Christmas is almost here…

I have been catching up on the quilts for my customers. Here are

some of the quilts that I have completed recently.

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Anne made this lovely table topper for Christmas. The Poinsettas

really stand out  and the pieced border adds alot of interest.

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Anne’s table topper.

Anne wanted the outside border to be quilted in an all over design

whereas the center received more attention and detail.

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I used a monofilament thread to outline the fused flowers and

then a thin  white thread to fill in the background space with small

stippling.

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The back of the table topper

The outside border shows up the quilting nicely. I think the

name of the panto, on the outside border, is “Snowballs.”

I really love how it looks like a blistery cold winter’s wind.

 

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A peach quilt

It’s been a while since I quilted this one. I think

that it is a sampler quilt.

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All the time and effort it takes to create such a quilt top amazes me.

We used a light peach polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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The backing

“Flirtatious” is a popular panto I use alot;  it gives so much

movement to the top and the backing. It is a lot of fun to stitch

out as well.

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Nathalie created this huge quilt for someone special. I really

love the colors and the pattern itself.

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The blocks look fairly simple to make but all the piecing sure takes

alot of time.

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A light taupe polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

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I loved pieced backings, almost like having 2 quilts in one. Sometimes,

though, if there is alot of piecing on the backing, it creates alot of drag

and bumps for the hopping foot, on top. So, please keep this in mind

when you  are deciding to add  pieced backings to your quilts.

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Again, the piecing astounds me.

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I think that Lynn created this quilt top. She is a very talented

quilter and always has the best fabric around.

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We used the panto “Flirtatious”once again.

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The backing of the quilt.

Jeanette made this quilt and it comes with ATTITUDE.

The inside area is really a panel with fun fabrics for the

outside borders.

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Each block has a different Scripture verse on it. I really

love it!!

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Even the border has fun fabrics on it. And the colors are

pretty wild as well.

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Jeanette chose a vibrant yellow flannel for the backing;  although

it looks more like orange on my monitor.

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A bright yellow backing

Here you can see the fun panto we used. “Splat” is the

name of the panto and its name even depicts fun.

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Jeanette also created this  Christmas  wallhanging.

Nancy Halvorsen is  the designer and she designs

lovely Christmas Nativity scenes.

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Jeanette’s wallhanging

Blocks were used to create the outer border and what

better way to dress up a panel?

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Stars were quilted all over the top and suits it just fine.

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The pieced blocks even have Christmas prints in them.

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The backing

The backing also carries over the colors from the front of

the wallhanging.

 

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This is another one of Lynn’s quilts. I was at her house

visiting one day and she showed me all of the quilts in her

closet. WOW!! I hope she doesn’t get mad at me for

mentioning this.

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White polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

A floral  panto was used for the quilting design.

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The funky backing

Lynn made this quilt for one of her grand kids that likes

music. I love the pieced piano keys for the border.

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A musical quilt.

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Some of the blocks in the quilt.  “Lyrical” was the name

of the panto;  I thought it was appropriate due to the musical

nature of the quilt top.

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The piano keys border.

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The backing

The backing is even comprised of musical instruments, violins

to be exact. Quilters are so generous with their time, talent, and

fabrics. It even took time to search out this fabric. And I am

sure that she didn’t find it on the first trip out.

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Another fun quilt by Lynn. I love the bright colors.

This is a huge quilt as well.

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Lynn’s quilt

I can not imagine how long it took to create, piece, and finish

this baby.

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More pictures of the piecing in this top.

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A large overall panto was used for the quilting design

and a white polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

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The backing

You will notice how large the motifs are on the backing.

When a quilt is large, you can use bigger motifs because

it fits in with the size of the quilt.

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I hope you enjoyed all the pictures.  Have a great

week.

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Christmas is almost here…

Christmas Day is almost here and I am not ready. Usually I am

pretty organized but this year, I am behind. The funny part is that

I am not stressing about it- yet. Maybe when the kids get out of

school, that will be my wake up call. Until Friday, I am ok.

Janate saw this Nancy Halvorsen pattern hanging on my wall

last year. She fell in love with it and asked me to make her one.

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Somehow, I did manage to complete hers while my own

wallhanging is still hanging on the wall- uncompleted. Anyone else

feel my pain?

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Santa

You have got to love how cute this pattern is. The cheeks

are embroidered onto Santa’s face and the moustache is added

once the whole thing is quilted.

I tried to quilt in lines that resembled the wind blowing in this

block. And Santa’s beard was quilted to resemble wavy hair.

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Cardinals on the mistletoe.

The cardinals have their beaks embroidered  and their

eyes consists of French knots.  I quilted in swirls in the

cream background, straight lines in the gold sections

and wavy lines in the aqua background.

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Rudolph received some buttons too. I really love his red button

nose, it has a swirl in it as well. Wind was the idea behind the

quilting for this block . And I love the snowflakes in the

bottom of the block.

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I wanted to create the illusion of the ornaments hanging on a

tree, so thus the reason for the branches.  And the bottom

ornament has the name of the family who will be hanging

this  in their home.

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Candy Cane

Strips add a bit of drama as well. And the 3D leaves add some more

interest to the overall wallhanging.

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The backing shows some of the quilting. Monofilament thread

was used for the outlining of the motifs in the blocks.  I did

use a fusible to attach all the motifs onto the background blocks.

I really don’t like Satin stitching at all and I didn’t have time to

do this so I put the top on the frame and stitched around each

motif with monofilament thread. Then, I added the backing and

the batting and quilted this wallhanging. It took longer than I

anticipated but is well worth the time.

After the top was completed, there still was alot of embellishments

to add and some embroidery that needed to be done.

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Now I just have to repeat it all over again. I am looking forward to

completing my own version of this wallhanging.

Have a great week and don’t stress too much. You will get it all done

by the time Christmas Day arrives.