Flannels by Janet

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.

Quilted with the Swirls board, always a favorite design of mine.

"Baby Bliss" by Maria

 Here is Maria's second quilt of this batch.  Baby Bliss is for a friend's baby.  Lucky little kiddo!  Such soft colors with a cream background. 
 A somewhat Celtic Knot in the setting squares.
Outline of the bowtie shape in the pieced blocks.  Hardest part?  Making sure I didn't over or undershoot the line on the ties. 

African Animals applique by Leigh

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.

 Each on of those spots on the giraffe is individually applied.  By hand.
 These masks are so wonderful!  I didn't want to disturb their beauty, so only outlined them.  Except the one above where I outlined the "feathers" on the outside as well.

 Amazing bead-work added to the masks to bring them to life as well.
 Again, each stripe and dot is hand appliqued to the background white, and then to the black base fabric.  Wow.
 I think this rhinoceros is wonderful  I love the cutout work for his armor.  Leigh says that rhino skin is actually quite soft, not hard to the touch as you would expect.
 Some "bamboo" in the sashing between blocks.
 One of two 9 patch blocks.   There is so much going on in the fabric, that I didn't want to distract from them, and simply stitched them in the ditch.
More beadwork on the mask
 The lion block wins as my favorite.  His mane is all dimensional, so the individual pieces are attached at the top, but the bottoms are loose.

 Love the cutout gazelle and elephant.
 The spots on the crocodile.  Amazing!

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.

Spring Flowers by Maria

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!

Rectangles by Pat and her daughter

 Let's see if I remember this correctly.  Pat's daughter chose the fabrics and pattern to make a quilt for a friend's upcoming wedding.  Then she had to return to home/school/work on the east coast, so Pat finished up the piecing for her.
Pat dropped the quilt off with me, and we chose the "Vanilla Cream" panto and a slightly variegated grey thread.  Pat took photos to get her daughter's approval first, and then I was ready to quilt.  Very pretty design, and best wishes to the happy couple.

All Hallow's Eve by Carol

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. 

 She asked for a bat in alternating sashing squares.  Looks like I also neglected to get a shot of the spider web that goes in the alternate blocks.

 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?
 Witches hat.  The entire background is quilted with a tight fill in black "Glide" thread.
 I think that the titles are "Devilish Delights", "Twisted Treats", and "Dead and Breakfast."  Yum!
 The amazing center block

 More books, and the witches shoes in the bottom! 

Dave's Grandmother's Log Cabin quilt

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.

 Just a straight line through the logs, and SID around the red "Hearths".
Here's a few shots of the quilt top before I quilted it.  Since it was pieced by stitching the fabrics to a muslin background, I was glad that I hadn't agreed to hand quilt it.  It would have been so much more difficult to rock a needle through the quilt top, then the muslin underlay, then the batt and finally the backing.  I still think it looks beautiful, and Dave said that he was going to try it out the night that he picked it up.

Serenity by Denise

Quilted with the Swirls board, just the right design on this, and "Colorburst" thread.  Great design Denise.

Appliqued Lion by Sara

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.

Cars by me.

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!

Quilted with the "Automotion" pantograph.  I love the secondary design of the pinwheel blocks and the arrows that were pieced.

Nancy's Embroidered BOM

 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.
 Now to the quilting!  Rulers in the corners to give them some definition.  Feathers in all the sashing strips that grow up from the embroidered Fleur-de-lis.

Peacock feather meander as a background fill in the white/cream blocks with the larger embroidery.

 I didn't want to distract from the fans, so I merely SID around the sides of those, and then a wave meander as a tight background fill behind them.  The inner border got a continuous feather design.
 Cross hatching on the sage green squares, diagonal stitching to follow the print in the turquise.  The one thread color I didn't have to match was the sage green.  I used Mocha instead, and think it goes quite nicely.
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.

And now for confession time.  This is now known to myself as the "skinned quilt".  Meaning I had to skin it apart from the batting for 3 rows.    When I was getting ready to quilt it, I took a quick glance at the check in sheet, the quilt had been hanging up for several days waiting for me to be inspired.  Loaded it up, start to quilt.  Did 3 rows of feathers around the embroidery, and the first border.  Then I really look at the check in sheet.  Nancy wants wool batting, not cotton as I have loaded.  "Oh dear."  I called Nancy to tell her of my mistake.  She is so sweet, she is apologising to me for my mess up! Not your fault dear, this one is on me!  "Skinning" a quilt, is just like it sounds.  You take a single edged razor blade and oh so carefully cut the quilting threads between the batting and backing.  This is a great time to use your hydraulic lift and saddle stool so that you can skin in comfort, not break your back leaning over the machine.  Surprisingly, the skinning went really quickly, and it is so much better with the wool batt!  The wool gives it great loft and "poof" so you can really get some different textures with it.
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.