Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Oriental Triangles

Isn't this quilt stunning? Patti put this one together at our retreat last summer in Bellingham and sent it home with me. I've had it for awhile, but I just couldn't decide what to do with it!

I struggled with which way to hang it and finally decided I liked this way best, although I'm not sure it matters! I did line work in the black triangles and a fun CC design in the print. Feathers and geometric squares were in the border.

And then there was the big, open triangle at the bottom.  I filled that with feathers and some matchstick lines to tie everything together. A bit hard to see here, but wait til you see the back!

And, here it is...the back: (If you click on this one, you'll get a better idea of the overall quiling.

But in case you don't, below are some close-ups.

This was a fun one to quilt--I love large open spaces!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Quilt of Valor

Quilts of Valor is such a worthy cause. I was asked to quilt this one a few months ago. It took me a while to work it into my rotation, but they were pleased when they got it back. I wanted to do some fancier quilting on it, but the pattern and colors just didn't lend themselves to that. Instead, I quilted with my usual allover Heatwave pattern.

And a close-up of the Betty Boop block! I love her!!

Thank for looking,


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter is Here

This is the cutest bunny quilt EVER!!  Barbara is a new customer and from her response to my quilting, she'll be back. I was so impressed with her buttonhole stitch by hand on this quilt, that I couldn't bring myself to do any quilting in the areas she'd stitched.  Have a look.  There are lots of pics!

Every place you think the quilt needs some detail, like an eye on the bunny perhaps, imagine a button. Barb had sewn on all the buttons so she wouldn't lose them during her move and then had to take them all back off before giving it to me to quilt.

These flowers will have a button in the middle as well. Then the petals will puff and give the quilt great dimension.

I love how the applique is combined with the piecing--its one of my favorite looks. I had a lot of fun quilting this one!

This bunny will be adorable with his button eye!

And many shots of the back--it was a plain lilac fabric so the quilting really showed up.

Thanks for looking!!


Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 Cabin Fever Raffle Quilt

The Raffle Quilt Committee named this quilt "Coming Home." The name is based on the "porthole" that depicts what you see crossing the Hood Canal Bridge heading toward the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and home.

The porthole is the most stunning feature of this Storm at Sea quilt. Below are a couple of close-ups of that quilting.

I have to "toot my own horn" here; this is the first time I've quilted clouds that I liked. They couldn't be whimsical and I had a heck of a time deciding how to do it. After searching YouTube and Pinterest, these are what I came up with. I love the texture they added.

And a shot of the back:

When you stand back and look at the quilt, the redish blocks really stand out. I quilted them all with their own design. Here's a shot of the front and back.

Finally, the border blocks that matched the above blocks also got special treatment.

I hope my quilting helps to sell a lot of tickets for the Cabin Fever Quilt Club!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Scotty Dogs

Here's a whole herd of Scotty dogs and a cute little kitty...do you see him?

Jane made this quilt for the back of her couch, telling me that kitty pretty much ruled the roost. So, while she requested an allover pattern on the quilt (it will see lots of use, both animal and human)...

I couldn't resist doing a little something special in the kitty's block.

Jane said her cat thoroughly approved!


Friday, March 31, 2017

The Divine Miss Truffles

Leslie e-mailed about her quilt that was supposed to be like the old "paint by number" kits we did as kids. Until I got the quilt, I had no idea what she was talking about. Its a panel with the paint colors along the side.

If I remember correctly, this quilt was for her niece. Leslie embroidered "The Divine Miss Truffles" on the quilt prior to my receiving it and told me to have at it.  I "thread painted" the horse, quilted the background with pebbles and swirls and did SID along the "paint colors." The first pic shows the quilting up a bit better.

I wanted to add some extra texture to the inside of the ears, so they got some pebbles too.

Two more close-ups of the thread painting on the head.

Here's a couple shots of the back...

If only this panel had an Arab on it, it would be perfect! :)


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gone Fishin'

Cathy sent me this quilt after seeing a similar one that I'd quilted for a friend of hers. I love these Crab Apple Hill patterns.

Cathy added some special touches to hers. Hard to see in the above pic, unless you click on it in this post.  She personalized her quilt to fit Plumas County, where she lives. The top two blocks have to do with Gold Lake--a beautiful lake high in the Lakes Basin of the Sierras.

Lake Davis is another popular fishing lake in Plumas County. It was in the news a few years back, but now its just a nice lake for hanging out.

Here are a couple more shots of the quilt:

I love the combination of embroidery and piecing in these quilts. It gives them such a warm feel.

Thanks for looking!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Anna's Baby Quilt

Isn't this just adorable??  I love the owls!

I thought this was a very unique pattern for a baby quilt--especially if you don't know the sex of the baby! The gray and yellow are both pretty neutral, so it can easily go either way.  And I love the owls, don't you??

 And the owl border just adds that special touch...
Anna used a soft gray flannel for the backing, so the quilting showed up well enough for a couple of pics.

Thanks for looking!