Thursday, April 16, 2015

Darlene's Kaleidescope and A Feathery Floral in Progress

Getting a lot of finishes done lately - I'm getting kind of excited at the idea of having a whole month just to clean house, organize, and work on my own quilt.  Baby comes in about six weeks!

Here's a few shots of Darlene's Kaleidescope quilt...




I had a lot of fun quilting this little one.  I want to say it's only 40 x 40?  I was able to get it done in one work day which is rare unless I'm doing an E2E or pantograph!  :)  I used Glide thread which I love for things like all overs and also straight line quilting.

Her next quilt is a lovely floral appliqué that we decided to go a little more detailed with.  For this one I'm using all Bottom Line thread in both the top and the bobbin.



More photos to come as this one will likely take me a little longer...not only is it a large quilt but there will be lots of pebbling and detail work.  I'm looking forward to it though - it feels very very summery!  :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

"Our" MQX Blue Ribbon Winner!

I spent most of yesterday floating on cloud nine...I have a ton of work today so it's back to reality.  But I DO have some wonderful and exciting news to share...
Remember this quilt I worked on last fall that ribboned at the 2015 Tuscon Quilt Fiesta guild show?  Well it won FIRST place in the Quilts Among Friends category at MQX East!!!

"Better Than Prozac" by Barbara Moran (quilted by me!)

Woohoo way to go Barbara!  That's a mighty fine BLUE ribbon!

I am OVER THE MOON to say the least.  The very best part for this long arm quilter?  MQX is one of the few shows that also awards a ribbon to the quilter as well as the piecer!  I only saw one hanging on the quilt at the show and often times you'll see both hanging right on the quilt...so I double checked with Janet-Lee and she confirmed that I indeed will get a ribbon.  I can't tell you what a big deal that is to me!  It is just so rare to get any recognition as the quilter at all outside of a mention in passing on the description card...and I passionately believe it should be the standard at all shows.  I do a lot of quilting on quilts intended for show, and knowing just how HARD you work as the quilter to likely never see it again...that ribbon is a really stinking big deal to me!

I just finished up an intense custom that if I can I will try and share a few sneaks of.  It's kind of a hush hush quilt so I cannot share full photos.  I'm also finishing up a baby quilt today and have two more really amazing quilts lined up that I'm anxious to share.

WHEEW!  What a busy week!  I'm thrilled to share this exciting news and hope all of you out in blog land are doing well!  It's starting to feel like SPRING!  :)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Slow Posting - But I AM Working!

 I know I've been slow posting as of late but I HAVE been working.  I recently finished two customer quilts that requested my pantograph designs...woohoo!

Here's a few shots of Darlene's quilt...she requested Felicity for this lovely spring quilt:






...and here are a few shots of Cindy's quilt...she requested Sonnet.  I mistakingly went with the Petit version...me oh my it took me a LONG time on this over sized queen quilt!  Cindy loves to send me huge quilts so I always smile when she tells me she has a "small" one coming my way...



In other works I have a large queen on the frame that is being custom quilted and a couple of really beautiful projects on the way!  More photos to come!  :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dahlia Progress

If you follow me on Facebook you have likely seen these already, but I wanted to share on the blog some of my dahlia quilting process.  As I go along I'm getting more ideas for finishing - and really enjoying the process of this one...


Friday, March 20, 2015

Lake Farm Park Quilts 2015 Part 3


Part three, and my last post sharing some of my favorite quilts from Lake Farm Park Quilts 2015 this year!  This one was by far one of the most striking of the entire show.  I'm 99% sure it's a Sharon Schamber embroidery pattern - and boy do I ever love the color choices used.

 




Sharon Schamber is my all time biggest inspiration so I loved seeing this little quilt.  I don't know if and when I'll ever order her embroidery patterns as they aren't something I can see myself using frequently, but I love to look.  I would love to come up with intricate designs like this to free hand though!




This next quilt to share wasn't terribly intricately quilted or pieced but it is absolutely lovely none the less.  I photographed it more for client inspiration than anything.  It says the owner used a computerized machine so I'm going to guess some of those corner stones and sashing designs were computer quilted and the blocks and borders were free hand. 


While I love hand guided quilting and designing quilting plans is my absolute passion - I am no computer snob!  I would love to add one some day for my business.  I could see a lot of fun to be had.  :)





I want to say this last one was one of my absolute favorites in regard to the quilting.  The quality of the quilting is fantastic - but not only that - the designs were PERFECT.


I don't know if I could have chosen the designs for each block so well myself.  Everything down to the border feathers compliment this quilt perfectly.  I love it!








Oh and I had to sneak in my friend Peggy's quilt...she won blue for her category!  Way to go Peggy!




Well that's it!  I had a great time this year and am so glad I went.  The quality of workmanship has really stepped up this year and I hope it continues.  I'll leave you with some goofyness from Mom and me at lunch!  :)



Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lake Farm Park Quilts 2015 Part 2

Part two of my day at Lake Farm Park Quilts 2015...and Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I don't have any green finishes to share but I did pull a quilt off the frame today.  I have quite a bit more work to finish up this evening though so I'll save photos for another post.

I'll start with another of my favorites from the show - and boy oh boy was this one beautiful.  The pictures don't do it justice.  It was in the perfect lighting to show off all of the sparkle and bling...





This one is just so pretty and full of interest - I love looking at it.  My favorite part is the the hot air balloon...inside are the maker's three grandchildren.  I mean - what a treasure!


I just think that makes the whole quilt.  :)  I tried to get lots of close ups of all the embellishing on this one.  It's pretty incredible.





Now this one below is just so pretty!  In addition to quilting I also really love gardening...so this was right up my alley.



It looks like each flower was painted then embroidered over....well, she even says it in the description!  I don't know if I ever would have thought to do something like this.  I love it!

 

I also really loved these feathers that look kind of like leaves - with pebbling in the spine.  They are so pretty and work so well with this quilt.




My favorite part was the trellis...so cute!


You can guess that this next one was my absolute favorite of the show.  Not only is it a dahlia, but the quilting is SO beautiful!


The absolute best part is this outer border...it's just so perfect!








Deservingly so it won best machine quilting in addition to a blue ribbon in its category.  Such a gorgeous quilt.  I am also smitten with the use of blue thread on white fabric!  Does that remind anyone of a quilt I might be working on currently?  With blue on black fabric?!  LOL


I think I have enough photos for one more post...I'll shoot for tomorrow!  :)