Off to the hospital

That title sure sounds scary!  But today is the draw for a large quilt I

quilted for our Guild last year.  Do you remember this one?

Charity Quilt made by Local Guild

Charity Quilt made by Local Guild

Well, the draw is today and the hospital asked me to come and

perform the draw.  I thought that was pretty neat and thoughtful.

So, off I go later on today, to make the draw.

Here are some close up of several blocks.

Applique block with feathers

Applique block with feathers

Frog block

Frog block

Another pieced block

A pieced block

Cube-with feathers.

Cube-with feathers.

Here is how the borders were quilted.

Inside border-yes, feathers!

Inside border-yes, feathers!

It was amazing too because the quilt sold 4,000 tickets!   Wow!

I promise to get a picture of the full quilt today .

I am also excited that  the main body of Lily of Rosenberry is also completed.

It has only taken me a year to get this far but I think it was well worth


Lilluy of Rosenberry

Lilly of Rosenberry

This is a pattern by Sue Garman.  It is all hand appliqued and

awaiting the border.  I decided to complete the border just

like in the pattern.

Lily of Rosenberry

Lily of Rosenberry

Might as well finish it totally and I really

don’t know what type of border I would replace the original

with anyways.  Now, only 360 berries to make for the border.


Here is a close up of the center of the quilt.

Close up of Lilly of Rosenberry

Close up of Lilly of Rosenberry

I chose different colors due to what was in my stash.  It looks

fresh and spring like.  We all could use some spring colors right now.

Can you believe the pattern and design that only one block can make?

Block 1 completed

Block 1 completed

It always fascinates me how color and pattern can change

and look so different.

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Thread Sketching -a new adventure.

Since January, I have decided to try some new techniques in the

area of art quilts.  Thread sketching is the one area that fascinates me.

Thread sketching involes taking a photo, making a copy, fusing on

different colored fabric pieces, and adding the detail with thread.

If you want to know more about it, check out Susan Brubaker Knapp,

over at Blue Moon  She is one amazing art quilter.

I have  a copy of her book “Point, Click, Quilt” and I am

using the examples in this book to begin my new adventure.

Susan's book on thread sketching

Susan’s book on thread sketching

This whole process begins with a  picture that is blown

up. The next step involves tracing around each area of the

photo so that templates can be made from them.

Agave plant tracing

Agave plant tracing

I decided to try out the Agave plant and here is the tracing

that is provided in the book.  It merely needs to be enlarged

and fabrics chosen for each piece.  There are 4 different shades

of green to be chosen.  Once the fabrics are chosen, some type

of  fusible webbing must be ironed onto the wrong sides of the

fabric pieces. Steam -a-seam, Wonder Under , or Misty Fuse

are some of the fusible webbings out there.  I chose to use Misty

Fuse, as I find that the other products are too thick for quilting.

All of the stitching was completed on my longarm and even it

protested when there were triple  layers  of the fabric and Misty

Fuse to stitch through. Once this step is done, the fun can now begin.

Fabric pieces all ironed on and ready for thread sketching.

Fabric pieces all ironed on and ready for thread sketching.

Here is the piece with all the fabric attached and ready for the

next step: thread sketching.  Before, I forget, a heavy

stabilizer is also placed under this piece before the

thread sketching can begin.  The reason for this is due to

the fact that the fabric will bunch up if there is no

stabilizer under it to hold all that stitching.

The backing and batting are also not added just yet.

So, off to the races we go.  All the detail is added by

stitching  with different colored threads.  It is really

quite fascinating  to watch as the piece

comes to life with  each different  colored thread that is added.

Finished Agave plant

Finished Agave plant

Here is the finished piece.   After all the thread sketching is done,

the batting ,backing, and quilting  can now be done.  You must think

about which  areas you would like to come forward and which areas

you want to recede.  Here, I quilted around the agave spikes so that the

plant would look like it’s coming forward.  The blue sky was

quilted heavily so that the whole plant would come forward as


Close up of thread sketching.

Close up of thread sketching.

All the pointy spikes on the plant were added with a tan

colored thread.

Another close up

Another close up

I think that my only beef was that I didn’t pick dark

enough colors for some spikes of the plant.  Something to

remember for the next piece.

