Try Something New
Hello! I'm happy to have something to blog about this week. Last week I was in the middle of too many projects and didn't have anything ready to show off yet, but today I have 3 finished quilts to share.
Even though I have been quilting for over 20 years now (hard to believe, but I was a teenager when I started), there is always something in the quilting world that is new to try or a new technique to learn. Each of these quilts have something new about them, or at least new to me.
The quilt above I quilted for Sarah at the Little Foot Quilt Shoppe. She carries these fabrics in her store, so if you love them you know where to find them. I quilted it with the pantograph Feather Flip using an aqua blue thread.
Sarah used a little silk fabric here and there in this quilt. The result is SO BEAUTIFUL! She used a very light fusible interfacing on the back of the silk before she cut her pieces. You can see the aqua and purple silk in the photo above. The quilting stands out wonderfully on the silk also. The silk is a little pricey compared to cotton, but you don't need a lot to give your quilt that special touch. So, someday soon I want to try silk in one of my quilts.
Below is another quilt I quilted for Sarah at the Little Foot. I am very happy with the way the quilting came out on this one, too. I used a green thread, and what is new about this quilt is I tried one of my new pantographs called Trumpet Vine. I'll be using this pretty design again, for sure!
The last quilt I have to share was made by Jenny as a Christmas wedding gift. It is very festive with a mix of Christmas fabrics. I also used a new pantograph for this quilt called Lyrical Bells. The bells and ribbons design is lovely and symbolizes both wedding bells and Christmas bells. Perfect!
This quilt was so big I really had a hard time taking good photos. It also inspired my daughter to start writing a letter to Santa. She was pretty happy to see all that Christmas fabric.
Something else that I thought made Jenny's quilt so special was the way she pieced the border. You can see it in the picture of the corner of the quilt above. She used a piecing method called the 5 Minute Block and the 10 Minute Block designed by Suzanne McNeill. Click here for a video link, but you can also Google it or search on Pinterest and find lots of pictures and ideas using this method. This was something new that I had never seen before, and it really was a beautiful addition to this quilt. Great job, Jenny! Thanks for letting me quilt for you.
Thank YOU for stopping by and taking the time to see my work. I hope you saw something new to inspire you today.
I'll be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday where I know you can find other new ideas and pretty quilts. Have a great day!
Quilting for Friends
A couple of weeks ago two friends, Carolyn and Nancy, came to visit me. They both had some pretty quilt tops that needed to be finished. I was happy to get busy quilting for them.
This is Carolyn's quilt. Wow - the fabrics are just lovely in this one. Carolyn chose the Chevron Feather pantograph and a dark brown thread. I think it turned out beautifully.
Below is Nancy's quilt. She used very pretty fabrics which were reproduction prints that she fell in love with. Nancy chose the Tweet Tweet panto and cream thread.
Thank you, Carolyn and Nancy, for letting me quilt for you!
Even though I have lots of longarming to do downstairs, I always have a piecing project going on upstairs to work at when a get a few minutes here and there during my day.
I'm not sure which technique Carolyn used to make the blocks for her quilt, but I know she used a jelly roll. Her blocks are similar to the piecing project I am working on. I'll give you a sneak peak. It uses the Strip Tube Ruler which I am trying for the first time. I'm using some strips from a polka dot jelly roll alternating with white strips that I cut myself. You sew the strips into a tube, line up the ruler just right, and cut. When you open up the cut triangles you get a square. Yes, it is fun opening up those triangles and seeing the colors together! This is also very similar to the technique used for the Summer In The Park quilts we made at QUILT CAMP. I'll show you more of this quilt in a couple weeks when I get it all together.
Carolyn and Nancy both got the Summer Sale discount - 10% off their quilting. It's not too late for you to get the discount, too! Click here to find out more.
I'm linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday to share my finishes this week.
I hope you take some time to do a little stitching today, I definitely will. Netflix sent me the first disc of season 4 of Downton Abbey. I see some hand stitching binding in my future tonight in front of the TV. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!
Crib Quilt Finish
Happy Friday! This summer I was asked by Terry, a friend from church, to make a crib quilt for her granddaughter. So we met and chose some fabric and a pattern, and this is what we came up with. I am very happy with how nicely it turned out. Terry liked it a lot, too, when I delivered it to her today.
The granddaughter's bedroom is decorated with neutral colors and giraffes. That cute little golden giraffe in the pinwheel on the top picture very closely matches the bedroom décor. Above you can see the bottom right side block is solid yellow, but I edited the image for privacy reasons to hide the name and birthdate. Thank you, Aunt Brenda, for helping with the embroidery. It looked beautiful!
This particular pattern is called "Dapper" from the quilting book "Simply Retro" with Camille Roskelley that I am crazy about.
One more picture of the corner of the quilt against the back of the quilt which is an off-white flannel which is soft and snuggly. I quilted this using a simple free motion design with some little loops using a light yellow thread. The pinwheel sections had elongated loops. It was a lot of fun to do!
Finally, two more pictures to share with you of something else I finished this week. My daughter needed a new pencil case for school, and of course she couldn't find anything she liked in the store. I made this shark for her. Yes, it actually looks more like a fish, but it's still pretty cool. It was a free pattern I found here.
I'm liking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday!
There is a lot more quilting to be done at my house. The customer quilts started coming in again which is great. I also entered two of my quilts in the Saxonburg Arts Festival Quilt Show this weekend. I'm looking forward to checking it out tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!!
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!