Sunday, September 28, 2014

Halloween Embroidery Wall Hanging - Custom quilted

Just finished quilting this gorgeous wall hanging for Andi.  She took a class on how to color on fabric with crayons with embroidery and made this lovely pattern.  I personally love embroidery so this was fun to quilt.  The outer border is quilted with spiderwebs (harder to see in the photos). 

Pattern by: Meg Hawkeye of Crabapple Hill Studio
Pattern: Which Witch's Boot

Design from the back

Custom - spiderwebs

Once in a while I finish a project of my own!  This is a little overdue for a baby quilt for my cousin's new baby but I am really glad I finally got it done!  They have decorated his room with a super hero theme.  I chose Spider-man as he is one of my favorites.

This is my first time experimenting with spiderwebs, just in time for the upcoming fall season!!

Custom quilting - stipple with a little extra

My client wanted to teach her granddaughter how to quilt.  This is what they made:

The squares have the "little extra" with some swirligigs (not sure what to call them!)

Custom quilting - swirls, wishbones

It's taken me a little time to get my "swirls" down and I still need more practice!    They really are fun to quilt.  This is a small table topper I quilted for a client with swirls and wishbones!

"He Love's Me" pantograph

One of my favorite things about quilting is hearing stories about how women get together in groups to make quilts for a purpose.  This is a quilt made for one woman getting married.  Many friends (near and far) were asked to make a quilt block for this wedding quilt, designed with notes, paint, flowers, beads, and other things that were representations of the friendships and memories.  Here is how it all came together….

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Custom quilting on the "Big Bang"

It's really exciting to try new quilting techniques and have them turn out, (as long as you don't look too close)!

This is a gorgeous red/white quilt made by Ann.  Figuring out what to quilt is sometimes the hardest part of quilting and thankfully Ann is open to whatever I feel like quilting for her!  So…I made curved diamonds.  And RED thread….lovely stuff!

I love this pattern.  It's the "Big Bang", a quilt that many here locally have made in a class taught by Edie Walker.  (and I see I didn't flatten out the quilt all the way for this pic!)

Such a fun progression of fabrics!

I'm not perfect yet but learned a lot on this one.

The backing….

Monday, August 25, 2014

Anchor pantograph

Some days I wish I had a computer to quilt difficult patterns for me.   I saw an anchor pattern online but it was only a digital file.  It seemed to be a pretty perfect design and my client and I were both loving the anchor.  I improvised and made my own pantograph.  It's much more challenging than I would have imagined…trying to figure out how the next row is going to match up  and look.  Kudos to the artists who figure out brilliant pantographs!!

I practiced the anchor quite a bit before I started in on the quilt.  It's pretty small…smaller than I originally planned since I had to downsize the design I made to make it fit in the arm space of the machine.

Well…here it is!  The anchors are not perfect but maybe that's what I like about not having a computer.

This fabric is a great line.  

The back

The front

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finally some custom quilting!!!! :)

The hardest thing about quilting for me is knowing what pattern or design to stitch and where.  My friend Kristen gave me a simple hexagon pillow sham and asked me to quilt it.  I drew out a design and was so pleasantly surprised at how it turned out.  I'm still practicing my custom quilting and this I have to say is quite possibly my favorite thing I've quilted so far.

I used a curved ruler to create the flowers and then pebbled the rest.  Special thanks to a craftsy class I took by Kimmy Brunner who inspired me to try my rulers again.  (First time using a straight ruler I broke 3 needles and then broke my ruler in half!!!!).  I took my time and made some marks…my results:

Hexagon pillow sham made by Kristen

From the back side

Vogue pantograph

The last of the Love quilts made by Ann!  I have lost track of how many total I quilted for this special occasion (daughter's wedding!) but it was fun to use so many of my pantographs to get different results.   Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Ann!!!  You certainly kept me very busy!  

This Love quilt is a Tula Pink pattern.  It's fast and very easy for anyone wanting to make a special gift for someone.  This is a fun pattern!   Also gave me a little more practice on some feathers, which I intend to practice for custom when I have some free time!!!  :)


One thing I really appreciate about quilters is the camaraderie it can create between groups of people.  This is a special quilt from a local church that was made by its members for their pastor who was leaving.  Most of the blocks were machine embroidered with messages from church members, Bible verses, and names.  Gifts like this are such a treasure.  

I quilted this using "drift".  

Easy Street pantograph

One of the sweetest quilters I know, Venus,  made this quilt for a retiring co-worker.  The quilt pattern is called "Good Fortune".    This might be the best quilt name I've heard for a person retiring!!!   The pantograph is called "Easy Street".  

Paisley Playtime

I really like this pattern "Paisley Playtime".  It's fun and happy and works well on many different quilts.
Paisley playtime on a Love quilt made by Ann
All finished!  

Kristen's love quilt for a dear friend going through chemo.   It's backed with minky - so soft and perfect to snuggle with!

This quilt was made by Sue.  The quilt pattern is "Sophia's song" by Geri Robinson.  

Sue wanted her center block to pop so I did some custom quilting to highlight the bird, leaves, and butterflies and micro-stippled the rest of the block.  

Pretty fun quilt, Sue's 2nd quilt I believe!  

Love quilt with Bayside Pantograph

This quilt turned out so fun!  Bayside pantograph is such great pattern!  I wish you could see this quilt in person (every quilt for that matter!).  The background fabric is a white/green small print.  The bright Love letters really pop!  Ann made this quilt, another for a bridesmaid at her daughter's wedding.  What a great gift!!


I am very overdue for updating my blog on projects I have been working on.  My quilting business is keeping me very busy along with my day job and necessary life happenings like lawn mowing!  Some days I am so tempted to hire a house keeper and yard service…perhaps someday I will!!

Stipple, it's really one of my favorites!

Quilt made by Rebecca

Tami and Ardella's Minnesota quilt on the machine!  
Now I wish I had taken more photos of all this gorgeous fabric with different scenery!
It's a very large quilt!  Special thanks to the tall people holding it up!!  iPhone photo doesn't do this justice.  

Another love quilt made by Anne.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Curly Q pantograph on a LOVE quilt

This is Sue's quilt.    She made one of the popular LOVE quilts, pattern by Tula Pink.  I quilted Curly Q all over.
 I like how Sue made her center rows different that the other Love quilts I've seen by alternating the colors.  How unique!
Backed with Minky…