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This pattern by Kate Spain uses her line of fabric called Cuzco. It is easy to imagine her inspiration being the Lost City of Cusco. When I research this Inca city, I found the pictures showed walls that went across the mountain, almost horizontally. So I thought the quilting should reflect the Inca influence.

Quilt top was pieced by my friend and customer, Lynette.

Thought I would try taking some photos outside since the light in the house seems dim. But then, the trees were creating shadows.

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I used Rainbows variegated thread, with colors that are in the quilt, to quilt double lines following the piecing lines. Also used the Rainbows to stitch an Inca cross called Chakana in this area. In between those lines I quilted double lines and the white area with white Sew Fine thread.

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Since I pebbled the center circle, I repeated these circles in several other different areas.

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The large white area kept telling me to quilt something with vertical emphasis. So I divided the space into three areas and filled them with swirls and a design I thought was very “Incan.” You can see instructions for this design at Feathered Fibers. She calls it “Sprocket.”

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This quilt was quite a challenge for me since it is my first modern quilt that seem to ask for extremely dense quilting. Frankly, I told a well known modern quilter that I was “freaking out” about it. Not far from the truth. But in the end, I practiced several ideas on my computer, went with my instincts, and watched the design develop as I drew in the lines. Didn’t turn out too bad! JIMO

Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

This lovely bluework quilt top was made by Carolyn. She told me to do what I wanted and I was in a feather mood. So I stitched around most of the embroidery, leaving some of it not stitched to give it dimension. Then I stitch a frame and filled it with my version of McTavishing. I added some leaves and flowers here and there. The area outside of the frame was feathered. The border has swags with feathers and 1/8″ straight lines.

All quilting done with Sew Fine in an off white. That helped me to see where I had stitched.

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A few of the blocks.

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The border

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Thanks Carolyn for giving me the opportunity to be in feather heaven.

Linda

I continue to work on my Snowy quilt inbetween working on customers’. Sometimes I just have to set my own aside and spend a week or two on customer quilts so I don’t get too far behind.

Below is a picture of my version of McTavishing around the letters, which are only 1 1/2inches at most. I always stitch around letters right in the ditch first. Then do the background fill.

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I haven’t mentioned my longarm for a long time. Back in August I purchased an Innova with lightning stitch. This quilt is the first custom where I am stitching in complicated areas such as the letters and doing designs such as McTavishing. I couldn’t be happier. The control is great and the stitch regulator always gives me the right size stitches, beautifully formed. It’s definitely a machine that performs well.

Thanks Innova and The Virginia Longarm Network.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

Three more lovely customer quilts.
First up is Martha’s with Camellias pantograph.

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Next is Betty’s quilt in tan’s, brown’s, grey and gold’s. Really gorgeous colors. I used a golden yellow thread and Feather Fancy pantograph. The photo doesn’t show the beautiful depth of color because it’s such a dreary day.

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Last and largest quilt at king size is Judy’s. She used beautiful fall colored fabrics with a brown border. Pantograph is pretty paisley. A pantograph that is turning out to be popular.

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Thanks quilters for letting me quilt your quilts.

Linda

Snowy Quilt

This is what I’m working on. I used the embroidery, one block design, and part of the design of the body of the quilt from the quilt pattern, Over The River and Through The Woods by Crabapple Hill. I made my stars with many small pieces and each star is different. I also moved the words to the outside border and changed the words. The flying geese are smaller to fit in better with the word border.

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Tomorrow I’ll start quilting it. Some ideas have occurred to me but we’ll see what happens when I’m stitching.

Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

I’ve been working on Marlene’s lovely quilt in between caring for my husband who is sick with the flu. Luckily my husband is improving and I was able to finish quilting. The colors and design of this one are stunning. Marlene requested leaves and curls. So I used Rainbows Safari variegated thread in the brown/gold areas and quilted a leaf and curl free form design. The blue area is quilted with a curl and feather design in an Omni blue thread. The border also has Rainbows thread with a leaf and curl vine.

Enjoy.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

Marlene’s wonderful quilt is currently on my machine. I’ve been stitching leaves and curls in a beautiful variegated Rainbows thread.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

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