One Quilt Three Ways

Batik QuiltThree of my customers recently purchased kits to make the same quilt.  They used the same fabrics with the exception that borders were a little different in size or quantity.  How could I make them all beautiful but different? [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!

Free Motion Quilting Play

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

Judy Niemeyer’s Cattails

Judy Niemeyer Cattails Border

Judy Niemeyer Cattails Border

Judy Niemeyer’s quilts are extremely detailed and colorful.  Lots of crisp points achieved by paper piecing.  When I was asked to longarm quilt a Cattails quilt, I was excited, intimidated, and eager! [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…]

Peg’s Paper Pieced Trees

Precision is found in paper piecing.  Getting crisp points is achieved easily with this method.  My friend and fellow quilter Peg is the Queen of Paper Piecing!  This is her latest project:

Peg's Paper Pieced Trees

Peg’s Paper Pieced Trees

Peg wanted her trees to “pop”.  She chose the quilting design and asked that I change thread colors to blend with each block.  Her border was quilted to represent bark.  You can see a small portion of the border in the previous photo.

Auditioning Thread Colors

Auditioning Thread Colors

Don’t you love these trees?!

Here is part of the back of her quilt.

Back of Peg's Quilted Trees

Back of Peg’s Quilted Trees

Thank you, Peg, for allowing me to quilt your trees and display the project here!