Monday, November 26, 2012

Civil War Quilt

I had the honor to quilt this for Ruth! 

This block was the center of the quilt. 

Here you can see it surrounded by some of the different blocks.  The quilt is quite large so it was impossible for me to get a picture of the entire quilt. 

Isn't it beautiful?
There is a second frame of brown, blue and cream blocks that frame the log cabin blocks and then there is a third border that frames the entire quilt.

I love the way the log cabin blocks Frame the blocks which in turn frame the center block.

A picture of the blocks

Stars are always beautiful in a quilt!

One block equals three Stars!!  Love it!


A close up of the log cabin blocks.

The batting used in this quilt was Wool, I love the way it turns the quilt all 'Puffy'!


I know, I got carried away with photographs!!


This quilt makes me want to make another Sampler Quilt!!


Here's a good picture of one of the borders!

The center block!
This quilt made me think of all of the blocks I made when I first started quilting.  My very first quilt was a sampler quilt.  I loved making that quilt because it taught many of the basics of piecing different types of blocks and was a great foundation when learning to quilt!
I'm starting to think that it may be time to design a sampler type quilt for 2013!!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and a very special THANK YOU to all of our service men and women!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Quilt in 1 Day!

I designed and completed this entire quilt in 1 day!  I finally got around to completing the video and getting pictures taken today.  Here's the completed quilt:

I can't wait to get this on the Long Arm!  This is going to be so much fun to quilt with all that open space to 'PLAY' with!  I've got some time to decide exactly how I'm going to quilt this, there are a few customer's quilts ahead of this one! 

Here's the video and supply list:

v  1 Jelly Roll

v  4 Yards Fabric (for binding, border and blocks)

v  Background Fabric

o   2 – 52 ½ X 16 ½

o   4 – 34 ½ X 16 ½

o   4 – 26 ½ X 16 ½

o   2 – 18 ½ x 16 ½  

Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Beautiful Christmas Quilt!!

I had the honor to quilt a beautiful Christmas Quilt today!  This quilt is so perfectly square and straight!  It was a real pleasure to quilt it!!  I hope the customer likes it as much as I do!!

Isn't it beautiful?

It is quilted in a large all over Curly Swirl Pano with Gold Thread!
A close up of the large swirls.

This is the back!!

Isn't it pretty?

This quilt has put me in the Christmas Spirit for sure!
Happy Quilting! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday's Design Cont....

It's done!  I think I'm going to add a small border to frame it.  The border is going to have to wait until tomorrow though....

I cannot wait to get this on the Long Arm!!  I am dreaming of all the quilting I can do on this one!  Stay tuned though, it's going to be a few days before this shows up on the Long Arm, there are a few customer's quilts that come first!!
Happy Quilting!

Sunday's Design!

I woke up this morning with a strong desire to design a quilt for myself!  BUT I had some issues to overcome.

  • I needed to be able to do it in 1 day
  • I didn't want to purchase any additional fabric
  • I wanted the finished size to fit our bed (Queen Size)
So I sat down with my first cup of coffee, a pad of paper, a calculator and started drawing.  By 10:00 AM I had come up with a design and was off sewing!!!

While this pile of fabric MAY look like a mess to some of you, to me it is proof that it really is possible to make a quilt in one day!

Check in tomorrow to see the completed QUILT!!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Our Next Quilter In The Family!!!

Every once in a while I put a plain piece of muslin on the Long Arm so I can mess around with new patterns.  Tonight was one of those nights.  Our Granddaughter (Maggie) stopped to see us and show us her beautiful Red Lipstick and Purple Eyeshadow.  As soon as she saw what I was doing she wanted to be a part of the quilting!

Maggie sat on my lap for a while while I quilted but then she decided that she needed to do some designs of her own!!  I found a Sharpie and away she went!  Maggie started drawing boxes and then I drew thread designs in the boxes, she thought that was wonderful!
It wasn't long before I decided the Sharpie wasn't a great idea so I gave her a water soluble marker to play with instead!

That was when she decided that the designs needed some additional color added to them! 

That paisley pattern was missing something, it isn't any more!


We MAY have our next generation of Long Arm Quilter's in the family!!!
Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kendra's Quilt!

This is Kendra's very first quilt and it's someones Christmas present!
Don't you wish it was going under the tree for you?
Kendra did a fantastic job making this quilt!

All of her sashing strips were STRAIGHT and so were the borders!

It was obvious when I quilted it that she measured her quilt in at both ends and in the center to determine the length of her borders!  She did GREAT!

The stitch is a tightly stitched all over meander.

The thread color is Oasis variegated.

I can't believe that this is her first quilt! 

This was a really nice quilt to quilt! 


Thank you Kendra for having me quilt this for you!
Happy Quilting!

Another Quilt Done!

This quilt was so much fun to quilt!  The owner said I could do anything I wanted with this one
so I did!!!
There are a total of 13 blocks with the center being appliqued.  Only one of the blocks was repeated (the basket at the top and the bottom) so I figured I needed to quilt EVERY block differently!
Here we go!!

Talk about fun!
There were aspects of the quilting patterns that I liked and worked well with this beautiful quilt, but there were also aspects of the quilting patterns that I didn't so I manipulated the patterns to be what I wanted them to be based on the blocks!  I LOVE doing this! It is so much fun to take a quilting pattern and change it so that it 'fits' the beautiful quilt!!!

This block was the simplest that I did, the white with small flowers was a real tight meander and the blocks are a flower that is similar to the flower in the fabric.

The quilt is directional so the quilt is also directional,  The heart that you see at the bottom is actually straight up and down.  I think the photographer needs to go back to school :)!!

See the design in the black block?  That's a part of another design that I took apart and only used part of it so it would fit in the block!

It's a little tough to see but if you take a look at the pattern in the tan and black block, that is actually a part of the block from one of the borders, I took that block, duplicated it and created an entirely new quilt pattern that fit the quilt!!

So wish you could see this one better!  The tan and brown blocks are feathers and the other blocks have a beautiful heart with scroll work inside it!

See those small white blocks?  In those I found a really simple circle to quilt in these tiny blocks.

See the pattern in the black block?  That's part of the border and is also the block that I duplicated and combined to make another pattern.  The tan and black triangle have a heart pattern with scroll work. 

The basket again.

My quilting room just isn't big enough to get a picture of the entire quilt!  I'm working on this issue, I need something to hang quilts from so I can take the pictures.  Any suggestions??

I'm off to take more pictures before the customer gets here to pick up her quilt!  Can't wait to show you! 

Happy Quilting!