Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Betty Boop Quilting Studio Update and...Happy Halloween!

Finally starting to show some significant progress on the Betty Boop Quilting Studio:

ALL quilting books and magazines sorted and shelved...YES!
You may remember, it seems like I/we've been building these three 4' x 8' shelving units for a century - I referred to them in this blog posting: Around The World Blog Posting..., and I am happy to FINALLY be able to say they are ALL finished, assembled in place and up-righted w/help of my youngest daughter, Jaclyn, and her daughter, my DGD, Jade...Thank YOU, ladies!

ALL 3 shelving units in place...Yippee!

Civil War BOMs and accompanying fabrics are now happily organized
and in their rightful places waiting for construction

The third shelving unit is still awaiting ALL the fabrics it will eventually hold -
many of these black baskets will hold batiks, some of my very favorite fabrics to work with ;-)
I've started organizing the batiks but, in case you thought I might be getting finished up well...

There's still plenty to do - this will eventually be a kitchenette,
once ALL fabrics are sorted and shelved
We have 'some' of the kitchen stuff in place, but the main cabinetry and stove have to wait until I finish up the rest of the organization...hopefully by next week!

Embroidery station
Eventually, I need to put a cabinet and/or shelving in this area, for now this will work ;-)

Updated ruler/template area - it's much more organized w/bobbin winder it!

Media area for watching quilting videos.
See my cutting mat temporarily stored behind this media center ;-)
And for now, time to get back to the actual quilting - I have 4 quilts to finish by next week!

McTavishing the patriotic RED border w/King Tut Freedom
Veteran quilting getting finished up later today...
I still need to put together a brand-new cherry/walnut sewing cabinet I've had for months for my 'red' Janome sewing machine, which is on a temporary table for now, and also a cutting station - just got the 'other' wooden work bench delivered yesterday.  Came up w/'brilliant idea' to put two wooden work benches together back-to-back w/additional top for cutting surface.  IF I can get current quilt tops finished up I will begin construction...I'll keep you posted on how this goes...;-)

Happy Halloween from 'Miss Betty' and me!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Finishes...Yes! w/Updates...

Got in a few quilt finishes this week - including two Quilts of Valor and one Veteran quilt destined for a VA hospital:

Quilt of Valor just coming off the frame
A few close-ups of the stipple quilting on this QOV:

Stipple quilting on star and white sections
Back w/all-over stipple quilting
Freshly bound strip-pieced Quilt of Valor, finished earlier in the week
Side border quilting of this QFC SewFest Veteran quilt
I used LAVA Sunrise to quilt this quilt - and it quilted out beautifully!  This variegated gold thread has wisps of golden red streaks throughout, which makes it perfect for most red/gold/blue patriotic type quilting and quilts.  Always enjoy quilting those 'swirls', McTavished the Navy Blue borders and utilized, once again, Dave Hudson's Random Stars Panto - one of my very favorites!

Attaching bindings:

Sewing on the border w/pen stitch and LAVA Sunrise thread
All finished up ready for labeling and then to ship once the third one is finished
Embroidering a special quilt label
And the finished labeled QFC SewFest Veteran Quilt #2:

Labeled and ready to ship!

For now, time to get back to it - third Veteran quilt is ready to load,

UPDATE 11/02/2014: 

QFC SewFest Quilt #1

QFC SewFest Quilt #2

QFC SewFest Quilt #3

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quilt of Valor comes off the frame

Been working on this one off and on for a week now - just soooo much going on this time of the year being married to a farmer and it's Harvest Season!

Turned out pretty good, I think:

Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
A couple of close-ups:

Freehand swirls in the borders w/Superior's Freedom
McTavishing out the stars & stripes
And the back, which shows off Dave Hudson's Random Stars panto quite nicely:

Back showing various modes of quilting
UPDATE 10/11/2014:  Almost ran out of King Tut Freedom thread:

Just about to run out of King Tut Freedom...Oh NO!
Look what arrived in the nick of time:

Whew!  Another Superior Thread order arrived in the nick of time ;-)
Thank YOU Superior Threads - you're The Best!

And now - time to get back to it, halfway through another Quilt of Valor destined for a WW II Veteran...