Enchanting Stars

This was the first DeJonge design that I have custom longarm quilted.   Pieced by Maureen Wood.   I must confess, I have a bundle of her gradated fabrics and a beautiful pattern but I just have not found the time to start.&nbsp…

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Enchanting Stars

This was the first DeJonge design that I have custom longarm quilted.   Pieced by Maureen Wood.   I must confess, I have a bundle of her gradated fabrics and a beautiful pattern but I just have not found the time to start.&nbsp…

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Fade to Purple

I saw this quilt @ a booth at QuiltCon – Savannah this year and knew I had to make it.   I not only made it but also made the quilt that was hanging next to it at her booth too!   It’s a long story on finding fabrics but along …

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Recent Show Ribbon Winners

Several shows have occurred recently that  clients or myself  entered quilts.   Several quilts took top honors!!

Lou Ellen Hassold’s “Star Bright”, quilted by me took BEST OF SHOW @ Golden Needles, 1st place medium pieced and a 1st place at Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild Show and another top award for Best Piecing at BBQG.  It also received a sponsor ribbon from Sew N Vac.  Congratulations Lou Ellen.   I’m so honored to have had a part in your vision for this quilt.    I’m also blown away that I have quilted 3 different quilts that have taken guild shows top honor of Best of Show!  No, that is not dotted fabric, that is approx. 4000 crystals applied to the quilt!
The show has already taken down their posts about this… I did not save a picture from the big winner’s list!    Kathryn Zimmerman’s “Dogwood Winter” quilted by me took “Outstanding Machine Work” which is for piecing, quilting, and any special techniques created by machine work.  This piece has been very successful in the show arena taking 1st place and cash prizes at 3 other shows also.

My little “5th Grade Primer” took Best Machine Quilting @ Golden Needles Quilt show!!!!  What a surprise.   I never ever dreamed of that…. it’s really even hard to ribbon because I either need to compete in Small wallhanging or modern categories and honestly there is not much piecing there to garner points compared to most entries.   I just show it cause it is rather unique.   It also took a 3rd place in Small Wallhanging – GNQG.
Lou Ellen’s Paradise in Blooms took Viewer’s Choice @ Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild show as well as 1st place there and 2nd place at Golden Needles – Kit category.  Quilted by me.
Other awards at these shows include:
Golden Needles – clean sweep in Kits/BOM category and quilted by me:
Lou Ann Nickols Vintage Rose – quilted by me took 1st

Lou Ellen’s PIB quilted by me took 2nd

My Amish with a Twist III – took a 3rd!  Pieced and quilted by me.
Ring Cycles:

Lou Ellen’s “Ring Cycles” quilted by me took 1st place @ GNQG Pieced Large and 1st Place @ BBQG in  Scrap Quilts and a sponsor award ribbon from Lone Star Quilt Shop.
Also at Golden Needles, my vintage rose took 2nd place to Lou Ellen’s Star Bright (also BOS quilt).   I’ve taken 2nd place on my quilts to BOS 2X’s now LOL!

Very exciting to win ribbons!  At Golden Needles, if ribbons had been award to quilters, that would have been 9 ribbons earned there (I did receive 4 on 3 of my own quilts) and at Brazos Bluebonnet  that would have been 5 more there!  I had no quilts entered so no ribbons for me.   Also no ribbon awarded to quilter for any of the Dogwood Winter awards.    Of course it is nice to even be informed that a quilt you quilted was entered and accepted in a show, even better to get a picture with a ribbon!  We don’t always get informed, it is up to the quilt owner to tell us or sometimes someone sees one at a show that I quilted and lets me know.
All these pieces were custom longarm quilted by me.   Congratulations everyone and thank you so much for allowing me to custom quilt your quilts!



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Lou Ann’s Vintage Rose

Lou Ann creating this beautiful quilt using one of the colorways debuted last year from Quiltworx  Red and Black campaign.   I named this quilt “Red Hot Diva Rose” while quilting her this past summer because that pale gray on gray demand…

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Summer Rose, my Vintage Rose Wallhanging

Of course just about everyone in my WWIT (What Was I Thinking) paperpiecing world was so excited with the release of the new Vintage Rose Quiltworx pattern.  Most of us started planning ours immediately.   Denise Green hosted a retreat t…

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Huricane Harvey Update and Custom Quilting Schedules

I wanted to update everyone that all is well at our home.  Our area received about 45″ of rain but our home elevation and drainage in my subdivision served us well.  Lots of devastation all around us as a creek is very nearby that flooded but…

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Another 1st place ribbon for Dogwood Winter

Kathryn Zimmerman’s Dogwood Winter took 1st place at Old Man River Quilt Fest in small wallhanging category!   This is it’s 2nd 1st place ribbon, the other being at Duluth, Minnesota Quilters Quilt Show.

