Tag Archives: Quilting

Odds and Ends

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Getting caught up before Christmas was advantageous for me.  I came home from our holiday celebration with only one client quilt remaining!  I really dislike having a backlog and try to finish quilts as I receive them.  I finished the remaining quilt and also received a really cute table runner to quilt for a friend at church.  I only took a picture of a portion of it–don’t you just love her turkey?

 

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Woooo Hoooo!!  Now I had a little time to work on my own quilts.  I pulled out a UFO.  I have started and stopped this one more times than I can remember.  The main blocks were a piece of cake.  The blocks on the sides and in the corners slowed me down–I didn’t feel like doing the math.  When I pulled it out this time all that was left were the borders.  Borders are not my favorite thing to do–which is why it was sitting.  After finishing the borders I loaded it on the longarm and started quilting.  I LOVE how it turned out!

 

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This is an original design and after I make it one more time in a different colorway I will be writing a pattern for it.  (Stay tuned!)

[If you like this pattern and would like to test it for me, let me know]

 

By this time it was February and Valentine’s Day was on the horizon.  My mom’s birthday is also a few days after Valentine’s Day so I decided to quilt one of her quilts that was sitting on the shelf.  It is made with a line of Northcott’s Stonehenge.  Mom thinks that I designed this one but I honestly can’t remember and will have to wait until I’m at her house next time to look at my notes.  If it is my design, I’ll also write this pattern.  I quilted it with sweet little ribbon hearts.

[If you like this pattern and would like to test it for me, let me know]

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And then my moment of insanity!  I decided to make a dress for my granddaughter’s American Girl Doll.  How hard could it be?  I’ve made plenty of garments–this would just be on a little smaller scale.  I clearly didn’t think this through completely!  Still, it turned out nicely and she couldn’t be more thrilled!

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There’s more, but I’ll get a little further on in the process before I show my current project–it’s a doozie!

 

 

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Meet Lucey Lou!

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As some of you know I sold my Prodigy in November and ordered a new machine from APQS.  My space was a little lonely for about 3 weeks but it gave us an opportunity to make some storage improvements.  I was able to get a couple of quilts finished before we left for Christmas.

So, here is Lucey!

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Yes, she came with the big red bow!  Nice touch from APQS, right?

 

The first quilt I worked on was for my granddaughter, Olivia.  I wanted to start with a edge to edge freehand so I could get used to the feel of the new machine.  I just did some loops and leaves which went well with the quilt top.

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I’ll add a full size picture soon.

It didn’t take long to fall in love with Lucey!

 

Next, I wanted to finish one of my mom’s quilts.  This was mostly ruler work, with a little freehand on the border.

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Here is a close-up of the border freehand from the back.

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I have a couple more pieces to show, but I need to do a little photo editing first.  WordPress has changed the photo editing and I haven’t yet found the rotate function (as you may have noticed above)

Until next time….happy quilting!

El’s Kitchen #2

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This is El’s Kitchen #2 (Carol’s quilt)

The real challenge with this quilt was to be sure the quilting was different but with the same quality.  A couple of the blocks just couldn’t be changed much at all but most of them were open for alternate quilting designs.  Here are the blocks, see what you think.

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Here is a pic of the quilt itself–it is huge and we weren’t able to get the whole thing with the borders too, but I have some pics of the borders too.

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The center basket block was challenging, so instead of straight lines in the background I used little wiggly lines.  I like how it turned out.

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The outer corners of the setting for the basket were feathered like El’s Kitchen #1 (June’s quilt) but the spines are shaped differently.  I LOVE doing freehand feathers!

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Now for the borders!  I was thinking about how to do these long before I finished June’s quilt.  If you remember I did piano keys on it and loved how it looked, but didn’t want to do the same thing on Carol’s.  So here is the result!

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I LOVE the borders!  I think Carol does too.

A big thank you to both June and Carol for allowing me to work on their quilts.  The workmanship of both quilts made them easy to work with.

PI Quilt

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A few weeks ago my friend Ana brought a very special quilt to me for quilting.  I loved this quilt because of all the thought — not just numerical — that she put into it.  It was for a friend who is very special to her.  She related to me that her friend had won a PI contest at IU.  She was able to recite PI out to several decimals.  Ana went to great pains on this quilt to be sure her numbers were accurate.  I enjoyed working on this quilt because she told me the story behind it–and the purple didn’t hurt either!

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I knew exactly how I was going to quilt this when I saw it but since Ana gave me complete artistic freedom I decided to surprise her.  I meandered with small loops and strategically placed PI symbols throughout the quilt.

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I love it when I can do something unique that finishes the quilt with a little pizazz.  I’m told Ana’s friend loved it and spotted the symbols right away.

Also something to note:  even with all of those pieced numbers, Ana’s quilt top laid perfectly flat!  She does such good work.  Thank you, Ana!