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I'm so excited to share this quilt with you!! My mom pieced the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt using the fabric line Alice's Scrapbag. It is big, and it turned out beautifully! She took a class at the Little Foot Quilt Shoppe in Evans City, PA, to encourage her to keep working on the blocks, and she did it. My dad is also her personal rotary cutting expert who helped, too.
I quilted an edge-to-edge design called Fresco over the whole quilt in a light golden brown thread. This quilt is often seen made with modern solid fabrics, so I hope you enjoy this version using traditional style prints and colors. Mom also chose to put borders on this quilt top which is a little different than the modern styles.
Isn't that an awesome quilt? There are so many different blocks to see. I delivered it to Mom tonight, and now she has a whole lot of binding to do. Thanks, Mom, for letting me quilt it for you!
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This week I was excited to see that Lella Boutique is hosting a contest with a fabulous list of prizes! Click here to go to the site and read the details. I decided to participate because I would LOVE to win a copy of Vanessa's book "Charm School." So I purchased one of her patterns - Open Heart - and dug around in my batik collection and got started. (Patterns on her site are 25% off with the discount code!!)
The instructions were very clear and detailed, a very nice pattern. I made 4 hearts and put them together. Each block is 12".
I haven't made anything with bright batik fabrics for a while, and I forgot how much I like them. So I'm calling this 24" square wall hanging Happy Hearts because it made me happy to sew them. Can't wait to quilt it!
Remember this wall hanging I made for Aunt Brenda? These sweet flower and butterfly patterns are also from Lella Boutique.
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I had the pleasure of quilting this beautiful quilt for Debbie. She makes oodles of charity quilts, donating her time, talent, and beautiful fabric collection to others in need. This quilt, though, was a treat to herself. It was a block of the month quilt from Keepsake Quilts, and the batik fabrics and colors are gorgeous. Every star is different.
Not everyone understands how edge-to-edge quilting with a paper pantograph works, so I thought I'd show a picture of the quilt set up on my frame. I don't have a computerized system - everything is done by hand. Behind the quilt you can see the long paper design laid out on the table. I use green painter's tape to hold down the paper, and it comes off easily without damaging the paper so that it can be used over and over again. There are handles at the back of the machine that I use to move the machine when quilting panto designs. I follow the dark line with the laser pointer. If you look closely you can see the tiny red dot on the paper up near the machine. The lighter lines on the paper are used for reference when advancing the quilt to make sure it is lined up just right.
Also at the back of the machine you can see the large spool of Omnithread that I used (color Sesame Seed). The pantograph design Debbie chose is called Alouette.
Debbie pieced a lovely backing with the extra fabric from the front. Thank you, Debbie, for letting me quilt this one for you!!
I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a safe and fun weekend and July 4th! Hope to see you back next Friday :-)
Hello! My birthday was last weekend, and I got myself some presents while searching on Amazon for a new stiletto tool (lost mine and I LOVE that tool). I have always thought that Sidekick ruler was pretty cute from Jaybird Quilts. And if you get a new ruler it is a good idea to buy a pattern to go with it, right? This Sprinkles pattern was the perfect choice.
Most quilters will understand that no matter how many already-started projects you have laying around, when you get a new tool or ruler you have to try it out. I decided to use this pattern but make a few less stars and turn them into a table runner. I had some jelly roll strips from the Moda fabric line Refresh and some Grunge fabric that matched just right for the background.
The Sidekick ruler made for some quick cutting. The pieces went together easily, and the points matched up pretty well with a consistent scant 1/4" seam allowance and just a little attention to detail. I pressed all of the seams open.
Just think how great this will look with some quilting. It would be easy to make larger stars with this ruler, too, and make a big quilt.
Thanks for stopping by. I have a beautiful quilt that is almost finished in the longarm that I'll show you next week. Have a great day!
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The world has a new quilter, and her name is Darlene! Darlene is my husband's aunt and also dedicated dear church lady who began quilting with the Sew Sews at our church. She caught the quilting bug, and this is already her second quilt. Darlene liked the Jump Rings pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company, so she found some jelly roll strips and blue background fabric and got busy. I longarm quilted it for her with the Easy Orange Peel design that she chose and matching blue thread. She did a wonderful job on the piecing.
I'm really bummed because I took a lot of pictures, and most of them are too dark and/or fuzzy. The colors are more vibrant than you see here, for sure! Wish I had more pics to share. Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Aunt Darlene!
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Hello quilting friends. It's been a couple of weeks since I shared anything new here, and I'll start today by showing off a new table runner that I recently finished (I actually made 2 of them). I can't remember the name of the pattern, and I don't actually remember anything about the fabrics either. The only thing I do recall is that the supplies came from The Quilt Company sometime last year, and I pieced them shortly after purchasing, but I finally finished quilting and binding them in May.
These poppies remind me of summer - almost here! - and Aunt Brenda because she loves poppies (and poppy fabric) and has them growing around her house. These pretty table runners are now for sale on my Etsy shop here.