I thoroughly enjoyed this experiment and I plan to make

more of these art quilts.  I think, in total, it took me 8-10 hours

to complete.  It is roughly 20″ x 25″so it shouldn’t take as long

as a full size quilt to begin and complete.

Here is a small baby quilt pattern, another Jenny Pedigo pattern

called Metro Twist.

Metro Twist baby quilt

Metro Twist baby quilt

She has interesting patterns but I think I

need to make this a little bigger but have no more blue fabric.

Any suggestions- a border maybe?

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Have a great week.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hope that you are looking forward to Valentine’s Day and what your

special person may do for you-and you for that person.

In order to stay with the heart theme, I will show you a cute baby

quilt that I just quilted for my friend, Arlene.  She is a super piecer

and everything is always square and flat when it comes to me.

Pre quilted baby quilt

Pre quilted baby quilt

This is the quilt before I quilted it.

And here is the after shot.

Quilt after it was quilted

Quilt after it was quilted

Isn’t it amazing how much the quilt changes once the

stitching has been added?

Close up of center block

Close up of center block

I decided that I wanted to make the design more interesting

so I went with an arc shape in the middle blocks.  Swirls were

added to give it more movement.

Border quilting

Border quilting

In the blocks near the border, I merely quilted half of the design.

I used Bottom Line  thread to quilt around all the applique pieces

in the blocks. A white polyester thread was used in the white space

in the blocks and on the border areas.

Border areas

Border areas

For the border, I merely used the same swirl design.  The Green Fairy,

aka Judi Madsen, is  the designer of this swirl pattern.  I thought that I would

try out this freehand swirly design for myself.

Inside the square area

Inside the square area

In the small squares,  the quilting is more basic.  Again, I used the Bottom

Line thread, in a white color,  all of the various colored fabrics so that I

didn’t have to change thread colors alot.

I also managed to finish my Jenny Pedigo quilt that I began in the fall.

Finished quilt

Finished quilt

It is hard to believe that I actually sewed the top and quilted it-all in

1 year.  Yeah!!

Close up of middle block

Close up of middle block

Again, I used a curved design-I seem to really like these right now.

I did a loop de loop around the inner triangle.  Inside the inner

triangle, I decided to stitch various designs such as pebbles,

straight lines, swiggles and wobbly lines.  All in the name of

interest. On the outside of the arc, I did straight lines with a

rounded edge. It reminds me of the lines on a military jacket.

Wierd, I know.

Center of the blue block

Center of the blue block

In the blue block, I quilted straight lines in the center and

a several slightly curved lines in the grey area.  Again, even

the quilting designs came from Jenny Pedigo. She is one

talented lady.

Another center block

Another center block

A white polyester thread was used for the white blocks

and 2 different blue polyester thread was used for the

blue blocks. You can check Jenny out, over at Sew Kind

of Wonderful.

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Have a great week.

And the winner is…

Congratulations go out to Sherry for winning the Snowman pattern from

last week’s draw.  It is in the mail and on its way, as we speak.  Have fun

making it Sherry and send me a photo when you are done.

Winterfest was on this weekend and here are several photos for you.

An icy fireman

An icy fireman

Pretty cool to be able to make something like this out of ice.

I think that I will stick to cotton myself.

ice man

ice man

I am not quite sure who this guy is but it is neat to see him.

And I find inspiration in the wierdest places.

Octopus tentacles

Octopus tentacles

The circles are so cool on this octopus tentacles.  I love pebbles on a

quilt and this reminded me of it.

Now, on to more important matters.

Challenge piece is finished

Challenge piece is finished

This piece was made for an upcoming challenge.  I can’t say what

yet but the quilting design and inspiration came from Margaret Solomon

Gunn.  She is one very  talented longarmer.

More eye candy

More eye candy

The piecing design was created by me but the technique came from

Jacquie Gering. “Flipping and stitching” is the technique.  Basically,

you cut out different sizes of fabric, stitch them, flip, press and

continue on again. It was good for me to try but I found it a very

stretching experience.

one last shot

one last shot

Okay, I am sure that you have had enough of this piece but I really

like the quilting on it.

Quilt ready to go

Quilt ready to go

This baby is waiting patiently for me to take some time

to quilt up.  It will have to wait a little longer though. It is

a design by Jenny Pedigo from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

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See you next week.