Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One last quilt before the show!

Customer Angela has been patiently waiting for this quilt of fabric she purchased while on vacation in France. Love how graphic it is and I have always lusted after french fabrics - so bright and full of life.

Here's the full view.

 In the yellow center "boxed" area I echo quilted with straight lines, then in the red I quilted free-form feathers with a double spine. The white outer white areas received McTavishing to add some moment. BTW, Karen McTavish's book, the Art of McTavishing, which has a quilt of mine in it, is being reprinted, due out soon.
 The center star has feathers in the red and straight lines in the yellow to help emphasize the linear quality off the border print fabrics used. Border print in the outer border received the same treatment - repetition is a must in my world of quilting design.

 Here you can see the cloud and loop design I quilted into the outer yellow border.

I used matching thread throughout to repeat the traditional feel of the quilt itself.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A busy week of getting customer quilts done...

Here's Heather's beautiful big and bright chain quilt, just finished today. She included an amazing array of yellow and green fabrics,not to mention that the whites varied too. I quilted it in white thread in a "dogwood blossom" pattern using the Intelliquilter robotic computer drive on my longarm.

Here are two close-ups of the dogwood quilting pattern. It's wonderful to be able to scale the patterns in the IQ to fit with the piecing and the customer's desired quilting density. Such an improvement on paper pantographs.

Happy Easter Everyone - Closing up shop for the holidays, on to a custom quilt, Angela's, on Monday in which she used beautiful fabrics she purchased in France. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Narragansett Bay Quilters Show

Busy getting ready for our show judge to arrive tomorrow. NQA Certified Judged Serena Vrnak will be evaluating the judged quilts next Saturday for the show on April 26 and 27 at North Kingstown High School in North Kingstown, RI. A wonderful gang of members have volunteered to help out in the judging room at the Exeter Public Library, it will be quite a learning experience for them, and fun to boot!

 Hope to see you at the show!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gloria's Glacier Star

Just finished quilting customer Gloria's beauty. Lots of thread changes and lots of designs, with repetition, throughout the quilt. Very structured quilting contrasted with small scale freehand and large scale random freehand. Very pleased with the way it came out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Applique designing with found shapes

EQ Group at Folk Art Quilts in Wakefield, RI did so well today designing applique with existing shapes from EQ7. They created all kinds of critters from the shapes I used to design my pretty pathetic little dog. We had pigs and pooches and even a purse of two. Always fun to see what creative minds come up with!

Monday, March 31, 2014

New EQ Group

Starting a new monthly EQ Group in Barrington, RI on Wednesday, May 7th. We'll be meeting at the beautiful new knitting and quilt shop, Knit One, Quilt too on Anoka Ave.  We'll be starting at the beginning with EQ7 and taking it a month at a time with a new lesson each month getting you comfortable with EQ7 as well as designing a quilt of some type each time.
Join us - you'll LOVE EQ - it takes the math out of designing and gives your quilts possibilities you never dreamt of !

Friday, December 6, 2013

Shades of Teal in Quiltmaker

Just confirmed that a new version of my "Shades of Grey" quilt will be in the March/April issue of Quiltmaker due out 2/4/14. Here's the original and you can tell from the title it will have a monochromatic teal background with bright circles appliqued onto each block. Had a fun time with the quilting although the deadline was a tight one. I'll keep you posted.

My monthly EQ groups have been working with shades, tints, and tones of color so this teal gradation was right in keeping with what they've been working with. Much more fun to see in the fabric than just on a computer screen!