Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Teddie's Table Topper

Tonight I finished Teddie's table topper (had several days with rumble delays).  Didn't it turn out super cute?!!  And see the little hummingbird -- Teddie had requested that I put a hummingbird at one of the flowers.  At first I wasn't sure it would fit as there isn't a lot of room around those flowers but, sure enough I made it work

And here's the back - yes, there are still a couple of threads to clean up and the backing fabric needs to be cut away but, aren't solid backs awesome?  They really show off those stitches!

So while posting the picks of Teddie's topper, I came across these two quilts I stitched for Donna.  I had rushed these before my teaching gig at Quilt Odyssey and just realize that I never shared them with you, so here they are:

Next up is an amazing black and white quilt for Sherry - that one is going to take me a while so don't fret if you don't hear from me for a week or so....

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Build-A-Stitch 2 is done!

Finally, after squeezing in every possible moment to work on it, Build-A-Stitch 2 is finished!  I am so excited to share it with you:

Build-A-Stitch 2 contains 60 new stitches!  Part 2 is set up more as a sourcebook, it is full of stitches -- some of which are a little more complex than the first 20 (Build-A-Stitch). If you haven't tried the Build-A-Stitch technique, you'll probably want to start with Book 1.  For those of you that have already conquered the first twenty stitches, watch out, this book is full of fun (and info too)!  You will have a stockpile of go-to stitches when you're done with Book 2!!

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Thank you all for wanting more stitches - none of this would be possible without all of you!  Now, on to Book #3!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Quilty Catch-up

So last week I finished two quilts for Jan.  I know I'm late in sharing them, and yes, they've already been shipped back.  It's been busy over here - working on the second Build-A-Stitch book, prepping for my next teaching event at Quilt Odyssey, celebrating an anniversary, and doing that dreaded yard work.  The hubby and I have been spending every weekend pulling out giant palms around our pool enclosure.  What a mess - these palms are like bamboo -- just a massive growth - the more we trimmed them the more they grew - and the root system is like an entire universe!  Anyway, it's been lots of work, and no, we're not finished.  So you can understand why I haven't posted these quilts... when we're done work for the day I tend to just collapse.  Okay enough domestic-type stuff - back to quilty wonderfulness.

First is Jan's Harley T's from around the world - I had to share some of the shirts, they were awesome, and such an appropriate backing fabric:

Then was Jan's wool wildlife quilt.  She always does amazing wool applique quilts.  This one is super cute, and a peek at the backing, too!

Super cuteness, huh?  Now to try and squeeze in two light customs before I have to leave for Quilt Odyssey... fingers crossed!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Betty's Blue & White Chain quilt

This afternoon I finished Betty's quilt (sorry, I don't know the pattern).  I had to wait until early this evening for the late sunlight coming through the front door - isn't it absolutely stunning!

And a peek at the back:

Next up, I'm working on two quilts for Jan -- trying to get ahead of schedule... trying!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ginny's Italia quilt

Well, it is really Ginny's Mom's quilt. Ginny is my client, but her Mom pieced this beauty. It is going to be a wedding gift for a very lucky couple. The pattern is Italia, designed by Sarah Maxwell & Dolores Smith, and it was published in the McCalls Quilting Jan/February 2014 issue. I absolutely love the colors she chose (totally matches my decor, too).

I finished this beauty up early this evening and right as I was taking it off the frame... BOOM! I'd call that perfect timing! During the rainy season it is hit or miss on my working hours.

Okay, now for some detail pics, I had some fun with this one:

And, of course, a peek at the back:

Saturday, June 11, 2016

JoAnn's Midnight Garden

Finally, after an almost week-long rain delay I finished JoAnn's quilt - it's a beauty too!  The pattern can be found in Twilight Garden Quilts by Deborah Kemball.  Sorry, some of the lighter colors are washed out - the sun was directly above me and, of course, today's storm is rolling in.

And a few detail pics:

And the back:

This was a fun one (aren't they all).  Now to start on the next one, before the storm!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Betty's Argyll Quilt

Betty's Argyll Quilt (pattern by Jinny Beyer) is finished and I absolutely love it!  This afternoon's weather was perfect and I managed to get some beautiful pics.

And a couple of close-ups:

And a peek at the back (sorry about the lighting, I forgot to get a back photo outside):

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jan's Fish Quilt

I've been so quiet over here because the last two quilts I worked on we're hush-hush (for now) not to be shared.  I guess that's one of the downfalls of custom quilting -- you often quilt competition quilts for others that they prefer not be shared. Well, that along with publication quilts. Either way, I'm super excited to finally be able to share a quilt with you!

Here is Jan's fish quilt.

She made this cutie for her husband -- isn't it great?!!  Oh, and it is entirely hand pieced!

As an extreme ADD I think I prefer sampler style quilts. Never the same thing twice really helps with attention issues!

Here's a few detail pics:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Judy's Autumn quilt

You might remember my last post where I mentioned I had two quilts to finish before I leave for MQS next week.  Yeah, well, only one is finished... story of my life, I know!  It just means there will be a little chaos (when isn't there) when I return from teaching.

So back to the quilt, Judy is calling it Autumn.  The pattern from the book Easy Pieces by Margaret Miller.

If you follow on my Facebook page, you'll remember seeing this picture:

You might be noticing a backing on that quilt to be quilted and you'd be correct.  This quilt was already ditch quilted when it turned out to be too much for Judy.  So in having me quilt it for her, she also decided to use a different backing.  So technically I'm re-quilting it.  And, if you type that on my iPhone, autocorrect graciously changes requilt to tequila - funny, huh? We all got a kick out of it!

Keeping with the budget, I decided to stitch piano keys in the borders and then stitch a sort of whimsy scroll type edge-to-edge in the center, leaving the inner border unquilted.  Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Carol's French 101 (and a little MQS)

I've finished Carol's French 101 quilt and it is a super cute one!

And some close-up pics:

And  the back:

Now to squeeze in two light custom quilts for Judy before I leave for MQS.  Yes, MQS is two weeks away.   There's still some room in my classes -- check them out here.

Oh, and you won't want to miss the Audacious Auction this year.  As it is their 20th Anniversary, several of the teachers have gotten together and made blocks for a special auction piece.  Gina Perkes will be piecing all the blocks as well as quilting it -- it's going to be amazing!  You might not want to miss this!!

Here's my block:

And here's a peek at what Gina is doing with the blocks.  I can't wait to see this piece finished!!
photo by Gina Perkes/The Copper Needle
Hope to see you at MQS!!