Monday, February 4, 2013


015Something new on my design wall.  This is what we have made so far in the Carol Doak Mystery BOM: only one more block to go.  Right now she is having a contest to guess what her final layout will be.  I have moved these blocks around several times and this is the way I currently like them best so this will be my guess.

Now, you may be asking about Easy Street.  Well the blocks were are completed on January 31st and the center was sewn together on Feb. 1st. 
center finished 2-1-13
Because it has held center stage for so long, it has been put on a back burner for at least a week.

Part of the reason for this delay is that I still don’t know how I want to border it.  Look at all the little leftover parts I have.  I am trying to see if there is something I can do to use them in a border or maybe they will wind up on the back, who knows.

And, finally, I am back to working on other projects.
Here are my heart placemats on the frame and being quilted.

And here they are completed. 

One more picture to show the quilting. I did micro stippling in the blue and purple sections so the ribbon is nice and puffy.

016 I also have started my Wonderfully Fishy BOM for Feb.  It is such fun to go through my batik stash, looking for “just the right” fabrics for these really cute designs from

So here is part of this fish.  I would have had all the parts there but I cut two of them backwards so I will be re-doing them this afternoon.

003And while I was working in the studio, DH was redoing his B Western collection layout in the living room.  This Roy Rogers grouping is now living over the fireplace.  This isn’t all of it but it is fun to see Roy, Dale, and Trigger smiling out at us.

004His really big display is of Hopalong Cassidy.  This is the first time he has had so many of his Hoppy things in one place and it is really impressive. 

005Of course the above is only one of his Hoppy displays.  Here are several different plates, cups, bowls, along with silverware.  At the bottom is a Hoppy Radio, which works (AM only).

In addition to all the action above, I “taught” a longarming class (of 2) on Saturday.  I was asked to share some tips on how to easily load a quilt on the frame and especially how to work with pantographs.  I tried to explain that I don’t know that much and am not that good but wound up doing what I could to share some of the things I have learned.  It turned out to be really fun as we shared experiences and what others have suggested to each of us.  We don’t have a long arm group in our area so this was the first time I have been able to talk this type of quilting with anyone.

Well, that’s about it for me.  Have a great week and come back again.    Gari


Kate said...

Congrats on getting the center of Easy Street done. Your fish blocks are going to be fun.

Cherie in St Louis said...

Gari, I LOVE your heart placemats. The bow in the center really catches your eye :)

Kevin the Quilter said...

That's some beautiful work Gari! BTW, I nominated you for the Liebster award! Hope you have some fun with it! I did!

Denise :) said...

Gari, your Carol Doak mystery quilt is going to be just gorgeous -- I love your batiks! And your little fishy caught my eye, too. Very cute!!! :)

Anonymous said...

all of your projects are just great. I love the heart placemats and your quilting is great. I think it would be great to get to know other long arm quilters and to share what you know is really fun!!

Melinda said...

You had a busy week. Love all your projects.

Julianne said...

Wow You have been busy.

Jessica said...

Hoppy stuff looks great!!!

Debbie said... the Carol Doak mystery done in the two batiks...and your layout looks great. I just checked out the fatcat BOMS...lots of fun stuff! You have been very busy...I'm glad I checked up on you today...I'm a little behind on blog reading!