Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring is Near!

Hello there folks! Happy Happy Spring!

Well, at least it feels like spring here in Leavenworth, KS. My hands are tingling to go out and plant...but I am trying to hold off. It just feels too soon. I don't think I am going to do veg this year. Just flowers, but I will probably be tempted to plant some tomatoes despite the horrific Tomato Horn Worms we had last year. 

Spring fever aside I have been doing lots of quilt making and quilting. 

Here are 3 of the items I made for Carrie Bloodstone to take to quilt market. Her new collection "Story" is fabulous!

This is the back of the quilt I named "Night Flight". It was super fun to design, make and quilt. I used some of my new Quilters Dream Cotton in Supreme loft. It is so nice. Really dense and works magic with quilting.

I have also bee doing customer quilting. This is the sweetest Christmas quilt. Taylor had exactly the idea she wanted. She wanted straight lines and Curly (almost Dr Seuss) pine trees quilted in the printed parts.

This quilt was so fun to quilt. I thought about using my record function on my Statler and making all the trees the same, but they were so fun to quilt I did them all free hand. That way each on is just a bit different.

This is such a great quilt! Kelly made this one. She gave me free reign with it. I have been wanting to try "Ghost Shapes" for ages and finally had the perfect quilt. I used Quilters Dream Wood batting for this one. Kelly wanted more puffiness with this quilt. Wool is the perfect batting for a bit of puffiness.

I added just a touch of swirls to the outer border in among the quilted stars.

I have to say how fantastic a piecer Kelly is. The centers of the stars were so nice and flat. That sure makes it easy to quilt folks.

Kelly's quilt backs are always as fabulous as the fronts. It is cool how the quilting shows up on the back.

OK, back to work!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Holly's Quilt

Hey there! This is my new friend Holly. She had me quilt her lovely spiderweb quilt. If you can possibly believe it this was her very first quilt ever. When she dropped it off I thought she was joking. She had seen some pictures of instagram and wanted it custom quilted similar to several that Angela Walters did. I couldn't do the same thing for a couple reasons...I am no Angela is the #1 reason. So I did a Tia on it...which in mind was pretty good.

Holly wanted it to be quite fluffy, so I used wool batting. I love the loft of wool batting.

I really wanted to quilt a spiderweb or two on here...but she was adamant NO Spiderwebs. Bummer.

I love how she crazy pieced the kites between the octagons.

Here is most of the quilt. I think she did such a great job and I love the sweet color palette. This quilt is for her little girl.

Holly used the pattern by Sarah Fielke in the book Material Obsession 2.

I just finished 3 lovely pieces for quilt market. They look great if I do say so myself. I am now deep into writing patterns for them in case they get picked up by a magazine while at market.

Have the best day ever!

Tia Curtis

Monday, March 2, 2015

Home Health

Hey there folks.

I know it has been a while since I blogged but I truly have been very busy. When I am busy the blog is always the first thing to be put on the back burner. So, if you have been following along with me on  Instagram or Facebook you know that my daughter has had some health issues lately. My daughter has been hearing impaired since birth and the many ear procedures have caused issues with the inner ears. She is in the care of a great team in Kansas City now. Without getting too much into all the details I wanted to talk about Home Health.

My daughter needed IV antibiotics for a 4 week period. Missing that much school for a hospitalization made us all a bit nervous. A friend of mine was a Home Health Nurse and suggested we ask about going that route. All I knew about home health was from my time in Nursing School. It involved me cleaning out the 8 cat litter boxes of a hoarder. It was gross and she had more issues than my little visits could solve. After that I really never gave Home Health another thought.

Lynnea assured me that Home Health has come a long way. Indeed it has! In my mind I was prepared to program pumps and hang IV bags...but I was in for a delightful surprise when the Big Box was delivered to our door. It contained everything we needed already premixed and ready to go for one week of treatments. We just had to find a spot in the fridge for the little balloons of antibiotics. From then on the medicine was delivered to our door via UPS.

The first dose of medicine was given in the hospital after Her PICC line was installed in her arm. The Home Health Nurse arrived later to our house and showed us how to set it all up and what to do. It is an entirely needless system and is just amazing to me. No pumps at all required. The little balloon/grenade is pressurized and after cleaning the port of her PICC line, flushing the line with a syringe of Normal Saline, we twist the Medication tubing into the PICC let the medicine flow until empty (about 30 min) flush again with another syringe of Normal Saline and finally the last syringe of Heparin. It is essential to keep the PICC clean so it is cleaned with the alcohol wipes before each treatment and injection. The Nurse has come to the house to draw blood for the lab tests and do dressing changes. but other that that is has been just my husband and I doing everything. It is such a simple treatment and has had such a mild effect to my daughters day to day activities. I now look at Home Health with new eyes.

