Sunday, August 24, 2014

Log Cabin completed

This lovely log cabin is completed! and I've got pictures to prove it!!! :)

I had some difficulty with sagging of the backing fabric and trying to avoid puckers in several areas, which I attribute to the cabin squares being off in size.  But all is well, no puckering or pleating and overall the quilt is square.

Hobbs cotton batting.  Magnifico brown and gold threads from

I've been playing around with my camera settings, it's hard to capture the quilting and maintain the true colors of the quilt. So some of these pictures showcase the quilting well but the fabrics appear lighter than their real color.  The true quilt colors are apparent in the last photo.

Oh shoot! It would have been a great picture....wish I would have taken down my alligator head, moved the camera stand and lighting out of the way!!! Oops...
Thanks for stopping by and have a good a day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Journey to the Stars featured in.....

Wow! I am very excited to see the magazine Machine Quilting Unlimited Sept/Oct 2014 issue.  For those of you who may not know, I pieced a quilt entitled, "Journey to the Stars", based on Judy Mathieson's Bristol Stars.  At this time I had not yet purchased my longarm machine and sent it off to be quilted by a local longarmer.  She had the quilt for several months and due to unforeseen life events was unable to even begin quilting.  At her request, I retrieved my quilt and went in search of another professional longarm quilter and was fortunate in finding Margaret Solomon Gunn via her web site  She does absolutely beautiful work as you can see!  She recently submitted her article "Finding Your Feather" to Machine Quilting Unlimited and included several pictures of quilts and feather quilting.  She was gracious in including my "Journey to the Stars"!

My personal feeling of this quilt is another was definitely a love/hate project (and still is).  Currently residing on a shelf with no plans for use or show, but serving as a reminder that beauty can be borne from hardship. 

If your reading this, Margaret....Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Log cabin

Next up...a lovely log cabin with a slightly different layout....

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spring Bouquets take 2 Finish!!

I realize my blog posts have been sparse over the past few months.  Unfortunately, I have had some health concerns arise which made it impossible to quilt, sew or blog about anything.  I'm feeling better and have slowly returned to nearly "life as usual".  Not yet 100% but working towards that goal of health.  Anyway, during all this I had in my possession a beautiful Spring Bouquets quilt.  The customer has been incredibly patient with me as I have had her quilt for nearly 4 months!  I tried working it on several times but was too sick and couldn't quilt for more than 15 minutes.  So essentially it sat on the rack waiting.  Little by little it has progressed until finally it has been completed and I think it turned out gorgeous!  For those of you who want to know...the threads used were monofilament for SID around all the appliques and two colors of  SoFine.  It has a double batting, wool and hobbs 80/20.  Total stitch count 465,080.  get ready for pictures.....

Quilting in progress...

The design idea is somewhat a stretch of imagination but it goes something like this...since this appears to be a garden quilt I thought was does a garden need or have? The sun with rays and a feathery vine in the center block, the straight line quilting represents a fence and the corner blocks outside the "fenced area" with a feathery mess representing weeds and in some pictures you can see the "weeds" have crept inside under the fence and are moving toward the center.  Whoa!!  My respiratory illness left me hypoxic and this is what my crazed brain was thinking!!!

 Unrolling off rack...

 My husband made me these nice poles for quilt display photos.... now if I could learn how to take a good picture!

and the back!  it's hard to capture in a photo, trying to create shadows to really show the quilting but trust's lovely!

thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Spring Bouquet's take 2

Yip-yip-yippee! Loving how the center is looking! I'm planning to finally finish this beauty this weekend! Stay tuned...More to come!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spring bouquets 2

Borders done!! I quilted a spring bouquet quilt last year and I liked the quilting on the borders so I repeated the same design for this one.  However I really don't want to repeat the quilting design in the quilt's interior and I've been playing around with some really nice quilting options :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spring bouquets --take 2

Another spring bouquets quilt!  using monofilament around all the appliques....slow going, but will really make them pop forward.