Monday, May 15, 2017

Tevis T-Shirt Wall Hanging

Two years ago, I did a t-shirt quilt for Marci. Shortly after receiving it, she completed the 60th Anniversary of the Tevis ride. She purchased two t-shirts: one to wear and one for me to make into a wall hanging. I have never even attempted to make a wall hanging from one t-shirt, so this was quite the challenge for me.

The only thing I knew when I started, was that I was going to have to build something around the two main parts of the shirt. So after cutting the front and back, I opted for the flying geese.  I knew that I wanted them to sort of lead your eye all the way around, but it wasn't until I had an epiphany in the middle of the night that everything came together.

For those of you that aren't familiar with the ride, its a 24-hour adventure with you and your horse covering 100 miles of some truly exciting trails. The ride starts just north of Lake Tahoe at Robie Park, has its first major vet check at Robinson (appx. 35 miles in); the second major check is at Foresthill (appx. 67 miles in); and then the finish in Auburn.

When I realized I had enough t-shirt material left for Dennis to embroider the names of the four major points of the ride, I knew I had something. 

Below are a couple close-ups of the quilting. The photos didn't turn out great, but since this is a quilting blog and not an endurance blog, I figured I'd share them anyway.



Thanks for stopping by!

Dory

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Carolyn's Baskets All Around

This is Carolyn's "Baskets all Around" quilt.  Not quite sure where they came up with the name, but I really liked the blocks in this one. Lots of room to play!
As you can see, I had fun with lots of quilting motifs. Below are a couple of close-ups so you can see what I did more clearly. The first shows more of an overall, with feathers, back and forth lines and loops, curved cross-hatch, and some linework in the sort of Dresden Plate area.
Here's a better view
The backing of this quilt was a beautiful green fabric and some of the quilting on the top was in pink. The pink actually showed up quite well on the back, but I used a taupe in the bobbin with the variegated thread, so its a bit harder to see. You can almost see how I duplicated the quilting in the border and the "sashing squares."

Thanks for looking!!

Dory

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Oriental Triangles

Isn't this quilt stunning? Patti put this one together at our retreat last summer in Bellingham and sent it home with me. I've had it for awhile, but I just couldn't decide what to do with it!


I struggled with which way to hang it and finally decided I liked this way best, although I'm not sure it matters! I did line work in the black triangles and a fun CC design in the print. Feathers and geometric squares were in the border.


And then there was the big, open triangle at the bottom.  I filled that with feathers and some matchstick lines to tie everything together. A bit hard to see here, but wait til you see the back!

And, here it is...the back: (If you click on this one, you'll get a better idea of the overall quiling.

But in case you don't, below are some close-ups.

This was a fun one to quilt--I love large open spaces!

Dory

Friday, April 14, 2017

Quilt of Valor

Quilts of Valor is such a worthy cause. I was asked to quilt this one a few months ago. It took me a while to work it into my rotation, but they were pleased when they got it back. I wanted to do some fancier quilting on it, but the pattern and colors just didn't lend themselves to that. Instead, I quilted with my usual allover Heatwave pattern.



And a close-up of the Betty Boop block! I love her!!

Thank for looking,

Dory

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter is Here

This is the cutest bunny quilt EVER!!  Barbara is a new customer and from her response to my quilting, she'll be back. I was so impressed with her buttonhole stitch by hand on this quilt, that I couldn't bring myself to do any quilting in the areas she'd stitched.  Have a look.  There are lots of pics!

Every place you think the quilt needs some detail, like an eye on the bunny perhaps, imagine a button. Barb had sewn on all the buttons so she wouldn't lose them during her move and then had to take them all back off before giving it to me to quilt.
 

These flowers will have a button in the middle as well. Then the petals will puff and give the quilt great dimension.




I love how the applique is combined with the piecing--its one of my favorite looks. I had a lot of fun quilting this one!


This bunny will be adorable with his button eye!


And many shots of the back--it was a plain lilac fabric so the quilting really showed up.






Thanks for looking!!

Dory