Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Vortex...unbelievable

Well, I cannot believe the Vortex has not swallowed me up alive!!  I have been consumed by this most amazing quilt for a couple weeks, now.  It was made by a new friend from Florida, named Julie.
She hand-pieced the whole vortex, and it was truly an amazing  project.  I had to do lots of thinking before I even started it.  How to quilt it???  How to keep it even, and not end up with puckers and pleats...oh, my...well, my hubby came up with a good idea and between the two of us we got it figured out.  I am going to post a few photos of how I basically did finally get it on the long-arm and then quilt it.  Thanks to Julie, I had a whole new thinking experience  to problem solve...I love to figure out how to do difficult quilts....even tho it may be scarey..yikes!!
I am also baby-sitting Cinda Lou.  She came yesterday and spent the night.  She practically sits on my feet as I am piecing...what a nice dog!  She is soooo sweet. 
Well, I am making plans to teach quilting again at  Smith Owen Sewing Center in Grand Rapids in October.  That should be great fun...we had a blast last time.  I hope some of you will be able to take the class.
In the mean-time, I will get back to the studio and finish stitching around the edge of the big Vortex, before it sucks me into the abyss of  UFO's!   PS....also working on a copy of Freddy's is nearly finished...just working on the last few flying geese is pretty wild.  Have a great day...

PPS....we celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary is it possible???We have known each other 51 hubby has surely been a good sport with all my messes and projects these 48   years...ha....Judy

In the picture was when I laid out the top on a table and added the pieced vortex circle...I had to get myself organized  for the quilting.  I then marked with pins inside the circle the width of the last row at the outer edge.
Then, I cut out the center of the  white top...that was so I didn't have so much thick fabric to deal with, and the quilt would lay flatter...the vortex would actually be against the batting.
Speaking of batting, who would guess it would be so hard to find a piece of white cotton batting in king size....I finally found some,   Dream worked just fine.( I had run out of white in my stash of batts.)  

I finally ended up pinning the back to the long-arm as usual.  Then I added the batting,  floated the top which by now had a huge hole cut into a giant Krispy Creme  glazed donut!   I loved glazed donuts....Then I simply floated the pieced vortex over the whole overlapping as evenly as WORKED....  Well, now I am ready to piece...oh, I did use some 505 spray to hold things a bit, and a few pins...then I had to crank the whole thing to the middle so I could start there and work my way out...didn't want any puckers on this masterpiece....that worked like a dream too....I simply ditched and stitched a swirly line...very simple so the vortex got all the attention....I did not applique the vortex to the background first.  I was afraid that it might stretch and end up with puckers ....which it did not by this system.  So, now I am stitching down around the edge of the vortex after the fact...worked out great...this info is for any of you who think you might want to try this quilt.....just don't get sucked into the I go!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012


HI All....well, it has taken me some weeks, but I think I finally figured out how to post a new blog.  Thanks to a friend in FL who has sent me the most amazing quilt to quilt.....oh, my would not believe the work that went into this piece.  I will get permission to post a picture!  Anyway, she said she reads my blog, and I felt so guilty for not writing lately, that I had my dear hubby and friend Sharon get me going again.  Can't figure out why the computer people have to always change things around and confuse my brain.
Anyway, today is my annual outdoor barbecue and quilt show.  We  grill hotdogs and EAT of course...and hang quilts on the fence around the yard.  It is always fun, and the weather has cooperated everytime so far.  I have to clean up the studio some, and  get some things ready around the pond and gazebo, but it will be so worth it to have everyone come by.   The long-armers usually come, at least some of them...what a great group of gals.  I hope if you are a long-armer you have a  support group like we do....great for sharing ideas or as a source of emergency supplies if ever you need them.
I just finished another great Freddy happy!...the quilt, that is.  Also just finished sending the last quilts to England for the next Kaffe should be a great one!  Be on the lookout for some great free patterns that will be on the Westminster site...I am just quilting them now.  They are very nice and will be easy to piece.

Well, just to get on line again with this blog,  I will make this a short post today...more later.  I have left out lots of things of late, so will try to catch up with some things...have a great day....judy  

Oh, do you get rid of all that white space....well, the quilts above are from Freddy Moran..her floral collage one, and then that wildly pieced wonder.  I am copying hers from just taking a few is a challenge, mostly because of the zillion pieces in each block....the original came from Quilt Life magazine awhile, can't believe I am piecing such an intense block...getting   quite a lot done already...also started another lonestar, with food theme!  Happy quilting.