No pictures from Vicksburg but we had friends in Duluth and got photos!
Congratulations Kathryn!   It sure is exciting seeing these pieces that I longarm quilted win ribbons!

A fellow Innovian was at the show and tagged me in her photos!   Thanks Teresa!

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Annual August Twelve Pines Quilt Retreat 2017

Once again we had an amazing time of creativity and fellowship during our retreat this year.  Often, we laughed until tears streamed down our faces!   We have a great group of ladies, many have been at all our August Twelve Pine Retreats as well as other events together.  Lots of long hours of sewing but oh my gosh look at the results.   Highlights of some of that productivity are posted here.

Amazon Star and 2 Vintage Rose WIP and a finished one
Chasing Rainbows

Part of HMQG Mystery Quilt 2017

From Ricky Tims Convergence books

We did have an ER trip this year, rotary cutter incident requiring SEVEN stitches.  Be careful out there!   With her 4 year old UFO that she made amazing progress on.

She finished at home yesterday!!!!!  Summer Solstice with the queen extensions from a Glacier Star.  We all love her tan/black version.  So elegant.

Blinged up!

There were some finishes that I did not even get a picture of!   Shake it out, show it and fold it up before I could get photos.  I enjoy this group of ladies so much!   We already had our 2018 dates booked.   Pam’s retreat center dates were filling up, so we jumped on booking our 2019 dates for Denise’s teaching retreats and our open sew retreat.  All set for the next 2 years!  Many groups upon finding that 2018 dates were not available have already started booking for 2019 to get the dates they want.   I’m so happy our friend is doing well and staying booked.  It’s an easy drive from my home and has everything I need.  Each person has a 6′  table with space for extension tables.  Amazing lighting, design walls around the room.  Pam cooks and on my gosh can she cook.  She has salads, veggies, entrée and dessert with lunch and dinner.   I love all the vegetables and fruilts that she prepares for each meal.  These ladies, this retreat… oh they keep me dreaming of the next time! 
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Lakeshore Sunrise – custom quilting

Carol did a splendid job of piecing this beautiful quilt and adding borders to make it bed sized for use in one of her guest bedrooms.   She selected the Quiltworx digital design for her Lakeshore Sunrise.  The fabrics are all cottons, not a batik in sight.  The colors remind me of early fall in Tennessee.



Some problems I encountered was that the digital design for this area was too large for my frame and I could not find a place to alter the design.   Sometimes you can split the design to break it down into small sections but this one runs back and forth over large areas instead of completing one feather curl at a time.  But as luck would have it, once I sized the outer border, it also was too long to stitch in “chunks” as I traveled down the frame.  Turning was a definite requirement for this quilt to stitch the outer borders and that big inner unit.


Photo taken as that design stitched.   the darker green area was stitched and you can see I could not split along the spine because it runs up one way then back the other, then back down to pick up the 3rd curl.
You see from tip to tip, this design is over 26″   My frame, for best calculations I estimate @ 21″ quiltable area as I near the end of a large quilt and having my ruler base on the machine.

I love the way my Innova loads.  It’s so easy to see if my edges are tracking straight.

Borders were added.   I used the border from Sunflower Illusions.  It was a great fit for Carol’s outer border and matches the style of feather very well.   The 2 other borders I used a design called Shangri-La (love the leaves that match the border fabric) and a pearl circle border.

I used the variegated in the bobbin.   While I did not start out with 1 of those a full cone, I pretty much used up everything on it and a 2nd…  A full cone shown for reference for both colors used.  A lot of thread.   13 bobbins!
My workspace.  Where it all happens!  In the foreground is my handguided 22″ Innova, in the background is my 26″ Innova with Mach 3 Auto Pilot computer system.  Not a lot of space… but enough!
Thank you Carol for letting me quilt for you!   If you are interested in having me custom longarm quilt for you, check out my website HERE.

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