Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Leslie's Floral Flight

 This quilt is called Floral Fancy. Leslie always sends me the prettiest projects to work on and she is very, very picky. Her explicit instructions are always the same..."Do what you want." I love it. Freedom to play!


I really enjoyed this quilt. The piecing made it easy to play in the borders and with the individual pics, I mostly quilted around the birds and flowers to make them stand out. Border quilting included CC's, Ribbon Candy, and some general loops and linework.




Below is a close up of one of the bird blocks. I think if you click on this to make it larger, the outlined bits will show up better.


And here are a couple shots of the back...I love this backing fabric. Its perfect!



Thanks for looking,

Dory

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Mary's Ponce de Leon Design

 I'm not sure I can do the explanation of this quilt justice--I quilted it back in May. (I know...I should do better keeping up with my blog!) As I recall, there is a park in Florida that Mary used as the inspiration for this one.



If I'm remembering correctly, there is a fountain in the center of the park--that's what the center of the quilt represents. The quilting consisted of lots of linework as well as some different fills, like Ribbon Candy and Basket Weave.





And, finally, the back. Mary used a neutral gray for most, but she also put a strip in using the leftover fabric from the front. (Clever way to use the scraps--wish I'd remember that!) The quilting shows up nicely in the background, making it easier to see what was done by the center fountain and surrounding areas. 





Thanks for looking!

Dory


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Linda's Whirly Jig

 I love doing quilts for Linda. I don't often get the chance to--Linda has her own longarm. This time her longarm was otherwise occupied, so I got to play. I love how this quilt is traditional and modern at the same time. 


When I quilted this one, I gave Linda several design choices. She opted for more modern quilting. Below are pics of the individual designs in the blocks.



And then when you put them together, you get this...


The borders were fun too. I love this treatment where part of the border stands out.


And what post is complete without shots of the back??



If you've seen my business cards, you've probably noticed the quote that says "Always smoke free; mostly pet free." This is the reason for the "mostly" part. Dash had to be in the pic--he knows Linda is one of his biggest fans!


Thanks for looking!!

Dory

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Penny's Garden Quilt

 Isn't this one pretty? Penny played with some border prints and fabric from Karen's Quilt Shop for this one.



Penny used a border fabric and cut it up to show off the pretty flower prints. I did some simple border quilting (below) and then played a bit in each picture.


If you look closely at the background, you can see the curved arcs in the busier backgrounds and a squiggly line in each of those borders. (I wonder how many times I can says "border" in a post???)


These two pics of the background show the quilting designs better than I can explain them!



Thanks for looking!!
Dory


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Ginny's Chihuly Exhibit Quilt

 Ginny is super creative. She likes to take pictures and have them made into fabric at Spoonflower. From there, she turns them into stunning quilts. This one is no exception. She attended the Chihuly Exhibit in Seattle (pre Covid), took photos, and made this lovely quilt.



The goal with this quilt was to not interfere with the printed fabric, yet I had to quilt it somehow. I opted for simple linework in all the blocks. Some dot-to-dot ala Angela Walters and just some cross-hatching...without the "cross" part. (LOL)

When I got to the border, I originally did double piano keys. When I had finished the quilt and looked at it, I decided that was too plain. So around again I went, adding ribbon candy to each "key" for more interest. 


In the corners I did a mirror image dot-to-dot design.


Here are a couple more shots of the front.



I'm thinking my camera wasn't too good with the color of the backing, but at least the quilting shows up! 



This pic shows thread changes...had to be done to keep the quilting from being too obvious on the front. Makes the back look a little wonky though.


When things open up again and if you've never seen the Chihuly Exhibit, its well worth the visit. And after you visit, take the ferry across the Sound to the Olympic Peninsula. Stop in at the new quilt shop  in Sequim (A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe) and say hi.  

Dory