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!
I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
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!
I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a great day, and please stop back next week!
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!
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!