Friday, April 29

Gift Certificate SALE......

Mother's Day is coming up.....real soon! 
May 8th.....
What better gift for a "quilter mom" than a gift certificate for getting a quilt finished?
You say, "WHAT?"
YES - a gift certificate!
And here's the really great part - for every $100 you spend on a certificate, I'll throw in an extra $5!
It's a SALE!
I'm going to run this special offer
all month long!
There is NO expiration date so the potential is limitless!
What about your best quilting buddy, or your quilting sister, or your quilting grammy?
There isn't a quilter out there who wouldn't want a gift card towards having custom quilting on their precious quilts.
All you have to do is email me:
and let me know the amount you want to purchase along with details.
I'll print up a card and either send it to you or to your quilting recipient.
You can pay with either a personal check sent to me or with PayPal.
What a grand idea!
Bright Ideas: Customer-Driven Product Development | REsource
I'll always have gift certificates available, but this month I'm adding the $5 bonus.
Are your wheels just spinning with ideas of who to "gift" them to?
And in case I don't get around to posting on Mother's Day - May 8th.....
Happy Mother's Day to all you lovely, wonderful mom's out there.
Mother's Day by Amelie Au, via Behance Happy Mother's Day Moo & Hen!:

Wednesday, April 20

Oh Clementine....

I had a fat quarter bundle of "Oh Clementine" fabric, from Allison Harris's collection. 
I really wanted to show off the sweet prints, so this pattern is perfect - "Sweet Life" from Thimble Blossoms book, "Simply Retro".
Instead of just looking at my precious bundle of fabrics, I decided it would be better to actually make
something out of them.
I asked my sweet friend, Andrea, of Andrea Quilts, to piece it for me.
She always does a beautiful job at piecing - it's such a treat to get my quilt tops back from her.
Thank you, my friend.
She has a darling blog... can read about her process here.
It's a large bed size - 97" x 97" I added a cute center strip on the backing.
 I swirled the blocks, looped the background areas and feathered the sashing and borders.
It's finally getting warm enough here in Montana to take my quilts outside for a little photo shoot.
Another close up of one of my favorite fabrics...
I had a diagonal stripe fabric of yellow and white for the backing and binding.
We still have snow in the mountains - so pretty.
 My favorite block - I love daisies.

Saturday, April 9

Gwyn's Modern Vintage quilt...

How can "modern" and "vintage" be in the same sentence?
This is how!
My Montana friend, Gwyn, made this beautiful quilt
using the book, "Vintage Quilt Revival".
You can purchase it here at Amazon.
It was a BOM (block of the month)
through her local quilt shop.
I love how they set it up - each month they offered a block. 
If you returned to the shop with your completed block, you got the next block FREE.
Who doesn't love something quilt related that's free?
Gwyn stuck with it and completed this beauty.
 It was a blast to quilt.
I had previously quilted two other quilts from the same book. 
I quilted each block with a different design.
So many pretty blocks to "play" with.
Another favorite...
I swirled the background.
Do you LOVE this backing?
(I just ordered 3 different happy!)
It's a Tula Pink extra wide.
It comes in about 6 different color ways.
You can purchase it at Hawthorne Threads, here.
This color is "Lipstick".....perfect!
Gwyn finished the edge/binding with this scrappy piping.
 I love it!
Here it is on display in her lovely!
Thank you, my friend, for letting me quilt what I wanted. 
I loved every minute of it!

Friday, April 1

Lexie's "Norway" quilt...

My friend, Lexie, made this beautiful quilt.
It's a Thimble Blossoms pattern called "Norway".
You can find it here on their website.
I love the fabrics Lexie chose and she did a beautiful job
piecing it.
It's very modern so I wanted to quilt simple straight lines.
I cross-hatched each grey intersection area and straight lined the rest.
I wish I could have gotten a photograph of the entire quilt. 
It is a queen size and so beautiful!
She backed it with this amazing 108" wide Tula pink print - perfect!
It comes in five color ways - I need a bolt of each! 
The dots are about 4" in diameter.
Do you love it???
Tula Pink - Free Fall Wideback - Free Fall Wideback in Navy
Thank you, Lexie, for letting me "play" on your lovely quilt!

Thursday, March 24

Cowboy Metro Rings

A local ranchers wife contacted me for a commissioned Double Wedding Ring quilt. 
She wanted to give it as a gift to some friends of hers.
These friends make cowboy hats for a living. 
 (There's probably a fancy term for "cowboy hat making" but I don't know it!)
She wanted some cowboy hat prints along with other
western prints.
Because I don't have time to piece quilts for others, I contacted my friend, Andrea, from Pennsylvania who pieces quilt tops for others. 
You can read about her process on this quilt here.
I'm so glad she's my friend - for so many reasons!
She always does such beautiful work - she's my gal!
She suggested the Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern,
Metro Rings (PDF Pattern)
Here is the result.
Andrea pieced the top, sent it to me, then I added this blue border.
The customer wanted a "puffy" quilt
so I used
a 9 oz. polyester batting.
I quilted a simple stipple in the center and
straight lined the border.
The intersections got a curved outline. 
Cowboy hats for the backing - perfect!
I used a solid black for the binding.
She loved it!
Makes me want to get cutting/piecing on my own!
I love this pattern...

Tuesday, March 8

Julie's "Tula Pink" 100 block city sampler quilt

Julie - from Denver - created this stunning 100 block city sampler quilt.
It's designed by the amazing Tula Pink.
(you can purchase a signed copy of her book here - on her website.)
City Sampler Book - Autographed by Tula Pink
They are 6" blocks and by the time you set them with pretty sashing it end up being a king size quilt!
Julie did an absolutely beautiful job at picking out just the right fabrics and piecing.
Here we go with lots of photos, but it's worth it!
Julie's sashing and setting is so cool....perfect for these modern blocks.
This is Julie's backing - I love how the quilting shows in the solid areas of the pieced section.
 Close-ups of some individual blocks:
I did a simple swirl in the background areas.
I loved quilting it - each block got it's very own treatment!
I own the book, "Tula Pink's City Sampler", so I used it for inspiration when quilting.
One day......I will bust out my Tula fabrics and start on this quilt, too.
So lovely, Julie. 
Thank you for asking me to quilt it.

Thursday, February 18

Debbie's houses & modern quilts...

I love quilts built with solid fabrics.
I've yet to create one for myself, but I love working on others.
These two quilts that Debbie, from Mississippi, made are the perfect example of modern solid quilts.
I had such fun quilting them!
The photos will speak for themselves.
These houses are all nested together.
Debbie wanted me to quilt them so the roofs stood out.
So I quilted "shingles" on all the roofs and a loose wave on each house.
I love it!
This quilt is made up of several different blocks....some of the prints used read solid.
The setting is random - so fun!
It was a blast coming up with different quilting designs in each area.
Debbie allowed me to "play" with the designs.

Are these about the craziest flying geese you've ever seen?  Love it!
I quilted a lot of straight lines, but added a touch of softness with some curvy quilting, too.
Thank you, Debbie, for allowing me to "do my thing" on your amazing creations!