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!

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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!

Lana’s retreat quilt

I always say this, but it’s true! I love quilting for Lana.  I have done more quilts by her than any other customer and I have loved all of them! This was the quilt that she did at the Pine Needle quilt shop retreat over the summer. The pattern is fantastic and her fabrics are beautiful! The quilting design I used is called Dew Drops in the Garden.  I think it’s absolutely perfect! This will be another auction quilt for her grandson’s school, she’s so generous.

Spiced Chai Quilt

The last thing in the world I need to do is make another quilt be when I saw this Spiced Chai quilt-along posted on Instagram I just had to do it.  The pattern is from the book Vintage Quilt Revival by Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones.  I had just received a beautiful fat quarter stack of Jennifer Sampou’s new line called Shimmer On.  In the pattern the main bear paws are all different shades of grey and the big block is different colors. I wanted to use my pretty fall colors so I did colorful scrappy blocks with a mix of black fabrics in the center block.  I recently went on a digital design buying frenzy and this design called Swivel Circles was one I really wanted to use. I love everything about this quilt, the pattern, the fabrics and the quilting design! The backing is my go to Tula Pink Free Fall wideback fabric.  This was so fun to sew, especially for a challenged piecer like me, it finishes at about 60×60. I jumped the gun and finished mine before the qal even started but I have to do it when I can, so I did! I can’t wait to make another one. The book is great, however this is probably the only pattern that I will make just because many of the patterns are paper pieced.

Nw quilting expo

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The 2017 Nw Quilting Expo is here and what a great one it is! Dawn White sent me a text the other night to tell me that her “Where it’s at” quilt had received a 2nd place ribbon and it’s one that I quilted! It won in the Intermediate quilt category, that’s her posing with her quilt in the first picture.  Just look at that quilt isn’t it stunning?!

So today I went to the Expo to check it out. I was totally shocked to see another quilt I had quilted for Cathy Calvin with a 2nd place ribbon in the Modern quilt category. I was there in time for the award ceremony which was fun.  I sent Cathy a text to tell her that her quilt won a ribbon, she had no idea! And it’s her birthday today, what a great gift!  Funny thing is that for both quilts I quilted the same design called Modern Curves, it’s one of my favorites.  Next goal is to win an award for custom quilting, someday.

I never dreamed I would be so fortunate to quilt for the most talented people.