Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Here it is

all quilted and waiting to be cropped. Brought it home with me today so I could do this chore at home where I have the proper tools to do the job.

I will return to Kissimmee with it tomorrow, early, to sew the facing on it and make the sleeves. Since every stitch has to be done on a Bernina. Then I will bring it home again until I hear if it was accepted into the competition. I b....ed and moaned if not to you at least to myself about having to bury all the thread ends. But in truth, it wasn't as bad as I had imagined it would be going in.
Now I am not saying I will continue to quilt with the backs on my quilts, especially when I am trying to get a number of pieces made in a short time for an exhibit or a commission. But I "just might" think of entering a quilt show again.
Oh God..... Did I just say that.....

Oh well, after tomorrow my life will get back to what is for me, NORMAL.
There has been a great deal of buzz about the new larger harp Janome sewing machine that was coming out. Well I have seen it... I drove 20 miles to Winter Haven yesterday to sew on one which I did. After doing so, I decided immediately that I was not buying it. I hope Janome continues to make the 6600 too. For those of us who graduated from using the New Home /Janome 7500 this new machine is in my opinion a stretched version of it. The 7700 is a low shank machine that sews like the older 7500 rather than with the start up hesitation characteristic of the 6500 and 6600. It threads like and has the same tension system like the 7500 as well. Despite the 2 additional inches of space from the needle to the motor housing on the right, there is no real improvement in this machine for owners of 6600 which has better in the harp lighting than the 6500 but in MHO users of the 6500 or 6600 if you are happy with the way your machine is performing for you , keep it.
I did my two power point presentations and trunk shows this week, one on Monday evening and the other one this morning. I think both went well. The Tuesday group was a smaller one and I enenjoyed interacting with the members. I do like up close and personal best.
I put in an order for 20 yards of silk broadcloth yesterday and I am waiting for it to arrive.
Will keep you abreast of my "out and abouts" and other doings.
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Carol said...

I've beem anticipating the finished quilt.Ilove it, love it, love it. It is BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks Juanita.

Karoda said...

Juanita, your flowers are the standard by which I judge all flowers in fabric...and imho, even the most impressive flowers in oil or acryllic on canvas that I've ever seen do not compare to what you do with flowers in quilts!

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said... always another stunning quilt. Just beautiful.

Susan Turney said...

Juanita, it's gorgeous! The way you quilt the flowers makes me want to touch them and the background is so beautiful.
I'm so glad you're PROMISING to keep us updated!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Pure AWESOMENESS!!! If you are ever going to teach a quilting class and I have all my eggs and ducks and stars all lined up, I would be willing to come to the USA....despite all the fingerprinting/eyeball photographing at take your class. Seriously. So, please post if and when you are doing a class in the Fl area. I have relatives/friends where I can stay.

I hope whoever is choosing the quilts for the competition has the ability to see the genius in your work.

Doesn't it make you wonder how and when machine manufacturers do their homework. Who do they consult before making a new product? Certainly not the users of their products. Personally, I am tired of filling small bobbins. Why not be able to place a reel of thread on top and another reel in the bobbin area and stitch away? But no, no one is asking me.

Love love your quilt, still perfer the first drawing.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Beautiful quilt! Nicely done, and good luck in the competition!

Speaking of quilts - stop by and see us at to meet other quilters and to find great sewing/quilting inspiration!

Deanna said...

It's beautiful... I love it! The painting and the quilting both are amazing.

Carol said...

Hey Juanita, I just left your website. I can never wait to see what you are doing next. The Kissemmee Garden quilt is all that I expected it to be since finished. I have been waiting to see the quilt that looked like candy with all the extra thread on the site,and lo and behold you have finally put it there. The site is just wonderful to see. I also noticed a few other new pieces also. Best Wishes.