Thursday, December 8, 2016

Needle Turn Applique

Alice does amazing handwork.   She also loves paper piecing .  We first met a few years back at a Denise Green (CI for Judy Niemeyer) retreat.    Alice always has a beautiful project in the works, she does not do simple.  Alice made a variety of blocks that she loved, set with a half pineapple paper pieced border.



Photo skills lacking, I don't have my sewing studio photo area set up perfected yet.  Thanks Alice for allowing me to custom quilt your beautiful creation!   Alice requested no feathers in the outer border and to maybe use a free flowing vine design similar to the blue fabric used in the sashing and borders.   We also were going to do a scroll in the sashing but as soon as I made my first stitches in the border, I realized it was not going to show well and I couldn't even really see where I had stitched.   I decided to use a tried and true simple sashing treatment.  In a few photos,  the dimension really shows but for the most part looking straight on this quilt, the stitching totally blends in that gorgeous fabric.   Lots of ditching and some echo fills mostly make up the quilting on this quilt.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Brown and Blue Stars

Another lovely bed quilt for Sally.  This was large!   If you count the blocks, there are 50.... FIFTY large blocks used counting the star blocks, alternate blocks, setting triangles and corner setting triangle units.  


I was seeking fast alternatives for this quilt,  if you average 1 hour per block that's 50 hours - plus borders.  Sally does not like feathers so that eliminated most time saving one stop/start designs from my standard bag of tricks.  Continuous curves would be great in the star blocks but the more open blocks screamed ruler work to me but that gets costly too.  I have a hard time keeping things on the light side of custom!  I am not proficient at custom on my computerized system yet, in fact no formal training for custom at all was given.  I am working through screens now but not still working on scrap projects.   This would have been a perfect quilt for computerized quilting, to drop in a gorgeous block over each unit.  So... that left ... Stencils!   I had a few that worked well with the design, however as usual not quiet as large as I would have liked, they did hit some key elements nicely within the blocks.
I finally settled on a stencil and freehand viney design for the border that I tried to incorporate the leaf in the print.   What I had forgotten was how bouncy that chalk is!    Not my favorite technique at all.... but it is a nice look on this quilt. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cute Laurel Burch fabric quilt

Robin's big bed sized quilt with a pretty framed backing.   Computer guided quilting using Espresso pantograph by Patricia Ritter.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wedding Ring Quilt with Embroidery

Our Love Story was made by a client showcasing important dates and events in their family up to current day.  I love the blue and white color theme.


 This is a challenging piece to create for beginners or experienced quilters and this was made by a fairly new quilter.  I encourage people to carry on!  While this top did have some issues, in the grand scheme of things it is a beautiful quilt.  We had 3 main requests, Feathers, no stitching over the embroidery and of course the dreaded budget!   I did try to sell that this quilt would not be a problem stitching over the embroidery but I did not convince.   That So Fine #402 and these embroidery colors... you never would have seen it!  So Fine 402, working from memory maybe 434 in the rings?.   Cotton batting.

I like traditional designs on these and I was faced with 2 main challenges.   I needed a design that did not follow the ditch.   Easy!   Many traditional designs do not, a feather spray starts from one corner and returns.   Except the kicker, no stitching over the embroidery.   I wanted the motif to be similar in look so I created a frame that was filled for the non embroidery units and filled with very small version in the embroidery units.    I really, really, liked the look with the 4 skinny petals... and thought pebbling around the petals would be ideal.  But I could not carry the pebbling over to the other blocks for conformity.   Compromise, one echo on the petal to fill the space.  The client seemed very happy with the end results.

This is a challenge we face frequently, having our own personal preferences for a quilt as compared to quilting to YOUR preferences.  Most clients give a general idea but allow free range for me to quilt as desired as this client did.   But sometimes you have clients with a very clear image of what they want the quilting to say.  Sometimes they dictate the type of quilting for each element in the quilt.   I stress over those more!   Is this really what she wanted?   Did she want this type of curl or that type of curl.  Do the feathers really have to end that way?   In the end, I'm usually not satisfied with those quilts. I feel I don't have artistic license.  I have to shush the quilt top "talking" to me and quilt what I'm told - not what I feel!   After all, it is YOUR quilt.  Does that make sense?    There are even times when I look at a quilt and think oh Ill do this and this and this... but when it's turn comes up for quilting  - the top is telling me something very different when viewed with fresh eyes that day.   Speaking of fresh eyes - I better get on to the current quilt on the frame.

Thanks for the beautiful blue and white wedding ring!   I love it and hope your family will cherish for many years to come.   

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bubbles quilting

Here is one of my new favorite designs, stitched out on Sally's fun quilt.   I do not know the fabric line, fun modern fabrics that screamed for some type of geometric quilting.  This design is called Bubbles b2b (border to border) by Anne Bright.    It is awesome!   Well to me anyway.   I've already used this one on another quilt and look forward to using it on your quilt.   The really nice thing about using a digitized design, is that it can be resized smaller or larger to fit the scale of your project.   I could not do that with hand guided pantos.    Of course I could not do backtracking circles with hand guilded either!   So naturally, this one is a favorite of mine.   Not too dense, good coverage and very interesting across solids or busy fabrics.

One small enough I could hang!   Lately I've had a run of really large quilts.

Thanks Sally for sending me your lovely quilts!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Big, Beautiful and Scrappy Quilts

More computerized edge to edge quilting by Pamela and Pat.   This first one is a really big 120" scrappy quilt by Pamela that I did not even try to get all in the photos!  Thimbleberries patterns come to mind but I don't know if this was a specific pattern or blocks she put together herself.   I used" bd 2010 pano 001"  by Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio. 

Before quilting, on the frame

Back view.   I love this design but it is a monster to stitch out at this large size of quilt.   The pattern was sized at 18" and stitched up and down until it completed one row.  Because of this stitch pattern and large quilt, I could not complete one pass on one bobbin of thread.   It took TWO bobbins per pass to complete.    I don't think I have ever run a panto that used 14 bobbins of thread before.   I'll maybe try this on a smaller quilt with pre-wound 60 wt bobbins, otherwise I'll have to move this one to a more expensive rate edge to edge design.   I really love it though!  So much variety in the design.
The next one is Pat's beautiful sunshine and shadow style Log Cabin and Stars.   What a great design and fantastic bed quilt.   Another large one, busy fabrics.   I chose a design called  Espresso by Patricia Ritter, expanded to a more open design for this bed quilt with wool batting.  Designs can be run generally from about 5" to 20" and are sized to fit the scale of your quilt.

One more scrappy chain style quilt from Pamela.   I used "Abigail" by © 2016 Sarah Ann Myers .   I really like this panto.    One motif swirl design that works so well on busy quilts.

Again, early after the studio flip, still trying to find the best place for lighting and pictures.   Not such great quality photos but they really are beautiful quilts!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Modern style quilts

A couple more recent finishes for Sally.  Hand guided and computer designs.  The hex quilt is from a jelly roll pattern and is so cute.  I custom quilted with a variety of fills in the strips.
This one isalso really cute, I loved the bold design of the frames.   I chose "Bubble Big Small" by Kraker Quilting, computerized quilting for this one.  It turned out pretty cute!
Quilt was not yellow - something with the lighting there.   Nice Blue/gray batik backing.