One Week Left Before Christmas Day…

One week left until Christmas Day. I hope that doesn’t strike fear in your  heart as

you read that last sentence. I still don’t have all my shopping done or wrapped and

Christmas cards didn’t happen again this year. All of my customers’ quilts did get

finished and on time too.

There are a few more pictures from The Houston Quilt Festival, 2018. I hope that you are

not getting sick of me still talking about it. I just want to share some beautiful quilts with

you.

I love this quilt, the colors, the lady in the quilt and the stitching, of course.

But for the life of me, I can not figure out how she made this quilt.

Even the up close pictures is not helping me. I love trying to figure out

how a quilt was constructed. Any ideas?

This is quite the quilt as well. The creator hails from Japan.

A close up of the boat.

Speaking of close ups. this shows a portion of the Best of Show Quilt. Look at

all the detail and the quilting.

Jacqueline De Jonge is the designer of this quilt.

The  kids are having a blast. Brings a smile to my face every time I look at this

quilt.

Lisa Calle’s Quilt

I met Lisa at her booth at the Festival. She is very down to earth and talented.

More close ups and great texture.

Too bad I didn’t get the whole picture of this quilt. I was running around trying to

get lots of interesting shots of quilts that I liked. There were so many quilts and not

enough time to see them all.

I love these boats and the colors too.

Interesting color choices.

Again, I love the colors, the picture and the quilting.

Great colors!!

A more traditional quilt. Very intricate.

An award winning Alphabet Quilt.

Betty Busby created this colorful quilt.

More close ups.

Love the colors and the lines.

Colorful Trees

Colorful Horses

This quilt had all kinds of fabrics on it: cheesecloth, wool roving, tulle. What fun to use all

of these fibers in a quilt.

Dots

Being creative is so much fun and sometimes so simple. Dots! Who would have thought.

Love the colors.

Birch trees, far away and up close and personal.

A Japanese applique quilt. It is fun to look at all the detail in this quilt.

Darlene and I in front of her third place quilt in the Large Hand Applique Category.

I am on the left in the picture.

Have a great week.

Hit And Miss…

Life has been so crazy around here lately that my blog posts seem to be either a hit

or a miss. I am trying to be consistent with the posts but life is getting in the way.

Here are some finishes I have managed to complete lately.

Donna’s Mini

I think Donna made this mini quilt for someone special. I really love how simple and

colorful it is. Lisa Calle comes to mind when I look at this mini.

Donna wanted feathers and it adds to the traditional feeling of this mini. I SID around all the

triangles using a monofilament thread. I also used a So Fine White 50 Weight polyester thread

for the background fills. Thin threads  create alot of texture while helping the thread itself to

disappear and be less noticeable.

A circular feather wreath was stitched into the center of the block and the feathers were

carried out into the edge of the outside border. I wanted to create interest by changing up

the style of the feather somewhat from the middle of the quilt to the outside border.

The backing

A straight line border was also stitched into the border framing the middle of the quilt.

Another good way to cause the eye to go to the middle of the quilt first. All the background

fill consisted on a small stipple or meander. The triangles received straight lines and the

center of the blocks received a circular design.

The backing shows off the texture that the quilting creates. I love the texture.

This is one of 2 mini quilts that one of my customers created. This lady is very proficient and

very precise in her piecing. She loves stippling so that is what we did on both of her

minis. I used a blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Even though the pictures look muddied, they are the same quilt. The flash  must have

been turned off on my camera for the latter photo.

The is what the border area looked like. I like the stripes and the bright red polka

dot binding fabric.

The backing

Here is the bright blue backing with all the stippling included.

Japanese Quilt

The same lady who made the above mini, also made this lovely Japanese style mini.

Japanese fabrics

The fabrics are gorgeous! My husband went to Japan in June. All I wanted was some

Japanese fabrics. He did manage to find some fabrics but they all looked like they

were made in the US. Later, I ordered some fabric for one of my son’s quilts, online and

from the US, which I showed you a picture of in my last post. When I looked at where

the fabrics were printed, it said “Japan.” That made me laugh alot!

More of the gorgeous fabrics.

More meandering on the quilt top. I used a light tan polyester thread on the

top and the backing.

Evelyn’s BAby Quilt

Evelyn is preparing for a baby’s arrival by making 2 baby quilts but in different color

ways.

This fabric is really cute for a baby. Evelyn chose to stitch a simple overall design onto the

quilt and it was a good choice. I used a light green polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

BAby Quilt #2

A light peach polyester thread was used on the top and backing of this baby quilt as well.

You can see how cute this fabric really is when you are up close to it.

The backing

The stitching shows up nicely on the back when you use a solid color fabric.

The backing

When you look close enough, you will see baby bottles, a rubber ducky, and pins. This was

the overall pattern sewn onto the quilt top. Very cute indeed.

Hope you are staying cool in this warm and hot weather. Have a great week.

 

 

A New Year…

A new year has begun and I am wondering what your plans

are for it? Any new BOM’s?  New resolutions to maybe

finish the older BOMs hanging around? Those are my

thoughts today.

