Saturday, May 28, 2011

Red White and Blue

Here is a beautiful quilt - perfect for Memorial Day.  Pieced by Kim M.  It was a block of the month. 
Here it is coming off my machine.  It's a large quilt!  

Kim wanted a high-contrast thread in each block.   Here are a couple close ups.

There were lots of borders!  I continued the wavy lines from the sashing into the red border.  The blue skinny border has stars and I quilted a swag in the largest blue border.  

Friday, May 27, 2011

Lilac Season

This lilac bush is planted in our back yard, close to the house, just outside our dining room window.  When I open the kitchen window and back door, I can smell the fragrance!  I love to hug that bush.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baltimore Album style quilt and Batik 9-Patch

 This quilt was pieced by Pam J.  It is a pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts, Edyta Sitar's Hop To It book.  It is fusible applique secured with a tiny zig-zag stitch.  I wish I would have taken more photos.  Click on the picture for a close up.  I quilted the background with a small stipple so the piecing would pop.  Feathers in the borders. 

9-Patch Batik 
This quilt was pieced by Peggy Y.  Made as a wedding gift.  I quilted four separate wedding scenes.  You will see Wedding Bells (above), the bride and groom (below)

Wine Glasses...
There is also a wedding cake, doves, a bridal bouquet, a Just Married sign on the back of a car, Rings, Chapel, Gazebo, Cake Knife, Cake Topper, Garter, Flowers.  It's perfect for the occasion.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quilts of late

 Here are some fun, bright kids quilts made by customers.  The top one is called confetti, pieced by Cathy S.  Great scrappy quilt ideas... 
 Love the easy 9-patch with the yellow border!  It was quilted with an edge-to-edge pattern (pantograph) called wandering spirals.  This is a digital pattern - and thanks to my Intelliquilter, it is sewn and spaced perfectly.   
 This was pieced by Kathy L.  She choose an ABC panel for the back.  It's so cute.

 Quilted with SnapDragon pattern.
Music Quilt by Cathy S. 
Skater T-Shirt Quilt by Sara W.

The next two quilts were pieced by Trish M.  I love two color quilts!  This was a wedding gift.
 Trish M. also pieced this interesting chain-link quilt. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vintage Linen Quilts with Cindy Needham

Cindy Needham was our guest lecturer at guild last night.  These beautiful quilts are made from vintage linens.  WOW.   The photos are mostly close-up shots, I didn't get the whole quilt.  I wish I had a dime to lay down on each quilt so you can get the perspective of how tiny the quilting really is.  You must see these up close to really appreciate the workmanship!
 She often adds tiny tiny tiny beads to her work.  A lot of the linens are damaged, have holes or some spots, but you can't tell!  The quilting stabilizes it.   Or she adds other lace to plug up the holes.

 If the linen has cut-work (lacy), she adds a fabric behind the linen, then batting and backing.  There are four layers in all.  She does all the quilting on a Juki straight stitch sewing machine.  She uses more than one lace or linen in a piece, if there is a hole that need to be "plugged up".  The medallion in the center (pictured below) is a separate piece.

 Tiny feathers and micro stippling.

 Cindy Needham's website is