Monday, December 10, 2018

Lindsey's Mariner's Compass

Many of you know that every year, I go to the Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar. Its a beautiful place and I really love it. In 2017, I was able to take Robin Long's Mariner's Compass class.  Robin is an excellent teacher with a strip-piecing method of creating the Mariner's Compass block. All the ladies in the class had such a great time together, that we even have a private FB page for sharing our MC quilts now.

One of the students was Lindsey who came all the way from Chicago. When she finished her quilt, she offered to let me quilt it. I jumped at the chance--who wouldn't??? She did tell me that it wasn't going to be a wall hanging, but also gave me the freedom to play.

I filled the quilt with pebbles, swirls, feathers, line work and CC's--along with SID on all the seams. Overkill for a quilt that wasn't going to be put on display, but I couldn't resist.

The next three pics so the background, blending swirls, pebbles, feathers and line work.

This is a closeup of the center. The fabric was busy here, so I just did some basic CC's and loops.

And a couple shots of the back.  A bit hard to see the quilting, but I had to include them.

Working on this quilt made me want to finish mine and get it quilted.  Some day.....


Monday, December 3, 2018

Chris' Tropical Quilt

During Chris' recent trip to Hawaii, she purchased this fabric and made this beautiful quilt. She asked that I quilt plumeria in the border. As most of you know, my quilting is all freehand. What you probably don't know (and probably don't care) is that I'm not a gardener so I had no idea what a plumeria even looked like.  Thank goodness for the internet!!!

I had some fun with this quilt. Not only did I do the plumeria in the border...

I also did some in each of the purple blocks. Then in the surrounding purple blocks, I threw in a little bamboo for fun!

In the main body of the quilt (the green blocks), I did a leaf meander to finish it off.

And last, but not least, a shot of the back showing the plumeria.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Giant Dahlia...Finally!

I have been wanting to quilt one of these forever!!!  I know, I could make one, but then it would go into the stack of 30+ quilts of mine waiting for quilting. Much better and faster to do one for a customer. Unfortunately, I didn't get to play anywhere near a much as I wanted, but I still loved how it turned out.

Mabel's budget didn't allow for more than an allover, but I just couldn't do it. With her permission, I played a bit and didn't charge her. It was our first time working together. I was so glad she trusted me to play! Even hanging from the ceiling, this quilt touched the floor!

Its hard to see, so more close-ups coming, but I used a soft purple thread on the entire quilt--even in the white bits! I did lots of CC and playing. Perhaps if you click on these pics to blow them up, more of the quilting will show.

Here are some close-ups.

And a shot of the center...
And one of the back...

Thanks for looking!!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Quincy Crazy Quilters Opportunity Quilt 2019

The Quincy Guild went wild this year with their Opportunity Quilt.  Its bright and beautiful!!

I love the bright colors against the black and white. I bet there will be a lot of men buying tickets for this one!

I did an allover with matching thread in each of the colored blocks and a wishbone design in the black/white areas with black/white variegated thread. Nothing much shows but the texture, which is fine with me.

The quilting doesn't show much on the back either, but isn't this the best backing for this top??? Don't look too long...its mesmerizing!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ingrid's Wedding Quilt

This quilt wasn't for Ingrid, it was for her daughter (or maybe son--its been so long, I can't remember). Each block in this quilt is a specially made napkin from the wedding. They had so many, Ingrid decided to use a few and surprise them with a quilt.

These napkins were all made individually. The napkins just needed a little texture to tie them all together. I used a soft purple thread and modified my heatwave pattern to include some feathers.

I also added a special touch for the bride and groom--their names are quilted into the quilt. I love to do that on wedding quilts and kids' quilts. If you click on the pic below to enlarge it, you can actually see what I did.

Thanks for looking!