I have begun working on customers’ quilts once again,

so that is not new. Over at Quilt Art Designs, Janeen

is starting a rather cute paper piecing BOM for this

year;   entitled “Baby Animals.” You should check

it out. Next week, I may have pictures for you.

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This is Anna’s quilt. I think it may have been a Mystery

Quilt that she participated in at a local quilt shop.

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The pieced border looks great. What  a great way to add some

drama to the top.

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The following few photos show some of the varying

blocks in the quilt top.

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Some of the blocks are very interesting. Color certainly

adds another dimension to the quilt.

Anna chose a grey polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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The backing

The backing always looks so different from the front.

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A close up of the design that Anna chose. It is

called “Starlets” by Lisa Calle.

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Anne made this bright quilt. I love all the red colors in it.

Because the colors are so vibrant, she chose a vibrant red

polyester thread for top and backing.

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“Swirls” was chosen for its simple design. Why stitch in a

complex design when you won’t see it anyways?

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The backing

I love the red/orange color of the backing. It blends well

with the front of the quilt too.

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You can see some of the design on the back of the quilt.

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This beauty is Eleanor’s quilt. I love the aqua blue and

dark chocolate color combination.

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Eleanor chose “Swirls” as well, very simple yet classy.

Eleanor chose a light aqua blue polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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The swirls add some movement to the quilt without taking

away from all the piecing.

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The backing consisted of a white on white tone fabric.

The blue thread shows up nicely.

One thing I really like about my job is the fact that I get to

see what others are working on. There is alot of talent out

there so don’t be afraid to show others what you can do.

Have a great week, thanks for stopping by and check out this

Canadian link;  The Needle and Thread Network.

Missing in action…

Even though I did’t post last week, I have been thinking about you all.

It’s time for Quilt Market once again and Northcott contacted me again

to quilt some of their samples for their booth. Thus the reason why I

have been missing in action. I will post pictures of their samples but

I have to get their permission first.

In the meantime, here is what I was working on prior to Quilt Market.

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Jeanette’s Quilt

This is Jeanette’s lovely quilt. She makes them for her grandkids. What

lucky grandkids, I’d say. Jeanette picked the panto “Spring Garland” for

this quilt. It has nice movement to it.

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On the backing, you can see the design even better. I used a blue

polyester thread for the front and the backing.

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Here is a larger picture of the backing. The design shows up nicely.

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This is Mary’s quilt. She found the pattern online. Orginally, the

pattern was being used for a pillow but Mary is very talented and

decided to make it larger and designed it into a quilt. Way to go

Mary!!  She wanted a modern design so she chose “Raindrops” by

Lisa Calle.

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We used a cream polyester thread for the top and backing. I really like

this swirly design.

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Once again the backing shows up the panto nicely.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

And Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out

there.

Have a great week!

 

Modern Strawberries…

Although strawberry season is over now, strawberries were on my mind

while quilting this quilt for Judy.

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Judy designed this quilt with the idea that all the aqua petals would

represent leaves and the red petal would represent a strawberry. Even the

lime green outer border fits into the strawberry theme.

What a great modern idea for a quilt.

Any of you trying your hand at designing modern quilts?

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Because the quilt was modern, Judy wanted modern quilting on it.

She chose”Raindrops” by Lisa Calle for the quilting.  I used a white Glide

thread for the top and the backing. It has alot of sheen to it so it adds an

extra sparkle to the quilt top.

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The backing was made up of a mottled fabric.

It blends nicely with the quilt top.

Judy also brought me this wall hanging.

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This is the second one I have quilted. It is a popular wallhanging in

this area because we live near cottage country.

Judy wanted little stitching around each motif but wanted something more

in the black and colored  sashing as well as in the outer border.

In the colored sashing, I stitched clouds, birds flying, and a sun

or moon, whichever you prefer. In the black sashing, I stitched

leaves due to the small space.

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In the outer black border, I stitched  pinecones and pine needles. I

thought they were appropriate and you can see trees in the area to

the left of the  black border.

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The white bits are pieces of tracing paper that I used to make symmetrical trees.

The white paper had to be picked off later. I have since discovered a new way

to stitch out these trees and not use tracing paper.

A lady told me to use Stretch and Seal. You can draw on it with a Frixion pen

and then it will stick to your quilt, no pins needed and it will not shift or move

while you quilt.

When you are done quilting, you can brush off the bits and pieces or iron it off.

I was told that it melts away. I have yet to give it a trial run but when I do, you

will be the first to know the results.

Don’t you just love it when you can use other non quilting items and gadgets and

use them for quilting?

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Another shot of the wallhanging. The backing was black so I used a black

polyester thread for the backing. On the front of the quilt, I used a black

polyester thread as well as a variegated 40 weight for the colored sections.

I also want to mention that I used a black batting so if any bearding occurs,

you will not notice it at all. If I had used a white or cream batting, any

bearding will show through. Keep that in mind with black fabrics and

backings.

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I have finally finished my Message In A Bottle Block for my Oceans

BOM, over at Quilt Art Designs. It was fun and I am totally addicted

to paper  piecing now.

Have a great week.