Second UFO Finish

I am pleased another UFO on my list is finished. Here’s a link to My UFO List. This is a wholecloth quilt, @40×40, for my newest grandchild, Juliet. Much of the quilting was an experiment, either in design or thread choice. Some ideas worked and others…well not so much.  But I know her parents and someday, Juliet, will treasure it.

Juliet’s name is quilted with feathers intertwining the letters.

The quilt would have been reversible if it didn’t have letters.

Here’s a picture of my sweetie, Juliet, along with my son, Brian, and wife, Rhonda dressed and ready to go see Star Wars.


This quilt was on my UFO List for the image More information on the Finish A Long is available at A Quilters Table.

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Classical Beauty

Once again my customer and friend, Mary, has pieced a beauty. You would have to see this quilt in person to appreciate the precision of her piecing. The border print has a small circular motif at the edge and the seam is exactly the same distance from that motif all around the quilt. The miters on the borders match exactly. I can’t begin to even figure out how to piece this accurately.

Here’s the entire quilt.



The embroidered blocks had a bit of rippling from the embroidery. So I put a piece of Quilters Dream wool the exact size behind the embroidery and stitched a very fine McTavishing. Ripples gone.

Center block has continuous curve, curved crosshatching and feathers.



The blue border has a simple zig zag.
Here’s more of the embroidered blocks. Flying geese have line dancing and feathers. Blue and white border print around center block has scallops.



I quilted a freehand feather meander in the quarter square triangle blocks. Really doesn’t show in pictures. I really love the chevron border top and bottom. Straight lines in the centers and curved crosshatching in the triangles.


The last border was a challenge for me. It’s very wide. I divided it by stitching a straight line in a little white line in the print all the way around, on both sides. Whew. That was tough!! Then after trying 4 different freehand designs and ripping them out, I stitched 1/2″ double piano keys. Everything else I tried ended up showing up and then disappearing in the print. The result was muddy and confusing. So I decided straight lines worked best. The two sections on both sides got zig zags.


I’m pleased with the results. Repeated designs tie the quilt together and all are appropriate for a classic.

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Lost City – Cuzco Quilt

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.




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.


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


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.”





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

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Classic Bluework Embroidery Quilt

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.




A few of the blocks.





The border


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


Snowy Quilt, McTavishing, and Innova

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.




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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Bargello Quilt Finished

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.










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Customer’s Turquoise Quilt

Some lucky grandchild of Marian’s is getting this lovely quilt. I kept thinking about the beautiful turquoise waters of the FL Panhandle (at least when I lived in Mobile many years ago).

Pantograph is Star Swirl. Although you can’t tell in the photos, I used a turquoise and green King Tut variegated thread by Superior Threads.





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