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″

Drunkard’s Path with Pepper Cory

So what do you do when you have LOTs of different fabrics?  Make a scrappy quilt!IMG_0592

Pepper Cory, a guest quilt artist at our guild this week literally wrote the book on the Drunkard’s Path Block.  I have always wanted to play with curved seams, so I took her one day workshop on Wednesday.

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Pepper has been quilting since the late 70’s.   She showed us a lot of options for using this curved seamed block–sometimes combining it with other blocks.  Here are some of the quilts she showed us in class that she has made.

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Love the colors in this one!IMG_0804

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Pepper has been quilting since the late 70’s.  Here she is giving some feedback on one of my classmates’ block combinations.  Despite this this poor picture, she really was happy about it!

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I decided to use all my reds and creams to make a scrappy quilt.  I’ve just sewn enough blocks to lay out the center.  The individual blocks are 8″–which makes the curved piecing rather easy.  When finished it will have 8 blocks across and 8 down.  Then I will think about a border.  So it will become a generous lap quilt for my new sofa.   This way of configuring the blocks has several names:  Love Ring, Lone Ring, Nonesuch, Rippling Waters, Jig Saw Puzzle or Ozark Puzzle–just to name a few. Trying to figure out how all the names came to be would be another puzzle!  Pepper actually does give a lot of the history of this block and it’s variations  in her book.

working on a curved seamed quilt

I’m determined that this will NOT become another UFO!  Stayed tuned.  This one WILL get finished before my next guild meeting (I hope!).

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Bargello Beauty

I recently finished quilting this king sized quilt pieced by Wanda.  Isn’t it lovely?Image

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”.Image

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.  Image

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 pamsquilting@gmail.com and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.  Happy Quilting!

Daily Quilting

Sorry, but I haven’t been doing a lot of painting lately, so my blog posts have been suffering.  I am working on something that I will post in the next couple of days.

In the mean time, I am doing some sort of quilting everyday and although I started this blog to show off my watercolor drawings, I hope you don’t mind if I let you see what  quilts I have in progress.

Yesterday, I spent several hours in quilting workshop with celebrated quilting teacher Gyleen Fitzgerald.  We learned a real fun way to use up scraps with her Trash to Treasures Pineapple quilt workshop.  I got a good start on several blocks and I hope posting my progress now will give me the incentive to keep working so that  I can show you a finished project soon.  Here is a sneak peak.  I’m using “happy” colors!

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I’ve also been doing some long arm quilting.  Here is a quilt top designed by Bonnie Hunter that I have been working on pieced by my friend, Kathy.   One of the best things about being a professional quilter is having the opportunity to quilt tops that I would never have time to piece.  This one has way too many small pieces, but it’s going to be a gorgeous quilt when it is finished!

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That’s all for today.  I will keep you “posted” on future progress.