A Happy Customer

icecream-quilt

A customer sent me a picture of a quilt she made and donated to her local fire department for their annual ice cream social 3 years ago. Sheryl said that the quilt was such a hit that she has made a quilt for them every year since. She used one of my designs to quilt it.

icecream-quilt-design

 

Thank you for sharing, Sheryl. Great job.

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Little setbacks and Counting Stars

Do you ever make a list of things that you want to accomplish within a certain time frame? You are convinced that goal is very doable and then reality hits. My advice: don’t update your software when you are in a hurry. Unfortunately, I did not listed to my own advice.  It started when I upgraded to Windows 10 and also upgraded my drawing and embroidery software. Although I know that certain things are done differently, I guess my fingers are just quicker than my brain and I keep trying it the old way. I keep using certain key strokes and then find out that I should have used different ones. Sometimes I even close the program by mistake and then feel so silly, because my now I should know better. On top of that there are the new features that require the help menu. The result is that everything takes so much longer and my to do list is in shambles.  So what is a person to do? Make a new list, of course, and the first item on that list is: Post a link to Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design’s August Strip Club quilt pattern.  It is lovely. Here it is:

If for some reason you can’t see the video, you can also find it on YouTube under Cozy Quilt Design.

Talk to you again next time.

Georgette

 

 

 

One UFO finished

First of all  I want to wish all the new subscribers a very warm welcome. I hope you enjoy my blog and look forward to a long relationship. Please feel free to leave comments or suggest new topics. And if you ask questions I’ll do my best to answer them. Of course I don’t pretend to know everything, but I’m very good at finding things out.

A while back I may have mentioned that I made a list of things that needed my attention, organization or maintenance and I had planned to get it all done before the end of the year. Well, it was the plan anyway, but it is now 6 months later and I am about halfway done. I always seem to under estimate how long things take, but I am making progress and I just finished a quilt that I abandoned 10 years ago.  What I remember is that at that time I fell in love with a new line of fabric, Growing Wild, with water lilies, irises, poppies, and other flowers in lovely colors. What’s not to like! I designed and made a quilt top in no time and then it became a UFO (unfinished object). My interests changed as I became more and more involved in designing quilting patterns. But now after all these years I finished it and I’m glad I did.

Here it is. I called it In full Bloom.

in full bloom

The blocks were fussy cut and the colors are more vibrant than those in the picture.

Here is a close up of one of the blocks. Amazing how different the colors are of 2 pictures of the same quilt:

in full bloom close up

The fabric for the back features water lilies, but unfortunately I did not have enough and had to piece large blue strips on the sides.

The back:

in full bloom fabric

I designed the quilting, FL-019 Water Lilies, especially for this quilt and it is available on my website at http://www.quiltersniche.com/quilting/Flowers_1.htm, but it took me 10 years before I finally did the quilting.

In-Full-Bloom-quilting

The quilt pattern (for piecing) is available at Cozy Quilt shop, but the picture on the pattern was done in different fabrics because by the time someone made a sample to test the pattern the Growing Wild fabric was already sold out. Lesson learned: When you see fabric you like, better buy it right away because the following week it may be gone. Here is a picture of the pattern:

In-Full-Bloom

I found one more quilt top stuck away on a shelf. I may quilt and finish that one too. Another item that was not on my to do list. I guess that is why it is taking me so long to finish that list. I keep finding other things to do.

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the Moms.

Until next time.

Georgette

 

New video of a strip quilt

It has been a busy couple of weeks. I have made a dent in my list of things to do. I am almost finished with designing new quilting patterns for the next month. Yeah! I have started and am about half way through my Spring cleaning and organizing. (This should have been done a couple of years ago). I was able to drop off a really large bag of clothing and items I no longer need or use at Goodwill and also quite a few electronic items that were outdated. Most places don’t accept anything electronic here in California, but I found one Goodwill that does and it was not too far away. I think they need a special license to do so. I am glad to be rid of those things as they were just gathering dust and taking up space, but how come I don’t seem to have that much more room in my closets?

I was also able to sew and embroider a new knit top. I’ll show that and my new quilting designs in my next blog as I still have to take a picture.  I am very pleased with how my new top turned out. I call it a top because it is too nice to call it a T-shirt and too thin to call it a sweater. I am sure there is a correct word for it, but I don’t know which one. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

Anyway, I am just rambling on. What I really want to show you today is a video of my daughter Daniela, showing how to assemble her latest strip quilt. The pattern, Double Friendship Star, is available from www.cozyquilt.com or perhaps at your local quilt shop if they are smart enough to carry her patterns.

