Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Megan's Beautiful Hand Applique

Isn't this one stunning???? (You may want to grab some coffee--lots of photos coming up!) And for those of you who are looking closely, yes this is a photo of the unquilted top.  It was the best one I had that really showed the colors and the amount of work that Megan put into it.

Megan and I seem to have started a pattern of collaborating every other year. She certainly does the hard work though. All that hand applique...amazing!  Here are a couple of shots that show the blocks

I wanted to highlight the applique on this one and I had three separate areas to do that. I combined three quilting designs in the backgroud to highlight the applique and still bring all three sections together.  If you look at the first picture, you see the outside border with the hearts (area 1) the inner border with the sashing frame (area 2) and then the center with another sashing frame (area 3). I stippled in the outer sashing and then did both horizontal and vertical lines in the center.

The outer border was a challenge and didn't get quilted until I'd finished the inside. I knew I wanted more linework and feathers, but I wasn't sure how I wanted them. The difficulty was the hearts--the corner hearts were a different size.  I ended up filling the corner hearts with feathers and then only doing feathers on two of the larger hearts in the border.  I know it doesn't show, but in the top and bottom border, I did feathers in the center two hearts--on the sides, I did them in the outside. Then I filled in with lines.

A corner heart...

Below are just some close-ups to show off Megan's beautiful work. I quilted in some of the applique, but not all.  I wanted it to have a 3D effect. 

The back was this fabric which had a bit too much going on to really show the quilting. However, I thought this block looked neat on the back.

This quilt was in a show this last weekend. I'm waiting to hear how it did. Its stunning in person!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Quincy Crazy Quilters Opportunity Quilt 2017

I love, love, love this quilt! The pattern is made with those "X Blocks" and the fabric choices made this quilt beautiful! The colors were so vibrant--unfortunately, my photography skills leave a lot to be desired.

The hardest part was deciding what to highlight with the quilting. So many options, but I chose to just accent the different colors.  I did feathers in the diamonds and linework in the cream.

Because the corners were so unique, I decided to create a "shadow" block using the diamond shape.

Finally, a shot of the back. Unfortunately, the quilting doesn't show up really well, but you can see the texture.

I sure hope they sell lots of tickets!!


Friday, September 30, 2016

Some "Allovers"

Sharing some pics here of recent allovers that have come and gone since my last post.

First up: This shop sample from Karen's Quilt Shop.  This is the top, but I really loved...

...the back.  Isn't it cool??  As you can see, I just did a geometric pattern in keeping with the top.

A close up (of the back!!) to show the quilting.  Those darn birds are adorable!!

This one has a bit of sad back story. Customer called and needed this quilted right away for a little girl who was very sick. Luckily I was between quilts and was able to do it for her that day! I hope she liked it!

 This was just a simple loop allover--the style of quilting I recommend for kids quilts. After all, they won't appreciate the quilting, but they will love the quilt. 

Clara made this one for her kids in Alaska, if I remember correctly. She had seen an allover with leaves that I'd done for Karen's shop and asked me to do the same on this one.

Ginny wanted to use this fabric to make a jacket and asked me to quilt leaves all over it.  I ran into her the other day and she reported it was the first time she'd finished a jacket in a day.  I'm thinking having the fabric pre-quilted helped!!!

 More custom stuff up next...


Monday, August 15, 2016

Its a Test!!

Do you see it?  My mistake???

I'm just home from a retreat where this was one of four quilts I finished. At least I thought I'd finished until I saw this photo.  I even hung this up at the retreat and no one spotted it. 

I didn't see it until just now...Do you?????


Monday, August 1, 2016

A Rose Quilt for September Rose

September Rose isn't here yet, but when she is she'll have this lovely quilt to lie on.  Isn't it pretty? And I love her name--I wonder if they'll call her Rose??

Although this is a baby quilt, I decided to cc the center squares to give it a bit more interest than the usual loops I do on baby quilts.  Plus, it framed the roses!

And here's a quick shot of the back which shows the loops in the outside border, "e's" and "l's" in the vertical sashing and the back of the CC's.

And now its time for me to do some more quilting!  And, who knows, maybe even some more posting???