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.

 

 

Lots of color…

These next few quilts are full of color.  The longer that I work on other peoples’

quilts, the more I realize how much color affects me and how much I love it.

Lori Rose made this beauty for her daughter’s wedding; she actually made it

ahead of time and had it ready for the wedding. Way to go Lori Rose!!

I really love the colors of this quilt. And the dragonflies are gorgeous!! The fabrics are

Kaufman’s “Dance of the Dragonflies.” I looked all over the Internet and had a hard

time finding it. It is available on Amazon but it is a crazy amount.

Another colorful block. Hilde Morin makes fabric bowls and I wanted to make one

using this fabrics. After looking for weeks, I called Lori Rose and she graciously gave

me the leftover from this quilt. What a generous person she is! Thank you Lori Rose.

I will post pictures of the fabric bowl when it is completed.

This is the backing fabric. Again, the blue matches the intensity of the colors on the top

of the quilt. Lime green polyester So Fine thread was used for the top and the backing.

Dragonflies and hearts were stitched all over the quilt. Hope your daughter loved her quilt.

Northcott made this quilt for Quilt Market. I really like the colors too. I would never

have guessed that orange would become one of my favorite colors.

“Pick a modern design” is what I was told so I chose “Modernish” by Urban Elementz. It has

a fantastic website of quilting designs to choose from.

I used  a variegated thread by Superior  Threads  for the top and the backing.

The backing of the quilt.

A close up of the back.

Another Northcott quilt. I love this quilt too. The lines, the colors, the pattern, all work

for me. What about you?

I was surprised to see that the black blocks on this quilt were fused on, I stitched around them

to ensure that they would not come off at all. It sure saves time to skip the piecing.

The Batiks in this quilt also speak to me. Too bad that there is not enough hours in

the day to create all that I like.

The fused blocks

For the stitching, I used a monofilament-smoky color- to stitch around all the black squares. In

the white areas, I followed the lines on the printed fabric. In the grey areas, I stitched in straight

lines. The print on the fabrics was used as the quilting and stitching designs.

The backing

This is what the backing looks like.

Close up

A Batik was used on the back of the quilt too. So Fine and Superior Threads were used for the

quilt top. Check out The Needle and Thread Network.

Who Would Have Guessed…

Well, another drawing class has come and gone. This week we were able

to try out some charcoal sticks and Conte Charcoal sticks. I came to

the conclusion that I really don’t care for them. It is nice to be able

to use these supplies  though, without having to purchase them.

Len, our teacher, uses all of her own pictures;  although this one

was taken by her mom. What do you think?

Here is my rendition. Who would have guessed that I can draw.

Once most of the picture is drawn with pencil, the artist goes back

in with ink or a micropen and draws all over the pencil lines. Then

a gummy eraser is used to erase all the pencil lines. I thought that

was ingenious, as I have never taken a class before. It is alot of fun

and you forget the time, just as when you are sewing and quilting.

You should try it sometime; it is fun to learn new things, even if it

is not as exciting as quilting.

This exciting wallhanging was made for someone special. I can’t

say any more due to fear of letting the cat out of the bag.

The border area is so cute. I love all the leaves and the whole color

scheme of this quilt. “Blossoms” is the name of the panto chosen.

One of the center blocks. I used a light blue So Fine polyester

thread for the top and a polyester red thread for the backing.

The backing is full of color too.

Eleanor is moving to Nova Scotia so she is finishing up all of

her quilts before she goes. We will miss you Eleanor.

Eleanor is a great piecer-all the borders are flat and square, no

ripples at all.

“Brocade” was the panto of choice for this quilt and we used

a medium colored brown polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

The backing

The brown thread shows up beautifully on the gold backing. The design

pops alot on the backing as well.

A close up of the quilting design on the back of the quilt.

Bonnie made this lovely quilt out of a jelly roll. She added the side

strip and diamonds to create interest; I think she succeeded.  What

a great  idea to spruce this quilt up.

“Dancing Daisies” is the name of the overall design chosen.  I think

it adds some movement and fun to the quilt.

THe backing of the quilt. I used a light So Fine blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

And lastly, I am so excited to be able to get to this one tomorrow, that

is my plan. Al Cote the designer of this wallhanging.

Have a great week and you should check out

The Needle and Thread Network, a Canadian site, featuring all

sorts of textile art and artists.