Monday, July 24, 2017

Another Millefiori!

You might remember Diane's beautiful photo millefiori quilt... well here's another beauty of hers that I managed to squeeze in:

Again, make sure to follow The Quilt Show for an upcoming episode to see more of Diane and her quilts!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nakita's Whimsical Quilt Garden

What fun I had working on Nakita's Whimsical Quilt Garden (pattern by Piece O'Cake Designs).  It is such a happy quilt and Nakita's choice of fabrics was perfect!

And some detail pics:




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AQS Grand Rapids

So I just found out there are a few spots left in a couple of my classes at Quiltweek Grand Rapids.

This is good news for you -- if you were thinking about it, here's your chance!  Here's a link to all my classes:  http://www.quiltweek.com/portfolio_tags/grr17-karen-marchetti/



Scrollwork - Wed 8:30-11:30 am
In this class, I share several variations of the basic scroll as well as how to use them in more than just sashings.  Students will have a lot of curly, scrolly fun all while adding a bunch of scroll options to their go-to stitches.

So here's a peek at some of the stitches from class.





Spunky Funky Feathers - Wed 1:00-:4:00 pm
This class will stretch your creativity as you learn these fun, zero backtrack, whimsical feathers.  While these aren't your traditional feathers, they sure are fun and can fill space rather quickly.

Again, a peek at some of the fun from class.







Build-A-Stitch 2 - Sat 8:30-11:30 am
An additional 20 stitches utilizing the same muscle-memory and confidence-building technique as the original Build-A-Stitch class.  Build A-Stitch is not a pre-requisite as I'll cover the basics of the technique at the beginning of class.  You will have an even larger library of stitches after this class!


So to check out the class link and maybe I'll see you there - I look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Diane's Millefiori Quilt

If you've been following along on my Facebook page, you've seen little peeks at Diane's beautiful millefiori quilt.  Well, it's finished, and it is awesome - I love how she incorporated family photos!

Here are oodles of detail pics:







And, of course, a couple of peeks at the back:


If you're patient, you'll be able to see this beauty on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky as Diane will be filming her episode soon!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kris's Brilliant Beauties of Joy

Well, Kris's second quilt, Brilliant Beauties of Joy (another Jacqueline de Jonge pattern), is finished. I'm a few days late in finishing it up... last week I threw out my back.  If you've been following on Facebook you already know all about it.  Anyway, what strenuous activity was I doing to throw out my back?  Bending down to get a pot out of the cabinet.  Yep, that is it!  A lot of you have commented how very common this back busting is -- while drying your hair, tying shoelaces, sneezing - so at the very least I feel better about just bending.

I did take a few days to try and rest my back.  I started on my Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge (you'll be able to read about that on my other blog after August 1st).  Since it is all freeform hand applique it required me to sit which, with the aid of a pillow, wasn't too awful.  The last few days I have worked on Kris's quilt slowly, very slowly.  I am thankful that my frame is very high and it enabled me to lean on it, a lot.

Okay now, that's enough jabbering, here is Kris's Brilliant Beauties of Joy:

And a couple of detail pics:


I apologize that the pics aren't my usual, but there was no way I could get down on the floor to pin the quilt to the board and carry it outside - I like the feeling of the back getting better.  You'll all have to settle for draped over the frame.

Have a wonderful 4th -- be smart, stay safe, and have fun!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Kris's The Colourful Quilt

Here's the first of Kris's two awesome quilts (the next one isn't finished yet):
The pattern is The Colourful Quilt by Jacqueline de Jonge.  You can check out more of Jacqueline's amazing designs here:  http://www.becolourful.com/the-rainbow-collection.html

And, of course, a bunch of detail pics:






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Deborah's Eagle Quilt

I've been struggling with rain delays (like every rainy season) but, finally managed to finish up this awesome quilt today!

And a couple of detail pics:


Now to hurry up and load the next one before... rumble!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

AQS Grand Rapids

I'm excited to share that I'll be teaching at AQS Grand Rapids this August.  

Here's a link to my classes - check them out if you're planning a visit, I'd love to meet you in class and share some quilty awesomeness!  

Don't wait too long, registration is open and I've heard classes are beginning to fill!  Hope to see you!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kathy's Log Cabin quilt

Yesterday between rain storms and roof leaks I managed to finish Kathy's beautiful log cabin and butterfly quilt -- it turned out fabulous!

This beauty is 72x72 and a single layer of Hobbs Heirloom 80x20 was used. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

PSL Crazy Quilters 2018 Raffle Quilt

The PSL Crazy Quilters 2018 Raffle Quilt, Tropical Waves, is finished!  I managed to snap some pictures before the sun disappeared into the thunderous rumbling sky.  This beauty was pieced by Margy M and several members of the guild.
Tropical Waves - 81"x81"

A detail pic:

And a peek at the back:

Okay, now all the details as some of you have been asking on Facebook - the pattern is Sea Swept by the Cotton Patch Quilt Shop.  I think I might have to make one of these in some earth tones.

Back to the raffle part - as soon as I have ticket information - where, how, etc. I'll be sure to post it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jan's Trio of Quilts

First was Jan's sunflower quilt - such a happy quilt.

Next was her pumpkins and squash quilt -- love the purples in this one.

And a detail pic:

Last was her maps quilt -- Jan has such a knack for picking fabrics.  Jan chose two blocks and pulled them together perfectly.  I quilted the same design in both and love the secondary design areas.







Sunday, March 19, 2017

Toni's Applique Quilt

Isn't this a beautiful quilt -- Toni did some beautiful applique on this!  You'll have to forgive my photos -- no one was around to hold the board so it's flat, and at a weird angle.


Here are some detail pics while it was still on the frame during quilting.












And a peek or two at the back -


Now to trim it all up - hope Toni loves it!