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Monday, September 24, 2018

Joe's T-shirt Quilt



Joe-a graduating high school senior- made this T-shirt quilt as a 4-H project.  Real men drive tractors AND sew quilts! lol.


I quilted all over paisleys and other designs here and there. I also put stars in the striped cornerstones to go along with the patriotic theme.


It's fun to add different designs in the open spaces. 


I can tell you that his quilt got considered for the Iowa State Fair! Great job Joe!

Actually-* Spoiler Alert*- I quilted 4 different T-shirt quilts for 4-H'ers at our county fair, and they ALL got considered for State! And one actually did get to go to the Iowa State Fair!  That was pretty awesome! 

Friday, September 21, 2018

dgs blocks, Fireside baby quilt


These are my do.Good Stitches blocks from a few months back. This Sawtooth Star block was for May. The instructions are here.


These looong Lollipop Blocks were for April.  I learned a new way to sew circles with this tutorial. Yes, it is by machine!  We each made 2 with solid white and a bright solid lollipop.


Cindy made this super soft and cuddly baby quilt with some fun flannels.


I kept it gender-neutral with lots of paisleys and a couple few stars mixed in.


The back is gray Fireside. It's a lot like minky, but with a bit shorter fuzz. Super soft and cozy! Quilted up like a dream :)
Thanks Cindy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Rose's Embroidered Farm Baby Quilt


Rose embroidered this adorable farm animal baby quilt and needed it quilted up for her new grandson.


I quilted all-over paisley swirls on it.


Thanks Rose!

Friday, September 14, 2018

4-Patch Baby Quilt


Connie made this simply sweet baby quilt with some large 4-patches.





Those 4-patches were just perfect for some custom quilting-no marking needed.


Simple meandering and some double circles filled in the blue sashings. 
Thanks Connie!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

25 patch quilt



Jessica made this fun 25-patch quilt with 2.5 inch squares. 


I quilted all-over paisleys and a few stars in a circle since it was in the fabric.


I believe the fabric line is called 'varsity'.


Thanks Jessica!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Embroidered Hearts Quilt blocks


Carol and her husband made this needle art quilt. (He does the needlework to help with arthritis.) I am sure it is a Jack Dempsey Needle Art pattern, but I can't seem to find it anywhere on the web, so I can't tell you what it is called.




These embroidered blocks are so fun to quilt. I pretty much just outlined the design and added a heart/loop design to fill the spaces between.


Curls in the sashing and around the block edges.


The hardest part was figuring out the thread path with the least amount of stops and starts. But a few are inevitable to get the best look--inside the flower hearts.

Thanks Carol!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ice skating Penguin Panel


Linda had another panel wallhaging for me to quilt up, this time a winter penguin scene.


I outlined the outside and inside of the blocks.


Outlined the penguins and did a curly border design in the red.


I kept it super simple in the black and white snowflake border with some loops. 


The back. Thanks Linda!

Friday, August 31, 2018

9th Grade Primer



Becki made this lovely quilt. It is from the book Precut Primer, and this is the 9th Grade pattern.


I quilted and all-over paisley swirl on it.


Love these fun bright fabrics.


Thanks Becki! This was a fun one for sure.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Give Thanks Panel


Linda stitched up this beautiful Give Thanks panel.


How in the world am I going to quilt this?  Well, I started with the obvious and outlined the border areas and some background fill with black thread. 


I outlined the Give Thanks and the pumpkins too.


The back.


I switched to an orange thread and did some swirls in the fall wreath and borders.


Turned out nice! It's custom, but not quilted to death. Somewhere in between. 
Thanks Linda!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fall Leaves Quilt


Linda made this neat quilt in fall fabrics. 


I had the perfect variegated thread for it--brown, gold, and orange.


I quilted lots of swirls and different types of leaves.


Thanks Linda!