Sunday, November 8, 2015

Golden 5 Star Quilt

Can you see the 5 Stars?

The white is the background fabric which makes the stars pop. 
I fell in love with this quilt as soon as I saw it especially once I saw the Stars. 

Longarm Quilting Details
Thread: Signature - Tex 40 - Mustard
Batting: Heirloom 80/20
Quilting: Free Motion, Free Hand with help from a straight edge ruler.

I have so much fun with this type of custom quilting. Fortunately for me this client let me just go to town on this quilt. As you can see in the green border I marked the center points of the triangles. Up one side and down the other. The ruler I used is from A1 you can purchase this ruler at Green Fairy Quilts

I will admit I was a bit intimidated by the OPEN space. So I grabbed my long straight ruler and began to connect the points form one side to the other side at different angles, until a design formed that I was happy with. 

The green fabric is where the edge of the stars are. 
This is where I SID (stitched in the ditch) and quilted a single line a 1/4 of an inch inside of the green. SID is very important for a quilt like this it really effects the end results. If you are going to put the time in to quilt a Custom Quilt you would greatly benefit by Stitching in the Ditch.
 I love a good on the frame picture almost as much as I love my Gammill.

Curling Feathers -  a great video tutorial by Jamie Wallen, his videos are very helpful.

Thank you Sandy for such a Beautiful Quilt Top. 

Happy Holidays
Have a Quilting Fun Day

Friday, October 9, 2015

Rising Sun with Spiro-Quilting Tutorial

A bit of playtime is sometimes all we need to get back into the creative direction. 
I threw this small quilt sandwich on my frame and went to town.

 Repeating Circles in a circular pattern is how I make this design.  
I used a longarm 4 inch circle ruler (below). 
When I move the circle around I use the red tape to mark the distance that I move my ruler.

Start by quilting a circle then slowly move your circle ruler counterclockwise. Match up your stitch line with the edge of your mark (tape line) on your ruler. Go completely around your circle and repeat the process all over again until you have completed your Spiro-Quilting Circle. 
Once you get to the last circle, make sure that it is centered between your first and your previous quilted circle. This will help to even out your design. This method is not mathematically made, it is creatively made. If you have quilted with rulers you know that even being off by 1/8 of an inch is very easy and if you try to mathematically make this design work you might end up pulling out your hair. I have done this process the creative way many times and it has worked for me. So, have fun with it and try different ways that will work for you. 

I hope this diagram is helpful.

Spiro-Quilting can only be done with patience so slow down and have fun. 

Take a break and give yourself a playtime. 
You never know what your creative side will come up with.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Feathered Labrynth

On this quilt I quilted an allover feather motif. 
This my favorite quilting motif it was one that I could not stop quilting. 

Thread - Glide Pearl
Batting - 80/20 Blend
Quilting - Free Motion Quilting

 Here is the back
 And a little closer

 Thank you Sandy for sending such a beautiful quilt my way.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Half Square Triangles 002

Another variation on how to make you Half Square Triangles

 Supplies Needed:

2 - 5 inch Squares of Fabric
Rotary cutter or Scissors
Cutting Board
and don't forget your Sewing Machine

Your finished squares should be 3 inches
Place your squares pretty sides together
Sew around all four sides 1/4 inch seam allowance
 Place your ruler from corner to corner then cut
 Now CAREFUL not to move your fabric, pick up your ruler and move it from the other corner to corner,then slice agian.
 Here is what your square should look like
 Open and press to you preference, I like to press to the Dark.

 So cute, time for a trim
Your square should measure 3 inches. If not go for 2 1/2 inches a little waste will not hurt, too much. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Epilepsy Foundation Quilt for the Quad Cities

What an amazing journey this quilt is taking. Each block was made from a different person from all over the world. They are 12 inch blocks and there are 30 blocks total. I found out about it through a Swap and Quilt group on Facebook. The quilt is to be raffled off in April at a 5K run. The money that is raised will go towards helping children with Epilepsy get into campPossible.
The tickets are 1 for $5 and 3 for $10
Check out the video here.

 My block is the Paper pieced tilted squares with birds in the middle. Once my block was made I asked if they would like me to do the quilting and they said Yes. Once Kristin Myers (the lady in charge of collecting all of the blocks and sewing then together then shipping the quilt to me) sent the quilt to me I got started right away.

Quilting Information:
Thread: Glide, Amethyst, Polyester 40/3
Batting: Provided by Kristin, It was a thin polyester
Design: Full Custom (each blocks character is brought out through its own quilting designs)

Get ready for each block.


My Block :) (below)


All done and ready to be shipped back to Kristin for the binding and then to be raffled off. If you are interested in raffle tickets click here to get in touch with Kristin.