Anchor Point

February 2, 2015

I am back. Hopefully, I haven't returned to the sounds of crickets chirping and there are a few of you left out there. :-) I took kind of an unplanned break, but if you have followed along on Instagram, you may have seen a little of what has kept me busy the last few months. The problem with being away for so long is that I am always so overwhelmed on where to start sharing again.  There's always soooo much to share!  Grab a cup of coffee NOW.  Lots to share and lots of photos!

First, if you'll notice in the Nav Bar at the top of my blog there is a "SHOP" tab and there is also a shop button along the side too! Don't worry they both take you to the same place.  Yes, there is now The Quilted Pineapple Shop. Guess what's there??  MY very own templates for use on domestic machines, as well as longarms!!!!  After years of making my own or wanting something different than what I had, I designed my own!!!  I had them a good portion of last year, but wanted to test them out and make sure they were perfect.  I used them on every single quilt I quilted for Lisa Bongean for Fall Market.  I posted them on Instagram first, mostly because it was so easy.  I planned on posting them here immediately after, but they were selling faster than I could post them.  A nice problem to have, but nonetheless a problem. :-)  It has brought me incredible joy to see the gorgeous quilt designs other talented quilters have quilted with them.  I will be posting many more posts in the days to come with the templates.  They ARE available now!  The Set is available at a special introductory price.  FREE SHIPPING on all orders to U.S. addresses.  International shipping available.  It has been beyond cool to see all the places around the world I have shipped them to!  New Zealand I believe has been the furthest. :-) *Templates are currently sold out as of 2/11/15, but coming back soon. :-) I will notify everyone when they are back in stock. However, I am taking a list of preorders. If you would like to email me, I will reserve a set with your name on it, to insure you get a set in my next shipment.*  I am waiting on the manufacturer to replenish my supply of templates. I apologize for any inconvenience.  Trust me no one is more frustrated than I am about this right now.

Now for the real eye candy.  Anchor Point is another amazing design by Lisa Bongean.  Anchor Point is pieced from her fabric line, Lakeside Gatherings available here.  I quilted two of the versions, but we will start with the king size today.
It is big, bold and beautiful!  Around 102"x102".  The quilt designs are also big, bold and graphic to complement the quilt.
Hubby stood on our counter stool to capture the whole quilt.
And yes, your eyes are seeing it perfectly correct, no feathers!
 Repeating shapes and designs gives the quilt continuity.  I always try to draw inspiration from the top itself. 
The star points are the inspiration for many of the designs.
 The prints and wovens in the fabric line helped inspire this crosshatch design.  I love it when a quilt speaks to me. :-)
 By far this quilt is one of my favorites I have ever quilted.  Lisa talked Anchor Point here.
Lisa had mentioned that she would love for me to quilt our initials into one of "our" quilts and was hoping I could in this quilt. 
Worked out so perfectly on the anchor that it was like it was meant to be!! :-)
*Above photo from Lisa's blog.  Quilts are so much more than just fabric or threads...or blankets.  I know I have mentioned that before, there's an emotional connection I feel for every quilt I quilt.  Many quilters feel the same way.  Some days quilting is a vehicle for me to express my emotions as well.  Whether it is love, friendship, loss, happiness or all of those things in one. 
 I had a little surprise for Lisa, something extra special for her. Once you see it, it's easy to see.  I quilted "Lance" into the center of the anchor. 
Sometimes quilts help us all in the healing process.
 The border design was inspired by the anchor shape!!  Again, using motifs and shapes from the quilt top.  I used my #20 QP Curve Template to create the design.

All quilting is freehand.  That's why not all my circles and lines are perfect. :-)  I used my straight ruler, #20 and #8 QP Curve Templates on the quilt.  Batting is Quilter's Dream Orients with a layer of Hobbs 80/20 over the top.  Threads are all So Fine by Superior Threads.

Before quilting.
I have mentioned before sometimes I make notes. I made some before I left to teach in Canada while quilting this.  I will be posting all about that too!!!  Anyways,  I realized I needed to crack a code to decipher my own notes when I returned! LOL!!!  It's a miracle, but eventually I figured it out. #rosettastone

 Did you hear Primitive Gatherings opened a second location in California??  How exciting!  I hope I can visit there tomorrow after the snow storm we had!!! :-)

Corduroy Road

November 17, 2014

Looks like winter is here.  Sigh.  A little too early for me.  It is snowing and has been snowing since last week.  I would have preferred a little more fall weather for a bit longer.  Oh well.  All the more time to spend indoors quilting! :-)

I have some pretty cool show and tell to share!!!  Corduroy Road is a new design by Stephanie Dunphy of Rummage blog.  The pattern is available exclusively at Connecting Threads here.
As the name of the quilt indicates, it is pieced from gorgeous corduroy.  You could easily use cotton or flannel as well, but corduroy is a dream to quilt.  I love it!!

