|Doesn't this just look cozy and warm and make you want to curl up underneath it with a cup of cocoa in front of a fire? Sure does for me. All done in flannels, and I if I remember correctly it's for Janet's son. Lucky guy.|
|Oh my. Leigh has done it again. All these amazing animals are hand appliqued, and embroidered. I can't imagine the time that it must take to complete even one block, let alone all the ones in here.|
|I think that this elephant is my favorite block. Here, she looks so kind and gentle, but I bet in the wilds she'd trample you in a moment. The lines down from her eyes and outlining her trunk just bring her to life.|
Detail shot of the ruler work in the setting triangles. I kept hearing a voice in my head saying "Less is more", so I limited my quilting. Just a tight backgrond fill behind all the appliques, and lots of SID.
|I love pastels, and especially lavender. Then you add the tulip blocks in the center, and pull it all from your stash. Perfect!|
|Quilted with a pale green thread that matches the background leaves perfectly, although it reads as cream across most of the quilt.|
Showing the quilting design of "Dresden Flowers" panto on the back of the quilt.
I can hardly wait to see what she finishes next!
|Good going Beth. You forgot to get a shot of the whole quilt. For now, here you go. Carol embroidered all the blocks by machine, and I really wonder if the thread won't glow in the dark.|
At least I got one of all the lovely embroidery blocks that she made. Here are the crows. Can't you just about hear them?
|Dave got my phone number from a friend who had driven a sag vehicle for us on a bike ride. Strange how I meet my customers sometimes. Seems that Dave's grandmother had given him this quilt top in the 1950's. Dave had asked me about hand quilting it, but (sadly), I wasn't willing to take on that large of a hand quilting project for someone else. He agreed that we could finish it by machine though, and seemed pleased with the results.|
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.