Monday, November 23, 2015

Free Motion Quilting a Spring Flowers Crib Quilt

A short and sweet post...

This precious baby quilt was designed by my client.

Her main request was to do detailed free motion quilting in the white area.
I don't get that request very often, so I thoroughly enjoyed doing it on this quilt.
I actually find it very therapeutic to do free motion filler work on quilts, as I don't have to think much about the design. I just let my muscle memory take control and before I know it it's done!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Samantha's Star Quilt

I met Samantha at the Quilt Bliss retreat I attended last February
(although we had already been Instagram friends for a while).

Let me tell you about Samantha...

When I grow up I want to be like her!

As a person and a quilter, she totally rocks! 

This girl pieces more quilts in a month than I do in a year. And she is just one of the most genuine ladies I have ever met. (If you're on Instagram you can follow her @samanthaleeolsen). 

She said this was one of her earlier quilts, and she just hadn't been ready to get it quilted...
until she gave me the honor and full license to do whatever I wanted. So I went to town.

I have to admit, I loved the fact that it was a small wallhanging. Custom quilting large quilts can be overwhelming, but this was a joy.

And such a gorgeous back too!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks with Straight-Line Quilting

Has it really been over a month since I last blogged?!

I really have been doing a lot of quilting over here at my house, and the pics are piling up.
I need to get with the program!

Here's another version of the Moda Building Blocks quilt. 

I love straight-line quilting on this quilt. The simplicity of it shows off the colorful blocks. The last Moda Building Blocks I quilted was custom quilting and it took me around 40 hours to quilt. This quilt took less than a quarter of that time.

Don't get me wrong, I love the custom quilting I did on the first quilt, but I honestly love this look too. 

Sometimes deciding how to quilt a quilt is a matter of personal preference, sometimes it's a matter of finding out how the quilt will be used, and sometimes it's a matter of what the quilting budget allows. Really, whether custom or simple quilting, you can't lose! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jessie's Gardenvale Dresden Quilt

Yes! Another Dresden quilt! 

I love them all! 

And it's amazing how different they all are.

This Gardenvale quilt was made by Jessie for Quilter's Haven...back when they were still open.
(I cried when I heard they were closing their doors. 
Then I did what any respectable quilter would do...I went there and shopped my heart out!)

The pattern is by Moda Fabrics and features Gardenvale fabrics by Jen Kingwell.

I love the solid black background used for this quilt. It's not a background color I often see.

My quilting was inspired by a class I took in May from the Sew Kind of Wonderful ladies, Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson. If you haven't checked out their work, you really should! They are amazing quilters and great teachers too.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brittany's Dresden Quilt

Isn't this such a fun, scrappy quilt? 

I love Dresden's in all shapes and sizes, but I have to shamefully admit I still haven't made a dresden quilt yet! I've started one, but sadly it's still a UFO.

My friend Brittany made this a few years back. Then in January she won one of my Instagram giveaways and decided it was time to get it quilted.

Brittany likes simple. And since this quilt had so many busy prints, I agreed that simple was best.

It's hard to see in the other pictures, but I quilted flower petals around the polka dot circles (as shown below).

Here's where you can really see the quilting design. 
So simple but the complete design is stunning.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Big Charming- A Modern Quilt

Big Charming is a modern quilt designed by Denyse Schmidt and made by Joni from Quilter's Haven.  

She really liked the concentric circle design I did on a previous quilt, and we decided it would look stunning on this this quilt as well.

I love the simplicity of this quilt both in piecing and quilting.

Because this quilt was so large, I had to think 'out of the box' to find a quick and easy way to mark it.

It's funny how inspirational things around the house can be. I went from room to room looking for something to help me mark this quilt, and the garage door-of all places-is where I found my answer. 

My garage door is attached to these metal strips (pictured below) that just happen to have equally-spaced holes. I took a trip to The Home Depot, and a few bucks later I was on my way to having this big guy marked.

It was a bit of a workout on my legs, but otherwise it was super quick and easy. (And you get to see my little helper cheering me on in the video below.)

I came to the end corner and decided to mix the design up a little with a couple of rows of squares to mimic the solid color pieced squares of the quilt.

Of course, I had to spray the quilt with quite a bit of water to get all the markings out, but doesn't 'Big Charming' look so handsome and ready to cuddle up with?!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sarah's Quilt

I met Sarah at the Quilt Bliss retreat I attended back in February.

She made this beautiful quilt for her mother to hang on her wall. She wanted custom quilting to add to the beauty of the quilt.

I love the flying geese border...

And the center medallion! 

Ok, ok, I love the whole thing.

Detail of the teeny tiny pebbling.

For some reason I took more pics of the back than the front! 
Not sure what I was thinking!