Life

Hello friends! It’s been a bit.

We’ve had broken bones, broken machines, broken relationships, and now a broken bed.

Life has been crazy. So we’ve been a little silent. But not too worry we are still working in the background. I’m going to try this week to get better at posting.

My arm is doing so much better. This week most all of the pain is gone and I have pretty good range of motion. Can’t wait to get in the water where I can really work it out.

My machine is working really good too after having a fit and blowing her encoders. Being down two weeks was stressful for me in the beginning but I used the time to make a test pattern and now I can’t wait to have time to get it quilted!!

I hope life has been good to you. I feel like I’m mentally recovering from all of the stuff this year has thrown at us. Mentally it’s still hard for me to leave the house alone but I can tell I’m getting better about it. Do you struggle with mental stuff? I have found that really pampering myself, praying, and meditation helps a lot of the time. I am able to venture outside and sit in the sun now and that feels really good. It’s baby steps and looking toward the future with hope and trust.

Crazy times we live in!

XO’s

Lisa

Helping your LongArm quilter

Hello friends!

I hope this week is a good one for you!

I thought I would talk about some things that would allow me to work on your quilts better. We are getting really busy here so we are having to use our time wisely.

Most of all my quilts that come in are in perfect condition and ready to go but a few times I’ve had to do some extra work. The main one is the backing. Please make sure you allow 4 inches extra on all sides. Please have your backing pieced and squared.

Please make sure you mark the top on both the front and back unless it’s obvious.

Please trim off all threads off the top of the quilt that are loose.

Iron front and back. If needed when it gets here I can iron out where it had to be folded.

Also if you’ve put borders on measure on all four sides to make sure they are the same size. Nothings worse than me having to put tucks in because the borders are not even. In some cases I’ve actually taken a border off that was 2 1/2 inches longer than the other side just to fix it. That takes up extra time but it’s something that can be avoided if you can just measure at home. All borders should measure the same.

If I’ve mentioned something you can’t do then just let us know on the request form. I know piecing backing can be a little confusing when you have so much yardage.

I want to repeat that 99% of my quilts come in with no problem, so please don’t read this and think I’m calling you out.

The most important one that I deal with is not enough backing. A pattern will call for 4 yards but that does not include what I need to get it hooked to the machine. So remember we need 8 more inches on the length and on the width.

Now that wasn’t too bad was it?

I hope you all have a great Monday!!!

XO’s

Lisa

Happenings!

Phase Quilt

Hello friends!

Been kind of quiet on here but we’ve been working on some stuff that we cannot post till after July! Big fun stuff!

This week gets back to normal and playing catch up on quilts we have in here.

We’re having lots of sunshine in Indiana and we are so grateful for that! I worked on this Phase quilt last year. You can get the pattern at Modern Handcraft. It’s a fun one especially if you like curves!

My arm is healing and I’m thankful for that! It looks crazy but it is what it is! Meaning the bone has healed all jammed into the socket. I will loose some rotation on it but I’m working really hard in pt to get as much use out of it that I can!

I’m headed to Florida in June with my sister and I’m so super excited I can’t stand it!! Fun stuff! I can not wait to feel the heat and hear the water!

I used the edge to edge City of Light on this quilt! All fabrics are Kona Cottons. My favorites!!

Well hoping you have a great day!

Lisa

Lauren’s quilt.

Good morning friends!!!

I was able to work on this beautiful quilt that Lauren sent me! I had so much fun with it. She wanted it stitched out in a low density. It came out perfect. I just love all the colors in this thing! The work is beautiful!

Now I am off to work on a wedding commissioned quilt! Hoping to get a big dent in the top today! Here’s to wishing me luck!

XO’s

Lisa

Legendary Quilt

Hello! It’s me again! Yes two in one day! I just couldn’t wait to post this quilt. Is it not the coolest? It’s called Legendary and was pieced by my friend Amanda at Quilt Cakes. I just love love the greens in the trees. They are so vibrant. She made this as a Christmas gift for her dad. I’m sure he is going to love it! ❤️

She picked out the pattern Diagonal Plaid for the edge to edge and she wanted it low density. I think it was a perfect choice for this quilt!

As I’m writing this I’m practically sitting on my heating pad as my femur is screaming mad for some reason. I woke up this morning anxious and had numerous errands to run. I was so thankful to get back home. Home is my safety net. With worrying about the state of the world and this dang pandemic it’s almost tipping a lot of people over. If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety I would ask you to check on them. Please. I feel myself doing a shut down which means no phone, no social media, taking a break. It seems to calm me more when I do that. Anxiety is no fun and no joke. It’s scary when your body is racing inside and you feel like your going to implode. That’s the best way I can describe it.

So tonight I’ve shut myself in our bedroom where’s it’s nice and quiet. I have lavender in the diffuser and chai tea to drink. A good book and hopefully some good sleep tonight and I’ll wake up feeling better! Tomorrow is a busy day and that is so good for me too. I’m very grateful for my work!

Tell me how you take care of yourself during all this uneasy in the energy. I hope your doing good. Hang in there for dear life. It has to get better soon!!

XO’s

Lisa

Meadowland Quilt

Good morning friends! We survived our show this weekend and we are going to be working on a quilt top today, resting some, and watching some football!

