Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Super-Secret Quilt

My client-who-shall-remain-secret pieced this quilt on the down-low - doing all the work at guild meetings so her husband wouldn't see. He normally takes a lot of interest in her quilting work - the first time I met them, he came with her to see my quilting studio and talk about what I do. But this particular quilt was meant to be a gift FOR him, so she had to be super secretive.

We agreed to give it an edge-to-edge treatment of interlocking squares. It will be a cuddly, cozy quilt for years to come!

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Janet's Gigantic quilt

Don't the colors in this quilt just make you happier? So cheerful and bright! A funny story about how this quilt came to be: according to Janet, the pattern called for cutting strips 1 7/8", but she decided to just go ahead and cut them 2". Well, multiply that by 1/8" difference times the number of strips in this quilt, and you get one ENORMOUS quilt! She finally just gave up when it reached 95x121". It called for more borders yet!

I had fun quilting an all-over design of peonies, to go with the floral prints throughout the quilt. Now all Janet needs to do is find a bed big enough to house this behemoth!

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gloria's Amazing Applique quilt

This quilt was a long time in the making. Gloria is a really productive piecer, and after devoting her capable attention to this applique stunner for A WHOLE YEAR, she brought it to me for quilting. Look at this thing! It's amazing! It's intimidating!!!

I love, love, love this piece. I'm so glad Gloria had the fortitude to get through it and enough faith in me to let me quilt it. I developed a strong appreciation for all the applique work she did when I quilted in the ditch around every single piece of it. Then I echoed 1/4" away from the applique. Then I filled in the background space with a tight filler and added continuous curve in the checkered inner borders. By staying off the applique, it maintained loft from the batting underneath and gave the quilt a lot of dimension. It pops out and grabs your attention. I'm really pleased with it!

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on an APQS longarm quilting machine.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Pair of Horsey Quilts

This was a couple of quilts pieced by a new client from Ontario. She was here in the foothills visiting her daughter and grandchildren for an extended stay. And while she was here, she pieced quilt tops for her horse-loving granddaughter and her granddaughter's friend. A productive visit!

Grandma was headed back to Ontario a couple days after dropping off these two off for me to quilt, so she also engaged me in binding services.

For one quilt, the new owner's mom had some hand sewing experience, and wanted to finish the binding off herself. This is an option a lot of my clients choose, because it gives them a last little bit of bonding time with this piece they've invested so much of themselves in. Sorta like one more sweet goodbye to the quilt before handing it off to a loved one. So for this quilt (the bottom one pictured below) I simply attached the binding to the front, and it went home, ready for her to fold the binding around to the back side and hand stitch in place.

For the other quilt, they wanted it completely finished so that it was ready to use when they got it back. You can see it as the quilt on top of the photo below.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Leann's "Friends and Family" quilt

This quilt was a special kind of treat for me. It was sent to me from a friend in Oklahoma, named Leann. She bought the pattern and the flannel fabrics at a little quilt shop in Colorado many years ago. Brought it back home and asked her mother to cut and piece it together. They did it as a gift for Leann's daughter, Sandi - who is also my friend, and who is a co-worker of my husband's here in Alberta. And they asked me to quilt and bind it for them. Leann kept telling me to put my own style into it, because she wanted it to be a "family and friends" quilt. It was a real group effort - each of us putting our own touches on it. Read what Leann had to say:

"This project-finish idea was born in my mind while I attended church with you last summer. You spoke of the quilting you and others who have gone before you for generations have done, and the scripture from I Corinthians 3:6 came to mind. Paul wrote 'I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gives the increase.' When I told mom, she loved the idea that I saw the idea (pattern and the materials), she had the knowledge to change a set of materials into a quilt top, and you had the vision of how to put it together with an artist reflection of how to make it all come alive. Kind of like what Paul wrote about! So please enjoy this one especially for mother and me! Lots of love & much appreciation - Leann"

I hope Sandi gets lots of warmth and joy from this quilt. It was a joy for me to be involved with! 

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, My Deer!

Okay, so I admit I'm not the best gift-giver. I struggle to find clever and thoughtful gifts for Eric. How do I know what kind of hunting-, pilot-, or veterinary-gear are cool and useful!? If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!

For now, though, in honor of Valentine's Day, he's getting a gift from the heart. I don't know if he'll really enjoy it, but I sure enjoyed making it!

This was a printed quilt top from Pattern Jam. I purchased the "large throw" size (50"x63"), for $59 USD, which (if I'm JUST thinking of it as "fabric") seems pretty expensive. But if I think about it as a "quilt top" - one that has a really cool faux-applique pattern that I didn't have to cut or piece???? Well - what a deal! What can I say? I'm a quilter. I don't really even like piecing anymore!

I did kinda try to use my quilting choices to make it look like it was really appliqued and pieced, and I don't think the average person would notice at all. Stitched in the ditch around each deer head. Also free-handed an echo around the inside of each head. Then used a variety of fillers in each of the 12 squares. This was fun and energizing for me to work on. A real breath of fresh air.

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on an APQS longarm quilting machine.

Paisley filler in background.

Cross-hatching in left square. Orange peel in right square. Used existing grids in the fabric, instead of taking the time to mark with pen.

Woodgrain in background.

Diagonal lines with serpentine between every other one.

Parallel lines in background, using existing pattern lines in the fabric, rather than marking.

Pearls (pebbles) on a string in background.

I had to mark a grid with water-soluble pen in this background, and then used serpentine pattern in every other square.

My "deer" Valentines!