Friday, April 20, 2018

Trio of Cutie Quilts

Here are three cutie quilts made by my quilty friend, Lorna. She asked me to apply an edge-to-edge quilting motif to each, and told me to just pick whatever I thought seemed appropriate. Well, when I gave the quilts back to Lorna, I had to apologize for the lack of variety, but all three of these quilts ASKED me for the same thing - loops. The snowy friends quilt - snowballs! The outer space quilt - planets! The red quilt - ladybugs! All versions of circles. So, I shifted my loopyness into high-gear, and bounced my way through this super cool quilts. Lovely!

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!