For those of you who have been following my blog regularly, you
know that I try to post weekly. Last week I missed because I was
away on a cruise to the Bahamas with my family. Yes, I have it
This is where I lived last week, along with my family.
And this is where I was staying for several days. How can
you not love the sunshine? The heat is a different matter though.
You have got to love AirMiles. I had enough saved up for my
whole family to stay overnight at an hotel before the Cruise began
as well as the Air Miles covering all of us getting onto the boat. A sweet deal
If you have AirMIles, please check the expiry date, they now
come with an expiry date-crazy or what? My expiry date is coming up at the
end of Dec, 2015, so I didn’t want to waste or lose them. I urge you to check
out the expiry date of your Air Miles too.
Back to the important stuff. I did promise pictures of the front of
Kerry’s “Friends of Baltimore” Quilt. And Kerry (Simple Bird Studio)
loved her quilt, by the way. I am glad because I find it very stressful
when the owners come to pick up their prized possessions. I want
them to be happy with the finished product.
Once again, the front of the unquilted “Friends of Baltimore.”
Due to the large number of blocks(16 in total) I will show you
the first 2 rows with close ups.
Each block has a different background fill. Sees are the fill here because
the block felt like Autumn to me. So, I stitched in seeds in the outside
of the circular wreath.
Inside the wreath, I stitched in circles to mash down the background and
help the applique puff up a bit more. This is one of Cindy Needham’s
tricks of the trade.
You can see the seeds alot better here.
This block stumped me for the longest time in trying to design it.
In the end, I went with feathers around the base of the vase and dressed
them up a bit with some stitching inside each feather. Straight lines
were added as well as diagonal lines to look like an herringbone
Kerry didn’t want any pebbling in the quilting but I had to throw in
some pebbles along the outside edge of the block. It does dress it up nicely.
I love the floral bouquet in this block. I wanted to dress it up so
I marked off a diagonal grid, stitched in swirls, and then filled in
the curved grid. I love the look of this block-very classy.
As you can see, I am constantly checking out what other longarmers
are doing, scanning Pinterest, and Quilt Shows to keep up with
trends in the Quilting Industry. It does take time but it is fun to
check it out and then try it for myself.
Ah, the anchor. What to do with this one? I thought of sailors
and what they used on the high sees. A compass came to mind and
thus the Mariner’s Compass in the block.
I also thought of rope and voila!! McTavishing was used outside the
rope border and circular stitching inside the block.
I love the leaves in this wreath!! It must have been very challenging to
applique though. I used another diagonal grid, marked it with an air
soluble pen and stitched out the straight lines in the grid first and then
filled in the grid. I have some stencils on hand so it makes marking the
blocks quick and accurate.
As you have noticed thus far, this applique quilt has alot of colors
in it. Instead of changing thread colors constantly, I chose both a clear
and monofilament thread and stitched around all the pieces of the
applique. It is a bit shiny but not that noticable when the whole
quilt is completed. It also keeps the back tidy and no colored
threads showing through to the backing.
In the center, I quilted in circular stitching and made some waves under the
boat. On the outside of the boat, I made circular swirls.
This boat is really going through quite a quilted storm. Glad that
the boat I was on didn’t experience that kind of turbulence. And no,
I didn’t get sea sick. After I got home though, I still felt the gentle
swaying of the boat for several days.
What a gorgeous block and vase!! I can not imagine the time that it
took Kerry to make this block alone. Again, I opted for a
diagonal grid pattern.
I marked the lines, stitched them in and then filled it with straight
lines. You will notice that even the sashing was SID and has stitching in
it as well. In the little blue triangles, I used a dark monofilament thread
because the blue polyester thread kept showing up on the back of the quilt.
After all that hard work, I couldn’t let that happen. The monofilament thread
seems magical in that it seems to transform and take on whatever color
it is stitched on.
Due to all the grid work, I wanted a different design in this block.
I took out my arc rulers and this is what happened. Yes, I know the
bird is upside down.
On the inside of the block, there is circular stitching and on the
outside I quilted feathers. You can’t go wrong with feathers.
Well, I hope the wait was worth it. I hope you enjoyed the
blocks. Which one was your favorite?
Next week, there will be 8 more to choose from.
Have a great week.