Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The last Quirky Quilters QOV coming off the frame...

Look what just came off the frame!

Irene's wonderful Quilt of Valor coming off the frame...FINALLY!
We've had this QOV quilt top for far longer than we should have.  Been trying to get all caught up now that Miss Betty is actually fixed and back to quilting after 5+ months of struggling to get her back on the quilting track.

Getting started:

Miss Betty w/Pug getting ready to quilt

Feather and Star quilting

Feathering close-up w/Rainbows Patriotic quilting thread
We chose to try a Brand-NEW pantograph - Starstruck  We first saw this panto over at KatyQuilts blog and knew we just had to give this gorgeous Star Feather panto a try, AND we knew we had the perfect Quilt of Valor for it:

StarStruck panto really shines on this gorgeous Quilt of Valor!

Irene's unique Quilt of Valor w/StarStruck panto quilting

This really neat QOV of Irene's fulfills our commitment to Clairellen and those Quirky Quilters in Michigan and sadly, will be the last Quilt of Valor Miss Betty and I quilt for them, at least for now ;-).  We've so enjoyed quilting their stunning QOVs - each one has been even more beautiful than the previous one.  Thank You for the honor and privilege of quilting each one of your Quilts of Valor. It's been a true pleasure!

And now - it's time to prepare Irene's Quilt of Valor for shipping back to her...


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

She's Baaack...!

Miss Betty II is back!  Possibly better than she's ever been - just look at her recent quilting:

SID, swirls, and McTavishing - ALL quilted out beautifully
Check these out:

Freehand Swirls w/Star Dancing panto

Quilting back - not one bit of snarled/pukey thread any where!
And the back says it all - perfectly balanced tension and stitches, using two different types of threads and colors!  What a true joy it was to quilt this quilt with a machine that works properly...;-)

Doris's third QOV coming off the frame

WTG, Miss Betty II, Thanks once again, to Miss Betty I!

Miss Betty II having some of her finest quilting moments
Time to bind so we can get back to quilting!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Now nearer to You and me...

What a beautiful tribute - Enjoy!

Hope you ALL had a Blessed and Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

She gave her all...

Miss Betty I aka HQ16, has just come to my rescue one more time - she gave her ALL, her main hook assembly, so Miss Betty II might finally be fixed:

See the drive shaft w/NO hook assembly or bobbin case?
It occurred to yours truly while trying to figure out one more thing to just 'try' to see IF we couldn't get Miss Betty II back to quilting ALL those Quilts of Valor patiently waiting, to see if a much needed hook assembly part from Betty I might solve our thread shredding/looping problems...

Blue LAVA top thread being yanked to the back in BIG looong loops on this Quilt of Valor

Notice just how sporadic the stitching is - looks good for awhile and then BLAM - blue pukey thread all over the place...

Not a pretty sight on the left!  Notice the 'swirls' in the middle that were quilted AFTER the hook assemblies were swapped - what a huge difference...
And here's the culprit of ALL these nasty stitches:

Multiple scratches and dings can bee seen near the top -
no wonder she was looping and puking thread!
Now that Miss Betty I has graciously 'donated' her precious hook assembly:

Miss Betty I gives her ALL
And look at the quilting stitches of the Avante now:

Checking the 'new' stitching w/old hook assembly swapped for Miss Betty II - looking good!
You can really see the difference here:

Now that's what good stitches should look like, right?
Miss Betty II will now stitch 'right to left' w/NO skipped/shredded stitches!
This was NOT an easy fix and one I'm glad to FINALLY be done with.  You'll remember, it ALL started way back in November:  Course now, we still need a hook assembly for Miss Betty I - I'm sure we'll be able to figure out something...

And of course, this 'intended' Quilt of Valor will need to be replaced with another, since the stitching on this one is completely unacceptable and will most certainly NOT meet QOVF Standards of Excellence.  However, it will serve as a gentle reminder ALL Miss Betty I & II and I have been through together these past few months...Whew!

