June 28, 2014

Sheryl's Red and White Embroidered Quilt

Sheryl made this beautiful embroidered quilt!  I love embroidery, but thus far have resisted the urge to purchase a machine.  My longarm thread stash is large enough without adding embroidery thread!

These blocks are so adorable and setting them in red and white was the perfect choice.  Sheryl left the quilting designs up to me and I think she's happy with the result.  This is the first time I used Glide thread and I am sure I'll be using it again. 

I wish I had taken pictures of the back when I first took it off the frame instead of after it was folded to place in a bag to return to Sheryl.  She plans on entering it in next year's local quilt show, so I'll be able to get better pictures then.


Arlene's sampler

Arlene likes her quilts to have very loose quilting.  This is a sampler she made at Pieceful Quilting.  I quilted it with a ribbon meander.

full quilt
a couple close ups


May 4, 2014

Liz's "My First Judy Niemeyer"

Liz's "My First Judy Niemeyer" took first place in the Duet Medium category at Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild 2013 show.



April 30, 2014

Claudia's "Daydreams Around the World"

Claudia made this quilt from fabric from the Daydreams collection by Stephanie Brandenburg.  She came home with a 3rd place ribbon in the "Duet Large" category of the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild 2013 quilt show.

Claudia likes to be involved in the designing process for the quilting.  She usually starts with a vague idea, and then I send her drawings for her to mull over.  She makes the final choice.  She knows what she likes and she's happy with the end result. 
For example, here is the drawing I sent her to choose a background fill for the flower panels.
The borders and the feathered melon shape
McTavishing in the panel backgrounds 

March 16, 2014

Dee Dee's quilt

I made this quilt for my sister, Dee Dee.  She and her husband, Ricky, take care of my mother's every need.  And I know that's not always easy.  So I decided to make them each a lap quilt.  This seemed like a good way to use up some printed fabrics from my stash and make room for more batiks.
I found a quilt called "Seams of Opal" in the April/May 2009 issue of "Love of Quilting" magazine.  I think the pattern called for paper piecing and the pieces/blocks were much smaller than in my version.  I just wanted to make mine stress  free--bigger pieces, fewer blocks.  So I chose red, orange, and yellow fabrics for Dee Dee's quilt and purple, blue, and green fabrics for Ricky's.  Dee Dee's is the first to get quilted.

One of the things I most love about a scrap quilt is remembering the other projects made with those fabrics.  Or remembering where you purchased them or who gave them to you.
This is one of my favorite preloaded Pro-Stitcher designs.
The sashes were quilted with this freehand wishbone design.
The outside border is quilted with swirls and pebbles.
I pieced the backs of both quilts. For this one, I pieced the leftover strips from making the log cabins on the front of the quilt into similarly sized strip sets, bordered them with a dark maroon, and set it in white.  Some larger pieces in my stash were sewn together for the wider strips.

Angie's wedding quilt for her daughter

Angie made this gorgeous batik quilt for her daughter's wedding.  I love the color scheme, the block pattern, and IT'S BATIKS!

The curlicues in the thin border are freehand, but the Pro-Stitcher made those evenly 1/2" spaced parallel lines in the wider border a snap. 
I love feathers.  LOVE them.  I really would love to be able to do those fancy formal feathers, but I don't have the confidence yet to try them on a customer quilt.  And I was wary about doing these simpler feathers on a quilt as important as a wedding gift, but I must say, now that it has been a year since I've seen them, they look pretty darn good!
And pebbling in the corner pieces of each block.

March 14, 2014

Jennie's Orca Bay

I did NOT buy a lottery ticket this day. 

Instead I cursed the 4", yes, FOUR INCHES, of bobbin thread I was lacking to quilt this without having to wind a new bobbin.  If that sounds shallow (it really IS), just know that if I had removed the bobbin when finished and found only 4" left ON the bobbin, I would have felt like I'd been kissed by a unicorn. 

Sigh.  It's the little things, you know?

This is Jennie's Orca Bay, a mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  Here is a link to get Bonnie's latest mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice (until June 2014, then she removes it).
That's a LOT of pieces. 
This pantograph by Norma Sharp is called Steam, but quilted sideways, it looks like waves.