Friday, September 16, 2016

Time to Brag a Bit on My Girl...;-)

I do take her for granted - probably more than I realized and definitely more than I should!  Referring to one of my very favorite girls, 'Miss Betty'.

'Miss Betty' - one of my very favorite girls!
Got a great reminder recently, while being in a fairly heated 'online' conversation about frame quilting systems, and specifically longarm quilting systems.  As with anything, EVERYONE had their ideas of What and more importantly WHY they loved their longarm.

One of my most favorite things I adore about Miss Betty - are her absolutely Beaut-ti-FUL quilting stitches:

And look a little closer - did you notice?

Gorgeous, even stitches w/nice, sharp points and perfect tension!
Did you notice that there is Gold Glide thread in the needle on the Top of the quilt AND white poly/cotton in the bobbin?  Do you notice ANY pokies?  Me neither!

That's what I LOVE the most about Miss Betty - while others talk about how they MUST use the same color thread in their needle AND bobbin to avoid 'pokies', Miss Betty and I rarely do!

And another thing - check this out:

Quilting out a panto - left to right from the back of the machine!
Sorry, it's not the best pic and I'll try to get a better one later however, the point is - Miss Betty can not only quilt pantos from the standard 'right to left' BUT, just as well 'left to right' - we do it ALL the time!

So many longarmers talk about how they can ONLY quilt pantos from the standard, right to left from the backs of their machines.  Miss Betty and I just chuckle when we hear this...  Thanks to ALL you wonderful longarmers out there for reminding me just how good I've got it w/Miss Betty ;-).

And while we were quilting, got our first embroidered block finished up:

Americana Liberty Bell all embroidered out
for a Purple Heart Veteran quilt
Only three more Americana embroidery blocks left to go and we'll be ready to start assembly!

Time for some shut-eye...

UPDATE: 9/16/2016 - another embroidery block finish:

Once my embroidery machine has a chance to cool off, will start on the next block - a hearts & flags block.  This Star & Flag block took 3 hrs., 43 min. to complete!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall Decorating w/Moda Jelly Rolls!

Let the FALL Decorating begin!  Just received these wonderful Autumn/winter Moda jelly rolls and thought...Why not?  Rather than tuck them away 'somewhere', Why not display them throughout with other Fall decorations...

Let the Fall/winter jelly roll decorating begin!

Fall basket w/Moda jelly rolls...Yum!
As you can see - not ALL these jelly rolls are "Fall-specific", especially since I simply cannot pass up the opportunity to grab a 1930's reproduction jelly roll assortment to add to the ever-growing Cheddar Bow Tie Leaders and Enders project we've had going on for quite awhile now.  Soon, very soon, will get to start assembling the bow tie blocks - now that we have what I believe to be, the final, necessary Reproduction prints!

Recent Stash discoveries - YES!
And the last of the cheddar and Jelly rolls, along w/few other Reproduction prints stumbled across at a yard sale...Who knew?

Moda's gorgeous 1930's Playtime Reproduction prints,Cheddar, yard sale find, and Cheddar Bow Tie blocks - more than half-way to the necessary 750!
Time to finish the Fall decorations so we can get to the cutting and sewing of these fabulous 1930's Reproduction fabrics into our favorite Cheddar Bow Tie blocks!

And the finished Fall/Moda look -

that was FUN!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday Mash-up is back!

Got a break-ey break from the HEAT wave and Miss Betty & I got to spend some quality time quilting:

Isn't this Military Gold Glide machine quilting thread looking Rich?
Just getting started on this Quilt of Valor - been in our quilt queue for almost 6 months, waiting patiently for his turn - wait 'til you see 'the rest of this QOV', but that's another blog post ;-)

Awhile back, I promised I'd share how we echo quilt pantos that end up having too much space in between the pantograph quilted rows.

Echo quilting w/HQ echo foot around the Becker's Shooting Star panto - LOTS of FUN!
We usually do this 'after' ALL the panto quilting is complete and usually after the borders are ALL quilted and the SID work is done.  This echo quilting is Fast & FUN - our two favorite criteria for quilting!

And the results speak for themselves:

Echo quilting complete - you would never know
there was too much spacing between the panto rows
Once we discovered this remedy for dealing with too much spacing between panto rows, either by accident, or now in our case by design - NO more ripping for us!  And did I already's FUN!  Give this a try the next time you happen to misjudge your panto spacing!

Fireworks Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
During the HEAT wave, been working on getting more star blocks off to the QOV Stars Group. These star blocks are well underway:

Sewing the second side of this Star block unit

...and should be finished up just in time to mail on the same day as our East Central IL QOV Group meeting this Thursday.

Miss Betty is waiting - time to get back to quilting!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hodge Podge Sunday...w/Updates!

