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!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kaffe Fassett Quilt

Summer is cruising by and I'm struggling to keep up with it! I'm wondering where those lazy days of summer disappeared to. It seems like it's been a few years since I've seen them! Hmmmm...may have something to do with the age of my kiddos!

Back in May I was asked by my client to custom quilt this quilt she made for a Kaffe Fassett display at HMQS. Here's a bit about it...

"Each year the Kaffe and Friends exhibit becomes bigger and better. Our group that started 7 years ago, has expanded from 15 ladies to about 45, and instead of being held in only one quilt shop, we now have three classes held in two different shops in Salt Lake and Ogden. The ladies, and one gentleman, are creative and exciting to be around. We used Kaffe Fassett fabric lines, and others that work well together, such as Brandon Mabley, Phillip Jacobs, batiks and more. 

This year the class consisted of Dresden plates in assorted varieties, small. Large, funky, stripes, solids, cutouts, inserts, paper pieced, and any other kind that the imaginations could create. The instructions were given each month and the members could select their own 
color scheme and decide on their final layout. We have skylines, underwater scenes, checkerboard backgrounds, gradations, trees, aborigional walkabouts, and many I have not yet seen.

Join the movement starting again in January of 2015, at Elaines Quilt shop in SLC, or My Heritage in Ogden. The instructor, Kaye Evans has some more exciting ideas for the upcoming year. Call the shops for more information."

This was one of the biggest quilts I've custom quilted...and definitely the most colorful! I love it! 

Honestly, I had so much fun quilting this (which I usually can't say about a quilt this large). I had no plan when I started quilting, other than to bring texture to the quilt. Because it's such a colorful quilt, I knew intricate quilting designs would get lost, so simple lines in various designs was my goal.

I took about a bzillion pics. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Peacock Quilt

This gorgeous quilt was brought to me by the husband of  one of my clients.
Richard does absolutely stunning handwork, as you can see! 
I love the fact that he and his wife both quilt and compete against one another at the state fair.
They are both very talented quilters and are as sweet as can be.

I'll be honest with you, I struggled quite a bit trying to decide how to quilt this quilt. I knew that I wanted to really maximize the quilting on the white fabric, but after drawing up about 4 different designs I still wasn't sold on what I had.
The only thing this quilt really "said" to me was that I needed to frame the peacocks with an oval and then do filler quilting on the rest, but I just wasn't sure of what fill to use. Since this quilt felt more traditional to me, I decided feathers might work.
I went ahead and quilted out the first block, and guess what? 
I wasn't in love with it. Ugh!
So began the unpicking.

After spending a bit more time researching design ideas and drawing them out, I finally settled for what I'd call a little bit traditional and a little bit modern.

The peacock feather wreath seemed geometric enough that I decided a more modern back and forth line fill would suit it nicely. When I tried quilting feathers around it, it felt chaotic and cluttered.

The peacocks got the lovely quilted feathers on the outside of the oval frame and paisleys on the inside.

I think I hit a good balance of curves and straight lines.

I encouraged Richard to not only enter it into the state fair, but also into HMQS next May. I'm not sure if he will, but I think it would do really well there. It's simply stunning in design and handwork execution.