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      ...
Some down time….

Some down time….

Posting is not my favorite thing to do, but some down time in LA lends itself to putting this stuff down for all eternity.  I’ve mostly been working on customer quilts, but this is one I made for myself recently.   And these are the customer quilts I’ve enjoyed stitching up. You can see that some of us recently had a class on Lone Stars!   This was a wedding gift for my niece and nephew-in-law~ (I think I remembered to put the binding on. Sure hope so.)     This was 16 blocks of embroidery. Very pretty quilt.     This gal created a self portrait in the middle. And it really does sort of look like her!   Squeezed in a couple Quilts of Valor…That date on the photo is wrong…I don’t want to take the time to learn how to fix it on my camera.   Sue’s Double Wedding Ring Table Runner with Day of the Dead – reeeaaalllyy cute.   An edge to edge~   A quilt from Texas – tried some new stuff with my new rulers from Linda Hrcka at Quilted Pineapple.   And most recently, Big Lights Big City – a pattern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, made by my friend Joella.  Very scrappy and looks great!   Thanks for checking in!...
Meet Georgia…

Meet Georgia…

Hannah and I were at Quitcon in Pasadena in February.  There we saw this giraffe quilt hanging, majestically.  Hannah, being the director of a preschool, thought it would be a nice touch at the school, so I bought the Violet Craft pattern, all paper piece.  The pattern is one in her set of Jungle Abstractions. The pattern is ingenious, really.  I can’t imagine the type of brain that can concoct such a thing.  There are 100 paper pieces to the pattern, and each piece requires anywhere from 2 to 12 (maybe 14 – I can’t remember) pieces of fabric to be sewn to it.  It’s a monumental task, but so well designed.  If you just follow the pattern, you get a giraffe. This is the first section. The back of the first section! Headless Hello! All pieced and quilted.   And here she lives, at Chalk Preschool in Venice, CA.  She’s so popular!!...
A whole bunch of finishes….

A whole bunch of finishes….

Seemingly not comfortable with working on one project from beginning to end without starting at least 3 other projects in the midst of it all, I end up with half a dozen things going on.  Which doesn’t bother me until they are all ALMOST finished, but not quite, and I’m ready to start to a new project.  Maybe I should hire a ‘closer’, like the Major Leagues. That is an excellent idea, but highly unlikely. Of course, they wouldn’t ‘do it right’. So here’s the line up of recent finishes… IT STARTED AS A SCARF.  I doubt you’ll find another quilt with that name.  But really, I did come across, quite by accident, a very pretty rayon scarf on ETSY.  I don’t do scarves.  I don’t even do collars. But I thought it would make a pretty center block for a medallion quilt. But after adding (48) 4″ paper pieced pineapple blocks, I decided I would never make into a bed quilt, and stopped at a decent size for a wall hanging.  But, being rather dull, what with only one border and all, I pretended to be Terrie Mangat, and started adding beads and embroidery until it was acceptably interesting. The scarf ends with the 1″ red border. I added the rest.           Next finish….The Community Quilt.  This is created from a panel featuring various laborers and professionals and miscellaneous members of your typical community, in skeletal form, a la Dia de Muertos.  After intentionally building the blocks in log cabin style, but on the wonky side, I couldn’t come up with a desirable way to connect them all. So I didn’t. Using my longarm, I top stitched them onto muslin.  So pleased with the result… My funny, creative, sweet son-in-law is an insane NC Panthers family, as is the rest of his family.  I found this pretty Panther fabric, and turquoise…well, how could I not.   This was a rare purchase – a kit.  Alison Glass fabric.  I love the tone of it. But the kit did sit on a shelf for a year. A wall hanging for Hannah & Adam.   The Sun, The Moon, & The Stars…30″ x 30″.  Created from a panel. I hesitate to post these next two, as they are 100% copied from a mini quilt at Quiltcon this year.  My daughter and I loved it, and she asked me to make one like it.  I am so sorry I did not get the name of the quilter.  I loved it so much, I made two – to play with the different stitching. It is 13″x 13″.     Almost done.  Our guild here in Taos recently enjoyed a 2 day class with Vi Colombe, a South Dakota resident, but native of Taos. And an amazing quilter who makes perfect lone star quilts, many of them round.  They’re my new favorite thing. That is IT!  Actually, there is one more, but I’m waiting on a photo of it hanging in its’ new home. Thanks for checking in!...