Running around doing about 10 different things - NO time to be bored on Hodge Podge Sunday...;-)

Working on Clues #4 & #5 of our June/July QOV Mystery, trying to get caught up!

Clue #5 of our QOV Mystery - isn't this a neat block?!
UPDATE:  Good thing I did a final 'check' prior to starting to sew 'cause I made a teensy-weensy mistake in my pre-assembly prior to sewing, that could've ended up w/BIG bad results!  Can you tell the difference?

This is actually how Clue #5 is supposed to look...Surprise!
This is what happens when one is trying to combine two QOV Mystery Clues at the same time!  If I had already sewn Clue #4, this probably wouldn't have happened since it requires the same blue/white 4-patches...gulp.
Clue #4 units waiting patiently for their turn in the assembly sewing line
Grabbed a few of these QOV Signature blocks that had been sewn earlier - last weekend, maybe, I forget! and got them pressed, ready for Stage 2 of their assembly:

Signature blocks pressed and ready for Stage #2 assembly...Yes!

I use one end of our dining room table to set up a temporary cutting station by pulling back the table cloth:

Temporary cutting station
This is what my dining room table looks like when multiple projects are going on:

Dining room table subbing as cutting/assembly table while the Boop studio gets finished!

Time to get back at it since it's trying hard to storm...


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Time out for the Annual Betty Boop quilting studio Deck Staining/Painting...

Playing beat the clock - trying to get the Boop quilting studio deck ALL stained and painted prior to the 4th!  Just barely made it before the thunderstorms started rolling in:

This is where the table rests once the deck stain dries completely

This side of the deck faces the south and our pond -
where a bald eagle flies over from time to time

Going down?  The exit to the first landing

ALL 37 steps are now stained - the white pickets at the bottom landing still need painting...
after the T-storms pass ;-)

Even added a couple of coats of paint to some vintage pieces:

Formerly starting to rust, this cast iron table looks Brand-NEW
with just a few coats of paint...and hammered copper paint to boot!

A Special Thank YOU to my DGD, Jade - for helping move ALL the deck furniture,
including this beastie table, into and out of the quilting studio!!

Vintage trash can sporting its NEW coats of paint

This freshly painted love seat will soon get some NEW cushions to go with -
once their ALL sewn!
This is what the quilting studio looked like while the staining and painting was underway:

The studio kitchenette - now includes the grill in the back w/cover, along w/table chairs

The 'vintage love seat', along w/cast iron table upside down on the studio guest bed.  And yep - that's the large potted plant that contains 'Scarlet', a surprise Tiger Lilly who graced us w/her gorgeous RED blooms earlier this year!
Meet Scarlet!

A better view of the covered grill w/vintage trash can - soon to be painted!

Now that the thunderstorms have arrived, time for some sewing.  Just finishing up Clue #3 of our June/July Quilts of Valor Mystery:

HSTs sewn for Clue #3 of our QOV Mystery - all ready to be cut apart and pressed

Clue #3 trimmed/pressed

Alrighty then - time for a break!  I have some quilting mags just waiting for me to peruse...

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Back to Playing Catch-Up!

May has been soooo busy, BUSY!  Yard work came early w/wonderful gardening weather - which gave 'Miss Betty' a much-needed break-ey break.  Now that I'm almost caught up on my part of the yard work ;-) time for some quilting!

'Miss Betty' quilting out patriotic star panto

This Quilt of Valor has been in our quilt queue for quite awhile and just now came up.  I like to keep Red/White/Blue patriotic QOVs on hand for 'emergencies', and I created this one with that in mind several months ago.

We knew exactly how we wanted to quilt it with our trademark panto in the center, custom quilting in the borders - complete with our 'flavor' of McTavishing:

Close-up of Becker's Shooting Star panto quilting

McTavish quilting in the borders w/Rainbows Patriotic in the needle

Should be able to finish up quilting later today.

Also got some long-awaited QOV quilt blocks finished and ready to ship:

Dandy Stars - created extra for the QOV Stars Facebook Group
And lastly, finished cutting ALL the 'bars' for a Stars and Bars QOV:

Basket of strips for the Stars & Bars QOV, along w/high-tech cutting list -
a recycled junk mail envelope complete w/patriotic color theme ;-)
And - the sewing of the strips for our QOV signature quilt is complete, just need to press/trim/sew the stars and we're Golden:

East Central IL QOV Signature Quilt - in progress

Got the inspiration from one of my favorite Quilt Ladies, Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Company:

Made in Red/White/Blue, the central 'white' strip can be used as a Signature block and ultimately Signature QOV quilt!  We have TONS of the red/white/blue sig blocks waiting to be signed and turned into QOVs.  Thought I'd sew the first one as a model for those to come.  I'll post pics of our progress in upcoming blog posts...

Time to get back to it!