Thursday, December 31, 2015

Carolyn's Storm at Sea

This quilt is so gorgeous--as are all of Carolyn's. However, when she sent this home with me back in October, she requested an allover.  An allover??? Really?????

After sending Carolyn a text message confirming that she just wanted an allover and letting her know she was killing me, she relented. Said I could do what I wanted; however, I knew she didn't want the kind of quilting I wanted to do on it. [sigh]  Maybe another time.

In keeping with her original wishes, I didn't go nuts. The outside border is stippled with a pattern through the middle of it going all the way around.  You can almost see it if you cross your eyes and stand on your head!!

I did CC's in all the triangle and diamond shapes within the top with a double CC in the squares. It made for some interesting patterns on the back and just added texture to the top.

Here's a couple of close-ups of the back. Maybe someday I'll have some good lighting that will show the quilting off a bit better. The backing fabric is actually a dark blue--not sure why it photographed as gray!

Thanks for stopping by...

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year--stay safe!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Milly's Ponies

So after hours of "building fence" and then way too much quilting for a kid's quilt, Milly's ponies were finally finished and delivered last week.

This is a Buggy Barn pattern and I just fell in love with it. The eyes were supposed to be buttons, but since Milly is not yet a year old, I felt that having Dennis embroider eyes was the better option.

The horse in the middle was a bad horse! He had no contrast and just faded into the background. However, some extra quilting and a Pigma pen and he magically reappeared!

I chose a green flannel for the backing.  

A close-up (reverse-style) of the quilting. As you can see, I went a touch overboard. This pic shows the true color of the green; I'm not sure why its so dark in the photo above.
Thanks for having a look!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Project Quilting -- Snowball

I've had my block done for over a week; it just needed binding. This afternoon, I put binding on a quilt for my granddaughter and then attached the binding to this challenge block. About halfway through, it suddenly hit me: Today is the last day!!  Yikes--I got busy. 

My block is done. I actually worked on this shortly after the disaster in Paris. I was so sad about what had happened that it was easy to choose the colors to go with the blue. I had to use red and white, the colors of their flag. The pattern is called "Round the Twist."  I'm calling my quilt simply "For France."

 And a shot of the back:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Quincy Crazy Quilters 2016 Raffle Quilt

Quincy Crazy Quilters sent their 2016 raffle quilt to me a few months ago. I had so many ideas for this one, but then realized that not much would show up. Also, since it truly is a "gender-neutral" quilt, many of my ideas, which included feathers, weren't going to work if I wanted it to stay that way.

Its big, its bright, and it would look equally as good on a man's bed as a woman's. With that in mind, I decided to do the whole thing with geometrics and straight lines.

The geometric design was in the border and the center purple block--the only consistent fabric in the whole quilt!! The outside triangles got an outline.

A shot of the back...just a hodge-podge of lines!! (If you click on the pic, it will show more detail)


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Project Quilting -- Nine Patch

Whew...made it!! Just under the wire, so I think that's what I'll call this one:  Under the Wire.  Its almost 9 p.m. as I type this, so I'm not kidding. I just finished the binding.

I had my first idea for this quilt from EQ7--my go to because creativity is not in my vocabulary. But then, at a retreat this past weekend, a friend had a book called "Circle of Nine." The theory was nine specific blocks set in a quilt with different spacers.  This was my take on that theory.

And below is a close-up of the center quilting. Nothing fancy, especially since I didn't have a lot of time. No shot of the back as its a dark gray with purple thread--nothing shows...sorry!

One more challenge and that block is revealed tomorrow. I will get that one done sooner!

Thanks for looking!