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!!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cabin Fever Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015

If you've been reading my blog, you know that I was given the honor of quilting the raffle quilt for the Cabin Fever Quilters last year. It was an absolutely gorgeous quilt with stunning blocks on black.  Click HERE to be reminded of that quilt.

When the committee for this year's raffle quilt chose the pattern for their quilt, I was excited to participate and made a block. The top got put together and shown at a guild meeting...and taken home; and I was so disappointed--until I got home and read the e-mail asking me whether I was interested in quilting it.  "Interested in quilting it"??  Really???  I was THRILLED to be asked to quilt it!!!

I just love this quilt. I love all sorts of quilts, but more traditional ones like this just make me smile! (Its really fun for me to look at a picture of the whole quilt after its done. Although the blocks were identical, I can really how pretty it is)

These are the two blocks. Exactly the same, but with different fabric placement. Amazing how much a different placement can make such a huge change.

I tried to keep the quilting fairly simple; I didn't think the quilt called for a lot of fancy stuff. Here's a closer look at a larger section:

When it was given to me to quilt, I was told that they intentionally didn't run the applique around the border as they wanted to leave the corners open for me to quilt. I did them last, as I just couldn't decide what to do. Generally, I do three repeating designs in a quilt for continuity. Finally I decided to quilt a feather in the corner. There are no feathers anywhere else on the quilt, but it just seemed to fit. What do you think?

And I couldn't sign off without a couple shots of the back!

I hope this quilt raises lots of money for the guild!!