Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AQS Show in Des Moines

I was at the AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines, Iowa last week.  I though I would share some photos of a quilt that did not win any ribbons, but would have received Best of Show if I were the judge!
Take a look at this magnificent creation by Marilyn Badger:

 It's titled "Exuberance".  I love everything about this quilt - the piecing, the applique and the quilting are all masterfully done.

I'm sure this will be a winner at another show somewhere.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Recent Projects

Too long between postings, I know, but I have spent lots of time quilting and traveling lately.  Also it takes me a while to tweak my photos so they look as good as possible here.  
Isn't this a fantastic French Braid quilt?  It is pieced by Jo Seltz of Tillies Quilts in Fort Dodge.  She is working up some kits using this pattern in 2 great colorways of Batik fabrics.  Here are some detail shots to show how I quilted this:

 Leafy feathers in the braids, with some curved cross-hatching in the center batik square.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Better late than never

I just finished quilting this project.  It's a Sandy Gervais panel that I bought at the Des Moines quilt show on October 2.  I thought it would be cute for Thanksgiving.  Actual completion date: December 22.  So I am 11 months early for next year.  I still have to put the binding on.  I hope I get in a mood to do that before November.

 I followed the printed lines to define the various motifs, adding kernels to the ear of corn and some seed-pod type pointy leaves to those purple circles.  The borders are a swirly design using a variegated thread.  The background is more tightly quilted with ivory thread in a McTavishing design.
 More details . . . 
The bowl is quilted with wavy stripes in ivory thread between the printed wavy stripes.
Just for fun!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

T-Shirt quilt for my niece

I finally finished the T-shirt quilt for my niece.  It is sized to fit a double or queen mattress.  

This is pieced in a semi-improvisational manner. The black around the sides is not a solid - see detail photo below.  

Yes, it's busy.   When I designed the piecing plan, it seemed like a great idea to use a big assortment of black and white prints to set off the variety of T-shirts.  But as a finished quilt, I think there is just too much going on.  If I were to make a quilt like this again (heaven forbid!), I would choose fabrics that do not compete with the t-shirt designs.  So this quilt has taught me a design lesson.

I quilted it with a free-style wavy design.  I like the way the quilting turned out.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Card Trick

I recently finished quilting this "Card Trick" top for a customer.  She chose a pretty assortment of batik fabrics for this pattern.

 From the back, you can see the winding vine pattern of the quilting.  The border fabric has a leafy vine motif, which inspired my choice of how to quilt this top.

And here is how it looks on the front.  I wanted the quilting to be subtle so that it would not overpower the beautiful fabrics and the block pattern that she chose.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

T-Shirt Quilt

My only niece has decided that she wants a T-shirt quilt made from all of the shirts she saved from high school and college.  Of course I said "yes", even though the only thing I know about T-shirts is that they stretch and/or shrink.

So first I had to buy the book T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy by Martha Deleonardis.  Armed with the essential information, I have attacked the project with a vengeance.

It is slow going, because I am designing on the fly.  Here's a sneak peek of the center panel.  I chose the black and white fabrics to set off the multi-color T-shirts.

And here is my workspace:

Creativity is messy.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


A friend brought me a wall hanging that her daughter had pieced at a quilt retreat class.  The daughter was unhappy with the piecing method that had been taught in the class because the quilt did not go together properly.
Here are some photos of this poor quilt with "issues".

The Lone Star pattern is NOT an easy project.  Piecing errors in the center tend to multiply at the edges.  Compare this edge of the quilt with the straight line of the blue tape.  Uh-oh!

 See the pink pin that is sticking up in the air?  That pin represents the measurement from across the center of the quilt.  This upper right corner is almost an inch wider than it should be.
Same thing on the left side. The quilt is only 43" across the center, but is almost 45" at the top edge.

Here is what happens as a result:  wavy edges and lots of extra fabric in all the wrong places.  A properly pieced quilt would have straight edges and would lay nice and flat from this angle.

My challenge as the quilter is to tame this top!  I have to pin it to match the measurements at the narrowest part, and quilt it so that all of the extra fabric is eased in.  It is never going to be perfectly straight and flat, but I can get it to behave sufficiently to serve as a table topper or wall hanging.

Of course, I forgot to take a photo of the completed project before I returned it to my customer!  Considering all of the problems, I was pleased that I could finish it and get it to lay flat.  

And now we need to find a better method for constructing a Lone Star . . .