Monday, July 21, 2014

Sandy's Beauty!

Just finished quilting Sandy's amazing pieced and appliqued quilt. Her applique is probably the best I've seen and her fabric and color choices all work together beautifully.

Here's a close-up of the border where I stitched using the fabric design as my guide.


In the center she used the glorified 9-patch block in two ways, one plain with a center appliqued circle, the other with two layer applique petals. I designed the quilting to be unique for the two types of blocks then surrounded them both with freehand heirloom feathers for some movement.

As this is a traditional quilt, I used matching thread throughout.
Hope you enjoy seeing this beauty.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Etsy Shop Quilter Barbara Perrino

Thrilled to be able to share an amazing modern quilt with you. This graphic beauty was designed and pieced by quilt artist Barbara Perrino, I supplied the simple quilting. Barbara sells her work and takes commissions at her Etsy shop:
where you can see many more samples of what she has to offer. Her piecing is the most precise I think I've ever seen! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wreathmaker in EQ7

Today's monthly group meeting at Folk Arts in Wakefield, RI played with the wreath maker tool. This tool allows you to take any applique shape and turn it into a wreath. The shape can come from just about anywhere in the program or be imported. Then it can be turned into a wreath with choices of how many, how close together, and then the spacing of the applique. Here's a sample quilt of four blocks, each different.Then I added sashing and an automatic border. One is simply hearts wreathed, another is drawn out brush strokes, then some flower petals, and finally, petal shapes with a pulled out stem. Takes a bit of practice and they all did so well. The variety of what they come up with is the best part ~ they always amaze me!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The cutest baby quilt!

Customer Betsy's adorable baby quilt. Love the bright colors and all those lively polka dots. She chose the pantograph "Animal Crackers" which includes elephants, lions, and elephants. I stitched it out in a YLI monchromatic turquoise variegated thread. The batting is Hobbs 80/20. Now she has plenty of time to get it bound and ready for the baby shower!

Monday, June 23, 2014

A wonderful wedding!

Busy getting ready to get back to quilting tomorrow after my daughter Abby's wedding to Dan this past Saturday. We had a glorious day on the water at Dan's parents' home. Grandson Brandon announced the bride as he followed granddaughter Sophia down the aisle. He wanted his own rose petals so my husband "Beepa" made him a flower bucket with a genuine leather handle.

Sophia and her Mom, my older daughter Liz, all ready for the wedding. Sophia did an amazing job as Flower Girl, Liz was Matron of Honor for her sister. I returned briefly to my garment sewing roots,  making Sophia's dress and Brandon's bowtie/suspender combo.

Son-in-law Paul with the sisters.

                           Abby and her groom Dan, dancing the night away in the beautiful tent.

 A "Polaroid" frame Bob made and Abby decorated, used by lots of the guests for a pix of the day.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mastering the Art of McTavishing - 2nd Edition

Yes, Karen's amazing book is back with new content, new pictures, 2 DVDs and lots of instructions to have you McTavishing in no time. My quilt, Laconia Architecture, is still in there as well. Such fun to see it in print again.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Last quilt before the wedding!

Customer Liz's quilt has been hanging out in my studio for a while, initially waiting for a new back, then getting put to the back burner with Liz's husband's accident and rehab. Now it's done and ready for pick-up.

Here's the full view, lots of unusual fabrics that work very well together. Liz chose to have an overall quilting design in the center with the borders quilted in separate designs. I used one thread throughout, a Superior Sew Fine greenish beige which blended beautifully with all of the fabrics. Also, used Quilter's Dream wool batting which gives such a large quilt a light, soft feel - a good choice.

Worked with the piecing to design the border quilting and added an asian design to the corners for extra interest.

 And here's a better view of the center overall quilting. A spike and loop combination with lots of movement which enhances the straight lines of the blocks.

Done working in the studio for the week - daughter's wedding Saturday and tons to do to get ready for out-of-town guests and just general prep. Lots of festivities too!!!