Thursday, July 27, 2017

Funky Flying Geese

This great wall-hanging came from my new client, Joy. And it makes me JOYful! A really neat arrangement of beautiful batik fabrics in flying geese (triangles in a row). It inspired me to put some flying geese of my own in the lovely outer border. Aren't those colors divine?

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mary's Bold Beauty

Such vibrant colors in this quilt from my new client Mary. High contrast fabrics make pattern really striking! I love the way my red quilting thread looks against the solid black fabric! For whatever reason, I don't get to use a lot of primary red thread. It's so yummy!

Mary ordered an edge-to-edge quilting treatment, and I love the way these meandering loops spill out over the quilt top. Great job, Mary!

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


Quilter That Shall Not Be Named

This quilt is only posted on a promise that I would NOT share the piecer's name. She is so stinkin' humble about the quality of this project! It was purchased as a kit, and she wasn't in love with it, and she kept saying it wasn't perfect and not to look too closely. And I'm here to tell you, I DID look at it closely (it's kinda my JOB to look at every single inch, as I quilt through each quilt top! Ha), and it is wonderful!

Though the colors aren't necessarily within her (or my) range of comfort, they are no less fabulous! Cheerful and happy and smile-inducing! The quality of workmanship in piecing and pressing was outstanding! Edge-to-edge "rosebud" quilting (combo of swirls and football-shaped leaves) was the order of the day, and I think the whole thing turned out beautifully!

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Betty's Comeback Quilt

Betty is a very accomplished quilter and artist. She has a house full of beautiful works to prove it. Unfortunately, she has recently experienced health trouble that has affected her artwork. It's called wet macular and requires her to get shots into her eyeballs! This treatment has seemed to give her some relief, but it's still hard for her to quilt with precision. This project was the first she pieced after treating her condition, as a sort of experiment to see how it went.

It was a simple pattern with varying shades of browns, taupes, and creams. And Betty wanted a simple custom quilting treatment. She's one of my clients who I've learned wants quilting to be sparse, because she likes her quilts to be soft, supple, and cuddly. That's a tricky combo - sparse and custom, because the very nature of custom quilting is to fill up every little individual space. But I thought LARGE and went to town with feather wreaths, overlapping swirls, and stitch-in-the-ditch.

I'd say Betty Is Back!

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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dorothy's Giant quilt for Jocelyn

I haven't done an in-depth analysis to see if it's official, but I'm going to have to guess that this is one of the largest quilts I've done. 102x122" - every inch custom quilted. And you wanna talk about HEAVY!

This quilt was made by my quilting friend, Dorothy, for her daughter Jocelyn, whose favorite color is purple. I've never met Jocelyn, but I hear that she's a sewist herself, so I'm assuming she'll appreciate this generous gift from her mom. It's beautiful!

I kept the quilting on the larger scale, so it wasn't stiff as a board and heavy as a hippo. I alternated fills in the squares-inside-squares: overlapping swirls and serpentine.

Then in the pieced border, I attempted new swirling scroll motif that I recently learned at a class taught by a quilting-hero of mine, Angela Walters. Sadly, it doesn't show up well on the contrasting colors and prints in the border. Probably for the best, since it was a new technique for me. I do like how it turned out, so I think it's gonna get added to my catalog!

The thing that totally tickled me was the piano key borders. Since there were solid-fabric borders on each side of the middle border, which Dorothy had pieced into piano keys, I didn't have to mark a thing or worry about measurements at all! I just mirrored the piano keys from her piecing. It was so easy and efficient! No marking, no measuring! Yee haw!

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mary's Log Cabins

What a fun reincarnation of a traditional log cabin quilt! This color scheme is so gorgeous and youthful. And the arrangement of dark/light values creates a beautiful secondary pattern. I love, love, love it!!!

Edge-to-edge feathered swirls add more whimsy to this piece, as well as some softness and movement.

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Starry Summer Bed Quilt

Carol made this cool quilt as the summer-time cover for her bed. Its muted tones of gray and white are so subtle and relaxing. And we used wool batting, which is said to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It's definitely lighter than cotton or polyester - this quilt feels like a feather!

I quilted edge-to-edge swirls and hooks, for some fluidity and movement. I think this will be a great summer quilt for Carol!

Check out my lovely model! Showing off her latest issue of the Heritage Park newsletter.