Sunday, August 14, 2022

Blue and Green Shall Never Be Seen


This unique quilt with a fun name was made by Shelly.  All of the small double sawtooth star blocks were made for Shelly by members of a Queen Bee swap group that we are both participating in this year.  If you haven't heard of this kind of swap it is pretty simple and lots of fun.  First gather up to 12 quilting friends (we have 10 this time around) and assign everyone a month to be the Queen.  The Queen selects a block and gives some indication of color preferences and each of the other members make 2 blocks and mail them to the Queen in her month. Shelly received these blocks in March and this was the pattern she sent us to use.  Growing up Shelly was told "blue and green should never never be seen" when it came to matching up colors, so she had to request blue and green blocks!


Shelly did some successful quilty math to piece to large centre star.  Shelly had a real vision to keep this quilt feeling modern which is her style.  She knew she wanted vertical lines and loved the idea of keeping them relaxed and casual by keeping the spacing organic and random.  We also wanted to make sure the end product wasn't too stiff by quilting them too close together.


I have to say once again that I love my Innova longarm.  I am able to balance my tension well enough to confidently use a cream thread on the top and a navy thread on the back. 


Shelly is keeping this quilt for her own bed and I hope it is a happy memory of a fun block swap for years to come.




 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Sparrows


Shelly made this fun quilt for a special little girl in her life.  The pattern is called Sparrows by Pen and Paper patterns.



Shelly selected the Fanciful Fliers pantograph and I think it looks especially lovely on the solid purple flannel backing fabric.







Thursday, August 11, 2022

Two For Margaret


Margret brought two lovely quilts  and first up is this Snowball quilt.  The lovely fabric is from the Bee Grateful collection by Deb Strain for Moda.  Margaret selected the Fanciful Fliers pantograph and asked me to leave the border cornerstones empty so she could add some embroidery.


And the backing is a great way to use up some leftover fabric for the top.





The second quilt is the Twilight Lake Quilt #2 which is a free pattern from Henry Glass Fabrics.


Margaret selected the Tickle pantograph for this one and we used an amazing chameleon thread - Sew Fine #489 "Lewis and Clark". It seemed to blend perfectly with all of the colors in the top.  This quilt looks cozy and perfect for Margaret's lakeside home.




Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Celtic Crossing


Shalane sent the fabulous quilt and I have to say I absolutely love it!  The pattern is called Celtic Crossing from Lo & Behold Stitchery.  The fabrics are from a beautiful line designed for Art Gallery Fabrics by Sharon Holland called Kismet.



Shalance requested the Tickle pantograph and a thread similar to the color of her backing fabric.  I think the end result is just perfect.






 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Baby Lone Star


Reneta made this baby sized Lone Star quilt using a really fun fabric line from Art Gallery Fabrics called Little Forester Fusion.  The quilt measures abut 50" square so is a nice generous baby/toddler/lap size.


I used the Oak Breeze pantograph for the quilting and a turquoise thread that matched the background fabric.










 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Dance

 


This fun quilt with a bit of a groovy retro vibe was brought to me by Brittney.  The pattern is called "Dance" and is from Melissa Marginet.


Brittney selected the Sweet Pea pantograph.  I think it adds a nice delicate touch and some great movement. I love the flannel backing that Brittney supplied.  It is from the Gloria line from Art Gallery fabrics and it felt wonderful.


I know Brittney made this quilt for someone special and I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled to receive it!


Friday, August 5, 2022

Lorenda's Sampler


Lorenda brought this lovely jewel toned sampler.  She wasn't sure if she wanted an all over design or custom quilting so we discussed both options.

The final decision was to add a simple all over design.  Many of the seams within the sampler blocks were pressed open which makes custom quilting, specifically stitching in the ditch more challenging.  I think the Windswept pantograph recedes nicely into the background and lets the piecing be the star of this quilt.  Less is more on this one.