A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Selling my Circle Lord items

Because I now have Intelliquilter installed and running on Black Bart - my Nolting 24" Pro longarm, I am selling all my Circle Lord items. The following are for sale. If you are in the Kansas City, MO area, I will give a 10% discount if I don't have to package and ship items. All prices are plus shipping.

I have the following giant templates that come in 3 interlocking pieces to fit various needs. All of these were sold to me as king-size, and I’ve never had a quilt larger than them even when I had a 14’ table. I’m asking $150 a set,plus shipping.

Zig Zag – does what I call wave and Ribbon quilting as well as a true zig-zag that you can use for crosshatching. You use either the waves or the zig-zags, not usually combining the two. 
14" wide boards 

This quilt was quilted with waves:

Cosmos – Funky flowers Sold pending payment.
15" wide Cosmos

The back of a quilt using Cosmos Boards

Basic Circle Lord set-up

 I’m asking $225 for the Basic Circle Lord set-up which includes the stylus and bracket. You need to look at the Circle Lord website to see if you can use the same one as a Nolting 24”. It includes the circle maker, stepping disk, squircles – everything but the wrenches on their website. http://circlelordbasic.blogspot.com/

Round templates to use on the frame: $50 each + shpg Spiral, Ovals, Starz, Aztec, Featherz and micro feathers (counts as one)

Quilted with Featherz template and Circles on basic set-up

12" spiral circle template with Circle Lord Basic Setup used to place spirals in exact place in each block.

18” Square boards used with the frame $55 each, + shpg. 1” cross hatching,  Sunburst. The center one, Cogs, has sold.

Quilted with stright sunburst (also has a wiggly one)

 I also have a push button that attaches to the stylus mount with a finger control you can run to the front of your machine. This one was made by my engineer husband and is not the one advertised on the Circle Lord website. 
The push button for raising the stylus from the front is $65 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these, please comment, or email me.

Happy Quilting,


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I remember why I don't like to prepare quilts for shows.

I hate blocking quilts, yet I know of no other way to have them hang straight - really straight - without doing it. I've had Just Beachy hanging for a week , but it didn't hang smoothly - how could it with all the fusible in it?

At my house this is what is entailed in blocking a large quilt:
Moving everything you can out of the dining room, bringing in a table and the appropriate size insulation boards

Of course you can't move everything so you have to work around them

Find the right batting for this configuration of boards, wet it with spray water and stretch it flat

Wash the quilt on handwash cycle and lug it in still wet

This color catcher has me worried

A gazillion rulers, pins, pulls, measures, a helpful engineer husband and 4 tiring hours of work

24 hours later it is dry, flat, and one block has run - I'm leaving it.
I hate the tremendous backache from doing this, but I need to look straight down on the rulers/quilt to get everything in the right spot.You have to do it all at once or the quilt dries out.

Now to do a final trimming of the borders, make binding and a hanging sleeve, then actually put them on, handsewing them down. I wanted to enter this quilt in the Greater KansasCity Regional Quilt Festival WHY???

Happy quilting,

Friday, April 17, 2015

Many Friday finishes

We added Intelliquilter to my longarm (Black Bart - a 24" Nolting Pro). In learning it I have finished up a LOT of small UFOs that I didn't remember existing. I used to make small quilts out of my scraps so I could remember the large quilt since I give so many away. These are my latest finishes:
St. Louis 16 patch, scrappy, charity quilt for teen-age boy

Quilted with IQ - QOV pattern

9-patches bought at Guild Boutique made into Sister's Choice blocks - baby quilt

Quilted way too densely with IQ swirls and Pebbles

24" x 18" HST sampler - first try at "Custom" quilting with IQ

All the designs came from the "from Helen"  file on IQ

Baby quilt made from HSTs - 6" bought from Guild boutique

Made it a "Sampler" of quilting patterns on IQ

Framed 9-Patches from Guild Boutique with Rosebud alternate squares

Working on SID with IQ and repeating patterns

20 year old pillow blocks quilted and finished - finally

Last quilt made with Circle Lord spiral frame and ruler work
Now I'm starting a wedding quilt for my DH's son. I need to finish it entirely before I go to MQS mid-May. 

Happy Quilting,