Sunday, September 29, 2013

Spiderweb Quilt - Perfect for Scraps

I finished this quilt for my friend, Elizabeth late Thursday night... and I mean late... 11:30 p.m.  I was out the door for work by 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning with this quilt in hand.  I love to shoot my quilts on the dining room table to get the best light, but there was no time for this one.  I ran around my school early in the morning looking for good lighting and did the best I could.

Elizabeth made this top over 12 years ago and had intended on hand quilting it, but let me have some fun with it instead.  She gave me a lofty poly batting, and I used Glide thread.

These pictures do not do it justice.  This quilt was done with light to medium custom quilting.  I did have to use a ruler a bit which would take it from light to medium... the circles in the middle of the feathered x's and then the chris-crossing needed a ruler.  I did my best straight stitching around the actual spiderwebs.  The scrap strips were not all equal sizes so I couldn't use the seams as a guide.  My feathers were what I call "easy feathers" as there was no backtracking.  I needed to keep this as light as I could.

I can't wait to make one of these for myself now.  Thanks for looking!   Thanks, Elizabeth, for letting me quilt this for you.


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Early Morning Quilting

This sweet spiderweb quilt is getting a bit of traditional feathering...

What is your favorite time of the day for your quilting/piecing?

I am infatuated with the spiderweb quilt now, and will have to make one soon with my scraps!  What is the one quilt you MUST make next?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Freehand Swirls for Chris' First Quilt

This is Chris' first quilt, and I believe it's called the Just Can't Cut It pattern.  I taught a few friends the basics of making a quilt top earlier this year.  Chris chose the freehand swirls so that it would resemble waves.  I think it does, don't you?  Thanks for letting me quilt this for you, Chris!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

10-Minute Block Quilt

I have been really busy quilting, and so very thankful, too!

I just finished this bright and cheery quilt for Peg.  These fabrics just make me smile.  I enjoyed doing this one with a bright yellow Glide.  I made up a really simple freehand, feather/swirl border motif since the border fabric is so busy.  I knew that not much would show, particularly since I used Peg's warm and natural batting.  I will be trying this motif again on a solid with a loftier batting.

What is your favorite batting?  Have you tried anything new lately?  I'd love to hear what you use and like.  Okay, well, I am headed back to the "studio" (I love to use that word, it makes it sound like I am an artist, doesn't it?  haha!)  I have Chris' quilt on the frame and I am almost done with it.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Appliqué Wall Hanging

This is Cathy's needle turn appliqué wall hanging and she was so thrilled to see it - she decided to not use it as a table runner as she had originally intended.  She stated that it must be displayed on the wall.  Cathy is my kind of gal.  I told her I hoped I hadn't over quilted it, and she said, "oh, you can never have too much quilting." Yes!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Modern LOVE

I really love this quilt of Angi's.  I love the colors, fabrics, pattern, and I had a blast quilting it.  Swirls, figure eights, lines without rulers, and absolutely p.e.r.f.e.c.t. tension.  Yep.  Not one issue.  My Innova just swirled around that quilt like butter.  I feel so fortunate to have fun customers with fun tops who let me do what I want.

 I may be making a quilt just like this for my grandaughter - different fabrics though.  How would you quilt it differently?  I'd like to keep it this same density so it still has flexibility and not too stiff.


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