Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby Quilt

I recently finished this quilt for a coworker's new baby.  It's been said I can't do anything "simple" in quilting designs, I think this is proof positive I can!! This is a tube quilt  made from flannel jelly rolls (extremely easy to put together) measures ~46x56, hobbs 80/20 batting and minky backing, quilted with Omni threads.

 As you can see, I hate to throw more into my scrap pile, so I utilized the cut ends of the tubes at the "top" of the quilt.  And the binding is "silky", nice tactile difference from the flannel, even if it was a pain in the a-- to work with!
 Feathers, feathers, feathers....easy and fast to quilt!
(the back is brown....crappy smartphone picture) Don't you just love all that texture!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

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!