Archive | December 2015

Ruffles and Hearts

Beautiful baby quilt combination – minky, soft fur, and cotton ruffles…

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I quilted into the white fur fabric a little and really didn’t like how it broke it up so I showed my customer and she decided she didn’t like it either.  I ended up stitching in the ditch around the fur and just did loops, flowers and hearts on the rest of the quilt.

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I used Superior’s Valley Breeze, it is a light olivey type of green,  since it blends so nicely with all the fabrics.

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The ruffles are adorable.  I quilted up to and sometimes under the ruffles. I love how the ruffle changes the look of the simple Rail Fence block. I love the pinks and greens and the splash of yellow!

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Sadly, I apparently didn’t take a picture of the back.

Now I just need lots more tops to quilt…so I can have more fun!  Sisters – get to piecing so I can get to quilting!  🙂

 

 

Aggies Quilt for Graduation

My sweet friend, Carrie, has a friend that lives up in Logan while going to college. Her friend had made an Aggies quilt for her husband as a secret graduation surprise and needed it quilted quickly.  As a newbie, I had immediate openings for a quilt so I got the job.  Thanks, Carrie, for referring me!

 

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She had gotten a quilt when she graduated and wanted her husband to have a similar quilt – complete with matching quilting.  A new pattern to me…sounds like the same old story, right?  I am happy when customers ask for something new because I need the push to try new things.  It is free hand quilting.  I was pretty happy with out it turned out.

 

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I didn’t quilt in the letters, just a quick stitch in the ditch for those. This is before I quilted the rest of the quilt.

 

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It has this super soft minkee on the back. The lines aren’t perfectly straight but it looks good overall.

 

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I was able to get this done in a couple of days and even made her binding and attached it.  She did the hand sewing to finish the binding.  I don’t like to hand sew binding – it takes soooo long!!!  And a quick peek at the back, where the U shows up pretty nicely framed by the quilting.

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Funny side note:  one of my daughters has decided to go to this college when she graduates – so quilting another Aggies quilt might be in my near future! I am happy she is going away for college – such a different experience than being a home and going to college.  And I am most happy that she will only be a few hours away while she is at college and not across the country!

 

 

Missing Auction Quilt

I am on the PTA board at our Jr High.  Our PTA was asked to provide baskets for the district auction.  I thought this would be a great way to get my name out there as a quilter, so I volunteered to make an Americana themed quilt to go with the basket. This pattern is by Jeni Baker. She has a tutorial on her blog, In Color Order.  Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial. Great pattern for a beautiful quick smaller quilt!

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My helper is new to holding up quilts and was probably embarrassed, since I enlisted her help at school as it was getting out and everyone could see her.  They moved my due date up a week and a half and which gave me 2 days to quilt it – on top of all my other responsibilities.  So these are the only pictures I have of this quilt.

I wanted the quilting on the white areas to compliment and draw attention to the star its self, so I used a simple back and forth stitch inside angles that point the eyes to the star.
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The star itself has loopy, stars and hearts free motion quilting.  Stars for patriotism and hearts because I love my country.  I actually got a wee bit teary while quilting thinking about the soldiers and the many blessings I have by being an American.

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The back looks really awesome – I think!  I love a little bit of color splash and piecing on the back.

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Because this was for auction – I put a paper on the back with fabric, pattern and quilting info and the cost to make and a suggested starting price for the auctioneer. Because chances of the auctioneer being a quilt expert was pretty slim – right?  And I put a note that if the owner would like a history label on the back of the quilt, they could contact me and I would attach one.

Well…guess what?!   This beautiful quilt never showed up at the auction.  My sis in law went to the auction with her hubby who is a principal in our district.  She looked and asked about it – but it wasn’t there.  What the heck?! I asked the secretaries at the school and they didn’t know anything. I am wondering if it got folded up and put at the bottom of the Americana basket – out of sight and completely unappreciated? That basket sold for $30.

So that is probably the end of my donating a quilt for auctions…maybe…I might try again with the elementary art auction…