Custom Longarm Machine Quilting

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Holiday Wallhanging Quilt

This was another of the quilts Gracie Lou's asked me to do for them to take to Quilt-fest. I quilted in the ditch in the center of the quilt, and did 1/4 inch quilting in the red and green colored triangles.
In the outer border I did holly leaves and holly berries. Above: the corner. Below: closeup of the holly leaves.

3 So Simple Quilts

Our local quilt shop, Gracie Lou's, was preparing to go to the Quilt-fest in Ogden this week. They found out they were going late last week, and asked me to get some quilts quilted for them. I did four quilts for them before they left for Quilt-fest. The following three are all the same pattern, only with different fabrics. I quilted each one differently.

Note: I didn't have my camera with me, so I had to take these pictures late Monday night with my camera phone. Please pardon the bluriness of the pictures. I tried to make them as clear as I could.

This version of the quilt was done with bright childrens' prints.
On this one I quilted a star in each of the smaller squares.
Then, throughout the rest of the quilt I did a loop with stars.
This version was made with cute pastels, a children's print with fun woodland creature patterns.
I quilted it with an allover meander.
This one was done without a border, and made with bright prints. The center squares were all smiling dinosaurs. She put a really cute blue minky back on this one, too.
On this one I did an allover meander, except for where the dinosaurs were. They were too cute to quilt over, so I outlined the block.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Halloween

This was another quilt I designed based on the Pumpkins Gone Wild fabric collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda. I originally had it just as a pumpking, but I thought with Halloween coming up in a month that it would be fun to make it a jack-o-lantern.
I quilted a tight looping meander in the black background behind the pumpkin, and vertical lines on the stem of the pumpkin. I outline quilted the eyes and mouth of the jack-o-lantern, and quilted lines across the pumpkin to make it look more like one.
In each square of the border I quilted a pumpkin on a vine.
This is a picture of the backing fabric (it's the same fabric I used for the back of its sister quilt "Pumpkin Patch"). I just love this fabric! I love the whole line, but my favorites are the ones with the pumpkins. The quilt measures 24 x 23 and is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop.

I am currently working on the pattern for this quilt. If you are interested in purchasing the pattern, please email me at for details. Thanks!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

This original quilt design is called "Pumpkin Patch". It was inspired by the fabrics in the Pumpkins Gone Wild fabric collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

Around the pumpkin and leaves appliques I quilted a really tight meander.

In the black and white border I quilted leaves on vines.

The quilt measures 20 x 15.5 inches. It is currently for sale in my Etsy store. If you would like to purchase the pattern, please contact me via email for information:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Very Hungry Caterpillar

I made this quilt top in July for my little boy. I finally was able to get some quilting time to myself, and finished it this afternoon.

Above: In the outer setting corners I quilted butterflies. Then, I quilted around the individual food pieces and did a tight meander in the background.

Below: In the center panel section of the quilt I stitched around each of the dots.

Above: Outlined the giant leaf with the caterpillar and then did a meander in the background.

Below: Outlined the butterfly and did a medium-sized meander in the background.

Above: Outlined the giant caterpillar and then did a meander in the background.

Below: More of the outlined food with the tight meander in the outer border. In the middle color border I did a random zig-zag design. In the inner food border I outlined the food and then did a tight looping meander in the background.

Above: The backing fabric. The thread color I used for this quilt was called watermelon sorbet. It is a variegated thread, and matches the backing fabric perfectly.

Tablecloth Quilt

My mother-in-law brought me this quilt. She is going to use it as a tablecloth. It is such a cute quilt. When she was living in Africa a few years ago the family sent her the charm squares for it, and then when she got home earlier this year she bought the rest of the fabric and finished it. It turned out really cute.

Above: the quilt. Sorry for the blurry picture, apparently my camera didn't focus correctly.

Below: She wanted a medium-sized meander in a wheat colored thread. I think it turned out really nicely.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Theme on "Ohio Star"

Sometimes I do quilts that will go on display in our local quilt store. The owner, Shasta, is friends with my in-laws, and she is a very nice lady. A few weeks ago she gave me this quilt. It needed to be finished, and then she wanted a larger floral motif in a wheat colored thread quilted on it.

Above: leaves and looping vines

Below: floral part of the motif

This pattern will be placed in my Original Quilting Designs book, and will be available for use on other quilts. This pattern is mostly done freehand, so it will not be exactly the same as the pictures above.


My client, Joy (not her real name), brought me another cute quilt to do last week. She used fabrics from Tula Pink's "Nest" and it was so fun and bright. She didn't really know what she wanted done with it, but she wanted something to tie the fabrics in with the quilting. She picked a really pretty bright yellow thread color (I think it is Goldenrod, and it was definitely a good choice for the quilt). The thread matched perfectly with the yellow in the fabric line, and even on the non-yellow fabrics it didn't stand out too much or detract at all from the quilt itself.

After much drawing, doodling, and some serious thought, I decided on a pattern. I took one of the themes from the fabric: and egg in some leaves, and adapted it little. I then quilted it in half of the blocks of the quilt. To fill in the empty space, I did a medium sized meander.
Above: the egg pattern.

Below: The meander, and the fabric that inspired the quilting design. You can see I left out the leaves that went up the sides of the egg, and adapted the leaves in front a little.

This pattern will be placed in my original quilting design book, and is available for quilting on any size quilt.