Custom Longarm Machine Quilting

Friday, March 29, 2013


I love Owls! And I love purple. And I love Chevrons. Which makes this quilt one of my favorites because it combines all three things!

Isn't it darling? I outlined the owls and quilted a pebble design in the background behind them. Then, everywhere else in the center of the quilt I quilted a pointed hook/paisley design (is that what you'd call it? If it has an actual name, let me know so I can stop calling it the Paisley-Hook-thingy Design) :)
In the inner border at the top and bottom I quilted a tight figure 8, and then I quilted a loose wishbone across the chevron outer border.
I used a grey thread which worked really nicely with the purples and greys in the quilt.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wool Flowers

On this beautiful quilt with wool applique I quilted feathers (surprise, surprise!) and a lot of modern lines.

In the blocks I did two different designs: Either this one:
Or this one: I thought it would be fun to highlight the pinwheel aspect of this block, so I quilted back and forths in half of the triangles to give some texture but also to highlight the pinwheels.
In the background behind the flowers I quilted lines to signify air, and I stitched around the wool applique. You can see in this picture that I quilted feathers in the setting triangles and also in the outer border.
In the corner squares of the quilt I quilted a feathered wreath.
I used white colored thread across the whole quilt.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mosaic Quilt

On this beautiful mosaic quilt I quilted a loose geometric meander.

It looks really cool with the geometric pattern of the quilt blocks.
I used white colored thread.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I am a nerd. And I love Doctor Who. Especially the 10th Doctor (David Tennant). So, one day when the shop was closed and I ended up spending the day at home with the kids, I decided to make a quick little project to hang by my front door. Yep, there it is. And guess what? I quilted it on my home machine (and oh my gosh was it a pain in the butt!). I also machine bound it. Please pay no attention to the awful machine binding job I did. I really just wanted it to be done. hehehe

There are currently plans in the works to make a better version of this using the longarm. I'm excited about this. My husband? Not so much. haha

Monday, March 25, 2013

Chevron Quilt

Chevrons are the it-thing, and that's good because I LOVE them! This quilt is so fun and I had a blast quilting it.

In the pink setting triangles I quilted small circles in varying sizes. Then, in the pink and blue chevron stripes I quilted a large feather.

In the orange/red chevron strips I echoed the seam 1/4 inch inside, and then quilted a back and forth vertical line design.

Here's a view of the back. You can kind of see the difference in quilting between each strip (you might have to click on the photo to make it larger in order to see, but trust me, it's there!) :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wood Grain Flannel

This flannel quilt was so much fun to quilt. It was for a young man from his mother. She left the quilting design up to me. I didn't want to do something typical, like a meander, or stars, or loops. In Angela Walter's book she shows you how to do a wood grain and I thought, "How cool would that look on this masculine flannel?" So I went for it. And it turned out so amazing!

I threw in some knots every once in a while to give the design a little interest. The whole quilt is quilted in the grain, even over the borders.
Here's a closer look at one of the blocks.
And here's the back of the quilt: MINKEE! :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Flag Quilt

This flag quilt is so fun. I love the different designs in each of the flags.

I quilted a loose wishbone design in the black border. In the background of the quilt I quilted an all-over, tight meander. And then I stitched in the ditch around each of the flags and did a vertical line design inside.
It gave the quilt some great texture and variety, especially on the back. I love that my client pieced this fun strip of color down the back center.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Cowgirl Pin-ups

I love this cowgirl quilt! The cowgirl pin-ups are so fun!

I quilted an all-over design across the quilt center with loops, stars, horse shoes, cacti, and cowboy boots. Then in the black sashing around the pin-up blocks I quilted a lasso design. I outlined the pin-up and did a loose meander in the background.
In the border I quilted it to look like a wood grain. It ended up looking really cool and giving the quilt some awesome texture.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Christmas Sampler Quilt

This fun Christmas sampler was sent to be my the same lady who sent me the wonky star quilt (see yesterday's blog post).

She wanted a custom quilt job, but she didn't want tight quilting either. To achieve this I did a loose figure 8 in the sashing. In each of the blocks I did a Christmas-themed design while keeping the quilting loose.
In the wonky stars blocks I quilted a loose loop in the background and stitched in the ditch around the star. In the outer border I quilted a large holly leaf.
This is the view of the back of the quilt. She pieced a block in the center and appliqued on the recipient's first initial.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wonky Star Christmas Quilt

Look! I'm blogging quilts I did at Christmas time! Woohoo! Who'd have thought it would only take me three months to catch up on the highlights from last year? (Really, I did WAY more quilts than the ones I've blogged, but I used three different cameras and can only find one of the cards, so....)

Anyway! This is a fun quilt I quilted for the friend of one of my clients. I just love wonky stars. They are so fun!