In the meantime - we're quilting and Quilting and QUILTING away ;-)

Time to get back to it - we've got a QOV Competition quilt to finish up by Monday!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Irene's QOV is FINALLY on the frame!

I think Irene and those Quirky Quilters of Michigan were about ready to give up on 'Miss Betty' & I, and honestly, we couldn't really blame them!  We've had this quilt top longer than I care to admit - even spent National Quilts of Valor Sew Day adding multiple borders to it.  But now, it is actually on the frame w/Betty 1!

Irene's QOV getting quilted - for real!
What a neat quilt this one is and a real pleasure to quilt:

SID in the borders, a favorite Star panto in the interior - I'm going for 100 w/this panto,
McTavishing in the outer border and...a 'surprise' in the dark red/gold star border ;-)

UPDATE 3/19/2015: a Jamie Wallen continuous swirl it is for the dark red/gold star border!  I dearly LOVE this quilting design - I must since I've lost count just how many QOVs I've use it in...what's not to LOVE - it's Fast, it's FUN to quilt in, and looks wonderful quilted Jamie for sharing such a wonderful continuous quilting design!

Swirls and star quilting
We're quilting with King Tut Olde Gold solid in the needle, and it's quilting out great!

McTavishing the outer print border
Quilting back
And ALL finished up:

Irene's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame!
Prior to loading and quilting, had just enough time to finish up the borders on another of Doris's QOV quilt tops:

3 exterior white/blue/red borders added to Doris's QOV
Only five (5) more QOV quilt tops left to add borders to, and I'll actually be ALL caught up!

Time to get back to it...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Back to quilting on a QOV...

Finally bid the cold and snow w/scooping Good Bye and got back to quilting.  This time on Miss Betty I, since Betty II had to go to the longarm hospital for a spell - hopefully, she'll be back real soon!  In the meantime, Miss Betty 1 and I are getting re-acquainted quilting another of Doris's QOVs:

Miss Betty I back to quilting a QOV
And she didn't do too badly, once we got in the 'quilting groove' together ;-)

McTavishing in the flag borders

...and some of those Jamie Wallen swirls in the red star borders
I always enjoy looking at backs and this one turned out almost perfect:

Tension/stitch quality doesn't get much better than this -
LOVE it when this happens, don't you?!  WTG Miss Betty 1!
Turned out pretty neat, we think:

Another winning Quilt of Valor by Doris...Congrats!
And while Miss Betty 1 and I are enjoying our quilting time together, I'm still quietly pining away for Betty 2:

Betty 2 on the left, aka HQ Avante and
Miss Betty 1, HQ16 on the right - the first and still adored ;-)
just don't tell Miss Betty 1 or we might have 'issues'!  And we certainly don't have time for that!!  Hopefully, Betty 2 will get to come home sometime next week...

In the meantime, time for more quilting!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Not much quilting - LOTS of scooping!

Snow, that is!

Canine 'Supervisor' of the scooping ;-)
As much as I tried, Baxter was having NOTHING to do with shovels and scooping but, he and his brother, Theo, have NO problem running around in it:

The brothers romping in the fresh snow, waiting for it to be scooped
No time to waste - time to start scooping!

First landing/stairs

Main stairway

Second landing

Main deck and doors to quilting studio
While I feel very blessed to have my quilting studio - it's not without its caveats, and one of those being 'scooping snow'!

Four+ hours later:

Almost finished!

Just enough time to finish up the driveway & sidewalk:

Thank Goodness the SUN came out and finished melting off
some of this white stuff 'after' I scooped!
Alrighty then, time for a nice hot bath, beverage and maybe some time to sew a few borders onto a QOV:

3 sets of borders for a Quilt of Valor

Time to get back to it - now that the scooping is finished...tomorrow, after we get rested up a bit, Miss Betty & I get back to the business of quilting!