Wee Woodland Baby

September 23, 2011

As I stated in an earlier post, I have been a quilting maniac.  I'm playing a little catch up with client quilts from when I was sick.  I'm not totally caught up, but I'm getting there.  Thank goodness!  Thank goodness all my clients have been super understanding as well. :-)  All the quilts I've been working on recently have been custom quilts.  Custom quilting, while I love it and I love doing it, it takes the most out of me.  It's a mental as well as a physical workout!  I wished it was more of an ab workout! LOL!!  I've been noticing that I've been quilting on my toes.  I have no idea why, but I'm developing calves of steel! :-)  The funny thing is I don't even realize I'm doing it.

In between custom quilts, I recently quilted an allover quilt for my client and friend, Patti. Patti also made the beautiful braid quilt I quilted here.  I love it.
 Of course I love it because it's a Schnibbles pattern!!  The pattern is McGuffy by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I believe she used a couple of Charm Packs and yardage from Wee Woodland by Keiki for Moda.  I don't think I loved this fabric before, but now that I see it in a quilt...I love it!!  Both Patti and I agreed that these fabrics would make a great Fall quilt.  Patti made the quilt a bit larger by making the borders a little bigger.
I went with a freehand allover loose swirl, which I think was nice compliment to the quilt.  It's the first time I've quilted this design.  I was a little nervous, but it was a ton of fun to quilt.  It was nice to change things up from custom quilting briefly.
I will definitely quilt this design again!  I'm very happy with how the swirls came out.
The backing fabric is super cute!  Patti supplied the batting, which was a Hobbs Heirloom 80/20.  She pieced it together using that fusible tape stuff for batting.  It worked quite well.  I didn't have any issues quilting over it.  I used a light green So Fine Thread from Superior.

I get a lot of emails asking about my freehand quilting.  What do I do?  Practice, time and patience.  I don't even really have time for doodling anymore, so my practice is just quilting.  The more I quilt, the better my quilting gets.  I saved all my first practice pieces. Once and a while, I like to take them out and glance over them just to see how far I've come.  It even amazes me because I don't realize it day-to-day.  This is my very first practice piece from the day my machine was set up.  My very first swirls...
Yikes. They look like snails. :-) We all start somewhere.  It's easy to get frustrated at first, heck I still do.  It's fun to look back and see progress, but really it gives me an appreciation.  And a good laugh.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

23 comments:

  1. Great post, Linda! I do love the swirls in a quilt and yours are lovely. That really is a neat quilt too with those fabrics!!

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  2. I love that green fabric in the border and the backing. Fabulous swirls! It goes well with the quilt.

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  3. Wonderful quilt and fabrics and the design makes it fun, beautiful work.

    Debbie

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  4. Pretty quilt and the quilting makes it! Love the swirl design. On your tip toes :)
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  5. Lovely quilt and lovely swirls , great fabrics!You have come a long way , a huge improvement from that first stitching ,now you are amazing!

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  6. Well done,
    I am going to take a class on Long arm quilting at one of our shops. I plan to rent their machine and see if I can do some of my own quilts. I hope I can become as good as you one day.
    I guess instead of sticking your tongue out while you work you stand on tip toes. lol

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  7. Great post! I love the swirls on the McGuffy - it looks brilliant!

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  8. Fun looking back on your first quilting samples/practice.... you've definitely come a LONG way, baby!

    :)

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  9. When I saw the photo I thought how much I love the Bento quilt pattern. Oops...guess it's very similar. Anyway...I always love seeing your quilting designs on the always lovely quilts.

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  10. Love, love the swirls on the Schnibbles quilt.

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  11. Oh, I really love those swirls.
    Now I am craving a vanilla swirl ice cream cone. Yum! If I gain weight it is all your fault. LOL!

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  12. Your swirls look great!
    I'll have to try quilting on my toes so I have calves of steel too! :)

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  13. Great quilting...love that backing!

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  14. Love the swirls. The quilt is lovely. Hugs,

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  15. Wow, you've come a long way. Love your swirls. Maybe I need to practice more?

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  16. Great pep talk---there's hope for me out there....

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  17. Wonderful!! I love that fabric...I made a custom diaper bag for a client out of that fabric...it was such fun!!

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  18. I love your swirls pattern. I am going to have to make one of the Schnibbles quilts one of these days. Every one I've seen is just darling. Your quilting makes them look even better.

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  19. I really do love your quilting on your friend's quilt. It's amazing to see just how far you have come in such a short time. The before and afters could have been done by different people!

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  20. Hee...we've been longarming about the same amount of time and I can't even come close to your first quilt doodles, Linda! I keep hoping that coming to visit you here will rub off on me in a good way, someday ;>) I love Patti's quilt! The allover swirl is perfect for it!
    Cheers!

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  21. What a pretty quilt! I love the backing fabric! :0)

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  22. Beautiful quilt! Patti did a great job on that. And as always, your quilting is just the cat's meow that finishes it off perfectly!

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  23. I love this quilt! Your longarm quilting is BEEEutiful!!! You inspired me to get back into my sewing room!

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