She didn't want very tight quilting, but she wanted more custom, so in the sashing between the blocks I quilted a loose figure 8. In the block background I quilted a loose loop, and then I stitched in the ditch around the stars. In the center of the stars I quilted a smaller star.
The outer border I quilted with big leaves of holly. You'll also notice that I attached the binding for her using the longarm. :)
This is a shot from the back. She pieced this fun little block with the recipient's first initial on it. What a cool idea!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


One of my clients made this for one of the men in her life (I can't remember if it was for a son, or a grandson). Isn't it so fun? Originally we had talked about doing just an all-over nautical themed design, but the more I got looking at it, the more I knew it needed something a bit more custom. So I called her up and asked her if she was okay with that. She was. *insert giddy giggle here - seriously, it made my day!*

So, in the sashing borders I did loops. I stitched in the ditch around the boats. and in the outer borders I did swirls, a loose figure 8, and waves.
In the block background I quilted lines to look like wind behind the sails, and swirls to look like water under the boat. Then, I quilted a wood grain on the boat and mast.
The boat above is my favorite, but I love this one too. It's just so cute and simple and I love the shape of the sail.
Here's a closer look at the border designs. I used red thread everywhere except in the block backgrounds where I used a blue thread (which was fittingly called Out of the Blue).

Monday, March 18, 2013


One of my friends sent me this top to quilt. I love it. The fabric she used is Reunion by Sweetwater.

I kind of had fun and went a little crazy....In the pieced blocks I quilted a swirl design. Then, in each of the white sashing strips, I treated them like stairs and stair-stepped loops down each one, so they travel. It looks really cool.
Then I swirled down the inner colored border, and did loops going opposite directions in the white borders around them.
And because by now you should all know how much I absolutely adore looking at the final quilting from the back...especially when Minkee is involved.... here is the back of the quilt! You can really get a feel for how the stair-stepping sashing design works here.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Floral Present

Isn't this such a fun quilt? It's kind of like a strip quilt with attitude. I especially love the giant pink flower.

In this one I quilted an all-over floral loop pattern in the strips. In the yellow pieces I quilted squiggly lines. And in the flower I echoed the petal shape inside.
It looks kind of like a present, don't you think? with the yellow as ribbon and the flower instead of a bow? So cute!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Young Women Value Quilt

I love the different Young Women Value quilts people have been bringing me. This one was so fun to do!

In this quilt I quilted a meander in the background of the blocks. I stitched around the hexagon flowers and did a little spiral in the center. In the green sashing I did little loopies, and in the outer border I quilted a floral design.
In the center quilt I quilted "Young Women Values" in black, and then under each of the flowers I quilted the value name in coordinating thread. Faith is white, so I used black thread on that one as well.

For a look at another YW value quilt I did, go check it out here.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Colorist

I absolutely ADORE this quilt. Every time I quilt one I remember that I have the baby size sitting on a hanger in line waiting to be quilted for my baby....who is now almost 15 months old. Yep.

This quilt was sent to me by a gal who found me through Lizzy House, fabulous designer of beautiful fabric, prints, and quilt patterns (including this quilt pattern). Since I quilted the quilt on the pattern cover she asked me to do hers the same way. Her quilt was a little larger, but oh so beautiful! I did a few things differently on this one. I kept the quilted rings spaced the same: 1 inch apart in the outer ring, 1/2 inch apart in the center. But in each of the colored areas I quilted the back-and-forth pattern (vertical lines) I used a matching thread color. What this means is that in addition to having a color wheel on the front of the quilt, she also had one on the back (she backed it in a bleached white muslin). It looked REALLY cool. I wish I had taken a picture of the back. I totally forgot to do that before I packaged it up and sent it off, and I've been kicking myself ever since. But trust me, it was awesome.

Also, if you'll notice in the above picture, there is binding attached: She sent over all her scraps to have me make the binding, and I did the binding in a color wheel also, using the fabrics in the same order they were used in the outer color ring of the color wheel. It gave it a really neat look when it was finished.

I keep toying with different ways to quilt this quilt (on mine, which is still waiting), but I can't think of anything that would look cooler than the echoed rings. It just has an awesome look to it. What do you think? How would you want your color wheel quilted if you were to have one done?

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Someday I will actually finish piecing my Swoon quilt (I'm using Parisville by Tula Pink, and it is going to be so pretty I can hardly stand it!), but until then, I'll just quilt other people's tops :)

Here's one that I quilted for a friend of mine. I love the colors she used. It's so gorgeous!

I did a lot of feathers. I LOVE feathers (in case I haven't mentioned it before....and in case you couldn't tell).

Feathers in the center of the block. Feathers in the outer ring of the block. Feathers in the sashing.
And then I did loops to fill in the little triangles in the background. I love loops too.
And because I couldn't get quite the best angle of the blocks with quilting from the front side of the quilt, here's a quick little peek at the back of the quilt. I used white thread, so it shows up so nicely on the dark backing fabric.
Gosh! Just looking at these pictures makes me want to get my blocks out again and start working on them. Maybe this weekend, for National Quilting Day (March 16th). What are you going to work on Saturday?