"Bee" wall hanging by Susan

 A "new to me" customer!  Susan brought this lovely wall hanging for me to quilt.  Appliqued lettering, and then borders added.  Much back and forth between the two of us about whether or not the lettering needed additional quilting.  I'm pleased with this amount of extra.  Just a simple echo inside the larger bits.  Tight background fill all over to really allow the lettering to pop.

A panel for the "O" in home.

Buttons and flowers applique by Leigh

 She's done it again.  Another amazing hand appliqued, hand embroidered quilt.  Holy cow.  Where does she even get the ideas?
 Echo quilting around all of the larger applique blocks, then arrowhead meander background fill.

And a "frame" around each of the little blocks.  Notice all of the different stitching designs around each button.  I don't think that she repeated any.  Wow.








Batiks by Kathy


Another graduation quilt, this one for a friend/relative of Kathy's.  Pretty batiks throughout, and I love the thread color.  Perfectly matches with the colors in the quilt top, and really pops on the black background  Nice job Kathy!

Grad quilt for Linda's nephew

How fun is this?  Linda used to work for Columbia Sportswear, so many of these fabrics are from there. 

Linda's nephew is into computers, so she chose the "Jacob's Other Ladder" panto since we both think it looks like computer code.  Congratulations to this new grad as well

T-shirt quilt for Thanya's daugher



It is graduation time, and here's a new quilt for a grad.  Always wondering where these kids find the time.  All the sports that she is involved with, and yet is also one of 26 valedictorians for her class.  Wow.





Diamonds in the Rough by me

This is another quilt from the facebook group "Mystery Quilts Anonymous".  I chose the pink and brown color scheme because I had a cone of thread in those colors that I wanted to use to quilt it. 

 All fabrics pulled from my stash, and I was short using the same background fabric throughout by about 6" total.  Oh well.  That adds to the fun.
As usual, a cop quilt, and the old adage of "never a cop when you need one" holds true.  Although for a much more fun reason.  I had this in the car for 5 days.  (Granted, I only drove 2 of those days).  No police officers in sight!  On Monday, during a long bike ride, I believe I passed at least 6 police cruisers, but of course, had no quilt with me.  Finally, just starting to pull into my driveway at the end of the day, here comes one down my street.  Waved him over, and explained that all was well, and the rest of the story.  Watching his face brighten when he heard the story of the quilt, and how being able to give him this made my day, made me feel that much happier. 

A huge thanks to the facebook group that supports these quilts, and to my friend Cathy for introducing me to them.  By the way, I currently have 3 quilts from this group in varying stages.  2 are donations, and one is for my bed because after 15 years or so, there's a hole in mine.

Chicago Cubs by Dagmar

 I think it's safe to say that Dagmar is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. 
Great quilt made using a layer cake, and then she added in  the above fabric for the stars.
Quilted with the "Baseball Fun" panto.


"Animals" by Chelsea

 So many "oh wow" moments in this quilt.  First, Chelsea found me online, and mailed me her quilt.  We've communicated via email, but I've never met her in person.  Then the fact that she trusts me to quilt this sweet quilt, sight unseen is amazing to me.  All of these great animals are foundation pieced, which blows my mind.  So, above we have the lion, quilted to give him some "fur" in his mane.  I think he's my favorite.

 The racoon, who seems to have a piece of thread on his face.  I didn't quilt his face, it needs to be a round little racoon face.
 For the deer I mimicked the swirly design in the fabric
 Straight lines in the owl, and again left his face open.  Chelsea will be adding some type of eyes to all of them, and the owl's face just needed to be left alone.
The fox. got orange swirls in the body, and white straight-ish lines in the face to double as whiskers

"Patty's Log Cabin Stars"

 Another stunner from Pat, and it's scrappy.  What's not to love?
 We've got a piano key border, quilted with a leafy vine.  The leaves are repeated in the log cabin blocks.
The star blocks got continuous curves on one half, and the white half was treated to the same feathers in the rest of the white sections of the quilt.  Fun times for me in terms of quilting. 



"polar bear" baby quilt by Pat



 The quilt gets it's name from the bear fabric that's used throughout.  So cute!
I tried to find a pantograph of just polar bears, but none seem to exist.  We opted for the "Log Cabin" panto that at least has a bear in it.








"Made up Pattern" by Joan

 Joan made up this pattern herself using Kaffee Fassett fabrics.  This is also Joan's first quilt.  Lucky me for helping her finish it.
Joan chose the Hydrangea panto, but it is impossible to see with all the great colors in the fabrics.

"Ocean View" by Pat



Somehow I missed getting a name for this quilt from Pat, so for now, it's called "Ocean View", the name of the pantograph she chose for the quilt.  I don't have a close up, just because there's so much pattern in the fabric, and a lightly colored thread that it didn't show.

"Based on a rug" by Stacey


Poor Stacey, she called me in the midst of my "really bad day", and I don't think I must have been too grumpy, because she still talked to me when I called her back. 
She designed this quilt herself based on a rug owned by the person who will receive the quilt.  As usual, I don't realize just how cool the quilt top is when I'm quilting it, and then when I hand it up to take a photo, it's a moment of "Wow!" Quilted with the "Modern Squares" panto, and I think it's perfect on this quilt. 

Another "Bright Flowers" by Leigh

Leigh loves the designer Sue Spargo, and this is another person who I so admire for her love of her favorite technique, but not something I'm ever going to take on.  Hand applique, and then all those amazing embroidery stitches!


Leigh further tells me "I always love what you do with my quilts", so there's never any "rule" as to what to do.  I stared at the ric rack on the border for a time, and finally decided that it simply need to be echoed in stitching between.  What fun!

There is a feather that grows up a spine formed by the seam between each block, but hidden in the background so as to not compete with Leigh's amazing work.   Then a tiny background fill to let the flowers poof up.






African mystery by Sharyle



Here's another of Sharyle's Heart to Hand mystery quilt.  I believe this one was Diamond Mines, but I think she chose her won fabric for the pattern.

 Love the thread, slight variegation with yellow and a little green  And of course, it had to have "African Pull Toys" for the quilting design.