Posts Tagged ‘Shiva Quilt Pattern’

It seems like things go in spurts around here! I generally don’t quilt many pantographs, but the last five quilts I have quilted I have used pantographs! I usually work free hand designs and use templates, but, if the quilt “tells” me it needs a pantograph, I will accommodate the quilts wishes. (And yes, the quilts do “speak” to me.)

The pattern I used, SHIVA, designed by Kim Darwin, is available on the Longarm U website. To view the details of this pattern Click Here. The pattern comes in two sizes, 10 inches and 15 inches wide, and I used the 15 inch size on these quilts.

Here are the photos of the quilts where I used the Shiva pattern. All the quilts are beautiful and my customers, and Grand Daughter, were thrilled with the results.

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Quilt #1 – Teresa W. Teresa did a wonderful job of piecing this quilt for her niece. Teresa make quilts for all her nieces and nephews when they graduate from high school. Teresa enters the quilt in a local quilt show and then, she and the recipient of the quilt go to the quilt show, look at all the quilts and then try to figure out which quilt is theirs to take home – after the show! What a great way to spend time with a special niece or nephew and a wonderful way to present a quilt!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this quilt. I love the bright colors. There is no way you could be depressed when this quilt is around you!

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Here is a close up of the front of the quilt and you can see the quilting. I used Soft & Bright batting, from Warm Company and Signature cotton thread, in Petal. The stitching blends in and all you see is texture!

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The back of this quilt is AMAZING!! I usually cringe when I see a back with lots of seams – the more seams, the more chance of pleats and puckers. Teresa did a fabulous job of piecing the back and there NOT ONE pleat or pucker. The back is smooth and flat.

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Here is the other side of the back – again, an amazing job of piecing and you can really see the quilting. Be sure to click on the photo for a larger view to see the fabulous fabrics and the quilting.

The pattern SHIVA is kind of a “funky” pattern and, I feel, can’t be used on just any quilt. I like to match the “feeling ” of the quilt to the quilting pattern. I like to use Shiva on quilts that have a modern feel or are “happy” quilts, like Teresa’s.

Quilt #2 – Xanadu by Chris W. Chris is a great piecer and this quilt is a kit from Keepsake Quilting. It is made from Batiks and I love this quilt too!


Because this quilt has a modern feel to it, Shiva works very, very well on it. Again, Soft & Bright batting was used and for thread I used a copper, high sheen polyester, which give a subtle sparkle to the quilting.


Here is a close up of the piecing and the quilting. The stitching blends in and all you see is texture, texture, texture!


Here is the back of the quilt. The photo doesn’t do the color justice! The green is a deep, vibrant green batik, which is beautiful and the copper thread on it is fabulous! I love the texture on the back!

Quilt #3 – Mackenzie’s Quilt

My Grand Daughter, Mackenzie, was visiting from North Carolina, and of course, Grandma Cindy asked her if she wanted a quilt. And yes, she did! We looked through my pieced, but un-quilted, stash of quilts and she chose one. As an almost 15 year old, she didn’t have any idea what she wanted quilted on it. So, when I got finished with Teresa’s quilt, and SHIVA was on the quilting machine table, guess what got quilted onto Mackenzie’s quilt!


I had pieced this quilt top a few years ago and I knew it would find a home someday! All those bright, vibrant colors match Mackenzie!


Here is a close up of the piecing and quilting. Soft & Bright batting again (I do love that batting) and Lavender, Signature cotton thread.  The piecing pattern is my own original design.


Here is my beautiful and smart Grand Daughter, who will be 15 in just a few more weeks. She and my Grand Son Nathan helped to hold the quilt so I could take these photos.


And here is Nathan, striking a “pose” in front of the quilt!

For the back of the quilt I used a fabric called Gellato which is an ombre fabric, and the colors go from dark, to light, to dark.  In the photo, the color looks more blue, but it is really a dark to light purple.


I pieced the two pieces of fabric together, then decided to measure it. Of course, I was a few inches too short in the width. So I took the seam out, cut a few more strips of fabric and put the strips in the middle of the back. There are only two seams in the back, but it looks like I worked really hard at it! (Well, I sort of did!)


Here is a close up of the back, again the fabric is dark purple. I know, I sound like a broken record, but I love the SHIVA pattern and the texture it makes is amazing!

Now I have to get back to quilting – a different pantograph pattern this time!

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My son and daughter in law are Foster Parents and today is one of their foster kid’s birthday party. Grandma Cindy is attending and bringing a quilt, of course!

I found this pattern a while back and have been wanting to make it for a while. It is quick, easy and isn’t very complicated to make. (Sometimes the brain needs something like that!) The piecing pattern is called Serenity from Cozy Quilt Designs. To view the details of this pattern Click Here  I used pastel fat quarters that I had from my stash and quilted it with the Kim Darwin pantograph pattern Shiva. For details Click Here. I used the 16 inch wide pantograph but it also comes in a 10 1/2 inch wide pattern. It is a bit intense, but not really hard, and a lot of fun to quilt. (Note: Oops! I didn’t realize that the larger size pattern was not on the website. I will be adding it when I am finished with the blog.)

I used Signature, 100% cotton quilting thread in the Tye Dye variegated color on both the top and bobbin and Warm Company, Soft & Bright needled polyester batting.

The quilt is 44 x 55 inches. Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

A close up of the quilt and quilting. I love the colors! At first, the quilt was really bland looking, but the quilting really made a difference!

Here is the back of the quilt.

One more photo of the back of the quilt. I thought I would be different and use two fabrics on the back.

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