Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's Finished!

It's finished!! The Primavera quilt that I have been working on is finally finished. I had posted photos of some of the individual blocks as I finished them last week. But now you get to see the final product. I am really pleased with the way the quilting looks on this quilt.

All of the wonderful hand applique is the work of my very talented mother.

Take a closeup look at some of the other blocks in this quilt.

Monday, February 20, 2012

"Power T"

The "Power T"....this lap quilt is being donated to the Senior Class of 2012 at Teague High School. It will be auctioned at a fundraiser that the seniors will be having to fund their Op-Grad activity after Graduation in May.

The large T in the center section is machine appliqued with invisible thread. The machine quilting is an all-over meander. I used a smaller version of this design as a background filler around the T.

The Seniors of 2012 were my first class of 8th graders when I began teaching at Teague Junior High. They are special in many ways. I hope the "Power T" quilt brings in many $$$ for them, and I wish all of them the best of everything in the future! Good luck, guys!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My New Approach

I have quilted a number of applique quilts over the last few years. I have always started at the top and worked down the quilt, completing the quilting in each block across the width of the quilt before I advanced the quilt to the next section. However, I decided to try a new approach with my current project (my mother's Primavera quilt top). I quilted the top border on the quilt and then used Stitch in the Ditch (SID) to stabilize each applique block. I advanced from the top all the way to the bottom of the quilt where I quilted the bottom border in what I call my "nested feathers." Now I am working from the bottom of the quilt back toward the top doing outline quilting around the applique and background filler designs around them.
The block below is one of the Butterfly Blocks with my "curlicue" background filler.

The Snail Block below has basic "stipple" background filler.

The Bunny Block was a real challenge!

I really like the Birdhouse Block.

...and the Wheelbarrow Block...

Wish I could take credit for the beautiful applique blocks, but they are the work of my very talented mother!