Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Monster of a Scarlet & Grey Quilt!

This quilt came to me from Ohio, where I grew up. It was made my newest client, Maura, and you guys! I think this is the BIGGEST quilt I've ever worked on! It was 125x122", and it took up almost every bit of my 12-foot quilting frame! Apparently, it was so big while Maura was piecing it, that she actually worked it up in three sections, and then pieced them together, just so she could manage it through her sewing machine.

It will be a bed quilt for her daughter and son-in-law, and I'm guessing that since these two are both Ohio State University grads, these colors are no accident. I'm a Scarlet & Grey alum myself, and I loved being reminded of my alma mater while working on this piece. Go Bucks!

I applied a few different textures to each of the color-ways of this quilt. The bargello pattern made a lovely sense of movement to what would otherwise just have been stripes. I also affixed the binding strip that Maura had prepared, to the front of the quilt. Then I shipped it off to Florida where she is wintering, so that she can hand-stitch it to the back side of the quilt. All I know is that she's going to be hand-stitching for a LONG time. This thing is HUGE! Ha!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cute Baby Panel

Here's a cutie patootie little quilt for the newly born great-granddaughter of my client, Louise. Doesn't it just make you smile? I outlined all the adorable little animals and leaves. Louise wanted this piece to be on the fancy side, so then I filled in a pretty dense swirly whirly background design around those feature elements. Mwah!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Valentine Set

Here's some yummy Valentine's decor for my client, Joni. The lap-size quilt and the set of 12 placemates all feature raw-edge applique. "Raw-edge" refers to the fact that seams are exposed on the outside of the quilt, rather than folded under or enclosed in a decorative stitch. As a quilt like this gets used, the raw edges will fray a bit and become a little raggedy, creating a lovely 3D effect.

I included photos here of how I mounted the 12 placemats on my frame. I've quilted placemats a few times now, and I thought it would be worth mentioning that I request my clients bring one single, solid piece of backing fabric - rather than 12 individual pieces of backing for the 12 placemats. I just lay each subsequent mat next to the previously completed one, and I continue quilting. It saves fabric for my clients, and saves time for me. Win-win!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Darlene's Mystery Quilt

A HUGE thank you to Darlene - another of my very patient clients. Darlene began this quilt as a weekend mystery project a year ago. A too-big chunk of that timeline was due to me. Darlene waited a VERY long time for me to get this piece back to her, as I worked through a Christmas rush and took a month off work to move to a new house. But at long last, I applied custom quilting motifs, along with my "effortless binding", and gave it back to her completely read to use. Great one, Darlene!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

1st Quilt in New House!

You guys, I feel ashamed to say this - but I think I'm in over my head. I thought I had more in me, but it turns out I don't. Eric and I recently purchased a new home on an acreage where we can keep our horses and live the quiet country life and let our girls run wild and toughen up. As a couple of farm kids, living in town for so many years has been a challenge (and a blessing) at times. We moved January 2, which means I went straight from my final Christmas-deadline quilt order to packing up our entire household to unpacking in our new house. And I'll admit that it's taking MUCH longer to get unpacked and settled in than I thought it would. Parts of our basement are still neck-deep in unopened boxes. I can't find the power cord for my digital piano!

So in the unrest of packing and Christmas and New Year's and unpacking and getting things re-puzzled into our new home, I spent over a month doing NO WORK - no paying work, that is. Eek! I already had several quilts on my waiting list when I finished my Christmas rush, so now I'm dreadfully, shamefully behind, and my clients are just dangling! I'm so sorry, quilting friends!

But, at long last, here's the first quilt that I completed in our new home. I've had it since October! THANK YOU, Ann, for your patience and understanding. This was a BEAUTIFUL piece, and I was very honored to work on it!

For those of you who've asked. I don't have a perfect set-up for quilting in our new house. The house, on the whole, is laid out really nicely for our family - lots of common living space, lots of openness. But not one bedroom that was large enough for my quilting machine! So for now, it's in the basement family room. It's TIGHT, let me tell you! But Eric and I have plans of creating a dedicated quilting studio on the side of the house, once we sell our old house and free-up some cash. I'm dreaming.... sigh.