Friday, February 5, 2016

DWR : Merry Christmas Mom!

Mom made this DWR quilt using her QCR and passed it along to me to quilt around Thanksgiving time.  As I struggled to think of a good Christmas gift for her- she has just about everything a quilter needs! -I decided to give her the gift of quilting.  It's like a quote I saw recently--What do you give your Mom when she deserves and island and all you can afford is a scented candle?

I searched the internet for some ideas on how to quilt this thing and this is what I came up with. I used my Sidekick rulers that goes with the QCR.  This center I did without any stops and starts. 

I SID around all the rings.  I don't usually sid, because I'm not very good at it and I don't like how sloppy it looks. But this quilt really needed it so I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and went for it.  I think I did get better at it as I worked my way down the quilt, but I have no room for bragging rights!

I chose this c2c design in the QST's so that I could travel around to the center of the next pickle dish.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out!  A DWR is definitely on my bucket list now!

Oh. the back. I have a fun story about the back. 

So I had the quilt out getting it ready to go on the frame when my son (4) wanted some scissors.  I was distracted by my computer and the next thing I know I hear a snip-snip. Like fabric being sliced. Well, my heart skipped a beat or two knowing this quilt was out floating around. And yep. He cut a big 6-8 inch circle out of the middle of the back. NOT COOL. I was SO thankful that it was the back and not the quilt top.  And that it was my Mom's quilt and not another (less amused) client's. 

Luckily Mom thought it was "cute" and not a tragedy like I did.  When I texted her about it she was in Hawaii on vacation, so how mad could she get, really?  Needless to say my kiddo and I had a long discussion about scissors and people's quilts. And a lengthy time-out. 

So now the quilt has a large patch built-in label and a fun story.

Merry Christmas Mom! We love you!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Haven Secret Swap

Our DGS Haven circle had the month of November off, but decided to use the month to have a secret swap. Kelli-our fearless leader- assigned us partners while we made up inspiration collages to help our partner know what types of things we liked, fabrics, colors, etc. Here is my collage if you want to take a peek.

My secret partner was Stephanie (aka Spontaneous Threads) here was her 'collage'. It's just one picture of some wild improve piecing in warm colors with a bit of bright blue.  Ohhh. Kaaay.  One little inspiration picture was not what I was expecting! She mentioned she mostly wanted 4 placemats and they could all be different.  So I had basically all the creative freedom I wanted! Nice!

Here was my little sneak-peak pic I got to share. 

And here are the 4 placemats I ended up making! I initially had all the churn-dash blocks in one placemat and all the curved blocks in another. But they were both just way too big. So I figured out if I ripped some parts off each of them and put them both together, they would make another placemat about the same size. 

And the last placemat I followed my lone inspiration photo and did some scrappy improve piecing. I had fun with the quilting too. I had noticed that Stephanie mentioned in a comment somewhere about loving matchstick quilting so I had to do one with that. I used a solid mustard yellow for the binding on them all to tie them together.

I also made a zipper pouch with some selvages and a little pincushion.  I used Amanda Jean's tutorial for the pincushion. Stephanie just loved everything! Phew!

Melissa (aka Cycling Janes) had my name and made me this adorable Christmas table topper and this fabric basket organizer which was filled up with some great charm squares. I have already used a bunch of them to make some pillows for my living room.  Thanks so much Melissa--I love them all!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Embroidered baby quilts--Connie's

Connie made a couple embroidered baby quilts for her nieces.

An all-over pattern was fine with her. How cute is this bunny?

clams and echoed stars.

Here is her other one--peekaboo animals.

Hearts everywhere!

    She does such a nice job with the embroidery.

So Sweet!  Thanks Connie for having me quilt these adorable quilts.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Patty made these quilts for her sons for Christmas. (I'm getting closer to catching up!)

I did an all-over feathered swirl on it.

This one is a disappearing 9-patch.

A swirl with a little feather on it.

A black back.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jesisca's baby fox quilt

Jessica made this adorable baby quilt in soft gray, green and orange.

I spy a cute little fox! I did an all-over feathered paisley design using a light gray thread.

Thanks Jessica!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Marty's quilts::Proof Noltings can quilt through anything!

Marty made this neat quilt. I love her use of solids.

I did an all-over flowery/swirl/leafy design on it.

She used an old blanket for the batting. It worked just fine.

And here is another one from Marty--using up some old drunkard's path blocks.

She was gifting this to her nephew, so I did my manly paisley design on it.

Her batting on this one was another used blanket--one of those almost super thick felt kind.  No problems with that either.  I'm convinced that my Nolting Funquilter can handle just about anything you can put on it!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Basket Sampler II

Joyce made this basket sampler also, this time in a green border. (Have a look at her other one.)

I did the same block design that I used on the other basket sampler quilt; filling in the setting triangles with a large feather.

A huge outer border! I ended up doing a 'Wild Feather' border out of Angela Walters Shape by Shape book. It worked really well!

I filled one basket up with flowers.

A corner.

I took lots of pictures of this one!

the borders from the back.

More back action.

Thanks for having me quilt this fun quilt for you Joyce!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Joet's t-shirt baby quilt

Joet made this sweet baby quilt out of t-shirts, polo shirts and Hawaiian shirts.

I did an all-over design of paisleys and double bubbles.

I machine stitched the binding too. Thanks Joet!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Postage Stamp

Kayla discovered this gem among her Mother's sewing stash after she had passed and wanted it finished. That's where I came in.

I quilted feathers in the outer border and leaves in the smaller red border. Among the stamps I did an all-over feather.

There was a lifetime of fabrics in this quilt! Some old prints mixed in with some more modern pieces. Some I even recognized from my own stash. Each square is about 1 inch finished. (Notice my lego guy is in there for scale purposes.)

There were a couple places where she had removed a patch and had never gotten around to replacing. (Both were supposed to be green squares.) Kayla wanted it left that way, so I turned the raw edges under best I could and quilted around the edges. Then I dabbed some fray check on it too.  It is to be a wallhanging so it won't see a ton of abuse. I think it should hold up well.

A peek at the back. I bound it and had it back in time for Kayla to share with her family over the holidays. She said they had a special time remembering her mother with it.