Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Happy Medium" my Bali Wedding Star quilt top

I sometimes wondered if I would ever see this day!   A date I can always remember... tax day.  I finally have my Bali Wedding Star top completed.  I recently shopped for the outer border fabric.  I had a piece in my stash that I wanted but not enough to get the job done.   After shopping several stores with no luck, it occurred to me that why would this be any different?!   This entire quilt was made with fabrics that I had to "compromise" on due to timing and a change in size.  The change in size due to a request from my always supportive husband.  I was going to make the bed runner, he loved the design and suggested that I make it bedsize.   I could not find enough brights on short notice, so I mixed in some brown muddy colors and some pastels.   My original scrappy background that had very sublte pink tones?   Of course I could not find more in that range of tones/values.   I settled for a Stonehenge fabric with beige and gray tones.  It will look nice in our bedroom but it is not the colors I wanted.   When I could not find that last fabric that I wanted, a light bulb went off in my head.  I've had to concede, change plans, make adjustments and compromises just to get this quilt made.  Like a marriage!  This pattern is based in part on a Wedding Ring quilt design and my process of getting this one quilt to completion has been very much like our marriage.   Lots of compromise, acceptance, adjustments, understanding, fifty-fifty, win-win, settlement, reconciling, middle of the road,  "HAPPY MEDIUM"!  Is it everything you always dreamed of?  Probably not... but we keep working on it, make adjustments, compromise and love each other just the way we are.   Once again....  Every quilt tells a story.  This one goes on my quilting schedule next month!

You may be surprised at the next two pictures.   They are the backside of the quilt top!   It's almost as pretty as the front side.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Cute baby quilt

This sweet little quilt for a clients' new granddaughter was custom quilted  and turned out so cute!  Cuddly, puffy, poly batting was used. Glide thread in celery. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fractured Bars Quilt

This quilt is so vibrant!   Barbara could not remember the pattern name and although I searched a bit online, I could not find anything similar.  At first glance you think a log cabin, but it is not a log cabin design at all, no "hearth" or center log.   She choose a variegated thread for the colored section and a stylized curly feather stretched to fill those areas.  We both think it turned out awesome!



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Seashell Pinwheels

Isn't this georgous?!  I don't know the name of the block but it is made with strips and has that bias rolled back edge like the 10 minute block.  No actual curved piecing.  The fabrics are so pretty and the backing...love!   King sized and as pretty as it is, I sure was happy to reach that last row.   I stitched a swirl design that resembles a seashell in that space and created a feathery design to fit the black irregular units.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pretty PP fanned block

I can finally post this one!  The quilt was made by the board members for the outgoing president of one of the guilds that I belong to and quilted by me.   It was presented to her last week and she seemed thrilled.   It's in colors she loves.  The pattern is  from a Charlotte Angotti mystery class a few years ago.

I quilted this with a hand guided panto called Wedding Bouquet over the body of the quilt and finished with custom echoed swirl and feather borders.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kitty raw edge appliqué

This was my first time using fused batiks, with the edges stitched  down with the longarm.    I loved the appliqué!   My stitching/quilting...not my best but cute.   Made for my musician granddaughter.  I will try the technique again though.  The  pattern is called "Maestro...I'm Ready"

I loved the thread and after I buried almost half of one side, I  realized how cute it would have been with  thread  dangling as whiskers

Thursday, February 27, 2014