Dog Theme Placemats

I had a request to make quilted placemats for my oldest son.  They wanted a dog theme and washable for daily use. We didn’t discuss in  detail about what that theme should be.  I started looking at patterns and really wasn’t seeing what …

Kathryns Vintage Rose Custom Longarm Quilting

Here is version # 5 of a  Vintage Rose  pattern that I have now quilted.  All so different!   I love that this quilt is so versatile.  Kathryn did an amazing job as usual with her version.  I went a little dense in so…

Pats Vintage Rose – Custom Longarm Quilting

Pat was referred to me by Sandra Kollath in Minnesota.  We met several years ago at one of Denise Green’s Judy Niemeyer retreats.   Sandra became a certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer as well and Pat was one of her students.  Pat…

Belindas Fire Island Hosta

Belinda’s gorgeous Fire Island Hosta that she requested to be longarm custom quilted very lightly. The quilt will be used as a bed quilt. They did not want dense quilting or thread build up.  Light and airy but not an edge to edge.  &nbs…

Kathys Vintage Rose quilt

Cathy’s beautiful purple and beige Vintage Rose with the full pieced borders.  There are several variations of this quilt for the borders. Lots of purple in this one!  I do love purple too.   Cathy wanted matching …

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…

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…

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! 

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.

Indian Summer

I am very behind on updating quilts to my blog.   I’ll start with this pretty quilt by Lou Ellen.  The pattern is Indian Summer, a Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx pattern.   You know we love our paper piecing!  This is a beautiful…