Quilt Market- pt 2

Here are the remaining pictures of some of the quilts I completed

for Northcott and Quilt Market.


Flights of Fancy by Christine Stainbrook of Project House 360

Even though this quilt was pretty small, it was fun to work on.

I SID around all the flying geese, stars and straight lines. Once

that was completed, the fun could begin.


The stars were outlined on the inside edge 1/4″ and then filled in

with a nice swirl. A variegated thread was used for this quilting so

that it would add some interest to the stars. The flying geese had the

the same thread used on them as well.

In the white sections, I used a white Glide thread (40wt) for the

straight lines.  This quilt felt modern so thus the reason for the

straight lines.


Back of the quilt. I used a 40 wt white thread for the backing.

Christine Stainbrook of Project House 360 also

designed this quilt “Oasis.”


It is pretty funky. The first order of business with me is to

complete the SID. Once this boring but oh so important step

is completed, then the fun can begin.


I quilted in the all the wavy lines in the center panel and then

straight lines were added in the colorful border. I used a variegated

thread for the colorful strips and the flying geeese. In the

black sections, I used a 40 wt black embroidery thread. It is very

thin and works well on these quilts.


The backing is very neat. I used a black 40 wt thread here as well.


This little baby is a printed  panel. How cool is that? Even though

it is small, it still sucks up alot of time to complete.


In the background section, I quilted in swirls and circles-thanks

to Judi Madsen. The flower petals received half circles and the

blue/cream sections-straight lines.


The circles also received half circles.

Using the same motifs on the quilt helps to unify it.


The inner cream border was divided up into 2″ squares and then

straight lines and arcs were stitched in.  The border is one of my

favorite parts of this quilt.

The outside border received  double straight lines, kind of like a

frame. The only problem with that, is that the border now buckles

a little due to the fact that all the other sections of the quilt were

heavily quilted and this section was not. I would do this differently

if I could.


The backing.

This fabric looks really rich. I love it!

I used a light brown 40 Metro thread for the backing.


Another section of the backing. I used 3-4 different shades of 40 wt

Metro thread. The thread colors were a light cream, medium browny

gold and a tan color. For the aqua blue/greeny border, I used a

Sulky variegated thread.


Cream and aqua quilt.

I am unsure of who designed this quilt but I absolutely love the

colors in this quilt. The batteries in my camera died the morning I was

taking pictures of this quilt so I only have the before picture of this

one. Sorry guys.

I quilted around every shape in this quilt. In the outside aqua border,

I quilted in straight lines and then filled in every other with the

matchsticks design. It took me 4 hours just to do the outside

border. It did look good when done though.

I quilted in some modern feathers( in the style of Angela Walters)

in the triangle areas around the pinwheels.  In the open spaces,

I added some squares. It helped to fill in some empty space and

it took me less time to do the  background fill. The background

fill consisted of  circles and straight lines.

I used a 40 wt Glide cream thread and a variegated aqua thread for

the outside border. Again, I apologize for the absence of pictures.

Have a great week


Quilt Market-Pt. 1

As promised, here are some of the quilts I worked on for Northcott,

for the  upcoming Quilt Market, in Houston. Color Works is the name of

this new fabric line by Deborah Edwards. The new lines consists of 21

solid colors, 4 printed panels and 14 co-ordinate fabrics. As you

will see by the quilts below, you can mix and match all of these

fabrics and the combinations are endless.

“Soho” is the name of this quilt and it was designed by Jean Boyd.


The middle section is comprised of a printed panel. How cool is that?


For all the SID work, I used a monofilament thread. It seems

to take on the color around it and hides well. In the circles, I quilted

swirls and circles around the pointy parts. In the background area, I

quilted in straight lines.


In the white areas, I used a white Glide 40 wt thread. I quilted in

squiggly lines, using one of Angela Walter’s signature style.

The red area beside it, also received an Angela Walter’s style in the

form of swirls.  I used a Metro 40wt thread for that area.


This border area, is also a printed panel. Love, love, love the

flying geese and you don’t have to piece them at all. In this area, I

used the monofilament once again. I really didn’t know what color

to use, due to all the color variations so the monofilament seemed

like a good fit. In the flying geese, I quilted in angled lines and in the

stripes, I used straight lines.


The backing fabric is cool;it consists of a black background and colorful

circles. I used a Metro black 40 wt for the thread on the backing.


A close up of the backing fabric.


“Patch and Ponder” by Valerie Miller of Quilted Covers was the next

quilt.Looking on Pinterest, I saw this great circular quilting and so I

had to try it

Because my longarm is not computerized, I marked every inch

or so and then used my straight edge ruler to quilt in the lines. It turned

out pretty good, I only had to unpick a few areas. Circles are hard to quilt

because you can see every little squiggle that you make. I used a white

Glide 40 wt thread for the top and the backing. I really love how

playful this quilt feels when I look at it.

