Sunday, May 31, 2015

Berry Picking Party

It's amazing to me that most customers hand over their tops and tell me, 'Do whatever you think looks best'.  Very few give me any kind of specific instructions.  When Merilyn gave me her cute embroidered top she knew what she wanted and what she didn't want. I know it is a compliment that my customers trust me but I like a customer that knows what she wants!

Merilyn didn't want crosshatching over the embroidery, which I sometimes do.  She also didn't want any tight quilting, closer that about half an inch apart.


I followed the embroidery with monofilament thread and didn't do any tight background fills.

 enjoy quilting Crabapple Hill patterns like this one.  This is 'Berry Picking Party'.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lots of blooms

Trudy has made a series of these fused applique flowers, these are the second duo I have quilted for her.  She designed them herself, inspired by the work of Susan Carlson.

She made good use of batik fabrics.


Since she wanted all four quilts to be quilted in the same way, I made a template for the border frame and marked each one with chalk.  I quilted the borders first so the chalk wouldn't rub off  before I got to them.

We have had rain, rain and more rain here in Kansas.  After four inches in one day I saw flooded streets on my walk.

The roses love the rain, they are covered with blooms.  I wish the sun would come out long enough so I could  enjoy them - they are so wet that the blossoms droop from the weight.

Cute Rorschach in a box photo.  I can't get rid of this box, all the cats take turns in it!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

You can't go wrong with polka dots

This is Joanne's sampler quilt done with wool applique. 



I used wool batting and all the applique is nice and puffy - like little stuffed animals.

Joanne's piecing is nice and precise, just look at those nice straight lines along the sashing and borders!

This is Kelly's quilt; she chose the fabrics and all the blocks were made by different people.  That means that some of the blocks are really well pieced and some of them... are not well pieced.  That's what always
happens in a group quilt!


I do love the fabrics Kelly chose - anything with polka dots and I'm on board.  When I think back on all my own quilts, I think they all have a polka dot fabric in them somewhere, except for the wholecloth quilts.