Double sided beauty

Renee’s mother started this quilt and never finished it, she said it was just too much grey.  Renee took it on and turned it into a double sided beauty.  I love her grey batiks mixed with the Essex linen and the splash of peach.  The quilting design is Peacock Feathers.

Yvonne’s beautiful quilts

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Yvonne emailed me one day out of the blue and said she follows me on Instagram and wanted to know if I would quilt for her.  As you can see her quilts are absolutely beautiful and it’s a pleasure to quilt for her.  Her Summer Sampler blew me away, the fabrics she chose and her piecing was perfect and I love how the quilting Dizzy Izzy adds so much texture.  The last quilt she made for her soon to be fiancé and it’s a gift for him when she visits him in Germany.  I can’t wait to see what she sends next!

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!