Double Friendship Star

You can find the video at YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythmrkgo8j4

Happy crafting.

Georgette

Tranquility Place quilting designs

Tranquility

Tranquility Place was the result of a cooperative effort between my daughter, Daniela, owner of Cozy Creative Center,  and myself. I blogged about the quilt earlier this year, but today I would like to show you the digital quilting designs I came up with for this quilt.  I like designing for specific quilts or blocks. It gives me a starting point instead of staring at a blank computer screen and wondering what to come up with next. Normally, the customer has to send me photos or drawings of the different blocks with the measurements so I can recreate the blocks and the basic layout of the quilt in either Electric Quilt or CorelDraw. That in itself is sometimes quite a job, but for Tranquility Place it was unnecessary as I had designed the quilt myself (with a few changes and additions by Daniela). I kept the basic layout as a backdrop and started drawing over it and kept changing and refining the design until it fit and I was happy with the design.

Here is an example of the backdrop together with my drawing

example

A quarter block was first which I then copied and mirrored.

 center-1

center-2

I then repeated the double block to make the first row of the center.

center-3

That row was repeated three more times to fill the center with every other row mirrored vertically.

center

Finally there is a series of borders, shown partially below.

borders

What? You’re not making a Tranquility Place quilt? No problem, the designs can be used on many different quilts, or would even make a lovely whole cloth quilt. Just be aware, that they are digitized designs for all popular computerized long arm machines. They can be ordered as a package or as individual files on my website.

The quilt pattern can be ordered from www.cozycreative center.

NOTE: All images and designs are copyright protected.

Ring of Wreaths video

Just a quickie post today. Last time I promised a video showing how the quilt is put together. Well, the video is now on You Tube and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04jUzaIm4ZU. As you can see it is not that hard to put together. Just a bunch of squares and some triangles. Of course, the pattern has detailed instructions and yardage requirements for different sizes..

Ring-of-Wreaths

I was at Cozy just this afternoon and they also had made a smaller version. Just a single wreath and this one was in Fall colors, browns, deep red, beige, and other lovely colors, showing that it does not have to be a Christmas project. It was just as lovely. I did not get a picture as one of the ladies there was sewing on the binding. Okay, that is my excuse. Yes, she was sewing on the binding, but I also forgot about taking pictures. Maybe next time.

It is available at www.cozycreativecenter.com and local quilt shops throughout the U.S.

Have a  great “what is left of the” weekend everyone. Talk to you again soon.

Georgette.

Tranquility Place and Winter Solstice

Tranquility

WOW, I just realized that I have not posted anything in a while. I’ve been busy, I had to get new quilting designs ready to post.  I also played with my Silhouette Cameo and came up with some really nice cutting designs. At least I think so myself, but I’ll let you be the judge. Both the new quilting and the cutting designs should be on my website by tomorrow (March 1st) so please check them out. For the quilting designs click on the quilting tab and the cutting designs are in the SVG-Applique tab. The cutting-applique designs are available in 4 formats: SVG for cutting machines, and a WMF, a PDF in color and a PDF in just outlines, all three the same size as the SVG.  So you should be able to import one of these into your embroidery software. More about that in my next post. Today I want to share something else.

 

My daughter, Daniela of Cozy Creative Center has a new book out, Tranquility Place, and it features a quilt that I designed. Now I have to admit that although she listed my name first on the cover, Daniela  actually did all the hard work. Not only did she add the top and bottom rows and changed the borders, but she wrote the instructions and took care of the layout, and all the math for yardage calculations. The quilt can either be made all at once or divided into 5 steps for a Block of the Month project. That is not all, she then designed 5 additional quilt layouts by rearranging the blocks. The book is in full color and beautiful. It is available at www.cozyquilt.com or your local quilt shop.

Oh, and by the way, although the quilting does not show up very well in the photo, it is a pattern I designed specifically for this quilt.

And that is not all. One of my quilt designs, Winter Solstice, was also featured in the Keepsake catalog. The same comments I made for Tranquility Place apply to this one too. It may be my design, but Daniela did all the hard work getting it ready for release. Here are two different color ways of the same quilt showing what a difference the choice of fabric can make. Patterns are also available at http://www.cozyquilt.com.

winter stolstice   Winter-Solstice-rev

If you have any questions, comments, or special requests, please lists them in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy quilting everyone. Talk to you soon.

Georgette

http://www.quiltersniche.com