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I finished these quilts this week and they are WAY too cute!!

This quilt is a Batik Irish Chain for a baby that I quilted with feathered heart wreaths and continuous curves. The quilt is 41 x 53 inches.

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I love the colors of this quilt! And here is the back of the quilt.

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I used Soft & Bright batting, Lavender and Sand Dollar Signature, 100% cotton thread.

When I make feathered heart wreaths, there is a “process” that I use. Here are some photos to show the basics of how I quilt them. Here is the un-quilted space.

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Then I mark the spine and the inner and outer boundaries of my feathers. On this quilt I used the Mark-B-Gone, water soluble marker. You can barely see the marker, enlarge the photo to see it better. I mark just enough that I can see the lines.( If you want more information on what I use to make the heart shapes Click Here)

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Now I quilt the feathered wreath free hand, including the spine line!

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And lastly, I removed the marker with a spritz of water. Here is the finished feathered heart wreath.

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I quilted the heart wreath with the Lavender thread and the background (behind the heart) I used the Sand Dollar thread to match the fabric. I LOVE the effect! If you look closely in the expanded photo, you can see the continuous curve quilting I did in the squares.

One More Quilt! This quilt has hand embroidered squares and (again) is WAY too cute!! This quilt is 34 x 45 inches.

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Here is a close up of some of the blocks. The embroidery was VERY well done!

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I used Signature Lavender thread in the printed fabric and quilted feathers in the borders and sashings and added “detail” quilting in each block. I also used Warm & White batting.

Like I said, WAY too cute!!! And here is the back of the quilt. You can really see the quilting!

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Here is a close up of the back of the quilt.

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Needless to say, I had a lot of fun working on these quilts!

 

 

 

 

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I finished this quilt a few days ago and had to wait for the rain to let up before I could get some photos.

This quilt is beautiful!!! It was a Block of the Month by Sylvia Pippen called Hawiian Orchids. The background fabric is solid black, but it photographed a lot lighter than it actually is.

Click on any photo for a larger view. The photos really don’t do the quilt justice!

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Here is a closer view to show the piecing and quilting. Because the piecing and embroidery was so striking, I kept the background quilting simple with horizontal and vertical lines quilted in black, high sheen poly thread. The lines are done free hand.

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The photo below shows the border detail – Sashiko Ying Yang design, and also some of the Sashiko I did in the printed panels.

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Here is the back of the quilt. Again, the backing fabric is a dark, dark black, but it photographed as gray! Now you can REALLY see the quilting and the Sashiko!

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As I was working on this quilt, I kept feeling a “dragging” on my quilting machine and I couldn’t figure out what it was. It took a while but I found out that the when I put the green thread on the machine to do the Sashiko quilting, the black thread got wound around my front wheels. It was so thick that the wound up thread was affecting my quilting!

I had to take the machine head off of the carriage and flip the carriage over to get to the wheels. This is what I saw –

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Then I began to cut at the thread, pull at it and get it out of there! Then I had one more wheel to clean out. Finally, I got the thread cleaned out of the wheels.

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Here is a cleaned out wheel with a pile of shredded thread underneath it! Yeck!!

But now that the machine is back together, it is running MUCH better and NO dragging! Now, on to the next quilt!!

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I finally finished the Asian Sampler quilt I started a while ago. All I can say is – this is one GORGEOUS quilt and I had a LOT of fun quilting it.

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The quilt measures 72 x 87 inches and I quilted it mostly with Gold, Madeira high sheen polyester thread.

I have posted a LOT of photos of this quilt on the Longarm U website. You can view the photos by Clicking Here

I can’t wait for the quilt’s “Mother” to see it in person!

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I am working on an AMAZING Asian Sampler quilt! I am doing a “turned border” technique – so I can quilt the side borders using Sashiko templates. To do this technique,  I have to take the quilt off of the machine and “turn” it. Before I put the quilt back on the machine, I took some photos of the quilt, and here they are.

For a free video on how to Turn a Quilt Click Here

Here is a photo of the quilt before quilting.  Click on any photo for a larger view.

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These blocks are shown in no particular order. Here is the first block

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I am using mostly gold, high sheen polyester (hsp)  thread for the quilting. It looks luscious!

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The red fabric is the outer border and the black is the inner border. I am using the Sashiko Circles template to make the Ying Yang design in the border with the gold hsp thread. There are some chalk marks on the fabric so I can keep the pattern straight. They will be removed when the quilt is finished.

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Above is another block –

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This is the back of the quilt showing the block quilting and the Ying Yang borders. The backing fabric is a wonderful solid dark black sateen fabric. In these photos the black fabric looks “washed out” and gray.

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Who knew a Log Cabin was Asian? I hope you can see the overlapping circles I quilted on the block. If not –

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Here is a view from the back! The Ying Yang’s in the sashing measure 2 inches in diameter!

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This is the lower part of the center panel. I am “quilting the fabric”and adding some stitching “detail” on the printing of the fabric.

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Here is a closer view of the fabric and the quilting. Expand the photo and you can see the stitching lines.

I still have quilting to do on this project, but I am so excited on how it is turning out that I wanted to show everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It has been a while since I have posted quilt photos. So here are some of my latest projects.

Swoon Quilt – My friend brought me this quilt called “Swoon,” perfectly pieced in Civil War reproduction fabrics and she said “do what you want.” I love those words! (For the Swoon pattern Click Here)

Since the fabrics were traditional, the quilting is somewhat traditional with feathers.

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These blocks are large, 24 inches square with sashing. The whole quilt measured 84 x 96 inches.

