Christa’s Quilt

I have been so excited lately!  So many new quilters have come by the shop to have their quilts finished.  Christa’s quilt is no exception.

Christa's Quilt
Christa’s Quilt

Great choice of fabrics

Christa’s Quilt, while a simple design, utilizes some very beautiful fabrics.  I am sure your grandmother, Margret Lewis, had a hand in helping pick them out.

The pattern may seem familiar, and there is a good reason for that.  Christa and Avery are friends.  They were lucky enough to begin this journey in the same class.  

Loading on the long arm and choosing a pattern

After loading this quilt on the long arm, it was plain to see just how much fun the fabrics are!

Christa's Quilt

Choosing a pattern

Sometimes you do not get to choose a quilting pattern, the quilt does it for you!  This time was one of those.  Take a good look at the images. You will see a cute, daisy pattern dancing along the borders.

Christa's Quilt

This pattern is what made the choice easy!  The quilting pattern, done in a pale pink is … you guessed it! Daisies!

Whether the quilting was on the lighter fabrics or the deep, bold ones, the pattern just fits.

Christa's Quilt

A special surprise

Young people never fail to surprise and please me.  Shortly after Christa received her quilt, she presented an envelope to me.  

Christa's Quilt

The front of the card reminded me of long arm quilting but it is the inside that touched my heart.

Christa's Quilt

I was speechless (which as many of you know is a true rarity).  Her heartfelt words touched my heart and made my entire week!  I can’t wait to see what this young lady comes up with next.

Thank you, Christa!

Mystery Quilt 2018

It’s a mystery – a Mystery Quilt!  As a person who likes to plan out every aspect of my life, giving over control to someone else can be difficult.  I can safely say that there was nothing overly difficult with this mystery quilt. I am so glad I made this quilt.

A beginning

I thought long and hard about the element I could control – the fabrics.  The initial instructions called for (3) fabrics.  I considered patriotic, monochrome and floral but then finally ended up choosing a Christmas theme.  In addition, all three fabrics had elements of gold to unify them.

Mystery Quilt 2018
Christmas Fabrics

The adventure begins

Because I never follow a quilt pattern unless I have designed it, the thought of beginning a new quilt at the instruction of others made me apprehensive.  My concerns were calmed as I began putting my sections together.  

Mystery Quilt 2018

It was easier to keep track of each set by using labels and zip loc bags.

Putting it all together

I won’t say that there weren’t a few bumps along the way, but in the end, I really enjoyed the process of constructing this Mystery Quilt top.

Mystery Quilt 2018

As I started placing blocks on the design wall, I was rewarded with another surprise – the circular secondary pattern that was coming to life.  It began time to consider how I was going to quilt this beauty.

Time to quilt

I pieced the entire top, then took pictures.  I find this is an important first step when beginning to consider what type of custom quilting to employ.  My first consideration was thread color.  I thought of white, or beige or even red or green, but none of them seem to unify the quilt like I wanted it to.  Then I realized that the perfect color was GOLD!  As gold was laced throughout all three fabrics, this would be one way to tie them together.

Next, it was time to consider the actual quilting patterns.  I chose two different snowflake block patterns for the two blocks in the quilt; however the top ended up having an additional row around the blocks that completed the secondary pattern, so I wanted to address that separately.  I chose to use a meandering snowflake border to go all around the quilt.  This pattern was actually mirrored in the white background fabric.

Mystery Quilt 2018

I did have to fill in with some hand-guided long arm quilting to finish up the inside sections.  

The borders were a different story.  As I said, the inner border was filled with dancing snowflakes, but the outer border was something special.  I thought a great deal about what to do here and I really wanted to include something like piano keys.  The problem with that is that it was not quite Christmas.  Then I had a revelation!  I created a Tree/Key combination for the border that was perfect.

Mystery Quilt 2018

No longer a mystery!

Mystery Quilt 2018
Johnson County Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt 2018

I will never say that I did not follow a pattern again!  I am so glad that I took the plunge and went outside my comfort zone.  Thank you Donna Bardwell for all your hard work designing this quilt.  I can’t wait for next year’s mystery adventure.

Paper Pieced Scrappy 2018

Paper Pieced Scrappy 2018

Paper Pieced Scrappy 2018 started out as a need to do something fun.  I really just wanted to create a quilt that included paper piecing, scrappy and movement.  