Another recent finish from my longarm for a client is this quilt featuring counted cross stitch blocks. I did a lot of custom quilting on this one around the blocks. I wish you could see the quilting better, but the important thing is that all of those hand-stitched blocks stand out and are the main attraction of the quilt top. Below is a picture of the back where hopefully you can see the stitching a little better.
Along with the change in seasons and the arrival of my favorite season summer, there have been some big changes in my life over the last month. I started back to work full time. It was just necessary financially for us. I really hoped and dreamed that quilting could become a viable income for me, but that just wasn't happening. This also means I won't be accepting client quilts any longer, just some for friends and family. That's okay because I am enjoying my new job, and my life is less crazy from not having to travel to meet clients and worry about quilting deadlines. Now my hope and dream is to be able to quilt my own quilt tops that have been waiting patiently while I've been working on other people's projects.
I'm very grateful for all of the ladies that have entrusted their quilt tops to me to be quilted over the past 3 years. I've met some wonderful people and have seen some amazing creativity. I'm pretty sure we'll meet again in the fabric shop sometime!! :-)
I'll share this post over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. I hope to see you back next week to show a fun quilt I'll be taking off my quilt frame tonight!
Hello! Just today I finished binding this cute little quilted wall hanging. Back in January I was experimenting with the Creative Grids Strippy Star template designed by Deb Heatherly. Creative Grids are THE BEST, and this is such a fun template to play with. I also kind of like that it looks weird, and you can't really figure out how it works just by looking at it. It's a pretty cool tool, though! Check out the video about it here.
I was trying to use up some smallish scraps of Christmas fabrics, and I liked fussy cutting the center squares. That blue star with the mitten in the middle is a finished 3" block. It is easy to make even little blocks with this template. The star in the top picture with the present in the center is 4-1/2" finished.
I practiced some custom quilting on this little guy, and I kept the scrappy theme by using pieces of leftover binding from table runners. Below are close-up pics of the red star and the quilting on the back of it.
If you love star blocks, I encourage you to give this template a try. I've got to show you one more block (below) that I pieced - a star in a star with a little snowflake in the middle!
I've got my first new Christmas decoration for 2017 ready to hang. I hope I inspired you to try something new. Have a great weekend!
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I finished this cute little wall hanging this week. It was pieced a while back, quilted a couple of weeks ago, and finally this week I put the binding on it and made a hanger. I have admired the quilt patterns from Lella Boutique for a while now, and this is designed by combining the Mini Cottage Blossom and Mini Social Butterfly patterns. The fabric is all from my scrap collection.
Here is the back of the quilted butterfly. I gave this to Aunt Brenda for a birthday gift (just a few weeks late). I'd love to make one for myself, too!
I'm sharing over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Hope to see you next week!
Hello! It's been a few weeks since I've shared anything here on the blog. I have been fighting bronchitis and other respiratory illness (for about 2 months now) and haven't been able to work on quilting as much as I would like. I'm finally on the mend, so I would love to show you this quilt that is ALMOST finished. You can see in the pic below that I haven't finished hand stitching the binding down to the back, but that will be done tonight, I predict, as I'm watching something good on TV.
At my church we have a group of ladies called The Sew Sews. You can probably guess that we get together and sew! Not everyone in our group is a quilter, and they wanted to learn. I have been teaching them some quilting techniques, and this is the design that we are working on. We have worked on rotary cutting, strip piecing and then cutting strip units down for our blocks. I taught them how to use triangle paper (Triangles On A Roll) to make half square triangles. We also pieced our 9-patch blocks. I think they have learned a lot. Maybe I can show you some of their quilts in the future, too.
For my quilt I used fabrics that I've had in my stash for quite a while (maybe 15 years?). The quilt pattern did call for a border, but I left that off since I only had enough of the guardian angel backing fabric for the top without borders. I do love the way it turned out, though.
I decided to custom quilt this because I just got the new 4-N-1 longarm ruler from Piece N Quilt and wanted to try it out. I mostly used the straight edge, but I also used the small curved end to stitch those little scallops around the squares. So far the new ruler is great! In the stars I did a freehand feather design., All the quilting was done with matching tan thread.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the quilt. It will be donated to His Kids School for the Spring BASH in May. It could be yours if you purchase the lucky ticket!
Please stop back again next week to see some other good stuff! I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a great night!
I'm excited to show you a quilt that I finished on the longarm this week. It belongs to Kathy, a very creative quilter and awesome grandma who made this quilt for her young grandson.
Kathy searched the internet for this super cool super hero fabric and incorporated it into courthouse steps quilt blocks. She knew she wanted colorful variegated thread and the Bam Zap Wham pantograph for the quilting. It is a perfect combination, and the back of the quilt (below) looks great, too.
Thank you, Kathy, for letting me quilt for you! It was fun!
Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for visiting. I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday as usual. Come back again soon!
This is me...
a mom, wife, quilter, pianist, and now a school bus driver. Every day I must sew for my sanity!