Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pears quilt

Yet another gorgeous project from my lovely quilting-friend, Trish. A swirly, feathery border, some continuous curves in the checkboard-inner-border, some fill in the background space, and echoing ruler work in the pears, and this piece was ready for binding. My favorite part of this one is the background fill. It's a meandering combo of swirls, paisleys, and leaves, with some alternating spacing. I love the movement it gives to the piece. I think I'm going to request that Trish starts making TWO of every quilt she pieces, so that I can keep one for myself!

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

Trish's Sampler

I love quilting for my client, Trish. When she brings me her quilts, she closes her eyes and takes a full-hearted swing for the lights. She tells me to do whatever I want, and heaps praises on me, making me feel like a quilting goddess. And invariably, when I'm done quilting a piece for her, I always feel pleased with the result. But that has a LOT to do with the fact that I love Trish's quilts before I ever start quilting them. They all have a gentleness and sweetness to them that just makes me feel content. I love that Trish lets me do whatever I want on her quilts, and I love that she genuinely seems to love what it is that I DO to them. This was the email she sent after getting back her last batch of quilts.

"Good morning, Carrie,
   I absolutely adore these quilts, Carrie. You are an amazing artist - your quilting is absolutely beautiful. I am having such a wonderful time finishing off the binding. I have worked on these for a long time.  Thank you so much for helping me get these projects finished. I truly feel that your cheerfulness, kind spirit and faith shine through your work…these quilts absolutely make me smile. Thanks again, Carrie, Trish"

That is everything I could hope for in my work. Thanks, Trish!!!!

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

Brenda's Poinsettia quilt

Look how cool this minimalist quilt is! It's such a simple, clean, modern design, featuring this lovely poinsettia fabric. Brenda requested an edge-to-edge design, and I was honored to fill the order! This will make a cool Christmas wall-hanging, sure to bring cheer to her family home!

 I was sad that I lost my favorite gutter/quilt-hanging-photo-spot when we put up our Christmas lights. But this piece was small enough that I could still use it. Holiday lights and poinsettia quilt. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Another Elegant quilt from Trish

A light custom approach was the order of the day for this quilt. Simple lines accenting a secondary pattern in the piecing, at a 45º angle to the more dominant quilt squares. This piece was a joy to work with - the fresh patterns, the expert piecing, and the elegant colors. Makes me smile to look at it!

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

Carpenter's Star quilt

This striking Carpenter's Star quilt came from my lovely client, Brenda. I used my comfortable old friend, ribbon candy, in various places throughout this piece, which added movement and fluidity in contrast to the sharp angles of the ruler-work in the star and adjacent areas. Time consuming, but very effective I think. The high-contrast of colors and value make this one a dazzler, and hopefully my quilting added to the effect!

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Kathy's Birds quilt (#2 for me)

This quilt came from an enthusiastic new client, Kathy. She embroidered and pieced this quilt at a class in a local quilt shop, Rumpled Quilt Skins in Okotoks, AB. One of her classmates is a dear client of mine, and had actually brought her own "bird" quilt to me for quilting. Kathy wanted a similar approach to her quilt, but I changed up a few of the details here and there, just for variety. The embroidery is really impressive, so I tried to keep it the highlight of the quilt, and not let my quilting distract from it. Thanks for letting me have another stab at this lovely pattern, Kathy!

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Oldie, But Goodie!

My dear client, Carol, started this piece in 2011 and then put it away for a number of years. It wasn't until this summer that she finally pulled it back out of the closet and completed it. I'm so honored that she brought it to me to finish!

There was a lot of stabilizer (a backing adhered to the fabric to give it stability when embroidering) in various places on the quilt top, and I was worried about how my machine would interact with it, but there was no trouble at all.

I think this will make a beautiful bed adornment. Great job finally finishing, Carol!

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

This monster is 107x107". I didn't have anywhere in my house that was big enough to spread it out all at one time! 

Look at that lovely embroidery and metallic thread!

Carol used a really yummy blended fabric for the backing. It had a slippery sheen to it that I loved to run my hands over. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Houses Quilt

Check out this ADORABLE quilt from my client, Lorna. She is a teacher at Rumpled Quilt Skins shop in Okotoks, AB, and she just completed this example for her Grade 4 Class. It is an appliqué class that teaches students to get the most out of their machines' decorative stitches. The pattern is called "Welcome Home in Spring". It was designed by Shabby Fabrics, and it is available as a pattern or also as a kit at Rumpled Quilt Skins.

The whole time I was quilting this piece, I felt like I was playing a game of "I-Spy". There were so many little bells and whistles and special effects. See if you can find them all! Including, but not limited to: clouds stuffed with cotton balls, button doorknobs, crinkly trees (using a product called "Texture Magic"), 3D bird wings, metallic (shiny) bird bath, wooly sheep with suede feet and head, and more!

And yep, that's SNOW on the ground under this quilt. Winter has come to Alberta - we got 6" of snow yesterday!

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