Thursday, December 11, 2014

Playing with free motion quilting

So...what is free motion quilting?  FMQ as it is called, is when there is no pantograph or pattern being followed.  The motion of the machine is purely by hand, eye and rulers.  I love FMQ and don't usually decide on a pattern until the quilt is loaded onto the frame and I can see the blocks clearly.

On this quilt (sorry for the poor pics, once it is bound I will try to get better ones) I chose to use 3 different thread colors to coordinate with the top colors of Red, Black and White.  I love feathers, and have incorporated them into this design.  I am always learning new variations for feathers.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sew Kind Of Wonderful: Saturday Spotlight!

Sew Kind Of Wonderful: Saturday Spotlight!: We are very excited to feature Libie Peterson from Metro Scope has never looked more beautiful! ...

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chimacum High School Band Pearl Harbor Day Parade Trip

CHIMACUM — After months of preparation and fundraising, the Chimacum High School Marching Band leaves today for Honolulu, where it will march in a parade commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the U.S. into World War II. 

“It's been really hard work, but it is now paying off,” said freshman David Kraut, 14. 

“We are going to Hawaii.”

Said Sophomore Laura Montgomery, 15: “We have been preparing for this trip for so long.

“It won't hit us until we get there and see all the veterans and people who have fought for our country.”

The school is the only one in the state sending a band to Sunday's parade.

The 59 students in the band will board the buses to the airport at about 2 p.m. today at the high school at 91 West Valley Road. 

The trip is part performance and part education, giving the band a larger stage on which to perform while providing them insight into military and cultural history. 

Band Director Garth Gourley underscored this in class Monday. 

“I hope you can use your cellphones for more than selfies,” he said. 

“You should take pictures everywhere you go and learn something about what you see and come back prepared to share exactly what you've learned,” Gourley said.

“It's fortuitous to go on this trip right after a holiday where we give thanks because we have a lot to be thankful for.”

The Pearl Harbor parade is an annual commemoration of the anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack that killed 2,335 U.S. servicemen and wounded another 1,143. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 wounded.

Gourley, reminding the students they will have only about 15 minutes of performance time, asked them to act like professional musicians and pay close attention to the person in front of them. 

“I'm really excited for the kids to play with the Marine Band and to see Pearl Harbor,” said Whitney Meissner, the school principal. 

“It is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

“And when they come back, I can't wait to hear their stories,” she added.

Since accepting the invitation in May, the school has conducted pie sales, held fundraisers and developed a youth labor program where band members performed odd jobs and contributed their wages to the cause, raising more than the $70,000 needed to send the band on the trip.

On Monday, Meissner received a $1,000 check from Suzanne Coleman, a former Chimacum Elementary School principal now living in Florida, who wanted to make a donation. 

At the Pearl Harbor Day parade, the band will play four selections: “Sousa!,” “America the Beautiful,” “Requiem for a Soldier” and “God Bless America,” which it will perform in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band.

Meissner said she sat in on Monday's final rehearsal but had to leave because she started crying.

“There is something about this music when it's played well and in the context of something really important,” she said. 

“It's deeply touching and emotional.”


Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chimacum Band Fundraiser quilt finished!

Our son is in the High School band this year.  The band is raising funds to go to Pearl Harbor and march in the Pearl Harbor day parade.  Chimacum band is the only band from Washington State attending this years parade.  Since our school is small and lacks funding for most of the music and arts programs it is up to the students to fundraise.  These kids have spent their summer working odd jobs and have brought in somewhere near $35,000.00 towards this trip!   The total for all 60 kids to go is over $60,000 so that is a lot of team effort!
 I made this quilt for a silent auction that is being held September 28th at the Elks club in Port Townsend.  I am really happy with the way it turned out and hope it helps raise a little money for the trip.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Custom Metrorings quilt completed

This is MONSTER California King quilt I was commissioned to make.  I made this in just under 3 weeks, start to finish.  There is about 12 hours of free motion quilting involved. I went through 22 bobbins YIKES!
I think this turned out just beautifully, don't you??  I hope the recipients are blown away!


