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  1. It feels like I haven't posted in forever! I think I've just been busy with the kids football and cheer leading which incidentally ended this week...so I'm back to quilting in the evenings and afternoons! I wanted to have made a little more headway on this by now but my schedule has just been too hectic. Trying to finish it up by this weekend...I thought this was pretty and something different! 12074565_1058898667456719_3542094799610253460_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 12144676_1058898697456716_6655313141460583652_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 12096155_1058898684123384_7530239
  2. Hi Sheila! Congratulations on your new Lenni, you are going to have SO much fun! This place is the best for inspiration and help too... Rulers are so much fun - but I will tell you in the beginning, you can do a whole lot with very little! I would say a good ditch ruler (mine is from Quilter's Rule), an applique ruler (I have Judy's applique jem from Gadget Girls but Deloa Jones has one that a lot of folks on the boards like...it's on my Christmas list!), and a basic arc ruler (I have the 12"/13" ruler from Quilts on the Corner...you can buy sets but I just bought the single ruler)...th
  3. I just recently did one of these for a customer! I wasn't able to share the quilt itself in its entirety but I can share the mock ups I did for her. In the areas where your client has a blue and white half square triangle my client had scrappy tans...so the only color was in the star itself. StarMockUp by Valerie Smith, on Flickr Sashing by Valerie Smith, on Flickr HuntersStarOpenBlockMockUp1 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
  4. I shared this one in a post already - but for sure this was my favorite quilt of the summer! 20150807_120221 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
  5. I have been away only because I've been busy having babies - and now that school has begun I have been busy running children around to fall sports. Football/cheer is over in two weeks so that will give me a lot more free time in the evenings. Also I've just been slacking in sharing because I've had mostly quick quilts that haven't been anything to knock anyone's socks off. LOL! I did finish my first "show" quilt but I have been leery to share photos of it until after I find out if it gets accepted to any shows! LOL!
  6. A quick panto but a beautiful one!!! This is called "Flitter" by Patricia E. Ritter and I (Valerie Smith) for Urban Elementz. My client Darlene chose the panto...I chose the thread (Omni in Daisy by Superior Threads) and she sent along Warm and White for batting. LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out! DSCN6125 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr DSCN6126 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr DSCN6130 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
  7. No I wouldn't - because the quilt itself doesn't belong to me so I don't do anything to it that isn't asked...however it's completely appropriate to send along a few business cards with the quilt. You don't even need to ask for them to pass them out as it's implied...especially if a client is really happy I'll throw three or four in the box when shipping home (or in the envelope with their invoice)... Most folks if they like your work are thrilled to share your info with their friends...I have made my way into quite a few sewing circles that way!
  8. This was a quick small custom I squeezed in for an online quilting friend Wanda - it is going into her guild show next April! I had a lot of fun playing with this - you all know how much I LOVE negative space! She provided Warm and Natural cotton batting and I used Bottom Line thread by Superior Threads. It is my absolute favorite thread for custom quilting! The curly swirl designs (I'm not sure what to call them!) in each of the open white corners was free hand drawn whit invisible ink and then I just free handed over what I drew and pebbled around them to give them a trapunto look
  9. You look great - the joy and excitement transcend! Congratulations!!!
  10. Thank you! Cagey - those little squares to the side are just where I test tension! I test for each and every bobbin change and especially for color changes. There are more than 20 bobbins in this quilt...hence...a few little squares.
  11. I always kind of thought the Lucey was the bare bones of anything you could ever want in a machine. It's affordable but has all the most important features (in my humble opinion) to make it a machine you can use for a very very long without upgrading...if it's the only machine you ever have I think you'd be very happy. Just my two cents.
  12. I just finished this rainbow schemed Dear Jane for my friend...Jane! She goes by Rusty to those that know her but I did have a little giggle over "Jane's Dear Jane". 20150807_120221 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20150807_120127 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20150807_120059 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20150807_115928 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr This took me about three weeks, a week over what I'd budgeted for it. I used Glide thread for the entire quilt - quilting in the blocks is simple but I did really try to keep with the theme and "geometry" of the quilt.
  13. Sometimes having to do maintenace is frustrating - I have had to do quite a lot over the few years I've been quilting...but the good thing about APQS is they will go above and beyond to help you over the phone if they can so you CAN do it yourself. So glad your baby is now up and running, and fingers crossed you don't have any more issues in the future!
  14. Gosh don't you feel like the big box store workers don't even know fabric anymore? One more reason I love quilt shops...they talk to you! Although sometimes I just want to run in and buy my fabric and go and be antisocial so I guess it works.