Saturday, December 31, 2016

last one for 2016

So I made another map quilt. This one in batiks. For my brother.
He was very surprised.
This is his happy face!
Straight line quilting all over the states, with various free-motion motifs in the background. 
States are 50 different batik fabrics, background is Moda cross weave. Free motion quilted by me on my Baby Lock Tiara with a variety of threads.




Thursday, December 29, 2016

one last Quilt of 2016

I made this quilt top in October-November, quilted it in December and just finished the binding.
Pattern is "Merry-Go-Round" by Missouri Star Quilt Company (again!). Rings are fabrics by Tula Pink. Background is a specked gray I have been hoarding.
I free-motion quilted feathers all over.
Quilted with 40 wt. Signature polyester thread on top and 50 wt. Aurifil in the bobbin. This combination always works for me.
Now to think about what quilts I want to make in 2017!



Monday, December 19, 2016

prairie flower

Outside of my comfort zone.
Not my color palette.
But, oh-so-fun!
My version of the Missouri Star Quilt Company "prairie flower" quilt.

I omitted the sashing and added a piano key border.

Fabrics are by Amy Butler (Glow collection) and Denise Schmidt (New Bedford). I think they play nicely together.

Queen-sized, free-motion quilted in my Tiara.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Collaboration quilting

My friend Elizabeth has a line of fabrics on Spoonflower. We have worked together at various companies for over 20 years. She sent me some fat quarters, so I made her a quilt!

The fabrics are cute small scale organics and geometrics:
These are great patterns in a fresh color story. They played very nicely with white, but I debated using a mid-grey or a turquoise as well. My favorite:
I would love this in several color ways!

I used the "Double Square Star" pattern from the MSQC. Such a fun pattern to make that shows of the fabrics!

I custom quilted with feathers in the white "plus" arms,
Loops and flower petals on the edge with meander in the patterned areas:
The back, for all the quilty texture.
Free-motion quilted on my Tiara, using Quilter's Dream Puff batting and Signature polyester thread on top, Aurifil in bobbin.

Friday, December 2, 2016

more sneaky sewing

Why does time speed up as we get closer to Christmas? Why does my husband wait to ask me to make gifts?
Anyway, I have been able to sneak in some table toppers this week:
A forest of Christmas trees!

3 toppers, stripped-pieces trees (from a mix of greens and scraps), free-motion-quilted.

The larger 2 are 40" by 15", the smaller is 36" by 14". Raw edge appliqué.

Are you still sewing for this upcoming Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza?