Here is picture of my Summer Sampler blocks so far. They have all been a challenge. Paper piecing is very hard for me, they look great from a distance! The one on the lower left is an extra one I made with last weeks block because it was so much fun to make. I hope next weeks is easy.
I got this quilt the other day from the Pine Needle. Kristin LaFlemme pieced it with the most amazing Marcia Derse fabrics ever!! The design I used is called Retro Wavy Dots and it think it totally rocks!!
Every time I get a shipment from Ruthie Windsong it’s a happy do for me!! Look at this gorgeous quilt. These fabrics are all from various collections of Anna Marie Horner and I have become a huge fan of her fabric! I want them all!!!! The design I used is called Dizzy Izzy, I have wanted to quilt it for ages and this was the perfect quilt for it!! Can’t wait to see what she sends me next, If it were just a huge box of fabric I would be ok with that!
When the amazingly talented Kristin LaFlemme who works at the Pine Needle Quilt Shop asked me to quilt her Fancy Forest quilt I was like sure no problem, then she said how about custom? Gulp. Usually people just do edge to edge designs on these but this was an opportunity for me to really bring these critters to life! I have been dying to try this border idea so this was perfect! For the border I used rulers and I really can’t believe I did it. It’s trickier then it looks to travel along the stitching lines and find the flow. The animals were great, I gave each one its own personality. The background was all free motion which I never think my free motion looks very good but I think it adds an organic element to the quilt. I also really love the echoed triangles around the inner border. The stitching in the ditch is always quite a task and I decided to echo each animal with a small outline. I am just thrilled with how it turned out, as is Kristen! It’s hanging at the Pine Needle if you want to see it!
This is a quilt by Dawn White she has named the Terrazzo Tiles Quilt. It’s actually a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern called Mini Mod Tiles that Dawn enlarged. It’s such a beautiful quilt, I was honored when she asked me to quilt it. She needed it back quickly for a retreat she would be teaching at. So as usual my mind started spinning with “what do I do?” I have some large sheets of plexi-glass that I like to lay on top of my quilts to audition designs. That helps me tremendously. I stared at it and drew and drew and didn’t sleep for days. I couldn’t just get started because I had to go to CA for the weekend for a family event plus I needed to wait for periwinkle thread to be delivered. At least I was occupied on the airplane both ways, drawing and drawing and drawing. I had pretty much settled on some elements of the quilting that I wanted to do and as soon as I got home from CA I got started. Stitching is the ditch is so hard and exhausting took me days to do that part. Then I started on the white. I can’t really describe it but the quilt made me think of some kind of Italian iron chair or the legs of a mosaic tile table. I have no idea where that came from but that’s how I wanted the quilting to look. I love how the rings flow all over the quilt. I changed the thread to periwinkle to do that black tiles and the purple rings. You can’t see the design in the purple but it’s cool! I also really like how the piano key border frames it and gives it that modern touch. Needless to say this was a challenge and invigorating for me to stretch my custom quilting mind. Another beautiful quilt from Dawn.
These are some custom mini sample quilts that I did for Carole-Lyles Shaw. They are for her MidCentury Modern quilt class she is teaching. Carole is the queen of improve as you can see. These were really fun for me to do. They are a mix of computer and ruler work and I just went for it!
Another beautiful quilt by Peggy. This one has the most adorable fabrics by Bonnie Nuit from Camelot Fabrics and Essex Linen. It’s a simple half square triangle where the layout creates an awesome chevron. Once again she knew exactly what design to use, an easy orange peel, and it’s absolutely one of my favorite quilts ever!
Modern Domestic taught the Fancy Forest quilt as a quilt along last year I can’t believe this is Kelly’s first quilt!! I have made a few pillows from Elizabeth Hartman’s patterns and that was enough for me. Kelly’s quilt was pieced perfectly, she obviously has a talent for quilting. The design is one of my favorites called Trinity it couldn’t be more perfect for this quilt. I can’t wait to see what she makes next.
I signed up for the Summer Sampler 2017 which is a weekly quilt along hosted by some amazing quilters. I confess I am horrible at piecing, not just horrible but the worst! I am my worst quilting customer! I signed up to practice piecing and explore some neat blocks. I didn’t realize there would be so much paper piecing. I am making one from my favorite Ombre fabrics by V&Co and I am sort of making a second one using my Art Gallery In Blue and Charleston fabrics. So far none of my points match up, the seams are bulky and crooked and they all finish around 11 1/2″ and not 12 1/2″ like the should. My goal is to have at lease 1 block that is perfect.