Friday, July 22, 2016

Blue and Green Beauty

This quilt has very blended color choices and when Sally and I first talked about this one, she thought she wanted an allover design and I agreed.   Sometimes those deep, mottled colors won't show thread and detailed quilting is lost.   An allover can be prettier in most of those situations and provide more quilting that a light custom.   But when this one came up the line to it's day for quilting, those beautiful points and cornerstone designs just jumped at me begging to be played up.   So, I grabbed my acrylic panel and started doodling.

I drew out a plan that I was happy with that ran continuously with lots of detail yet allowed  me to stitch most of this without the added expense of everything needing to be stitched in the ditch.  Most of this is completely freehand with a template only used for that 8 point petal center design.  Sally agreed, we had to try this!

I was so happy that the texture did translate to the fabric!  Look at those beautiful points and all that piecing detail in this quilt that is now showcased.   Plus its not so dense that it is stiff, it is still very soft and snuggle as this is a bed quilt.  I will say that I have been disappointed a few times.  When we draw, we of course have a high contrast  marker, the line is thicker than any thread we use and it just doesn't always translate as beautifully as what is on the acrylic pad.

Plus, this fun border!    I don't think I have a picture of the backing, it was a little deeper than the outer border and blended coloring as well.   The pattern is a Debbie Caffrey or Charlotte Angotti classroom project if you are wondering what the pattern is. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sally's Beautiful Caswell Quilt

 Once again, another amazing applique quilt from Sally.   Her vision for these appliques and fabric choices are so nice, there are lots of details in this quilt.   I have included a ton of photos, I apologize.  I haven't taken the time to really analyze, but the texture looked right so I put it in!    So much to see in this big quilt.   30 blocks if my memory serves me correct.    I used Quilters Dream wool and almost all quilting was done with Aurifil cotton thread.   Yummy!   Even though the quilting is on the dense level, this quilt is still oh so soft and cuddly. 

This had a very distinctive border, I finally decided by doodling on it that I would mimic the spacing.   I placed an echoed wavy line between the 2 designs, a fat feather over the yellow and about a 1/4" grid on the outside.   My doodle also included pebbling from the wavy line to the feathers, but I really couldn't see my thread on that fabric under the needle so I opted to omit the pebbles and I think that plan was good.  

The back is a beautiful brown floral and at first I was very concerned with the tons of light Aurifil thread on the back in the pebbling and outlining.  The contrast was stark, but once you get enough on the backside it starts to look OK. and recedes to the background.  
This client did not want blue or purple markers used on this quilt as she does not intend to block or launder, at least not anytime in the near future.  I pre-marked the grid with a white Bohin type mechanical pencil over a sandpaper board trying to keep the fabric in line and not shift.   It was a daunting task, the fabric does shift, the pencil has to be marked back and forth all of which affects acuracy.  Even with that areas were faint and even more faint in appearance when I got this on the frame and that lighting.   My conclusion is, I must be able to use a high contrast marker for this type of grid quilting.  When quilting,  I come up to an area, 3 lines may intersect plus background fill, then on to the next section continuously.   I'm not trying to stitch one line in and out over the top as it cuts across the applique.  I am working and traveling across the quilt regardless which direction the lines are going, stitching what is immediately in front of the needle.
There are good products, plain old water, water with a little baking soda and a product I like called Blue Line Eraser.   Even with removing the lines as I work, I still feel like the quilt should have a soak when completed to completely wash away any traces of that marker.   I'm not sure if that is the proper conclusion, it's just the way I think.   The next issue with using any of these removal methods is surface bleeding of fabrics!   Yikes!   Most of the time any bleeding, as long as it isn't heat seat will remove when soaked.  There are oodles of articles on the web out there on that.  One good one by Vicki Welsh.   I've had my fair share of bleeders in my own quilts but they have soaked away just fine.  Sound in if you have any thoughts on the matter!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Colorado Log Cabin

A few more cute quilts that are now with their owners that I can share.   First,  Lynda's really pretty Colorado Log Cabin quilt.   She requested feathers.  I feathered each colorway separately,  reversing the direction of the feathers.
This is Lynda's Flying Dutchman quilt also,   We chose to use a handguided pantograph  "Faye Feathers" by Hermione Agee using light blue thread.   It turned out super.
This is Debbie's Double Star, a popular quilt pattern with a video @ MSQC.   That names yields lots of quilt patterns, not sure how it became called a Double Star, cute patterns put I don't think of stars do you?  Hand guided panto Wisteria Grande by Patricia Ritter
Two clients, yet the colors seemed to coordinate, you might  think they were all done by the same person.   I can't describe to you how wonderful and soft these quilts felt after quite a few large batik, full show style quilting.  They loaded soft and stayed that way through the finish.   I love my job!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Greg ' s Paradise in Blooms

Another beautiful Paradise in Blooms, a Judy Niemeyer pattern, done in a classic colorway, pieced by Greg Murphy and custom quilted by me.  Greg had seen the one I had quilted for Lou Ann and wanted his quilted in a similar style.   I did stick with what I knew worked well for this one, using a couple of designs straight from one  quilted by Karen McTavish, those tiny feathers in the outer pointy border and scrolls in the dark outer border.  So traditional, so beautiful!    Picture overload here.
Everything stitched in the ditch with Monolon, Glide threads used top and bottom for quilting with exception of that black scroll and that was So Fine because that's what I had that was slightly off black to give better detail to the quilting.

These backing photos were taken on the display stand with the light showing through the colors.
this one shows the yellow mottle color a little better  in the main background fabric
Thank you Greg for trusting me with your masterpiece! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

All over quilting

Several pretty quilts with some all over quilting, some freehand and some using hand guided pantographs.

freehand feather swirl, sometimes there are fullness issues and you must work from the front of the machine to smooth everything out.  This one turned out fantastic!
Undulate, by Denise Schillinger.   Hand guided panto.
Ideal pattern to showcase some pretty fabrics


Rhapsody, hand guided panto 
It's rare that I get a quilt that after all fits back in the bag the client sent it in!   How cute it looks in there. 
I really like this big star quilt.  Scrappy in fabric and a variety of sizes, my kind of quilt. This quilt could have gone a modern route with some major custom quilting on it.    But, it is yummy with a simple freehand spiral and easy on the budget.   Sometimes that makes you love the design even more.   Soft and cuddly and the pieced work definitely takes center stage.
freehand swirls and a really fun backing for this with a peacock type feather design.   I was tempted to quilt peacock feathers on the front!