Sunday, February 28, 2010

Feathered Star quilt

I'm starting a feathered star quilt.... I've always wanted to make a feathered star, and came across a pattern that I had saved out of an old quilting magazine quite a long time ago.

The feathered sections are paper-pieced- I wouldn't attempt this any other way. The little triangles are less than an inch wide. It really went together easier than I had expected. The magazine pattern showed a full-size quilt with 9 or 12 of these blocks (they're 18 inches square), but I think I am just going to show case the one block in a small wall-size quilt.

It was a fun challenge- lots of "Y" seams in the LeMoyne-star center block area.

I'm thinking of adding a sawtooth border with the red fabric, and another plain tan border.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Freehand swirls

Here's a customer quilt that I thought would look good with some freehand swirls on it... I was happy with how it turned out. I tried to mimic that green swirly fabric in the 2nd picture.

Baby quilts

I've just quilted to two of my own baby quilts lately- the first one is a fun zig-zag quilt, pieced without triangles using this technique:
I quilted this with a new ice-cream cone pattern that I designed. After I finished the quilt, I re-designed the ice cream cone to look a little more realistic & curvy.
The backing has a fun strip of leftover pieces from the front. I think it adds a little interest to the back.

And this boy quilt is my own design, using up scraps from other projects. It's fun to look over the quilt & remember other quilts that I've worked on. I suppose it can be a sort of I-spy quilt, there are things like frogs, fish, and cars to find in the scrappy areas. I quilted this freehand, using the Circuit Path pattern.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Custom quilt- paper pieced

Finished this quilt lately... the client made this beautiful paper-pieced quilt with batik fabrics. I love how the design almost looks 3-D. She had made it from a pattern in a magazine, and wanted it quilted like the example given with the pattern. All of the quilting on this one was done freehand, without the Intelliquilter. I use rulers to help guide the machine on the long, straight lines. The quilt was 50" square.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Leafy Swirl quilting

This was a king-size quilt, over 110" square. She decided on one of my own patterns, a leafy swirl design. She said it took over 6 months to piece, isn't it pretty? It was fun to look at all the different fabrics in the quilt while I was working on it.
The front:

The back:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

new pattern... Clamflower

A new pattern is available, called Clamflower by Jodi Beamish of Willow Leaf Studios. It combines an old-faithful clamshell design with a fun flower in the middle of each one. I found this pattern for an up-coming quilt, I'll post pictures of the finished quilt when I'm done.