Monday, August 3, 2015

Busy Summer, and just a look at some of the quilts I have recently completed!

I cannot believe it's August already! I have been so busy working, and quilting, and fitting in family fun I have lost track of time. 

I just finished this one over the weekend.  Ginger paper pieced this Summer Solstice Quilt, pattern by Judy Niemeyer. 

Next one up is from a lady who is 97 years young, (not a typo).  Her daughter who does not piece, brought me this quilt to Custom quilt and add the binding.  I really like the simple lines on the nine patch.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Fireworks quilt on the frame!

This is Amy's fireworks quilt.  The pattern is by Thimbleblossoms.  Amy plans on entering this into a show this fall, talk about pressure!  We decided on using the "fireworks" theme for the quilting.  I hope she likes it and does well in the show this fall.  I will post completed quilt photos once it is all done and off the frame.

Catching and mounting up!

I know it's been a while, life has kept me caught up in it's whirlwind!  I have been busy working, quilting and family life. I also have finally gotten back into horseback riding after a 13 year hiatus.
This is my borrowed steed Jewel.  Jewel has been wonderful for me to get back into riding with.  She is pretty fun, challenging me and bringing back the skills my years of training horses taught me.

Some of the areas we ride in have a dense population of bear and cougar so it is a must to have protection available "just in case"

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Day Sail Quilt DONE!

When I started this quilt, I was going to make a lap size quilt to show my upcoming class that one block can make a really nice quilt.  Well, like most of my last minute bright ideas I ended up making a oversized Queen quilt.  I absolutely love the Curvy Geese block by Sew Kind Of Wonderful.  This specific block is one of the ones featured in their Curve It Up pattern using the Quick Curve Ruler.
I decided on a somewhat water related feeling to the quilting.  I did all the quilting freemotion, and traced an anchor drawing I found throughout the quilt, can you see them?  The photo of the backing shows all the motif's very well.  The outer border reminds me of the dock bumpers, with some curved crosshatch that brings back memories of reed baskets used in fishing.  With the straight lines to the edge those bumpers are well tied off!  The red border, well it was just so inviting and I couldn't help but to add my favorite feather pattern here, hey feathers go on birds and birds are by the sea right?!?

On this quilt I used a double batting, Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom and Quilters Dream Wool on the top.  What a pleasure it was to quilt on the wool, this quilt will be super snuggly!  My thread choices were white Aurifil paired with the bottom line in the bobbin.  This was my first try at this combo and I will be using it again and again!

Ok, here are the photos!  I was sick most of this week so it took me a whole week to get it off the frame after loading it.  No it wasn't being worked on the entire time, just an hour here and there as I could manage.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Batik Star Quilt quilting complete

As a longarm quilter, I often get inspiration from other quilters.  When I have spare time I often browse Pinterest and Instagram as well as other blogs to search for ideas and new designs.  This quilt is a product of the browsing. I knew I wanted to do another black backing after the Black, Red and White quilt I finished last fall.  I loved the look of the multi colored threads on the black, and this batik star quilt really shines in that department.
I used a really pretty variegated thread by Superior.  I had some issues with shredding due to the weave of the fiber, so I would not recommend using this in an allover pattern where I am at the back of the machine and am not able to monitor the thread closely.  It may have cost me a little extra time but I feel it was well worth the results.
The top was pieced by MiaQuilts, and she did a fabulous job on it.  I loved it at first sight!

The patterns used are all FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) with very little marking or ruler work.  This is considered a custom quilt with a lot of dense quilting. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wholecloth Quilting

I recently had the pleasure of making another wholecloth quilt for a couple. They chose Black on the topside and a shaded grey on the bottom.  The thread they chose was a variegated by aurifil, with cream, gold, green and grey.  I think this turned out just beautiful and am in the process of making them some matching free motion quilted pillow shams to complete the set.

I am happy to provide a quote to make one for you too!