Wanda Gene's Musings on Life, Love and Loving the Quilting Life!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Sophisticated Beauty in Black, White and Red

Hi Everybody--

This beautiful quilt was pieced by my neighbor and quilting customer, Sharon Davis. I quilted it for her on my longarm machine, using the quilt pattern Pizazz that I showed in my last post. I tried it out on my own quilt first because I was so nervous about using the IQ (Intelliquilter) on a customer quilt.

Well, it came out great on both quilts!

I wasn't nervous about the IQ's abilities so much as the possibility of "user error". But the IQ is turning
out to be very intuitive and easy to learn .

We are getting ready for another road trip with the 5th wheel. Departure is next Tuesday and we'll be gone for a month. Three weeks in California with our kids and their kids, then a week in .....Quartzsite? But why, you ask? Why would anyone go to Quartzsite? Well, it's not for the scenery. But it is for the fellowship of our fellow ham radio enthusiasts and their families. We have potlucks and visit with one another. Oh, I almost forgot! I do a lot of piecing! Yay!!


Monday, December 7, 2009

My First Quilt with Electra

Hi Y'all--

What is with all this underlining? Oh, well, Blogger always has a mind of its own...

Anyway, this is my first quilt on my IQ. She now has a name--Electra--and she quilts beautifully in partnership with Emma and I. I started this panto called Pizazz on Saturday and finished the last pass today.

This is near the start of the quilting.

This is right after doing the last pass. The quilt top is a Chinese Coins (also called Roman Coins) using scrap strips. The top was fun to make but I was tired of all the strips by the end. But I don't think I will ever get tired of watching Electra doing her thing!

Here is a close-up of the quilting.


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Friday, December 4, 2009

IQ is Amazing!!!!

Hi to All--

My IQ is here---Helen and Tony came out from Las Vegas on Wednesday to do the install and get me started with some lessons. This is so exciting because the IQ has the capability to do so many things with designs.

Here it is installed atop of my APQS Millenium.

I have already learned how to do edge-to-edge designs and blocks and borders. In theory, at least,
I have, and have just a smidge of practical experience on a practice piece.

Below are some designs that I have stitched out on my practice piece.

The first one is a pantograph (also called edge-to-edge or E2E) named Oh My Feathers which came with the IQ. I love this pattern!

The next picture is a block design that I downloaded from a digital design website.

Well, I guess I'm done playing for today, but tomorrow is sure lookin' good.