Here are a few stats and memorable happenings over the past twelve months.
This year: 80 customer quilts. 65% Pantos; 35% custom
So far: 559 customer quilts in total.
Pantographs - 52 (just more than 4/month)
Custom - 28 --ranges from 'lite' to moderately high level of custom --lots more this year than last. (just more than 2/month)
Includes several quilted for charitable causes or in collaboration with someone else for a shop sample:
Quilted-in-Honor/Quilts of Valor designs and tests from Facebook group, Quilts of Valor Stars. These designs are all available in the Dangling Diamonds pattern as 'bonus' designs on Craftsy as a PDF download. I have the Boondoggle Rulers in stock and some kits still available. There is a 4th, but the 'tester' has not sent it back yet.
(Soaring) Flag, Memorial Garden or In Memory, Flyover
The special part is we were able to present two of them to veterans (one recently) and one today on Veteran's Day.
Here is another quilt I made this last week, adapting Krista Moser's Hollow Star to use a jelly roll of Tim Holtz's Electic Elements line, moda grunge and some Northcott Land of the Free Blue with light stars.
All 3 of the recipients are in their 80's and I'm so glad we got to share these treasures with them so they can truly feel loved.
Coulee Creators collaborative effort for Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser to be held the first Sat. night in December.
Bags of Love, Apache Junction, AZ
Shop Samples: Lights! Camera! Qu-action!; Baby Bubbles (and several more in the form of 'tops' right now in need of quilting! -- (I'll report more on those at the end of the calendar year)
My local, Lincoln County, WA show included several of my own quilts, joint projects and customer quilts. Of note, Dangling Diamonds received the INMQ Quilting 1st Place award. This quilt was also selected for inclusion in the 2018 AQS QuiltArt Calendar. While supplies last or Nov. 15 whichever is first, buy two and get 10% off and I'll cover the shipping--just mention this post!
One commission this year which will be finished by the client's daughter with an unquilted 'skirt' on three sides. Several more commissions are queued up to get done in the next month or so.
Proud of my clients who were willing to submit their quilts to various shows and help to inspire others to create beautiful treasures, regardless of getting the best of show ribbon or any other ribbon.
If your quilt, quilted by me, won something, please let me know!
We got brave and entered Nancy Goddard and my collaborative effort on 'Jewels' to AQS - Des Moines and it got juried in! What an honor!!
My Rondure-Seaglass was also accepted. This led to a very interesting conversation with one of the judges. Hopefully you'll see the results next year.
Besides having quilts in the show, I was also an instructor (Woven Braid, Geese on the Run and Beginning Paper Piecing) and lecturer (edge to edge without a panto, use the piecing of the quilt top as registration marks and find a continuous path). A first for me at such a large venue and national show.
Rondure Retreat happened in March (vs. April as previously announced) Great to see the progress through the week --I had about 3 instagram postings a day of progress.
In September I participated in the Christmas Caroling Row-along and I chose the Ornament Song to be my inspiration (ok, I had to find a song to work with my idea ;-)) Pattern available at Craftsy.
Do you still pick up a Country Register and catch my articles? If so, you've seen several of my Island Batik designs and there are more to come! This year I had 3 released with Island Batik: Sea Bubbles, Fall Festival and Alpine Nights.
At Fall Market was also the reveal of the Hosta BOM by Bella Nonna Design Studio that uses Island Batik fabrics. I had the privilege of quilting it for her!