Thursday, April 07, 2016

Some Carolyn Friedlander quilts

A client of mine, Erin  asked me to quilt a couple of Carolyn Friedlander style quilts that she had made.    They are so beautiful.   Truthfully, I had to think about these for a little bit and what I noticed, is that much of the style is more 'organic' and 'freeform' lines and design.   Not so much ruler straight and square patterns.    
This quilt was pieced together in sections of low volume fabrics.  Erin chose colourful, fussy cut fabrics (things that her daughter loves) for her centrepiece circles.  She arranged them in beautiful colour value order.
I quilted around the circles using organic (meaning not perfect) cross hatching and grid quilting.  
At one point I actually re loaded the quilt slightly off square so that I wasn't forced to make such straight lines.  My machine glides super smoothly and straight on its rails, so I needed to do this to help me get more wobbly.   I hope that makes sense!?   
It seems absurd that it was difficult to do slightly 'off' quilting but it was!!
Thanks to our unlandscaped yard (all dirt at the moment) I couldn't get a proper full photo.

 This one is a Carolyn Friedlander Collection Block of the month quilt.  I can't stop saying how much I adore this pattern.   It is so cool.  And it's hand appliqué.   Sigh.
 I used a variety of denser quilting -  lots of geometric straight lines in the lighter backgrounds, to let the piecing pop.
 Some of the larger pieces I quilted lightly with a few straight lines in various directions

 I have found something new I want to try -  appliqué.  
Yes,  you are telling me, yet another thing to try.   
I know. 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A few quilts on the go

 Jamie created this sweet modern baby quilt for her new arrival.   I adore the colours and the direction of the flying geese and pinwheels!
 Yes! I still do pantographs on occasion!  This one is called Tranquiltiy.
 I had a brain burst idea one day and had to try something out.    My idea failed miserably, so here is my humble project LOL
Geraldine made this awesome wallhanging for a quilt swap.   I believe the pattern tutorial can be found at ModaBakeShop.  It is super fun to play on small pieces like this.  I love making the piecing pop! 

and just when you thought you knew me....

Have a great week!!

Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine

 Super cool!   A quilt I worked on was featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited!    Truly an honour to be featured with so many other talented quilters...
Mel in Australia pieced the quilt and send it over to me...and I quilted it.   She has named it "Fireworks for Christmas".   You can see more details of this quilt in a past blog post called :  Modern Custom Dresden Quilt

Thank you Mel,  for trusting me with this quilt, and thank you Machine Quilting Unlimited for asking if I would like to have this quilt featured ....uh YES!  :-)