Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pioneer Sampler

This is Leslie's Pioneer Sampler. using Eleanor Burns' pattern. She's a newer quilter, but boy is she catching on. Good fabric choices (way better than what I usually make), good piecing and pressing. She's quickly becoming another favorite to quilt for. Plus, she has such enthusiasm.  I love it!!

I love the traditional fabrics she chose, the quilt has such rich colors.  I won't bore you with my quilting ideas, but leave you with feathers--lots of feathers everywhere.

This is a shot of the corner.  If you look closely you can see the feathers in the corner with the piano keys (look in the red bit) and CC's.

And the back, which shows this perfectly.  The fabric is a gorgeous green. not this weird color that showed up. (I'm thinking I might need a new camera--or maybe just someone who knows how to take pictures????)

Here are a few more shots of the back.  I love how the quilting looks on the back--its my favorite part! The green in the first one is a bit more true.

Thanks for having a look!!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Another Crazy Quilt

Remember Jennifer's crazy quilt and how she's making one for each of her grandkids?  Well, this is her second one.  Its a bit different, the sashing is smaller and it doesn't have a border, but its basically the same quilt. I did quilt it differently, though.

Originally, I did feathers in the sashing, but since this sashing was only 2" wide, I did my "heatwave" to offset the blocks.

And here's a shot of the back. I've often heard that you should never use sheets for the back; however, Jennifer did with this one. She tells me that she'll often use old sheets. This one was old and it stitched just fine.

I thinks she's working on another one of these--if so, you'll see that  one too.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Row by Row Experience 2016

Karen's Quilt Shop is participating in the Row-by-Row experience again this year.   This is her contribution.  On of her employees actually designed it based on a picture she took of her chicken sitting on her window sill.  Granted, her chicken isn't orange, but still--pretty cute, eh??

Here's a close-up of the chicken. I gave it some feathers, which you can see if you squint!!

Stop by Karen's shop for your pattern!


Friday, July 15, 2016

Annette's Family Quilt

Annette isn't a quilter, but this top has been in her family for years. She decided it was time to take it out of the closet and turn it into a quilt. Much of it had been hand pieced; other bits had been sewn on a machine.  The fabrics appeared old and were pretty fragile in places. Annette wants to use this quilt, so to help keep it from falling apart when she washes it, I tried to quilt it rather densely.

The borders were HUGE, so I alternated my standard piano keys with more narrow ones on the inner, green sashing. You can see that above and in the close-up below.

This shot shows the feather meander with lots of echoing that I used in the center. We had originally talked about quilting a star design to coordinate with the pieced stars in those plain blocks, but they didn't match up perfectly. Coordinating designs in each block would have really made that apparent, so the feather meander fills the space, looks old fashioned, and doesn't draw attention to the individual block.

And here's a shot of a section of the back. The stitching doesn't show, but the texture is nice. The fabric was a nice cream with some red accents. Not sure why it photographed this way.

This quilt was huge--it completely filled my 12' frame!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Modern Underground Railroad

I know you've seen this quilt before, but honestly, has it ever looked this pretty??  I love that Leslie used modern fabrics for this one. (She's sent up two more of these in traditional fabrics).  I loved the border fabric so much that I was hoping to buy some for my stash. Unfortunately, she didn't have any of the selvage with the name on it. If you know what it is, please let me know--I love it!!

Because of the modern look, we decided on a more modern motif.  Lots of lines and not a feather to be found. The border and sashing both have a geometric design that you can almost see here.

Lots of lines in the basket with a fun design in the red square ala Angela Walters. Its one of my favorites.

I'm not sure what you call this block, but the triangles got a more modern treatment.

This one shows the sashing and more linework in the star. Click on it for a close-up view.

I've quilted many of these UGRR quilts, but this was my first one done in modern fabrics. I have done many with traditional, so this was a nice change of pace for me.

Stay tuned for Leslie's traditional UGRR.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Joan's Bed Scarf...

Joan is a new customer and she made this bed scarf for a good friend. We decided an allover on this would be best. The fabric was too busy for much to show.

I did my "Heatwave" fill with red thread.  I was a little concerned that I wouldn't like the red on the green bits, but it really turned out nice. Whew....I really hate ripping quilting out! It takes forever!!

Joan's bed scarf gave me a great idea. My step-daughter is recently married and having a wedding celebration in August. Guess what I'm making her????


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Karen's Quilt Shop

I often get calls from Karen to quilt shop samples for her Quilt Shop.  I love her and doing quilts for her is always fun. She lets me play and have free rein with what I do.

This first one is perfect for a baby quilt; however, I sure wouldn't recommend this much quilting on a baby quilt.  Save your money for someone who isn't likely to have "accidents" on it!!

 I loved the flower border and the pretty pastel squares, so I quilted flowers in each of them.

A quick shot of the back--not a lot of the quilting showed up, but you can see the two different sized piano keys used to add a little interest.

This next quilt was beautiful! I love sunflowers, so I might be a tad prejudiced. 

I did a leaf and circle allover on this one. Seemed to fit with the sunflowers.

More pics coming as I attempt to get caught up!!