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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Love Having a Quilt in the Hoop During the Holidays!

By Audrey

I thought I would do a quick post about the latest quilt I've put in the hoop.  It is a pattern called 'Antique Medallion' by Cheri Ralston that I finished up a few years ago.  I love how cheerful and bright it is!
This seemed like a great quilt to be working on through the holidays.  I'm making all the quilting decisions as I go along, trying to get it right without stressing overly much.  I marked the center with a blue marker, then washed it out immediately after finishing since I'm always a bit nervous about marking.  It's been recommended to me that I might actually enjoy having a Hera Marker so I won't have to deal with that particular stress!
It always feels good to have a quilt in the hoop during the busy time of the holidays when it's not always convenient to get into the quilting room.  Hope you can do the same!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winging It

By Marjorie

Normally, I'm one of those quilters who plans the quilting design before the flimsy is finished.  Not so on this project.

I knew I wanted trapunto in the center, and this is how it turned out.

This was the mixed method approach that I posted about here in October.    It turned out to be far more painful and annoying than I'd figured on since I used a new marking pencil which brushed off, and my machine FMQ basting is rather terrible.

As I moved to the leaf sections I quilted in veining on the leaves and added some curleyq's for fun.

Part of me says "stop there, that's enough"

But the overriding voice is saying "it needs background fill to make the leaves / flowers pop".

My current concern is that the curls will be consumed by the background fill.

I'm considering either a Baptist Fan to give it some movement.

Or something flowing like Tim Lattimer did on his Tree of Life quilt.  

What would you do?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Home Stretch

by Rose Marie

Do you remember my post about my concern for the quilt that I'm working on and if I was going to have to rip out some hand quilting?  Well I'm glad to report that everything turned out OK.  I guess my basting was good enough to prevent major shifting of the top, batting and backing and that there were no puckers when the area in question got quilted.  Whew!

Now, I'm on the home stretch.  Just the borders to do now. 

To my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Joseph’s Coat

By Karen

I have been working on my Joseph’s Coat quilt for 16 months and it is finished!  Hand quilted, hand pieced, binding even by hand.  More photos on my blog (link on my name above)



Friday, November 9, 2012

Another Quilt on the Frame

By: Karen

I got my Joseph’s Coat quilt off of the frame earlier this week and had another waiting in line to take it’s place.  This one is a scrappy Bow Tie Medallion.   I love scrap quilts.

When you finish one quilt do you usually have another one waiting in line to get started on?  I always do. In fact right now I have 4 finished quilt tops waiting in line behind this one!

My bow tie on the frame – quilting has started:


The stencil I chose for the border.  I will add more if needed at the bottom of this, for now it is left open so there is room to square up if needed.


I will show a photo of Joseph’s Coat when I get the binding on the quilt.  I will start work on that this weekend.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What’s in your hoop?

I love this time of year, fall colors are peaking here, and soon the leaves will begin to fall. I always have a quilt top ready to be quilted. I am currently working on my peony quilt. Since it is a very traditional quilt, I am quilting feathered wreaths in the alternate blocks. They are so much fun to stitch. What are you working on?



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Quilts by Hand

By: Karen

I am just sharing a link today – Sue Garman just shared some absolutely wonderful quilts made entirely by hand from a show she had went to on her blog.  You must go look at these wonderful quilts – unique, beautiful – words can not describe – you must go look for yourselves. Please click on her name above and it will take you to her blog post for today.

I do believe most quilters today in the US and in other countries are in too much of a rush to take the time to make beautiful quilts like these.  Quilters – relax and enjoy the process Smile