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!...