Monday, September 19, 2016

Sherry's Black and White Beauty

I have finally finished Sherry's  beautiful black and white quilt.  Well, not really finished as I still have the binding to attach, but finally finished enough to share pictures.

What an ordeal this quilt has been through.  I started it back in the beginning of August.  During the two weeks it was originally scheduled, we had intense storms.  Normally we have a daily storm which lasts 1-2 hours but, these storms were sporadic, and beyond intense -- crazy lightning.  For those that don't know, out property has been hit by lightning three times -- I absolutely do not quilt during storms.  Anway, the quilt was way past my schedule deadline.  But then... I got sick.  Suffering from a severe cold turned sinus infection I continued to stitch (slowly) on the quilt.  Hindsight being 20/20 I should have never touched the machine.  During my sick/medicated inertness I was stitching what I thought were okay stitches.  Fast forward a week... yes, starting to feel better.  Oh dear, what I thought looked okay was awful.  Yes, I have since made my husband and best friend promise to never allow me to stitch while sick again.  So... rip... rip... rip... and more ripping.  But I'm now so far behind schedule and have some serious deadlines to keep so I rip in all my off hours and stitch during my regular working hours.  So for the past two weeks I have pretty much worked every hour of every day, including weekends.  It's been rough, and I'm almost back on schedule... almost.

Enough of the back story -- here are a bunch of pics of this beautiful quilt - Midnight Gardens.  It consists of some of Sherry's original blocks as well as some from Aunt Millie's Garden (Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins/Piece O'Cake) and measured in (before quilting) at 81" square, I used two layers of batting (80/20 topped with wool).

Isn't it a beauty?!!  Here are some detail pics:

And, of course, the backside (my absolute favorite):

I'll be spending the rest of today (and probably tomorrow) binding until my fingers are numb so that I can make Sherry's deadline.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Vintage Rose - a new Quiltworx Pattern

Vintage Rose is a new Technique of the Month by Quiltworx to be released in January 2017.  I once again was delighted when Judel asked if I would quilt one of their new cover samples.  This is the wall version, there is no border, it just floats on the background.  The piecing was done by Cindy Haddick a CI for Quiltworx and she did a wonderful job.  It is constructed of Anthology Fabrics, I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide thread.  Quiltworx will be offering some of my quilting designs for all the computerized peeps out there.  I'll be sure to let you know when they become available.

And here are some detail pics:

And, of course, the beautiful backside:

After I was more than halfway through quilting I thought of a really cool awesome design that I should have put in the blue (center) and black (outer arcs) geese areas.  Well, it was too late to change the design and after ripping out stitches on another quilt all of last week, what was already stitched was staying.  I'm hoping to get my design idea sketches to Quiltworx before the digitizing starts  Make sure to check out the Quiltworx website or follow them on Facebook to see info on the Technique of the Month, as well as many digitized designs for their patterns - some by me!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bonnie's Log Cabin

Here is Bonnie's log cabin with a super cute freehand edge-to-edge. And you all thought I only do customs, right?!!  Nope, I do edge-to-edges as well!  And I've got to admit, as much as I love custom and heirloom work, sometimes it's really nice to do an all-over freehand -- it's kind of mind-clearing. 

The pattern is Love Blooms by Heather Mulder Peterson.