Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I am usually one of those quilters that tries to "overthink" the design...taking hours and sometimes days trying to decide on just the right design to quilt. However, when I saw this lap quilt at Country Living Quilts in Flynn, TX, I immediately thought...."fossils."  Then the more I thought about fossils, my mind began to see fern imprints and snail shell designs. Without studying the quilt top for an extensive period of time, I knew I would need to use ferns and snail shell swirls to quilt it.

The full length photo just doesn't give you the full effect of the quilting, so here are some closeup views....

But I think the back is as beautiful as the top...

Thank you to Teri at Country Living Quilts in Flynn, TX  for giving the opportunity to share my quilting. I just loved quilting this wonderful quilt with the flowing design. If you haven't visited Country Living Quilts yet, you need to stop in...located half way between Dallas and Houston....just a hop off of I-45. It's a great shop with a good variety of fabrics, patterns, notions, and classes!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Spring in Bloom for 2013

I just finished quilting this gorgeous iris themed quilt for the Gun Barrel Quilters Guild of Mabank, Texas. It will be the Guild's raffle quilt for 2013. All of the blocks in the quilt were made by various members of the Guild. Raffle tickets will go on sale this month and continue until the annual quilt show in April 2013.

The combination of hand applique blocks and piecing make this quilt really special.

I used what I call my "Las Vegas showgirl feathers" on the pieced tree blocks.

The background quilting around the applique consists of two of my versions of McTavishing. I just love the look of these backgrounds. They provide the movement and interest that is needed in negative spaces.

The dark purple borders were quilted with overlapping arches with microstippling accents.

 And a close-up view of the center block...

Another member of our quilt guild is binding the quilt...can't wait to see the finished product!!