Dainty Darling Tulip Quilt free pattern


Lindsay at The Cottage Mama recently blogged again about one of her quilts done in her fabric line “Dainty Darling” that I quilted.   Riley Blake is offering a free pattern for this and she included a link back to me!   These were completed for Market here in Houston this past fall.

 

 

 
Information about her blog can be found HERE.     Check out the link for the free pattern for the Darling Tulip quilt HERE.  These were so much fun to work on!   Pink and feminine, I don’t get many requests and pink just happens to be a favorite of mine.   Having 4 boys, not a color that has been used much in my life though!

Dogwood Winter


Kathryn Zimmerman has been busy again creating this feathered star appliqued piece that she had custom quilted by me.  It is back in her hands again getting blinged up a little.  I look forward to seeing the completed project.

 

 

 
Do note that this piece did arrive with rouched trim and flowers, stuffed flower centers and some beading already on the top.   These embellishments to make it difficult to quilt.   Note the placement of the ruler over one stuffed center.  Very difficult to press hard enough on the ruler to get a flat edge anywhere on this top.  Pressing that hard with my shoulder injury creates  problems for me for the next 6 months when it gets aggravated and I have no breaks in my quilting schedule to heal.  Or the potential to hit the ruler with my needle breaking it and messing up my timing.

 
Shortly after this was quilted, a friend was at an applique class and posted pictures of a beautiful flower arrangement in raised 3D applique.    This made me wonder how the heck DO you quilt a quilt with that many embellishments and raised detail.   Many flowers appeared to be 1″ or higher, there was a separate ribbon and bow winding through one piece.    I’m not even sure as the maker I would want that rolled onto the bars of the longarm.  I suppose those are reserved for the hand quilter?
 
Thank you Kathryn and good luck with this piece.   If you are in the area in March, you can view this in the Pigeon Forge quilt show, their 23rd annual event, A Mountain Quiltfest   3/21-3/25.   This was the first larger quilt show that I ever attended and took classes back in 2001. I had no idea they were that new in the quilt show world though.   They all were new to me!
 
 

Barbara’s Eight


I’ve had a run on the aqua, teals lately!    Here is another Judy Niemeyer pattern called “Eight” pieced by Barbara.  This is constructed differently from the Fire Island Hosta and similar quilts in that the leaves are constructed f…

Needle Turn Applique


Alice does amazing handwork.   She also loves paper piecing .  We first met a few years back at a Denise Green (CI for Judy Niemeyer) retreat.    Alice always has a beautiful project in the works, she does not do simple.  Alice made a variety of blocks that she loved, set with a half pineapple paper pieced border.

 

 
 


Photo skills lacking, I don’t have my sewing studio photo area set up perfected yet.  Thanks Alice for allowing me to custom quilt your beautiful creation!   Alice requested no feathers in the outer border and to maybe use a free flowing vine design similar to the blue fabric used in the sashing and borders.   We also were going to do a scroll in the sashing but as soon as I made my first stitches in the border, I realized it was not going to show well and I couldn’t even really see where I had stitched.   I decided to use a tried and true simple sashing treatment.  In a few photos,  the dimension really shows but for the most part looking straight on this quilt, the stitching totally blends in that gorgeous fabric.   Lots of ditching and some echo fills mostly make up the quilting on this quilt.

Wedding Ring Quilt with Embroidery


Our Love Story was made by a client showcasing important dates and events in their family up to current day.  I love the blue and white color theme.   This is a challenging piece to create for beginners or experienced quilters and t…

Modern style quilts


A couple more recent finishes for Sally.  Hand guided and computer designs.  The hex quilt is from a jelly roll pattern and is so cute.  I custom quilted with a variety of fills in the strips.         …

Carol’s Fire Island Hosta


Another beauty from Carol!  This is a Judy Niemeyer /Quiltworx pattern Fire Island Hosta in the queen version.  She has been busy making gorgeous new quilts for all her bedrooms.     I’ve been getting a run on aqua qu…

International Quilt Market 2016


 I recently had the privilege to quilt several quilts for Lindsay, The Cottage Mama for Houston’s International Quilt Market this year!   I really enjoyed quilting these darling  quilts with a soft swirly wh…

Amy’s Blogger Quilt Festival – Large Quilt


I’m entering my Gravity quilt into the large quilt category.   Technically, it could be considered scrappy as there are 112 fabrics in it….   but I did not make from scraps so I opted for Large Category

I’m sure most of you have seen this quilt, a number of versions can be found online.   I really loved making and quilting this one!   My original post can be found here

 
 
 
Be sure to visit to vote for your favorites
 
 
 
 
My last entry for this event.   I loved in the spring she hosted an instagram event, that worked nicely for sharing photos.   Last year I entered and my friends and myself could not get on, could not get pages to load (so many ads!).   Entries were on there, then when voting started…. My 2 entries were each on there 2 times!!!   She had some issues, had to close the event then re-open and when it re-opened there were 2.   Votes were counted separately and my comments ignored.
 
This year…. I would vote and then it would immediately forget that I voted.   Amy said this was happening to others, but never reported it was corrected.   I tried a few times on the last day to vote, and I would get the message saying I was not allowed to vote.
 
So there you have it.   Never again will I waste time posting to this festival.
 
 

Amy’s Blogger Quilt festival – Modern


Be sure to visit Amy’s Modern category to view all the quilts and vote for your favorites!

This quilt is being entered into the Modern Category.  The piecing is not really modern but the way I quilted it, while steeped in traditional techniques is a favored style in modern quilting.

I created this piece for our local longarm challenge, you can find that story about SUDS here.  I did turn out rather cool.   But I was very rushed.   It was a 1 day on the longarm, no rip kind of day, also dealing with a back/shoulder aggravation due to pushing myself with all thecustome longarming that I do.   I was in agony that day but I got it done.   If you start looking hard at each element, some techniques and general flow of the quilt has lots of areas for improvement.   But again,  initial impression is good!   I really love the back.  I named the quilt “Fith Grade Primer”

 
 
 

 
 
I look forward to playing around with this style more in the future! 
 
 
My last entry for this event.   I loved in the spring she hosted an instagram event, that worked nicely for sharing photos.   Last year I entered and my friends and myself could not get on, could not get pages to load (so many ads!).   Entries were on there, then when voting started…. My 2 entries were each on there 2 times!!!   She had some issues, had to close the event then re-open and when it re-opened there were 2.   Votes were counted separately and my comments ignored.
 
This year…. I would vote and then it would immediately forget that I voted.   Amy said this was happening to others, but never reported it was corrected.   I tried a few times on the last day to vote, and I would get the message saying I was not allowed to vote.
 
So there you have it.   Never again will I waste time posting to this festival.