Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2013 Quilt Carolina Shop Hop Quilt for Sew Original

Hello Quilty Friends!

The quilt that I am sharing today was actually made and quilted about a year ago, but it one of my favorites.

This quilt was designed by Holly A. for Sew Original-Winston Salem, NC for the Quilt Carolina Shop Hop 2013.

When Sew Original told me that the quilt was ready to be quilted...Holly had told them to call me, that I would know what to do with all the white space.. Oh, do I ever....feathers! of course!!

I started this quilt in the cormers with the feathers..I knew I wanted to put feathers there, so why not just start with that!

Then I added some straight line work in. I almost did feathers again in that area but then changed my mind. I thought the line work would add more dimension to the quilt.

And then the quilt was finished!
I had my daughter hold the quilt up at the front door so the light would show the quilting better.
And, of course! A picture of the back of the quilt. 
Close up of the back.

I was happy when I was working on this quilt and had fun quilting it......and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Opportunity Quilt for the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild

Hello Quilty Friends!

Today I am going to share pics of the quilt that the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild made and I quilted for their Opportunity Quilt 2015.
The quilt pattern is from the book "The Country Inn" by Barb Adam and Alma Allen.

I stared at this quilt for a few days before starting it.  I wanted something neat quilted on it because of it being an Opportunity Quilt.  When I looked at it, I was drawn to the petal flower every time...So, that is where I started.  At first, I was only going to just have the design just around the petal flowers, but once I had drawn it out for two of the them, it almost touched....so, why not? I decided to join them, and then it made a big oval around the big appliqued flowers. So, within a few minutes, the quiting design had totally changed and was going in a different direction.  My only wish for this quilt, was that it had been with a batting with more loft.

A different angle of the beginning quilting.....

Then I decided to do a tighter background fill inside around the petal flower. Keeping it a little "looser" around the big flowers.

With the big flowers, I did not want to quilt it too tight or over quilt it.  I wanted to keep it soft. I did do some quilting in the machine applique.

The border fabric was very bright and busy. I decided to keep it simple with a 1" crosshatch.  The ladies who made the quilt had premarked the border with a scallop.
                                                             Close up view of the quilt.
                                                              Even "closer" close up.

                                                                       It is finished!
The ladies picked the quilt up, trimmed it and did the binding...
Then decided to enter the quilt in the Piedmont Quiters Quilt Show last weekend...
Blue Ribbon and Best of Show!

Close up of the info card showing the ladies from the guild who made this beautiful quilt
(Judi Low, Fran McKinney, Joanne Embry) and of the ribbons that this quilt won!

 I am happy and had fun quilting this quilt.....and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Rainbow Lollipops Quilt for Riley!

Hello Quilty Friends!

Today I will be sharing about a beautiful quilt that my friend, Debbie L. made for her grand-daughter, Riley.  This quilt is using the pattern "Rainbow Lollipops" by Don't Look Now

As soon as I saw the quilt, I knew I wanted to do a fun and kind of whimsical quilting on it.

Added in some pearls (I admit, I am not a pebble or pearl person) But it made a great background fill!

I added a little quilting to the machine applique.
There are three panels quilted like this and there are two panels that I did a crosshatch for the background fill.

(I see that I need to work on my photo taking abilities) Now that I have my blog, I will start doing better with better lighting when taking pics.

Debbie did a wonderful job of making the quilt top. She entered her quilt in the local Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Quilt Show in May and she was awarded the Blue Ribbon for her category!

 I wish I had taken a pic of Debbie when she saw her quilt when I had finished it. That is my favorite part, to see "that" look when they love what you have done with their quilt!
I am happy and had fun quilting this quilt.....and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Two quilts...Same pattern...two fabric color ways!

Hello Quilty Friends!

This post is a little different.....I will be sharing pics of two quilts both made using the same "Japanese Fan" pattern by Quiltworx.com.  Both of the quilts are stunning, one is bold colors with beautiful red, black and creams.....then the softer beautiful quilt in creams and green fabrics.

By showing both quilts in one post, I hope that you will see how fabric choices can totally change how a quilt will turn out. Whether you like soft fabric colors or you rather have bold fabrics, you are going to love this post!

The red, black and cream fabric quilt was pieced by my friend, Lucille Amos, who is a CI for Quiltworx/Judy Neimeyer.  Lucille is a great instructor, she even took my dislike of paper piecing away.  Now, I am hooked for sure. I have pieced several Quiltworx patterns now, myself. (I will share those on another post one day)
Sorry this pic is a little blurry.

I had fun making circles in this area. Using rulers are so much fun. (I will share my ruler wall in another post along with some of my favorites and why)


Of course, I had to add in some feathers.  That little curved area was screaming feathers to me.

The cream and green quilt was pieced by a quilt client named Phyllis G. It looks like a totally different quilt, doesn't it? Nope, same Japanese Fan pattern!

I went with the circles again in that one area.  Only changed the distance between the circles a little.

I also love crosshatch! And in a curve, it is beautiful! It really added to this quilt.

