Monday, March 28, 2016


Since I sell patterns in my shop I like to have finished models made.
The patterns sell faster that way.

 I went thru my homespuns and flannels and put a pile on the cutting table and was able
to pick and choose to make the different units.

Don't worry.... the letters do spell something!

Americana flower blooms.

The background is pieced and I had to add the borders as I went because some of
the units get stitched on the borders.

Here is the finished top loaded on the longarm system.
Liberty Country Threads.
They've gone out of business but I still have some patterns available.

Because there are so many different areas separated by applique,
I decided to quilt randomly and with abandon.
No rhyme or reason...just lines here and there...circles wherever.
Circles around circles.

Some of the border is done with piano key and another section with a
type of checkerboard and clam shells on a third border.
I opted to do the borders in three different red fabrics and then thought each
color should be a different quilt style.

Don't know why the picture got turned but can't figure out how to upright it.

The backing fabric is a cute Americana print.
I'm thinking it is
 a Debbie Mumm from quite a few years ago.

And then a sneak peak at the next project in the works.

Happy Stitching Quilty Friends.....

Monday, March 7, 2016


The front of the quilt is very busy so the pattern does show very well.
The back shows the quilting pattern better.
How about that zig zag border?
The top and bottom borders were straight.
It was not fun to bind the zig zags.
I had never done it before so I found a webpage that went into detail about the process.
Not as hard as it looks, it did take a good 2 hours though.
                        I outlined each offset block and then did swirl in each "arm" of the block.
I found a reproduction fabric in the color that the client requested.
A lot of the fabrics were too cutesy with ducks and bunnies but didn't fit with the overall look of the quilt. This fabric was perfect.
I like to document the journey of a quilt if I have information about it.
My client had the information I needed so I did this awesome label on the computer.
It documents the recipients through the years and in small print
I put  my information on the bottom because, of course, they didn't do longarm quilting that long ago.

And onto my next client quilt. A very simple rail fence.
the piecing on this is perfect and each "rail" is exactly the same size.
If you've ever done a quilt where the blocks vary by 1/2 to 1".....
Throws off the ruler work math terribly.......

Happy Quiltmaking everyone!