The Trip Around the World Quilt, aka Ruby Lou

The Trip Around the World Quilt, aka Ruby Lou...

Sometimes, when I am working at the quilt shop here in Taos, but not actually working because it’s a really slow day, I read the quilt books we have for sale. This is always expensive.  I see something that I have to make because the world can’t live without it. That’s how this quilt came about.   It called for 24 different fabrics.  For once, I was able to accomplish this without buying any new fabric.  I have seen these types of quilts many times, and tried to figure them out – how did she do that?  I never could work it out.  Turns out, if you just read a pattern, it’s pretty darn easy.  And fun.  Each ‘charm’ is 2″,  finished. You can’t really know how it’ll look until you get the first few rows started, and then it’s just…WOW! I’d like to make at least one more of these now that I know how it works.   I made this for my friend, Lynn.  As luck would have it, she likes it.  It ended up louder and more ‘in your face’ than I had expected. I like that type of quilt, but not every one does.   I purchased a new design board to quilt this with.  No sense doing anything fancy with the longarm.  You’d never see it with all that color.   Oh yeah, the back is pretty wild, too. I forgot to mention that. So, this will hang in our guild’s show over Memorial Day, then it’s off to Raleigh, NC! Thanks for checking in Debbie  ...
The Postage Stamp Quilt that took 4 years to complete, and other stuff.

The Postage Stamp Quilt that took 4 years to complete, and other stuff....

In 2013, I partook in a couple postage stamp swaps organized by Mary Wilbourn, the Curious Quilter.  I ended up with hundreds and hundreds of the things. I did nothing with them until last October, when I needed a project for a retreat with our guild. I put 4 columns together that weekend, thinking it would be a pretty throw.   But I had soooo many squares left, and I could see it as a beautiful queen or king quilt.  More traditional than I usually do, but I could see how cool it would look. So it grew to about 80 x 90.           So it’s all done, and I still have a couple hundred squares.  This one took 1320 different 2″ squares. I must be having a thing for squares because the next one I came up with also uses 2 inch squares. It’s a version of Trip Around the World quilt. The pattern is in the book Tradition With A Twist. This is about 80 x 90 as well.  It was fun to see it come together. When I pull 25 fabrics, I can only hope for the best.  I used a design board to quilt it as it was so busy, nothing detailed would ever show.  It can be seen on the back …     And lastly, although this was the first finish this year.  A quilt for the first grand baby due in May! It has black minky on the back.  I wrote up the pattern for this. If you like cutting lots of black and white pieces and putting them back together again, I’ve got a pattern for you! Thanks for checking in! Debbie        ...
Pleasant surprises…

Pleasant surprises…

Today held a pleasant surprise.  My most recent quilt, My Inner Yogi, has been accepted into the Houston International Quilt Show this year, as part of a special exhibit called A Celebration of Color.  I’ve been waiting for the rejection email so I could enter it in the Santa Fe show coming up. Guess not! I’m not gonna lie…it’s pretty exciting.   I totally enjoyed surgically reconstructing Mr. Chillingsworth into whatever poses would fit in the frame I was making.        Then some background… Then, what to add  in each room?  Yoga studios are, by nature, fairly sparse in an effort to shed ourselves of materialism and distractions for a mere 90 minutes.  So, I had to restrain from over- decorating the rooms.        And then the quilting, the most fun…     Fun. On to something else.  My 15 minutes are up.  Thanks for looking! Debbie  ...
Up and Running with an Innova

Up and Running with an Innova

Wow. Two months since I updated this thing.  Thanks to a very busy pre-holiday season, I am oh-so-comfortable with my new Innova.  I recently completed an entire quilt with clear mono poly thread.  Never could get that stuff to work on my Gammill or Handi Quilter.  I know others can do it, I’m sure user error was a huge factor. But the fact is, I just loaded the thread, lowered the tension and off we went. So I have only put out 2 of my own quilts recently. A small quilt that I just wanted to make so I could use the painted pony fabric. And an appliqué quilt that was so fun to put together with my favorite scraps. I call this one Man’s Other Best Friend. I just finished what might be my favorite customer quilt, although I have about 8 of those. This is a log cabin made with many different types of fabric.  Lots of feed sacks.  Which made avoiding puckers really hard. I managed it on the front, but I could not get around one pucker on the back.                 Lots of pics, but I love that one.  I’ve done so many recently, and they are all on my Flickr page. I can’t list them all here, but a couple favs…. Two memory quilts made from delicate scarves – rayon, silk, polyester, cashmere, woven, knit – really tough to work with. I cut an equal number of muslin and scarf squares. I ‘stay-stitched’ the muslin onto each scarf square, then sewed the scarf squares together.  Fortunately, the Innova has a cup foot that made quilting the different fabrics stress free. I believe a normal foot would have trouble going over so many fine and different textures. These were commissioned by Dad for his 2 daughters.       Well that’s it for this year. I have one of my own that has been pieced and is biding his time, waiting for his turn on the longarm.  Just need to make a few Xmas gifts first!  Thanks for looking!...
Cirque de Cercles

