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…]

Playing With Wool

Completed Moose - for now anyway!

Completed Moose – for now anyway!

While at the Maine Quilt Show, I saw quilt blocks made by needle felting and embroidery.  I don’t recall the teacher’s name, but I do remember she lived several states away.  Knowing a class with her would not be feasible, I have been trying to self-learn the process.  Here’s what I’ve been dabbling in: [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…]

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…]