Glacier Star

July 29, 2014

Those of you who "know" me, know that when I take a blogging break it usually means that I will come back with something worth the wait.   And you are correct!!!  In the Midwest, we are having a particularly cool summer.  Truthfully, it is far too cool than I prefer.  I had to put a hoodie on today!!!  Yuck!!!  On the bright side, the super cool mornings have been perfect for running.  Nice and cool.  So in honor of this cooler weather, it only seems appropriate to share the work of my amazing client, Vickie.  Glacier Star is a pattern by Judy Niemeyer here.  Vickie is also sharing on her blog, Vickie Quilts here.
There will be no shortage of photos, so get comfortable and enjoy!!  Remember to click on the photos to enlarge. :-)
The quilting designs create the look of a medallion in the center of the star.  Love.
Curved lines help divide up the space and create a secondary design.  Fillers and pebbles create texture and dimension.  I used a gold thread from Glide, So Fine and Bottom Line from Superior and a monofilament from YLI.

Vickie's workmanship was perfection, which makes quilting a quilt like this a much easier task. :-)  LOTS of points, SID and ruler work.
Progress photo.  Its amazing how seeing how much the quilting changes the look.

 The gold thread created such striking visual contrast.  It was my favorite!  Especially on the black fabric.  I immediately knew some feathers would be occupying the space!! :-)
I wanted to create the illusion of a sun almost rising in this space...a glow.
 Soft loops fill the flying geese border and feathers in the outer border.

 The back was gorgeous with all the texture from the quilting!
Double layer of batting in order to emphasize the quilting.  Quilters Dream Cotton with Dream Orient on top.
Before and After.
Glacier Star is actually the third quilt I have quilted for Vickie.  You can see another one of her gorgeous quilts here.  I wanted to thank Vickie again for being such a wonderful client and the opportunity to quilt for her.

Join Me at The Quilting Bee

June 24, 2014

I have a big, exciting announcement!!!!  I am going to be teaching at The Quilting Bee located in Fonthill, Ontario Canada!!  2 days of "filled to the brim" workshops on September 26 and 27 2014.  I am thrilled beyond words for this opportunity to share my knowledge with fellow quilters!!  The Quilting Bee is a wonderful quilt shop, as well as an Innova Longarm Dealer located in Ontario, Canada. 
I have so much I will be sharing, I cannot wait!  I asked Jamie Wallen to look over my class information and to give me constructive feedback.  His thoughts... A. He NEEDS to take my classes and B. Each class should be a book!!  That means a lot coming from my mentor, Jamie. 

I can hardly wait for September to get here!  You all know how I live for summer, but I have butterflies of excitement just thinking about this.  Fonthill is not far from Niagra Falls, so I definitely plan on taking a little sightseeing trip while I am there.  I would love for you all to join me!

All the details are on The Quilting Bee website here.  Please contact The Quilting Bee if you are interested.  I know Kelly (the owner and my gracious host) and staff would love to answer any of your questions.

Sunflower Gatherings - Primitive Gatherings SBOW 2014

June 18, 2014

In some aspects I feel way ahead of the game, in others I am overwhelming behind!! LOL!!!  In regards to this year's Summer Block of the Week and Freebie for Primitive Gatherings designed by Lisa Bongean, I am waaaaayyyyyy ahead compared to previous years!  Usually I do not get them until fall to quilt, so Lisa is way ahead too!!!  Sunflower Gatherings is the 2014 Summer Block of the Week available here and in my opinion the most beautiful (mine and Lisa's best work) one yet in the series!!!   I have plenty of photos to share, so I will let them do the talking. :-)

Gorgeous wool applique on cotton.  I quilted gorgeous feathers throughout the quilt.
Straight lines and curved cross hatching to create a beautiful frame around the quilt.  Each block is uniquely quilted as each block is different and unique.
 I quilted on the wool applique where necessary.  It adds a wonderful touch and dimension.

 A little cross hatching and quilting on the birds is a wonderful addition.

 Adding a little quilting to the watering can is an added detail, but also functional.  It helps keep the applique from puckering or puffing out too much.
Straight lines are quilted in the "chains" around the blocks with a new block created in the quilting between the blocks.
I cannot pick a favorite part of the quilt, however I do LOVE how the borders turned out!!
The top of the quilt, I added above the sunflowers a beautiful curved cross hatched design with feathers.
Lots of swirly pebbles, feathers and straight lines!!
I think it is always cool to see the quilt before quilting.
The back was gorgeous, but the lighting made it difficult to capture the quilting.  Now for specifics on the quilt....I used So Fine and Bottom Line by Superior.  I also tried a thread called Wonderfil for some stitch in the ditch and in the bobbin.  It is a VERY fine thread, 100wt.  It worked well!  I will experiment some more with it.  Batting is a double layer of Dream Orient by Quilters Dream Batting.

And one pretty photo in the sun. :-)