Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cute Baby Panel

Here's a cutie patootie little quilt for the newly born great-granddaughter of my client, Louise. Doesn't it just make you smile? I outlined all the adorable little animals and leaves. Louise wanted this piece to be on the fancy side, so then I filled in a pretty dense swirly whirly background design around those feature elements. Mwah!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Valentine Set

Here's some yummy Valentine's decor for my client, Joni. The lap-size quilt and the set of 12 placemates all feature raw-edge applique. "Raw-edge" refers to the fact that seams are exposed on the outside of the quilt, rather than folded under or enclosed in a decorative stitch. As a quilt like this gets used, the raw edges will fray a bit and become a little raggedy, creating a lovely 3D effect.

I included photos here of how I mounted the 12 placemats on my frame. I've quilted placemats a few times now, and I thought it would be worth mentioning that I request my clients bring one single, solid piece of backing fabric - rather than 12 individual pieces of backing for the 12 placemats. I just lay each subsequent mat next to the previously completed one, and I continue quilting. It saves fabric for my clients, and saves time for me. Win-win!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Darlene's Mystery Quilt

A HUGE thank you to Darlene - another of my very patient clients. Darlene began this quilt as a weekend mystery project a year ago. A too-big chunk of that timeline was due to me. Darlene waited a VERY long time for me to get this piece back to her, as I worked through a Christmas rush and took a month off work to move to a new house. But at long last, I applied custom quilting motifs, along with my "effortless binding", and gave it back to her completely read to use. Great one, Darlene!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

1st Quilt in New House!

You guys, I feel ashamed to say this - but I think I'm in over my head. I thought I had more in me, but it turns out I don't. Eric and I recently purchased a new home on an acreage where we can keep our horses and live the quiet country life and let our girls run wild and toughen up. As a couple of farm kids, living in town for so many years has been a challenge (and a blessing) at times. We moved January 2, which means I went straight from my final Christmas-deadline quilt order to packing up our entire household to unpacking in our new house. And I'll admit that it's taking MUCH longer to get unpacked and settled in than I thought it would. Parts of our basement are still neck-deep in unopened boxes. I can't find the power cord for my digital piano!

So in the unrest of packing and Christmas and New Year's and unpacking and getting things re-puzzled into our new home, I spent over a month doing NO WORK - no paying work, that is. Eek! I already had several quilts on my waiting list when I finished my Christmas rush, so now I'm dreadfully, shamefully behind, and my clients are just dangling! I'm so sorry, quilting friends!

But, at long last, here's the first quilt that I completed in our new home. I've had it since October! THANK YOU, Ann, for your patience and understanding. This was a BEAUTIFUL piece, and I was very honored to work on it!

For those of you who've asked. I don't have a perfect set-up for quilting in our new house. The house, on the whole, is laid out really nicely for our family - lots of common living space, lots of openness. But not one bedroom that was large enough for my quilting machine! So for now, it's in the basement family room. It's TIGHT, let me tell you! But Eric and I have plans of creating a dedicated quilting studio on the side of the house, once we sell our old house and free-up some cash. I'm dreaming.... sigh.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Petals in the Pot

Here's the last quilt that I will post in 2017. There are two more that I'm not at liberty to share until later when they've been given to their recipients. Check back, because they're awesome! Counting those two, that makes 152 quilts on my longarm in 2017. Up from 105 quilts last year. A total of 318  since getting my longarm quilting machine in August 2015. I'm having so much fun!

This is a little piece that I quilted for local quilt shop, Rumpled Quilt Skins. This is a class sample for two of their upcoming courses - "Scan N Cut Project" and "Advanced Applique". In this little showpiece, I echoed around the applique pieces, and then filled somewhat tightly around them. There are two layers of batting, so the unquilted applique pops up beautifully. I put a double-orange peel in the checkerboard at the top and bottom. Simple, elegant, pretty!

For further info about the upcoming classes at RQS, be sure to stop by their open house on Saturday, January 6, from 9am to 5pm. They will have 20% sales, as well as new samples for their new classes!