Friday, April 18, 2014

Square Layer Cake

Finished this almost a week ago, but I've been so sick with a respiratory illness complicated by reactive airway issues that my only focus was on breathing!  This quilt measures approx ~90x60, quilter's dream batting, threads used: Magnifico, Art Studio and Glide.  Hand-guided free motion quilted.

Here's a shot of the quilt coming off the rack:
 close up...


This pretty quilted border treatment reminds me of a cute little picture frame.  (designed by Margaret Solomon Gunn)
 The fabrics are so bright and lively, it's hard to see the quilting.....

So here's a few shots of the backing :)   I'm always amazed at how striking and pretty the back can be!






Thanks for stopping by and for all those who celebrate...Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Star Sampler

I recently completed this Star Sampler quilt for a client.  It measures ~96x96, single layer wool batting, several types of thread were used; Quilters Choice, variegated King Tut, Magnifico, So Fine, Aurifil, and the bottom line (Superior Threads). The quilt appeared to be dominated by the dark maroon/red areas which proved to be great spaces for some unique quilting.  And this was a booger of a quilt to complete!  I had issues with directional tension on this (one of the reasons why so many different threads were used) that sent me calling Superior Threads, my HQ representative, lots of ripping out and cursing.  I felt like I literally spent just as much time looking at the bottom of this quilt as I did the top! So it's nothing short of a miracle to be completed! sharing my joy!!!!

As always I posted tons of pictures! (btw, is that poor etiquette?)


So here it is before quilting....
The blue "corners" of the quilt... I think these were my favorite part, the fabric with the variegated King tut seemed to sparkle.



these sampler blocks drained my brain....trying to figure out what would look good in each different one!

and I really don't know what I was doing here, playing mostly, using my new ruler, Quilter's Groove 1/16" (from Lisa Calle).



So an interesting thing happened with the center, as I was sewing this "flower" and coming back to the pieced center, it kept separating the fabric pieces. I appliqued a circle into the center and Voila! looks nice.  And while this is eh,eh, so-so of a design, I really don't like the puffiness and would do something different next time, like maybe bringing the crosshatching all the out...ah well, live and learn


I did like the outer border! :)
 Yay!! Done and unrolling off the rack!
 And the back!




Ta-Da! The center star.  I matched the circle applique fabric in the center and also appliqued center circles to the outer 4 squares so it looked like an intentional design

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Two's Comfort

Goodness! although I've been busy it appears I've neglected my blog.  I'll try to catch up and post pictures of recently completed quilts.  This one is entitled Two's Comfort, made from batik fabrics, measuring ~75x75,  with wool batting.  The client's preference was to use a variegated green King Tut thread, which is beautiful, however as I quilted the border, the thread was reading brown.  Now to me, the quilt appeared like framed translucent windows and I just couldn't "muddy" the light batiks with this thread, so I opted for lighter colors and love the way it turned out.  And surprising to me, the King tut was giving me problems, I was having a heck of a time keeping tension correct.  Sewing would be fine one direction then in another direction I would get eyelashes on the back.  I tried King Tut and So Fine in the bobbin with the same results, finally I tried Bottom Line and the tension was much better.  Was it the thread? was it the 1 layer of wool batting? is the machine timing slightly off? I'm not sure, any suggestions or comments from others with similar tension issues would be appreciated. :)

The quilting in each square uses different "fillers" with squiggly lines and ribbon candy in the inner borders.  Is is modern quilting?  I don't know, but it turned out nice.  Oh and reader beware....there's a lot of pictures!













 here's a pretty Judi Madsen feathery motif....




 Yay!! Coming off the rack....very pretty quilt...
 border with arcs filled with bubbles and straight double lines...King Tut thread..

 And the back! The pictures were taken at night, so it's hard to tell, but the color is such a fresh pretty spring green.  Actually all the colors in this quilt were so fresh and reminded me of spring, just what I needed to help me get through this long, long winter!