Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quilting a beautiful bear quilt for, "At the Bright Spot"!!

Ann has been longarm quilting for one of our friends and great customers Jennifer Satterfield of Knoxville, Tennessee for the last few years. Jennifer helps keep Ann busy as she sends her many quilts. Jennifer has a Etsy Store called, "At the Bright Spot" (that name came about because Jennifer's husband would call her his bright spot). At her store she sells her beautiful quilted items. Some of these larger quilts have been longarm quilted by Ann, but Jennifer did all the beautiful piecing. In this blog I will be showcasing some of Jennifer's work that she has worked on, these photos are some photos that we took of Jennifer's quilts while in the process of finishing them. I will also have a link to each featured quilt that is for sale at her store. You can see some of her amazing work here at this link for, "At the Bright Spot"

This is a very unique and beautiful bear quilt that Ann had the privilege of working on. 
The first photo is the wonderful bear quilt that Jennifer pieced before Ann began working on it.

The next four photos is the quilting that Ann performed with her long arm quilting machine.

This quilt is available in Jennifer's store at this link,

Monday, September 23, 2013

Modern Wholecloth Quilt, Start to Finish

This is a wonderful quilt top that a customer gave me the privilege of playing on however I wanted to.

In this blog post I have posted a lot of photos that show the process of start to finish on a quilt that I worked on for 3 days. All this work was done on my Nolting 24 non-stitch regulated machine. Everything is free motion quilted and I did not mark anything but I did use my ruler for the zig zag border.
 The process begins with hanging the quilt top on my design wall for a few days while I work on other quilts and begin to dream about what I am going to do.  As ideas come they are roughly drawn in my sketch book. That is what you see in these next three photos. Some of what is on these photos is from another quilt also that I worked on previously.
 I generally just let the quilt top speak to me and draw out a few things. If I can draw it on paper I can quilt it on fabric.  Some things I draw just don't work right for this quilt top and are not used or may show up on other quilts later.
 In this drawing below I got the idea from "In The Studio with Angela Walters", her second book.  On each side of the quilt I did a swirl scroll design that came out very nicely on the quilt.  I also chose my backfill at this point too.
In this next step I just lay the quilt top out on the frame to see which direction I want to quilt it.  Take measurements and make sure the backing is large enough.  In this case I loaded the quilt sideways because my design work would quilt out much easier that way.

 Time to start the long arm quilting.
 This is my ruler I used with this quilt.
In these next three photos you will see the Angela Walters inspired swirl scroll.
 Along with pebbling and echoed circles.

After rolling the quilt down a little farther I start doing some feathering.  I sew a curving spine with curls down the length of the quilt and then come back along adding the the feathers.

No marking is done.  Just free form; letting the plumes of the feathers curve and fall as they may.  Here and there I have the spine of the feather bump wide a bit to allow a few circles to be added.
An echo is done around the feather and then backfilled with McTavishing.
Now on to the middle of a quilt where I made this heart which I think came out pretty cool.  I love having an idea/picture in my head translated unto fabric!
I used 4 pins to "mark"  where the sides and bottom and top of the heart should approximatly be.

At this point I knew the feathers were going to flow out of the top of the heart but was unsure exactly how I would do the backfill so on I went and did the feathering, letting my mind work on figuring what else that heart needed to help it stand out. 
 In order to really show off the quilting in the photographs I had to turn all the lights off and use the flash sometimes or use no flash and an indirect light because so much of this quilt is solid white.
Then I moved on to quilting the colored part. A mixture of McTavishing and stitch in ditch work.
 Here it is from the other side of the quilt.
Then I moved on from the middle to the next side. Which is basically mirrored from the first part.

 I really had a lot of fun playing on this quilt.
and I'm almost done.
The rest of these photos are the finished quilt

The quilt is Finished!!! After three days, 27 L size bobbins a good portion of a cone of thread, lots of candy corn, chocolate and ice cream... it is done.

On to the next one...... :)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Turning your vintage quilt tops and blocks into an heirloom treasure.

Do you have "UFO"'s (Unfinished quilt tops or blocks) in your house?
Maybe made by Mom, Grandma, Great-grandma, or another family member and you don't know what to do with them?

 I can help you take these family works of art
and turn them into an heirloom to be used and treasured for years to come.

Blocks like these will need more fabric added to frame each block.  A favorite color can be chosen to add around each block and help to unify the quilt and bring it all together,

 Sashing and cornerstones are added to these Sunbonnet Sues.  Then they are pieced together and made into a quilt top.

If you do piece a quilt like this and need help in finishing it, one of my two Nolting long arm quilting machines and I will be glad to help you.  It doesn't even have to be a Quilt like this one; it can be any quilt.  Some of these photos below can give you an idea of what is possible on your heirloom quilt. 

These vintage blocks may be close to 85 years old
 and now an heirloom quilt to be enjoyed and treasured.

All complete and even a pillow with a leftover block!

This Indian girl quilt top came to me to finish.

All finished, binding too and ready to go home.

Some wonderful fishing boy blocks lovingly made for a grandson's first quilt. 
Stored away for many years as grandma was too busy to finish this project. 
Discovered many years later and brought to me to
to make a quilt for that son's son, the first great-grand child!

There were enough blocks that we actually made a twin size quilt and a crib-size quilt!

I had fun adding the details in thread that told the story of going fishing.  Sometimes you catch a fish,
sometimes you don't.  But there are adventures along the way, like rabbits and butterflies to chase, turtles to watch, trees to climb, apples to eat and snakes to watch out for. 

I spy a turtle. 
So if you have unfinished blocks or vintage tops laying around that you
don't know what to do with, let me help you turn them into a quilt that will
last for a lifetime and beyond.