Surprise Quilt

Surprise Quilt

This quilt came into my studio and was made by two gals that had full run of a ladies sewing room once a week for six-seven months. They had made/completed several projects of their own and made this little surprise for her. It was said that she always signs her cards with X’s and O’s, so the quilting design was only fitting for this little gem.

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Saturday Luncheon with Quilter Family

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with my quilting family who have adopted me as not only their Long Arm Quilter but as a family member. Each person is a quilter ranging from Master, Expert, Experienced, Novice, Beginner and every aspect I didn’t mention. It is such a joy for me to see the love of sewing and quilting being passed on through these 3 generations as it was in my own family; from my Grandmothers, Mom and on to me.

Adopted Sewing Family

Hobby Craft Quilt 1

Hobby Craft Quilt 1

This quilt was put together with a very thick layer of batting and knotted in the center of each block.  The recipient wished to have more stitching placed throughout the quilt to give it additional stabilization.  I did not want to take all the layers apart, instead I pinned a strip of fabric on the top and bottom before putting it on my frame.  It took some maneuvering to feed the thickness under the hopping foot; I believe the end result turned out fairly well.

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Oriental Print Block by Susan H

Oriental Print Block by Susan H

This king size quilt has an elegance of its own before the quilting began.  Each print block was quilted with scroll work and the plain blocks were filled with a feather wreath design.  The borders were combined with one design.

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Pineapple Applique from Nancy R

Pineapple Applique from Nancy R

Crosshatching was used on each pineapple with a background design placed around them in the block.  Two separate borders wrap around this wonderful display of fruit.

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I’m Gone by Kaylee

I’m Gone by Kaylee

An adorable panel was used in this traffic quilt top.  The pattern Lost by Anne Bright was quilted edge to edge using Superior’s Fantastico thread on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.

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Shades of Red by Janet R

Shades of Red by Janet R

This red, white & tan floral  was quilted edge to edge with a pattern called Gingko1 by Vickie Malaski.  Omni Colonial Gray thread on top and matching color Bottom Line thread in the bobbin.

Ready for the quilting frame...

Ready for the quilting frame…

Let the Quilting begin...

Let the Quilting begin…

Quilting complete...ready for binding

Quilting complete…ready for binding