I sure hope that you have enjoyed seeing...two quilts...same pattern.....two fabric color ways!
 I am usually a bold quilt colors kinda girl. Red is actually my favorite color, but these quilts have me stumped. I love them both and just can not choose which one I love best.
I love how both of these quilts turned out. I am happy and had fun quilting them both....and that my "quilty friends" is wha it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Tree Of Life" Quilt

Hello Quilty Friends!

This is a simple, but beautiful quilt. "Tree of Life" pattern has been around forever, but this is one of my favorites

I apolgize, I do not know if this quilt was made using a certain book or pattern.

Close up of Tree of Life Quilt

I love the way this quilt turned out. I am happy and fun quilting it....and, that my "quilty friends"is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

"Oh My Stars" My Personal Quilt

Hello "Quilty" Friends!
Now for my own quilt....I pieced the top for this quilt almost two years ago. Yes, I said two years ago, but my personal quilts get moved down the stack quite often.
This quilt is from the book "Stellar Stars" by Judy Martin. I fell in love with this quilt the minute I saw it, just had to make it. Although, I have a problem with making true "scrap" quilts....I start organizing the colors in notime....So, for this quilt, I simply just used the reds, creams, blacks, and green fabrics that I wanted to use and that my friends is about as close to a "scrappy" quilt that I can get.

I decided to scallop the border on this quilt. So, by deciding to do this before I did the quilting, I was able to use one of my longarm rulers to actually mark the scallop.  This made my work easier..having the same shape of the curve in a longarm ruler, I could use it make stitch the curves with ease.

The feather stem in the cream border was just freehand. I curled out one time then curled in for the next.  I did use a double batting for this quilt. This was my first attempt of double batting and I was very pleased.

Of course, a picture of the back!
I entered this quilt in my local Forsyth Piecers and Quilt Guild quilt show a few months ago and it won 1st place in the Large Bed Catagory and the Viewer's Choice Ribbon. It also won the Carolina Longarm Association's Best Longarm Ribbon.
I am happy and had fun quilting it....and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Lee Monroe's Swoon Quilt

Hello "Quilty" Friends!
On this post I would like to share about my friend, Lee Monroe's Swoon Quilt! Beautiful quilt and I had a blast quilting it. Lee had said she wanted my feathers "all over it".  So, of to work I went.....feathers.....you got it!
This is a picture of Lee's quilt hanging at the Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Quilt Show a few months ago with her 2nd Place Ribbon for Large Bed Category! Yay Lee!

Close-up view of one of the stars! I know that Lee is also a "modern" kinda quilter too, so I added in some straight line type quilting.  Lee loved it!
Lee is great with picking fabrics and colors and it shows in this quilt. I love how it turned out.
I am happy and had fun quilting it.........and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ellen's Bargello Quilt

Hello quilty friends!
I am sharing Ellen's Bargello quilt today. This lady only had one request.....Feathers! Just happen to be my favorite thing to quilt. I decided to do the blue feathers going one direction and the purple feathers going the opposite directions. Pretty cool effect! It almost looks 3-D.

I had fun quilting this beautiful quilt for Ellen
Happy Quilting!

AQS Quilt Show in Charlotte, NC

Hello quilty friends!

I had a great time going to the AQS Quilt Show in Charlotte, NC! I met two of my "quilty" friends on Wednesday, Debbie Voight and Laura Davies for a class on Fantabulous Feathers taught by Gina Parris-Perkes.

Two "Gina's" in one room and both of us "Gammill Girls".  We had a wonderful time and I had lots of fun getting to play on the new Vision2 Gammill Machine in the classroom.
On Friday, I returned to take a class on Henna Stipples taught by Sharon Schamber. I have wanted to meet this lady for a long time and totally admire her work.

I came home and tried my own Henna Stipple type quilting on a table runner that I made.

Looks nothing like Sharon's, but I am happy and had fun quilting it....and that my "quilty friends" is what it is all about!
Thanks for letting me share!
Happy Quilting!

Shop Hop Quilt for Sew Original-Boone, NC

Hello quilty friends!
Time to share another quilt beauty!  This one was designed and pieced by Lisa Alley of Bear Hug Quiltworks for Sew Original- Boone, NC (Quilt Carolina! Shop Hop) This quilt is named "Boone Wildflowers"
And of course, a few close-ups! I am not a "pebble" kind of quilter.....but it worked with the swirls.


Thanks for letting me share this beautiful quilt with you!
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brenda's Beauty

This quilt belongs to my friend, Brenda. Beautiful hand applique.  She said it is from the pattern "Beyond the Cherry Tree" by Sentimental Stitches, but she only used 12 of the 25 blocks and used her own layout. When she brought it to me to machine quilt her only instructions were to quilt on the applique, lots of detail and quilting....my favorite!
So, I went to work doing what I love to do!
Detail work on some of the applique'....

 Tiny feathers in the border...that is a quarter laying on the quilting .....I love tiny feathers!

 Of course, a pic of the back, too!
 McTavishing in the background around the applique'
Thanks for letting me share Brenda's beautiful quilt.
Happy Quilting!