Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Quilt for the Wheatley's

Last night, Tanya and I delivered a baby gift to the Wheatley's they are neighbors of ours.  This quilt is made from some Dresden Petals given to us from another neighbor.  They are serious vintage goods.

The Wheatley's, are a artistic family (the husband is a local artist and High School art teacher) and so I went above and beyond on my attempts to be artistic.

I have not done a ton of free motion quilting, but this quilt I did a lot on.  I am always afraid to start a FMQ project for fear that I wont finish it, but this one was so much fun that I could not stop until it was finished.  After a dozen bobbin fulls of thread I was finally done.

This quilt has five Dresden wheels spread across it and the edge of the wheels were not quilted down. This is so that when washed they will rag out and become frilly.  When we dropped it off they seamed to like it so I guess all that hard work paid off.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Whats my issue with staining quilts

I can not figure out what my deal is lately.  I keep making quilts and then staining them.  Today I am doing a partial show of a quilt I made for a family that lives a couple blocks from me that just had their 4th daughter.  I will show off the full quilt later but here is a teaser from my Binding.

The picture above was taken just after I finished the binding.  I think it looks pretty neat just laying there on the table but that is not really what this post is about.  I did some free motion quilting on this quilt and its not something I am good at.  This quilt screamed for something other then my normal strait line quilting.  My wife tells me I did it more dense then she would have liked, but I think it turned out pretty fantastic.  Though what I want to share is my bad luck in the washing machine.  My kids it seems washed a pen recently.  Well Pens and a new quilt do not mix well.  You cant hardly see it, but in the picture below there is a long black streak on the quilt that is ink.  My wife washed it a second time and yep got the ink out on the back and got new ink on the front.  It took 2 more washes to get all the ink out.  Will give more pictures later of the finished quilt.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


One of the things that happen often in our house is that we get distracted and go from one project to another.  Today's post is a quote from the Movie Up ... Squirrel!

My pictures today is from 3 recent projects I have been working on.  none of which is done as of today's date though some are close.  The first 2 are from old projects that have been sat aside and just now dragging them back out.

Then what fun would it be to finish a quilt so here I am starting a diagonal quilt.  Yes just chasing Squirrels today.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Monkey and Dot Rag quilt

This quilt was finished the middle of last year and this blog post created but never posted.

Here is another fun rag quilt that we have done.  

It has a fun monkey fabric and bright dots. The back is a tan flannel

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Diagonal Quilt Top times 2

Last night, I finished up sewing my two  Diagonal Quilt tops.  Both of these quilts when finished will be put up for sell on my Etsy Store.  I currently have 2 diagonal items on my Etsy Store.  The first is a Aqua, Gray, Yellow, and Turquoise lap quilt.  The other is a 24 inch table topper.

The two quilts in these pictures are made out of Batik fabrics from a bundle called  Fossil Ferns that my wife bought for me on a sell on Craftsy.  The Quilt top above is for a Baby Quilt it will be about 40 x 40 when done.  The quilt top below is about 52 X 64 for a lap quilt.  They are both made using my Diagonal Quilt Pattern.   If you are willing to go either to my Etsy store, my Craftsy store, or my Facebook page and like, favorite, share,  comment, or other wise engage those pages which will help them get found more in search results Then come back here and comment I will email you a free copy of this pattern. Please send me photo's if you make a quilt top so I can share them with others.  Oh and even if you don't want a pattern I would love any help sharing my goods so that I can find a few more sales.  Oh feel free to pin to share on instagram or twitter or any other way 

Thanks Richard Healey
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