Friday, October 9, 2015

A Couple More to Share

This one came from Paula and is filled with pinwheels!! I love pinwheels to look at, but they're tough to quilt as the centers generally have lots of bulk. On the body, I took the easy way out and did CC throughout--it allowed me to slow way down on those intersections and not break a needle!

I did a little playing in the border, although it doesn't show up real well. Same geometric that I've done before, but this time, I filled the centers with paisley's and curves.  It was fun and added some nice texture to the dark fabric.

This next one is from a new quilter in my hometown of Quincy. I haven't even met Leslie yet, but hope to when I go back for our retreat in a few days. This is an Alex Anderson pattern, not sure what its called, but its from one of her beginning books. Although Leslie is just starting to quilt, she did a great job putting it together.

And she even got brave with the back...check out the flying geese!!!

I think she did a great job! 


Monday, October 5, 2015

Cute Kids' Quilts

A new customer brought me these two.  Deb swore she wasn't a quilter, but I think that may change in the future.  This one was finished, but she wanted more quilting. It already had the large squares quilted in it, but she wanted to some detail added to it.  I outlined all the critters, the rainbow and cloud and stitched over the various parts of the "landscape" to add a little definition.  Unfortunately, it doesn't really show up, but Deb was happy and it is a darn cute Pooh Panel!!

She also brought this panel quilt in that she'd done for her grandson. Usually I don't quilt so densely on kid's quilts, but due to the size, custom quilting was the same cost as my minimum quilting charge. She opted for the custom.

Lots of color changes and detail work and it turned out pretty darn cute!  Here are a couple more pics.

Hope the baby appreciates it!!!!!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Project Quilting -- Flying Geese

September's block: Flying Geese.  I really wanted to make one of those dimensional quilts with the geese floating around in a banner-type configuration of graduating size.  However, since I don't have a clue where to even begin something like that, instead I opted for some Buggy Barn geese.

I had no real plan in mind when I began this. Consequently, the first time I put it together, I didn't like it. I kept telling myself that it was finished and it was good enough...NOPE! To me it looked like I'd done my geese and then just added borders, which, BTW, is exactly what I did!!  BLEH!!!!

 So I took it all apart and started again.  Although this is nothing to "write home about," its finished and on time.  In my book, that's a WIN!!

 And the back.  Not nearly as much quilting on this one.

Thanks for looking!!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Catching up...

This quilt came from Mona in Quincy. She's made this for her granddaughter and its so bright and cheery--I love it!! (This would be the perfect "garden" for weeds and no work!)

I don't remember what the piecing technique is called, maybe "flip & fold"? You sew your fabric to muslin and then keep adding bits until it looks like what you want. Its hard to see the quilting, but basically it was meant to look like rain drops in the main body of the quilt. I did lines and then added circles in...sort of like "----o-----o----o" only it was vertical! I also used a shiny silver thread to add a glisten-effect, like water. (Clever???)

 In keeping with the garden theme, leaves were in the outer border and inner sashing, with narrow piano keys  on the inner border for some texture.

 And a pic of the can sort of see the "rain" in this one.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!!


Monday, August 31, 2015

Project Quilting -- Pinwheel

This month its the Pinwheel Block for my Focus Through the Prism challenge. I opted for idea why. Seemed like a good idea at the time! I chose gray (vs black)  background because I didn't want my quilt to look like a giant bumblebee!!

Once again, I have to thank EQ7 for my pattern. I did a search for pinwheels hoping for inspiration, when I came across this pattern. It immediately appealed to me because it resembled a  saw blade. Odd only if you don't know me.  My husband used to log with draft horses and he had his own mill on our property in California. We spent many hours feeding logs onto the mill and watching the blades spin as they ran down the logs, cutting them into boards.

Although today is the 31st, I actually finished this in plenty of time--in fact, I was sewing the binding on Friday night during the Seahawks game. I had DAYS to spare--two to be exact!!!

Here's a shot of the back...quilting these is always fun for me.

Think I'll call this one "Saw Wheel" -- so clever, I know!!!! (Quit laughing at me!!)