Friday, November 23, 2007
Mary and I took a Monterrey Medallions class from Susan Baker back in September. Mary had chosen the yummiest fabric. She had reds, golds, brown and greens, some with Jacquard circles. The pattern book had some sytles of quilting that Mary liked and wanted me to put into her quilt. She wanted some feathers and stipple. Oh, how I hate stipple. I have to really concentrate to keep from crossing a line. It does make a nice background filler, though.
I put in some setting triangles by quilting a diagonal stitch down the green blocks using a ruler. I put some feathers in the triangles using Norma Sharp's Feather Bock Set from Simple Quilting Stitches.
I put feathers (in red) around the big center medallion and echoed them in gold and then stipple inside that. I put continuous curves around the large center star. I used Quilter's Dream Puff.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sally made a quilt modeled after the 12 Days of Christmas. This one, however, is called the 12 Rows of Christmas. I treid to pu some of the background quilting styles that I learned at MQS in the rows in addition to the echo around the applique. The rows and quilting are comprised of:
1 Santa and a Christmas tree with ghost trees branches stitched in
2 Candy Cane wrapped up in ribbon with cross-hatching
3 Snowman with swirls
4 Gifts with stittple
5 Angels with flowing lines
6 Friendship Stars with Continuous Curve
7 Log Cabins with swirls
8 Reindeers with stipple
9 Holly leaves with loops
10 Hard candy pieces with loops
11 String of Christmas lights with cord quilted
12 Stocking with holly leaves
I put freemotion Christmas bells, bulbs, candy canes and double piano keys in the borders. I had to fight with the homespun sections as it stretched out.
Sally loved how I quilted it. And I love a happy customer.
Allison pieced this wonderful log cabin in neutrals, greens and reds. The back is red Christmas fabric. She wanted Baptist Fans on the quilt. She says that the rolls of the fans remind her of rolls of hay. So I used a straw shade of thread. I used PermaCore 747 thread.
Ida is in my night class. She was at the Ramona quilt show a few weeks ago. She had a booth with some gift items like pot holders, aprons, placemats. Our longarm quilte booth was across from hers. Ida came over several times to visit. After watching me do some freemotion quilting on a charity quilt, she decided that she would bring me one of her quilts. It is a pinwheel quilt done in gresn, reds and white, mostly Christmas fabrics. I put some Christmas freemotion in the quilt. Some peppermint candy canes, Christmas bulbs and bells.
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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