Hard to believe that over a year has gone by.
The latest quilt off the machine is Sandi's beautiful Christmas quilt. We decided on Holly and Poinsettia for the panto design, Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide Vegas Gold. The Vegas Gold was a perfect choice for this quilt as it blended well and wasn't harsh on any of the fabrics.
I know I'm a bit behind the times as usual. Here's a couple finished for our local Quilt Show.
This one is foundation pieced on fabric done by Nora. It was shown in the non-judged category. I quilted waves in a variegated King Tut thread since it looks like swimming fish.
The next one was a mystery quilt that was done in Saturday workshops sponsored by the guild. It was quilted with Blue variegated King Tut thread. Joanne entered it in the non-judged category.
This one is the first Modern Quilt that I've ever done. It's pieced by my friend Bev. It turned out pretty good. I spent 2 weeks quilting pebbles. The thread is InvisaFill. I love the texture it gives without a lot of build up. It's a 100wt. polyester.
Love the back...
I do have to admit that I was really tired of pebbles after this one but it was worth the effort.
I have to do a little bragging, I received an award for Best LongArm Quilting presented by one of the vendors at the show. They picked the Guild Raffle quilt. I was very honored.
As usual, I haven't kept up with my blog but just to let you know that I've been working:
This quilt was for a soldier that was wounded in Afghanistan. He is a native of Rockford, Illinois. It was made by my customer Alice. I quilted stars in white SoFine thread.
Gena sent me this cute little sailboat to quilt. I used a panto called Thistle and a light variegated blue thread.
This next quilt was done by my
former boss, Julia. It was a Christmas for her nephew and his wife. She
did a beautiful job piecing it. I used Surf's Up and Lt. green
I was commissioned to make this tee shirt quilt as a present for my customers grandson. The tee shirts belong to the boy and his deceased grandpa. It was an adventure as I'd never made one before. It ended up being a queen size. I used my go to panto - Surf's Up and a light grey thread. After seeing the finished quilt, Grandma couldn't decide if she wanted to give it away or keep it. In the end, one happy boy got the quilt.
This isn't the greatest picture of this beautiful quilt. It was pieced so perfectly by one of my customers. She wanted Surf's Up and a teal variegated King Tut thread.
Next is another nice one from Ruth. I love doing her quilts. She claims not to be very good, but she fibs.She likes doing scrap quilts and her color choices are always pretty.
Another cute baby quilt. I love the bright colors. Laura wanted a variegated thread in primary colors. The panto is Thistle.
This last one is my guilds' raffle quilt. It took me 150 hours to quilt it. Most of the time was spent doing all of the ditch work. It has pebbles and feathers as a filler in the applique blocks, ropes and feathers in the borders. The threads are SoFine and Bottom Line in black. While the quilting doesn't show in the pictures, you can see it on the quilt. The applique work is stunning. Hopefully, this quilt will raise a lot of money for the guild. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that maybe I'll win it!!
Sorry this post was so long but since I'm so great at blogging, I figured I'd better show all now.
It's been a few years since I've shared any pictures of Dillon. He's now 4 and growing up to be quite a cutey if I must say so myself. Who's prejudiced, not grandma!
We were in southern Illinois at the Garden of the Gods this summer and having a ball. I really think the kid is part mountain goat (Pardon the pun). He wasn't the least bit afraid to climb these huge boulders. Grandma on the other hand was another story but to keep up with him, these short little legs did climb them too.Boy try to get up on them at my age.
The view from the top is truly spectacular.....
It's part of the Shawnee National Forest. If you get a chance to visit, it's well worth the hike!
I won't waste time apologizing for all the time between posts. Lets face it, I'm a bad blogger.
I will however get straight to sharing pictures of some of the quilts that I've finished since my last post:
This first one is a quilt that I helped my friend piece for her daughter's wedding present. It's a photo quilt with pictures of both the bride and groom from childhood to adulthood.
It was custom quilted with lots of feathers.
Next is another custom quilt with lots of feathers. I'm on a feather kick.........
I used a ruler from Deloa Jones for the rope border, it's really slick.
The center star is surrounded by curved crosshatching and the same treatment is applied to the center of the star along with feathers in the points. I used a variegated thread in the colored parts and black for all the backgrounds with a solid red in the sashings. I really love how this one turned out. I wish I could have kept this one. I'll have to make one for myself (Who's dreaming now?)
Think I'll end now and save some for another time.
See I really have been busy.....honest, I have!
My friend Abigail wanted me to post pictures of this quilt for her so here it is. This is a quilt that I recently did for one of the local quilt shops. I was so honored to be allowed to quilt it and when I brought it back I was doubly honored to have it placed in their front window.
This is the top before quilting.
When I brought it home, I couldn't for the life of me figure out how I was going to quilt it but with a little help from my friends and my computer it went quite well. I've been using Photoshop Elements and a Wacom Tablet to draw out designs for some of the quilts. I took an online class from Carla Barrett at Steponpins.com that was very good.
Here are close-ups of the quilting designs used on the quilt.
And the finished quilt.
(I'm sorry, I didn't get a good picture of the borders.)
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and please come again!