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Here is a close up of the feathers in the “center” which is where the blocks and sashings come together. Believe it or not, most of the feathers in this section of the background fabric were quilted with one start and one stop!

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Here is a close up of the block quilting. I used the same “football feather” in the center of the block and in the  piecing around the star. The thread is Mother Goose by Signature and the batting is Warm & White.

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The top and bottom Pinwheel border was a challenge. There are lots of different things I could quilt in it, but …. , there is the issue of bulky “seam joins.” This is where all the seams come together and there is so much bulk that you can’t get your needle/hopping foot over the seams and you can’t get way into the corner to quilt points. So, in keeping with the traditional theme, I quilted a Double Cable design over the Pinwheels – which turned out really nice!

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Here is another view of the Cable on the Pinwheel border.

Squares & Swirls – This is a totally different quilt from a customer

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A more modern quilt and very nicely pieced. Another big quilt 84 x 94 inches and a lot of fun to work on.

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I used the All Over Swirls free hand design for the quilting. I love the “flow” of the quilting on top of the straight lines of the piecing.

Birds Through the Door Quilt – This quilt was a little more of a challenge to work on. It was originally going to be a wall quilt, then my customer added extra fabric to the bottom to make it into a lap quilt for a friend. What do you do with the extra fabric at the bottom of the quilt? We turned the quilt into a “door” and you can view the birds through the windows in the door! Now, how do you quilt a door?

I found a free hand “wood grain” quilting design and I did some practice quilting on muslin.

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Then I did some research on how a door was constructed and then “constructed” a door on the fabric.

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I even made some panels on the bottom.  This quilt is only 39 x 52 inches, but there is a fair amount of quilting on it.

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Here is a view of the upper half of the quilt. I did a lot of “detail quilting” on the birds, the tree and the nests. You can’t see it, but it is there! Also check out the texture of the wood grain quilting in the green and beige fabrics.  (Click on the photos for a larger view)

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And here is the bottom of the quilt. I hope you can see the panels in the “door” and all the wood grain texture.

This quilt was a challenge, but a lot of fun. And it is beautiful!

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I recently had the extreme pleasure of working on two hand embroidered quilts – and they look wonderful! Of course, I had excellent embroidered blocks that were extremely well pieced – which makes my life a LOT easier!

The first quilt was “Over the River and Through the Woods” from Crabapple Hill Studios, pieced by Chris W.

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The quilt is 51 x 56 inches and the pieced blocks are only 6 inches!

Here is a close up of the top of the quilt. I like to quilt “texture” into the embroidered pattern and give “details” to the embroidery. I try very hard not to stitch on top of the embroidery.

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And here is a close up of the bottom half of the quilt! I had WAY too much fun quilting this quilt!

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The next embroidered quilt I did was a wonderful red work Sunbonnet Sue alphabet. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the pattern that Rhonda S used for her quilt. I did a quick Internet search and couldn’t find the exact pattern, but there were several patterns “out there” that were very close to this one.

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This quilt was 53 x 73 inches and the piecing was excellent!

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Here is some of the detail that I quilted in the blocks. I quilted feathers in the borders, sashings and cornerstones. I echo quilted around the embroidery, then stitched a ribbon stipple to fill the rest of the block. To me, the ribbon stipple gives texture and “movement” to the block.

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The backing fabric was a red mini print and the quilting showed up surprisingly well! I think you can see the detail of the quilting (especially the border) a bit better on this photo.

On both quilts I matched the threads to the fabrics which makes the quilting (almost) disappear! Also, both quilts have Soft & Bright batting from Warm Co.

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Oh my gosh! It is September already! This summer has FLOWN by! I have been busy and I finally have some time to add to my blog.

I have been working hard all summer – I was gone for nearly a month traveling on the East Coast and the Midwest, teaching longarm quilting classes and also visiting with family. Then, when I returned home, it took me nearly four weeks to catch up with all the work and “stuff” that piled up while I was gone! Finally, I think I can breathe now, and add photos to my blog.

I just finished working on quilts pieced by Martha D, who is 91 years young! She does wonderful work and I have enjoyed quilting for her. She dropped off three quilts, which she machine embroidered.

The first quilt is embroidered Cardinals with some of the nicest Cardinal fabric I have seen in a long time.

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The quilt is 53 x 44 inches. It is wider because it was made to go across the back of a couch.

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Here is a closer view of the embroidery and the quilting. I quilted Feather Plumes in the cornerstones and the “solid” red blocks.

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She even pieced blocks for the back. This was way too much fun to quilt!

The next quilt Martha did was this Americana Quilt with embroidered eagles.

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This quilt is 47 x 72 and is a traditional block pattern I used a combination of “Fireworks” , continuous curves, feathers in the sashings and echo quilting around the eagles.

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Here is a closer look at the piecing and embroidery. The back is a busy print and you can’t see any of the quilting.

The last quilt Martha brought was this beautiful Purple Roses embroidered quit. Again, I had way too much fun quilting this quilt!

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The quilt is 51 x 51 inches. I quilted my free hand feathers and swirls with silver, high sheen polyester thread in the background. I LOVE the texture – expand the photo to see the detail.

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Here is a closer view. And look at the quilting behind the roses in the light blocks. I used white, high sheen poly thread for the quilting in these blocks.

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A lot of the time people will just stipple behind an applique. This time, I used feathers as the background quilting! The photo is a little dark – I turned off the overhead lights and did not use a flash. The texture of the quilting shows up better this way.

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Here is a photo of one more of the embroidered blocks. I love the way this looks!

I used Soft & Bright batting on all these quilts and cotton threads on the first two quilts.

I hope Martha continues quilting, because I want to continue to work with her in the future!

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