Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Custom Quilting

 This week I did some custom quilting.  I haven't done too much of it lately.  This quilt was absolutely amazing!  It was a friend of mine has a daughter getting married.  She and sisters, nieces, son etc. made blocks that my friend assembled into a queen size quilt.  I'm sure some of you have done this before.  I haven't seen any as amazing as theirs.  Here are a few of the 36 blocks.

I thought this one was fun.  I added flowers and butterflies in the quilting.

This one was made by my friend's son. 

I like how the frame around the picture turned out.

My friend's sister is an artist.  I love seeing what she comes up with!

This one I added some flowers to the basket.

This traditional block I added a nice design that I thought complemented the piecing.

The turtle represented the groom, so I came up with a more masculine design.

While I loved quilting this quilt and coming up with different designs that added to each block, I am glad I don't do custom quilting very often.  I can't handle quilts being on my quilt machine very long.  But it is signed, sealed, and delivered, and they love it so everything is great!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quilt Along Q&A

I have been getting some questions about the next quilt along.  I do have a plan.  I wanted a little feed back  though.  Here's the Q&A I came up with.

1)  What's the plan? 
     A) The next quilt along will be a Fat Quarter Quilt Along with a star theme. 

2)  What are the fabric requirements?  
      A)  Not quite sure on that yet.  Sorry.

3)  When will it start?
     A)  I was thinking about starting it this fall.  Summer has been unusually crazy so far.  I think it will slow down a little for me after next week, but that may be wishful thinking.  I am willing to be talked into starting sooner if there is enough interest.  What do you think?

4)  Do you have all your designers yet?
     A)  Not at all.  If you would like to be a designer, please email me at

5)   Why isn't there a picture with this post?
     A)  My mother has been in town, and she has been helping me with yard work.  The garden is planted, the bed along the house is weed free and mulched, and -- as of today -- the large bed along my front fence is almost weed free and half mulched.  While it is all looking good, it still isn't quite photo ready.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!  Thanks!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


With the end of the school year, I fell into a black hole.  I think I am emerging from it.  I hope I am emerging.  I occasionally fall into these black holes.  Fortunately, they aren't caused by depression, just busyness that has to take precedence over quilting.  I am looking forward to finding my sewing machine again.  I wonder if she is still there?

Actually, last week I quilted and bound a baby quilt using some of Moda's patch fabric.  Have you seen this stuff?

It comes and goes in popularity.  I don't think any of their new lines have it.  The squares are actually sewn together.  It is a cheater cloth that doesn't look like a cheater cloth because the squares are not just printed on, they are sewn together.  My husband's cousin was having a baby shower, and her mother, not unexpectedly, asked me to quilt 4 baby quilts for her.  Of course, I did, but that left little time for me to make a quilt.  The solution -- patch fabric!  I keep some on hand just for occasions like this.  The one above, I have used for several wedding quilts.  It was 54" wide, so 2 yards made a nice throw.  I have another one that is pastel pinks, yellows, blues, etc.  Perfect for a baby girl.  It was 45" wide, so I cut it 40" long and wa-lah!  Baby quilt! 

Hope your life isn't too busy to spend a few minutes with fabric!