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!!!


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Done and ready to go to Vermont Quilt Festival

Just finished the addition of microstippling to "Spot On" and into the box it goes, on its way to VQF in the morning. Pleased with the way it looks now and with the relief that the added quilting has given it. Here are some new photos. Officially done!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Yes, you can go back and add more quilting to the quilt!

My quilt, Spot On, featured in the March/April Quiltmaker, was put together, quilted, and bound very quickly - in one week due a delay in the fabric from the manufacturer.  I've always thought it needed a bit more quilting around the "spots" to get them to pop more and to emphasize the star design I quilted around them.

Here's the area I'm talking about, the star stitching is there but not saying much. So... back on the machine it goes for the addition of microstippling around the stars to give them some depth.

Looking much better now, don't you think? I just have to do the stitching in chunks of time as 15 years of longarming has taken its toll on my wrists.

I'll post a pix of it all done before I pack it to go to the Vermont Quilt Festival next week.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Back to customer quilting...

Just finished up customer Barbara's classic quilt. Loved the way she fussy cut the stripe to use as a sashing, the fabrics work beautifully together.

For the quilting she chose a classic all-over feather design and a "tomato soup" colored thread. Great choices to enhance this beauty.