Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Latest Projects

I've completed two quilts in the last four days! My new longarm machine is sooo fast. And the motorized fabric advance makes it so easy to move back and forth on the quilts....without "an act of Congress!" It goes without saying that I'm loving my APQS Millenium!

I finished a 1930's style quilt with appliqued flower blocks for my friend Bernice. The border fabric reminded me of gross-grain ribbon, so I quilted piano keys with the stripes. You can't see the quilting, but it gives the borders a nice texture.

I carried the "ribbon theme" into the quilting on the narrow red border...

Next I quilted a top made by my mother called "Fresh Cut Flowers." It's a combination of hand applique with Shoo-fly and Churn Dash blocks. It had lots of negative space that I filled with feathers. I really like the look.

A close-up of the center medallion...

The quilting on the back of the quilt....

As you can tell, I've been busy! Now on to my next project....

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Beautiful Machine Applique

Wow! I can't begin to tell you how beautiful the machine applique was on this quilt!

Gloria's quilt, made from Kim Diehl's "Bittersweet Briar" pattern, was absolutely fabulous. She used an invisible machine applique technique that was very nice.

It was a real challenge for me to make the quilting as wonderful as the applique. However, I was really pleased with the finished product...lots of McTavishing in the background made the applique really "pop"...feather arches in the border triangles.

I apologize for the quality of this picture...I didn't have my glasses on when I snapped it with my phone! I guess I didn't realize that it wasn't in focus.

Some close-ups of the details in this lovely quilt....
So glad that these close-ups were in focus!

Thank you, Gloria for giving me the opportunity to work on your beautiful quilt. I can't wait to see it in the quilt shows!