Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Time Flies

In many ways this year has been speeding, it feels like I just arrived in South Dakota and within a week I will be on my way home again.

Old Business

The winners of my giveaways:

Quiltin'LibraryLady got the pendant and Kristyn (who does not have a blog) got the free pattern by Tweeting my link.

Where in the world is Henrietta?

Lori and I took her Green Princess down to the manufacturer in Wichita last week. Kenquilt have made several improvements since we bought our machines including a re-think of the tension assembly (yippee!) to a simpler clutch mechanism and modifications to the needle bar and wheel which reduce vibration to almost zero. Think Cadillac instead of Jeep and you will get the idea, the ride is a lot smoother and less tiring, not that it was all that rough to begin with compared to other similarly sized machines I have tried.

On my design wall (which is really Lori's of course) the monster I am making for my son, the pattern is Yin Yang designed by Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilt Designs. This is the second half of it taking up the whole wall. Rows waiting to be stitched together and two rows of blocks waiting to turn into rows.

This is the completed first half draped over the long-arm because there is no more room on the design wall. I don't usually 'do' king size anything! This has truly been a labor of love but I believe the end is in sight. After finishing the body piecing I have a lot of pressing plus two borders to cut and add.

The lovely little Singer 15-91 I use at Lori's, a younger sister (1948) to my beloved Miss Lily (1934) at home. Although she is older than I am she is still faithfully producing a perfect straight stitch. This was one of Ken's farm auction sale treasures a few years ago, she came complete with bench and cabinet. If you had not already guessed, green is Lori's favorite color.

Most of the hard to find light and neutral batiks I used were a gift from Lori, Timeless Treasures Tonga Treats in the Meringue colorway, still available here. The others were from my massive collection of batiks. Can you spell A D D I C T I O N?

Y'all come back!


  1. Have to say, I've NEVER made a quilt that big. I try to stay within the limits of my 10' table/frame. I've also accumulated a collection of batiks and have only made one quilt with them so far. I find it hard to cut into them for some reason.

    Love the pendant, forgot all about the giveaway so it was a surprise when it came in the mail. It's now my official necklace to wear to Quilt Club. Thanks again.

    Have a safe trip home.

  2. King size is way too big... I'm still swallowed in my first queen size that will actually cover the queen size bed and hang over the edges properly!

  3. Well, Henrietta helped me make the design wall! King size is just the right size. And there are a few 15-91's to choose from. The green one is a favorite--it has a delightful "whackety whack" sound as you sew--sounds very heavy duty!

  4. Oh my stars! What a HUGE yet beautiful quilt! What talent you have!!!