Wow! Has time flown by!! After staying with my daughter for six weeks after my second hip replacement surgery, I was able to move back home on November 23. It feels SO good to be back in my own space and sleep in my own bed.
When I moved back home, I was “back in the game” and have been working hard ever since. I have been piecing quilt tops, quilting many quilts and working on several different (long-term) projects at one time. I have even been able to quilt a few customer Christmas quilts.
At this time last year, before I had both of my hips replaced, I could only stand and quilt for about 20 minutes at a time. Walking around the quilting machine was painful and I had an AWFUL limp. Now, it is a totally different story! Last night, I was standing and quilting for nearly TWO HOURS!!! I was in the “quilting groove” – the Christmas music station was playing on my SmartPhone, earplugs were in my ears and I was focused on my quilting. I didn’t even realize that nearly two hours had passed by – and I didn’t hurt, anywhere, at all! I even felt that I could have quilted for a while longer, but I didn’t want to push my luck. Plus, it was nearly 10 pm and I was getting tired. And I felt SOOO GOOOOOOD!!!!
Here are some photos of the customer quilts I have completed this month (December)
This quilt, Eagles and Stars, was made by Sharon C. and it is huge – 110 x 110 inches and very well pieced. This eagle panel is in the middle of the quilt. There are four other smaller eagle panels that are placed around the center panel. I quilted a lot of feathers – in the blocks, in the borders and around the eagle panels.
Click on any photos for a larger view.
It has been very stormy and rainy the last few days and I can’t hang this quilt up outside to show the whole quilt. If the rain stops and things dry out a bit (in my dreams – this IS Seattle in the winter!) I’ll try to get a large view of this quilt. These photos are taken with the quilt draped over the quilting machine. I had to work with the overhead lights off so I could get some of the details of the quilting to show. I apologize in advance for the darkness of the photos. If I have the big lights on, you can’t see the quilting. With the big lights off, you see the quilting but the photos are dark.
Here is a photo of the stars in this quilt with the big lights on. You can see a little bit of the quilting detail, but not much.
Here is a photo with the big lights off and you can see the quilting a whole lot better.
Here is a photo of the back of the quilt and you can see most of the quilting. The backing fabric is a beige with white print fabric. You can also see that I quilted the Feather Cable in the border. This was a fun quilt and I really enjoyed working on it. I can’t wait for my customer to see it!
The next two quilts were made by Chris W. She does such a nice job with the piecing and I love her fabric colors.
The first quilt, Black & Beige, is a simple quilt about 68 x 80 inches.
I wanted to do some fancy quilting on it, so I quilted feathered wreaths in the large blocks. In the spaces at the corners of the blocks, there was enough room for small feathered wreaths.
With the printed fabric, it is hard to see the feathered wreaths, but they are there! I used Soft & Bright batting which gives a bit of loft and texture to the quilting.
For the border, I quilted the “Amish Swirled Feather” design. I used the Feather Guide templates from Longarm U to make the feathered wreaths and the border designs. For info about these templates Click Here
Chris W had another quilt, again, simple piecing, but fabulous fabrics. As you can see, it is four patches with sashings and a border. Simple, but extremely elegant!
I quilted feather plumes in the four patches and a swirled feather design in the sashings.
The border was a bit of a challenge. Every kind of pattern I wanted to quilt, feathers, Sashiko, etc., just didn’t look right. So, I quilted on the design already on the fabric. The quilting really doesn’t show (I’m OK with that) and it gives texture to the border area. I do love the look of this type of quilting.
You can see the detail of the quilting on the border in the photo above.
All of these quilts were fun, fun, fun to work on and it feels soooo gooood to be able to quilt again!
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