Monday, June 29

pretty - pretty - pretty....Allyn's quilt

Allyn, from Massachusetts, sent this absolutely gorgeous appliqued quilt top.
She had already quilted the applique blocks by hand
and wanted me to quilt the setting, side, and corner triangles along with the outer borders. 
I must admit - I was a lot bit intimidated by its beauty and her hand work.
Her applique is near perfection and the hand quilting matches it.
I did not want to detract from its beauty.
I suggested a pretty "fleur" design to compliment and frame the quilt. 
It was delightful to quilt....
(I love the petals on these daisy flowers) 
Allyn travels/lives on a boat most of the time, so during her travels she worked on the applique blocks.
As she finished each block she documented the date and city/state she was traveling through.
 The back is this pretty tone-on-tone floral - perfect.
She chose a pretty red fabric for the binding - Allyn will do the handwork.
I wish you could see these gorgeous blocks up close - my photography does NOT do it justice.
Thank you, Allyn, for letting me see, touch, and work on this beauty.
Safe travels this year!
(I wonder what she's working on now.....stay tuned!)

Tuesday, June 23

Amelyn's quilt

Amelyn, from California, sent me this beautiful quarter square triangle quilt for quilting. 
It was a quilt she had seen on Lee Heinrich's blog, "Freshly Pieced" 
I love everything about it.

The top is made of the fabric line, "Far, Far Away 2" by Heather Ross, linen weave.
It's one of those fabric lines that should not be cut up, too much. 
That way you get to see just how adorable they are.
Amelyn chose a chambray shirting for the backing - so soft!
The binding is the same chambray.
She wanted wool batting so I used my Dream (yes, it's dreamy) wool and quilted an all-over large swirl.
Amelyn did a beautiful job piecing this beauty - she said she started it over 3 years ago - does that sound familiar to anyone?
Not me - ever! (ha!)
Thank you for letting me quilt this beauty - it's on my list of pretty quilts to piece.
 All bound & ready to curl up in... 

Wednesday, June 17

graduation t-shirt quilt

Our niece, Kamryn, from Colorado, graduated from high school this month!
A few months ago she sent a back pack stuffed full of softball t-shirts and very sweetly asked if I would make a quilt out of them. 
She had about 50 to chose from - mercy! 
So, I picked the ones I liked to create her quilt out of.
 I even made a pillow case...and put Air Force blue cuddle fabric on the back.
Kamryn has joined the Air Force - so excited for her!
 Here she is with her sister looking at the shirts - it was a fun memory lane moment.  (I'm standing shyly behind her in the door frame.  I don't like to have my picture taken!)
 Pretty girl - fun quilt!  She loved it!

I used a lightweight fusible web to stabilize the t-shirts then just started cutting....without a plan!
I wanted the random look. 
I don't normally make t-shirt quilts, but I love this girl so much - I was happy to.
If you would like a t-shirt quilt constructed, my very good friend, Andrea from Pennsylvania, will make it for you.  Here is a link to her blog - you can contact her there.  Just click on her "t-shirt quilt gallery".  She does a fantastic job - and she likes making them!

At Kamryn's graduation party they hired an ice sculptor. 
He carved an Air Force falcon - so cool!
We're all so proud of you, Kamryn.

Saturday, June 13

"Squares & Strips" quilt & Starry Night retreat

Last fall I attended a fantastic quilt retreat in beautiful
McCall, ID.
It was put together by two sisters, Cori & Des, owners of the online quilt shop, Quilt Taffy.
They are my friends.
Even if they weren't my friends for years, after the retreat I would have considered them my friends.
The retreat was so much fun!
One of the "offers" they showered us with was this darling quilt kit to purchase using the free tutorial pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. 
It measures about 64" x 80"

You can view it here.
It's called "Squares & Strips".
It only took me only 5 hours to sew it up at the retreat.  Seriously!
The fabrics are from Riley Blake - "Sidewalks" by October Afternoon.
I used a wool batt - that's why it's so scrumptious!
And I used a pretty flannel backing from the same line.
I quilted an all-over loop design. 
Very loose - I wanted it to remain puffy!
I used a cute red print from the same line for binding.

I walked down to my neighbors place to take the photos. 
I LOVE this old wagon!
Thanks, Danette, for the beautiful setting!
Cori & Des are offering another quilt retreat in lovely
McCall, ID.
Hurry, registration is closing mid-month!

Wednesday, June 10

Amy's DS quilt...

Yes, she had me at Denyse Schmidt! 
Amy, from Idaho, made this beautiful quilt for her mom.
She used the DS Chicopee line of fabrics. 
Amy asked me to quilt pretty flowers and loops all over - it's so feminine.
This backing piece is one of my favorite pieces from this line.
Amy also chose wool batting - it's incredibly soft and drapes beautifully and is a bit puffy.
It looks like stars floating in clouds - who wouldn't love this quilt?
Beautiful job, Amy!
You can view Denyse Schmidt's fabric lines here.

Tuesday, June 2

Charm Pack baby quilt tutorial...

My sister-in-law, Carol, asked me to make a baby quilt for a baby shower gift.
(it was a bright sunny day when I photographed)
I decided to go very traditional and use some charm packs with lots of pink!
Here's what you'll need:
finished size - 42" x 49"
2 charm packs
1 1/4 yards solid
1/2 yard binding
1 1/2 yards backing
From the solid fabric:
   ~ Cut 5 - 8" squares then cut each of these TWICE diagonally to use for your side triangles.  (yields 20 - you will use 18)
   ~ Cut 2 - 4.5" squares then cut each of these ONCE diagonally to use for the corner triangles.
You will use 50 charms squares for the center of the quilt.
The remaining squares you will cut in half for your inner pieced border.
Inner border:  cut 4 - 2 1/2" strips
Outer border:  cut 6 - 2 1/2" strips
Sewing:  (you will be sewing diagonal rows)
Start with a side triangle and sew it to a charm square.  Add another side triangle to the other side of the charm square.  This is your first DIAGONAL row.
Continue in this manner adding or subtracting charms as you build your rows.  (see 2nd photo for placement)
Add a border of 2 1/2" solid strips to "float" your cute quilt.
Add a border of 2 1/2" cut charms - sew end to end.
Add an outer border of 2 1/2" solid strips.
You're finished!  And it's darling!
Sweet flannel backing.
(I love this old water pump & barrel)
Green Denyse Schmidt plaid for binding.
I machine quilted it with double bubbles - makes it look a little puffy!
Thank you, Danette - my neighbor, for letting me photograph this pink cuteness on your property.

Saturday, May 30

Danielle's quilts & shakers!

Danielle, who lives in Colorado, was on a sampler kick!
Here are two quilts using the same pattern but completely different fabrics:
 These prints are darling!
A little girl picking apples...
A little boy and his guitar...
I quilted an all-over clam shell in the center and cross-hatched the checked border.
This one is made with pretty Christmas prints.
I quilted swirls in the center and orange peeled the outer checkered border.
Then Danielle adds this very modern quilt!
Each block was different.  She wanted me to use a variegated primary colored thread...perfect!
I quilted double bubbles in the sashing and single waves in each block.
 Do you LOVE this backing?
Then she sends me these darling Pyrex salt & pepper shakers!
Thank you, Danielle. 
 It's always fun quilting for you...and, I love my shakers!