Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lorna's Dancing Bears quilt

Lorna created this adorable piece for one of her granddaughters, but my own daughters were thinking it should just stay at our house!

This quilt was very applique-heavy. The gorgeous stitching was really thick and crisp. For quilting, I outlined around each of the ballet dancing bears, and then I filled around them. I put simple ribbon candy in the sashing strips. Didn't want to go too dense, so that it will still be cuddly for the kiddo it's going to. But I also thought we needed to give those bears special treatment. It's so stinkin' cute!

Addie's Petals

This is the second "Petals in the Pot" I've gotten to work on. The first one went to Rumpled Quilt Skins in Okotoks, AB, as a store sample for their Advanced Applique class. And this one will be for RQS's sister store, Addie's in Cochrane, AB. It will actually hang as a pennant, with a straight top and a tapered bottom. I can't wait to stop by Addie's and see it, bound and finished!

Jane's Cherub quilt

This lovely Victorian-flavored quilt was fun to work on. Jane did a great job with this log cabin layout, and I enjoyed quilting edge-to-edge swirls. Lots of elegant elements in the fabrics - cherubs, roses, swirls, etc. So pretty!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Donna's Chic Country quilt

This is such a bewitching quilt pattern. Every time your eyes move, you see something else! Do you see the large white circles? The large dark circles? The white stars? The clovers? Such an intricate design! It really is like an exercise for the brain!

Donna did a beautiful job piecing all those curved seams. Hundreds and hundreds! Great job, Donna!

A lot of ruler work in this piece. It took forever! But I'm really happy with the results!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Donna's Cat quilt

Check out this cutie patootie quilt! This is a case of I-Didn't-Need-This-Kit-And-I-Haven't-Decided-What-I'm-Gonna-Do-With-It-Yet-But-I-Just-Couldn't-Pass-It-Up-Because-It-Was-So-Adorable. It's a common affliction for quilters!

Donna and I agreed that a simple stipple would be a great way to finish this piece, since there's so much going on in the printed panels. Cat's galore! There were even cats on the back! So cute! And I'm guessing this will find its way to a cat-lover in Donna's life!

Joni's Circles and Squares

This is another virtually PERFECT quilt from my quilt client, Joni. To go along with these vibrant colors, Joni had a vision for the quilting design. She wanted to add interest by creating unquilted diamonds inside the squares that didn't already have appliqued circles. I felt it was important to keep the circles as the focus of the quilt, so I elected to skip a straight-forward outline of those imaginary diamonds, but instead to quilt up to the imaginary diamonds with serpentine lines. It gives their edges a softness, where, in contrast, the appliqued circles DID receive an outline in the ditch, so that they have a crisp outline. I think it's a lovely piece!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jacobean Tapestry

Here's another beautifully embroidered quilt from Rumpled Quilt Skins in Okotoks, AB. To achieve a tapestry effect, this embroidery dense design included over 4,000,000 stitches! It is a very detailed piece, but the gals at RQS tell me that it is completely achievable by a confident beginner who has the time to see it through.

For quilting, I used channels to connect embroidered motifs in the quilt top, and also featured focal designs in the open corners. But the most time-consuming part of this quilting project was simply outlining "in the ditch" around much of those delicate embroidered areas. The double-layer of batting and the delicious wool fabric of this quilt top work with the quilting lines to create an embossed look.

RQS will be teaching this as a class on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 4-6. Kits will be available in a range of backgrounds. Required hoop size of 8x10". Call 403-938-6269 to find out more and reserve your spot!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Kate's Russian Tiles

This is the fifth Russian Tiles quilt I've worked on. See the others by clicking here.

Kate made this beautifully embroidered piece for her daughter, who loves crosses. So Kate asked if I could somehow incorporate crosses into the quilting design. Since this pattern is called "Russian Tiles", I researched the shape of crosses in Russian churches and used that as the cornerpieces. Kate also loved feathers in a couple of the earlier versions of "Russian Tiles" that I quilted, so I used lots of feathers throughout.

I especially love the fabric and threads that Kate used to construct this piece. The gray background fabric has a hint of shimmer to it, which really makes the quilting show up nicely!