Flying Geese Quilt

I recently finished a lovely quilt pieced by Sandy.  I believe she said the pattern was by Pam Bono.Flying Geese quilt by SandyIt’s is quite large–about 88 x 110.  It was hard to get it all in one photo.  I think it is striking!Large Flying Geese Quilt I did straight line quilting in the small pieced blocks.  It gives it a chevron look.IMG_1108Swirly “wind” quilting behind the geese seemed a good choice.quilted "wind"The fact that there are pieced geese along with flying geese blocks was not lost on me.  Quite clever!

Sandy said this is for her brother.  What a beautiful bed quilt it will make.

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Another Drunkards Path Quilt

I enjoyed making the red and cream quilt so much, that I decided that I would use the same pattern to make a wedding quilt for my niece, Nicole.  This one is queen sized.

Nicole's Quilt

Nicole’s Quilt

I again made it scrappy because I am really trying to use up my stash.  Nicole said she liked olive green  so I incorporated that in the border.  I thought blue and green would make a nice color palette for the quilt.  I had fun with the custom quilting.IMG_0785IMG_0786IMG_0787On the back, I added some blocks I had made in an improvisational piecing class taught by Jackie Gehring.    Who says the back should be boring?IMG_0792 IMG_0793IMG_0796Congratulations to Nicole and Josh!  They were married November 15, 2014.  And I’m happy to say the quilt was finished in time so that they could open it on their wedding day.IMG_0789

 

Batik Beauty

Before I left town to visit my mom a couple of weeks ago, I finished another gorgeous quilt for Georgia.  She always sends me the most fantastic quilts to finish.  This one was no exception.IMG_0667It was especially fun to use some bright variegated thread that really pops on the black background.IMG_0668The pictures really don’t do it justice, and I am no photographer, but these few will give you an idea.  I did a lot of stitch in the ditch, but most everything else was free-motion quilting.IMG_0673  IMG_0675 IMG_0676

I changed from a multi-colored thread to a variegated yellow/orange thread in some of the blocks.  I love how it really shows up on the dark fabric.  Some triangles I left un-quilted so they “pop up” with the heavy quilting around them.  I used 2 types of batting:  black 80/20 and wool.  It gives the quilt a lot of dimension.IMG_0674The quilt is about queen size.  I tried to get the the whole quilt in the picture, but this was the best I could do.   It was hard to see this beauty go out the door!IMG_0670See more gorgeous quilts in the gallery of my website at pamsquilting.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 16: Flower Power

This started out as a quilting design.  Since all my machine quilting is hand guided, I draw things out on paper before I “draw” it with my machine.  The large flowers are acting as applique shapes.  The smaller “stitches” are what we call background “fills”.  Since the goal is to stop and start as little as possible, ideally the designs need to be continuous line drawings.  So when I drew it, I tried not to lift up my pen from start to finish.  Sometimes I may need to backtrack a little over previously stitched lines, but not often.  Flower Power

Coloring the quilt design with watercolors really makes it come alive.  If I were to quilt this, I’d have to do it a little larger.  Quilting this densely  takes a lot of  practice, a lot of patience and a lot of time.  It’s only reserved for those very special quilts and is really a labor of love.

Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold pressed paper,  7″ x 9″

Judy’s Quilt

I finished quilting this beautiful quilt recently.  It was pieced by Judy, who did a fabulous job.  It’s always a pleasure to quilt a well pieced top.  I believe this is the Hunters Star block.IMG_0488

I used some circle templates to get the nice curves.IMG_0491IMG_0493The feathers and pebbles are all done free-hand.  That’s the part I like best.IMG_0495I put feathers in the borders also.IMG_0492This quilt actually took quite a while to finish, but I am happy with the results.IMG_0496Purple lovers enjoy!

 

 

Cross Stitch Quilt

I have quilted a few quilts for Maureen with cross-stitched blocks.  The blocks on this quilt were hand embroidered by Maureen’s mom.   You would think my hopping foot would get caught up in the cross-stitch or other embroidery, but actually it glides over it   quite easily.  Isn’t this a lovely quilt?

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In the blocks, I outlined in the cross-stitched flowers  which gave them great definition.  I also added a curl design in the sashing.

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For the borders, I did a free-hand scalloped design with flowers in the center.  In between the scallops I added a small  feather motif.

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It’s always fun to look at the back to see the quilting even better.

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I used my favorite washable wool batting, which will make for a lighter weight, warm,  comfy bed quilt.  

The Spring time colors of this quilt are so refreshing.   Makes me think that Winter just might really be over!

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More Quilter Eye Candy

I recently finished quilting a couple more quilts for Georgia.  She makes the most fabulous quilt tops, and these two are no exception.  I love the colors and oh the fabrics!  Each circle is made up of 40 different prints!  So fun to look at.

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I quilted each circle like a sunflower with “seeds”in the center with “petals”

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What a gorgeous, FUN quilt!

Image  I especially love the arcs appliqued on the border.  I used several free motion quilting designs to give it even more pizazz!   Each quilt just seems to speak to me and tells me what it needs.Image

Another one just finished is a “cat” quilt.  It’s a smaller wall hanging size.  Isn’t it wonderful?!Image

The wonderful fabrics are really busy, so it’s difficult to see the quilting.  I wish you could see it in person.  I used a higher loft wool batting.  With the heavy quilting in the background around the cats, it gives them real dimension.  Image

It was hard to let these quilts go out the door!  They really brightened up my week as I worked on them.  I have a few more of Georgia’s fabulous quilts I have yet to tackle–so there are more wonderful quilts to come!