I met Julie through the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and she recently brought me her second quilt: This quilt is another great example of semi-custom quilting. The blocks of fabric were big enough and busy enough that I knew it wouldn’t need a separate design in each one. But I didn’t want to do the same pattern allover the quilt. I decided to quilt a flowery motif in random blocks to help break up the rest of the allover quilting. Here is a close up of the design. I also decided to quilt the border with a different design. I used a freehand wishbone design and I love the texture that it adds to the quilt. I especially love the look of the quilting on the back. This quilt was a lot of fun to quilt, although I did get distracted looking at all the fun fabric! Thanks again to Julie for letting me quilt for her. Also, thanks to everyone that commented on my Quilting Thread: Cotton vs. Poly discussion. I randomly selected Leslie as the winner of a goody! Thanks for looking and Happy Quilting!!
I have been so very busy this month. We are 13 days into the month and I have already completed 9 quilts, 2 of which were very large. The funny thing is that I can’t show pictures of any of them right now…….*sigh* Without any pictures of quilts what am I going to talk about????? Hmmm…….what if I stirred the pot a bit? Maybe get a little bit of a debate going? Why the heck not. Are you a cotton kind of person? Or a polyester kind of person? I am not talking about fabric, of course, I am talking about thread. My thread of choice is So Fine, a 50 wt poly thread that runs like a dream in my machine. Just gorgeous. I know there are cotton purists that would disagree with me. They would probably say that its not a natural fiber……Or they might point out that poly thread is so strong that it could eventually shred the fabric. But I would disagree, quite respectfully of course. Poly thread is thinner than cotton, which allows it to blend in with the fabric. It is also stro
I have been quilting, quilting, quilting away. The latest quilt that I am working on is lots of straight lines. In fact, I need a ruler for 99% of the quilting. So as I am quilting, I start bemoaning the fact that my hand is cramping and I am having a hard time keeping those darn lines straight. “I wish I had an extended base,” I complain to myself. An extended base makes a bigger area under the quilt to balance the ruler on. At that moment, a far off brain cell triggered a flashback. A memory of when I had first got my machine seven years ago popped in my head. I vaguely remember getting an extended base with my machine. At the time, it seemed like something I wouldn’t ever use…… When I got my machine, I knew very little about quilting machines but I did know that stitching in the ditch was hard and I wasn’t going to be doing it. The thought is so laughable now, all this time later, because I do it all the time. I dug into my box of random stuff I don’t use and w
I mentioned in this post that KC Studio Magazine was going to come to my studio and take some pictures for an article about quilting. I showed the before pictures and joked that I was going to have to clean it up. I was thoroughly busted! Kellie, the editor, reads my blog and now she knows the truth…..but she said she still loves me. (Hi Kellie!) About 30 minutes before they arrived I had my room ready to go…..nothing like waiting until the last minute. The fabulous Tula Pink let me borrow the famous Cartwheels quilt….I wonder if I have to return it? Oh the inspiration I would have if I could always look at this while I quilted, *sigh* Landon, the photographer, arrived first and started setting up. I wanted so badly to take some pictures of all the equipment that he had and his set up. But that would have been like pulling out your paintbrushes around Michelangelo, there was no way I was going to look like a “rookie”. Kellie and her boss showed up soon after and it was on. It
That is usually the first question I ask myself when I receive a customer’s quilt. Deciding how much and what kind of quilting is a very important decision to make. While I love to quilt intricate designs, it can take away from the quilt if I am not careful. If a quilt has a lot of small blocks or is made out of busy fabrics, selecting one two areas to highlight with the quilting will make for a more pleasing result. I call this semi-custom quilting. A little bit of custom quilting and a little of freehand. Helen O’s quilt is a great example of that. Her quilt had a lot of smaller blocks and I knew that trying to quilt each of them would be too much for the quilt. As I looked it over, the green blocks jumped out at me, so I decided to stitch around each of them and do a swirly design all over the rest of the quilt. However, the borders of her quilt were just begging for special treatment. I just finished up a quilt for my Aunt Cheryl and it is also another great example of semi-custom quilting