“Color Strata” by Jean Boyd is the next quilt.


This quilt also has a printed panel in the middle of the quilt. It makes my

job easier because all I have to do is follow the lines on the panel. I used a

variegated thread in the middle panel but a clear and dark monofilament

thread on the rest of the quilt. I used alot of straight lines on this quilt.


This is the border sections. I love the straight lines in this section

of the quilt.


The backing consists of a black background with colorful squares in


There are a few more quilts but I will leave them for next week.

Have a great week.


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.


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.


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

polyester thread for the front and the backing.


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


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.


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

this swirly design.


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


Have a great week!


Quilt Market-Part 2


Although Quilt Market has been over for almost a month now, I still

have several quilts to show you. I will try to fit the remainder of

the quilts in this post.


Patti’s Runner

Patti Carey made this runner; she wanted alot of quilting and she really

likes Angela Walter’s style of quilting, so that is the look I went for.

Negative space usually freaks me out but I dove in on this one.

Looking back, I would quilt it differently now but every quilt

teaches you something and builds your confidence level.


In the blue sections, I quilted 2 different motifs. They are hard to see here

but one consists of tight swirls and the other was teardrops.  I used a blue

40 weight variegated So Fine thread for this section.


negative space

In the white negative space, another Angela Walter’s design. Large

swirls that are surrounded by teardrops that are echoed.


Between the white area and the blue runner, I quilted in matchsticks.

I love those things but they do take time to quilt in. And  a little

bit of a zig zag  was added for interest.


back of the runner

The backing looks so cool too. I love the texture on the back.


French Braid

This quilt looks so intricate in its piecing but you will be pleasantly

surprised to know that the French Braid seen here is actually made

up of 2 strips of fabric. Each braid is actually 2 strips of fabric, cut

apart and sewn  together with another strip of the same fabric. Isn’t that cool?

It makes a quilt come together even more quickly now and less time



In the French Braids, I SID around all the color sections.

I used a monofilament thread for the ditch work so that I

didn’t have to keep changing thread colors and it almost

disappears in the fabric.


border area

In the circles, in the outside border, I used a Judi Madsen

design but changed it up a bit. It looks like an orange peel but

more straight lines or modern looking.



In the yellow area, in the border, I again followed

Angela Walters and stitched a squiggle on a diagonal. It

almost looks like flames to me.


backing of the quilt

This is what the backing looks like. Pretty funky and fun

as well.



This is a very classy looking quilt. I wasn’t quite sure what to

do with it but feathers came to mind. I wanted to keep the stopping

and starting to a minimum so I decided to carry the feathers around

the blocks  on the diagonal.


Here is a close up of the inside of each square. I used a brown 40 weight

thread in the blue section. It show up nicely. I quilted 1/4″ inside the

square and then divided into fourths and then stitched the curved lines. There

were 52 of these squares so it took a while to complete.


Borders are one area that I struggle with but I think that I am improving

somewhat. In  this border, I continued the shape of the circles in the center

of the blocks and quilted in the same design. I think that it works well.


Tile Quilt

I call this the Tile Quilt, although that is not its real or official name.

But when I looked at this quilt, that is what it reminded me of. So, I tried to

keep the quilting simple so that the piecing would be shown off.


In the large blocks, I quilted in 2 straight lines to show off the block itself

and in the middle square, I used an old pattern I have called Chantilly Lace by

Norma Sharp. I traced the design onto paper, laid it on the quilt, increased by

stitches per inch and quilted out the design.


Chantilly Lace Design

In the larger blocks, I used the same design but it was changed up a little.


Here is the border of this quilt. Chantilly Lace was used again but this time as

a repeat in the border. I did take off the quilt and reload it onto the frame again

when 2 of the border were done. It makes it easier to stitch in than constantly

rolling the quilt.


backing of the quilt

Here is what the backing looks like. You can see the brown thread showing

through but overall, not  bad at all.

Thanks for bearing with me in this long post. Have a great week.




A Quilt Marathon

Well, last week saw me having a lazy catch up week.

This week has been the exact opposite-Crazy!!  I received an email from Patti Carey, of Northcott.

Back in October, 2012, she asked me to qult 10 quilts for her, within a span of 2 weeks.  Quilt Market was coming up in Houston and she needed some quilts done fast.

That really stretched my  skills but I survived the 2 weeks.  Now, I am working on 5 quilts within a week and  a half time span.

I have 3 completed as on right now and am hoping to finish the third tomorrow before I go and see “The Wizard of Oz.”

Getting back to quilting, I have been working from 9am until 9pm and so life has been a little hectic.

This is  my second time participating in a Quilt Marathon, as I call it.

These quilts are for Quilt Market, on May 17th, in Portland, Oregon.

I aplogize for the lack of  photos but am hoping to have some for you next week.

Thanks for your patience.

Have a great week.