Today for Finish It Up Friday I'll share with you some table runners that I intended to have finished sometime back in November. I'll skip the excuses and just say that today I finally took some photos and added them to my Etsy shop.
All but two of the patterns I used to piece these were from Anka's Treasures from a couple of different books and patterns that I have.
These smaller projects are a wonderful opportunity to practice quilting! Regarding the fabrics, many of the patterns use charm packs which are great (and fun to collect), and I also got some yardage and a cutie pack from The Little Foot Quilt Shoppe. They had a lovely selection of Christmas fabrics.
Now my Etsy shop is ready for Christmas 2016. If you'd like to get a better look at any of these you can check them out here. I'm ready to move onto spring colors and fabrics! Thanks for visiting and stay warm!
Last week I finished quilting this for Aunt Brenda. One day a couple of years ago she and I got together and each pieced a quilt top using this pattern. Brenda purchased hers in the form of a kit, if I remember correctly. The pattern is Sundance by Villa Rosa Designs, and if you click the link here you will see the quilt on the pattern photo is made of almost exactly the same fabrics! (Cool - I forgot about that until I just looked it up :-)
Brenda let me use this quilt for some custom quilting and free motion practice. She liked the idea of outline quilting around the large floral print which I did, and I came up with my own ideas for the pieced square portion. The thread I used was Omnithread, a bluish green color.
This is a really FAST quilt top to make. We made ours in a few hours one afternoon. It can also be versatile. Brenda recently made another one and did her own custom embroidery work (which was a lot more time consuming) in the large squares using her Bernina. Sorry, I don't have a picture of that one.
Below you can see the quilting on the back.
And here's the whole quilt.
I know it is always fun to see the same quilt made up using different fabrics, so here is a picture of the one I made. I quilted an edge-to-edge paisley design on it. It's currently for sale in my Etsy shop.
Now Brenda has some binding she can do if we get trapped in by the big snowstorm coming. Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Aunt Brenda!
I'm getting back to work on client quilts now that the holidays are over. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a great day!!
Hello. Today I'll share the first quilt that I worked on after Christmas. My mom pieced this quilt top. It is about 36" square, a wall hanging, the Carpenter's Star pattern. She did a great job piecing it. I did custom quilting on it. It is far from perfect, but I'm happy with the finished quilting, and Mom loves it which is what matters most.
I quilted feathers in the diamonds of the star, back and forth lines in the background behind the star with some circles/pebbles around the edge. The outside borders have swirls quilted in them. There is also a lot of stitch-in-the-ditch outlining the shapes, too.
And here's the back. The backing was an unbleached muslin fabric, so that brown thread REALLY shows up (along with all the not-so-perfectness). Looks great from a distance.
Beautiful job, Mom! Thanks for letting me quilt for you :-)
I'm starting to feel like a "real quilter" now that I am working on more custom quilting projects (just my own and my family's for now). It is really fun, but I also find it sometimes tiresome and stressful making design choices and figuring out how I want to quilt it. I'm often too worried about it looking perfect or comparing myself to the professionals that I look up to. I'm slowly getting better and more confident, though, learning something new with each project.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks so much for visiting! I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
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I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!