Barbara’s beautiful applique quilt

Barbara brought me this amazing applique wall hanging to quilt! I had so much fun filling in the background with pebbles and swirls.  The borders I kept simple as any quilting wouldn’t really show.  I love how it turned out!

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We bought a house!

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I can’t believe it! We finally bought a house!  Well I can now after moving both my sewing studios to the new house today and my back is killing me! Fortunately it’s only about a half mile from the current house so don’t worry I haven’t gone far! The machine moves over this week and the big move will be in a couple of weeks. It’s so much work to move, how did we get all this stuff?  I know it will all get done knowing me, at record speed, but it’s one box at a time.  I can’t wait for all of my wonderful customers to visit!  I love my new studio, I can’t wait to quilt all your beautiful quilts!

New York panel

I love everything about this fantastic panel of New York that Wendy made! That tiny gold border is so perfect.  I thought the quilting design Waterdrops was just the right amount of texture to really bring it to life.

Collage quilt

This quilt is truly one of a kind! Jami made this fantastic collage quilt by gluing fabrics to a pieced backing.  I wasn’t really sure I could even quilt it with all the layers of fabric and glue but I was so inspired by it I rant wanted to try.  Figuring out what to do is the hardest part so I just let the fabrics guide me. I did a mix of pebbles, crosshatching, wavy lines and some really cool circles in the left background piece. I used my computer for the circle grid and the triangle fill but the rest was free motion with tons of thread changes. I’m thrilled with how it turned out, I hope Jami is too!

Spiced Chai quilt

I’ve had this beautiful Kona Cotton solids fat quarter stack for a while that I’ve been dying to use.  This is the second Spiced Chai Quilt I have made, I just love the pattern, it’s simple yet the end result is so awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever made a quilt with all solids, it might be my favorite. I used a mustard yellow for the backing and binding, the quilting design is Seafoam.  I’m so happy with this quilt.

Modern Quilts

It’s a happy mail day when I get a box full of quilts from Carole Lyse – Shaw! I love Carole’s modern style of quilting and the pops of color in these blew me away. I used Pick up Stix on the dark ombre quilt and Zing on the cream quilt. She is in the process of publishing patterns for these and will be teaching them in her workshops. What talent!

 

Precious Pineapple Quilt

What a great quilt to finish the year with. I love this Pineapple quilt my customer made for her granddaughter. The quilting design she requested is a beautiful Baptist Fan.  The fussy cut birds and bicycles on the backing are so adorable!

Elephant and I Quilt

This is the 4th ‘Elephant and I Quilt’  I have quilted and I have love all of them. Mary hired me because I had quilted her friend Diana’s elephant quilt years ago.  I met Mary well over a month ago at Fabric Depot, she said there was no rush which was good for me considering I hadn’t done any free motion in maybe a year, I needed to practice!  Being all caught up on quilts it was time to start this one. I had done some free motion on my Glam Clam Quilt so I felt ready to go.  What wasn’t sitting well with me was the light top and black backing. This style of free motion quilting is organic and there is lots of over stitching with the pebbles and feather spines, I knew white thread would look terrible on the back. So I decided to try using cream on top and black in the bobbin.  This can be tricky if your tension isn’t balanced, you don’t want to see black on the top or white on the back. My tension was perfect and you would never know that there were 2 color threads used. Phew. I love how the feathers pop with the wool batting!  I can’t wait for Mary to see it!

Glam Clams

When I heard that Latifah Saafir was coming to Fabric Depot to teach her Glam Clam Quilt,  I immediately signed up and convinced my mom to do the same.  I have never been good at sewing curves but after seeing the quilt that Beth Wells made at the Pine Needle, using Anna Marie Horner fabrics, I had to make one! I also used Anna Marie Horner fabrics but I was limited due to the scarcity of many of her past lines. I didn’t realize how big my quilt would be until I started to assemble it in class.  I wished I had done the lap size. My mom’s is absolutely amazing, I love that she did solids and her color choices are so perfect! I quilted hers using my new favorite design called Waves and Pearls, it’s spectacular! I started to quilt mine thinking that I would do free motion swirls and feathers but after the first row I realized that it would take forever! So I mixed in digital designs along with free motion, I like how it turned out, it was a great learning experience. And we both did Latifah’s signature chunky binding which is a 1″ binding on the front and back, it’s pretty cool.  I am going to do a smaller Glam Clam quilt using all Pat Bravo’s Indie Folk fabrics, it’s all cut out as you can see in the picture, just need to assemble it.  I highly recommend making one of these quilts!

Quilts lately

I’m in New York with my family for Thanksgiving right now. Spent a few days in the city and will be spending Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. We are having so much fun! On my to do list for my vacation was to catch up on my blog. Since I’m so behind I thought I would do a collaborative post. I’ve been quilting a ton lately. There is a beautiful Aviatrix Medallion quilt that I quilted with Seafoam. There is an antique looking dresden quilt that I quilted and bound, I love the large scale Modern Loops. The Clams are quilt prep that I have doing for a class I am taking from Latifah on December 9th at fabric depot. Jodine finished her Pine Needle retreat quilt which I quilted with Modern Snails. She also brought me her Rewind quilt which is the one with the wonky log cabins, I used Extension, I love her fabrics! I finished piecing my Summer sampler quilt, I still need to put the backing together and quilt it, that’s on the back burner. Cathy made the double sided quilt, I used Modern Geometric, I think. Carole Lyse-Shaw published her Modern Patriotic book. One of the quilts I did for her is on the cover! It’s a fantastic book. Missy’s quilt is Mini Mod Tiles, Dawn White teaches this quilt in a class at The Pine needle, so gorgeous.  I coming home to a big stack of quilts I’m looking forward to sharing!