Friday, May 20, 2016

Buggy Barn Houses

Isn't this quilt great?? I love quilting houses and this one by Buggy Barn is one of my favorites. My good friend, Norma, sent this up from Quincy when she finished it. Last year at the Quincy retreat she was working on this and kept saying she was going to send it--she did!

Because I wanted to quilt the houses differently, I kept the background designs a consistent paisley pattern to add continuity. I also changed thread color with each house block so that the houses and texture would be in the forefront--not my quilting.

 I'm not sure if you can tell from the photos, but the flags aren't sewn into the pattern. They actually "fly" from the flag pole.

And what quilt would be complete without a few shots of the back??  Although the color didn't photograph as well as I'd like, the backing is black. I love all the colors and designs here.

Thanks for having a look!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Jan's Barn Quilt with Barn Quilts!

This top hung for a long time at Sleepy Valley Quilt Company in Port Angeles. It was an unfinished top and I longed to get my mitts on it, but alas, I didn't think that would ever happen.  Then I got a call from Jan asking if I'd quilt it for her. I was so excited!  Isn't it awesome??

I love how the barns are quilted in the blocks with primitive stitching and then each barn has its own quilt block on it. It sure made for some fun quilting. I'm attaching a bunch of pics--see what you think.

I love that the one above actually has a pony!!!!

Here's a couple of the barns from the back...they turned out pretty fun!

The rest of the quilt were these thin piano keys that you see above, feathers and CC in the diamond shapes.  A couple more pics below.

And a final pic of the back of the quilt.

If you click on this one for a closer view, you can see how I mimicked the diamond pattern in the border in several places--the piano keys just needed a little somethin'!

Thanks for having a look!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Scrappy Carpenter's Star

Really???  Yep, that's what this pattern is called; however, no matter how I looked at it, I sure didn't see a star. Lyn didn't either--and its her quilt!!  Do you see one??

I just couldn't decide what to do on this quilt. There's no star anywhere, scrappy or otherwise.  I even took a pic of it with me to the Empty Spools conference in Asilomar, so I could look at it and make a decision.  Didn't help!

So, after much thought, I just loaded it and started quilting--trusting that something would come to me. I did a simple back and forth in the piano keys, ignored the sashing, and moved on to the inner body. I did three different geometric designs in the three different-sized squares, using lines to tie them all together.

Although it doesn't show up well, I did the outside square with the same design as that inner, corner square.  The sashing was done with "c"s.

Here's a small shot of the back. Unfortunately, the backing fabric didn't allow for much to show up, so you only get a peak.