I have been reading my friend Liz’s blog, Lady Harvatine, for a long time. It was one of the first I found when I started quilting. Thanks to the LA Modern Quilt Guild, we now know each other and are pals. She’s having a baby very soon, so of course I had to make her a quilt!

Baby Harvatine Quilt

I’m a touch stripe obsessed these days…

I quilted double zig-zags in each blue and yellow strip (I didn’t use a double needle, just did one zig-zag then echo quilted it) and added the occasional pop of monochromatic fabric.

Baby Harvatine Quilt Detail2

Oh and guys, did you see? There’s totally a dog in a teacup right there.

Baby Harvatine Quilt Detail

Hope 2011 is off to a good start for you!

Goodbye 2010

As the year wraps up I thought I’d stop in and say that I hope each and every one of you has a happy new year.  I’ve been very lucky and have had an overall great year, but 2010 has had its ups and downs for a lot of us, so here’s to 2011 being more up than down!

2010 work

Happy happy new year and see you all in 2011!

Christmas comes early.

I’m so excited that Janome is sponsoring me with a Horizon Memory Craft 7700 machine.

Janome Horizon

Needless to say, I’m thrilled. I mean, let’s be honest here – I did a veeeery long happy dance when the UPS man pulled up with it.

I’ve been sewing on the same machine (my first machine) since I started quilting about three years ago. I can’t knock the lil’ lady because I’ve made over 50 quilts, large and small, on her. But for a long time now, I’ve known that my machine was holding me back, with quilting in particular. I have spent a bit of time with my new Horizon and let me tell you – it’s like a door opening. Everything just looks so much better. The stitches, the smoothness, it’s just clearly a quality machine. I am going to be a straight line quilting addict for a bit I think. It all just comes out so pretty and NOT shifty on this machine. I’m thrilled.

This machine is so much faster than my old one. I’m zipping through my tasks and getting things done so quickly! And the space! Just look at the space!

Space

There is SO much room in the throat of the machine. Seriously – so. much. I’m in the middle of quilting a queen right now, and it’s not even a squeeze to get it through the machine.

And so far, in first place for “best feature I didn’t have but now do”: The Automatic Thread Cutter!

Automatic Thread Cutter

This upgrade has been a long time coming for me and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint! I am amazed at what a difference it makes to have the right tool.

Now you’ll have to excuse me – I’m going to go spend lot and lots of quality time with the new machine.