Thursday, August 25, 2016

Re-quilted Comforter

My youngest, Cordelia, recently transitioned from a crib to a "big girl bed". I acquired a hand-me-down bedding set and spent several days sanding and staining second-hand furniture, and voila! Cord is a big girl! 

The comforter that came with the bedding set was really cute, but the el-cheapo batting inside had not been quilted very much (just a few ties interspersed around the comforter), and it had traveled and bunched up and didn't lay flat.

So I wacked off the edges, seam ripped the few little ties of quilting, and re-quilted it myself. Just some large scale meandering, but I think it will serve Miss Cord very well!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sylvia's Irises

My dear quilty friend, Sylvia, brought me this paper-pieced wall hanging. Well, I think it might be more descriptive to say, she hurled it at me in disgust (not really). Ha! You see, Sylvia originally pieced this quilt many years ago, when Foundation Paper Piecing was a few generations back.

Paper Piecing is a method that involves a paper diagram, and you actually sew fabric TO the paper. And then you layer on another piece of fabric, in a very specific order (dictated by the pattern instructions), and sew THAT to the paper, and on and on. When you're done, you rip the paper off, and voila! It is really cool for creating perfectly accurate piecing - a requirement for really intricate patterns. Unlike regular piecing, there is no stretching or distorting. It's perfect. But somewhat time-consuming.

And in Sylvia's case, it was even MORE time-consuming, because the pattern was purchased a long time ago, before we knew as many tricks and tips for Foundation Paper Piecing, and it required her to iron the fabric to heat-bond paper. She didn't really know what to do with it at the time, so she just stowed it away and decided to deal with it another day.

Flash forward several years, and Sylvia wants to get this project done! So she had to wash and scrub and rip and tear and finesse all the little bits of paper to get them off. What a pain! Personally, I'm sure glad she took the time to do it, though, because I got to collaborate with her on this striking piece!

I used two layers of batting (QD Select on bottom, Hobbs PolyDown on top) to make the un-quilted areas really pop. I used McTavishing in the blue background, at a dense scale, and I pretty much stayed off the irises. I just stitched in the ditch of the stems and leaves. Some diamonds with continuous curves and serpentine in the borders, to contrast with the free-flowing filler of the background blue.

All my quilting is free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Russian Tiles #4

Russian Tiles is the gift that keeps on givin'! I was first hired to quilt the class sample for Rumpled Quilt Skins. This was such an honor, because I was a new longarmer at the time, and to have a well-respected designer and shop owner trust her quilt to me felt really great!

Then one of Rumpled Quilt Skins' students hired me to finish her quilt, and then another!

Each client has requested similar treatment to the original one (which I think must be a good sign that they LIKED it), but also allowed me to incorporate subtle changes that allowed me to make them each unique. It's been fun to see how each lady made the pattern her own, too, with various colors and piecing layouts.

This one had fun colors, and Mona encouraged me to use a thread color that contrasted just a bit, so it would really show up.

All my quilting is free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mona's Floral Applique Quilt

This quilt came from my new client, Mona. She used a software program from Brother, called ScanNCut, which allows the user to scan an image, and then it will cut out fabric for you, based on the image that you scanned. This pattern was called "Marianne", which was taught as a class at Rumpled Quiltskins in Okotoks, Alberta. With the vast amounts of appliqué on this quilt, I can image this to be a huge time saver!

I used two dense fillers (peonies and feathered swirls) in the background around each block motif. I stayed off the appliqué, which allowed the batting behind it to puff up and let the appliqué areas really jump out at you.

I was inspired by the sawtooth inner border - its straight lines and geometric feel - so I went with some diamonds and continuous curves in the outer border, softened with feathers around them.

All my quilting is free-motion, hand-guided on an APQS longarm quilting machine.

The background in this block was filled with feathered swirls.

The background in this block was my "peonies", but at this tight scale, I feel like it reads a little bit more like pebbles.

You can see the diamonds (well, squares on point, actually) with continuous curves inside and feathers outside.

The applique in the corner setting triangles stands out so strikingly. It's actually 3D. Very cool effect!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Couples' Quilt!

This quilt was pieced by my quilty friend, Barb, and her HUSBAND laid out the blocks. He proudly described for me how he arranged the blocks in threes and then turned the next set 90º and so forth. It was a joy for me to quilt, and I LOVE that it was a joint project for this quilting couple!

All my quilting is free-motion, hand-guided on an APQS longarm quilting machine.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Come Visit Us! Our guest bed has a new quilt!

I bought this "quilt top" years ago, when I was saving up for my longarm quilting machine. I thought it would make a nice practice piece, but I love it so much that I'm using it for realsies!

This was a "cheater" quilt - a piece of fabric printed to LOOK like a pieced quilt top, also called a "panel". I got it from this website, and they had lots of traditional-looking quilt patterns and colors to choose from.

Since this cheater quilt fabric is 90" wide, I purchased 3 yds and made a queen-sized quilt top with NO PIECING REQUIRED! I even had leftovers that I used to make pillow shams. The fabric is $6 per yd, so that means I had a completed queen sized quilt top and two pillow shams for $18!

With cheap fabric, you always wonder what kind of quality you're getting. I pre-washed the cheater fabric, and the end result still seemed very nice - supple, no pilling, thick and weighty... lovely. What's more, the company (in Ringgold, Georgia) states on their website, that they never cut through a "block" when they are cutting yardage. That means that they often include MORE than your ordered, which was the case for me. I had almost 30x90" extra!

Here are some interesting numbers:
Beginning measurement of fabric - 126 x 90" (including selvages)
After washing and drying - 124 x 89.5"
After dense custom quilting - 120 x 88"

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

Come visit beautiful Alberta and sleep under this newest quilt in our home. We miss all our family and friends from far and wide. Come see us!

I need advice about the pillow shams. I hated to let that extra fabric (and quilting) go to waste, but when I put the shams on the bed with the quilt, I'm afraid it looks too matchy-matchy. Like your grandma's house in the 1980s. Do you like the shammed pillow better on top or the solid butter-colored ones?

Next question: Even after the pillow shams, I still have a piece that is about 30x33" leftover. What should I do with it??