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!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

All the Mystery Row-by-Rows

As promised, here they are, some with added borders and some without: (as you can tell, I'm the only one that wimped out when it came to the second row of applique!)

The quilt below belongs to Catherine. She won the raffle and I will be quilting her quilt. Sorry the pic is a tad blurry--when its done, I'll have better ones.

I just love all the different fabric choices!!


Friday, March 17, 2017

My Mystery Row-by-Row

And here's mine...notice the difference and, no, I'm not just talking about the fabric.

 The row above the houses is supposed to have these cute little butterflies and vines appliqued on it.  Sorry to say, but I really don't like applique. Not. At. All. Okay, let me clarify: I love how it looks, I just don't love doing it! So instead, I played around with measurements and put those pinwheels in instead. Hey, its my quilt, right??

Here are some closeups of the other blocks. As you can see, when its my quilt, I tend to get a little carried away.

 When all was said and done, I liked the design I put in these Churn Dash blocks. I didn't like the black ones though...

The contrasting thread was too, well, constrasty! Fortunately, since it was my quilt, no ripping was required. Had this been for a customer, I'd have taken it out.

And my favorite blocks--the houses. (Ignore the doorknob, please!) As you can see, I did the houses and roofs in the same design, but each green, red and cream door had a different design. Have I mentioned that I like quilting houses??

More shots of the back. I always try to use a fabric that will show the quilting, so there's lots to look at.

Next up will be all the different quilts. Some of the fabric combinations used were just beautiful!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Karen's Quilt Shop Mystery Row-by-Row

Karen hosted this Mystery Row-by-Row that was printed in American and Patchwork Quilting magazine. She planned to have a meeting of the participants who'd finished their quilts with named being put in a hat. The winning name would, if I agreed, get their quilt quilted on her dime. How could I refuse?

This is the store sample that was completed row-by-row like the rest of ours.  Yep, not only am I going to quilt the winning quilt, but I participated as well.

Here are a few more close-ups of the quilting. I had so much fun playing with designs for these rows while trying to make them somewhat consistent.

My personal favorite--houses.  I LOVE to quilt houses!

Everyone chose their own fabrics based on the initial instructions. We had no idea what we were making, so choosing fabrics was challenging.

Coming up next is my rendition of this quilt. I say "rendition," because mine is a tad different.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Breanna is Having a Baby!

My great niece, Breanna, is having a baby! Her mom, my sister and sister-in-law all got together and made her this adorable quilt! I had the honor of quilting it.

Below are some close-ups of the critters.  Aren't they adorable?? After a million thread changes for color matching and some linework in the background, they turned out pretty cute!

The backing allowed the quilting to show up nicely. It gives you a better idea of the quilting that went into each block.

Breanna's shower was this past Saturday. Her mom took a video of her opening the quilt--I can't wait to see it. Apparently, the quilt was a hit!!  Now we just have to wait for the baby to be born to enjoy it.