Saturday, August 30, 2014

Barbara's Roseville Album - Finished!

I am thrilled to share that I am finally finished with Barbara's Roseville Album!  Here are a few photographs...

I think it turned out really fantastic - I am thrilled!  I have a few small details to touch up before it returns home - it has been a HUGE undertaking but I'm thrilled with the results.

 I used gray and white Invisifil thread by Wonderfil for the entire quilt...I went through five water soluble markers.  Marking the quilt top took me an entire day - around 10 hours - and another day to day and a half to bury threads, remove markings.  I'm running on coffee and diet coke at the moment so it's time to take a rest!!!  Wheew!  But I was thrilled with this so I had to share.  :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emerald Tapestry is Headed to MQX!

  The list was posted late last night - Emerald Tapestry is going to MQX Midwest in Springfiled, Illinois!  Woohoo!  I am thrilled!  I do not want to share the entire quilt until after judging...but here are a few snippets...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Roseville Album Progress and a Little Exciting News!

I just wanted to pop in and share a progress picture of Barbara's Roseville Album quilt.  I've actually advanced the quilt and made a dent into the next border below this but it doesn't look very impressive anymore so I thought I'd share this one!!  :)  I still have to turn and do the side borders but most of the stitch in the ditch is finished so - I won't say that it will go quickly, but it will go quick-er.  :)

I'm hoping to have a "finished" post ready for next week!!  Cross your fingers for me that all goes smoothly - boy oh boy I've had just a million things make this quilt take longer than it should have!!  Including another motor brush change.  Wheew!

My exciting news to that the next project that just arrived to my little in home studio a few days ago is top secret!  I will not be able to share any photographs - but what I can share is that it is planned to be included in a book written by my friend Lara from Buzzin Bumble!  I don't want to give away too much but I can tell you that it is going to be amazing - you better go visit her blog (and follow her too!) so you can keep up with all of her quilty happenings.

School starts next week and hopefully I'll be able to find some time to update on my diet/health kick progress!  I'm still hanging in there - though I've slacked off a little and gained a couple of "pizza pounds" back.  But I'm a work in progress right?

Happy Quilting!

- Valerie :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Linda Brunner's Quilt Wins Again!

I'm so excited to report that I received another email from my client Linda Brunner today - she won AGAIN with the quilt I long arm quilted for her that she affectionately calls "Big Red"!  This time around she took home first place!  Woohoo Linda!!!  That is exciting news for you AND for me!  I'm thrilled to be a small part of her win...below is a photo of Linda with her ribbon and some shots of her multi-award winning quilt.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Billie's Sew Spooky Quilt - Finished! :)

A few pictures of Billie's Sew Spooky quilt all finished up...

Eeep!  I really love how it turned out!

Loading up Barbara's Roseville Album to finish up.  I had to take a break from it as it was SO big and SO intensely quilted!  Lots and lots and lots and lots of stitch in the ditch - AH!  I'm feeling excited and motivated to get back to work on it though - remarking a few areas and then I'll share some more pictures.  It is just about finished -just a few borders left to do.

Such a nice cool day today - it's feeling like fall!  That means coffee and quilting...  :)

Happy Quilting!

- Valerie

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Play on the Frame...

I pulled out this UFO to work on last night and of course with two wrong turns I made myself a pile of work.  :)  I have some ripping to do in the center portion and outer border...areas where the stitching got wonky...but I'm still liking this.  I am thinking...fabric paint when it's finished?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Billie's Quilt in Progress...

Guess what's on my frame right now?  Another Sew Spooky quilt!

Here's a few peeks at the progress...

Billie wanted similar quilting to Vickie's Sew Spooky quilt - I'm loosely imitating the style while adding in some unique touches.  I hope to finish tonight or tomorrow, and in my spare moments I'm gearing up for another quilt show.  I am entering something small in MQX midwest in one of the non-juried categories, and another that I'm going to have to wait until the 25th to see if it is accepted.  This will be my first attempt at a juried show.  I'm feeling pretty good and confident, but you never know!!  Wish me luck and send me good vibes!  :)

I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather (at least it is lovely where we are)...getting ready for fall!  Yay!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Linda's Ribbon Winner! :)

Linda B reported to me a few days ago that the big red beauty I quilted for her several months ago was awarded a ribbon at her county fair!

This is the second ribbon winner I've quilted for Linda - she's on a roll!!!  ;)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Gamma by Patrica E. Ritter and Valerie Smith

I am SO psyched about Gamma!!!  Isn't this pantograph awesome!!?!!  So modern and cool!  It's now available over on the Urban Elementz website!!