Thursday, March 10, 2016

Going Out of Business

I have made a decision to close down my Threads of Faith, LLC quilting business.  I have truly enjoyed the last five years quilting for others.  Other priorities in my life are calling for my attention and it really became clear to me that I am overextending myself.  My husband is probably thrilled that I have FINALLY figured that out...but he is smart enough to keep his thoughts to himself.

My husband has been very supportive of this venture and I can't thank him enough.  I know I would have never had the confidence to start the business without him beside me.

I intend to keep this blog and use it as a personal quilting blog.  There is too much history and pictures to delete it.  I will be spending more time on my Quilts from the Bluffs blog and facebook page as that is where I will be transferring my quilting energy to.  Check out the great things going on with this quilt ministry!!



Monday, January 25, 2016

New Designs Available

I have added a few more quilt designs to my inventory.  

Check out my All Available Designs page to plan your next quilt.  

For the latest pricing information, go to the Services and Prices page.

This is one of my favorites-Rhododendron.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

2015 Is Almost Gone!

This year has just gone by so fast!  It is hard to believe we are into December when the temperatures are in the 60's!

I have been quilting up a storm since my last post.  I will share some of the quilts with you.














And a few quilts of mine:






Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My First T-Shirt Quilt

I have quilted countless t-shirt quilts for customers.  I probably could count them but the point is there have been lots of them.  But I have never made one myself.

So...

a coworker wanted me to make her a t-shirt quilt with all her Blue Cross Blue Shield shirts as a retirement gift to herself.  Sure, I can do that...right?  I was a bit nervous.

One day in April, a trash bag full of various shirts was given to me.  Now this was real and I knew I needed to come up with a plan.  My first thought was I needed fabric to work in with the t-shirts as well as borders.  I knew I had to work with blue fabric because everything is BLUE at Blue Cross!!  I went fabric shopping and came up with two fabrics for the body of the quilt and two for the borders.

I purchased a very lightweight fusible interfacing to stabilize the shirts.  I set out to cut shirts and iron on the interfacing.  Once I could see what I had to work with and the approximate sizes of each block, I began making scribbles...I mean a design...for the quilt.  I came up with several of these designs...

This is a plan...sort of.
It didn't take me too long to realize this plan was not exactly to scale.  I knew I wanted the shirts to fit on top of a queen-size bed so 60x80ish.  I got the first row together...


This was a breeze...until I went further.  Reality was not meeting with my "plan" and so the plan was tossed out the window.  I ventured on...designing as I go.  I am convinced this is the way all creative people work...right?


Probably with some divine intervention, I completed the body of the quilt.  Not too bad!  My confidence increased.  Now to the border.


I really love the blue batik I found for the border.  It had the same blues that was in the two fabrics in the top.  I found a marbled dark blue batik to use for the small borders to add a little interest to the otherwise large border.

Now, the fun part!  Loading it on the longarm.  It was actually pretty square.  (I pause to pat myself on the back.)  LOL


Here is the backing I selected.  I didn't want more blue...you actually CAN overdo the BLUE!  This had the same tone as the blue border and I think it helped tone down the front a bit (if that makes sense.)


I selected a medium gray thread and Contempo pantograph.


I didn't get a picture of the quilt with binding but this is the finished quilt fresh off the frame.  I am very pleased with the result and have learned a lot about pushing myself past my comfort zone.



Friday, June 5, 2015

It would be nice to have time to post more often.  I have been really busy with some great customer quilts.  Here are pictures of most of them I have done in that past couple months.

Rachel S.

Naomi

Karen H. - graduation gift for her niece.

Karen H. - The back (or front?) 

Kathy D

Jill D.

Kari V.

Jill C.

Jill C.

Naomi

Jill C.

Rachel S.

Phyliss

Rachel S.

Jill C.

Jill C.

Jill C.

Jill C.
Rachel S.

Rachel S.
Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Rachel S.