Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Clara's Zoo Quilt

 This quilt was so darn cute! I love the fabric and all the little critters on it.

I love the gate to the zoo on this fabric. Then there are pathways throughout that leads to the different exhibits. I decided to play a bit with that and "followed" the paths with my quilting.

Once at the different animals, I just followed the outlines to stitch around them to help them stand out.

You can see my quilting, if you can even call it that, on this one. It was challenging in some places to follow those lines and not quilt right over the top of a cute critter!

Here's a couple pics of the back...not much rhyme or reason to the quilting, but it was a fun quilt to work on!

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Marilyn's Sashiko Quilt

 This was my first time quilting a Sashiko quilt. My goal was to add to it without taking away from the fun Sashiko designs.

It was a fun challenge. On some blocks I followed the design already there; others, I played a bit. Here are a couple pics to show you what I mean. On this first one, I just did some cc's in the patchwork squares and did the same in the clamshells on the bottom left. The design on the top right was a bit trickier...I tried to follow the stitching in that random pattern. You can see it better if you click on the photo to enlarge it.

There were a couple of blocks like this in the quilt. Unfortunately, my photography leaves a lot to be desired. The pic is a bit blurry. I wanted to add some softness to the quilt, so I did a feather flower design.

I really liked the pieced back on this quilt. It totally complemented the top.

Just a couple more pics to show the quilting. 

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Lori Quilts too!

Many moons ago when I worked in the DA's Office in Washoe County, Nevada, I had a friend named Lori. We caught up again on Facebook a couple of years ago and I found out that she'd taken up quilting as well. She started checking my blog and decided to have me quilt her son's wedding quilt. The new daughter-in-law picked the pattern and fabric and Lori got busy. This is what I received in the mail...isn't it gorgeous. The pattern is called Jewel Box.

This quilt offered so many options for quilting from super modern to traditional. After many messages back and forth, we opted for a combination. I love how it turned out--wait till you see all the pics!!

This first one sort of gives you an overview of the quilting. Some traditional continuous curve with loops in the four patches and the faux border created with quilted lines.

This one is a bet closer with a little more detail. The lighting is a bet better and shows the ribbon candy on the inner border.

And closer can see the "c's" around the larger four patch and the separation with the quilted line "frame."

This pic shows the detail of the border. I started out with piano keys, but it was just too plain. Adding the ribbon candy made it pop. (Gotta love matter what I do, this pic will not center! Its making me crazy!!)

Lori was determined that the quilting would show on the back, so she sent this very simple backing. The quilting showed up nicely, I think. Have a look...

Lori's son and daughter-in-law got the quilt this past weekend. She said they were very pleased. 

Thanks for looking!!!


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Anna's Summer Solstice Quilt

 I first saw this quilt when Anna brought it into the shop to show everyone. She'd purchased the pattern and fabrics at Karen's and wanted to show her how beautifully it had turned out.  I've done some quilting for Anna in the past, but I never assume that a customer will continue to use me. Imagine my pleasure when I told Anna she'd have to bring it in after it was quilted and her response was, "That shouldn't be hard since you'll be quilting it."  Made me a happy camper (quilter?).

Crazy Horse Quilting

I knew that with these fabrics, there were many places that the quilting really would only add texture, but then there were those light colored rectangles that were calling to me.

Below are some more pics of the quilting--I did lines and ribbon candy in those great rectangles, CC's in the center and outer diamonds, quilting to make the Celtic patterns have more texture and a few other fun designs.  Have a look:

First the center. I really debated with myself about doing more in that center star, but as you can see, I chickened out. 

Then the linework. I wanted to make this quilting stand out without taking away from the beauty of the quilt. I love how it turned out.

The corners had the busy Celtic knot pattern, so it seemed that continues curves following the design just worked.

And what post is complete without at least a couple shots of the back of the quilt??

This looks a little odd, but it was the quilting behind the Celtic worked--on the front.

The back of the center star:

And a few shots of the linework and continue curves.

And finally, because he insisted, a shot of Dash who refused to move until his photo was taken! Silly dog!!

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lyn's Storytime Quilt

Lyn sent this quilt up from California in the hopes of having it back for the quilt show in April. She had it back, but alas, as with everything these days, the show was cancelled.  Its a pretty little quilt that she picked up on one of her many travels.

Because this quilt was so light and airy (for lack of better terms to describe it), I wanted to keep the quilting similar.  The first thing to decide, was what to put in that middle 12-patch. I opted for a CC-type flower with simple echoing to make it stand out. 

Moving out, I decided on a cute flower motif that I first saw in a Deloa Jones quilting design book. Deloa has some great ideas and is a wonderful teacher, should we ever get to take classes again. I surrounded the design with pebbles next to the center 12-patch.

And then used it again, without pebbles in the borders and the eight-patch sections, throwing in a little dot-to-dot quilting ala Angela Walters.

In the four-patch blocks, I repeated the 12-patch design for continuity.

Finally, in the background, a simple swirl design filled in the open spaces to keep the design light.

And a couple shots of the back...

Thanks for looking!