Some things are just better on video and I have so much I want to share here! This is my first video and the whole process is foreign to me, but it was pretty enjoyable. Make sure you subscribe and follow along with me as I share lots of behind the scenes clips and Gammill Statler Stitcher how-to's.
Here are a few client quilts that I've quilted recently.
These two are Erin's, are they so cute?! She asked for dragonflies on both of them and that was an excellent choice.
These two are Rachel’s. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the back of her framed squares quilt. The seams were pressed so nicely and to be honest, I just have a thing for the back of quilt tops when they look this good. Rachel chose Daisy Days for the quilting pattern on this one and the pattern complemented her quilt beautifully.
I also really loved this one. The stippling was a great choice! The gal crying over the onions…that’s totally me.
Last week was a great week and it was a joy quilting for these ladies. I better get back to work now, there are more quilts waiting to be quilted - I hope you enjoyed the update!
Last fall I participated in a mini quilt swap over at Schnitzel & Boo, it was a lot of fun! They’re actually in round two right now, but I can’t commit to much at this time. The mini quilt pictured above is the one I made for my partner last fall. I have loved this quilt block since I first laid eyes on this quilt by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. The problem is, I don’t have much patience for cutting little pieces. Paper piecing for the win! I scoured the web and could not find a paper piecing block in the size or proportions that I wanted, so I drew one up in EQ7.
I’m not including directions on how to paper piece because there are so many tutorials and videos already out there. Paper piecing is one of my favorite things to do and I encourage everyone to try it.
Here are a few mini quilts using some different prints that I drew up in EQ7 just to show you how it comes together.
A while back I came across the website of J. Michelle Watts when I was online looking for some southwest type quilting patterns. I bought several of them from her and the thing I love about them is almost all of them have a wall hanging size included. So, even though I know I probably won’t have the time to make full size quilts with all the patterns, I remain hopeful that I’ll produce several of the wall hangings.
This quilt though. I knew it would be the first one I made. This pattern is called Simply Southwest by J. Michelle Watts. One thing about this pattern is that if you plan to use any directional prints, you will need to do some tweaking in the way you piece your strips. Ask me how I know. Otherwise, it’s fairly simply and a pretty quick project.
I pulled my fabrics for this quilt about two months before I even started cutting. I knew I wanted it to be vibrant and only 3 different colorways. I think this would look amazing with a light gray background and red white and blue… probably won’t get around to making that, but someone can!
For this block, I pulled navy, aqua, gray and charcoal. Because my background was white, I tried not to pull any fabrics that had a white background because there wouldn’t be enough contrast against the white.
I went with lime, olive and yellow for the middle block. And that is glue baste you see there by the iron. These strips are 60” wide and it was much better glue basting them instead of pinning.
This is my favorite block. I used coral, pink and red. And a bit of orange in there.
So now I just can’t wait to get it on my longarm and quilt it! I’ve been sketching out all the different ways I can quilt it, and that planning process has been just as lengthy as the prep work for this quilt. I’ll be sure to come back and share photos of the quilt after it’s all finished too.
In December, I joined the Feathers Quilt Along over at The ADD Crafter. This was the first time I’ve participated in a quilt along, and the reason I did is because it was paper piecing and the pattern was fantastic. I was smitten right away. It was a feat though, because so many things happened in these last few months and I was super busy. But, I kept piecing away on the blocks and before I knew it, I had a quilt top.
Shannon Wright, over at Sewlsista Quilting did the custom quilting for me, and it is so great. I love the way her quilting really brings the feathers to life.
If you want to see all the other feathers quilts that were made, check out this post and click on each of the thumbnails.
Welcome! Today I’m sharing a fun little project I made with fabric from the Sweet As Honey line designed by Bonnie Christine at Going Home to Roost.
I chose to make a mini quilt for my kitchen with Sweet As Honey. We bought our house last spring and I really haven’t given much thought to wall décor. This line has all the colors I love for my kitchen, so it was the perfect project.
I love how Sweet As Honey lends itself to fussy cutting. The possibilities are endless! I used one of my favorite paper piecing books by Maaike Bakker to create a few of my favorite blocks and paired them with linen to make this mini quilt.
I used a thick stitch to quilt straight lines with the Aurifil thread Bonnie so kindly sent along.
Not only are the fabrics great for fussy cuts, but I also notice many of them would make the most lovely bindings like this pink one, for example.
Yesterday, Meghan shared a tutorial for a doggie bandana, and thought it was a really cute and fun way to use the fabric. I have a mini schnauzer and one of those bandanas would really suit him well. Tomorrow, Amy is going to share with us, so be sure to check out the blog tour and follow along with us.