Saturday, September 17, 2016

Paper-Pieced Placemats

I had a client email me recently, asking if I could quilt some placemats for her. She was on a tight timeframe, but I had enough flex in my quilting schedule that I was able to work them in. She didn't really care how they were quilted and gave me full freedom.

I loved the asymmetry of the pattern - with the flower all the way over to the side, rather than centered. I suspect the intention was to keep the paper-piecing visible when a plate is laid on top. But it really inspired me. I liked the funkiness of it, the asymmetry, the wonkiness, the I-don't-follow-tradition attitude!

I quilted each of the 12 placemats differently. It was a really fun challenge for me to keep things interesting! All my quilting is free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pretty Peachy Quilt

This is the third quilt that I worked on for my lovely client, Trish. This was my favorite one from the batch, because it reminded me of Trish herself. So pretty and sweet and graceful and elegant. Trish has a loveliness and gentleness that is very comforting to be around. She is like a cool breeze on a front porch swing with a glass of iced tea. And that's the very same sensation I feel when I look at this quilt. Such a treat for me to work on!

I applied one of my favorite fillers (feathered swirls, à la Judy Madsen) in a medium-large scale, so that the quilt would remain cuddly and comfy.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Spools quilt

This is another quilt from my friend, Trish. Aren't the spools in the pattern cute? Trish wanted them to stand out, so I put some dense spiral fillers in the background space "behind" the spools and sparse lines on the spools themselves. The lack of quilting on the spools will allow the batting inside to puff up and be fluffier in those areas. Such a lovely piece for me to work on!

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


My church-friend, Trish, is a fellow mother of young children and lives a busy life on the go. I didn't even realize she was crafty until I took my girls to Sunday School when she was teaching one Sunday, and she had spread a beautiful quilt on the floor for their bible story time. We got to talking afterward, and low and behold, she's a fellow quilter!

Trish recently brought me three quilts to finish for her. She had pieced them a long time ago and had hoped to quilt them herself, but she had just kept pushing them off when life was demanding more of her attention. I was super happy to help her bring these quilts forward, so they can be ENJOYED!

Here's the first of her three quilts. I'll post the other two in subsequent posts. The pattern for this one was called "Swoon", which is exactly what I want to do! Such gorgeous patterns and colors. Big, bold 16-point stars. I loved quilting edge-to-edge peonies to add some yummy texture.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jane's Ohio Star

I love working on 8-point stars. Many people call them Ohio Star or LeMoyne Star, or even Texas Star. How ever you acknowledge them, they sure make a striking shape. Of course, being a buckeye girl, I love calling them OHIO stars!

This quilt, from my friend Jane, takes this very traditional quilting element and gives it a bit of a modern edge. Traditional quilts might have been more likely to have several stars replicated in a grid. This quilt has a single star that's a huge focal point - and it consists of dozens of diamond shapes. Lots of complex angles and points to fuss with when piecing. I'm sure glad it wasn't me!

Jane gave me full license to play with all the "negative space" surrounding the star. We tossed around some ideas and worked out a loose plan, and then I got to go wherever the quilt led me.

Uncharacteristic for me, I did a fair bit of marking before I even loaded the quilt on my frame. I drew all the squares/parallel lines and triangles with water-soluble markers. I wanted to make sure everything was even and straight from the get-go. The blessing and curse about quilting on (basically) solid-colored fabrics is that you see EVERYTHING. If you don't plan very intentionally, any mistakes or sloppiness will very likely draw attention. But if done well, it can be a really lovely effect.

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