Cirque de Cercles

Well, the Handi Quilter has been broken down, packed and shipped to its’ new home in Arizona.  The Innova has arrived, been unpacked and is assembled…a mere 16 hours of reading directions and building a ginormous erector set. I haven’t sewn one stitch yet, but I’m really, really close. In the meantime, there was this finish. It’s currently hanging in the Taos Town Hall for an exhibition our guild is having. It is totally inspired by my friend Donna, who taught me the ‘piec-lique’ technique, and has made a quilt or two or three with these cool circles that I always admire. It started with no plan at all, and I just kept adding circles until it felt done.       This is where I called it a finish, and started working on the quilting.   Wasn’t that fun!? It’ll be in my Etsy shop after the show. Thanks for...
Longarm for Sale $7775

Longarm for Sale $7775

I’ve decided I need more quilting space.  My Handi Quilter Avante is for sale for $7775.  I am willing to break it down, pack it in original boxes and deliver it up to 200 miles.  Meeting you somewhere for a transfer is an option as well.  $7775.00  Handi Quilter Avante 18 with 12′ table. One owner, purchased in April 2014. Includes owner’s manual, stitch regulator, micro handles, ruler base, Handi Light with LED lighting, 2 channel locks, laser light, stylus, Gammill bobbin winder with manual, 4 longarm rulers. Perfect condition, clean and very well taken care of. It is currently set up and available for trial sewing. I have the original boxes and I’m willing to take it apart, box it up, and either deliver it up to 200 miles, or send it via UPS at buyer’s expense. Buyer is responsible for setting it up on their end. Available for local pickup.         Thanks for checking it out. Send a message if interested to juniperquilts@gmail.com, or respond to this post....
The Wolfe Project

The Wolfe Project

The Wolfe Project, so named as it is the end result of a class taught by Victoria Findley Wolfe, on her Improv Lemoyne Star.  It was a bit slow getting started…sooo many choices.  In fact, I had no idea what I was doing for the first couple hours of the class.  Then, I started just fitting the pieces together to come up with something somewhat pleasing.  Once I got the star going, I came home and starting making it bigger. And bigger. So a wall hanging became a pretty good size lap quilt.  It’s not often that customers let me go wild with the longarm, so I added a lot of solid black so I could play. I ended up loving it, so prepare for photo-overload. The entire process perfectly exemplifies the following:                                  OK. Enough is enough. Thanks for looking!...
Careful what you wish for…..

Careful what you wish for…..

I bought my Handiquilter in 2014 so I could quilt my own pieced tops, and with the hope of having a bustling small business quilting for customers.  I employed the usual PR tactics: FB, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, active in guild, showing my quilts, website, business cards all over the DFW metroplex, and discount off 1st quilt.  It was slow going for 6 months, then we moved to New Mexico, where it got much slower. The 1st year, I typically had about one customer quilt per month.  I’d read about longarmers with an 8 month backup, and think….whaaattt??  In my dreams. The DFW metroplex has a population of  6.6 million.  Taos has 6,000.  Do the math. So I happily adjusted my expectations.  I love it here. Customers or not.  I work part time in the brilliant quilt shop on the plaza, I’m the prez of the guild, I have a beautiful studio and I can quilt to my heart’s content.  But lately, very subtly, my business has kicked into high gear.  Do I have an 8 month wait list? No. But I have a 1 month wait list.  And I work on customer quilts nearly every free moment I have.  I haven’t been able to make my own quilt(s) for 6 weeks. But that is in my control.  Maybe that’s where the 8 months come in!  Longarmers spacing their work out.  Hmmm. In any regard, I love quilting. And here are some of the customer quilts I’ve been privileged to work on. This pattern, pieced by Joella, is from Victoria Findley Wolfe’s book Double Wedding Ring Quilts.       This round lone star is one I pieced, actually, but didn’t post it until I gave it to my niece Jillian and her new husband. Looks like I never took a shot with the binding on!     Simple baby quilt. Actually, I made this one, too. But it was a commission.  Simple…used one piece of fabric and added a border. This, for a woman in her 80’s who just started quilting. She’s amazing.     A friend purchased a torn antique quilt at a thrift shop, restored it beautifully.   This gorgeous thing was pieced by my friend, Sue. We took a class with Victoria Findley Wolfe on Improv Lemoyne Stars.   These next three were very cool to work on.  This gal JUST started quilting.  The one with the  HoffmanSkyline fabric, she made the pattern up herself.   This next one belongs to my co-worker… She said the magic words…”Do whatever you want.”   And that is it, except for the one I’ll finish in about 20 minutes.  But enough for now.   Thanks for looking! Debbie      ...