The design is quite graphic, I quilted  curvy quilt designs to add another dimension to the quilt.  Mixing design elements always adds even more visual interest or eyecandy as I like to say. :-)
I love how well the quilting shows up on corduroy!!! Curvy "windmill feathers" and curling feather throughout.  You can never go wrong with the addition of feathers.
 The soft curly shape was inspired by the "windmill feather spine."  Naturally I added a little, single feather to the design.  Repeating designs throughout the quilt gives the quilt continuity.
I made a card stock template to ensure the design had uniformity.  Micro pebbling makes the motif stand out.  Love pebbles!!!
I traced around my template with a purple air erasable marker and then quilted the design.
 In the print blocks, I simply quilted around the flowers in the print to give the illusion of applique.
In all of the blue blocks and triangles, I have quilted a straight line design.
Specifics on the quilt....all quilting is freehand.  So Fine threads by Superior in the top and bobbin.  I used a double layer of batting.  Dream Cotton with Hobbs 80/20 on top.  I love to see the "before and after" transformation.
 I quilted this quilt last February...I think.  It is so nice to finally share this beauty!!  I see this pattern in so many different color ways and fabrics!!!  Super cool design!!!  In solids, there is plenty of space to show off with some quilting! :-)

Oh and last but not least the WINNER of the Quilted Living Book tour is......

Janet O.  who commented "I love what you have created, Linda! Switching the colors of the pinwheels is a great idea, and, of course, your beautiful feather work is the icing on the cake! It is a delightful sight everywhere you have displayed it, but especially hanging there at the bottom of the stairs. So pretty!" 

Congratulations, Janet!!!!  Email me your address and I will send your book out to you!!!!! 

Quilted Living Book Tour Giveaway

November 11, 2014

Welcome to Day 2 of the Quilted Living Book Tour!  Quilted Living is the new book by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs & Fat Quarter Shop.  This book is awesome!!! A wonderful variety of projects!!  I am so excited to take part.  Honored to have been asked.

The book title alone spoke to me. "Quilted living" is exactly how I aspire my home to be.  There is nothing that creates a warm, welcoming and homey feel more than quilts.  So quilts are everywhere in my home.  Big and small.  Not just for sleeping under.  I use quilts in my decor like fine art!! :-)  It always surprises me when I get the question "well, what do you do with that?" or "what do you need another quilt for?" First, you can never have too many quilts!!!  And second, you can never have too many quilts!!! Truth.

I chose the quilt "X-ceptional" as my project.  It is in the banner above, the quilt on the far right. I just immediately loved the block as soon as I saw it. When I was asked to participate in the book tour, they asked that we make our project original, to fit our lifestyle and then showcase our version in our home.  That is exactly what I did!!
 My version of X-ceptional is a fall inspired runner!!
 It is perfect in my home!!!
I made a four block with sashing runner exactly as the pattern indicates.  I just added a 2" finished border.  I used reproduction fabric for the runner.  2 dark chocolate fabrics and 2 cheddars.  Yum!  In Gerri's version, she matched the pinwheels to the block, I mixed mine...cheddar pinwheel with chocolate block and vice versa.
The pattern instructions were clear and very accurate.  Gerri includes every pressing direction, which made the blocks go together easily and fast!!!
 Before quilting.
I quilted a gorgeous allover feather.  My favorite.  The finished size is 18" x 57".
If you have followed me, you know that I like to decorate the house seasonally and for holidays.  A small quilt or runner makes it so easy to do this.  X-ceptional was the perfect project for me.  I could not be happier with how it turned out!

Not only does X-ceptional look great as a runner on the kitchen island, but it looks great all through the house. :-)
 Hanging on the pie safe or the back of a chair.
Fireplace hearth.
I LOVE this!!!  At the bottom of my stairs before I go into my studio.  Yes, that is an awesome greeting before work.
 So I think I have given you lots of possibilities!!!  LOL!!!  That's what I call quilted living!!

How would you like to have your very own copy of Quilted Living???

 Just leave me a comment and I will announce the winner Monday, November 17.  Have a great week!  Also, Fat Quarter shop has the book available to purchase here.

Make sure you stop by the rest of the tour and see all the other projects from the book.
November 11th
Fat Quarter Shop kicks off tour!

November 11th
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple 

November 12th
Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting

November 13th
Kathy Brown of The Teacher's Pet
Thearica Burroughs of Pigtales & Quilts

November 14th
Helen Stubbings of Hugs N Kisses
                                  Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs ends the tour!