One of the fun things about quilting for others is you get a wide variety of projects and styles of quilts. Recently I finished up a couple of quilts for Betty. One was this adorable fall sampler. I quilted it with dark gray thread and bats! It turned out great!
Betty's second quilt was a beautiful table topper, a big hexagon quilt made with striped fabric cut with her 60 degree ruler. I quilted it with a dark green thread and the Trumpet Vine pantograph.
The final quilt I have to share is a T-Shirt quilt made by Anna Maria for her grandson going off to college this fall. What an awesome way for a young man to take a piece of home with him - some of his favorite shirts stitched with love! I quilted with dark gray thread and the Bauhaus pantograph. It was the perfect design for this quilt.
I still have a nice line up of client quilts waiting for me. I'm going to tackle a few this weekend. I am so thankful that I get to do so much quilting!!! I am still amazed when I go downstairs and see the Innova there waiting for me. God has blessed me in so many ways. Thank you, ladies, for letting me quilt for you!
I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. If you have time, you should go check it out and see what other quilters from around the world are finishing up this week.
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Today I finished the binding on this quilt to complete another item on my UFO Challenge list. That is a good feeling! I'm really happy with this finished quilt. The colors are not the usual brights that I am always drawn to, but I really enjoyed working with these fabrics.
Mom, Aunt Brenda, and I have each been making our own Disappearing Pinwheel quilts this past winter, and we had sewing days together to piece our tops together. We followed the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. They are still finishing theirs, but I'll show you when they're done, don't worry :-)
My fabrics were from a Hoffman Bali Cracker package (layer cake squares) called Brown Sugar. For my background fabric I chose a creamy marbled batik that looked great with it, much more interesting than a plain solid.
This is one of those sew-cut-sew-cut type of patterns. First you make pinwheels like the ones above. Then you cut them just right, rearrange the pieces, and finally sew them back together to make the finished blocks.
I thought I'd share a picture from the back of the longarm so you can see how the pantograph is set up. Those green pieces are just some painter's tape that I use to hold down the pantograph paper.
The backing for this quilt is a brown minky fabric. I ordered this from Missouri Star Quilt Company. Most minky fabrics are around 60" wide, and this was extra wide (90") and not as easy to find. I was glad not to have to piece the back together, though. I quilted it with one of my new pantographs called Tivoli.
This minky is unbelievably soft. Waaay softer than the JoAnn Fabrics stuff. Really, if you could touch it, you would not want to stop touching it! It also really shows of the quilting beautifully.
I really do love this quilt, and it looks great on our couch, but it will soon be going to a new home where someone special will also love it, I'm sure.
Thanks for visiting and checking out my work. I'll be liking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
I have been doing a lot of quilting for clients, and I thought I'd show you a few that I recently finished.
This quilt belongs to Diane. She said it was a mystery quilt, and the color combination of her fabrics is very pretty. Diane chose a reddish thread that matches that deep coral/red fabric. I quilted using the Novaya Zhizn pattern. It looks great, and the quilting really stands out nicely on the back.
It's a little funny that everyone is anxiously awaiting Spring, and I have been working on snowmen quilts and quilting snowflakes!
This next one belongs to Sherri. She cut up some squares from a printed panel and mixed in some pieced blocks for this adorable lap quilt. I quilted using the Snazzy Snowflakes and a silvery thread.
The next snowman quilt belongs to Velma. It is a printed panel in the middle, and Velma added borders with coordinating fabrics. Snazzy Snowflakes are quilted with a light blue thread that was the perfect color for it. This quilt is really cute, I just wish I could have had better lighting for better pictures.
Ladies, thank you for letting me quilt for you!!
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I had the privilege to work on not one but two quilts brought to me by JoAnn. JoAnn's sister, Ruth, made these quilt tops as a young lady starting at the age of 12 back in 1938, but they were never quilted. You might notice they are also missing their arms which is a little curious. Ruth passed away some time ago, and JoAnn received these tops made by her sister. JoAnn is not a quilter, but she wanted to have them completed and to keep them in her family. She tried to find someone to hand quilt them, but the fabric is thick, and the hand quilters she talked to didn't want to tackle that job. I agreed to help JoAnn get these tops finished.
All of those dresses and bonnets are made from feed sack material. The muslin they are appliqued to is very thick. My mom said she heard that back in the day they used to use the flour sack material for quilting, too, and we wondered if that might be what that background was. It was really special to work with those lovely old prints.
JoAnn pretty much left the decision making up to me on these. She did like the "Flower Power" pantograph, and it looked great with all of those sweet floral fabrics. I stitched with a cream colored thread.
I chose solid fabrics for the backs, one pink and the other yellow. For the bindings I found some 1930s reproduction prints that I thought coordinated well. JoAnn requested labels on the backs with the year they were started and the year they were completed. Aunt Brenda helped me out with that task using her big Bernina.
Today JoAnn picked up the quilts. I was very happy (and a little relieved) that she was so excited about them and loved the way they turned out. She gave me a hug and said she couldn't wait to show her friends at church. I'm so glad I could be a part of this quilt story!
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I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!