Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Danielle's Snail Trail



This is Danielle's Snail Trail quilt. I think it is stunning. She did not like her choices of fabrics when she was finished with the quilt. She thought that the snail trail should have more contrast. I tried to give her that definition by stitching the trail using Superior's King Tut #935 Arabian Nights with lots of purples, greens and vibrant blues. You can still see the chalk that I used as a guide. It was difficult to come out of the left and then make an immediate right turn and then go left into the big curl. The chalk helped me stay in the correct quadrant. The back was a beautiful print. I used APQS aqua prewound bobbins on the back.
The border is a wave curl and leaf pattern.






Of course, I had problems with the King Tut thread, I always do. But I just love the look of King Tut. Nothing comes close to the vibrancy and color combinations in Bob Purcell's premium thread, King Tut.

Burgundy Rail Fence



This quilt is a king size 96 x 106 with 4, yes 4, borders. They are 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, and 6.5 inches from inside out. That is a lot of border. So I decided to treat just the two outside and biggest ones as borders. The 2 inner borders were just part of the field of the quilt. The front fabric, burgundies, creams and browns is somewhat older than the back fabric. It reads as very dark. The back was a very light cream. The owner thought that she wanted me to use burgundy thread. YIKES, the BURGUNDY thread on the light cream back would really show all the stops and starts. I talked her into using cream thread top and bottom. I used Superior So Fine 40 Pearl and Superior Bottom Line 620 Cream in the bobbin.



I used Jodi Beamish's Maple Syrup panto and I love the curls and leaves, lots of movement. I used double swag stencil on the border. I think the back looks better than the front.

Chenille Quilt


The my first quilt on the longarm that did not have any batting. I stitched in between the rows of chenille, did SID around each block and then put little hearts in the flannel blocks. Flannel back and alternating flannel and chenille blocks on the front. I used Superior Thread So Fine and Superior Bottom Line It's a Girl in the bobbin.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Fairy Princess

My husband, Terry, comes from a family with 2 boys, Terry and his brother Mike. Then Terry and I married and we have 2 sons, Jacob and Benjamin. Ben has not given me any grand-children yet. But my oldest son, Jake and his wife had 2 sons. Do you see the pattern here?

Well, that all changed yesterday morning at 8:04 AM when Madison Marie was born weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz and 21 inches long. What hair she does have looks brown. That is what we all wanted. Madison's, we'll call her Maddy, two brothers, Hunter and Gavin have red hair and blonde respectively. So we needed a brunette. Speaking from a totally biased point of view, Maddy is beautiful.

There is something magical about baby girls. It brings out the protector in all of us. Of course, we are always careful with babies, that is natural. But I think with girls, we take extra precaution to safeguard them. I don't think of it so much as the delicate flower syndrome. It's more like the future mother idea. It's a simple fact. Girl-children can have babies, boy-children cannot. Or put more succinctly, Girls Rule, Boys Drool.
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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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