Friday, March 24, 2017

Marilyn's Puppy Dog quilt

My new client, Marilyn, made this quilt as a gift for her great-grandchild. She bought the adorable fabric at a quilt show in Eureka, Montana. Since it was made for a child, we agreed that the best treatment for quilting was a simple edge-to-edge design. I quilted bouncing balls with the occasional dog bone thrown in here and there. And with lofty poly-down batting inside, this quilt will be cuddly and durable for Marilyn's great-grandchild, as well as any future four-legged friends who want to share!

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Donna's Charming Sampler

This lovely quilt top incorporated lots of techniques and traditional quilt blocks. Some applique, some stars, some pinwheels, and lots of lovely fabrics. It was meant to be a cuddle quilt, so we elected to go with a looser edge-to-edge quilting motif. And Donna said she loves feathers (and really, what sane person doesn't?), so I quilted meandering feathers. I just love how they sorta spill out all over the quilt, organically tumbling this way and that.

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

I realize this is silly and vain, but it is very gratifying to get a quilt folded up crisply and placed inside a bag with my logo. It just feels good!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Super-Secret Quilt

My client-who-shall-remain-secret pieced this quilt on the down-low - doing all the work at guild meetings so her husband wouldn't see. He normally takes a lot of interest in her quilting work - the first time I met them, he came with her to see my quilting studio and talk about what I do. But this particular quilt was meant to be a gift FOR him, so she had to be super secretive.

We agreed to give it an edge-to-edge treatment of interlocking squares. It will be a cuddly, cozy quilt for years to come!

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Janet's Gigantic quilt

Don't the colors in this quilt just make you happier? So cheerful and bright! A funny story about how this quilt came to be: according to Janet, the pattern called for cutting strips 1 7/8", but she decided to just go ahead and cut them 2". Well, multiply that 1/8" difference times the number of strips in this quilt, and you get one ENORMOUS quilt! She finally just gave up when it reached 95x121". It called for more borders yet!

I had fun quilting an all-over design of peonies, to go with the floral prints throughout the quilt. Now all Janet needs to do is find a bed big enough to house this behemoth!

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gloria's Amazing Applique quilt

This quilt was a long time in the making. Gloria is a really productive piecer, and after devoting her capable attention to this applique stunner for A WHOLE YEAR, she brought it to me for quilting. Look at this thing! It's amazing! It's intimidating!!!

I love, love, love this piece. I'm so glad Gloria had the fortitude to get through it and enough faith in me to let me quilt it. I developed a strong appreciation for all the applique work she did when I quilted in the ditch around every single piece of it. Then I echoed 1/4" away from the applique. Then I filled in the background space with a tight filler and added continuous curve in the checkered inner borders. By staying off the applique, it maintained loft from the batting underneath and gave the quilt a lot of dimension. It pops out and grabs your attention. I'm really pleased with it!

My quilting is all free-motion, hand-guided on an APQS longarm quilting machine.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Pair of Horsey Quilts

This was a couple of quilts pieced by a new client from Ontario. She was here in the foothills visiting her daughter and grandchildren for an extended stay. And while she was here, she pieced quilt tops for her horse-loving granddaughter and her granddaughter's friend. A productive visit!

Grandma was headed back to Ontario a couple days after dropping off these two off for me to quilt, so she also engaged me in binding services.

For one quilt, the new owner's mom had some hand sewing experience, and wanted to finish the binding off herself. This is an option a lot of my clients choose, because it gives them a last little bit of bonding time with this piece they've invested so much of themselves in. Sorta like one more sweet goodbye to the quilt before handing it off to a loved one. So for this quilt (the bottom one pictured below) I simply attached the binding to the front, and it went home, ready for her to fold the binding around to the back side and hand stitch in place.

For the other quilt, they wanted it completely finished so that it was ready to use when they got it back. You can see it as the quilt on top of the photo below.