Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ring around the Rosie!

The last two quilts I have done for customers both happened to be versions of the perennial favorite pattern: "Double Wedding Ring"
 First up is Martha's traditional Double Wedding Ring Quilt. She used a lot of beautiful scraps in this quilt. I first had to go through and Stitch-in-the-Ditch all the white areas.
 Here's a little before and after action once I added the motif in the open areas:
This motif is a very traditional treatment for a Double Wedding Ring design, and could be done with simply marking the North, South, East, West lines and the two diagonals as reference points and then free motioning the design in with one fluid pattern (no stops and starts).
 Martha's Quilt will have a curve edge which will need a bias binding. Beautiful quilt- many many people come into the shop wanting to learn to quilt because they have fallen in love with this pattern!
 Next I quilted the "Metro Rings" quilt for Dolores:
 Very similar to the Double Wedding ring but made with strip piecing and instead of a four patch created where all the rings meet the Metro Ring quilt has a Quarter Square Triangle in the centers:
 Again I started with SITD and then added the motif:
 Dolores wanted something with some movement in the center areas so I did a little sketching and came up with this design:
 Part of the design was to echo the curves about a 1/2" inside the SITD line. This really popped the design. You see that crisp white framing everything and texture everywhere else. This quilt also has a layer or 80/20 batting below a layer of wool batting to really poof the texture effect.

 Thanks to Martha and Dolores for trusting these two beauties to me for quilting! It is always so inspiring to my own quilting to have these opportunties! Maybe I have a version of the Double Wedding Ring quilt in my future??

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Northern Lights

I made this quilt to be a Christmas gift. I pieced and quilted it. The pattern is called Northern Lights by Jaybird Quilts and the top is made entirely out of aged muslin fabric.

 Back side:
 I like the effect the quilting had on the backside.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Quilt

I had the pleasure of quilting a Christmas themed quilt this season. Here is Nancy's before the quilting:
 I put some filters on the photo below, sometimes when I am trying to figure out how I want to quilt something it helps me see different elements in the quilts:
 Detail shots:

Back side came out pretty neat too: 

Whole back side:
It is a very pretty quilt. I hope Nancy enjoys it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I guess if I can't brag on my own blog where can I? 
The blue headed kid on the left is my son Tommy. He, and his team mate Zac were showing their team spirit by sporting the team colors.
This was taken at the Gulf Champs elite meet in First Colony pool in Sugarland. 
At this meet Tommy had 100% improved times and qualified for TAGS in two events which is a state meet and pretty difficult to qualify for. 
Proud and happy are we!
Gotta love when your kid finds there "thing"!

Friday, June 6, 2014


I try to make a twin sized quilt for each of my children's close friends as they graduate from high school. 
Fortunately there has only been one per year thus far! 
I am in big trouble in a couple of years!
 This year was Kayla's year!
The fabrics were all by Moda. A few lines are appearing here: Chantilly, Scrumptious and Honky Tonk Girl.
Beautiful quilt for a beautiful Girl!
This quilt will be appearing in College Station at Texas A&M as its owner starts her college career as an Aggie in the fall. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

PB&J Quilt

Quilted this for a customer. She made it as an anniversary surprise gift for her husband. The cotton traditional wedding anniversary-it is always fun to be a part of a surprise plus I LOVE this fabric line its PB&J by Moda and we had it at the shop when it first came out!
 She wanted the white areas to have a repeating motif, there were two white areas, the diamonds and the squares-so I tried to figure out something that worked together but were also different:
 close up of the border:
 The star:
 An overview of the back, I like how you can sort of see the quilts pattern in the quilting:
 Close up of the back with all the elements shown: 
It was a fun quilt to do and I hope her husband loves it!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Quilting a motif from a book

For years I collected books with beautiful quilting designs in them. 
Never figuring out how to get the beautiful quilting designs on the quilts where I wanted them, in the correct size here a brief tutorial on ONE of the methods I like, using the Golden Threads paper.
First, I peruse through my books looking for a motif I like OR part of a motif that I like. In this case I found a square motif that I only wanted to use half of for my set in triangles in my customer, Eva's quilt.
Next I measure the places I want to use the motif carefully.
Then using this tool, the Quilt's Assistant Proportional Scale (AKA the best thing ever!)
I take the size the motif is in the book and line it up on the scale with the size I need it to be in the block.  The percentage I need to shrink or enlarge the motif appears in the window! I know a math formula that will do this magic as well but it is very convenient to have this tool!
So then I run out to the local printer and I ask them to blow up the motif to the size I need it on one big sheet of paper:
In this case I needed it blown up to 160% so they used the blueprint machine and I got it the enlargement for just a dollar!
Next I cut the golden threads paper to the size I need it:
 And the shape I need it.
Checking my sizing:
 And that I have enough pieces made.
Then I start to copy the motif onto each of my perfectly sized papers I have to do this by hand. I use something I KNOW won't stain the quilt like a wash out pencil or pen *just in case*. 
 Next I use my little glue roller to apply glue to the wrong side of the paper:
 This is great stuff because I can put it all over the piece of paper if I need to and it won't stick to my needle and it comes off without any residue on the fabric. You can use pins but then you have to strategically place them so you don't hit them with the hopping foot and its a pain!
I place it on the loaded quilt right where I want it and gently press the paper to the fabric so the glue on the back side of the paper can hold it in place while I sew through it.
My chosen design is one continuous line so I begin at one side- anchoring my stitches and then stitch along following right on top of the line.
It sort of tears as it sews but you are going to rip it off anyway so don't worry. This is what it looks like when I am through sewing:
 Then I rip it all off! It tears really easy and if my stitches were normal it does not tear them loose at all either. The only time I have problems is when my stitches were too loose to begin with!
 Here you can see the stitches on the fabric after I ripped the paper off:
Then you just repeat for all the sections you want to motif on!
Because the motif was on a busy fabric and difficult to see, here it is from the back where it is clearer:

Here is Eva's whole quilt done and ready to go home for binding!
 It is Edyta Sitar's pattern for the Dresden Star.
What a beauty!