Friday, April 14, 2017

Rocky Mountain Elk!

I don't know if this panel was really taken from the Rocky Mountains but it just feels like it!!  Regardless, this is a gorgeous customer quilt that required a little more than the flowery beauty I love.  The photo was taken in our wonderful Wyoming wind so the borders look a little wonky but we had a hard time keeping the quilt flat.

The quilting started in the panel itself.  The goal was to create dimension and we did that on the double batting with Superior Threads 60 weight Bottom Line and as well as a little 100 weight Microquilter.  Not everything was quilted, just the elk, some trees, a little in the mountains, a few leaves, and the small spruce tree.  Just enough for dimension.

Then we moved to the three borders and stitched in the ditch of each one but using the finer weight Microquilter.  Next came the animal shots above and below the elk.  These were stitched in the ditch in the sashing area.  Rather than quilting on the blocks, the green sashing was quilted on a grid using an Aurifil 50 weight thread in hunter green. 

On to the outside border.  The quilting needed to be kept simple on the print but yet worth doing.  So we added a little more dimension and texture with a diamond effect using an Aurifil 50 weight thread in brown.  I really like how this turned out.

At this point the quilting appeared very sophisticated so we kept with that and just echo quilted twice inside the bear claw corner stone blocks.

I just love how refined this quilt turned out.  My husband and son REALLY want a quilt like this!

I hope you enjoyed Rocky Mountain Elk!  Enjoy your weekend!  Take a peek at some of the quilty sites on my sidebar and don't forget Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts here:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Embroidery Snowmen!

It may technically be spring but here in Wyoming we are having a bit of snow so my embroidery snowmen are perfect!

Whimsical!  Whimsical snowmen!  With hearts and birds!  Love it!  All of the embroidered blocks were found on line at  Aren't they great?! Once I figured out how many great designs I could find that I loved, I pulled out graph paper and first determined the size of the finished quilt and what part of that would be the inner panel.  I decided upon a 4" grid so the finished embroidery blocks would be 8" and the flannel squares finished at 4".  Then I marked on the graph paper where to put the snowmen and the center heart block and placed the squares around the embroidery.  That was my pattern!  Aren't these guys incredibly cute??  They were stitched on my Bernina 770.

So now the quilting!  This is our new second quilt for the top of our bed during winter; it's designed for warmth and snuggling. So I used up the rest of my bamboo batting using just one layer along with a fun variegated 50 weight Aurifil thread for the quilting.  The first step was to stitch around the snowman blocks and around the larger elements in the blocks as though they were appliqué.  This quilt will be utilitarian and everything laid flat so I broke the rules and did not stitch around all the 4" blocks.  Now!  Let's just pull everything out of the hat that says winter, combine it with simple loops and go with it!

Candy canes!

Ribbon Feathers!


A winter scarf!!

 Ribbon Candy!

Holly and Berries!

Groups of Stars!

I did something fun in the inner border and went all the way around with words I thought of with winter, snowmen and even Christmas.  Here are a few.  They were not marked; I just went for it.

The outside checkerboard border went back to using a variety of motifs but I stitched a vine and had them come off of the vine.  I just love the warmth and joy this quilt brings!

I hope you enjoyed my Embroidery Snowmen!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Kitty Kat Quilt


This has got to be one of the cutest quilts I have done for a customer and I am not a cat fan!  But it's soooo cute!

This adorable quilt measures approximately 58.5" x 70" and was completed by the same customer who brought me the Purple Curvy Log Cabin quilt.  

Frances does awesome quilts and makes my job so much easier in that she always has an idea for each quilt she brings me.  This time she wanted paw prints in the center section and cat silhouettes in the open border areas.  No other quilting in the border but to outline the appliqué.  And........she wanted all the quilting in black.  She winced when she made the announcement to me and gave me that quizzical look.  Wow!  Talk about pressure!

