Saturday, February 15, 2014

LOVE quilt!

 It has been said that every quilt has a story. This is very true of this Love quilt.  A young couple got married in Hawaii last summer.  The day before the wedding, a group from the wedding party rented scooters to have some fun on the island.  Among the party was the groom.  A concerned bride told her soon-to-be husband to be very careful with anything he did.  Well, a few seconds on the scooter and a "Woo-hoo" and he  crashed the scooter.  You can imagine the rest of the story!

Good thing all was well with a few scratches, a bit of drama and some good teasing....

This is a pattern by Tula Pink, quilt made by Kathy, the bride's mom!

I stippled the whole quilt and practiced some custom swirls and pebbles in the letters.   If one looks closely at the stipple they may find a few words adding to the memory with the wedding date, "woo hoo",  Maui, and the couples name.  I love little touches like this!

I didn't get any photos of the back on this one but it is backed with minky.   And I have heard this quilt has been used for a bit of tug of war - everyone loves minky!!!  :)
This scooter fabric is so fun!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pineapple quilt

This quilt was made by Ann.  As some of you may know, this pattern is quite popular in a movie called "The Proposal".  They call the quilt "The Babymaker" in a particular scene.  (One of my favorite movies!) I like the way Ann arranged the fabric to form the blue squares.

Stitch pattern: stipple

Friday, February 7, 2014

A beginner's quilt

Rebecca made this quilt.  I love it!  It's her first quilt ever.  I don't know the pattern  but I believe these are fabrics by French General.

Quilting design: Stipple

Grandmother's garden quilt

 A friend of mine brought me a very old quilt she/family found one day last summer.  Every hexagon was hand-pieced and had been tied with yarn and a very ugly strange fabric for backing that had become part of the edge of the quilt.  I personally have never worked with restoring an old quilt but thought I could handle the task.  It sat in its bag for many months.  I wasn't sure what the best method would be for quilting it as I didn't want to distract from this amazing pattern but needed to re-inforce many of the seams that were coming apart and repair holes such as this one.

I traced each flower and added a flower swirl through each flower.  It was definitely good practice using a ruler!   Old quilts are pretty amazing.  I am in awe of anyone who hand stitches that many stitches!  I almost didn't want to ruin it with my machine quilting!  Had to cut off the edges to get rid of the old fabric backing...

What a fun project!  Almost makes me want to make a hexagon quilt...almost...maybe someday!  ;)

The color is off on this...not really this bright! Just off the machine
The back all finished!