Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Left Behind

When we put our house up for sale in Texas I went through the house and depersonalized it.  I took all the family photos off the walls, put away all the little nick-nacky things, and even cleaned up my sewing room, but I did not take down the quilts that were on the walls.  I should have.  After about two months we had a couple come through the house and they fell in love with the house and one of the quilts I had left up in my stairwell.  It is a postage stamp quilt I had made about fifteen years ago.  I embellished it with applique and it was very eye catching and pleasant to look at. stayed with the house.  And even though they paid for it I felt like I was leaving behind the family pet.  So......if you are selling your house make sure you only leave up the quilts you don't mind leaving behind.

Friday, July 13, 2012


I am finishing up the blocks for my sister's curved nine patch quilt along. I got distracted with a wedding and moving to Arizona from Texas. Now I am ready to get back to quilting and blogging. Here are some photos of the quilt in progress.  THIS QUILT WORKED UP VERY FAST AND I LOVE THE CURVES MADE WITH THE QUICK CURVE RULER!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Green Peace

Green Peace
This is Sharlott's lovely hand appliqued wool quilt.  I decided to carry the McTavishing throughout the quilt to give it continuity and feathers for a traditional feel.  The border is a combination of half a feather, micro stippling and straight-line quilting. I love how it turned out.  This is my last quilt for a customer in Texas.  We are moving to Phoenix AZ in two weeks to start a new chapter of life.  Here comes the SUN!  We have had lots of sun in the Texas panhandle but now it will be without the ever present wind.  We have loved living in Texas and we are excited to move to Arizona.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Design from Stash

I love to create quilts from my stash.  I know I have great fabric but I just haven't found the right pattern or design for it.  Last summer I bought two pieces of Michael Miller fabric on sale while vacationing.  My niece is getting married next week and I procrastinated a quilt for her because we have a few other crazy things going on (we are moving to Phoenix AZ at the end of May!!!!).  I could visualize this quilt before I even started cutting and I love how it turned out. Did I say how much I love it???!!!  The design is simple so that the large scale fabric is the star of the show.
I quilted it with an all-over feather.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Holiday Lonestar

Christie made a beautiful Holiday Lonestar years ago.  She did a great job piecing it.  The center was nice and flat and it was easy to quilt.  I used the panto 'Ho Ho Holly' with natural thread.  It was a great design for a fun quilt!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Zen Garden

I made this zigzag quilt last year.  The fabric line has Asian writing on it and feels very organic, so I am calling it "Zen Garden."  I wanted to do more than straight line quilting to give it some energy and a "zen" feeling.  I repeated three quilting patterns of vines, stepping stones, and a simple feather.  I love how it turned out :0) !

Friday, January 27, 2012

Urban Cowboy and Western 'Turning 30'

I have finally finished two belated Christmas gifts.  My son asked for a western quilt over a year ago, and I am sad it took so long to finish, but I am thrilled it is now done and that he loves it!  The other quilt is for my brother.  I also quilted it this week and will put it in the mail in a couple of days.

I used the panto 'Spiral Square' and put a nice warm flannel on the back.  Because the flannel is so heavy I used low loft 100% polyester batting which keeps the quilt from being too heavy.

I am calling this pebbling 'River Rock'.  It looks very organic and manly and goes well with the western prints.  The larger blocks have a ribbon candy/swirl quilted in them and the sashing was meant to resemble wood.  I like the overall effect!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Urban Cowboy

I have a late Christmas gift that I am finishing for my brother and his family.  My brother, Lowell, is the true 'cowboy' in the family.  He loves horses, farming, ranching, all sorts of ourdoorsy stuff.  He lives in a rural community in central Utah.  I had 15 different western print fat quarters I wanted to use to make him a quilt.  I decided to modify Urban Abacus and use it as the pattern.  I cut each fat quarter into (4) 9x10 inch pieces and made the basic curve shape with Jenny's Quick Curve Ruler.  I then squared up the blocks and added sashing.  I love how it turned out and how it showcases the western prints.  Now I just need to quilt it and get it in the mail before his birthday in March.  :0)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Paisley Panto

I love paisleys! I always have.  Recently I found a new panto that has a beautiful paisley.  I have used it a few times. :0)

This panto was an obvious choice on Sharlott's beautiful quilt!

This was a whole cloth bed cover for a king size bed.  It turned out beautiful!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Freehand Straight Line Quilting

Kristi made these two quilts to go on a set of antique twin beds.  I love how traditional and scrappy they are, but with the freehand straight line quilting they now have a contemporary feel!  I also finished the binding so when Kristi gets them they are 100% finished.

I especially love the dark and very scrappy fabrics in this quilt.  It looks like it could have been pieced 60 years ago.

When doing straight line quilting I use the seams on the quilt as guide lines.  Kristi wanted it freehand so even though it takes a while to quilt the freehand element gave me some flexibility.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I resolve to be a better blogger!

I have not been a good blogger for about 2 months.  The holidays came and instead of blogging I spent my time quilting, shopping, eating, vacationing and traveling.  I have had a great time, but I am looking forward to some consistent time at home.  In the past two months I have traveled to Mexico, Utah, Phoenix, Dallas (twice) and Hawaii.  I am not complaining I am just a little worn out.  Whew! So I resolve to be a better blogger and travel less in 2012!

Here are a few quilting pictures and projects:
 This is one of two of Kristi's quilts that she requested freehand straight-line quilting on.  This type of quilting takes traditional quilts and gives them a modern/contemporary feel.  I love how it turned out!
These were some left-over blocks from the quilt below.  I threw them together really fast and I did not think they looked interesting until they were quilted.  Now I love them!

This pattern is from my sister, Jenny, of Sew Kind of Wonderful.  This is Urban Birthday.  It is from French General's FaLaLa christmas line.  The quilting was an experiment of different free-hand elements.  I think it turned out ok but after I did this I finished the small table runners above and I actually like the quilting on the table runners better.  After the fact, I would have loaded this quilt the other direction and quilted a definite design in the solids and an all-over in the prints.  I still love this quilt and my husband REALLY liked it.  Which in itself is weird because he usually just nods and says nice but this time he was really into this pattern.