Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pleasantly Purple

I made this quilt as a sample to hang at my local quilt shop.  It will advertise my new free-motion quilting class which is an intermediate level.  I will teach it for the first time in April. 

The layout for this FMQ sampler was inspired by one made by Amanda Murphy. 

I saw her quilt when I took a class from her last year.  I simplified it by just using a solid block, but liked how the sashings and borders had different designs. 

I quilted this on the Bernina Q24.  I used Amanda's method of quilting everything in the ditch to stabilize the quilt and then rolling back and forth to fill everything else in. 

The binding is the same dark purple as the cornerstones.  I stitched it to the back by hand and added a label. 

The backing is a lighter purple solid. 

It was a little nerve wracking quilting with a high contrast thread.  Every mistake shows, but I didn't do any unpicking. 

It doesn't look too bad from a distance.  ;)

In my class I will be teaching pebbles, spirals, paisleys, hearts, flowers, leaves, feathers, and combining designs.  I'm really looking forward to it. 


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out for more quilty inspiration. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Miss S's Seventh Quilt

This is Miss S's seventh quilt.  It is the sixth one I have helped her finish.  She made it using my favorite jelly roll race method.  Her strips are not off-set as much as usual because she did not cut the first strip in half.  We still really like how it turned out. 

I quilted it on the Bernina Q24 in a spiral/wave design in rows. 

The rows were purposely quilted in different widths. 

She bound it the same day I quilted it. 

The backing is the same Kona navy blue as the binding. 

I love how the quilting shows up on the back. 

I love working on quilts with  Miss S. 

The sweetheart has already given this to one of her aunts who loves the ocean. 


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Miss H's First Quilt

This is Miss H's first quilt which she worked on with my mother.  It once again uses the basic Turning 20 pattern with borders added.  I did the quilting and put the binding on my machine.  My sister will sew it to the back by hand and then I hope to get some more pictures. 

I quilted it on the Bernina Q24 with a wild quilting design. 

My niece wanted as many different designs included as possible.  It really stretched my skills and my brain.   

It was a relief to finish the quilting on it. 

I find it much easier to select a set number of designs for the entire project, but I love how it turned out!

Some of the fabrics highlight one design.

Others have a combination of designs.

I kind of wish I could have kept it.  ;)  I guess it just means that I will have to quilt another quilt like this in the future. 


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Miss I's first Quilt

This is the first quilt of my niece, Miss I.  She is actually my oldest niece and started her quilt with Grandma when she was in her twenties.  She got the blocks pieced, but then life got busy and crazy.  She wasn't able to finish it before moving, so my mom asked me to finish it for her. 

I laid out all the blocks on my design wall, pieced them together, and then quilted it on the Bernina Q24.  The fabrics in the quilt top are all flannels. 

I quilted it with a light tan thread in a medium stipple. 

The binding is a pretty red flannel cut three inches wide. 

The backing is an extra wide Benartex print my mother has had for years. 

If you look closely, you can see the birds. 

I love the fabric and have used it on the back of other quilts.  (My mom bought a whole bolt.)

I tried to take some pictures outside...

But it was too windy. 

So I took it inside for a couple more pictures. 

It is a full size quilt and finishes about 81 by 96 inches.  I had to finish it and take pictures quickly so that it could be delivered personally by a family member.  :)  I will miss having my niece so close, but wish her the best in her new area. 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wedding Quilt for Mrs. S

This is the wedding quilt for my niece, Mrs. S, which I helped my mother-in-law make.  When she described what type of quilt she wanted to make, I suggested she look at pictures of trip around the world quilts.  She really liked how they looked, and I figured out all the fabric she would need as well as how to put it together using strip piecing. 

All of the cutting was done at my house, and my mother-in-law did all of the piecing at her house.  This was done in stages before Christmas.  She was able to add the borders and wrap up the quilt top  for Christmas. 

Then early in January I quilted it on the Bernina Q24. 

The stipple was fast and gives great texture. 

The backing was an extra wide white fabric. 

She did an amazing job picking out the fabrics.  They blend so well together and I love the soft pop of light blue. 

I trimmed it up, and then she added the binding. 

We were racing the clock, so I didn't have very much time to take pictures.  After getting a shot of the whole quilt...

I quickly put it on my bed to see how it would look. 

I am thrilled with how it turned out and I know Mrs. S and her husband love it too. 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Custom Queen Size Sheet Quilts

As I mentioned earlier, my mom's friend Tammy asked me to quilt these four quilts for her.  They are each made from two queen size (200 thread count) flat sheets.  Tammy pressed them all to prepare them, and I trimmed off the side hems.  I then quilted, trimmed, and bound each one.  This was my first time working with sheets, and I was pleased with how they turned out.

I quilted them on the Bernina Q24 with a large stipple.

It felt so good every time I took one off the frames.

Here they all are.

The colors are more accurate in this close-up.

I think Tammy was intending for these to be picnic blankets, but they do look good on a bed as well.

I have a funny story to share.  I always tell my FMQ students to think of whatever a design reminds them of while they are quilting.  One day when I was quilting a stipple, Panda came up and asked me why I was quilting fidget spinners.  I stepped back and could see what he was saying.  Now every time I stipple a quilt I see fidget spinners and think of him.

What do you think of when you stipple or what do you see in the design?