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!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Post 22-Quilt Market Moccasin BOM

It's been many months in the making,
but I'm excited that I can finally show pics of this awesome quilt I quilted for AnneMarie Chany of GenXquilters. 

It was unveiled today at International Quilt Market in Houston, and lucky me, I had a friend who just happened to be there and snapped this pic.

Now for the quilting closeups...

This quilt was a TON of fun to quilt!

I have to admit that I was a little nervous to show it to AnneMarie because I tend to quilt things to death and wasn't sure if that was her style. I tried to hold back a little with the quilting, but I still 'went to town.' 

She ended up loving it, and that's all that matters. ;)

This is a Block of the Month Club 2015.
 RJR fabrics is kitting the fabric (their cotton supreme solids) and patterns. 

Linking this post with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Post 23- Check out Lisa Calle's blog!!

I'm pretty darn excited right now!
I was just doing a little Bloglovin' reading and this is what went through my head when I came to Lisa Calle's blog.

That's pretty.
Wait...that's familiar.
Scroll back up
Hey! That's my mini wholecloth!
On Lisa's Blog
Front and Center!!

I have a couple of quilt heroes and Lisa is one of them, 
so it's just really cool to see my quilt on her blog.

I took Lisa's class last May and she was kind enough to pose for a pic with me.

There are a bunch of other amazing wholecloths from other ladies on there too, so it's worth a look if you haven't visited her blog.

Another exciting thing happened this week.
My awesome friend, Karlee Porter, released her new quilt book Graffiti Quilting.
Here's my autographed copy.

I've known Karlee for about 5 years, since she and I both worked at Handi Quilter in the Production Department. We both put in quite a few hours of practice on the longarm and sit-down machines testing them before we moved on to other things.

I remember one of the first days I met Karlee she sat down at lunchtime with a notebook and a bunch of markers and started drawing. 
At some point, she let me see her sketches and I was blown away.
I knew right then and there that she was an artist.
And I'm so excited she is now sharing her artistry with the quilting world!

Lastly, here is my show and tell for the week. 
Don't you just love this adorable baby quilt?!
I Wish I could take credit for more than the quilting, but no.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Post 24- In the Spirit of Halloween

Since I still have a couple weeks before I can share all the Quilt Market quilts I've been busy with, and since Halloween is drawing ever closer (Already?!), I thought I'd share a few festive projects.

The first is a small pillow I made from a 2-inch Halloween charm pack I purchased a few years back. 

I made a last-minute decision and took a class called Terrific Triangles at Quilt Fest. I learned how versatile half-square triangles are. You can literally make thousands of different block patterns just using HSTs! Who knew? 
Probably everyone but me!
Oh well, now I know! ;)

I have used HSTs in quilts before, but this pillow was my first attempt at using ONLY HSTs in a project. It kind of reminds me of Charlie Brown's shirt, but I still think it's cute. :)

I also have some fun clients who have been making a million (not really, but a lot!) of tablerunners for their kids for Christmas presents. They are so stinkin' cute!

Here's just one of the many tablerunners quilted with spiderwebs all over.

Have you finished all your Halloween projects? If so, I'd love to see pics of them! Send them my way and I'll share them!

Linking this post to Crazy Mom's Quilts Finish It Up Friday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Post 25-Radiance Mini Wholecloth

Life has been full of quilt deadlines for me. Nothing new! 
I love all the work I'm getting to do, but I'm still learning my own limitations. Sometimes I wish I could duplicate myself, but since that's not possible I'm learning instead that I have to be realistic about what I can and can't do and let some work opportunities go.
It's a bittersweet realization for me.

In the midst of all the customer deadlines, I was able to take a few hours for myself and quilt my mini wholecloth.
I created this mini wholecloth for the challenge given by Lisa Calle and I'm doing it in conjunction with my friends from the Longarm Learning Curve group on Facebook. 
The coolest thing about this group is that we are from all over the world with one uniting factor...we all do longarm quilting on Handi Quilter machines. 
It's awesome to be part of a world-wide quilt group! And I'm so happy I decided to do this challenge with them. 

Our ringleader, Annelize Littlefair, has arranged for our mini wholecloths to be displayed in the U.K. at the Malvern Autumn Quilt Show in 2015 and then at the Spring Quilt Festivals in 2016 in Ardingly, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Duxord. 

I dream of one day going to the U.K., but I guess for now I'll have to be satisfied that my quilt will be there! ;)

I still need to bind this, but the deadline is in October, so I'm feeling good about my progress. So, without further wait I present to you my Radiance mini wholecloth!

I love the way this turned out!!
One of the requirements for this challenge was to use Robert Kaufman's Radiance fabric. I have to tell you I kept running my hand over this fabric as I was quilting it. It's so soft and smooth and silky! I decided I absolutely NEED this fabric on my bed! (Another project on the to-make list!)

I'm so glad I took this challenge. For some reason, there's nothing like the pressure of a deadline to make me finish things!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Radiance in cream
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 and a layer of wool
Thread: Superior Highlights in cream

Friday, September 5, 2014

Post 26- Amazing Barn Quilt

 This amazing quilt was made by Vickie and Richard Rawson (pictured below).
Vickie pieced the quilt and Richard did the embroidery.

I was blown away by the amount of detail they put into this quilt!

There was already so much character to this quilt that I didn't want the quilting to overpower it. I did my best to keep it simple, except in the green and white blocks. I decided to dress up those areas with a bit more quilting. Vickie loved it, so I think I was successful. :)

Now for the closeup pics...

And the back...

Linking this post to Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Post 27-Mia's Garden is going to MQX!

I'm so excited!
 I just found out my quilt, Mia's Garden, got accepted into MQX Quilt Festival Midwest!
You can see my name in the middle column fourth from the bottom.

Looking at the other finalists really put things in perspective for me. 
I recognize a lot of those names...Leah Day, RaNae Merrill, Gina Perkes, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Linda Thielfoldt, Cathy Wiggins, Judy Woodworth. (Click on their name to see some of their amazing work.) These are just a few of the amazing quilters whose quilts were juried into this show.

I was encouraged by one of the founders of MQX, Janet-Lee Santeusanio, to enter my quilt into the show. I don't know about you, but sometimes I need a little nudge to get me out of my comfort zone. I'm glad Janet-Lee gave me that nudge. My studio will feel a little empty when I ship my quilt to Illinois, but at least one of us gets to go to the show. :)

Today's show and tell is a small table runner I quilted for a customer who picked up the appliqué pieces in Peru. 

I used freehand and rulers to do the line designs. The leaf motif was a digitized design by my awesome friend and designer Karlee Porter at