Monday, December 15, 2014

Gina's Table Runner

Karen, of Karen's Quilt Shop in Sequim, is such a great lady. She's always referring wonderful people to me that are new to quilting. Gina is one of those people.

She brought me this table runner that she made for a good friend.  I think she did a great job adding interest with some different fabrics. I tried to do the same, quilting a large water meander in the main body with the whales and some denser quilting in the separate design areas to make them stand out.

The back has blocks that represent land, water and sun. A neat addition that makes it double-sided!

It was a good first project for her and when I dropped it off, she sent me away with two quilts for her grandsons!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Claudia's Buggy Quilts

Nope, not buggy as in "horse and," but buggy as in "insects"!!

Claudia made two of these quilts for her grandkids. They are boys and they love bugs and fish.

These quilts are especially long so that the top "bugs in the jar" bit can go over the pillows. Plus, she's expecting, based on their parents, these guys to really grow!  I quilted the top portion to try to give some movement to the bugs.

If you look closely, you can see little "flight" paths for the insects!

I kept the body of the quilt more simple. A water meander with the fish and crosshatching for the sashing. 

Hope the boys enjoy them! Grandma did a great job.


Monday, November 17, 2014

The Mystery is Solved!

As some of you may remember, I've been working on the Cabin Fever Quilters Mystery Quilt for 2014. The Mystery has been solved!

Now the dilemma is which border? First choice (2 options here -- busy fabric or black?):

Second choice (smaller black inner and bigger busy outer):

Third choice (Just black, but perhaps smaller?):

Or....a piping of one or the other with the opposite for the border???

I'm stumped.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Perfect Quilty Gift

We all know its coming and it doesn't matter how much we try to pretend it isn't. Yep, its Christmas. Right around the corner, as a matter of fact. Time to start thinking about presents. Or maybe its not Christmas that has you worried, its the new baby in your family.

Wouldn't it be perfect if you could make them a quilt? Who doesn't love a handmade gift???

If you'd love to give a quilt for a gift or just have one for yourself, I have the perfect solution! Kathey Bates, a fellow Cabin Fever Quilter, has started a business: Kathey's Custom Quilts & Embroidery. And she does such beautiful work!! You and she will corroborate on fabrics and pattern, then she'll put it together, quilt it and in just a couple of weeks, you will have a finished quilt. Click HERE to view a sample of the quilts she's made.

Give her website a look and place your order!!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Quilts are Flying out of the Studio

Well, not flying, exactly, but I have been doing several less densely quilted quilts and boy does that make a difference time wise!!

This first quilt belongs to Margie. She wanted an allover and I thought it could use some movement and texture. (I just love batik fabrics--don't you??)

I "dwirled" this quilt. Yep, that is a real word and a design. I stumbled across the design on Pajama Quilter DVD and thought I'd give it a go. I like how it turned out. What do you think??

The back...

This one is a hospice quilt that I did for Jo Ellen. A simple "heatwave" pattern was all it needed to add a little interest. I used King Tut variegated thread and think the color turned out perfect.

Nope--your eyes aren't going fuzzy...the picture is--sorry!

The final one I did for a lady undergoing chemo treatments. She'd pieced a bunch of tops, so another longarmer and I did one each for her. She chose the quilts and we got to do what we wanted--or that's what I did anyway.

Block design:

Border--feathers without a stem, who knew???

And two shots of the back. I used gray thread top and back and I like the gray on the yellow.

A last one of the back. 

Thanks for stopping by!!