Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Old versus the New

So, as a longarm quilter, I get to work on a huge variety of quilts.  This week was no exception.  At the beginning of the week, I was working on an antique quilt that a lady's great-grandma made.  It is probably at least 75 years old.  When I first got it, I was not thrilled, but WOW, it turned out really pretty!

  At the end of the week, I worked on a gorgeous butterfly quilt that used the latest innovative 10 degree wedge ruler to create something truly amazing. This quilt is modern, and allowed for some fun and exciting quilting to really make it pop.  I used McTavishing, and several fill designs to add texture to the background.  The type of quilting that I used on the butterfly really wouldn't have been appropriate on the antique quilt. 
  I enjoy working on both types of quilts.  The old and the new each have their positive points.  Each require a different quilting style, thereby allowing me some creative license and the ability to use all of the things I have learned over the past three years.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Always Go With Your Gut!

The triangular areas after I redid them.

  So, this past week, I learned a very valuable lesson in quilting.  The lesson is this:  trust your instincts!  In the past three years of quilting, I have rarely had to take out any quilting.  I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want to do before I start, and then I just go with it.  Well, this time I wasn't totally sure about one triangular section of the quilt.  I started out by quilting a large feather into the area.  I looked at it.  I didn't like it.  I thought, "It will take 45 minutes to take that out, and I hate taking stuff out.  Maybe it will look better when I do the next section."  I continued.  After I did all EIGHT sections, I still didn't like it.  I looked at it.  I thought, "Maybe if I echo the feathers and add some veins, it will look better."  So, I did.  Still didn't like it.  Being completely sure that there was no way I was going to take all that quilting out, I decided to do pebbling down the center of the feathers to cover the centers, (which had too much thread build up because I used King Tut thread).  I pebbled.  I hated it.  I tried to tell myself it was okay, and would be okay.  I took it off the frame.  I showed it to my husband and asked his opinion.  He didn't like it either.  It sat in a bag for two days while I wrestled with taking out all that quilting, reloading the quilt, and redoing those 8 triangular areas.  Finally, I couldn't take it anymore.  I started taking out.  It took TEN hours to remove, and another three hours to load and requilt. It looked sooooo much better.  Moral of this story..."Trust Your Gut!"  P.S.  My customer LOVED IT! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sometimes You Have to Look Behind the Scenes

  It is easy to take everything at face value.  Very little effort or brain power is required to just follow along with day to day life, never looking deeper than the surface.  Once in a while, though, it is a good idea to look "behind the scenes" a little bit.  Why do we do what we do?  What motivates us?  What choices do we make simply because it is "what we've always done" and what choices do we make without even thinking?  Like the back side of a quilt, we can't truly appreciate life until we see both sides of the coin.  We need to see the obvious, the color, the pattern of everyday AND we need to dig deep and question the very meaning of our existence every now and then :)  To that end:  here are a couple of pictures of the back side ONLY of two quilts.  For a change, I will leave the FRONT side to your imagination:)