Saturday, July 31, 2010

I ain't got nothin' fo' ya

Pin It Oh, how I have missed blogland!  I have neither read nor written any blogs in over a month.  Insanity!

I've been oh-so-very busy, my lovelies.  It's really pretty fabulous.  I haven't had much time for anything.

Of course I've been quilting like crazy on the longarm.  I have now quilted 82 quilts so far this year and I am officially booked for over a year.  I did say insanity, yes?  Here's a few pictures of some of my recent finishes.  I'm now taking all of my pictures on my phone rather than my camera, so I have more, just need to transfer!
First up is a gorgeous scrappy, antique four-patch quilt, all stitched in the ditch.  I LOVE quilting tops like this!  The granddaughter of the woman that pieced this top brought it to me and wanted to be sure I'd take good care of it.  It was touching.  I had to bind it for her, and she picked it up today and hugged me, saying that it surely made her grandmother smile.  I nearly cried!

Love, love LOVE this hand embroidered quilt.  This is the third of its kind I've done for the same person, with two more to go and they just get more beautiful with each one she brings me.  She is always outdoing herself and I have to say, I'm not sure I will ever have her dedication!

Another antique.  This one was extremely difficult to quilt and took a lot of "quilting that out" but it turned out beautiful.  It made me sad, though.  The woman that made it, appliqued all of the blocks and put them together when she was 15 years old.  She is now in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's.  Obviously, it was necessary for me to bind this one as well.

I will always have a special place in my heart for Double Wedding Rings.  They take a RIDICULOUS amount of time to quilt because curved stitching in the ditch is super difficult to do and do right.  So yeah.  This quilt wasn't even very big but it still took me about four days!  But I love it.

Last but not least, the embroidered angel quilt!  I'm not a big fan of these angels.  I think they look kind of creepy.  But this quilt is so stinkin' cute anyway!

I've most recently done a few wall hangings and table runners and next up is a Christmas tree skirt.  But enough of that for now.
Believe it or not, quilt actually isn't what has taken up the majority of my time lately.  This is!

These blocks are what I've been devoting days and days and days to lately.  I'm missing a closeup picture of one of them, but here are the others so you can see all of the pretty stitching and then hopefully understand why they'd be so time intensive!

Who knew that some plain purple, pink and yellow fabric could be so gorgeous?  I'm working on this feverishly because I am teaching it as a 12 month class beginning in January.  Plenty of time between now and January, yes?  Well...  technically.  But I have an even bigger plan for this quilt once it's finished, to be disclosed at a later date.  :P  I have five different blocks done so far, two of each block for a total of 10 finished blocks.  Phew!

I also had a sew-in, where after working for 17 hours straight, sleeping for two hours and then working another nine hours, I ended up passing out on the floor using a King roll of Hobbs batting as a pillow and stretched out under my Riley Blake Cutting Corners quilt.  One of my friends decided to take pictures.  On my phone.  And let me randomly find them.

In two weeks I will be leaving for Nashville and meeting up with Anna Maria Horner!  That, my friends is what I keep reminding myself of... that I have something to look forward to!

I will hopefully in the very near future, be finding some time to redesign the blog (after I got it JUST the way I wanted it?!).  I've been so removed from the blogging world I didn't even know that TheCutestBlogOnTheBlock had crashed.  Go figure!

For now, I hope you can forgive me for not commenting on your blogs or writing anything in so long.  I missed it!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!