Saturday, July 18, 2015

Panama Jackie!

Jackie brings her quilts to me from Greensboro. She booked a couple of weeks on my calendar and brought me a bunch at one time.

She made this fun quilt on a quilting cruise. Doesn't that sound like a great time!

This quilt was from a Karen Kay Buckley class. I am still in awe of her circles.

Another of her beautiful applique wall hangings. It is called Bittersweet Briar from Kim Dielh's patterns. It is a good thing that I had a good look at this photo too. Can you see the missing line? Check out the center background in the lower right corner. I'm glad I caught this. I was able to pop the quilt back on the frame and fix it before she got here.

Beautiful circles again?! Need I say more?

This last quilt was made from two batik panels that Jackie bought when she was in Bali. Hand dyed. Yum!

Thanks Jackie!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Debbie's Blossom

The pattern for this one is called Blossom, Debbie liked the way I quilted Lorraine's black and pink one. She asked for swirls on the outer border.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Kelly's Asian quilt

I had a lot of fun quilting Kelly's Asian quilt. All she asked for was custom. She left the rest to me.

I had to break out the invisible thread on this one. I don't tend to use invisible thread much. I know quilters who swear by it and always use it for stitch in the ditch work. I usually just match background colors, but the fabrics were different enough on the outer fans that I was afraid the thread would show up too much.

I happened to have a cone of Magnifico gold thread that I got with my APQS George. I have been waiting for just the right quilt and it was perfect for this!

Thanks Kelly!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pick a pack of pantos

Catching up on posting. Been off at the beach on holiday. Have a look at these beautiful quilts!

Joanne's quilt

Shirley's fish

Lorraine's custom triangles

Pam's quilt

Linda's quilt

Linda's hexies

Beverly's quilt

Debbie's bargello

Cathe's beachy quilt

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sheryl's quilt

I'm back! I know it seems like I have dropped off the face of the blogging world, but I have been quilting like a maniac. The only time I remember that I forgot to post pics, is when I'm falling into bed at night. So here I am sitting at the computer. Thought I'd throw a couple of quilt photos out there.

This is Sheryl's beautiful fall colored quilt. This one came all the way from South Carolina! She was up at Sewingly Yours visiting friends and they gave her my name. She dropped off the quilt on her back back south.

This one was a challenge, because it had an extra wide border. There were leaves appliqued on opposite corners and Sheryl wanted something with vines.

I used my Bohin pen and drew the spine and leaves and set to work. Then I echoed a bit after to fill in the empty spaces.

Thanks Sheryl!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

March edge to edge

Kathy's Tula quilt. Love her colors!

Stephanie's vintage hexies.

Christie's baby quilt.

Love this backing fabric. Hens!!!

Jonnie's Take 5

Sweat Tea

I'm loving my new quilt! I had picked up a couple of half yard pieces of Moda's Hearty Good Wishes at the Statesville show. When I saw Amy Friend's pattern, Sweet Tea, I knew I wanted to make use my new fabric.

You can find her pattern HERE. It is super easy to read and she tells you how to press everything so it all nests in perfectly.

So now the only problem was how to make a lap quilt with 3 half yard cuts of fabric. Well, obviously it can't be done, so I started scouring the Internet. This great line of nautical type fabric was not easy to find or cheap, lol. I asked my friend, Lee, if she had seen it at any of the shops she teaches at. Sure enough, there were several bolts at Studio Stitch in Greensboro, far, far away. My husband is crazy about gas mileage so I ordered it over the phone and had them pop it in Gina's box. She did me a huge favor and brought it back with her when she went to pick up quilts.

Love the fish and the sea gulls.

I had also found these adorable foxes in Statesville. They look a little sleepy. Maybe they've been gorging on fish;)

Here's the back. I'm normally pretty cheap about backing fabric. I don't like to use batiks and I don't like to spend a fortune on fabric I won't see. Besides, I love the feel of muslin, so that is usually my go to. On this occasion though, I couldn't resist the white with blue fish. I got this yardage online, and it was super soft. You only live once, right?

Originally I was planning on some fancy quilting, but strangely enough, I really do like simple quilting, especially on a lap quilt. I stitched in the ditch and quilted a wainscoting type pattern across the rest. This light blue thread gives it a denim look, I think. I'm really like it.

I also tried out some Dream Poly batting. I wanted this quilt to be a bit warmer, and Dream Poly feels so nice. I'm not sure I'm happy with the results though. It feels a little stiffer than I'd like, but then again, I've yet to throw it in the wash, so fingers crossed.

And to top it off, striped binding. I've seen this on quilts before and really liked it. Most of the striped fabric at my local shop was blazing white, which wouldn't work with these creamy light center blocks, but I found some that had kind of an off white look. It clashes a little on the back, but I love the front! The stripes really give this quilt an extra pop! She'll get her fashion debut at guild and Fabric Therapy this week and then I'm putting her straight to use. She's going to look beautiful draped over the new sofa. Can't wait!