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Start to Finish - 4 days "Windfall" queen size quilt,  Sep 3,4,5,6

13 Windfall.jpg  Windfall Quilt 

I've been working 12 hours days in the studio, but yesterday was 16.

Yesterday Sep 6 - finished the long arm quilting, pulled it off the frame, squared, prepped and installed binding, turned binding and hand stitched.  Finished hand stitching 3 of 4 sides last night. 

Today is Sep 7- ah, its almost 5:30a now.  I'll finish handstitching 4th side of the Windfall quilt.  Then, I'm ready to start on the next quilt!  Got some great ideas.  

Below are photos of building/quilting "Windfall"

Tuesday morning September 3, I started cutting 4" squares of colorful fabrics.  I cut 10" squares of the dark gray fabric. 

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Snowball corners, but took the extra time to draw a second line to create half square triangles for a future project, or decorating blue jeans purses.

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3 Windfall.jpg  While it makes for less than 1/4" seams, I sew with smaller stitch length, and of course I quilt the snot out of it.  

4 Windfall.jpg 
6 Windfall.jpg  View of the first 4 rows sewn. 

The long arm frame comes in handy, to display - keeping the colors random without duplication where corners touch.  Once the first 4 rows are in order, I copy the same to create rows 5,6,7,8, until I finish with 10 rows.  Adding a 4" border brings me to the range of 92 wide by 104 (ample queen size).

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As soon as I finished piecing the top, I moved on to cutting main backing fabric and added scrappy art panels.  The art panels achieve a goal of 100" wide backing I need. 

8 Windfall.jpg 

9 Windfall.jpg  10 Windfall.jpg  12 Windfall.jpg  13 Windfall.jpg  14 Windfall.jpg  16 Windfall.jpg  17 Windfall.jpg  18 Windfall.jpg 
Update: 

I took the last five quilts to the Labor Day show, Sun Sep 1.  A return customer came by my booth and bought 2--the Electric Log Cabin Quilt and Personal Appearance queen size quilts.  Later another gal purchased Top Nosh.   Wow, what a "windfall".   But now I only have two quilts remaining for my next show.

22 log cabin electric.jpg  Electric Log Cabin

19 PA.jpg  Personal Appearance


4 Top Nosh.jpg  Top Nosh

Problem:  my next show is Sep 21, I need at least 4 quilts to display.  So the pressure is on to build several queens, a couple more body pillows, and a dozen wool purses.  Wish me luck.  


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Wow, wow, wow!  You are amazing lady.  Great job on those quilts and sales.  You have some stamina. to keep up with that many hours (and still have a life)!
I love the textured looking print fabric you chose for your backing on the Windfall quilt.

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Beautiful, each and every one of them!
Wish I could join you at the Toga, but company expected here at home.

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Thank you Mavis.  Thank you Lori.  

I finished hemming the Windfall quilt this morning.  Done.

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Then I went to studio to cut and sew "square in a square blocks" for a new quilt.  Based on 4" wide cuts, and 2.5" sashing. 

Because of the larger scale, I need 56 blocks to reach 90 x 90.   7 across, 8 rows.

I'll add some city lights border top and bottom to flesh it out to 90 x 104.  Photos to follow (tomorrow?).  Need a working title.

I cut oodles of 4" squares for the Windfall quilt, and so I'll use those blues, greens, grays already cut to make blocks with center squares of orange, golden yellows for the square in a square quilt.

Sashing is dark blue with teal print (very small print).  Dark sashing for contrast is my game plan.  

First row assembled this morning (7 blocks).  Second row of blocks are sewn and ready to assemble. 

Looking through the bolts to find a few more blues, and there is a turquoise splotchy batik I want to throw into the mix. 

This quilt has to be fast, fast.  I'm high on M & M's right now.





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Linda, your quilts are just absolutely beautiful.  I would be lucky to work a couple of hours a day! lol!  The cost of getting older, older and older!  My can do just can't keep up with my want to!
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Linda, your quilts are just absolutely beautiful.  I would be lucky to work a couple of hours a day! lol!  The cost of getting older, older and older!  My can do just can't keep up with my want to!


Thank you Jeanette regarding my quilt work.  You are so kind.  I appreciate you.  This isn't my normal routine getting ready for a show.  

Confession:
I tend to heal my feelings by working harder than necessary.  I don't have a off switch.  But, in an attempt to change it up, I've arranged to go on two trips (September 27-29 River Rat TOGA), (Mid October Weekend with gal pals which includes a murder mystery train ride and dinner).  Things I've always wanted to do.  DH hates to travel.  So, I will make my own fun and try something different than working in the studio every day.  I need to see people, go places, and breathe some air!

Because you have such wisdom Jeanette, I always look forward to reading your posts and commentary.  Life ain't easy, is it?  Takes work and patience.  Advice?  I'm ready to listen.



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