Custom Longarm Machine Quilting

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Quilt UberFest, Block Progress

Block 1
Block 2

So remember my last post?  The one about how I was quilting the Quilt UberFest quilt but I hadn't made any blocks?  Yeah, I started to feel some quilt guilt about that.  So, I rummaged through my ever-expanding (much to my husband's dismay) fabric stash and found the perfect fat quarter stack to use!  I am using Bari J's Paris Apartment, by Lecien.  It is beautiful fabric, and I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Block 3
Block 4
I had this grand idea yesterday that I would catch up totally.  I would be able to do all 15 blocks, no problem.  I'm laughing now as I type this because I clearly wasn't right in the head when I set that goal!  Somehow I kind of forgot that I have a 5 year old and a husband to look after, and that food is kind of a necessity to survive and be able to function.  Needless to say, I didn't get all 15 (now 16) blocks finished.  BUT!  I did manage to get 6 of the blocks done.  A few were really quick and easy (my favorite kind of blocks!) and some were more challenging (block 6, for example).

Block 6
The theme of the quilt is half square triangles, or HSTs, and log cabins.  I don't so mind the log cabins, although sometimes mine seem to turn into more of a circular cabin instead of a square if I don't watch my seam allowances.  It's the HSTs that get me.  I swear they are the bane of my existence, but I am determined to do them and finish this quilt!  Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? haha

Block 5
Anyway, enjoy my pictures of my blocks, and keep checking for my finished top....hopefully by the end of the month!  Also, if you're joining in all the Quilt UberFest fun, be sure to join our Flickr group and upload photos of your blocks, finished projects, fabric selection, whatever!

P.S. - sorry about the weird photo placement. I'm not really liking the new Blogger photo thing....doesn't let me do so much as far as placement.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quilt UberFest

I feel like I've kind of dropped the ball here a little with promoting this fabulous quilt along I am a *small* part of, but better late than never, right?

So first off, what is Quilt UberFest?  Well, it is 16 days of awesomeness.  Each day there will be a new block by a different designer.  It started October 1st (see, I told you I dropped the ball a little!)

Block 1 was by John Adams of Quilt Dad fame.  You can find the block on his blog, here.
Block 2 was by Kaye Prince of Miss Print.  You can find the block on her blog, here.
Block 3 was by Karen Linton (@savinggrc on Twitter).  You can find the block here.
Block 4 was by Konda Luckau.  You can find the block tomorrow on her blog, here.

Oh, did I mention that the fabric all of the designers is using is Sleeping Beauty by Nel Whatmore?  Scott over at Blue Nickel Studios (who also put this whole UberFest together - he is amazing!) has posted an interview with Nel about her new line for Freespirit.  Check it out on his blog, here.

Also, because I will probably forget to keep posting who did which block and where you can get it, you can find the complete UberFest schedule here on Scott's blog.

So, you've clicked over to the schedule and haven't found my name on the list, right?  That's because I am actually going to be quilting the quilt.  I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of this quilt along by quilting the finished top!  I will post pictures for sure, once I can.  Until then, I would love to see what you have done as far as the UberFest blocks.  Join us over on Flickr and post your progress in our Flickr group!

I am - hopefully - going to get a chance to quilt along, too.  I still have to pick out my fabrics!  (I am sooo behind!)  My husband has decided that 24 drawers full of fabric is TOO much.  HA!  I actually don't blame him.  So, together we agreed that I cannot purchase any *new* lines of fabric until I use up some of my stash.    And can I just say that I happen to have some darling fabrics in my stash?  Yeah, I do.  And I have no idea what to do with some of them.  This quilt along would be the perfect chance to use up some of those sets.  And the bonus?  All of my fabric is girly.  I might just end up with a darling quilt for baby girl before she makes her appearance in January (or December, if she comes early).  :)

So what are you waiting for?! Join us on this awesome UberFest of quilting. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm Back!

Man, has it really been over a month since I posted?  Huh, guess it has.  I am so SORRY I have neglected this blog lately.  But, I have a really good reason!

First of all, for those of you who do not know already, I am pregnant.  Yes, we are really excited.  This is our second.  We have a boy, and are expecting a girl.  They will be 5 years apart.  I am perfectly fine with this.  I am not due until January, so (hopefully) I won't go into labor until after Christmas.

