Showing posts from April, 2014

Pebbles by the Stream

No idea the true pattern name, that's what I see in this quilt.  The client requested nothing girly and to not use green thread.    This is to be a gift for a young man.  No stitch in the ditch and minimal detail work in the green and plaid squares but lots of detail on the surrounding units.   I would love to see this quilt after it is washed a few times!

Sweet Simplicity

This was a charity quilt I quilted about 6 or 7 weeks ago.  I tried to time a simple design to see how it would compare but still had as much or more time  than quilting a medium weight all over design or pantograph.   Pantos provide so much quilting detail for the money!  But then again, even if "light" custom, this is custom quilted to fit the blocks.  Most people prefer custom.
The back is cool, seems like plenty of quilting on the back... just skimpy for my liking on the front per the space in the blocks.  But it does give me ideas for future.  I'm always trying to find fun, fast,  and good looking designs that don't require marking or slowing down to use rulers. Sewing the binding on with the longarm.   I got in a new ruler designed specifically for binding and will try out this week.  And finally... about 6 weeks later I FINISHED that binding. There she is.  Sweet little quilt that hopefully will provide comfort to someone.

My new sewing space

I now have a dedicated room for sewing!   Until recently, I have had a small section in the longarm studio for my machine (in its smallest position) which was not ideal at all, but you do what you have to do right?  The 18 yr old recently moved into a rental with friends and I have been slowly getting that space defined as my sewing studio.   The doorway opens right beside my thread cabinet so it is a perfect extension of my space.   My longarm has been in the shop for a repair so I had forced time to make the transition!  In my studio I now have  space for the AccuQuilt die cutter and my Brother Scan N Cut, my batting storage is neater, my desk is certainly neater and the window area is basically open so that you can walk right up to the window.   I also added 2 more bins to my thread storage and got that organized a little better.   Some supplies are needed in both spaces, tools (we always have to be mechanics in this craft - sewing or quilting), scissors, pins, tape measures, long …

"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 …

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.