Merry Christmas to you…

Before I get into this blog post, I want to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas!”

Have a great relaxing Christmas and don’t eat too much turkey or chocolate.

Connie’s Quilt

This is Connie’s beautiful quilt;  it is very modern and lots of empty wide open spaces

for quilting and texture. Connie designed it by herself and did a great job.

Angela Walters is a favorite quilter of Connie’s so that gave me some ideas and areas to

look into. I love it when my customers tell me what they like and don’t like;  this helps

me to know how to make sure they like the finished product.

I used a monofilament thread to do all the stitching around the blocks;  I used a

light white So Fine thread for the back of the quilt.

In the honeycomb area, I simply stitched the shape in straight lines, on

both sides. The texture is amazing. The 9 Patch area was just stitched around. I did

stitch in a straight line in the grey area framing the 9 Patch though.

In this picture, I followed the print in the aqua blue  print and straight lines

were added.

This is the center of the quilt so I added  more detail to draw the eye somewhat.

I did a elongated loop in the grey area inside the block. In order to make the design

a continuous line, I angled the design in the corners but in retrospect, I would not

have done that now. I really don’t like the look of it.

In the grey open area, I made some loops to add some interest to the area and

to break up the space.

The two houses were stitched in the same thread color as the fabric and I merely

followed the lines in the print. Why fight with it? Connie must have liked the fabric

so it is easy to quilt in that area.

The back of the quilt shows off the quilting but because it is a print, it is a little harder

to see but it is there.

More fantastic texture. The quilt does look better in person than in pictures.

This is the block in the middle of the quilt.

More lovely texture and straight line quilting.

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this beautiful Christmas

quilt. Connie picked up her quilt yesterday and loved it. That makes

me happy and gives me an early Christmas gift.

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Christmas season is upon us…

Once again, the Christmas Season has snuck upon me. I must

be getting older because I say that it comes around faster every year.

Although this wallhanging is not Christmasy, it is red and hopefully,

will put you in the Christmas Spirit.

Dale brought me this wallhanging.

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Dale’s wallhanging

“Do what you want” were her

exact words. That sounds like a whole lot of fun to me.

I had visions of swirls, instead of sugar plums, dancing in

my head.

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My sugar plums

The Poppies were SID with a smoky monofilament thread. It

really blends well with dark backgrounds and you don’t have

to constantly change thread colors, although I didn’t have to

do that here.

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I love the poppies in this wallhanging. I used a black

Glide thread for the black background because I wanted

to give it some extra sheen.

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Border area

In the border, I quilted in straight lines. I didn’t want a fancy

border to take away from the poppies so I kept it fairly simple.

I used a red polyester thread for the border area.

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How can you not love these poppies? It is  a gift

for a special military man.

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The backing

The backing shows up the quilting nicely. Black was the

color of the backing but it looks silver here.

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The backing -2

Here again, the backing does not look black.  The Poppies

stand out alot here. I sometimes love the back of a quilt

as much as the front. It tells the same story but just in

a different color.

Hope you have a great week and don’t stress too much

about Christmas and all that has to be done. By the time

Christmas Day gets here, you will have it all done.

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! I hope that you were not up too late-like me.

I was up until 2 am playing Rumoli,  a card game. It was the first

time I have ever played. It was alot of fun.

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This is the second fabric postcard I recieved over Christmas.

It came from New Brunswick. The theme was “Snowflakes.”

It was so much fun to participate and so much excitement

awaiting the postcards. It is amazing how creative some

people are.

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Over Christmas, I did manage to stitch a little bit of

applique. As you can see in the photo above, it was really

a “little” bit.  This does complete Block #5 of my

Beach Wallhanging.

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Before Christmas, I did finish up this quilt for Joyce. It was

really big -120″ x 120″.  What a great job Joyce did as well.

Everything was square and flat.

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A close up of the blocks and fabrics used. The colors make it

look really modern.

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We used the Flirtatous Panto as the quilting design and a taupe

polyester thread for the top and backing-which I am lacking

photos.

Hoping you have a great New Year.

 

Merry Christmas!

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I am hoping that you will have a Merry Christmas!  Here are some

of the projects I was trying to finish up last week. The fabric

postcard above, was sent to me from Mary. Didn’t she do a great

job?  I love getting these in the mail.  I was surprised that the

buttons didn’t break or get hooked in the mail sorting machines.

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This cute quilt was made by Anna, for her grand daughter.

There were 20 blocks in each quilt and they were all hand

embroidered.  Anna is very talented when it comes to hand

embroidery.

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Who can resist these cute animals?

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The sunfish looks kind of tired though.

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I used a purple and white polyester thread. In the blocks,

I stitched around all the  embroidery and the block. I thought

that the space needed some extra stitching, to hold the block

down, so I quilted in some swirls. When the whole quilt is laid out,

it looks like  flowers.  In the sashing, I stitched leaves and added

more swirls to finish off the flower.

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Here is what the backing looks like. The purple fabric

blends well with the top of the quilt and the stitching

stands out really well too.

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Here is the second quilt that Anna made. She was one

busy lady this past year. I love the green fabric too.

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In the  sashing, I quilted a wavy line.  I wanted to quilt

this one a little different from the first one.  These 2 quilts

were going to sisters so I wanted them to be slightly different

from one another.

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I also used a white and green polyester thread and again

stitched around the embroidery and the outside of the block.

This time, I quilted hearts in the corners of the white blocks.

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The backing is a solid  green color and the stitching shows

beautifully as well.

Again, from our house to yours, have a Merry Christmas!