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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Wedding quilt is finished.

Rhonda made this beautiful quilt in browns for a wedding gift.  It's big, 99 x 104, so it will fit nicely on a bed. It's just beautiful.  They will love it!
the solid white backing makes it a true wedding quilt.  Actually, they are getting two quilts in one, as the reverse is a beautiful white whole cloth quilt!!  Picture that on a bed with a few bright throw pillows.

Rhonda requested fairly dense quilting, as she knows the recipients plan to use this quilt.  I can assure, it is quilted to stand up to heavy use.   

Walnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

What's for Breakfast at the Cartwright House?  This morning I made a new version of an old standby.  This bread was a hit with the guests, and has now been added to the wall of fame.  We serve a full breakfast at the Inn, and there's always something new coming out of the kitchen.  Remember, you can always bring your quilt to Three Bears, and then stay a night or two at the Inn.  

JoAnne's Star Quit is beautiful!

These stars are floating against a dark blue background.  We quilted an edge to edge design that more or less connected all these stars.  Rainbows Thread by Superior is a high sheen poly that was used to quilt the top.  The Bears love to use specialty threads to achieve special effects.
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Melody in Fabric

Mary named this beautiful quilt "Melody in Fabric".  My guess is because it's a gift for their Choir director.  It was fairly densely quilted with a design called Gilded.  I think this quilt sings!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pat's "Midnight Star" is finished!

I love the black background and the red inner border.  All of this just makes the star shine out loud.  It was custom quilted using a flat black thread on the black as well as the paisley border.  The rest was quilted in a burnt gold using Superior Threads Highlights. 

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The raffle quilt for the guild is finished!

You better believe I felt honored when asked to quilt the raffle quilt for the Twin Rivers Quilt Guild.  Tickets will go on sale soon.

A swirly, leafy border with continuous corners was added.
The inner narrow border was stitched in the ditch.  that always adds nice framing to any quilt.


Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has come and gone.  Today marks three weeks since the eye traveled directly over Oriental.  Very, very scary to sustain a direct hit like that.  Luckily, the Cartwright House,  and the quilt studio sustained no structural damage or flooding. The old girl's been here since 1903!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your e mails, phone calls, cards and prayers.  It worked.  Now that we are back to a somewhat normal life here, I'm going to make every effort to post more quilt photos.  That's the thing about blogs.  They're great, if  you keep up with them.  If you don't, it's easy to assume that production has stopped, which totally is not the case here. 

In the meantime, there are lots of pictures and stories on our local on line news resource.

On the right side of the screen you'll find links to stories describing the days leading up to and after Irene.  Pull up a chair and a cup of coffee. Oh, and one more thing.  You betcha, I'd move here all over again.  We love living in Oriental.