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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Natalie’s Quilt

My watercolor brushes have been dry lately, but I have been quilting.  I don’t much like to follow quilt patterns.  I feel like I should be more original.  Must be the artist in me.  I designed this lap quilt    (58″ x 70″) as a wedding gift for Natalie who is getting married tomorrow.  It’s a simple design with large (12″ x 14″) blocks.  It was well received at her bridal shower this past week.  Her requested colors were navy, mustard and blush.  I was able to find a fat quarter bundle online: “Athena” by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It fit perfectly into this color scheme.

"Athena" quilt designed by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

“Athena” quilt for Natalie and Charles designed by Pam Schoessow pamelajeannestudio.com

Since it was a wedding gift I quilted it with my all-over Curly Hearts pattern.

Curly Hearts quilting pattern by Pam Schoessow

Curly Hearts quilting pattern by Pam Schoessow   

There was enough left over fabric to make a simple pieced back.IMG_1100  Hopefully Natalie and Charles will spend many an evening cuddled under this.Natalie's Quilt by Pam Schoessow

Ugly Quilt

Is it possible to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?  So what makes an ugly quilt?  Ugly fabric?  Poor piecing?  Doesn’t lie flat and is crooked?  Yes, this one had it all.  I saw no reason to go to the trouble of making it into a quilt.  Not worth it.IMG_0881

I’m guessing the fabrics are from the 70’s.  At least there’s no double knit!IMG_0880I wasn’t going to do anything with it.  But then I had  to consider that it was hand pieced by my sister-in-law’s grandmother.  It has sentimental value.  So I decided to finish it, add some wide borders (fabric I found in my stash) and make it into a bed quilt for my brother and his wife.  It’s not so bad.  Tops always look better with quilting.

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IMG_0917Hope they like it.  But I’m afraid it’s still crooked!

 

Finishing More Quilts

Here a couple of quilts I finished in the past week.  This first is from Wanda.  It was so large, I couldn’t even get it all in the picture.  How long did this beauty take to piece?!  I don’t think I would have the patience to finish this.  Good thing I just do the quilting.IMG_0870

 

Since this is a very traditional quilt, I finished it with edge to edge feathers.IMG_0873 Beautiful fabrics, beautiful piecing.IMG_0874 IMG_0875

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This next quilt was pieced by Penny.  I like how she graduated the colors from light to dark.  Very striking. IMG_0860  I made up a new all over design for this one. IMG_0863

You can see it better on the back.  Don’t have a name for this pattern yet.  Any suggestions?IMG_0865

Day 23: Leaves, Feathers and Curls

This painting started out as a sketch to explore quilting designs.  It incorporates a lot of fun elements–feathers, leaves, and ribbony curls.  It’s the type of thing I would draw with my machine and is very indicative of my quilting style.  Adding the color just makes it all the more fun.Leaves, Feathers and Curls 2

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!

 

 

Pink Tablerunner

I recently finished this little runner for my kitchen table.  It was supposed to be for February/Valentines Day.  Well, yes, it is a few months late, but at least it is completed and not hanging around my sewing room any more!

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The pink, red and orange color scheme came from the dishes above the table.  When we built our home several years ago, I just had to have a plate shelf.

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I designed the flower appliques.  And I used  fusible web to attach them and finished off the edges with a satin stitch.   I did very little piecing for the background as the fabric was already printed with 1 inch stripes.   I finished it off by quilting around the flowers with my signature free-hand feathers.

IMG_0456This was one of those “just for me” projects that I rarely get to.

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Unfortunately, I picked the wrong time of day to get a good picture, but you get the idea.

 

 

Block of the Month Beauties

Recently I quilted 3 quilts made from the same pattern. They were sent to me by friends Randi, Maritza and Pam.  The pattern was offered as a Block of the Month last year on the internet show “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  The quilt features some New York Beauty Blocks and some gorgeous applique.   All three of my quilt top makers did a fabulous job.  With varying fabric choices, and with some variation in the applique, each looks totally different.  My challenge was to do vary the quilting as well.

This first one was pieced and appliqued by Randi.  Her colors are bright and cheerful.

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Maritza’s quilt (except for the borders) has much lower contrast giving it a softer look.  I quilted a lot of pebbles in this one.  ImageImageImageImageImage

The fabric choices in Pam’s quilt achieved high contrast.  I would have never thought to use these colors, but is works!

Very striking.

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It was a fun challenge doing these three quilts.  But I am also glad they are finished and out the door!

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!

