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Monday, May 2, 2011

Candy Mountain Quilts Open For Business... And a Prom!

So it has been a few weeks since my last post, and since I don't want to fall off the posting wagon like I did last year I figured I had better take a few minutes and throw something out here LOL!

Really I have good reason to have not posted much, I have been up to my ears in quilts and prom!
After I got my Homesteader set up on the new frame, and everything fine tuned...well almost fine tuned, I worked on a quilt for Wendi's daughter Jessica, some back story... Jessica is 17 and has had a bit of a heart problem since she was born, I won't go into a ton of detail because frankly it isn't my place to share her trials with the world... let me just say that Jessica is one of my favorite teenagers and I have a huge amount of respect for her, she has already had surgery once (maybe twice) on her heart, and has just found out that she will be having surgery again this summer, they have to replace one of the BIG arteries... (Wendi, feel free it fill in the details if you would like)  Any how, as a surprise during one of the medical tests...Wendi made Jessica a really cool Shrek quilt... it is adorable...well to get it done before they left for the appointment I threw it on the frame and did a bit of quilting...
 Not sure if you can tell, but the block in between the corners are made with onion fabric!

 Jessica also has a thing for zebra's, hence the zebra backing, I kept trying to convince Wendi that there are zebra's in the Shrek movies... I don't think she believed me!

 And then we quilted it in lizards! 

I did fight with my machine during this entire little quilt, I could not for the life of me get the tension to balance. Well, once I got it done (it turned out OK, not as well as I would have liked, but OK) I did put on a test piece and played. What I found.. I absolutely can not use bobbin washer in my machine anymore.. not sure why or what the change is but the tension jumps around so badly that I have had to remove them completely. So with my tension issues behind me and the timing where it needs to be, I was ready to tackle my first customer quilt on the new set up, so here it is...
Candy Mountain Quilts Customer Quilt #1! 
I am now officially (state licensed even) open for Business!!!

 This quilt was brought to me by a nice lady, this is a wedding present so shhh! The couple are both avid out doorsy types so this will be perfect for them. She wanted just a simple large meander...

 And she picked a nice rust colored thread, it blended so well in some places I had a hard time seeing where I had quilted!
The quilting shows up very well on the muslin backing, I have to say this is the first time I have ever quilted on a muslin back it actually turned out very nice. She comes to pick it up tomorrow night, I hope she will like it!

And just to show that my life is not entirely centered around quilting all of the time...let me share my other distraction this last week... Torrie has a boyfriend, and he ask her to prom... I have proof! LOL
Please let me indulge my proud Mommyness for just a few moments...

 Lets just say it takes a LOT of equipment to get 4 teenage girls ready for Prom.. Oh and a lot of time too, they all started showing up at my house at 10 a.m... The Boy didn't show up till 5 p.m.!
 Torrie was in charge of makeup, Hannah was in charge of hair.. the other two.. well I'm not entirely sure....
 We did discover two things.. you can fit 4 teenagers into my small hallway.. and it takes 3 girls to get Hannah into her dress... I just don't want to know why!
Julia, Hannah, Garrett aka "The Boy" aka Gavin...Torrie and Rina.
 So, once all the Magic was done, and "The Boy" arrived we took pictures, now for some reason, Torrie was the only one with a date... strange very strange since most boys are afraid of my daughter....
 The good news.. "The Boy" (who's name is really Garrett)  Was very nice and posed with all of the girls... they were having fun!
                                   "The Boy" and Torrie,
I am pretty sure "The Boy" is pretty Ga Ga over her... Smart Boy... :)

 Her dress is so pretty.. I am still amazed that we got it for $20! Of course the dress Julia and Rina are wearing are Torrie's also.. they were $20 each too! That was a great sale.
OK, so this is my absolute favorite picture (Torrie's too) She was sick and tired of getting her picture taken and had started to whine.. I grabbed then and ask for one more shot, she relented and let me.. it was the best one of the day! They had a great time at the dance, and are pretty sweet one each other. This is her first real boyfriend, I think she picked a nice kid, he is in Drama, and is smart, and she met his family... And if he breaks her heart.... well I will break his knee caps!

So that's it for today, Thanks for stopping by!
Happy quilting!


Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Your are allowed to have all the proud Mommyness you want. After all it is PROM!

Everyone looks beautiful and "The Boy" looks very handsome.

I laughed as soon as I saw the Shrek quilt. I knew right away that those blocks were onions. Very cute.

Anonymous said...

Jessica said what you wrote is fine. The only correction is that she has had three surgeries and this will be her fourth. The first three were done in her first three years of life so it's been 14 years since we have had to do this.

Tammy said...

I'm so excited that you are open for business - I will tell my quilting friends about you and I'm still working on a quilt for my bed that will definitely need your services someday soon. Torrie is gorgeous and "the boy", he's a cutie, so glad she had a fun prom. I"m so excited about your new Candy Mountain Quilts - so exciting and I love the name!! Congrats Ginny.

quiltzyx said...

Fun prom pictures! "The Boy" is a cutie for sure - and Torrie is gorgeous!!

The Shrek quilt is a hoot! May Jessica have a quick & easy recovery from her surgery.

Congratulations on your official opening!! WoooOooooHooooOOOOO!!!

Micki said...

I love, love your Shrek quilt. The girls looked so pretty in their prom dresses!