I almost always take the New Year's Day Mystery Quilting Class from Longarm University. Several years ago I took the class and actually finished the quilt! I'm great at starting; its my follow through that has issues. Anyway, Dennis races on a sailboat with a Captain who is very involved with raising money for Hospice. That year, I gave them my quilt to raffle. Since then, they've been piecing quilts and giving them to me for quilting so they can raffle them off. This was the quilt for 2018.
I found this pattern when I was in Santa Cruz and thought it appropriate for a sailing organization. The ladies pieced it and I got to play with the quilting. I did some linework around the outside, but quilted clouds behind the boat and gulls in the middle. Of course, later (isn't hindsight always 20/20?), I thought I should have quilted clouds behind the gulls on the side as well.
Here's a shot of the linework I did in the corners.
Luckily, the folks buying tickets for the quilt didn't seem to mind my lapse in quilting creativity!
This quilt is just amazing and made more so by the fact that Carolyn didn't make this from a kit. She chose her fabrics carefully and the result was spectacular!
Don't you love how the colors flow??? This quilt just needed to be held together--it didn't need any quilting that would detract from the lovely piecing. I quilted this using a bunch of inter-connecting straight lines.
The border was more straight lines with a "plaid/crosshatch" effect in the corners.
And a shot of the back. Not a lot shows, but you get a good idea of the texture!
But the best news was when Carolyn contacted me to let this know that the quilt took First Place and Best of Division at the local fair. The judge made many nice comments, but my favorite, of course, was, "Understated quilt design perfectly suited for modern quilt." In California, where Carolyn lives, they hire outside judges for the fairs and award only one First Place ribbon. Not like Washington where everyone gets first or second place no matter what. Getting first place here was a real honor for both of us!
I fell in love with these quilts while working on them. The fabrics are just so beautiful and Leslie did such a good job piecing them.
The first she called "Southwest Pantry" (I think. I'm terrible at remembering names!!) Lots of pics on this post, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee!!
First, a pic of the whole thing: front and back.
Don't you just love the back of this quilt??? Yes, I did QITD, but I just couldn't resist. Give me a plain backing and I can't help myself. Now comes the part where you'll need that coffee. There's a little bit of everything in this quilt: linework, feathers, crosshatch, cc's--you'll get my point as you view the pics.
And now for a few (or more) shots of the back!
Part 2 in the next post. Probably won't be quite so picture heavy!!
Nope...I didn't get to go on vacation. But I did get to work on Ginny's quilt and she did go on vacation, took this picture, and made it into this beautiful quilt.
Ginny wanted the texture to look like the blocks the buildings were made from, so I did a geometric
meander. I also used mono-filament thread. Something I rarely do; however, with this quilt, it was a necessity. I would have been changing thread color every inch!!
The pics below show the texture as they look on the quilt, itself. You can see it, but its not obvious, right?
Then I took these pics so you could really see the quilting. This was a fun quilt to work on. I love quilts with houses or any type of building!
Notice the painting in my header?? This one is called "Big Butt" and is by Leslie Ann Webb. Click hereto read about Leslie and see more of her work.
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