You can find them at The Quilted Pineapple.
Have a blessed weekend...
So excited to have completed the quilting on this Arcadia Avenue quilt top made by my friend Klonda. Bless her hart! She has been so patience with me. It took me much longer to get to this project than I had planned. In my world, few things actually go as planned.
Here is the top before all the quilting. (I always love seeing the before picture) This is a paper pieced pattern by Sassafras Lane Designs.
I love the Cherrywood fabrics she used in her blocks!! Just Gorgeous!!!
I used Glide thread in Black & Lt Gray and Legacy black batting by Pellon.
Thanks to Linda Hrcka, I had some great tools to work with. For the curved and straight edges I used the QP 20# Curve Template & BFF and all 3 QP Edge Templates.
You can find them at The Quilted Pineapple.
It was so challenging but yet so fun to come up with all the different designs for this quilt. I can't wait to ship this back to Klonda so she can see it in person.
Have a blessed weekend...
It had seemed that beautiful spring weather had finally arrived here in Missouri as we have been enjoying temperatures in the 60-70's. Unfortunately today the temperature only reached into the 40's with an overnight frost still possible. So I decided to get my flowers started indoors. Planted over 150 seeds and ordered my 100 purple wave petunias this week for my corner flower bed. Can't wait for the end of April when I can get everything planted outside.
This week I also finished up this fun scrappy 9 patch quilt for my customer Eleanor. She is so fun to quilt for! Her piecing is perfect and she lets me quilt whatever I want.
She designed this quilt herself and pieced it together using fabric from clothing she had made for her
daughter when she was young.
She had a great idea for a feather border that reached out into the pieced outer border. This is what I came up with and I think she was very thrilled with the outcome.
Here is the video showing you how this Scalloped Feather border was stitched out with only one start and one stop.
Eleanor's piecing was so spot on that the
spacing for the corner design came out perfect.
One of my favorite tools to use is
The QP Curved Templates
by Linda Hrcka. Now this is one talented lady!!!
I ordered these last year from her website www.thequiltedpineapple.com
If you have followed me for very long, you should know how much I love curved cross hatching. You can find my video on how to stitch out this Curved Cross Hatching design here.
I also used the QP Curved Template for the
Scalloped Feathers shown in the video above.
Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook and Instagram (HRCKAL_THEQUILTEDPINEAPPLE) to see some of her Amaaazing quilting!
What a great treasure this quilt will be for Eleanor
and her daughter, as they spot the different fabrics that
remind them of the past.
The entire center of the quilt is stitched out
with a connecting design.
************* Love! Love! this texture!!! *************
With the solid backing it's like getting two quilts in one. Totally reversible!
This is the note I received from Eleanor. So precious!! Just love her!!
This quilt is unbelievable. Every little piece of fabric has a quilting design in it. The piano keys around the edge with the swirly line in every key is intricate. The 9 patches with their own design is fascinating. You made the most of the feathers around the edge going into the darker beige, pulling the inner border together. your work is EXQUISITE and you are a GENIUS. Thank you again. P.S. I did see the fancy square in a square in the aqua sashing, too. There is so much to look at and discover.
So often I have the privilege to work on some amazing quilts. Like this beautiful one. This paper pieced pattern is called Amazon Star, a Quilt Worx pattern by Judy Niemeyer.
This quilt top presented a few challenges. Mainly, extra fullness in the middle. As you can see from these photos,
Wool batting by Legacy for the inside.
All the quilting is freehand except for when I used a ruler to stitching in the ditch.
I choose to use only one color thread over the entire quilt. Both on the top and in the bobbin. I wanted the thread to show up more in some areas and blend in other areas. Glide thread seemed to be the perfect choice.
I have to admit, I did not baste (stitch in the ditch) the quilt all the way through before filling in with the detail quilting. Yes this is usually recommended to make sure the top remains square but sometimes I like to break the rules. There are many tricks to keeping a quilt square....I'll leave that thought for another day.
This quilt is too large for the space I normally take photos. So I had to take it to a different location. Unfortunately the lighting was not very good. So I apologize for the poor photos.
Of course I have to show the back.....Every bit of this quilt makes me happy!
In these diamond shapes I stitched the Double Curl design as shown in my book. This eliminated the stitch in the ditch and allowed me to connect all the designs together. Including the feathers in the diamonds.
I hope you enjoyed looking through these photos.
Please leave me a comment if you would like to hear more about the quilts I get to work on.
English Paper Piecing (EPP) is an extremely accurate hand piecing technique that uses paper forms to create different shapes. Hexagon shapes, as seen in the traditional Grandmothers Flower Garden quilts, is one of the oldest and most popular shapes made using the EPP method.
I have always loved these traditional quilts but if you are like me, the thought of doing all that stitching by hand would take me forever. I used to think that too, until one day (almost 12 years ago) I was determined to find a better way to baste the fabric around my paper pieces. The standard way, at the time, was to hand cut the fabric 1/4" larger than the paper, then stitch a running stitch through the paper, holding the fabric in place until you could sew it to the next hexagon. After that you would have to remove the basting stitches to be able to remove the papers. Ugh!! So time consuming!!
Well today I want to share with you my method of Basting Hexagons. These instructions also come with each of my Hexagon patterns and is the method I have been teaching in my classes for over 11 years.
After basting, all the hexagons should still be the same size. You can trim the extra fabric from the back after basting or just before the papers are removed. The paper pieces hold the hexagon shape until it is stitched to the next hexagon. So do not remove the papers at this time.
Here is a little video showing you just how fast and easy basting hexagons can be.
Now wasn't that easy? I hope you will give it a try.
Friends have been asking me to share more pictures and some videos of my quilting, so I thought I would start off with sharing one of the quilts I just quilted for my customer Patty. You will probably hear me talk about Patty often because she brings me a lot of tops to quilt. She does such beautiful work!
This is one of my favorite feather design. In the squares I have quilted one of the designs from my book, Making Connections, called Connection Curl with a spike. The video of how I quilted these designs can be found on my Facebook page.
Each row across (or up and down as shown on this picture) was quilted with one pass. Meaning the stitching lines are connected across each row, as seen in the videos. I changed to brown thread and stitched the arrows all at once.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos (at www.facebook.com/forever.quilting ) . Please let me know if you have any questions.