Showing posts from April, 2017

Ombre Efffect, A Friendly Gift 3 of 3

I hate to pick favs but this one is my Favorite of the Trio. Thread - Iris Mint Batting - Hobbs 80/20 Tools - A ton of templates were used.
When you send me a quilt in the mail and you are unsure of the thread color, I will send you one of these pictures with a description of each thread. Example: Starting at the top Navy, Turquoise, White and Mint

On the frame and ready to go.....
With this quilt I made myself step outside of my box. I love the look of straight line with a curved element. So I went for it every box had a series of Straight Lines and Curved Lines.
 For this box - a circle template and a straight edge template with 1/4 marks.

 These Big Boxes were so much fun. All of them contained an X across the whole box then lines leading to other lines and circles throughout.
 Every box was different.
This green box is a case study for me. I love that the line continues in a different direction, it really peaks my interest to experiment with this look some more. So keep your …

White Zig Zag, A Friendly Gift 2 of 3

How I decide on a Quilting Design
How full is your bobbin?
Thread - Connecting Threads 100% Cotton Persian Blue Batting - Hobbs 80/20   Templates - Straight Edge Rulers 1/8 in for marking and 1/4 in for quilting Marking Tools - Rolling Chalk
Quilting Began in the Dark fabric first. I was absolutely positive that I wanted to quilt the dot to dot lines in this area. Marking for the dot to dot lines. Each line is 1 1/4 inch apart. Quilting goes fast with a good 1/4 inch straight edge quilting ruler. Quilt from one side of your quilt to the other 3 times.
When I began quilting I was still unsure what quilting motif was going into the white.
So how do I decide what designs go where?
1st - I will lay the quilt top over my longarm, gaze at it for a while. 2nd - The quilt goes onto my longarm. (this gives me an idea of the space and designs that I will be working with inside of my throat space) usually I haven't pinned down a complete quilting design until the quilt is on my frame. 3rd

Colorful Squares, A Friendly Gift 1 of 3

A good friend and longtime client got in touch with me about quilting 3 quilts for a group of her dear friends. They meet up about once a year at a certain destination. This year Sandy (my friend and longtime client) wanted to give her friends a very special gift, the gift of a Quilt. To me there is no better gift. A quilt keeps you warm, comforts you and is a great reminder of the one that made it for you. This quilt is one of three quilts that Sandy made.  
And So It Begins
For this quilt Sandy and I choose 2 threads, The So Fine Grey Thread was for SID (Stitch In the Ditch) and the quilting in the Turquoise fabric. The Connecting Threads, Coral Thread was for the rest (the Pretty). The reason I did not want to SID with the Coral thread was because most of the quilt was black and every little tiny mistake would have shown. 
I began with the Grey thread, SID was first then I moved on to the turquoise borders.  For marking I used this chalk roller. The marks are 2 inches apart.
Once …