Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jessica's baby quilts

Jessica made this adorable little quilt with Lilly Pulitzer fabrics.

So bright and cheery- these fabrics. we love to 'I spy' all the animals and things in them.

I used a bright pink thread this time with an all-over feathered curly-Q design.

She also had this baby quilt. Love the colors in this one.

I did a simple little paisley swirl or I've seen it called a clamshell design too.

Thanks for the super cute quilts as always Jessica! Check out all her quilts in her Etsy shop Home in the Heartland.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bride's Garden--a raffle quilt

This quilt is called Bride's Garden and was made by my Mom and Janet for their church raffle.

There is actually a top and a bottom to this quilt if you look at the green leaves. So I made sure to keep my feathers going the right way.

I ended up doing the same petal design in all the curved pieces, but made each center 4-patch unique.

I did a fancy feather in the outer border, followed by big circles, and then a S-curve or half of a grassy feather in the brown border.

those little brown spaces were kind of awkward, so I just filled them in with some quick meandering.

I did use the same thread throughout the quilt. A light brown I think.

Whew! I hope it raises lots of funds!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pat's embroidered baby quilts

Pat worked on these adorable embroidered baby quilts.

An all-over design is what she requested, but mentally I still have a hard time stitching through the embroidery. I kind of feel like I'm just scribbling all over a pretty picture. So I try to avoid the more detailed areas. Especially French knots.

And here's the girl version. So sweet!

Sweet enough to put curly-Q's and hearts on it! I think they both turned out really nice.
Thanks Pat!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mother's Garden- a hexie quilt

June was my month again for DGS and I chose this Wanta Fanta block from Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts.  She is doing a whole series of different blocks that are perfect for bees such as this. You might want to check them out. There are some really neat ones in there that I'm pretty likely to use my next go-around.
 I had my circle-mates use blues and lights. Well, it's August now and I actually have the quilt top together and loaded on my longarm already. So pictures of that will be coming soon!

This quilt I'm sharing today is another collaboration with my Mom, sister, and me.  We like to make quilts together to give to family members as wedding gifts. But we only have about 3 unwedded cousins left, who do not seem to be in any hurry to get married, so we started making them to give to the oldest cousins who missed out on our quilts. Then we decided to give one to our aunts when they turned 65. (We just needed some reason to make a quilt!)
So anyway, Mom picked out this pattern called Mother's Garden from a book on hexies. 

It worked out really well since each person hand sewed a few flowers on their own, then when we got together, we just needed to piece the top together. Mom took it all home with her and stitched all the stems and flowers over the top. Then it's passed into my hands for the quilting.

My first step was to quilt the borders like the one in the book--a grassy looking design. I also quilted in the green stems as I went along.

Next, I changed to a cream thread and filled in the background with leaves off of the stems.

Each flower I did a bit differently.

And changed thread colors to match. Lots of stops and starts on this one!

We surprised Aunt Shirley with it recently and she loves it! I'd say it's time to get going on the next one!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

little twister

Norene made this twister quilt using up lots of scraps.

I wanted to do something different than her other twister quilts, but still ended up doing corner-to-corner in the pinwheels. That is just the simplest and easiest way to custom quilt them and still travel across and back without any stops that I could come up with. But I tried pebbles in the white this time. 

I think it turned out pretty cute.


Maybe you can see the quilting design on the back. Maybe.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alyce's Baby Quilt, DGS May

Alyce made this baby quilt for one of her clients.

The white bricks are minky and requested no quilting in them. Swirls everywhere else!

These were my blocks for DGS May. We used solids to make a sampler quilt inspired by Moda Modern Building Blocks. Wanna see the quilt? She's got the top together already. It's pretty fabulous!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Carols Scrappy HST quilt

Carol--the queen of scrap quilts--made this quilt.

I quilted an all-over super swirl/feather.  An Angela Walters design.

Thanks Carol!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lost City : {don't do what I did}

It's not very often I share an 'in process' picture, but I goofed up majorly on this one, so I'm sharing in hopes that you won't make the same mistake. And just for your entertainment too.  

Teresa made this beautiful quilt 'Lost City' in Christmas fabrics. Lots of negative space to think about here. After much deliberation, I decided on a fancy design, marked it out and got to work. I quilted the first part -the two shaggy moutains on the bottom, then advanced the quilt to do the next white area. Then rolled it back to fill in the backgrounds and realized I had made a big mistake.

way too much extra fabric below! Imagine rolling up a magazine from the spine about halfway then putting a few staples into it. When you unroll it, it will not lay flat. The same thing can happen with quilts.  This was going to be too much for me to try to work in, so I had to rip it out.

2 hours later all my stitches were gone from the top part of the quilt. I unzipped it from my leaders and laid it on the floor and smoothed it out as best I could. A good 1.5 inches difference!

I pinned the layers together across the top, put it back on the longarm and stitched the top back down in it's new shifted position. Then I re-quilted the top part and from then on it was smooth sailing.

Here it is all finished!

I c2c'd around the jagged mountains...

...and filled in with swirls. Then with red, green and white variegated thread I filled in the red and green areas with a holly leaf design.

To find the center of the design, first I drew a straight line along the points-top and bottom. Then I measured across and then drew another line through the center- about 5 inches from the sides.  Then I laid out my cut out curved shapes and played around with them until I came up with this design. The length in this section was too long for 2 curved shapes, but not long enough for 3. So I ended up putting them towards the corners and filled the leftover gap with a square shape.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Danielle's T-Shirt Quilt

Danielle just graduated high school and made this T-shirt quilt as a 4-H project.

I used a bright pink thread all over this one--her back was solid hot pink too. I just filled in with swirls and added a few details in the big blank spaces. (Pretty proud of that good lookin feather!)

The 'P' block was part of an elementary school project and so her blanket stitches were of that quality. So I made sure they were secure by quilting them on to stay for good.

Her zebra-striped border got a zebra-striped treatment as well.  Danielle loves her quilt and has also made a matching pillow too. She can't wait to use them at college this fall.

Thanks for the fun quilt Danielle!  Looking forward to seeing how it does at the county fair.