How to start?

I started by perusing the different, simple paper pieced blocks in my Electric Quilt 8 Program.  After checking out a variety of those offered, I settled on Crazy 28.  Four blocks together creates a wonderful star effect.

Paper Pieced Scrappy 2018
Crazy 28 Block from Electric Quilt 8

I had lots of fun choosing fabrics.  Those in the image above “represent” the colors and textures that I used for my own project.  

Borders?

The border treatment for this quilt changed over time.  I originally wanted to do a geometric diamond border, but the more I looked at it, the more it seemed to compete with the motion of the blocks.  Instead, I decided on the following:

Paper Pieced Scrappy 2018

This border kept things spinning, but also seems to contain the movement in the center.

Quilting?

The quilting patterns I chose were rounded but full of motion.  What the heck!  The curves relate well to the sharp points but don’t hinder the twirling of the star pattern that has emerged.

The finished quilt

This quilt measures about 60″x60″ and works great on the wall or as a lap quilt. Front or back, I love this quilt no matter what view.

Other paper pieced projects:

You can find other paper pieced quilts I have created here:

Blue Beauty
Strip Tease Quilt

Vintage Inspired

I am going to make it a point to sprinkle in some smaller posts that feature individual projects.  A full course meal is always enjoyable, but sometimes you just only want a snack!  How about something vintage inspired?

Peonies and Polka Dots

My first snack is indeed yummy – Peonies and Polka Dots is the name of the gorgeous vintage inspired quilt.  From the moment I saw it, I had the feeling that I was looking into the past. This quilt reminded me of my Great-Grandmother’s flower gardens in Illinois.

Credit for this quilt goes to Margret Lewis from the Johnson County Quilt Guild.

In 2015, I created a flower quilt – Hippie Rainbow Flowers that was beautiful but does not have the elegance of this quilt.

Peonies and Polka Dots

The quilt is quite large, being over 90″ long, but of course fit on the long arm just fine.  

Peonies and Polka Dots

I really love how the different patterns work so well together. Big peony flowers, small polka dots and a small scale floral all work in harmony.

Peonies and Polka Dots

Of course, the quilting pattern is floral – a cute daisy edge to edge doesn’t over power the beauty of the quilt itself.

Peonies and Polka Dots

From the back, the floral quilting shows up well among a small polka dot print.  So cute from this view too!

What do you think of a smaller scale post?

Plano Quilt Show 2018

Over the weekend, I found myself once at the Plano Quilt Show.  This is one of the shows I tend to visit each season due to the quality of quilts and vendors.  I love shopping at quilt shows!

Click here to view my post from Plano 2017

I may be wrong but there seemed to be more vendors than last year, this made me very happy.

Mini Auction

Mini Quilt Auction Entries

As you walk down one of the hallways, you can check out the Mini Quilt Auction.  I really need to try a mini quilt.

Vendors

I love to shop – this made me happy!

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As usual, I take pictures of the quilts that strike me.  Sometimes they relate to a different topic, technique or other unifying element.  Here are a couple of my favorite Christmas Quilts.

There were many familiar vendors to shop with including, Stitched with Love, The Gray Rooster’s Wood shop – Frederick Ray Herman, Plano Sewing Center, Thomas Sewing Center and more!

Gorgeous Quilts

As always, this quilt show provided no shortage of beautiful quilts.  I tend to like select groups of quilts due to their originality or some other unifying element.  Here are the ones that stood out for me.

Christmas Quilts

There were others, but these two stood out for me.

Colorful Critters

These fun critters all seemed to fit together, the Llamas really made me smile!

String Quilts

String quilts are simple creatures that can provide a great deal of joy.

Other Quilts that Inspired Me

Many of these have paper pieced and/or applique elements. Their sharp points and crisp lines are a joy to enjoy.

Wholecloth

This quilt was absolutely gorgeous and while it is difficult to tell, this is actually a two-tone quilt.  The unfortunate part is that the shadows that played on it really didn’t do it much justice.  I wish I could have enjoyed it for it’s full beauty instead of only looking at the top half.

Did you attend the Plano Quilt Show 2018?  What quilts were your favorite?

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