Friday, September 26

A Relay for Life Quilt

Well, I'm horrible at keeping up my blog, aren't I?  I have had the most noble intentions of publishing a blog post each and every Monday, but no.  

I was so positive that I would have so much extra time when my kids went back to school, but in fact I have less time than ever!

I suppose that's what happens when you're starting a business!  I'm not complaining at all, of course.  It's good to be busy!  

I just don't have time to blog.  I have plenty of content, just no time to put it on here!

I quilted this quilt at the beginning of the summer.  I was contacted by a representative of Relay for Life, and was asked if I would be willing to donate my time and quilt a raffle quilt for them. 

She asked me to just quilt something simple on it, so I opted for a loopy meander.

I love the center of the quilt..  This saying is so inspiring to me, and so true.  We only know what we can do until we're asked to do it.

I wanted to frame that saying a little bit to make it stand out.

This was one of the very first quilts that I put on my longarm after I bought it.

My daughter always has to put her shadow in one of the pictures when she helps me, silly girl!

Sunday, August 31

Karen's Quilt

I had the privilege of quilting this beauty a couple of weeks ago.

Karen was kind enough to take a chance on a new quilter and sent me her AMAZING quilt.

 It is beautiful, isn't it?!

She gave me some initial ideas for the quilting, and then let me go from there.

I thought some wavy lines would create some movement, and some pebbling would be fun to offset the colored rays a little bit.

This quilt was so much fun to quilt!  Karen's piecing is perfect!  Every intersection is perfect.  I also love the fabric she used.  I need to ask her what they are!  The dots on the fabric are shimmery--so cool.

The back of her quilt is amazing as well!  I love all of the colorful pieces.

The quilting looks really amazing on the back!

You can see the shimmer of the fabrics in the picture above.  Love it!

 I love that she turned these blocks and put one full circle into the quilt.  It adds a lot of flair to the quilt!

She also pieced in a half-circle too, a little farther down the quilt.

I quilted it all freehand, except for the quilting in the ditch, which I used a ruler for.

 I used Superior Sew Fine #50 thread, which allowed me to quilt pretty heavily without it getting too thready.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20.

It rained almost non-stop for two weeks here, so we took most of these pictures up on our covered front porch.  I have to give credit to my daughter Megan that held the quilt up.  I don't understand why she thinks that taking a million pictures of a quilt that she has to hold up is crazy!

 Thank you, thank you, thank you Karen for letting me quilt your AMAZING quilt!  I love how it turned out!

Friday, August 22

Customer Quilts

I can't believe that the summer is almost over and school is starting soon!  My kids don't go back to school until September 3, but with stories of everyone going back, the summer does really feel like it's over.  Sometimes the anticipation of it gets so bad for me, I almost wish that we'd go back sooner....almost!!

I've been busy trying to finish a wave of quilts so I can spend some time with my kids and get them ready for school before it starts.

I quilted these two cute quilts for a sweet lady named Gay--my husband's aunt.  She was my very first customer, and started bringing me quilts when she heard I had gotten a longarm.

She is adorable and makes adorable quilts.  This quilt is for a great-grandchild of hers.

Gay doesn't like heavy quilting, and she likes PUFFY quilts, so that's what I gave her!  I found the highest loft poly batting I could find, and then doubled it on this quilt.  It's a seriously puffy quilt.

For her blocks, she painted pictures of little animals with fabric paint.

I stitched around each animal, then around each block, and did some loopy-loops in the inner borders.  I stitched in the ditch in the outside borders and left them plain.  Simple!

I think this little duck is just adorable!

It's such a fun, happy quilt!  It will be a super soft and cuddly quilt for a lucky baby!

This second quilt was made by Gay as well.  Like I said, she doesn't like heavy quilting, so I tried to keep it simple.

It's whimsical and cute.

I crosshatched each block, and quilted some fun designs in the borders.  Simple, and cute.  Now that I've had time to rethink it, I probably should have done something else in the outer border.  Something a little more whimsical, like hearts or something.  Oh well, I still like that outer border, and I'll be using it again.

And, a view of the back is always fun to see!

This was a BIG quilt.  88 x 110.  And, I just noticed that I missed a line...oops!  I'll have to get it back from her and fix that!  Luckily, she's local!

I have lots more pictures of finished quilts--I'll share more in another post!  Thanks for taking a look!

If you're interested in having me quilt a quilt for you, I'm offering 50% off through September, and I'll ship your quilt back to you free!

Tuesday, August 19

Flowering Lonestar Pattern Giveaway Winner!!

I promised a winner for Melissa's Flowering Lonestar Pattern, and I'm a week overdue!

I asked my daughter to pick a number between 1-41, and Barbara is the winner!

Barbara, congratulations!  I'll be emailing you!

Thanks, everyone, for participating!