Custom Longarm Machine Quilting

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What I've been up to....besides working :)

Here's me, in my skirt that I made out of Art Gallery. I wish they could've gotten a closer picture. The skirt turned out way cute.

I made this bag from this pattern on Moda Bake Shop. I used fabrics from the Soiree line.

I'm also doing Gracie Lou's BOM. It's a darling quiet book. The patterns are a little tricky at times, mostly because there aren't any illustrations to aid with what you're supposed to do, but it is totally worth it. It is so cute! Currently working on page 3.....stay tuned! :)

This was page 2. He was the hardest so far, I think. And the most time consuming. So much zig-zag stitching! haha

I am also taking a class at Longarm University. These are my fabrics. The quilting portion of the class starts on Saturday. The quilt top is supposed to be finished and on the machine by Saturday. YIKES! I just barely cut the pieces out. The big piece pictured above is the backing fabric. The checkerboard fabric is the binding. The striped blue/white is the border, the dark blue is for the blocks, and the dot is for the background. Can't wait to see how it turns out! :)

Goodnight Sock Monkey!

This quilt is a shop sample for Gracie Lou's. Isn't it so cute?! I love that the monkeys are wearing their jammies.

The lady who brought me the quilt wanted a large meander done. I tried not to cut any monkeys in half with the quilting. It turned out really cute. I used a dark brown (I think it's called Chestnut?) thread.

Pinwheels for Baby

This quilt was brought to me by a lady whose grandbaby was due any day. She wanted it quilted similarly to the pattern.

I outlined the yellow pinwheels with eggshell colored thread. I did a triangular/geometric meander in eggshell colored thread in the white triangles. In the red triangles I did a geometric meander in a scarlet colored thread. In the blue pinwheels I did a ribbon in navy blue colored thread. You can't really see it in any of the pictures, but the border is green, and I did the same geometric meander from the red triangles in the green border, in a green thread.

Close up of some of the different colors on the back of the quilt.

Surf's Up DUDE!

This cute surfer strippy quilt was brought to me by "Joy". I love it. It's so fun and different. She wanted something different in each strip, and wave/ocean related.

I did variations on waves, loops, squiggles, and spirals. The two strips that had the postcard-looking fabric I outlined the "postcards".

I used a turquoise colored thread.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lady Madonna Quilt

One of my good friends is in the process of adopting a baby. She made this quilt for the birth mother. It is BEAUTIFUL. It is called "Lady Madonna" by Abbey Lane Quilts.

I took the flower design from the center of the quilt and replicated it randomly throughout the background. Then I echoed everything, the flowers and the applique pieces.

In the center, I quilted around the small white flower center, the outside of the pink petals, and the outside of the black petals. She used a 1/2-5/8 inch batting, so the center fluffed up beautifully. I did not quilt on any of the rest of the pink applique pieces, so they puffed up a lot, as well.

She used this beautiful minkee on the back. It is so soft and smooth. I used black thread.

Shirt Quilts

A lady brought me these 4 quilts. Her brother's friend recently passed away and he wanted to make quilts for the friend's kids.

She had me quilt a meander across all of the quilts.
They were all really cute quilts, each one was a different pattern.

They all had flannel borders and backing fabric. The quilt top centers were entirely pieced out of shirts.

I used a parchment colored thread on all 4 quilts.

Christmas Runner

This table runner was a shop sample for Gracie Lou's.

It's kind of hard to see, because the thread blends in so well, but I quilted holly leaves in an "X" pattern across the entire runner.

I used a parchment colored thread. It's a little easier to see the pattern on the back of the quilt in this picture.

Meandering Feathers

My client "M" brought this hidden 9-patch quilt over for me to quilt. She just wanted a meander, she said, but if I wanted to do something different, too, it would be okay. I have done so many normal meanders that I was a little bored, so I started to play around with different ways to meander.
I finally came up with this cool design: a HUGE meander was the spine of my feather.

Then I echoed the feather to fill the rest of the quilt top.

It turned out really cool looking. And didn't take very long at all.

It is a great way to dress up a quilt, just using a simple meander. I used an eggshell colored thread.

This quilt belongs to a friend from our Colton's Angels group. She has a son getting married, and wanted it before their wedding.

I quilted different flowers in each of the blocks.

In the border I quilted a continuous fern. In the sashing I quilted loops and flowers.

In the center of the quilt I quilted their first names and the wedding date. On the words I used a black colored thread. Everything else I used a strawberry colored thread.

This quilt is a simple quilt that the client was donating to a local cheerleader auction.

She supplied a really thick batting, and I quilted an all-over, large meander. Then I bound it for her. She used Amy Butler fabrics. It turned out really cute. I used an eggshell colored thread.

A lady brought me this quilt to quilt for her. She was having a baby in a few weeks and wanted it quilted as quickly as possible.

In the large applique flower I quilted swirlies.

Everywhere else I quilted a loop with flowers.

The back had a matching border on it, just like the top.

I can't remember, but I either used a light pink or an eggshell colored thread.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Taking a Short Break

I am taking a short break from hectic quilting to work on something for myself.

If any of you read my personal blog, you know that I am the plaintiff in a small claims case. You also know that I bought these beauties:

I don't have anything to wear with them. I was so disappointed when I got them because they are beautiful, but I had nothing that matched. So, I went up to Gracie Lou's and bought this lovely Art Gallery Fabric, which can be purchased here, at Gracie Lou's online store.

I am going to be making this skirt (the one on the model) out the Art Gallery fabric.

Court is on the 25th. I am hoping to have the project done by then. Don't you think I'll look great with the cute skirt and the heels? Today I cut out all the fabric and interfacing pieces for the project. I'd start sewing, but my good sewing machine is at work. I'd rather not use the Janome for a project like this. I think I'll stick with my Singer HD-110. :)