Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Quilts for Sale





Hi Friends!
 Let me start with a quick hello and answer a few questions.  I am still quilting,  for myself and currently loving hand quilting.  I am selling these quilts because they are many,  and I don't need them all.  I am working toward raising money for new ventures in my life and it is my hope that these quilts will travel, be loved, used and appreciated.  If you are interested in buying any of the quilts posted please email me directly at: Lolabluemar@gmail.com
 All prices are listed in US dollars and include shipping/tracking within the US.  I am happy to send additional photos upon request. Please, serious inquiries only.  Quilts will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. I will respond to all emails as soon as I receive them and update status here. As always, thank you for your interest and time.

#1 Diamond Mine 
This quilt was originally made as a class sample for piece as you quilt on the Longarm. It was made entirely on the longarm.  The quilting designs, sample Compositional Quilting, Broken Wreath, Ghost Shapes and Modern Moon. The piecing is all raw edge appliqué.  The back of the quilt is solid white, the batting is Quilters Dream wool, there is a hanging sleeve and the binding is colorful scrappy,  machine sewn to the front and hand stitched to the back.  This quilt has been washed and blocked. The quilt measures 55"long and 47" wide.
SOLD

Read more about this quilt as a work in progress here




photo taken during quilting, all the blue marker you see has been completely soaked out.


all the blue marking you see here has been fully soaked out of the quilt.

during quilting












#3 Crazy Triangles 
Soft Opposing Triangle quilt, inspired and encouraged by Katie Pedersen and Jacquie Gering. Measures 67" long and 62" wide, all hand guided custom machine straight line quilting,  with ghost opposing triangles. This is a great bed quilt, it is soft and has a wonderful drape. This quilt has been washed.  Quilters Dream Wool batting and backed with Anna Maria Horner feathers. Binding matches background fabric with a plum flange. SOLD



Photo taken today in natural light








#4 Define Circle for me
This quilt was a bee quilt from the amazingly talented flickr group Fresh Modern Bee 2 This quilt measures 60"wide by 80" long.  Batting is Quilters Dream Cotton, backing is Anna Maria Horner velveteen. The background fabric in this quilt is a natural linen, lots of out of print Heather Ross.  The first photo collage and the second photo showing the mustard velveteen back were taken today, the remainder of the photos were taken before the quilt was washed and while the quilt was being quilted. Because this quilt has been washed the actual quilting stitches, cotton and linen fabrics, and cotton batting have all shrunk, the quilt has a wonderful soft drape and definitely has started to take on the appearance of an heirloom/antiqued quilt.  SOLD
Photos taken today (March 14, 2017) in natural light, no editing.



Velveteen backing fabric pieced with linen and raspberry Anna Maria Horner, natural light, no filter.




quilting progress

being quilted






#5 Down the Rabbit Hole
Pattern is Maple Leaf Rag from Sarah Fielke's book,  Material Obsession 2.  The webs spilling out into the border were my original idea designed with the ghost web/wreath quilting in mind.  This quilt is a fabric diary and has many rare and out of print fabrics.  The name of this quilt is inspired by the Alice in Wonderland fabric from Heather Ross's Munki Munki collection,  Alice can be found tumbling through the webs.  In addition to out of print Munki Munki fabric this quilt has a great deal of Kaffe, Echino, HR, Alexander Henry, Silk, Suzuko Koseki, Japanese and vintage Kimono fabrics.  All of the quilting is custom hand guided, some of the feather motifs are quilted using contrasting pale green and aqua softly variegated thread.  The grey border is charcoal grey vintage linen.  The quilt measures 70" square,  it hangs very straight.  Quilt has never been washed, backing is a made from leftover scraps of Kaffe Shot cottons and Anna Maria Horner Flannel, Batting is Hobbs Polydown, has a hanging sleeve and is very cleanly bound with Denise Schmidt teal and black fabric. 
 SOLD




Back of quilt.

Back of Quilt

Alice


Alice Falling

Alice's chair, Echino glasses


#6 Opposing Triangles
Opposing Triangles was pieced by Katie Pedersen and custom hand guided quilting was done by me. The background is Osnaburg, the custom quilting motifs are swirls and ghost opposing triangles. This quilt has been washed, the quilting while not as sharp as crisp as it was, pre-wash, is very soft and still defines the negative space with a very nice weight and drape. The backing is a beautiful lavender Kaffe Fassett fabric, the binding is Osnaburg with a white flange. $1100.00










Photo taken today in natural light


#7 Marcelle Medallion
Pattern from Alexia Abegg's book "Liberty Love". This quilt was a labor of love that took over three years to complete piecing/ quilting and binding.  It is made with a navy/denim/plum and mustard palette, lots of out of print fabrics.  The quilting is mostly a 1" grid with some ghost geese featured in some of the border rounds. Batting is Quilters Dream wool the back is light grey very lush flannel with a hanging sleeve and navy striped binding. This quilt has never been washed, has a lovely drape and hangs very square. This quilt measures 52" square. SOLD








#8 Granny Squares
This quilt was made by Heather Bostic and quilted by me using a digital on point maze design. The quilt has Quilters Dream wool batting with a dark grey anchor fabric on the back, it is bound with an assortment of scrappy solids. 
SOLD



#10 Rainbow triangles and diamonds 
This is another quilt that was originally made as a class sample exploring Piece as you Quilt on the Longarm. Quilt measures 43" square has Hobbs Poly down batting, is bound with scrappy solids and prints, with a solid white backing. There are lots of grey flannels in the background and a lot of the pieced bits are raw edge. SOLD





During Quilting

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What happened?

