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26 September 2014

Summer Retreat Quilt

A few times a year I meet some quilting friends at Le Retreat House in Gainesville and we all spend the weekend chatting and sewing.  It is relaxing and cathartic.  This summer I put together this top from two moda charm packs but I still haven't quilted it...


and my friend miz D made this one for her sister.  It actually took her several different retreats to piece it, but she got the binding on it this summer.



I didn't get pictures of any of the other quilts in progress, but we have another retreat coming up soon.

I also got the binding on this quilt which was very simple to make (from the pattern "Square Deal" found in Amy Smart's Fabulously Fast Quilts) and easy to quilt and it struck me funny to add a little text in the middle (visible on the back more than the front).


16 May 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival May 2014


Double photobomb!






Here's my entry for the May 2014 round of the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  This quilt was made for my aunts to celebrate their marriage last July.  Quilting took far too long and it didn't get finished until just last month.



The greens were supposed to be sage, but they just aren't.  I tried to tone them down a bit by using grey/green and grey/blue threads.

The pattern is just a traditional Carpenter's Wheel block made large enough to be a quilt.



I was especially pleased with the Invisafil thread in the outer border.  Nice subtle texture and unlike many of the thin and shiny threads, didn't break all the time.  The rest of the quilting was done in various shades of green and plain white A&E tex 40 quilting cotton.


The snails and pebbles background fill worked well, but from time to time it got boring so I threw in a few easter eggs.



From any distance at all the quilting is almost invisible on the front.  But if you get up close...


...the details come out.






Using a little bit of green thread on the back gave it some character.


The center medallion got a monogram, well-wishes, and a traditional curved crosshatch background fill.  You should see the three foot long MDF curve template I made out in the shop.  Thumping it around on the quilt for about six hours while I worked around the intials was a hoot, I assure you.

If I had more time I would probably have embellished these letters more.


Scraps from the green batiks joined end to end made the binding.



Thanks for stopping by, feel free to say howdy in the comments.  I reply to all of them.  Enjoy the rest of the festival!


17 March 2014

As it Happens...


I'm working on a greenish quilt today for a friend.  :)

23 February 2014

Two Name Quilt

Beth built this beautiful top and asked me to quilt it.  She says wall hanging, so  I felt free to bling it with a silver metallic thread which isn't super obvious in the photos.  The quilt isn't mine to name, but if it were, the front would be called early spring rain in my garden, and the back...


would be called sprinkler day.


Not that I'm longing for warmer weather.  It's already in the 70's around here during the day and all the trees are starting to bud.  Click the pictures for a better view of the quilting.

18 February 2014

Superheroes and Automata


These darling robot and circuit board prints came from Connecting Threads, but they've been sold out for some time.  I picked up a fat quarter pack of them when they went on sale and combined them with some greys that had been ripening in my stash for a while in a super easy pattern, the inspiration for which I found here a few years ago.


I've been putting quite a bit of effort into using up what I have before buying something new, but finding the right back for this quilt took some doing.  It turns out it was sitting right there in my stash all along and I just wasn't thinking about it right.  What goes better with robots than superheroes?


Lucky for me there was that splash of blue in the fat quarters and of course lots of excellent orange.  I quilted with straight lines and used up all the odd bits of blues and turquoise bobbin threads that were sitting around from previous projects.  It adds a little character to the back.  Holy Warm and Cozy Quilt, Batman!


26 January 2014

The Pot Shop



It's an adorable casserole pot, but the most amazing thing about it is that my buddy Beth makes stuff this gorgeous ALL THE TIME.

23 January 2014

CQQ Part 4



I've got your turquoise, right here!

20 January 2014

CQQ Part Three


Shiny bling is really hard to photograph!  Here's a bit of it.

19 January 2014

CQQ Part Two


You won't really be able to see that color unless you click the picture for the zoom...What's that?  Not as much bling as you thought there'd be?  Just wait, there's more.

18 January 2014

Quilting for the Color Queen


I asked her if it would be ok to add some metallic copper thread, just a little.  She said, "Oh yah.  Please add some bling.  Got any turquoise?"

This is SO my kind of customer!

Stay tuned...

16 January 2014

Cheap Jelly Roll

I found two jelly rolls at a discount store recently.  They were priced so low I couldn't just leave them there.  Not the finest quality Quilte Shoppe cottons, but still usable.    Sometimes it's nice to make something simple be as perfect as you can get it, so all the corners are as accurately pieced as I could manage.


A few flowers were quilted randomly over the top and then wavy diagonal lines through all the points.




 

The back was made big enough to roll the edge over for a binding.



Paired with some plain white, they made the world's easiest quilt look modern.


Because these prints weren't first quality, the quilt might not last more than ten or twenty years, but it will be cosy and warm just like any other quilt and it was fun to make something this carefree and easy.

24 December 2013

Merry Christmas to All



...and to All a Good Night.

18 December 2013

It's a Friend Thing

She said she'd wear whatever I knitted for her.  (evil grin)


It's super soft, very warm, and looks way less like a mare's nest when it's on someone's head.  I hope.

14 December 2013

Winter Quilting Goodness

It doesn't matter how many things go wrong with the new washing machine I'm installing downstairs.

Quilting makes me happy.  :)


13 December 2013

Sheer Blind Luck



Sometimes the most beautiful things can be found right there in your morning coffee.