Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pentaflora Part 2

Today I continue to show you the steps in creating my new show quilt Pentaflora which will debut at UQSM next weekend. In case you missed it, here is a link to Pentaflora Part 1.

Layer 3.  You can see that I use a blue water soluble pen to mark my applique designs on the fabric.  I also thread baste my pieces instead of using applique pins.

The whole piece with Layer 3 added.

And Layer Four.  I love the purple tulips!

All of Layer 4.

I hope you get to quilt today!  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Crescent Circles

I'm not really sure how I came up with this pattern, but it was fun to stitch out.

Start by making a 1 inch circle.  

Next, stitch a crescent inside the circle and then a small circle at the end of the crescent.

Here are a few stitched out.

And the final results!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Sneak Peek at Pentaflora

So it's Quiltweek in Paducah and I have two quilts in the show.  I must admit to being a bit disappointed that neither one placed, but upon further reflection I've realized that having two quilts in the show is an accomplishment in itself and I need to get over it.  When big disappointment hits me it tends to take 24-48 hours to get over.  So I'm getting there.  It helps that my newest show quilt will debut next week at the Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace (formerly HMQS).  So for the next few posts I'll be showing you the process of creating this beauty.

When I design my applique quilts I always do a test layout of fabrics and then use mirrors to see if I like it.  Then I can change color decisions before the sewing starts.

This quilt was started back in 2014.  It's hand applique, so it takes a while!

I tried to take photos at each stage along the way so here we go.

Layer 1:

And a closeup for Layer 1.

Layer 2:

And a closeup for Layer 2:

Come back for more later this Saturday.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Random Inspiration

Here are a few random pictures of inspiration from restaurants/museums.  Enjoy!

A fun bench outside a train museum.

Some etched glass.

I love the railing on the top of this mock building.

Ceiling decor. I love the juxtaposition of the straight lines and curves.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Quilting away!

I've been working away on quilting Floral Kaleidoscope.  Here's a sneak peek.  I did a whole series of blog posts on this quilt linked here:

I decided to do some feathered spirals interspersed with a few other filler designs.  Some of these tight spaces simply needed pebbles because that's all that would fit well.

Here's the closeup of the corners:

And the whole quilt.  Now to figure out what to bind it with.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Furry Friday with Island Batiks!

Today's Friday post is a special post about our furry friends.  Furry Fridays have two purposes, one to help shelter pets get adopted and the other to provide kennel quilts for animal shelters!  This week's Furry Friday is sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation

Surf is the dog of the week!

Lola is the cat of the week!
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Find out more here at the Petfinder Foundation at

And get making those kennel quilts!
Here are the guidelines:

  • Materials used should be 100% cotton (biodegradable).
  • Pre-wash fabrics (pets can have allergies just like humans).
  • Finished size should be 12" x 18". This fits the most commonly used small kennel used at shelters.
  • When piecing, use a small stitch length (e.g. 14 stitches/inch).
  • Do not use binding as it can be hazardous to pets if it becomes loose. Layer, sew around the edge using a small stitch length, and turn quilts pillow-cover style. Whipstitch the opening with small, tight stitches.
  • Use only simple appliques that are secured with tight stitches along the edges. Avoid using fusibles.
  • Keep the quilting simple and use small tight quilting stitches that won’t catch on pet claws. Do not tie quilts as the ends can get caught in claws or chewed off.
  • Do not use any metallic threads or other embellishments (e.g. beads, charms, buttons, ribbons, lace, trims, etc.) of any kind. Do not add handles or loops to the quilt.

Here are two I've made:

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Peacock Part 2

Last week I told you I'd started stitching around my Peacock applique quilt.  I finished all the stitching.  It's unusual for me to use single instead of double blanket stitch, but I decided to on this project because I didn't want to draw my eye away from the design.  
Here's the top so far.  You really can't see the stitching at all and it lets all the fabrics shine.

A close-up.  Look how tiny those stitches are!  They're done in 50 weight Aurifil cotton.  It has no sheen which is what I wanted for this project.

And the back...

I hope you get to quilt today!