Emma is doing super! She is such a trooper. Thank you all for all the kind words and support both here in town and via social media.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Topography Quilting Tutorial

Hey there!!! Lets have a quick quilting tutorial. My latest favorite quilting design is Topography (or contour lines).

I have always LOVED maps. You can learn so much from a good map (especially military ones like the one above. It is one of my husbands maps. I think it is some part of Texas). You can look to see how to get somewhere, what alternative routes to take if a road is clogged with construction or backed up because of a wreck...where big intersections are where lakes and rivers will be. But did you know that you can actually see elevation on the maps? I am sure you knew that.

The red lines in this map show elevation. The closer the lines are together the more steep the incline.

It also show hilltops which are handy to have a good look around. It is these contours that I love quilting! Let me show you how I do it!

1) Start with a loose curving line.

2) Echo on either side of the line.

3) Add more curving lines

 4) Keep echoing the lines

5) If you get stuck make a hilltop

6) Add more hilltops! Hilltops are cool. This is a really really really fast way to quilt. It is seriously fast and so simple. This about it as a really big, echoed stipple - but light years better.

Here is is on my Doe quilt. I was looking for this one the other day and found it on my sons bed.

Look at that awesome texture!

I quilted contour lines on Elizabeth's Cotton+Steel quilt.

Good heaven it was fun to quilt!

I also used contour lines on the bags I made for Christmas presents for my sisters and mother.

It is great for small projects too!

Try it out next time you have a project! Or you can send your quilt to me and I would love to quilt it. Best design right now.

If you try I would love to see how you go.


Cotton+Steel Bundles in the Shop

I have been having the best time putting bundles together for my Shop. If you know me at all you know how wild I am for Cotton+Steel and their AWESOME fabric. There are so many prints that finding happy combinations are intimidating for some. Heck I know they have been for me. The shades and tones are very unique, and it has been a bit tricky to find stuff that works well without being Chaos. I especially love the combination of substrates. I like to mix the linen blend, the lawn and the double gauze. It makes the coolest quilt!

Anyway, I have been making some pretty simple quilt designs with these sets and will soon have them finished. If you want a bundle or two please find them in my SHOP. If they are gone it is easy to cut more, just send me an email or message.


latest quilts

Hey there! I hope you are all well. I have been busy quilting and cutting fabric. Let me show you a few of the quilts I have quilted lately. First up is Cindy's fabulous snowball quilt.

I used on of my favorite edge to edge quilting designs on it (Modern Maze) It blends so well, but gives the quilt the best texture.

I love how this design looks custom quilted, but it is a great cost alternative. It is so pretty! I tell you that I love custom quilting, but boy sometimes an edge to edge is just the ticket! Thank you Cindy for letting me quilt your quilt!

This next one was done by my friend Shelley. She now is lucky enough to live in Hawaii. The Pattern is called Balinese Wedding Star by Judy Niemeyer. It is just a glorious quilt and my photography does nothing for it. It has was dark and dreary and the lighting in my studio was funny, so forgive me.

I custom quilted this quilt with the help of my Statler Stitcher and a set by Laurie Thomas. It took so long to quilt with the Statler. Many folks think it is so easy to use the Statler for custom quilt work, but in reality quilting a Custom quilt in computer guided mode takes about twice the time as just free handing it. At least that is what I have found in my experience. I do love how this quilt turned out though.

Here is a shot of the back...again the light it terrible. Sorry.

This is what the quilting looks like.

Next up is Traci's little wall hanging. I taught this block a couple months ago to my quilt posse. We took a picture of our houses and turned them into an improv pieced quilt block. Traci took it a couple steps further and added trees and borders. She wanted it custom quilted and the only stipulation was that I do a green vine in the white border.

So...swirling sky went in, and jagged grass. Bricks and slate roof. Some of you may recognize this house as one of the historic homes on Ft. Leavenworth. You are right! Traci has since moved to an even better historic house on post. I suppose another quilt is in order!

I quilted my very favorite Army quote in the yellow border "I had cast my lot with a soldier and where was was home to me." I used it for years on my Camp Follower Bags and I was thrilled to use it again on this quilt.

Here is some of the back of the quilt.

Traci's sewing room was up in the attic, so I put her sewing machine in the window.

And her awesome cat, Breezy is in the window down in the living room.

This was such a fun little piece of art to quilt! I want to finish my houses too!

have a happy week folks!