Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cordelia's "Baby" quilt

Poor Cord! She's my TWO-year-old daughter, and she's just now getting her baby quilt. My mom has hand-embroidered a quilt for each of her grandchildren, and Cordelia is the youngest. The last one we did was for my now-three-year-old daughter, Hoxie, and I totally over-quilted it. So this time I tried to keep it simpler.

I used Hobbs PolyDown batting, for fluffy-ness. I think Cord likes it!

This is Hoxie (left) and Cordelia. I love 'em to pieces!

Hoxie was very proud of herself for folding this quilt up so nicely!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Poinsettia Centerpiece

This was a project for a client that was on a deadline. Her guild had issued their annual challenge to its members to submit a project that had stretched them beyond their comfort zone, encouraging them to try techniques, materials, or disciplines that they weren't used to. And this year's entrants needed to somehow incorporate BUTTONS. Yay! I love buttons!

So, Verena used fusible grid and assembled this centerpiece quilt. It was a very tricky process for her - and the tricky part for me was that it came to me as a sorta-complete quilt. Because of the very oddly shaped edges of the quilt, she had elected to sew the back to the front, right sides together, leaving a hole, and then turning the whole thing inside out. This way, there was no binding to worry about.

BUT that made it impossible for me to mount it on my longarm frame, and required me to quilt it on my domestic sewing machine. It's been a long time since I quilted on my domestic machine! I'm very thankful that I learned this discipline before ever transitioning to the longarm.

When Verena submitted the project for the guild competition, she enclosed her story of how this project came about, how she carried it out, and what she learned from it. Read it - she's a good writer!

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.