I have written this blog post a million times in my head but it was nothing like this.
Here is my truth:
I sold my machine. 
Why?
 It was time. 
 To be completely honest,  my life is in a state of limbo,  hopefully the next few months will bring forward movement and some sort of focus.  Until then,  I suppose I just need to have faith,  something I have never really had much of.  I am exhausted with the quilting industry and all of the drama and bullshit that has found its way into the craft of creating something warm and soft.  I don't have the personality or the patience to deal with it.  Over the years, being on the side of the industry that I have found myself on ( aka: trying to "make it" in the industry) has felt less and less about talent/artistry and love of the art/craft and more about keeping up with the social media beast, and being good at marketing.  It's not my jam.  Never was,  clearly,  never will be.
It has always been my goal to put out positive energy,  especially through social media like this, we all know that whatever you put out there comes back, right? 
Well, honesty feels better than force feeding myself and you all an illusion. 
 I am not all that happy or positive right now.  I am sad that I spent the last ten years of the only real "career" I've ever had in an industry that I no longer trust.  Maybe I have brought this on myself,  I suppose that lies ahead for me to figure out.  At the end of the day,  I realized I chose to let it become a burden and I had to let it go,  so I did.

What is next?  
Two weeks from now I'll be teaching MQX Midwest.  I love this show,  I attended it very early on in my career,  as a student,  and I am happily headed there to teach my heart out for probably the last time,  to those of you who are able to attend.  My classes are ALL still open including my hands on classes,  click here if you want to catch this last gig.

From there,  I just hope to sit on the other side of the industry and make stuff, from my heart. Simple. I guess.
Here's me:
 Looking happy but honestly a little out of sorts and kind of nervous about what is next, and wondering, "did I make the right decision?" and knowing it's too late to look back.



 Here's what I am currently working on:


 Yes, these make me happy.
 This glorious pattern is the Octagon Shimmer Quilt by Jennifer Sampou. I can not say enough good things about this quilt or its instructions. Click for the pattern here



I hope that I have explained myself well enough for those of you who have wondered what happened.  As it turns out,  nothing really "happened".  I just needed to let go and move on.





Monday, August 8, 2016

EDIT: SOLD Gammill Classic Plus with 12' Table with IntelliQuilter



Have you dreamed of starting your own machine quilting business?
This is an amazing opportunity to purchase a fabulous machine and IntelliQuilter  in addition to tools books and thread that I have collected and used for the last ten years to run a very successful machine quilting business.
You can contact me via email: lolabluemar@gmail.com
Serious Inquiries ONLY
$21,000.00


 I will spend two 5 hour days with you (after you have  the machine completely set up)
Teaching you any combination of things that you would like to learn from me. I will set up two workshops catered to you and your skill level.
This workshop option is only offered for LOCAL buyer (Greater Seattle area)



Gammill Classic Plus with 12 foot table
Purchased in December 2006 from Boersmas
IntelliQuilter added in 2010
Stitch Length Regulator
Needle Up/Down
Batting Bar
Vertical/Horizontal channel locks
Zipper Leaders
Boersma's Hydraulic lift
Boersma's Light bar
Easy Glide wheels (new in 2015)
Extra tall rolling chair
Towa bobbin tension gauge
Removable Extended Base
3 Extra bobbin cases
Many extra bobbins
The sale of this machine includes ALL of the Longarm rulers listed, many books and thousands of dollars worth of Superior "So Fine" thread (see photos).
Rulers:
3 sizes -Linda Mae's Rolling Feathers templates and instructions
Deloa's Boomerang
Quilters Groove pro pebbles template
Quilters Rule Micro Maneuver tool
Amazing Ray and Arc template set from Renae Haddadin with DVD
Longarm University:
  12" Feather guide, template and instructions
   8" Feather guide, template and instructions
   6" Feather guide, template and instructions
   1.5" Circles and Waves Template
   3" Sashiko Stars Template
   1.5" Diagonal Grid Template
Circle Set 6 Gadget Girls 12" Circle
Come Quilt with me 1", 2", 3", 4", 5" and 6"
Three  1/8" oval rulers for marking
Five 1/4" thick ovals
The Little Girl Ruler from Gadget Girls
Applique Helper Linda's Electric Quilters
Over 60 unused plastic stencils
Books:
Quilting Inside the Lines with Pam Clarke comes with a full set of stencils and Pounce Pad and extra chalk.
In The Studio with Angela Walters
Infinite Feathers with Anita Shackelfield comes with template
Ultimate Guide to Longarm Quilting by Linda Taylor
Beyond the Extreme by Mary Nording
Blooming Background Designs by Irena Bluhm
Pocket Guide series to Freehanding:
textures and fillers
meanderings
borders/sashing

Purchaser is responsible for pick up and transportation, reassembly and all associated cost.
Machine has been maintained by Boersma's. If you choose to contact them they can help with moving and reassembly of the machine for a cost to be determined when you contact them.




Front of Machine with Extended Base

Boersma's Excellent Light bar

 Boersma's Hydraulic Lift,  with the push of a button go from standing to sit down or just adjust it slightly every hour  or so of a long day to reduce fatigue. Worth its weight in gold.


Easy Glide wheels new in 2015~ awesome!

 Very comfortable adjustable Chair that is extra high to sit and work.


The rainbow in thread, every color you need for starting a business and having the perfect thread for your customers quilts. This machine loves Superior "so fine". Bottom shelf is Madeira Poly Neon wonderful shine.

Over 60 unused plastic stencils.

Rulers Galore!