Sunday, June 3, 2007

Finished is a very good thing!

Apparently this is the weekend for finishes. I don't keep a list for crossing things off except in my mind - it feels really good to cross these off my mental "list".

I finished quilting two flannel samplers for a customer that needed to be done by mid-June. I've not quilted a sampler before so I had lots and lots of fun figuring out how to quilt each block. I'm lucky - quilts "talk" to me and tell me how they want to be quilted. These two were no exception - their message was coming through loud and clear. I liked the results so much that I took a picture of each block - I've never done that before. The owner of these quilts is in my little guild, so I'll deliver them to her at the meeting on Thursday. I sure hope she likes them as much as I do. I've never done two custom quilts one after the other in one day - by the time I was done with the second one last night my legs and back were aching as were my hands from gripping the handles of the machine. I know some ladies have put new cushioned grip bicycle hand grips on their machine - I think I need to look into something like that.

In between quilts yesterday I helped my husband spread another yard of bark. It was HOT outside, and my body just doesn't like the heat. The thermometer said it was in the mid to upper '80's, and standing in the sun was more than I could do. We were doing the beds to the east of our driveway, so I sat under the crab apple tree watching him shovel a load into the wheelbarrow and then dump it on the beds. My job was coming out of the shade long enough to spread the bark in a nice layer all around the plants while he went back to the truck for another load. We couldn't believe it - this load was supposed to be the last - but it wasn't enough to do everything. With the little that was left Fred did the neighbor's side of our west bed that borders the property line while I swept all the stray bark off the driveway. Our yard recycle containers are empty so I could have moved on to trimming shrubs but it was too darn hot. There was no bark left for the bed on the west side of the house either. We decided to call it quits until next weekend - hopefully it will be a bit cooler then. I came in and jumped into the shower while Fred went to the club to shower, then to the grocery store for milk, and finally to Subway to get our dinner. I was starting the second flannel quilt by the time he got back with the sandwiches. At least everything visible from the front of the house now looks great - as long a one doesn't pay that much attention to the shrubs that need trimming!


Today I'm doing the very last customer quilt in my possession. I've had this one almost since I first got my machine. It's a good thing my friend Sue is in no hurry for this one. I told her it had to wait until I felt my skills were good enough - and that's taken over 2 1/2 years. She got the idea for this convergence quilt from one she saw at a quilt show. She and her husband love to sail, have a sail boat, and decorate their large house with lots of sailing related things. The quilting is to be all freehand, with a vibrant sunshine in the sky and waves all over the water. I have a photo that shows the quilting pretty well so I know what she wants. This afternoon is going to be the day I tackle it. Wish me luck! I'll be so glad to have this one finished and off my conscience. I bet she'll be so surprised when I give it back to her on Tuesday.

Update: the photo showing finished quilting is the "idea" picture I'm to use to quilt this quilt. The quilt is on the machine but so far I've not had the courage to start quilting it. She may or may not get it on Tuesday. I keep telling myself it's not going to get any easier by putting off starting. So am I quilting? No, I'm watching baseball and reading email and blogs on the laptop.

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Gratitudes:
1. Subway turkey sandwich
2. A pretty front yard
3. Big trays of flowers from Costco
4. Creme Brulee Coffeemate
5. Cooler weather today - oops! Not true after all. Hopefully tomorrow!

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24 comments:

Hedgehog said...

Good luck with that quilt! Tell your friend the top is gorgeous!

Chookyblue said...

Love the 2 quilts you have quilted. Tell your friend they are very nice....

Anne said...

The quilting you did on the samplers looks great! They are really pretty, and no wonder they talked to you :o)

Best of luck quilting your friend Sue's beautiful quilt top!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Isn't it great to clear the decks of stuff that needs to be done?!

Great job!

anne bebbington said...

The quilting on that convergence quilt is wonderful - you were right to wait until you felt confident to do it justice - and have you ever - gorgeous!

Vicki W said...

The sampler quilts are lovely - someone is going to be very happy with them! The convergence quilt is one of the nicest that I've seen so far.

Joanne said...

You did a great job quilting the two samplers. I really like the quilting on the block with the black and red center. And tell whomever made the samplers that I really like them both -- and I don't much care for sampler quilts!
Just jump right in on the sailboat quilt -- you're on a roll!

Libby said...

Don't be too hard on yourself - you do beautiful work and your friend will love it. Like you said - the quilt will talk to you and tell you what it needs.

Dawn said...

I love your idea picture for the sailing quilt - I hope you started it! That is a very cool idea! And hurray for the other finishes!

Fiona said...

You can do it! Once you get going you'll be fine.

YankeeQuilter said...

Love the sampler quilts! Two quilts finished in a weekend deserves a break! You need to recharge.

Anonymous said...

Patti, Patti, Patti,
you CAN do this...that quilting on the quilt you found is just amazing and is perfect for these style quilts...all FREEFORM so up for your interpretation of it.
YOU can do it...just start or should I say...
just do it!
....works for nIke should work for you too!!!!
Kathie in NJ

Lily said...

When I am good enough, I'd love to try a quilt like your friend's, and the planned quilting is just marvellous. Good luck Patti, I'm sure you'll do a great job :)

cher said...

I know you will do a fabulous job on the sail boat quilting Patti! You could try some doodling on paper just to warm up your brain...then go for it! Way to go on getting two sampler quilts done over the weekend plus out in the sun doing bark patrol...you rock!

Judy said...

Just remember, you don't have to make it exactly like that one line for line so don't fret over every line! It's fun design so let it flow.....

You'll do a great job!

The Chicken Lady said...

Your quilt is so beautiful, and good luck with the quilting on Sue's quilt. It will be like Christmas for her, I'm sure, when she gets it. :)

Nancy said...

Both of the samplers are pretty. I'm having a hankering to make a sampler and think that's what I'll do with the fabrics I ordered Friday when they come in.

And you friends quilt is just gorgeous! I can see why you wanted to practise a bit on other things before you tacked that one. But I have every confidence that you can pull it off.

Judith said...

The two sampler quilts look great and your friends quilt will be gorgeous too when you start it. So hop from the computer and go and start it.

Rhonda said...

Love the sampler. The colors are great.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Nothing beats a finish. Well done. Imagine the stuff I could finish if I could get off this computer?

Sandra said...

If the two lovely samplers are anything to go by, your friend will love whatever you do on the Convergence sailing quilt!

Happy Valley Quilter said...

OOOhhh! I absolutely love the first picture in your post. The flying geese border piece really speaks to me!

Jeanne said...

Finished IS a really good thing. You did a wonderful job of quilting the two quilts. I'd say you are definitely ready to begin your friend's quilt now, which, btw, is just fantastic.

Nicole said...

Aren't those flannel samplers stunning! Your quilting is beautiful.