Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Carol's tiles

Carol made this beautiful scrap quilt for a grandson.

I quilted a paisley design with a few feather halves in the mix. That is my go-to masculine design I guess.  In the border I did a snail-y swirl.

I love how each block looks a little different just by changing up the colors.

The back. Thanks Carol!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Karen's Flannel

Karen also made this quilt using up scraps from her elephant quilt and using some thick plaid flannel. Contrast much?

I added to the contrast with giant swirls in the green strips...

...and cross-hatching in the plaid.  This was my first time doing cross-hatching. I was reluctant to do it honestly, but realized that all my marks were already there, I just had to connect the dots. Ok, that's not so scary then! Natalia Bonner has a great tutorial for continuous line cross-hatching.

The all-flannel back.  Yep, this will be one warm and cozy quilt!
Thanks Karen!

I've been busy trying to finish up a few sewing projects for Christmas, along with all the other things on my holiday to-do list. I think I just might make it! Can't wait to show you what I've been working on! 

Merry Christmas from Down to Sew!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Elephant quilt

When Karen dropped off this elephant quilt, I couldn't wait to quilt it! It's so cool! She wanted a swirly, paisley design in the elephant, and we decided on straight 'organic' lines for the gray background.

So here is the swirly, paisley design in the elephant, in a sage-green thread.

a back leg. I think the straight lines contrast the texture of the elephant nicely.

I love it! Thanks for the fun quilt Karen!

Friday, December 4, 2015

DGS Sept and more from Marilyn

These were my DGS blocks for September.  Courtney took up that month and had us send any orphan blocks and any crazy, super scrappy random bits made into blocks. I had some leftover units and odds and ends that I stitched up into 12.5 inch blocks. Very random indeed! She's got the quilt all finished now and it looks awesome. Everyone's random blocks really came together as one and look great together. Check it out. So glad these leftovers have a final place to call home!

Here's a couple more from Marilyn.

Big flowers and leaves and swirls. 

A feathered swirl on this one.

Thanks again Marilyn!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Marilyn's quilts

Marilyn had a few quilt tops that have been in her sewing room, waiting to be quilted for years. So here they are-finally all quilted up!

She just wanted something super simple and all-over. 

So these designs are my lowest price point- they are very simple and not quite as dense. A welcome change of pace honestly!

Here is a sweet pink baby quilt.

Pink baby quilts usually just say hearts to me. So that's about the only time I quilt lots of hearts. 

Thanks Marilyn! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Red stars

One more from Jessica- another little quilt.

I quilted an all-over feather in it.

the back.

I tried out a new border design there on the bottom.  It is from one of Whirls and Swirls quilting videos. She posts a new design video on Facebook everyday. Every. Day! I don't know how she comes up with new designs, plus a video for every day. But she does. That little bit of exposure to new ideas actually does leak out into some of my quilting!

Thanks again Jessica!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Jessica's baby quilts II

Here's a few more baby quilts from Jessica. This one was all things wind, sky, and air, so I did a big swirling breeze design on it.

love the soft colors and sweet prints!


Another Lilly Pulitzer baby quilt--love these fun, bright fabrics!

Leaves, swirls, and flowers galore.

I spy........a lion!

Thanks again Jessica for the fun quilts!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Jessica's baby quilts

Jessica sent me a box full of baby quilts for me to work on. So fun- I love quilting baby quilts. This one is so sweet; it makes me think of yummy lemon squares.

I c2c'd the 'lemon squares' and did a loop design in the sashings.

This one is adorable too. The feature fabric has nursury rhyme characters in it.

I did an all-over feathered swirl on it.

The back is perhaps where you can see the quilting a bit better. You can find these quilts and more at Jessica's Etsy site- Home in the Heartland. I'll be posting more quilts from Jessica soon!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Joyce's charity quilts

Joyce made a couple quilts she is donating to a local charity, so just do something simple she said.

So this is my something simple.  Super Giant swirls.

Each swirl is about 6 or 8 inches across.

This super bright flowery quilt got some of my swirls and flowers on it.

That's simple to me! Thanks Joyce!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wanta Fanta :: DGS Haven circle

June was my month for my Do.Good Stitches circle and I had my circle mates make these Wanta Fanta blocks using scrappy blues and lights. It turned out so neat!

To quilt it I used my Curvit ruler to outline each blue area in a gray thread and filled in with ribbon candy. Then I went back with white thread and outlined the light areas and filled in with various sized swirls and pebbles. Quilting it took 4.5 hours.

I love it!

I added a scrappy 2.5 inch square border around the edge for several reasons. 
A) to make it a little bit bigger. 
B) To use up some of my overflowing blue scrap bin. 
C) to help frame the quilt

Blue polka dot binding. (I usually cut binding at 2.5 inches, but realized if if I cut at 2.25, I would have just barely enough!)

Finished size is 72 by 57 inches.  Thanks Haven circle once again for coming through with the blocks for this quilt. Together, we make amazing quilts! This quilt has been sent to Redeemed Ministries in Round Rock, Texas.