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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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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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