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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hand quilted and won in Houston!

I am now in Houston and the winners have just been announced. Here are the hand quilted ones (as far as I know, there could be more!):

Founders Award


First Place Handmade

The Age of Discovery

Second Place Handmade

Baltimore in the Provence 

Third Place Handmade

Portal to the Sun 

Honorable Mention Handmade 

Spring Farm 

Dreamtime Innovative Applique 

The full list of winners can be found at

Have fun quilting!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Will I need to rip?

I've been hand quilting my Love Is quilt and noticed an oopsie.  Will I need to rip out or not?

In the photo below, do you see the area in the bottom that is outlined in black?  That area is all hand quilted.  Now, look up at the top left hand corner.  Do you see that area outlined in black?  That area is also hand quilted.  That is where my oopsie occured and is a definite no-no in my books.  Usually, I start at the top or bottom of a quilt and work on one row at a time.  I never skip from one end of the quilt to the other end.  What in the world did I do here?   Keep your fingers crossed for me so that by the time the middle section between the two quilted sections is done, that there are no major puckers in the back and my quilt will hang nice and flat.

Have a great day!
Rose Marie Castonguay
Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Quilt

by: Karen
I do not have many fall quilts but I made this one for my oldest daughter back around 1993 or so.

This signature quilt was for one of my many nieces for her fall wedding.
that is it for fall quilts from me – maybe another time I will make another.  As with most of my quilts both of these are hand quilted.

Autumn Colors in Your Quilts

It’s autumn in the United States! 

Celebrate by posting a photo of a quilt in autumn colors!


Bear’s Paw, finished in 2007.


All hand quilted with cotton batting… with a penny added for size perspective


It’s normal resting place…



And a big smile for the camera!

Wishing you all a Fabulous Fall!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trapunto Experiment

By Marjorie Rich
Back in September, I promised to let you know how my trapunto experiment went....

First, I adapted some of Esther Aliu's flowers from the Heart's Desire pattern into a center motif.

On a practice panel (which is part of a larger planned quilt-as-you go project), I traced part of the motif using a white pencil and the "light box" more commonly known as "the dining room window".

Using white thread in the bobbin and wash-away thread on top, I used the free motion foot on my sewing machine to attach a high loft polyester batting.

I was trying to keep 1/8 inch inside the design.  It will be evident from the photo why I prefer the accuracy of hand quilting.

With small, pointed embroidery scissors, I cut away the batting close to the stitching line.

Next, I sandwiched this with a piece of bamboo/cotton batting and a backing fabric and based everything in place.  In this picture I was trying to capture how very fluffy that poly batting turned out to be.

I used coated quilting thread from the stash (Red is Guterman, Green is Coats & Clark).  Although I usually quilt with a size 11 quilting needle, I found that a Size 10 between from Richard Hemming & Son, being a bit longer (and originally purchased for applique) did a dandy job getting through the fluffy batting.  The background stitching straight line fill, roughly 1/4" apart.

My only complaint is that it was hard to get even stitches on the back through the thick batting. (You may have to click on the photo to be able to see what I mean.)  I don't think it will bother me nearly so much on the planned quilt which will be white on both sides with white thread so the missed stitches won't be noticeable.

I'm half done with this prototype and already wondering if the extra puffy section will feel too "heavy" on the final quilt.  It will be the central rectangle in this quilt.

What do you think?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Whole Cloth Quilting

by Tim Latimer

I usually have at least 4 different quilts going at the same time and I switch back and forth between them.  For the last few days I have been focused on a whole cloth quilt.  I have not done a whole cloth quilt before so I decided to start with a smaller quilt.  This is 45" x 57" so it will be a wall hanging.

Prior to taking up quilting I spent a lot of time drawing so this quilt was a way to combine the two. I got to draw the pattern and I can do some more detailed hand quilting.

I am using an 18" hoop and a #11 needle to do the hand quilting.  I did the basic drawing of the tree of life in wash away pen and as I quilt I am adding more marking and detail.
The denser quilting in the clouds and the sky is making the tree look more raised.  The batting is wool which has a pretty good loft but is very easy to hand quilt and the fabric is a basic muslin (also easy to quilt)

I think that I will do a full sized whole cloth quilt soon...
Happy Quilting