Isn't this adorable? The backing is pieced with lovely batiks and green prints. Then the lion is appliqued on to the background.
Quilted with leaves in the darker green background, vines that meander behind the lion and wheat in the border. The lion was SID around his various parts so that they would stand out from the background.
For a native Oregonian, this is quite clearly Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot. If you're not from around here, he's our mythical creature that lives in the woods. I love how Kelli used Minky (a type of fabric) for his fur. Then quilted with pine bough meander in "Almond Bark" thread.
Another mystery quilt for the police. This is from the book "Murder by Vegetable" by Barbara Graham.
The focus fabric is something that someone gave me, I believe from the days when I worked at the Adventist Hosp. So, if you recognize these little dogs driving cars, thanks!
This quilt has quite a story behind it. Nancy contacted me about quilting her quilt, and said that she would be traveling to California for several months, and hoped to have the quilt finished when she returned.
First let me point out that all those items that appear to be applique are in fact embroidered/appliqued. So, the top right corner photo has appliqued flowers and leaves, but all the of top stitching around is done with her embroidery machine. The center design in the blue squares in the top left corner is all embroidery. Just amazing.
I love it when I take a customer's quilt in for quilting, and leave myself some rather vague note on how to quilt it. This time I wrote "SID around embroidery and tight background fills. Make blocks different from one another. Ones that match the same, but not all blocks identical. Rulers, feathers that grow from center of the quilt. Glide thread throughout." Below is the thread collection that I used on this quilt.
Peacock feather meander as a background fill in the white/cream blocks with the larger embroidery.
|Continueous curves in the gold setting squares, SID around the purple sashing and the flying geese. A type of continuous cuve that makes a grid in the 8 squares outside of each section of flying geese. The design is the same, but a thread color change for each one.|
Lesson learned. Always thourougly read the check in sheet for any little details like type of batting before you start quilting.
And a few more details. Nancy came to pick up her quilt yesterday, and thankfully told me that she thought some areas needed more quilting. So, back on my girl, and add on. In the blue embroidered medallion, a tight background fill.In the corners, some triangle designs.The fans got a vine growing up each segment.Kind of a teardrop flower design in the flying geese. I'm much happier with these changes too. Next time I really must listen to my brain when it tells me that certain areas need more or different quilting. It's right, I'm usually wrong.
|Okay, so they aren't that new, I'm just slow in getting them posted! Here is "Up, up and away." with several types of hot air balloons|
I won't be able to give her the quilt until tomorrow, so no spilling the beans! Inge is a friend who is expecting her first baby soon. She and her husband Scott are both cyclists, so of course the baby's quilt need to have a bike theme!
|Bad shot of the green background, but you can at least see the "Cycles of Life" fabric that I started with.|
I can't see the stitching on this one, but I know that I used the center circle as a spine for the feathered "wreath" that I quilted into it. No quilting over the rick rack, and then feathers in the border.
Leigh told me that she had taken first prize for applique in the last quilt show that she entered and won a new sewing machine as a prize. I hope that she'll put some more of her work into shows!
Here's what we did. First, I listened to my brain when it told me to change what we had initially discussed for quilting her quilt. Then I contacted her, and she told me to listen to my brain, and do what it was saying.
Then add feathers in the black setting triangles of the applique blocks. .
|In the larger corner and side triangles, more feathers, but this time, give them a little more definition by echo quilting along the seam lines. Gives them a frame.|
It's really hard to see since the thread matches so well, but there are 2 little echoed triangles in each triangle off the alternating applique blocks. That would be 128 little triangles in case you're counting. No wonder I didn't finish those in the first afternoon that I was working on them. (I have such great plans for all the things that I will accomplish)
|Bargello quilts are always fun, and I love the heart that this quilt is made up of. I particularly like how the red heart is off set. Much more interesting than it would have been to have it centered. Great idea Pat.|
|This photos looks funky to me because the quilt is so large I had to hand it sideways. Then the corner of my longarm is in the top left corner, kind of floating there.|
|This is a quilt that's been kicking around for some time and needs to go to a new home. It's a wholecloth that I made years ago after taking a class with Dawn Cavanaugh from APQS. All the students in the class were asked to raise their right hand and swear that we could complete the quilt. I did, but I think that my quilting has improved since then. So, off to someone who needs it more than I do.|