter are working on the same quilt!!! Go have a look: http://borderlinequilter.blogspot.com/2013/04/coming-up-for-air.html

Love your work!

zenuwpees said...

Beautiful quilts congreatulation Marie-Claire from Belgium