Friday, December 5, 2014

Roosters and Chickens

My customer, Shirley, brought this beautiful quilt top to me to quilt and left it up to me to decide what to quilt where. I had a lot of fun doing it!

This view on the right shows the appliqued corn stock and the crow on the left border.

This view below shows the rest of the quilt. It just doesn't fit completely on my queen bed but the lighting in that room is better than in the room with the king bed.
Shirley did a fantastic job with this top...lots of hand-applique, some machine-applique, as well as pieced blocks. Her choice of blocks and the layout is wonderful. I had fun freehand quilting it. I quilted corn stalks on each side of the appliqued cornstalk but couldn't get it all in one photo so I will show you a portion of it.
I like to do a variety of quilting in the different blocks and sometimes the subject of the block dictates what I should do as in this block....
Isn't her crow handsome?

Some of the pieced chickens, cute...aren't they?!!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing this quilt as much as I enjoyed quilting it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Doreen's Quilt

The sun was shining too brightly to capture the true colors of Doreen's quilt but I tried anyway. The pattern is Jacob's Ladder and she made it to give to her daughter for Christmas.
While I was taking photos I actually saw a triangular area (the upper left on this picture) that I had neglected to quilt so I had to pin it back onto my canvas leaders on my table so I could quilt it! Oops! I had looked it over (as I always do prior to unpinning it but managed to miss it anyway!) It was easy to spot from the backside!
This is the backside. Doreen was "delivering" the quilt during her Thanksgiving visit and was hoping to talk her daughter into opening it early rather than waiting until Christmas...why not!?!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Customer's Quilt

Leslie brought this quilt top to me to be quilted on my longarm machine. I did what I consider doodling...freehand, custom. The batting is Dream Wool which gives it a little poof which makes the playful quilting even more fun. Plus the batting is lighter than cotton which is especially nice for a bed-sized quilt. Here's a close-up or two of the quilting...
The center of the quilt had been marked with pencil for hand-quilting so I decided to quilt on those lines in that area with a bit of improvisation.
How about the backside?! The star blocks shadow through a bit but otherwise it looks like a whole cloth quilt, doesn't it?
I guess you can see why I call it "doodling", can't you?!

I have another quilt or two to show you so check back tomorrow again!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone is enjoying the 4th of July! We are enjoying a quiet day together so far.
I've been meaning to show you the most recent quilt I did for a customer, Kathie. Her quilt is the Glacier Star, a large 96"x104" paper-pieced top. I had to use my tile floor downstairs to lay it out so I could take photos of the whole quilt.
Isn't is beautiful?!?!!

A close-up.

I took the close-up shots with her quilt draped over my machine-table so that's why this shot looks a bit out of shape along the lavender...believe me, Kathie did a fantastic job piecing this quilt top!
Enjoy July!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Emily's Quilts

I have two quilts of Emily's to share with you today. They were both completed in 2014. Emily is a very talented quiltmaker and continues to challenge herself as evidenced by this first quilt.
Isn't this beautiful? My quilting was freehand-custom.

A close-up of my quilting...
The second quilt I want to show you was made for Emily's great-niece for her highschool graduation.
The color scheme was selected by Morgan.

The butterfly pattern I used is by Julie Mullin.