Quilting a Labyrinth

Labyrinth QuiltI love labyrinths!  A meandering path in the woods leading to a center.  Strolling in contemplation.  But how do you quilt a labyrinth?  How indeed? [Read more…]

Follow Up to Sometimes Quilts Need to Relax

 

I had several requests for photos of a challenging-to-quilt top that I just completed.  I blogged about my process in tackling the quilt here.  What do you think of the end result?

Longarm Free Motion QuiltingHere’s the reverse:Back Side of a Challenging Quilt

And the cutest squirrel ever (back side of quilt):Longarm quilted squirrel

Mr. Moose strolling through the trees (back view):Longarm Quilted Moose

I was pretty pleased that nothing puckered!  Speaking of which, here’s a photo of that lumpy border before quilting:Quilt BorderAnd the same spot after quilting:

Free motion quilting

You’ll notice the border does bow in a bit, but it’s not puckered!  <grin>  Be encouraged!  Be P A T I E N T!  Be P E R S I S T E N T!!!

Please share how you tackle challenging quilts – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Wait.  NO quilt is EVER ugly! But do share so we all can build confidence in quilting and sewing.  Thanks!

Painting with Thread

Painting with ThreadYesterday I had the pleasure of participating in a thread painting class with Sarah Smith, fiber artist, teacher and author.  Sarah likens thread painting on fabric to using the big box of crayons we had as children.  I wholeheartedly agree! [Read more…]

Birdhouses

Suzan's Birdhouse Quilt

Suzan’s Birdhouse Quilt

Suzan made a birdhouse quilt for her daughter, Lucie, who lives in England.  At a quilt weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Suzan work on her quilt.  She made pinwheels and trees along with birdhouse blocks.  To watch Suzan arrange and rearrange quilt blocks was fascinating.  She has a keen eye for the flow of colors and designs. [Read more…]

Brenda’s Bears in the Woods

Brenda's Completed Bears in the Woods Quilt

Brenda’s Completed Bears in the Woods Quilt

When I received Brenda’s Bears in the Woods quilt, her instructions were to quilt as I saw fit.  I truly enjoy when quilters allow me free reign with finishing their quilts.  Here’s what I did: [Read more…]

Maine Sportsmen’s Show

showdisplayHad a fun weekend at the Maine Sportsmen’s Show in Orono, Maine. [Read more…]

A Woodland Quilt

lindasquilt1In November of 2014 my friend Linda asked me to make a quilt for her son for CHRISTMAS 2014!  She wanted something with a woodsy theme and told me her son loved fishing.  Linda and her husband have a small cabin on their property. The wheels in my head started turning…. [Read more…]