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Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Quilted Prom Dress!

Today I thought I would share with you something a little bit different. My oldest daughter had prom this Saturday and the darling girl actually agreed to allow myself and my dear friend Annie to make her dress, but not just any prom dress mind you... but a QUILTED prom dress!!!

Now she did have one stipulation, if she didn't like the dress she would be allowed to purchase a dress to wear to prom, I agreed because after all, it is her senior prom, her last one. The one that MATTERS!

Now my first disclaimer is this I CAN NOT and DO NOT sew clothing, Oh hell no! But I am lucky enough that my friend Annie just happens to be an excellent seamstress! So she handled the construction phase, while I did the actual quilting and crystallizing of the dress. And like a dummy I didn't get a single shot of the dress on the frame!

Instead I have these photos to share, No mind you prom is not for a couple of days, these are of Torrie this evening after a day in outside in the rain taking photos for her school....

 This is a close up of the bodice area before the crystals were put on. You can see the quilting fairly well in this shot, but it really doesn't do much for the dress....

 This is my lovely daughter, like I said she spent all day in the rain taking photos for yearbook! I will post better pictures after Prom!

 This is the quilting down the thigh, it tapers off at the knee, it is the same floral design as the bodice.

 This is the bodice, filled out and with crystals, I had to be very careful of the floral placement when stitching this... did not want any awkward flower centers....

And the back, the band is quilted as well as the straps.

Oh and the good news, she loves it!
Thanks for stopping by today...
Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Garrett's Eagle Scout Quilting for Cancer Project coming along nicely!

Is a serious understatement! I am pleased to say that the main reason I have been negligent about blogging is because I am so very busy quilting! My business has just exploded this last month. Last week I get calls for 10 quilts! For a fairly new business I can't complain. On top of these quilts I have been working with Garrett on his Eagle Scout quilts, we are coming to the end of his project with all quilts needing to be quilted, bound and labeled by Feb. 21st! This week I have had the boy scouts over and they are finishing the last 5 quilts! Last night was day 2 they are finishing one a night and I have been very impressed with how they have just jumped right in. Check out the pictures below!
 One of the dads was so intrigued by the whole process that he as if he could give it a try. I loved his comment that "after a day of surgery (he is a Dr.) this would be very relaxing and rather zen like."
 David was a bit nervous at first but got the hang of it pretty quickly!

 Matt and David feeling rather proud, and for good reason, they each finished a quilt!

 And I think they actually had fun doing it. Matt has decided that quilting should be an Olympic sport!

Garrett working on his quilt.
Wendi did 2!

 These are just a few of the quilts that everyone has been working on.

This is Garrett showing off one of the quilts at Quilt Party. Stay tuned for pictures of when we get the entire batch completed! 

Oh and if you want to follow more closely what all we are doing with these quilt please log onto facebook and "like" my Candy Mountain Quilts page by clicking

As always thanks for stopping by!
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Peacocks take 2

My last post was all about the peacock quilt I made for my husbands manager. Well, I liked the quilt so much that I felt the need to make another one! This one I made with the intent of keeping it, well you know what they say about good intentions! I finished the quilt and decided it needed a bit more sparkle. So I got out my crystal setting tool and went to town!

I had a great time both quilting this quilt and adding the crystals,
I think it fairly shines. Enough so that I will be entering it into a couple local shows!
  A couple of detailed shots of the flowers.
I didn't count how many but I know there are at least 500 crystals!
 Sadly, the one thing I did was inflame my shoulder, so no quilting until I can get in to see my doctor!

I even put crystals in the feathers!

I really had planned on keeping this quilt for myself, but after showing it to Bobbie and seeing her reaction. I will be giving this quilt away after the quilt shows.

It will go to a good home! Now I have to make myself ANOTHER ONE!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Peacock quilt for Rhonda.

Last week my darling husband called me from work to ask if I could make a quilt for his managers, it seems that she doesn't have any heat in her office. I said I would and set out to make this quilt. I played with the layout on EQ7 until I found something I liked and then got to work, it took me just one day to put together. 
I had a lot of fun making the quilt, and deciding how I was going to quilt it. I needed something fast and easy, yet elegant to match the beautiful peacock on the panel. 

 So, I decided to do a simple swirl type fill with tiny peacock feathers in the black, stitched with black thread so not to detract from the print.
 Then in the pinwheel blocks I had a feather party! Each half square triangle got a peacock feather!
I needed to make this a super warm quilt (due to the lack of heat) so I opted for Minkee on the back with Warm and Natural as the batting. I love how the quilting shows on the back of the quilt.

Stuart took the quilt to work today and by all reports she loves the quilt!

Now I think I will make another one, for me! And I am going to add some hot fix crystals to mine!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What I've been working on.

I have been a busy busy girl! I wish I could say that I have been working on personal quilts, but nope that's not the case. Oh don't get me wrong I am certainly not complaining! I have been getting more and more customer quilts and that makes me very happy. Plus I am now doing at least two classes a month over at the shop and that is a good thing too.

I have just finished piecing a beautiful quilt top that is due to be quilted this weekend, it is for Stuarts boss. She doesn't have any heat in her office so he ask me if I could make her a quilt... this is the results!

 I have finished 4 customer quilts since Thanksgiving. Here is a snippet of what I have been working on, each is very unique and had it's own challenges.

 This is a gorgeous quilt! It is all embroidery. She wanted just a simple stitch in the ditch with a monopoly thread. So that's what I did.

 A jeans quilt, this was a fun on. A simple meander, the customer used a fusible and fused the tree material on top of denim, I was a little worried about the weight and my machine handling the denim, and knit and fusible. She did good though and I had no problems!

 This was a quilt made by my friend Carol. I purchased several new leaf templates at MQX in October and was telling her about them, she "donated" her quilt for me to learn on! I have to say I LOVE the templates, the leaves stitch out beautifully and really surprisingly fast.
 The back of the quilt, I like it!
 A close up of one of the leaves.
 And a big ole feather on the border.
This last little quilt is a baby quilt for another friend from the shop. This was a super fast and easy quilt done with a sweet heart pantograph. I do love Ann Bright Pantos!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Just popping in to wish one and all a very happy halloween!

               A quick blast from the past....


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy fall, a trip through the maze.

 It's that time of year again, fall... The leaves are turning, the nights are cold. We have fired up the pellet stove so the smell wood smoke now fills the air. This fall is bitter sweet to me. This will be the last fall that Torrie will live at home as my little girl. I keep coming back to that reality. It pops into my head at the most unexpected times. That at this time next year she will be off, living her life separate from us. She will be an adult and in college. I have been making a point to not slack off on some of the things that have become tradition for us, one of those thing is the yearly trip to the pumpkin patch.

 We have made this trip every year since the girls were little. There is a bit of a ritual, Morgen always jumps from the straw pyramid, we always get caramel apples and of course we get our "perfect pumpkin" and as the years have slipped past and the girls have grown so have their pumpkins. The winner for the biggest pumpkin this year was Morgen. Hers weighed in at
40 lbs.                                                                                                
 The there was the leisurely stroll through the corn maze. Oh and for those who don't know I am NOT fond of corn mazes. I guess I am to much of a control freak, I don't like the feeling of being lost! After about 2 miles (yes I had the pedometer going) we finally found a "shortcut" out. I told them they cheated. No one listened.

My two pumpkins, so grown up yet so very young!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a Happy Halloween!