I pieced this Meadowland myself. I love all the gold tones and fall colors. It’s my favorite time of the year as I really love the color orange right now! I got the bundle of fabric from Southern Charm Quilts and it was just the perfect match of fabrics. She has lots of fabric and some really cool patterns. January I want to make her Anthology quilt!

We are also super excited to be working on Suzy’s quilt top from Suzy Quilts. It’s from her Shine sew along and I can’t wait to get it on the LongArm!!

We also have 3 tshirt quilts and 5 full quilt finishes to get done by Christmas so with that being said our cut off for Christmas delivery is November 15. After that I can’t promise I will get the quilts back but I sure as heck will try!

All well workshop has a beautiful pattern for quilted coats and we will be working on these for our next fall show. We will have a long and short version. I’m super excited about that! I want one for myself so bad that I can’t wait to get started on them! Do you prefer shirt or long?

Well I am off of here now. Must pickup and cleanup the house from being gone all weekend. We hope you have a great Sunday!

XO’s

Lisa

Kayaking fun

Hello Sweet Friends! I hope this finds you doing well. I have had the best time with my son home from Pennsylvania. Yesterday we went Kayaking out at the Glendale State Wildlife Preserve. The skies are filled with smoke from the fires out west. It gives this curtain feeling. You know the sun is there but you can’t see it from the blanket of smoke. My heart hurts from the fires and all the terrible things going on in our world right now. This week of taking off work and doing things to distract me from the news and reality has been a God send. Today we are taking off and going to the Fire Tower that is close to us and climbing to the top of it. Another thing that we enjoy doing together!

I have had a few quilts on the longarm since he has been here. And we had our big show at the Chandelier Barn Market this past weekend. We took our quilts that I have been working on over the year. It went really well and I am so thankful for that. We are part of their Christmas show this year too so starting next week I will be working like crazy to get ready for that. I decided I am taking all neutral quilts this time as I really love neutrals and I really want to get to where my quilts are distinguishable from the client quilts I work on. Now to decide what to do with all the colored fabric I have. I guess I will slowly start when winter gets here of putting them into bundles and getting them on Etsy!

Well I hope this finds you doing well. A quick reminder that as of right now we are 2 weeks out on our longarm quilting. So if you are wanting to get a quilt done and back fast get your request in!

Until next time!

Lisa

Were out and about!

We are out and about today and tomorrow at the Chandelier Barn Market in Montgomery, Indiana!

Come out and see us and introduce yourself. We are so excited to see our friends and make new ones! The weather is suppose to be great today. Yesterday we sit up and we seen a ton of very beautiful booths. Something for everyone. This year the market will be on the Gasthof grounds in Montgomery!

We hope to see you there

XO

Lisa

Jenna Luedecke Designs

Jenn from Mountain View Quilter made this gorgeous test version of the Stella Star.

Hello Sweet Friends! I would like to introduce you to my friend Jenna of Jenna Luedecke Designs. She is a pattern maker and just released her new pattern Stella Star! It is a beginner friendly pattern for Foundation Paper Piecing. If you have never done it before now is a great time to learn! In fact she is getting ready to start her Stella Star Quilt A Long. I joined it. I’ve been wanting to learn how to paper piece for a long time. I’ve looked over the pattern and it completely looks doable for us newbies! Jenna also makes stunning quilts that I have had the opportunity to work on!

This is one of her quilts I worked on. The fabrics are from the Rifle Paper Co. Their fabric is so drool worthy and if money was no option I would have it all. Just check out that backing. We used the edge to edge Baptist Fans by Three Sisters Fabric. I think it turned out beautiful!

This is another one of Jenna’s that I worked on. The pattern is called Heart2Heart and it is by LaFortuna Designs, it is a new pattern coming out and you can watch her Etsy for the release. We used the edge to edge by Karlee Porter Designs called Mexican Tile 2. I love how this turned out! Perfect. I was a little skeptical at first but once I started I knew this was the best edge to edge for this pattern. Her colors are gorgeous. This quilt is beautiful wouldn’t you agree?

Well it is Thursday friends. We have almost made it to another weekend. It is crazy how fast the weeks are flying by. I wish they would slow down. I have so much I want to do, need to do, want to read, and want to paint. There is just now enough of me to get around and this week my neck and back have no been cooperating with me. Phew!

I hope you all have a great day!

Lisa

Inspiration Quilt & Client Quilt

I found this week that I had lost my inspiration for making a quilt. I cannot remember the last time I made one and I have a couple of test patterns coming up so I needed to jump back into it. So I pulled all my flower scraps out and did 9 inch blocks and pulled this quilt top together. I used the Compass edge to edge on it and I am loving how it turned out. I just need to get the binding done on it and it is headed to its new home. The lady has cancer and I hope the flowers brighten her day!

This is a client quilt I worked on. I have done a few for her. She likes her quits quilted very dense. Just look at all that texture on the back. I love it. I think the quilt itself was just beautiful and the quilting just adds the final touch!

It is raining here in Indiana like monsoon rain. We have had to empty our pool three times already as it was too full. It needs it again. I know the corn needed the rain but now I am ready for it to go on. I need to see some blue skies!! I hope you day is filled with sunshine and good deeds!

Love

Lisa