Tuesday, May 22, 2012

feathered finish... sort of

I was able to take my quilt to the quilt drop off today. The quilt show is this weekend.

It's not completely finished but close enough for display I think. There is a special Red and White exhibit planned and I didn't want to miss out.
I managed to get all the large red triangles quilted but the small squares and triangles will have to wait until I get it back - that's all that's left to do.
The center was my favorite part to do. Drawing the design and seeing it come to life was very fun.
I put the last stitches into the binding last night at 11pm. This morning was lovely and sunny - I had about 10 minutes to get some pictures before taking the kids to school.
Here is how I turned the corner. I used the flower motif from the red squares in the corner and added a couple feathers to "hold hands" with the rest of the border design. The circles filled in the space.
I quilted my initials and the year into the the border as well. This is the 3rd quilt I've done this way. I rarely get around to putting labels on my quilts. (too eager to start the next project :0)
The grass is long and uneven in our back yard - makes the edges look wavy - but it was a beautiful morning and I love the morning light in our backyard.
I am so relieved to have made the deadline and so very ready to work on something else! My Mom is coming to go to the show and my 2 oldest daughters will accompany us. I'll take some pictures to share.
Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! It is such a beautiful day here today!! My daughters got up early and made me such a lovely breakfast-in-bed this morning - freshly baked muffins even - YUM!

These placemats I made for my Mom for Mother's day. A few weeks back I was wanting to start a new project. This was just the perfect thing to get that out of my system :0) My very talented friend Darlene showed us at our guild night how to make these fast fused, raw edge applique , free motion quilted placemats.
A complete departure from all the needle turn applique and handquilting I've been doing lately. The applique is fused on and then you free motion quilt around the shapes with black thread. It was so fun I had to make 2.
My Mom is from Holland and she just loves tulips. I hope these will brighten her table today since I can't be there to make her breakfast-in-bed.
Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

vine panels with sashing

Finally I have some progress to share of my version of Susan McCord's Vine quilt that I am making with Janet's pattern. It took some time, but I now have my 2 completed panels trimmed and sewn together with the sashing. The panels were not easy to trim as they are so full of applique.

Here you can see the whole thing - so long and skinny. It will take some time to grow this into a full sized top :0)
I just love this project! Only a couple thousand more leaves to go :0) I have only just started panel 3.
I hope to grow my vines more quickly once I finish hand quilting my red and white quilt. With the deadline less than 2 weeks away I need to stay focused only a little while longer.
Happy Quilting!!