Saturday, January 10, 2015

Quick Union Jack Quilt

I just put the last of the Christmas decor away today. 
Glad that's finally done!
Now that the Holidays are officially over here, it's back to real life! (And hopefully more blogging!)

A few weeks ago, I purchased a bolt of this cute Union Jack panel fabric from Riley Blake.  

My intentions were to use it for a backing of a UK-themed quilt I'm making for a family friend, 
but I knew I'd have plenty left over. So when I was asked to bring one of my 'favorite things' for a gift exchange in December, I decided to make a quilt.

The only piecing I did on this was the 4 inch borders I added to all four sides.

Then I put it on my quilting frame, put it on Horizontal channel lock, and ran the machine from one end to the other a bjillion times! 

I spent an hour or two stitching down the binding, and Voila! 

Easiest quilt ever!

The hardest part about this quilt was giving it away! Seriously!

Even my little one wanted me to keep it!

Good thing I still have enough fabric to make another one for me and my family!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Post 16- Moda Modern Building Blocks

Well, I really dropped the ball on my '20 quilt posts in 20 days' goal! 

As we start thinking about New Year's resolutions, we would all do well to remember to set REALISTIC goals for ourselves.

A blog post everyday for 20 days is very unrealistic for me...especially during the holidays! What was a I thinking?
Oh well! I guess we live and learn!

This quilt is part of the reason I couldn't keep up to date on my blog goals.

This amazing quilt was pieced by Brittany from Quilter's Haven. 
She truly did an amazing job with the piecing.
I still struggle with piecing sometimes, so when I see those perfectly matching points on a client's quilt, I am just in reverent awe.

This quilt caught me off guard when I started loading it onto the longarm frame. I had seen pictures of this quilt, because it was such a hit at Spring Market. But, for some reason, the pictures really don't show just how big it actually is!

So, what I thought would be a fairly easy 3-day custom quilt job ended up stretching into a two-and-a-half week custom quilt job.

I am thrilled with how it turned out, but it was a challenging quilt to machine quilt, in that I had to use rulers 90% of the time, (although I did free-motion quilting on a little bit of the quilt) and had to come up with a new design for every block.

Well, enough chit-chat. I took too many pictures, so get ready for picture overload with this one!

A little sneak peak of the many tools I used to quilt this one.

And, of course, pictures of the quilt back!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Post 17-A Very Pretty T-Shirt Quilt

Today's quilt is one I recently quilted for a friend's daughter. Her daughter did a beautiful job putting this T-shirt quilt together. I love the added floral and paisley fabric!

You can see the quilting slightly better in this next picture.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Post 18-Christmas Tablerunner

Eeeek!! I just realized I only have 15 minutes left in this day to post my next quilt and keep my goal of 20 quilts in 20 days!!

I quilted this beautiful Christmas tablerunner last December. Hmmm...why am I now finally posting it? Well, as the song goes, 'Time keeps on tickin' tickin' into the future'! And before you know it, the end of the year is upon you!

Hope you enjoy the pics. (Honestly, the pics aren't the best quality.) Maybe that's why I never posted them before!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Post 19-Chocolate Quilt

Are you hungry? 

Well, after seeing this quilt you will be!

This Chocolate quilt was pieced by my friend Sylvia. 
She always makes amazing quilts!

Each day of the week has a special chocolate treat:
Wednesday-bon bons
Friday-chocolate bar
Saturday-triple layer mousse cake
Sunday-hot fudge sundae

Sounds like the perfect diet to me!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Post 20- A Quilt a Day for 20 Days...My Favorite Things Wallhanging

At the beginning of 2014, I challenged myself to blog 50 posts this year. This would be easy peasy for many bloggers, but not for me! Believe it or not, I still have 20 posts left with only a few weeks left in the year!

I'm not someone who gives up easily, so like my post title says, I'll be posting a quilt a day for 20 days!

I hope you'll bear with me as I attempt to achieve my challenge for the year. Maybe you'll even find some quilty inspiration in these posts...that would be awesome!

First up is this fun and very personalized customer wall hanging. I love how she was able to record her favorite things in a quilt! This will definitely be a family treasure!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Post 21-Geometric Designs On Kids Quilts

I've been exploring the world of geometric quilting on kids quilts.

I love the texture geometric quilting adds to quilts without adding the distractions you get with other more intricate designs.

This 'simple but oh so cute' baby boy quilt was designed by Joni at Quilter's Haven in Bountiful, UT. This particular quilt was made by a customer who saw Joni's original quilt that I quilted hanging in her store. She wanted it quilted exactly the same with zig zags. I think straight lines across the quilt would've looked great too, but I like how the zig zags accentuate the shape of the applique crocodile.

This next quilt was full of pinwheels, so the customer and I decided the quilting needed to have curves to give it movement. There are a lot of quilting designs that would've looked great, but I decided to try allover spirals. 

Look at the amazing texture on this quilt back! Love it!