Thursday, April 05, 2007

Quilting Mayhem or how to destroy all the downstairs

See the little bunnies in front of the pink tulip drawing...that was what we were going to do today till Jeff disrupted my well laid plans....so we had one day of massive quilting....HOW MANY YOU GOT??

Jeff had to get the eggs from the hens when he was a little boy and he was afraid too ...they would peck at him...so he didnt get very many eggs...THEN he would get in trouble with his grandma...All his pictures have stories attached to htem...

So we were sewing like maniacs today AND IT took SIX of us to get these done today...I have been sewing since 7 AM this morning....and I just quit at 7 PM tonite...but these are completely finished except for sewing down the sleeves and the whole where we turned them like pillows....Jeff Callaham, Connie Burleson, Ille Waters, Kim Massey and Sue Carrick oh yes and ME:> It took everyone of us to get these babies done...nothting but the blocks were sewn together this morning....and some strips...and it still took all day to finish them....heres what we did....this is our version of liberated quiltmaking with a small thanks to Gwen Marston and Freddie Moran....IMPROVISATIONAL PIECING....
NOT MY ROOSTER
Jeff was fearful his pet chicken was going on the chopping block for dinner


Jeff and Not My Rooster...do you think hes tired????:> Poor baby...didnt Kim feed you enough? Kim was in charge of the food and the dogs....
Jeff and Connie laboring over the decisions....i am a grab a strip and a block and sew them together kinda girl ESPECIALLY when you are trying to finish TWO quilts by 3 PM....we almost made it...they were done at 4....


THESE PICTURES ARE THANKS TO MY FRIEND KIM MASSEY WHO WAS RECORDING OUR INSANITY FOR POSTERITY....I DIDNT HAVE TIME TO....THANKS KIM!!!

Connie and I had been making "quilt parts" for three or four days, wonky log cabins, strip sets, chopped up and sewn together strips sets and half square triangles...so we all we had to do was sort thru the parts department and sew them to the pictures....BUT darn that was an all day job in itself...
OOPSSS wheres the picture??? So these are our production techniques...think about how do you organize SIX artists to get two art quilts done in one day??? it wasnt easy...they occasionally thought I was a meaning because they were off on several tangents...but i pulled them back down to earth...gave them thier marching orders and said we DONT have time if we are going to finish these today!!! STOPPPP go sew...I m sewing this toegethe likeJeff go lay out quilts....Connie go sew...sue go press...Kim go play with the dogs ....she took the pics too...and Ille sewed anything that had to be absolutely straight as an arrow....her forte...
Auditioning blocks and filling in the squares...yes the living room was covered with quilt fabric...
Almost there but it still needs that something special...

Jazz on dog patrol...anybody drop any food???
Ille came over expecting to make some Easter bunnies for her grandchildren but
Ille doing her fabulous precision sewing of the inner borders...they have to be square because the whole quilt is trimmed up based on the inside borders...and Ille is the best at that skill




Connie sewing edges together....i would cut and give the pieces to Connie to sew them together...its not easy getting a bunch of wonky off kilter blocks to be pieced together so they lay down flat...


Sue our pressing queen.....thank goodness she decided to help because we were getting exhausted at this point....pressing the back for the first quilt...and me thinking about lunch...


Me Pinning the edges...we are FINALLY done....the envelope is turned....


Ille and Jeff pinning top number two NOt My Rooster to the batting....




Jazz with her ear...she had a subdural hemotoma and had surgery on her ear last week....she now has lovely cheap plastic needlepoint canvas sewed to both sides of her little delicate ear so that it will heal flat...so far its been half the price of Charleys ear that did the same thing a couple of years ago...she is still hoping for a hand out...




Connie using the Janome to "quilt" the fake borders ...these were all turned envelope style....


They are fini....HALLELUJAH...and its only four o'clock..from 7 am to 4 am makes a LONGGGG day

Eight little bunnies......guess which one is yours...this is what we were originally going to do till Jeff said we needed to get these quilts done TODAY!!!! OK I have to admit...been watching the craft segment of OH NO dare I say it...Martha Stewart over Spring Break.......she has been doing the most cunning Easter decorations...and I fell in love with these....and then there are these cuteee felted booties....I have a friend who is getting her first granddaughter over the holidays...and I have a TON of wool flannel that i made last year from old clothes...BYTW the directions for the crafts are on Marthas website...very cool...and lets see there were these cute little cabbage easter baskets....too charming....and...wellll....wonder what shehas up her sleeve today....


so not to be out done...when everyone but Ille had left....we made Easter Bunnies for everyones daughters, grandchildren...anyone with kids...we made eight of them...pom pom bunnies that sell for $85 ....and arent they cute....I had enough old sculpey bunnies and carrots and eggs lying around and some of that silk ribbon that Connie and haley and i painted a couple of years ago to make pretty bows on them....I have a new motto ...its its been sitting around more than a year its fair game to get used....because the stores always have more dont they???:> HAPPY EASTER!!!!

6 comments:

Alison Schwabe said...

I can't help wondering why the frantic hurry - were these on a deadline for come charity or something, or was this just a one-day workshop style gathering?

caseytoussaint said...

I'm exhausted after just reading this post. How do you do it?

Africantapestry said...

This looks like great team work as well as great team spirit. I would volunteer to "think about lunch"!
Good for all of you.
Ronell

Kay Cox said...

Well, I'm exhausted just reading about your day but what awesome results. Is Jeff getting ready for another show somewhere? Was that the deadline? How great to have a team to work with although I know it adds to the challenge in some ways as the team has to learn to work together. But what a skilled and talented team you put together. And thanks for sharing the process.

Carol C. said...

You guys do good work! What a beautiful quilt! And Jeff is so lucky to have you guys behind him.---Carol C.

fabric said...

Great quilt and very colorful. Your quilt looks like it could tell a store. Look forward to seeing your next project.