Monday, July 1

Lynn's quilts

Lynn, from Colorado, spoke to my quilting heart with these amazing quilts she created.
I love her modern quilting style!
She is crazy talented when it comes to matching 
color and design.
This is her "Bullseye" quilt - all hand appliqued. 

I quilted a simple all-over swirl pattern.

This next quilt is an Aztec type quilt.  
The detail in the piecing is nothing short of mind blowing!

I quilted a lot of straight lines following the piecing angles.  
It's pretty much a symmetrical quilt but the colors are the opposite on each side.

This one is a Carolyn Friedlander design called, "Botanics".  
You can find the pattern here.

I quilted tiny swirls in the background and something different in the applique in order for it to stand out.  
I love the simplicity of the applique shapes.

Lynn, I love your style.  
It was such fun to quilt for you!  
Thank you for sharing your photographs of your beautiful quilts with us.

Wednesday, June 12

A Graduation quilt...

Beth, from Montana, created this quilt for her son's graduation. 
It's nothing short of amazing.
Truly, amazing.
Her son and his team created this plot and topographical chart for his Master's degree.

So, being the incredible mom she is, 
Beth turned this chart into a quilt.

Every single plot from the chart was recreated into a small rectangle with the exact colors and shapes within each plot.  It was fun to compare the chart and quilt side by side.  
On the outside of the chart were topographical areas.

Beth printed off a chart for me to study so I could quilt as close as possible to the topographical lines on the outside borders of the quilt.
I stippled the entire center.

It was a bit challenging, but my water soluble marker and my quilting machine made it possible.
I love how it all came together.

It's hard to capture just how incredible this quilt is and the thought process that went into it.
This is truly a mother's love of her son and his accomplishment.
Congratulations goes out to her son on his graduation!

Saturday, May 11

Julie's quilts

Julie, from California, makes the sweetest quilts.

I LOVE this calendar quilt from Sweetwater.

Here is their lovely website.  
You can get all sorts of iron-on labels.
They are an amazing company.

She let me quilt what I wanted on it and it was
 oh, so much fun!
In the stars I echoed triangles inside the points and did a curvy design in the star blocks.

I tried to highlight each month name with minimal quilting.
(my favorite month - my birthday month)
Julie embroidered on top of the labels so they stood out - so dang cute!

Her backing is a sweet peachy yellow print that really shows off the quilting.

She had some left over fabrics so she pieced them 
into the backing.

The Sweetwater prints are all just darling.

..... thank you for letting me "play" on it.

Tuesday, April 30

Traci's quilts

My friend, Traci - from Montana, created this sweet quilt.
She made the adorable "Village" quilt and you can find the pattern here.
I love everything about this quilt - her background color is so pretty and her houses are adorable.
I quilted an all-over simple single parallel wave.  
It seems to give it some movement.

Her backing is so fun - she had a couple of extra blocks she sewed in the middle.

 I love how she fussy cut some words to include in her windows and doors.

So darn cute, Traci.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

Tuesday, April 2

Carol's quilts

My friend, Carol - from Montana, pieced these two 
beauties recently.

For this pretty quilt she used mostly Fig Tree fabrics.
The pattern is a Cluck, Cluck Sew pattern, "Spin Cycle".  
I quilted a simple all-over concentric swirl - one of my favorites because it gives so much texture without detracting from the piecing.

There's nothing I like better than a stripe binding - perfect.

This gorgeous mini trip around the world quilt is made with Katarina Roccella fabrics.  
She is an Art Gallery designer.

I quilted straight lines following the direction 
of the piecing.

These fabrics are SO beautiful.

Carol chose that striking pink binding - she's the binding queen!

It's always fun to quilt for Carol - I love her diverse taste in quilts.
Thank you, my friend, for sending me some pretty spring flowers to work with, even though we still have snow outside.

Wednesday, March 13

mystery quilt revealed

My friend, Lexie, and I taught a mystery quilt class through our local Adult Education program.
It was a stretch for the students to take a class where you don't know what you are creating.
Each week we handed out a clue.
The only "hint" we gave them is to pick contrasting fabrics for the background and the pieced areas.  
We also told them there would be an element of nature.

That's it.
It started to drive them bonkers when we couldn't answer their questions, like....."...would this color look good here?"  or......"...why am I making SO many flying geese units?"

After 6 weeks of "clues" we revealed our completed quilts so they could start putting their blocks together 
and it all made sense.
Here is mine...

It's a V and Company pattern, "Home for the Holidays" can find it here.
I used an Ash Grunge for my background and pulled from my stash aqua/yellow prints and pink/orange prints.

It's such a cute quilt - I really love it.
I love the flannel backing.  
I hung on to it for years and it finally found its home.

I quilted randomly spaced straight horizontal lines - I wanted minimal quilting because of the flannel backing.

It's still so snowy here.  I don't think it's ever going to end.....but, it's pretty and makes a pretty background for my sweet quilt.

Thursday, February 14

Simple Addition in pink

I love simple patterns so this "Simple Addition" pattern was perfect for me.

You can find the pattern at Cluck Cluck Sew - here.
Allison's patterns are so easy to use.  
I love them all.
I had a fat quarter bundle of Jen Kingwell's "Gardenvale" I wanted to use for this pattern. 

I also had a couple of random pink solids I wanted to add for the background.  
I know they are Kona solids but they were an "end of bolt" item so my best guess is Camellia and Bubble Gum colors.

My friend, Trish Poolson, pieced most of the blocks for me and set them together.  
Thank you, Trish, you did a fantastic job and the fabrics would still be sitting in my little box had it not been for you.
Even though these fabrics read "vintage" to me, I wanted a more modern quilting design so I quilted it with a single wave design - one of my favorites!

The backing is "Pastel Thrift - alloy".  It's kind of hard to find - I wish I had at least a bolt of it!

It was fun taking it outside on a very cold, but sunny, wintery day last week.

I seriously love everything about my sweet quilt.

Here is the "quilt-hanger-up-guy", my husband. 
He's a good sport!

Oh, mine is a twin size and Allison offers 6 different sizes in this pattern.
She's genius!