Whew!  Now that that is out of the way! hahaha

I have also been busy coordinating our first ever quilt retreat in conjunction with the Annual Salem Days Quilt Show.  Both took place earlier this month, and both were really fun to be involved with.  Sadly, this will be my last year coordinating the quilt show, as I don't foresee being able to do it with a 7 month old baby next summer.  I took lots of pictures at the retreat, and a few at the quilt show, so watch out for those posts to be up on this page....eventually :-)

Also, in case you haven't been here for a while, or this is your first visit to the blog, please note that there are more pages across the top of the blog.  Be sure to check them all out!  There are new payment options, hours of operation, Christmas pre-booking is going on, and there is a brand, spanking new FAQ page!

If you have downloaded the old order form, please take a moment to grab the new one from the link in the sidebar.  (or you can just go here).

Hopefully I'll have lots of more fun stuff throughout the coming months to post here, so please keep visiting!  Thank you for stopping by.  And remember, if you have any questions, you can always contact me! :-)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Salem Days Retreat: AN UPDATE!!!

Have you met the fabulous ladies from Izzy n Ivy Designs?  They are so much fun, and so fun to be around! Plus, they're all uber-creative and make the cutest things!!  Their newest notion is called Sprinkles, and they are the sweetest little tags to finish off your handmade item.  They are so darling!!

 (photo from Izzy n Ivy Designs)

Well, we are happy to announce that these fabulous ladies have agreed to come to our retreat to do a little Show n Tell.  

And by Show n Tell, I mean a FASHION SHOW!   We can't wait to see all of the cute things they've done, and hear any tips or tricks that they've discovered to help you make their fun creations.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 Salem Days Retreat

I am so excited to be able to announce the First (hopefully annual!) Salem Days Quilt Show Kick-Off Day Retreat!!!!

It is going to be so much fun!  I can't wait to be able to spill all of the juicy details!

But, here's a sneak peek of what's in the works:

Awesome trunk shows (we are working on lining up some really GREAT guests to show off their stuff!)

Quick and Easy Make and Takes - Learn some new tips, tricks, and techniques.  Kits will be provided

LUNCH!!!  We have a yummy lunch planned for everyone!

PRIZES!!!!!  We will be holding drawings periodically throughout the day for special prizes.  Plus, everyone gets some sweet swag to take home with them!  You won't be going home empty handed, that's for sure!!

The retreat info is as follows:

Saturday, August 6, 2011
10 AM - 4 PM
Registration is $20, and includes ALL of your kits, handouts, and lunch! (such a good deal!! seriously!!)

Join in the discussion on our Facebook event page (it's a public event, so anyone can join in the fun!!)

Print off your registration form and mail it in (or bring it in in person, if you're in the area).  Don't forget your registration fee though!

This is seriously going to be so much fun, and we are so excited about it!!!  Keep checking in here or on the Facebook event page for updates!  We'll be announcing our awesome guests as soon as we get everything locked in!  It's going to be a blast!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Sorry I've been AWOL for a few months.  Thanks for still checking in to see if I've updated! I really appreciate it.

I am working on revamping some things.  This is taking longer than I anticipated.  But I promise, it will be great when I finally get it all figured out!  :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Row By Row

 This cute quilt is a shop sample for Gracie Lou's.  Isn't it so cute??
I quilted a medium density meander in So Fine! Snow - colored thread.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Feathers, Leaves, and Flowers

 This pretty quilt is a shop sample for Gracie Lou's.  It took me a whole week to finish it, but I think it turned out great!  I didn't have my Nikon at work with me today, so I took the photos with my point-and-shoot that I keep in my purse.  As a result, you may have to click on the pictures to view a larger version in a new window in order to see some of the detail.  Sorry about that.  I will be taking the Nikon back to the shop tomorrow.
 In the square blocks I quilted flowers, similar to the flowers in the fabric.
 In the smaller rectangles, I added an extra layer of batting for a trapunto-look and quilted feathers.
 In the shorter, skinny rectangles, and larger rectangles, I quilted fern leaves.
 In the long skinny rectangles I quilted feathers.
I did a tiny, tight meander on all of the gray sashing.

For the meander, I used Permacore Mist (a grey colored thread), and for everything else I used So Fine! Thistle (a lavendar/purple color).

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's a New Year!

Welcome to 2011!!

Have you set any crafting/quilting goals for this year?  

Is one of your goals to finish a quilt, whether it's one you recently started, or one that's been sitting in the closet for years?

Let us help you reach that goal!

To schedule a quilting consultation, email Joanna at designsbylaurajo{at}gmail{dot}com