Saturday, February 13, 2010

Quilt Block Inspiration

Happy Valentines Day!

When my son was in kindergarden, he came home with a woven paper heart for me on Valentines Day. As soon as I saw it, I thought what a great quilt block! So the next snow day the whole family got to work. We created a quilt using this heart as inspiration.

This is the label for the quilt written by my then kindergarten son. I thought I was going to pull my hair out before he got it all written down! But now, eight years later, it is very precious to have the story written out in his handwriting.

Til next time -


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gotta Love Those Feathers

Free Motion Machine Quilting - Quilt-to-fill

As a professional machine quilter, one of my favorite things to do is freestyle free-motion quilting. Where there is no pattern to follow. Basically, your just making it up as you sew.

Now to some people it may seem hard to not have a pattern to follow. But what I like about it is that with no pattern to follow, how will anyone know if I messed up. Whatever I quilt is what it's supposed to look like.

Another thing I like about freestyling (if that's a word) is that you can make the quilting fit into whatever space you need to fill.

Feathers are my absolute favorite quilt-to-fill motif. They are always beautiful and you can make feathers fill any kind space.

Odd shaped background areas - no problem.

Odd shaped borders - a breeze

This wonderful little wall hanging belongs to a customer and wonderful artist, Connie Beiber. Connie does beautiful watercolor work which she sells at her online gallery. She wrote me a beautiful note that I wanted to share --

"I think your quilting design on the wall hanging is absolutely wonderful!! I love, love, love the large undulating swirl on the pink fabric and all your other choices for the smaller areas. I love the little circles in the pink squares and the outlining of the triangles. What a terrific interpretation and design for this quilt!! You have a fabulous eye for choosing a design that will work with the size, style and area in the quilt. I love your quilt design and I knew that the 'right' quilting would add so much more and your quilting has done just that. I am an artist (watercolor painter) and it takes a lot to thrill me, but you have nailed this one down tight! I am thrilled."

Wow! Who doesn't love a thank you note like that!

Til next time -