Friday, September 12, 2014

New Machine!

I have been fortunate enough to upgrade to the HQ Avante! This is an 18" longarm which allows me to do a little more quilting per row.  I am so happy with this new machine, I have found it is much more precise and the stitch quality is superb!

Monday, September 1, 2014

BooVille Quilt

Happy First of September everyone!
I was lucky enough to be able to quilt up this amazing quilt by Mary of Port Townsend.  This was an incredible Applique quilt and it was an honor to be asked to do the custom quilting.
Booville will hand in the Kellogg building from mid-October through Halloween. Once it is hung I will be swinging by to take photos of the finished quilt, until then hope this shows you a little taste!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wholecloth Quilting

I have a reason to try a wholecloth quilt, after all what do you give to a fellow quilter who is getting married?  She is completely capable of making her own quilt, yet I do her quilting for her....So here is what I made up.  This is a really big, really cool wholecloth quilt!  I used a nice flower meander allover design.  It kind of reminded me of tattoos and since they both have them I thought they might like this pattern. 
I used a gray for the top and a super soft white for the backing.  The batting is Quilters Dream Puff, a super high loft poly batting that gives this quilt awesome texture.  I so love how this turned out that I have listed a few Custom Listings in my Etsy shop for sale.  I am thinking I am going to have to make more.  It took several hours to quilt this HUGE quilt, but they will have a very versatile quilt that will fit up to a California King.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Another Metro Rings completed and boy oh boy is it beautiful!

I finished this quilt over the weekend.  I have to say I think it is my absolute favorite so far.  Not only are the fabrics (Sweet Serenade by Basic Grey one of my favorite designers)I also LOVE how the quilting turned out.
I quilted this in two different color threads, the dark grey to add a little something to the grunge grey and a neutral cream to the cornerstones and "rings".  I am feeling quite a bit more comfortable with free motion designs.
This quilt is for sale in my etsy shop too!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Quick Curve Ruler Fun Poinsettia by Sew Kind of Wonderful

I recently finished a few Fun Poinsettia table runners for an upcoming class I will be teaching at Creative Union Fabrics.  I have learned a lot of great techniques as well as advanced my "Custom Quilting" skills.
The pattern can be found here:
You will need to purchase the ruler too.

This was a weeding gift for a coworker of my husbands.  I love the reds on the neutral background.

The blue leaves quilting in a curve pattern made the blocks appear to spin, well at least it looks like it to me.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Curve it Up Quilt Done! 12 Block Sampler is just beautiful!

I finally had the time to finish up my Curve It Up Sampler quilt.  This pattern is by Sew Kind of Wonderful and is a  Quick Curve Ruler pattern. I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for this pattern, and could not resist making all the blocks not just the 2 I tested.  I chose Sphere by Zen Chics by Moda Fabrics and some coordinating bella Solids.  It is just a bright and cheerful quilt.  I did custom free motion and ruler work on the quilt top.  The batting is a high loft by Quilter's Dream, called dream puff since it provides a lot of fullness.  It quilts up like a dream, really!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quilting Special!

I am offering a quilting special through May 15th.  If I receive your quilt tops (both) before the 15th of May your second quilt top will be HALF OFF!  My current turn around time is less than two weeks for allover (edge to edge) pantograph patterns.  
Contact me for more info!
Table Runners    $20.00
Baby Quilt/Crib (up to 45”)  $40.00
Lap size (up to 55” X 65”)   $55.00
Twin size ( up to 68” X 90”)  $65.00
Queen size (up to 90” x 100”) $90.00
                                       King size (up to 100” x 118”)  $118.00

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Moda Woodland Summer is HERE!

Oh My Gosh!  This is just beautiful fabric.  I love the deep rich colors.  These select fabrics have already been listed as out of stock on Moda's site so you had better grab them when you see them!

Did you know that my fabrics are much lower than MSRP?  I have Moda fabric starting at just $4.00 per yard!!!  Check it out!