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…]

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…]

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…]

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!

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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What to do…

Block Quilt Sometimes a quilt will scream out how it should be quilted; sometimes it whispers; and sometimes it’s silent.  When it screams, my job is easy.  If it whispers, I still listen and my job is still easy.  When a quilt is silent, my job is tough! [Read more…]

Playing with Feathers

FreeMotionQuiltingThere is a group of quilters in the Moosehead Lake area that allow me to “play” with their quilts.  [Read more…]

SEVEN-YEAR Quilt

dennissquiltYup, seven years to make this McKenna Ryan quilt…..  But let me explain.  I started the project and then put it away.  I picked it up again.  And put it away.  Several more repeats of the same and then I went to a quilt retreat with my Mom.  I “forced” myself to focus on this quilt.  And I did.  But STILL it wasn’t completed.  So then I started working on it at night while watching tv.  Well, at least until my hands cramped and my eyes crossed!

Seriously, it was a fun project and I would make another one.  McKenna Ryan sells fabrics for her quilts, but I chose to use scraps.  I’m glad I did!  Using scraps made my quilt more affordable.  In addition, I didn’t have the pressure or guilt hanging over me that I had spent bookoo bucks and hadn’t completed my project.  Quilters need to be thrifty at times…..

So what do you think of my quilt?

dennissquilt

WELCOME!

quiltflowerThank you for visiting.  My goal is for this blog to be interactive.  If you have a question or would like information, let’s start a conversation and delve into answers and ideas.  Perhaps there’s a sewing technique you haven’t dared to try because you want a few tips before you start…  Maybe you’re curious how I decide on patterns for long-arm quilting…    Please ask!

As I said on my website home page, I have a passion for sewing and quilting.  I want to continue to learn and perfect my hobby.  I appreciate your interests, talent, and time!  Sew on!!