Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recent Awards @ WAQG

As past VP and  steering committee organizer for the WAQG show, I have to say I am so glad it is over!  It is so much planning, many meetings reviewing what is done, what still needs to be done and finally finishes with an intense week for the finale.   Between my personal quilts and quilts I quilted for clients that were entered for judging, 9 out of ten won some type of award!    Gosh was I ever blown away.  I'm going to post awards for client's quilts today.  Congratulations to Carolyn, Kathy, Mary, Karen and Cindy for your awards and giving me the opportunity to quilt your award winning quilts!

First off.... Carolyn's Glacier Star won 1st in its category and BOS!

 

 
 
Next, Kathy's Sedona Star won 1st in Kits/Boms - Large category and also Judges Choice for Best Machine Quilting!!!
 
 



 
 
Mary's Mill's Girls "Because of a Friend won 3rd place in Kits/Boms.
 
 

 

Karen's Peppermint Place again in Kits/Boms won an Honorable Mention award.
 
 
 
 
 
And Cindy's Tonga for Two was awarded an Honorable Mention.
 
 
 
 
 
Judges are NQA certified judges and judge much harder than non certified.   Several categories were not awarded 1st or even 2nd places sometimes.   Large categories may have had only a couple of quilts that were awarded placements.  
 
Some photos from our show:
 




 
Some I quilted that were for display only.


  

 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Silk

This one is so pretty!  But I also faced several issues.  Silk is usually fused with a lightweight interfacing so that it doesn't fray or ravel as you piece. Those intersections had too many fused fabrics coming together creating hard, bulky seams. A little extra fulness in the body as well.  Plus some silks reacted differently finishing almost like plastic! I could not quilt this like the owner wanted, instead having to do a loose allover design in the body,  working in fullness and avoiding thick intersections.   Only one thread shred!   Woohoo! I worked with Rainbow thread Desert Rose, looser tension than normal.  No washing this quilt also meant no marking so I went with feathered borders.  Still a pretty quilt!   Love the silks. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

An old one

One of my quilts I gave to my in laws.   About 15 years ago.  DSM grid type quilting.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sedona Star

Kathy's quilt is done!   Very striking quilt top.   Lots of fills with pretty threads on a high contrast backing makes for one spectacular quilt.   Superior's Fantastico variegated thread in Hanalei for the main part of the quilt, then a little Glide in pink, green and yellow rounded out the threads.    QD Wool over QD Midnight Poly.

 






Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bargello

A beautiful bargello complemented by the motion of "Undulate" hand guided panto design by Denise Schillinger.  
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pumpkin Theme Quilts

A recent finish of a couple of client quilts with pumpkin themes.   The first one was made with that method that you fold fabric and sew together.  A rolled edge gets created.  Fast piecing,  but the curves need to be top stitched down by DSM which makes the block more time consuming.  These  edges were  left open over the next layer of fabric.  As you move your machine across the top, your foot slides inside and gets trapped.  Also those folded fabrics joining other sections can make for bulky seams that  my hopping foot can't transition.  Fortunately,  this will be a table topper and the request was a simple edge to edge design with a little detail at the pumpkins and leaves.  She chose a variegated beige thread that doesn't really show in these pictures.  The 2nd set of photos is a  "Twister Jack" jackolantern.   I quilted some fun dense fills for this wallhanging.  
 
 
 
 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tonga for Two

Sharing a few of the original photos posted last year when I quilted this one.    This quilt won the Viewers Choice award at the West Houston Quilter's Quilt Guild show last week!   Congratulations Cindy to another awesome win.