Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Patterns

I swear, any time that I order new pantograph patterns I am like a kid in a candy store. This time I had to limit myself more than ever, there are some gorgeous patterns out there that I would love to own, but the expense keeps me from buying everything I want. It's just like fabric...I want it all!!!
I decided on these four...they are all priced at a penny and a half a square inch.
This one is titled Haiku. I chose it because I wanted to have something manly, but also modern. I can't wait to quilt this one!!!

This next one is titled Shangri-la. These names are hilarious, I don't know how they come up with all of them. Anyways, I have a few leafy patterns, but this one has that lovely swirl in it and I like the shape of this leaf. I hope to get to use it soon!

This one is called Feathers A La Mode. I saw it on a fellow quilters blog and I knew that I had to have it. I love my over-all feathery patterns that I have already, but this has a new spin on it, literally.

Luckily for me, I have the best customers in the world! I mean it!! A few of them drop their quilts off with me and tell me to put whatever I want on them, so I got to use this pattern on a quilt the other day! Here it is.
I got to use it on a twister quilt. I thought it worked perfectly. I used a slightly contrasting thread color on the back so you could really see the quilting.
Oh I love it! After months of using the same patterns, this is so refreshing!!

The last new pattern is titled "Butterfly Beauty"
This quilt is intended for a four year old little girl. Luckily I have a four year old little girl in-house so I got her opinion on what I should quilt onto this quilt. She loved the butterflys and a light pink thread, so off we went!!
The butterflys are simple, but absolutely adorable.

What do you think? Which new pattern is your favorite?
In other news, I got to custom quilt a couple of fun ones!!! This one is called Funky Flowers and was designed and made by Carol.
I put an all-over leaf pattern on the outside border in purple, she wanted it to really show up, and it certainly does.
There were a few butterfly's in the quilt and they got a sweet little feather in their wings. I think those are my favorite part of the whole thing!
The flowers were echoed and I put my river water pattern in the background. I really love the originality of this quilt and I had a great time quilting it!
I also got to work on a Halloween quilt this week. When I was deciding what to quilt on this one all I did was look at the pattern on the fabric and it was easy!

The star fabric got stars and loops...

The striped fabric got stripes, just in the opposite direction...
And the border was pebbled!!
Fun fun fun!
I thought I would give you a sneak peak of my next Scrap Squad quilt...I am busy working on it. The top is finished and I think it is rockin!!  I got some backing fabric the other day for it and now I am just figuring out how to quilt it. If you want a sneak peak at ya go! As usual, color is the word of the day! Tune in on the first friday of April so you can see the whole blog! I am really excited about this one.

Well, I'd better get back to it! Happy quilting everybody!

Sunday, March 10, 2013


The V.P. of my quilt guild walked up to me, handed me a bag, and left. I knew it was a quilt, and that she wanted me to quilt it...but apparently everything else was up to me! Yippee!! I got it home and opened up and found this adorable thing!
Isn't that cute? The wrapper ends of the candy stick out, so I pinned them into the center of the candy while I was quilting the background. I chose to do my new favorite, small curli-cues in the center and larger ones on the border. In the striped border I did a fun feather.
And in the center of the candy I did a swirl. I tried to keep it sweet.
The next quilt that I got to work on took my breath away. It almost makes me want to learn to do embroidery. This is going to be the block of the month club for The Blue Iris Quilt Shop in Palo Cedro, CA. I was so excited when I saw what Pauline had brought for me to quilt!!
Isn't that great? I had some fun with this one!! I originally named this blog post "Sweetness", until I realized that every quilt that I worked on in this post had those cute curli-cues in it. I put curli-cues around the outside of the elf. Pauline told me that she didn't want me to quilt over the embroidery but the rest was up to me. I was super careful not to go over the embroidery and to leave the inside of the embroidery alone, but I couldn't just leave that big area I did a small amount of thread play in each of the characters. On this one it is in her collar and hat.
Santa got some thread play in his hat brim and the star, as well as his belt. 

Mr. Mouse had some fun quilting on his quilt and ears.
And this lovely fairy's ribbon is full of thread as well as her collar. I used a very white thread called Glide, it has a lovely slight sheen to it and it came across as a bit glitzy when I did my thread play. I loved it, very Christmasy.
The houses were even more fun! I had some fun in the wreaths on the doors, the hearts in the windows, etc.
And I played with the roofs on a few of the houses as well...
What fun!
This next quilt is actually mine!!!! Normally I don't take the time to custom quilt my own quilts...I had an all-over pattern all picked out for this quilt and everything! I loaded it onto the frame and I just couldn't do it. What would've been a 6-8 hour job turned into a 2 day job once I decided to custom quilt this one! The first thing that I did was I went through with an invisible thread and stitched in the ditch...around every...single...square. Whew...that took some time!
Stitching in the ditch is hard to do on a longarm...they just want to wiggle and curve all over the place so straight lines are challenging, but I wanted all of the squares to stick out a bit...I used a wool batting to help puff it up a bit. I think it turned out!
I just finished the machine part of the binding today, and I didn't want to wait until it was all stitched down to share this with you so here's the whole thing!
My daughter was just asking me what I was going to name it and I told her I wasn't sure yet. She decided she was going to name it and promptly decided it should be called "Puppies" but then she changed her mind seeing as there weren't actually any puppies in "Sunflowers" it is. Oh, she cracks me up. This quilt was designed by Linda Ballard at The title of her pattern is "Glory Bee"

I'd better get cracking on that hand binding.
Happy Quilting everyone!!!
P.S. My first Scrap Squad quilt went up Friday...if you haven't, go check it out here and tell me what you think. I read and greatly appreciate all coments!