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.

New pantograph designs

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



And Jacob's Other Ladder

"Cycle Girl" by me



Bad shot of the green background, but you can at least see the "Cycles of Life" fabric that I started with.

Then the quilt is finished with the "biking" pantograph that I've used for many other quilts.  Just perfect for them, and soon to be 3!

Rick Rack and flowers applique by Leigh




Here she has done it again.  First off there's the crazy pieced background circles.  Then all of those seams are covered up by decorative stitching.  Add wool applique pieces to that and embroider to embellish them. Hand applique the circle to the background fabric.  Finally, sew all the blocks together and outline them with red rick rack.  Fun!

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!

Wool applique in cream and black by Leigh

 How does she do this?  Leigh told me today when she picked this quilt up that it took her "about a month" to make it.  She does not watch television, but likes to spend time with her husband who does, so she always has her hand work.  Just amazing!
 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)



Heart in black and white by Pat

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.


Since the prints are so busy, you can't see the quilting, even though Pat chose a thread called "Aquamarine".  Goes great with the teal in the quilt top.  So, why not have it show on the backing?  It's "Sushi" .  One of those pantos that I purchased because it was fun, but never had the right quilt for it.  This quilt was perfect for this panto!

Convergence by Judy

Another lovely convergence quilt by Judy.  I tried to get a shot of the quilting and the thread, but it doesn't show.  Trust me, she made a great choice in quilting design and thread color.  I didn't think that a thread called "Lime Squeeze" would be approp. on a quilt this color, but it really works!

Grandmother's Flower Garden for Lisa and Rachel

 Shamefully, I don't recall who gave them this quilt top, but it's all hand pieced.  I do love English Paper Piecing.  Quilted with an edge to edge design of leaves and vines in a pale cream thread.  Just enough to blend into the background.

Sailboats by Natalie

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. 

The boats are all pieced, and each one has a quilt block in the sail.  The quilts in the sail are about 4" finished, so quite small.  Quilted with the swirls board and white thread.

Whole cloth by me

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.



Stars of Hope

 This quilt is a long time in the making.  In Sept. of 2015, while on Cycle Oregon, Xande and I stopped at Jo's quilt shop.  In a town in Eastern Oregon that I'm sorry to say I've forgotten the name of!  Great little shop, and then there's the barn in the back.  We went a little crazy there.  I bought the remainder of the red police badges fabrics, at Xande's urging. "With all the police quilts you make, you really need that." where her words.  Started piecing the blocks soon after the terrible shootings in Dallas, TX, and used the block "Star of Hope".  Seemed more than a little appropriate.

 The problem is that the black or grey triangles are supposed to have been the same fabric as the light grey background, so that they blue stars in the blocks becomes lost.  Argh.  That's why I quilted such a bold design in the blue, to attempt to make them stand out a bit. Not sure it was effective, but I did try. Then attempted to tone down the "wrong" fabric, with a simple square design.
 Played a bit with my rulers in the setting squares, but not thrilled.  At least I changed to a pale grey thread to have it blend a bit more.
Used "Military Gold" thread in the main body of the quilt and the borders.  While the police aren't necessarily "military", it seemed appropriate.