 

 

Log Cabin Quilt

My friend Kathy, recently finished this small quilt that she started in a workshop last Fall with designer Edyta Sitar.  She called the pattern Broken Star Log Cabin.Image

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.

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I quilted it with my free-hand all over feathers.  

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I wish you could see it in person.  It is a really lovely quilt!

 

 

Christmas Gift

I’m really proud of myself for actually finishing  a quilt as a gift for my daughter in law, Robyn. (OK, it really didn’t get finished until Dec 27th, but who’s counting?)  It is actually done and bound. Finished!

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I made up the pattern as I went along.  I used a couple of charm packs of 5″ squares. (Simple Marks by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda)  I sewed them randomly together into 20- 4 patch blocks.  Each 4 patch was bordered by a skinny 1 1/2 inch border in a solid cream.  I had extra yardage (the blue print) that I had purchased that was from the same fabric line as the 5″ squares.  I then added the blue sashing (with cream corner squares) and finished it off with a 4 inch border in the same blue print.  It was pretty fast to put together.  If you wanted to do the same, you would need 2 charm packs, and a couple of yards of the cream and blue.  The finished quilt measures aprox. 55″ x 70″–a great lap size.

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Robyn wanted something cozy and warm, so I backed it with cream Minkee fabric and used wool batting.  I quilted it in my all-over “daisy” pattern.

Though I didn’t finish (or even start) everything I thought of to make for gifts this Christmas, I am very pleased that this one thing actually did get finished and delivered!

Santa Rides Again

Here’s another quilt by Georgia.  Santa’s reindeer must be on vacation.  Image

 

The fabrics were so busy and there were so many tiny pieces, I used invisible (clear) thread to go around all of the shapes.  Then added some gold stars to the night.

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Merry Whimsical Christmas!

 

Affairs of the Heart

I recently finished quilting this amazing quilt.  It’s called “Affairs of the Heart” and was designed by Aie Rossman.  All of the applique is done by hand.  This is another fabulous piece of work by Georgia.  She does amazing work!  I used black thread to do some background fillers around the applique.  I also used several different variegated threads to outline and embellish the handwork.  It was tough to see this one go out the door!

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The photos really don’t do it justice, but I did my best to capture this wonderful work of art.

 

Cyber Monday on Etsy

I added these two paintings to my Etsy shop today.   Don’t forget the 20% off sale in my shop ENDS TODAY.  So if you are interested in something, now would be the time to make your purchase.  Besides, it’s CyberMonday.  That’s what you are supposed to do!

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Today is warm!  In the 40’s.  Time to get those outdoor Christmas lights up before it gets freezing cold again.  Every year I wait too long and then freeze my fingers off putting them up.  I LOVE Christmas lights in my yard.  No one else in my family seems to care.  I guess that’s why I end up doing all the work!

I’m still working to get several quilts finished and out the door in the next several days.  I’ve been working on some real beauties that I will show more pictures of soon, but here’s a little sneak peak: ImageImage

Have a great week!

My Star Quilt

I have always wanted to make a Lone Star quilt, but was a bit intimidated by the pattern–all those bias edges!  Well, Jan Krentz came to our guild last year and taught a workshop on this very quilt.  So I jumped in.  My star quilt only measures 44″ x 44″.  I knew if I made it larger, it would never get finished.  And it still wouldn’t be finished except for the fact that I wanted to put it in our guild show this past week (I finished it with 2 days to spare!).  I attached a solid green border that would show off my quilting.  I put two thicknesses of batting to give the quilting more definition.  I am quite pleased with the result.

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Here are some quilting closeups.  The circles I thought added a funky, modern touch.

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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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June Pumpkin

So why am I quilting pumpkins in June?  Well, this block design has been going around in my head for weeks.  I love the Fall colors and pumpkins.  And since our guild bi-annual quilt show is this October, I thought a pumpkin quilt would be just the thing.  So I thought I would start by making one block and see how it goes.

The pumpkin itself is pieced from strips to make it scrappy.   I created the stem and the black “border” (really a block within a block) with improvisational piecing to give it a wonky look.  I used machine applique (with a wide satin stitch) for the leaf and vine.  I also had some fun with the machine quilting.

This small wall hanging  will go in the silent auction at the show.   I’m hoping to make the quilt about twin sized.   I have a few other quilts I have designed (in my head) that I would like to make as well.   I’m not a very fast piecer, so we’ll see what happens.  I’ll post my progress and maybe that will keep me on track as the summer progresses.

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Flower Girl

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.

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