Monday – A Re-make

I’m sometimes asked to re-quilt a Quilt that has already been finished with hand-quilting.

Some of you might even wonder why I would do this, or even how I would put it on my frame. 

It can be a challenge to add machine quilting to a work that has hand-work, but there are times when the machine quilting can enhance the original quilt. Let’s face it, the two are very different and have distinct textural looks.

Left Border

Today on my frame I have a beautiful Quilt and I’ve been asked to add dense background quilting so that the quilt will not sag and the applique will stand out.

My plan is to treat the hand stitching as a separate design element and add my machine stitching to compliment what is already there. 

What do you think about adding machine stitching to a hand-quilted work. I’d love to hear from you.

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day…a day we remember and honor all who have served our country and sacrificed to keep our country safe and strong. Here is a quilt I made several years ago. Happy Memorial Day!

Designed by Janet Miller called Patriotic Rose


Raffle Quilt and a Custom Finish


Sebastian Quilters Raffle Quilt

I recently finished quilting the Christmas Raffle Quilt for the Sebastian Quilters. It is a custom quilted pieced made with hexagonal flowers that are appliqued onto the blocks with a stem and leaf.  The flowers were too large to leave un-quilted, so I stitched rounded flower petals and a circular center on each, then free-motion stippled around them. 

With so many choices for stippling, I thought it best to keep it simple with a regular puzzle looking stipple stitch. When I was learning to free-motion quilt, this was the first “stitch” I mastered. I often think of my friend Chris Landis who encouraged me to try her APQS  and let me use her longarm on my first quilt. Ironically, it was a hexagonal Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt top given to me by my cousin. The stippling in many quilts was primarily done like this – nothing like you see today with background fills of McTavishing, pebbles and other fancy fills you see in today’s quilts.

On the borders, I quilted a simple but easy lowercase “L’s and E’s” pattern. Even though it is a basic design stitch, it dresses up the border nicely and adds interest without being fussy or complicated. Whenever I’m unsure about a design to use, I tend to go back to basics.

Raffle tickets for the quilt are priced at $1.00 each or six for $5.00 and can be purchased from any Sebastian Quilters Christmas Committee member.  

I am often asked to donate my quilting services for various projects and I  happily do so for a limited number of groups each year.  Last year l quilted several quilts for Habitat, Sebastian Quilters, Quilts of Valor and St Baldrick’s Foundation. 

Customer Finish

This quilt was sent back home to Massachusetts. Pretty fabrics and a striking design! Made by Marie Teal for her granddaughter. I quilted musical staff’s and other music stuff for the quilting pattern. 

Here’s another finish of a Raffle Quilt to benefit Holy Cross Catholic Preschool Center  made by Melissa Buza. I’m going to show some individual blocks because they are so sweet. I free-motion quilted around them. 

Turtles! I love them!!! I used the Statler to make an anchor border which is a motif in the fabric. 

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Quilting with No Rules

The kids have gone back home to Pennsylvania, and things are getting back to normal. I’m sad to see them go, and I do miss the antics of my granddaughters and their funny sayings. One saying I learned while they were here is “You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.”

Which fits with the project I’m currently working on.  February’s meeting with The Arts Gals, Anita showed us techniques for working with a variety of Improv blocks using Kathryn Schmidt’s Rule Breaking Quilts.  While I wasn’t a big fan of the book, I did work through Anita’s lesson. So far, this is what I have.

Without any more of the focus fabric, I’m working with what I have. (And I’m not going to throw a fit.) 😀 We tried several methods of Improv – including 4-patch, 9-patch, quarter-circles, wedges, and basically played with fabric. This fabric is out of my comfort zone. I don’t usually work with blues or purple, but I did have a lot of turquoise. I used Moda’s Grunge fabric and a focus fabric from my stash of long ago. 

What do you think? What colors are out of your comfort zone?

Free Spring Into Tulips Table Runner Pattern Available

Table Runner

Doesn’t this look nice on my Dining Room Table?

I looked all over the web for a table runner pattern that would be suitable for my Easter table. I’m so excited that my daughter, son-in-law and grand-kids are visiting, so I wanted the table to look special. I found plenty of tulip flower patterns, but none in a table runner, so I designed my own. You can get it for FREE.

Since I am working on a new web page and blog, I’m kicking it off with this free give away.

Table runner with Quilting Stitches shown

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