I have been absent from the blog “scene” for sometime, and I apologize. But I have been busy. My last post was about my retirement from my long arm quilting business (at least for the immediate future). But now I have a new career. I have been hired by the Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV) to teach in an elementary school of 900 students. And I teach them all! I am their new music teacher. I am an Orff specialist (you can google that!) teaching general music to grades Kindergarten to 5th grade. I will also teach choir and a select percussion ensemble. It’s what I did before I became a professional quilter. But I am not done with quilting. So what would a music teacher/quilter do? Make quilts to decorate her classroom, of course! Here is the first. It’s going on the wall next to my classroom door. I’ll be showing a few more of my creations in the next few days.
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.
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 recently quilted this wonderful quilt for Abby. It’s a pattern by Judy Niemeyer and was mostly paper pieced (how else would you get those marvelous points!) Abby did a fantastic job piecing this beauty.
The center circles seemed to speak “bubbles” to me, so that is what went into the turquoise “water”. Don’t you just love those circular flying geese?!
Again, one of the best things about being a Long Arm quilter is that I get to put my creative quilting juices to work without having to do the intricate piecing. I love this quilt! It truly IS fabulous! It’s fun to look at the back too!
Keep those quilts coming. I’m having fun!
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”
What a gorgeous, FUN quilt!
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!
The quilt is just 40″ x 40″. The “logs” in the blocks are just 1/2 inch wide! I thought it must have been paper pieced but no. Kathy did a super job piecing this. It came out square and flat and was a pleasure to quilt.
I quilted it with my free-hand all over feathers.
I wish you could see it in person. It is a really lovely quilt!
Because the piecing was rather busy, it lent itself to an edge to edge design. I don’t have a computerized machine and I don’t like to follow pantograph patterns. So I have developed several free-hand designs that I “draw” with my machine. This pattern I call “Daisies”.
I like this pattern because I can vary the size of the flower and easily turn it different directions to fill the space. I like the organic look–it definitely doesn’t look like a pattern. The purple thread I used really shows on the lavender backing fabric.
This beautiful quilt was a pleasure to work on. If you have a need to get one of your quilt tops finished, I am always accepting new quilts from new and previous customers. Some like Wanda, send them to me from hundreds of miles away. My turnaround time for edge to edge quilting is currently 2 to 3 weeks. Custom quilting takes a bit longer. If you are interested, go to my Pam’s Quilting website (pamsquilting.com) for more detailed information. Or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Happy Quilting!