I recently finished a lovely quilt pieced by Sandy. I believe she said the pattern was by Pam Bono.It’s is quite large–about 88 x 110. It was hard to get it all in one photo. I think it is striking!I did straight line quilting in the small pieced blocks. It gives it a chevron look.Swirly “wind” quilting behind the geese seemed a good choice.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.
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.
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.On 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?Congratulations 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.
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.It was especially fun to use some bright variegated thread that really pops on the black background.The 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.
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.The 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!See more gorgeous quilts in the gallery of my website at pamsquilting.com.
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.
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″
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.
I used some circle templates to get the nice curves.The feathers and pebbles are all done free-hand. That’s the part I like best.I put feathers in the borders also.This quilt actually took quite a while to finish, but I am happy with the results.Purple lovers enjoy!
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?
In the blocks, I outlined in the cross-stitched flowers which gave them great definition. I also added a curl design in the sashing.
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.
It’s always fun to look at the back to see the quilting even better.
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!
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.
I quilted each circle like a sunflower with “seeds”in the center with “petals”
Sometimes it’s easier to see the quilting from the back.
What a gorgeous, FUN quilt!
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.
Another one just finished is a “cat” quilt. It’s a smaller wall hanging size. Isn’t it wonderful?!
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.
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!
Here are more pictures from the International Quilt Show in Chicago last week. I’m always attracted to wonderful quilting. Here are some great examples. Enjoy! (Sorry I failed to get the name of the quilters).
Here is an incredible quilt pieced and appliqued by Abby W. from New York state. She said it took a year and a half to complete the top. I’m not surprised. She did a wonderful job! The pattern was a block of the month offered a couple of years ago on The Quilt Show (with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims) on the Internet. It was designed by Sue Garman.
I did my best to compliment the top with combination of straight line quilting , stitch in the ditch, and freehand flowers, leaves and feathers. It took a while, but the results were worth it. The back side (last pic) looks like a whole cloth whitework quilt!
I often quilt embroidered quilt tops and quite enjoy it. This quilt is from Maureen–she pieced it and her aunt did the stitching on the blocks. It’s king sized. I quilted some daisies in the background of each block.
I also tried my version of Lori’s (The Inbox Jaunt) Fabulous Flower pattern in the yellow outer border. I liked the motif so much that I wanted it to really show so I used bright purple thread on the solid yellow. Yeah, you can’t miss it!