Monday, 15 October 2018

Heather's Sampler - Baptist Fan

 This is Heather T's sampler.  Lots of hand applique and hand piecing in this quilt, but for how Heather wants to use it, an edge to edge design seemed like the best choice, and Baptist Fan is always a classic.
 Even some Broderie Perse techniques on this quilt. 

 As she so often does, Heather has used a beautiful border print.

Saturday, 6 October 2018


This is Gail's Diamonds Quilt.  I don't know the pattern name.  Gail usually quilts her own quilts, but this one she asked me to do, so I thought for a while and decided on a pattern Gail wouldn't do on her own--a meandering feather.

First Gail made me a happy quilter, because she knew her backing was large enough for the quilt, but not large enough for me to load, so she added these 'cheater' strips to the backing so I'd have plenty of room.  This way, I was able to start quilting just below the selvage of the fireside backing.

 The fireside backing is a lovely navy color--it just didn't translate in this photo, but the quilting shows nicely, so I guess that's OK.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Science Fair

Jessie made this Science Fair quilt for a family member.    What is really neat is she used shirts from the Grandfather of the recipient, as a memory quilt.  She also asked for a wood grain quilting design, as the Grandfather had been a carpenter.

 it was quite knotty wood, as it turned out :P

 This Grandpa had very interesting clothing--not typical Grandpa shirts.
 This is such a lovely memory quilt.  I'm sure the recipient will love it.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Labyrinth Walk

This is Marilyn's Labyrinth Walk quilt.    This is the third quilt of this pattern I've been lucky enough to quilt.  Noreen  and Sydney both chose to have their quilts done with an edge to edge pattern, and Marilyn asked for custom quilting.

 So, for this quilt, out came the rulers and some marking tools.  The goal was to enhance the 3-D illusion created by the piecing with added texture.  The piecing is strong enough to have the illusion show regardless of the quilting, which is just adding a consistent texture was a good option for Noreen and Sydney.  But this is also a quilt where it is possible to enhance the illusion.

 So this quilt got 4 different textures, one for each of the 4 fabrics.  The white was left unquilted.  The light got beadboard lines, like wood.  The medium got to be a stone wall, and the dark was a tile floor.
 Marilyn added extra dark borders, to better fit her bed, and the borders were all different widths, so the labyrinth will center on the bed as she wants it to do.  So, I decided the borders would be like tiles, and as with real tiles, when you run out of floor, you get partial tiles. 

 A wool batting helps the textures to shine, and will be comfortable to sleep under as well.

 And I was thrilled when I turned the quilt over to look at the backing, and the texture was strong enough to create the illusion there too!  Mission accomplished.

One of the best parts of my job is to be able to take what is essentially the same quilt, and have it come out looking differently just by adding texture.    Thanks Marilyn, for letting me play. 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Twice As Nice

This is Linda A's quilt, which is one of  the cover quilts on Kari M Carr's Twice As Nice book  

Linda has chosen different value for the sashing than the quilt pictured on  the book, so they do look quite different.

 This photo above is when I reached the bottom of the quilt and still had to go up the quilt again with the rose toned thread.  Also you can see in this photo that the bottom and outside edges were quilted differently to provide a visual border, on a borderless quilt.

Linda worked hard to make all those kite fabrics to face the same direction.  This quilt definitely has a top and bottom.  

And she reported it was also 'fun' to get those kite points lined up on opposite sides of the sashing.
 Wool batting gives such lovely texture.  And I see below the quilt is upside down, because the trees are upside down.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

A Music Quilt

 Occasionally I do manage to quilt one of my own.  Actually, this is the first of mine to go on the frame since last August.  Our niece graduated high school this year, and is going to University to study music.  She was thrilled to get into her first choice of University.    I was thrilled to find clarinet fabric!
 The quilt pattern is Broken Herringbone, by Violet Craft (although I didn't break it), and I extended the length and number of my fabric rows to make the quilt a generous twin size.  
 My niece is multi-musical--in addition to the clarinet, she also plays piano, several stringed instruments, and other reed instruments as well, so that's well represented in this fabric above.  And her sister plays the flute.
I was pleased how this little keyboard appeared in the binding.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Yellow Brick Road

 I don't know how many of these Yellow Brick Roads I've quilted for the church, but it's a pattern that never gets old.    This particular quilt got a box meander. 
 I hadn't realized until looking at these photos today how strong a design those little triangles are in that fabric. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

En Provence 3 - a modified version

 This is Colleen's En Provence, which was Bonnie Hunter's 2016 mystery quilt. 
 Colleen modified some of the units to create this rounder shape, and she increased the size to make it king sized.  I love the circular effect she got, and the fabrics she used.  It is maybe hard to see in my photos, but the dark fabrics are gorgeous navy batiks, coupled with the golds in the Ohio stars, and the rich burgundy in the other stars, it's a very warm quilt.

 The quilt is a gift for some special people. 
 wool batting adds lots of loft.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Yvonne's Rail and Squares quilt

 I really have no idea what this pattern shold be called, so I made one up :)  Yvonne made this quilt for dear friends of hers, and when she thought about all the demands on her time in May and June, she chose to send the quilt to me. 

 I put a dwirling/landscape-ish freehand pattern on this quilt.    It adds lovely texture that just sits in the background.
 The backing is a lovely, buttery cuddle fabric.