So, on to Pinterest again for cat templates.  That was pretty easy.  What took time was getting each one, I used four, to approximately the right size for the border area.  I was shooting for about 5 - 5 1/2" tall.  Next was to remember to use my lightbox and mark the designs on the quilt PRIOR to sandwiching.  Yes!  Got it done!

So here's the paw prints in the center that I mixed in with large meandering, something I don't often do but it looked good in this case.  We ended up using Aurifil 50 weight thread in black in both the top and bobbin.

Instead of a design on the smaller black border, we stitched in the ditch on both sides to keep it simple.

The outside border?  Oh my goodness!  First I stitched around each appliqué and then stitched the stencils.  Here's each corner.  Aren't they cute?

And that's Kitty Kat Quilt, waiting and ready to go home!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wool Appliqué with Free Motion Quilting

Wool Appliqué with Free Motion Quilting

I tried something new!  There seems to be very little time to actually sew, so I decided to broaden my horizons and try some projects that would give me something to do with my hands in the evening or while riding in the car.  I really like the look of wool and decided to give wool appliqué a try. 

 It didn't turn out great as I know nothing about threads to use or embellishing techniques.   In fact, I used sewing thread.  It's not bad, just not what would be expected.

The design was appliquéd onto a gorgeous fat-quarter piece of hand-dyed Cherrywood fabric that looks like suede.  I added some stabilizer to the fabric prior to adding the appliqué.  When I realized I was off base with the appliqué, I decided to see if I could salvage it with some free motion quilting.  

So I sandwiched the fabric with two layers of Hobbs 80/20 cotton wool, planned a lovely feather spine, grabbed some So Fine 50 weight thread, and started quilting feathers.  Then I took a 60 weight Mettler embroidery thread and micro-stippled on the inside of the feathers around the appliqué and outside of the feathers by the border.  

 It doesn't fix it completely, but I like it!  I think I'll get a kit next time and try to follow some directions!  Have a super quilty week!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Curvy Purple Log Cabin


One of the more recent popular classes at our local quilt stores has been the curvy log cabin.  There have been quite a few beautiful finishes.  I must admit, it is really neat.  It really "moves" with the curviness and brings a little more interest than the traditional log cabin.

Most of these quilts I've seen quilted were done so with gorgeous, luxurious feathers.  They were stunning, but all of the attention was given to the feathers.  So here's a twist.

My customer brought her "curvy" with the statement that "I want movement, but I don't know what". Now this is not unusual for this customer, she almost always comes with a plan and I like that.  Her quilts speak to her.  But when I heard "movement, my eyes just enlarged.  What a challenge.

So we both got on pinterest and started looking for what would fit the description of "movement."

Here are photos of some beginning ideas I drew using plexiglass and dry erase markers on top of the quilt.

This one?  Nope


Definitely not, looks like peacock feathers.

Well, not as bad as the others.....


Ok.  I've had it for the night.  We'll take a fresh look at it in the morning.

Following a goodnight's sleep and a fresh look:

Oh, hey, this is looking good but something is missing.

YES!!  That's it.  Movement and swirling in both the white and purple.  This is it!

Now, the center called for a little break from the movement, so we softened it up just a bit with a combination of swirls and kind of feathers.  A variation of this design was used around the sides of the quilt.

What about thread?  Because the quilt shined with batik fabrics, it seemed that some shiny tri-lobal polyesters might work so I put out several Isacord threads I had for my customer to choose from.

White for the background was obvious, but a lighter purple for the purple pinwheel and darker purple for the border.


Let's see how it turned out.  Here are the pinwheels and the center sections.

For the border we ended up using that little swirl design we had considered for the pinwheels.  It really enhances the quilt.

And no quilt is complete without a look at the back.

So you get a better feel for timing versus design, this quilt is about 76.5" square and took about 13 hours to complete.  

I hope you enjoyed a look at the quilting process for this Curvy Purple Log Cabin quilt and that it will assist you in your own quilting endeavors.  I love the finish and definitely feel we reached the goals of "movement"!

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Enjoy your week!