Monday, March 24, 2014

Born to be wild.

Get your motor running and get out on the highway...
Another busy week here for Quirky Quilts.  We delivered the Harley Davidson Quilt and Keith loved it.  Which is what we love to hear, what do you think?  The border is flames and skulls, can we say bad to the bone.

Keith Boyd's Harley Davidson Quilt
And here is the back using his bandannas' and yes that is motorcycles printed fabric for the back.

The back to Keith Boyd's quilt.

So it is done and delivered and we picked up two more orders this past week.  Hoping to take Lynda's quilt to the long-arm quilter tomorrow or the next day.  It is a sweet lap quilt with a daisy print fabric, too sweet.  We are starting to get orders for graduation gifts, which needs to be placed soon if you want it back in time for June.  It is time for us to get back to the drawing board.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy National Quilters Day!



Oh my goodness, did we have a great "Worldwide Quilt Day" here at my house.  Please tell me you at least did some sewing or read a quilting magazine.  Jackie and I worked on two t-shirt quilts and our blocks for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild today.  We are now worn out.


This is Jackie working on the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival t-shirt quilt and I am working on Lynda's t-shirt quilt.  Yes, this is the dinning room table, my mother, if she were alive, would shake her head and then join in the fun with us.  This table has been used more in the passed two years than it has in the forty years it has been in the house.

If you are into paddle-sports and outdoor stuff you might want to attend this festival April 11-13, 2014 at James Island County Park.  We are one of the sponsors of this event.  Yes, I said sponsoring.  If you are wondering how in the world did we get involved, well Jackie works for Charleston County PRC and I retired from there.  But all the staff there know as much about quilting as we can force onto them.  Staff were under the illusion that quilters were cute/adorable little old ladies.  We have fixed that misconception, if you run into them and start talking about quilts.  They will ask if you know us, just say yes.


This is the quilt top using the first 20 t-shirts from the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival, which was delivered to our long-arm quilter a little bit ago.  But we wanted to share this picture, because it shows off our new quilt stand.  No more quilts laying on the floor to take pictures.  Of course we will share a finished picture with you.

Today we also worked on our blocks for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild.  Those of you who are quilters have been seeing this block everywhere lately.  The Missouri Star Quilt Company has a great tutorial on this, except in a bigger size.  They are now publishing a new magazine/idea book called, BLOCK.  It is a wonder and beautifully printed book.  We love it and are planning to make several quilts from it.  So here are our blocks which will be made into a charity quilt.



Can you see the envelopes?  I love this pattern because it looks like opened envelopes and who doesn't like getting cute little notes and cards in the mail.  Well, I think this is enough for this week.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Well, you asked for it.

Well I (Kim) wanted to write before today to tell you the GREAT news - I won first place in my division of the Cobblestone Quilt Show last weekend.  If you will recall this was a challenge quilt that won first place with People, Places and Quilts.  So very please, and those around me might be having problems living with me and "my award winning quilt".  I was very surprised.

Kim's Sunflower quilt with a blue ribbon
So, back to the show let me tell you my story, because everyone has been enjoying the tale.  I was on the quilt show committee, in charge of admissions.  The show set-up began Thursday, which I had to leave a little early since I had developed diverticulitis, just what I needed to start the weekend.  I had some great volunteers helping me all weekend.  No, I did not win viewers choice, though I picked up enough blank votes off of the floor each day of the show.  My quilt is wonderful, but you and I both know, that there are just amazing quilts at shows and mine would not make that cut.  I did try my best to get the husband votes as they came through the admissions table.  So you are now thinking, what did your family and friends find so funny.  Well, most of the vendors and show committee ended up with food poisoning and yes, on top of me already not being well, I got that too.  When it rains, it pours.  I think this is a funnier story in person, but Jackie was like, write it, tell everyone about it.  So today is the first day that I have been feeling human.



Jackie and I had a work day and got a lot done today.  We have a very busy week starting two t-shirt quilts and meeting a past client to work on a new quilt for her. So check back with us to see our progress.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The weekend...

The weekend is finally here and that means there will be a sewing day.  Today's excitement has been booking rooms for the 2015 QuiltCon in Austin, Texas.  You have to love going to Texas - barbque, Blue Bell ice cream, cowboys.  Well, the times I have been to Texas I didn't see too many cowboys, but LOTS of quilters.  Maybe next year.

Quilt in QuiltCon banner is "Fireworks" by Tara Faughnan
Isn't this quilt amazing, hope we will see you there.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!


Heart Quilt 2014 by Kim McPeake

Happy Valentine's Day!  

I just finished sewing the binding onto my heart quilt.  I love reading blogs, especially quilter's blogs and was inspired to make the above quilt.  Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella created a tutorial for "The Big Love" Quilt".  I fell in love with this quilt and had to have one of my own.  Are you like me and drool over quilts on blogs, books, wherever and say, "I am going to make that quilt someday".  You put the idea of that quilt on your excel spreadsheet of projects and that's where it ends.  Me too!  But this time, I made the quilt. 

It is very easy, just half-square triangles.  I did change the size of mine, the squares finish at 6 inches instead of 9 1/2 inches.  So my quilt finished at 36" x 42".  I quilted a straight line every 1/2 inch with pretty pink thread.  This is the back of my quilt.

Heart Quilt Back
Too precious for words.  Have a great weekend and thank you Nicole Daksiewicz for sharing this pattern.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow or Ice

So, Charleston was closed today for snow or should we say ice.  I know you may think that its funny, but when you don't have this kind of weather every 10-15 years, it is exciting for us.  The main reason for this is due to bridges.  Remember, "Bridges Ice before Roads", and we have a lot of bridges in town.  You do not go anywhere in Charleston without going over a bridge.  But we do enjoy our day or two of office/school closings, then love it when the sun comes back out to melt it all away.  So here is a picture of the "snow" in the front yard.



But, we have small icicles.  This is on a bush outside the front door.  Don't you love the speck of red berries.


Well, back to work on the Harley quilt, just have the borders to attached and to finish the back.  We are hoping to quilt it with this motorcycle pattern.  What do you think?


Stay warm and safe wherever you are.