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Kuddos to Marilyn Huntress whose quilt, Vintage Tiles, won first place in her category at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show. Marilyn’s applique is amazing and I always have to stretch my abilities to quilt for her. I’m pretty excited for myself too.  Don’t figure any of my own quilts will win a ribbon.

Congratulations Marilyn!

These are the only pictures I could find.

   

       

Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

Brave Quilter

I think this quilter is very, very brave. This is her first quilt and it is 110″ x 110″! And it is square!!! Wow. She does have an excellent teacher who is also a customer of mine and, I think, she is a sewer. The batiks in this are really beautiful. I have made and machine sewn the binding and she will do the hand stitching. I’d like 5 yards of the binding fabric!

The pantograph is Wildflower and the thread is King Tut 918 which has the colors in the quilt. Quilters Dream wool batting.

Here’s a small portion of Judy’s quilt. Couldn’t begin to get it all in a photo.

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Closeup of one block.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

Hexagon Quilt

Now that Room For All is done (for the moment), I can get caught up on customer quilts.

Here’s a wonderful hexagon quilt in beautiful fabrics made by Joyce. The backing goes perfectly with it. My camera has dulled the colors. It is clean and crisp with whites and pure colors. So lovely.

Light grey thread. Hearts-a-flutter pantograph.

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I’m considering adding some beads to Room For All. Of course, when I got my beads out, I didn’t have the right ones. So I need to see what the store has and make a decision.

Today I’m loading a 110×110 quilt made by a first time quilter. What courage this lady has! She is a sewer though and has a friend (also a customer) who is a good quilter. The quilt is well made. It will be several days before this one is completed.

Beau NEVER shares a bone but, on occasion will share his space.

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Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

I have finally come up for air. This quilt has consumed all of my quilting time for a long time. No customer quilts, no other quilting projects though we moved my sewing and Longarm rooms to the other end of the house. But that mess is a post for another day!

I have debated whether or not to fully express what this quilt says to me. But decided to do it, no matter the response for I have become personally aware of the closed hearts of some.

This quilt was born out of an idea when I was sitting at my kitchen table last summer watching the birds fly in to the bird bath. There were so many of them and in the middle of it all, a bluebird decided to take a bath. It didn’t matter that he was bigger and “different” from the goldfinches. There was room for him too. Even the squirrels are welcomed. I realized this was a picture of the heart I have for people. My family and friends consist of members that are different in looks or background or views but no less loved. So there is room for all in my garden and in my heart. Sometimes this is a work in progress, but, with God’s love, I will continue to grow.

Quilt is fusible, raw edge applique, edges stitched on the Longarm, dense quilting. Without Steam-a-Seam 2, I couldn’t have made this. I had a drawing from several photos but didn’t have exact placement or flowers. Since the fusible has a sticky back, I was able to stick pieces on the background and then rearrange them until I was happy. The squirrel crossing sign is a photo of the sign in my garden printed on EQ printer fabric and then stitched.

Enough talk. Here’s the quilt.

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It is done for now. But I might get my box of beads out and see what happens!

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

Finally loaded my bird quilt on the longarm. I know why I’ve procrastinated. I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. But it isn’t a quilt until it’s quilted. So I’m moving on.

I made 3 or 4 different flower shapes with their heads turn in slightly different directions. I knew when I was quilting I would get confused as to where the interior petal edges were. So I used a Frixon pen to mark the petals before I loaded the quilt top. That way I stitch on the lines and can get rid of those marked lines with my iron.

Here you can see the markings.

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This pic shows a flower whose edges are stitched down. I have changed to a darker pink thread to stitch the center. Not sure what I’m going to do with the very center as periwinkles have a hollow center, not a bumpy one like sunflowers.

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I need to finish the pink flowers today if I have shades of pink thread I think I want!

Thanks for stopping by to see my progress.
Linda

Both of these quilts were made by my customers. The sailboat one is so adorable and so well pieced by Barbara. The pantograph Ebb and Flow was perfect.

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Paula’s bird quilt is cross stitched. I followed preprinted lines around the flowers and along the borders. Those lines were straight but I chose to curve them as a part of the feather quilting. Paula didn’t want quilting in the cross stitch.

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Hope you enjoyed my customers beautiful work.
Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

UFO Finished

Boy does that feel good. I made this top 9 years ago. It’s been waiting for me to quilt it all this time. It’s interesting to see how my piecing skill has increased since then. I certainly press better now too.

This quilt top was rather dull and uninteresting. So this is what I did to jazz it up.

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The cardinals were an experiment. A successful one!! Thread was Superior metallic.

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The rest of it just happened. Thread Sew Fine.

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If I had known I would do this much quilting, I would have only used cream fabrics on the back. But the red needed to leave my stash.

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Winter Cardinals was a pleasant surprise. Now I’m itchy to get started on another UFO in my “To Be Quilted” closet.

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

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