Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lyn's Storytime Quilt

Lyn sent this quilt up from California in the hopes of having it back for the quilt show in April. She had it back, but alas, as with everything these days, the show was cancelled.  Its a pretty little quilt that she picked up on one of her many travels.

Because this quilt was so light and airy (for lack of better terms to describe it), I wanted to keep the quilting similar.  The first thing to decide, was what to put in that middle 12-patch. I opted for a CC-type flower with simple echoing to make it stand out. 

Moving out, I decided on a cute flower motif that I first saw in a Deloa Jones quilting design book. Deloa has some great ideas and is a wonderful teacher, should we ever get to take classes again. I surrounded the design with pebbles next to the center 12-patch.

And then used it again, without pebbles in the borders and the eight-patch sections, throwing in a little dot-to-dot quilting ala Angela Walters.

In the four-patch blocks, I repeated the 12-patch design for continuity.

Finally, in the background, a simple swirl design filled in the open spaces to keep the design light.

And a couple shots of the back...

Thanks for looking!


Friday, July 17, 2020

Charlene's Ohio Star Quilt

I always love Charlene's quilts. They're always pieced well and she lets me play with my quilting designs. Since this one is so traditional, I decided to shake things up a bit and mix a little "modern" into the quilting.

I did some piano keys in the border, then went back and filled some in with ribbon candy for a bit more interest. The sashings are ribbon candy, with the blocks having a blend of stippling, cc's, and feathers.

When I got to the corners, I opted for a whole bunch of cc's, I always like this look.

Charlene almost always gives me plain backs...I love how they turn out!

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Leslie's Back to Nature BOM

Isn't this quilt beautiful. There were so many areas to play and designs to play with--it was a super fun one to quilt! (Sorry about the weird angle of the pic. It was so big, I had to hang it in my living room to get a shot of the whole thing--and it still touched the floor!)

Let's begin with the center...I really wanted to make it pop, so this is what I came up with: Feathers, Hooked swirls, SID, name it, its pretty much there.

Below are closeups of a few of the other blocks: (I may have gotten a tad carried away! *wink*)

Here's a shot of the border; I did a feather meander.

And a few (hundred) pics of the back. Leslie almost always sends along backs where the quilting will show. I love that--its like opening a present when I unload the quilt and see the back.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cute Bicycle Quilt

Theresa's daughter made this quilt and wanted to enter it in the fair. I first "met" Theresa when a box showed up last year with two quilts in it along with a note asking me to quilt them. That's the extent of our contact. Theresa e-mailed wondering if I would do this one for here daughter--how could I refuse??

The quilt was only 30 x 36, but it was so darn cute and her daughter did a great job with the applique. It was a fun one to play with...look at all that negative space!! Lots of swirls and pebbles in the background.

With the basket, I quilted only in the light colored "weaving," to add some dimension. It was pretty cool in person.

I did some curved lines behind the tires...tried for a feeling of movement. Not sure I pulled that off though.

And here's a couple of the back...

Out of all the pics, this one is my fave. Theresa's daughter holding up her first, completed quilt. She did a great job!

Thanks for looking...


Sunday, June 21, 2020

My Mystery Quilt

Karen's Quilt Shop does a mystery project every year. Every year I sign up because who doesn't need another UFO??? This year, however, I actually finished mine!

This was a fun quilt to work on. The blocks were big...16x16 and there's always the "how will it turn out with the fabrics I've chosen" bit to worry about. Fabrics were easy for me as I already owned the black Grunge and the red. The pinks and mottled gray seemed to be logical choices to go with them. It is a bit on the bright side, but its so geometric that I think it works.

The other fun bit about this mystery is the assembly. There were several different variations.

When it came to quilting, it got interesting. The book showed several options for the blocks and I did take their ideas in some of the areas. I'll point those out with the close-up pics.

Nope, you're not seeing double. Same block, just in opposite corners. The pink/red rows that are quilted as one have a design from the book. I wasn't sure about it, but I couldn't come up with anything else. The rest of the block is just common designs that I've done many times before that you'll recognize.

This is another shot of the corner, just more towards the middle. Its hard to see the quilting in the black, but I did the same linework on the outside black bit as the book. The inside black has feathers. I think you'll be able to see them if you blow the pic up. (Just click on it)

We had options when putting the quilt together, but I loved this center block which dictated the assembly. It was also the most difficult to decide on a quilting design. I wanted the shapes to show up, but I didn't want them to be prominent--that was for the red. I opted for some "framing" of the different shapes with a matching thread and then a tiny stipple to hold it down so the red could pop.

Initially, the red just had the lines; the feathers were the last bit I added before taking this one off the frame. Those diamonds just needed a little boost.

And now the back...I always love the back! (Some may be a bit redundant, but did I mention that I love the back???)

Thanks for looking!!!