Friday, June 20, 2014

Banners, Pillows and Progress

It has been a busy week.  I made a fun banner for the 4th of July.   had enough material left to make 2 more for my Etsy shop.  :)
 I had enough material left to make 2 more for my Etsy shop.  :)
A sweet friend saw the banners and requested a similar banner to announce the name of her baby girl who is due in August.  Her nursery is all vintage and shabby chic.  How perfect are these fabrics for her banner?  I can't wait to get these done.

 I made a TON of tooth fairy pillows for an upcoming show.
And of course I am chugging along on Colin's quilt.  I have about half of it done.  Here is the front.
 And here is the back. I am loving the way that it feels.  Am I the only one who pets their quilts as they are quilting?  It makes me happy.  :)

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Comfort Quilts and machine quilting practice

 I am usually a hoarder.  I keep EVERY. TINY PIECE. because I am sure that I will be able to use it in something.  But sometimes fabric is passed on to me by sweet friends who know I can't turn away free fabric.  When I know that it is just not my style, I turn it into a comfort quilt for some sweet little one in need.  This next quilt is a perfect example.  Someone had passed on about a yard of this butterfly fabric to me, sweet but now my style.
I love triangle quilts and that that the butterflies would be perfect for a triangle quilt.  I think it turned out really cute!  And I managed to use every last bit (because I hate waste)!  Check out the cute backing.  I used the very last strip of butterflies and the rest of the two purples from the front.  And did you notice?  I machine quilted it!  All by myself!  It is not perfect but look at that fabulous pattern it made on the back.  And it was so fast!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Hand Quilting vs. Machine Quilting

I am a hand quilter and always have been.
 I enjoy the process, I love the final product and I feel like it makes my quilts seem "heirloom worthy".
 And, if I am being honest I don't like change.  This is how I started quilting and it is hard for me to let go.

You might be wondering why I am even writing this post if I am so content with the process and results of my hand quilting.

Well, here is why...
That is a stack of 17 unfinished quilt tops.  In that stack is a beautiful Swoon quilt, a Row Along by Lori Holt and my version of Tula Pink's City Sampler.  There is also a quilt top that I pieced about 15 years ago.  They are all just sitting, waiting to become a real quilt and to be used and loved.  The problem is that I can piece together those tops a lot faster than I can get them quilted.  And there are sooo many cute patterns, and sooo many beautiful fabrics that my list of quilts to make just keeps growing.

So, I took a leap.  That stack was 20 tall a couple of months ago.  I took one in to our local quilt shop whose owner has a long arm.  I handed over my lap-sized great granny and held my breath. 

And....I love that the quilting pattern is traditional.  I love that it was done in like a week - while I was still quilting another quilt.  And after its first wash, it wrinkled up just a beautifully as a hand quilted quilt.

I also sent 2 quilts to my friend Shirley who just bought her own long arm.  She does free motion, so I picked out a couple of quilts that I thought would be perfect with some cute little squiggles.

 Aren't these little squiggles and loops adorable?
 This top would have just lingered in that stack for a long time while I tried to figure out how I wanted to quilt it.
But now it is a finished quilt.  Ready to be used.  And I love it.

I'll share the second quilt I sent Shirley later when it's finished.  I am going to be adding some hand quilting to the machine quilting she did.

I still feel like I have cheated a little having someone else quilt my quilt for me.  But...
I have 2 finished quilts that would otherwise still be lingering in my unfinished pile!