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″

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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Fabulous Quilt in Blue and Purple

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.

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I did some  free motion “wavy” quilting on the background  and stitched around the pointy border to give it more definition.Image

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?!

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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!Image                                         It’s fun to look at the back too!

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Keep those quilts coming.  I’m having fun!

 

 

Vintage Valentine

Between my daily paintings I have been quilting a gorgeous quilt pieced and appliqued by Georgia.  The pattern is by Verna Mosquera.  It’s 72″ square.

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On Broadway

I’m been working on a couple of interesting quilts lately.  At first glance, they appear to be T-shirt quilts.  But actually, they are made from jackets that actors and other participants receive for each Broadway show they are involved in.  They were pieced by Lois from PA.  The piecing and quilting are a little more challenging because the jackets were made out of wool or satin and are heavy.  But I think they came out great.  A wonderful memory.

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Some Fabulous Quilting

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).

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Sampler Quilt

So what I have been doing lately?  Quilting for customers.  This one is a sampler quilt by my good friend, Gale.   The first pic is of the front of the quilt which is essentially a two color sampler.  The other pics are of the back where the quilting really shows up.  I love to quilt sampler quilts (where all the blocks are different).  I get to come up with different designs for each block.

Today I’m spending time working on my own projects.  Our guild has a quilt show coming up and I need to have my things finished by the end of August.  I have several quilts I want to show.  Unfortunately, most of them are still in my head.  That’s because I’m still designing them!    It would be much too easy to follow a purchased pattern.  Will any of these (imaginary) quilts make it to the show?  It’s too soon to tell.

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