Sometimes Quilts Need to Relax

Challenging QuiltEvery once in awhile I receive a challenging top to quilt.  The challenge may be deciding what design to quilt or whether I should free motion quilt.  And sometimes the challenge is CAN I quilt the top?  This is one of those times.  Click here to watch a video of me quilting a portion of this quilt. [Read more…]

Free Motion Quilting Play

Free Motion QuiltingHere’s my latest playing with free motion quilting.   What do you think? [Read more…]

A Quilt For Dottie

Meandering on my Long-Arm

Meandering on my Long-Arm

I wanted to share some meandering “play” on the back of a quilt made for someone very special in Florida. [Read more…]

New York Beauty

New York Beauty

New York Beauty

Ready for Broadway?  I think so!  These colors are fantastic.  I was asked to quilt with a modern flair to enhance the pattern. [Read more…]

Simple Stars

Unquilted Star Block

Unquilted Star Block

The instructions for longarm quilting this star quilt were to keep it simple without a lot of quilting.  Right away I knew I wanted the stars to be stitched in the ditch.  Initially I thought I would quilt loops and curls in the background.  I love that look, but it fancies up a block and isn’t what I’d call simple. [Read more…]

Sampler Quilting

Sampler Quilt

Sampler Quilt

Yesterday I completed this Sampler Quilt.  There were no specific instructions for design or thread color.  Here’s what I did: [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…]

Maine Quilt Show

Aisles of Talent!

Aisles of Talent!

July 24, 2015 was a great day – a super day – one of the best days!  Traveling to Augusta with friends for Maine Quilt Show 2015 was just what I needed for quilting inspiration.  There were so many stunning quilts and such varied patterns, uses of color, even mediums of all sorts blended together.  This was my FIRST time at the Maine Quilt Show.  Summer’s are crazy, and I always say “next year”.  This was my “next year”!

My goal was to challenge myself with something new by way of long-arm quilting.  I was not disappointed!  The first quilt that jumped out at me – and everyone in my group – was a black, red, and white quilt.  Where the bird in this quilt didn’t excite me, the quilting sure did!  No offense to the bird.  Check out the detail!  There are hidden treasures, literally, in the quilting.  Notice in the second photo the quilted treasure chest.  See it?  Great use of quilting to enhance the quilt without detracting from the whole quilt.MQ BirdMQ Bird2

Here are more examples of quilting that excited me.  I wish the quilters had displayed the amount of hours it took them to create these masterpieces!MQ Backside quilting MQ Backside Quilting 2

Next show stopper for me was this woman.  She’s beautiful.  The colors grabbed me.  The quilting awed me.  Perfection.  I want to do something similar to this….someday!MQ Woman

Had to take a close-up of her.MQ Woman Detail

Next up:  Landscape Quilts.  I’ve been on a quest for the “correct” way to make a landscape quilt.  Guess what?  There is no correct way!  I saw lots of examples of landscapes and they all varied.

MQ Tree

Simple Quilting, Textured Tree. The orange in the blue fabric is achieved with thread!

MQ Seasons

Love the Four Season Idea!

MQ Landscape

Awesome Use of Borders

MQ Landscape Lake

This was made from a photo. Foolish me – didn’t get a picture of the photo. Great colors!

MQ Forest Sky

I LOVE THIS ONE! Makes me feel like I’m on the forest floor….

MQ Fall Forest

Speaks for itself, right?!!!!

Inspired…

MQ Sunflowers

Wonderful stitching!

And if that wasn’t enough, check out these flowers!  I really checked out these sunflowers.  Lots of beautiful threads create the effect, and I think the flowers were attached with some type of fusible.  How many stitches????

MQ Flower Basket Flowers

Color, detail, stunning!

3D flowers!  Amazing!  I’ve seen books on how to do this, but I’ve dutifully walked past telling myself I can’t do it, I shouldn’t do it.  But I WANT to do it!  Maybe next time, I’ll pause and at least take a peek….

My head is still whirling.  I’m hopeful the ideas stay sharp until I can create something with them.  And there’s always next year’s Show to inspire me!

Quilting With Minky!

Quilted Minky

Quilted Minky

Quilting started as a necessity.  People needed warm bedding in cold weather.  Our ancestors used scraps of fabric from wherever they could get them, even using grain sacks.  Beauty wasn’t the first goal; warmth was.  My! how times have changed!

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Choosing Quilting Designs

George Washington

George Washington

This quilt has distinct features.  Obviously, there is a star in the center, George Washington photos, and squiggles and swirls.  I do love squiggles and swirls, but I didn’t want to do an all-over, or pantograph, pattern.  I wanted to make that star “pop”.

George Washington Quilt

George Washington Quilt

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