Memories of Provence-Part 6

The quilting is complete. Hurrah!!! This post looks at the final borders and the center.

For the checkerboard border, I just couldn’t make myself quilt each little 3/4″ square. So I treated the border as 2 four patches on the diagonal and quilted line dancing. I also quilted line dancing in each triangle.  The last border has piano keys. Easy and I like how I can slightly adjust the edge of the quilt when trimming.

It makes an interesting diamond pattern on the back.

Other than the background quilting, I left the center quilting until the end. I like to repeat motifs and I wasn’t sure what I would quilt. So the center square is quilted with line dancing, sid, and leaf feather.  

The feather star has feathers and point to point straight line quilting.

  I repeated the leaf feather in the applique and of course, the flower center begged for pebbles. The large leaves needed veins.


Line dancing was repeated in the baskets.

The quilt draped over my Longarm.

Well, it’s done. Always a relief to get to the end but always a pleasure to see it hanging at various venues. Guess I’ll have to buy a bunch of tickets and see if I can win it back. Sure would look good on my bed!

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Birdbath Art Quilt

I have been starring at these birds and birdbath for a year. Couldn’t seem to move onto the next step. Probably because I didn’t know what that would be. But Palustris entries are due in a week so I’m making myself move on. Hope I can get it done.

Taking a picture of a quilt in progress seems to help me see what’s right and what’s not. So below is what it looks like at this moment. Before you scroll down to look at it, I need you to know the hydrangea bush behind the bird bath is not finished. I have many more flowers in front of the hydrangea to make and the bluebird which usually sits in the birdbath has left to go on a diet! Perhaps you can see where I’m heading though.

It’s hard to look at it at this moment and think it will turn out okay. But I’m having faith that after I move things around 10 times, I will be happy with it.

So here goes-


I have one more side to bind on this quilt and then will show a picture of the whole quilt. This block is not as wonky as it appears. The quilt is draped over the arm of a chair where I sew.


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First Art Quilt?

What is an art quilt? Is it simply an abstract or pictorial quilt which is not made from a pattern? I really don’t know. I certainly wouldn’t call me an artist. I don’t know the first thing about “art.” I did take a couple of classes involving paint and fabric and learned a bit about light and shadows. But that doesn’t make me an “artist.” So if you know the answer, leave me a comment.

In the meantime, I am going to call this an art quilt. It is tempting to work on this and only post if I am happy with the results, but I’ve been sharing the “not so good” right along with the “good” in my quilting development.

While eating lunch last week, the goldfinches, cardinal, and a bluebird were enjoying the birdbath. I loved the color, the jostling for position, and the way the cardinal and bluebird just stood in the water and dunked their heads and wings. I grabbed my camera, taking 30 or so pics. Now I’m using those pics to make an art quilt.

I decided to start with the birdbath which was sitting slightly off kilter. I printed a pic of the birdbath, then copied it onto a transparency. Using an old portable overhead projector, I enlarged the image on my wall. Then I taped paper up and drew the outline of the birdbath.




I had also used my photo processing program to change the photo using the “contours” artistic effect. That really showed the temperature of the colors and the placement. I used that transparency to help me draw in the areas where the light made changes in the color.


Next I picked out fabrics. Using my drawing, I traced the pieces needed on fusible web. Fused them to the back of the fabrics, cut them out and assembled them on a Teflon sheet. Here’s the result on my design wall. There will be highlights and shadows added with either paint and/or thread later.


Next post will hopefully be the birds.
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Friend’s William Morris Quilt Wins

Ellene’s Billy’s Bluebirds won third place in the Wall Hanging category at the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival!!! Ellene, Joan and I went to the quilt show and were so excited to see her quilt hanging there with that bright yellow ribbon. Her quilt is such a beautiful piece. When people realized the quilter was standing there, they started asking her, “How did you do that.” Her work is awesome.


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Pantograph Quilting

Pantographs are all over quilting patterns that are quilted by following a pattern with a laser light at the back of the Longarm machine. The quilting pattern starts on the left top edge of the quilt top and continues across to the right edge. Then the quilt is rolled up on the pick up roller to an unquilted section and the pattern is repeated. While it sounds easy, it takes time to get the hang of keeping that light on the drawn line. Smooth curves and long lines without wiggles are the hardest. But with practice and getting comfortable with the movement of your machine, you can create lovely texture on a quilt top. So, if you are a new longarm quilter here’s a few suggestions.

1. Relax your shoulders and breathe.
2. Hold the handle of the machine lightly. I stand on the left side and hold the left handle with both hands. Other quilters stand behind their machines.
3. Especially at first, keep your upper arms and elbows close to your sides. Use your entire body to follow the pattern.
4. Don’t tighten the quilt sandwich as tight as a drum.
5. Go into and out of points at a constant speed. Don’t take a long pause in a point.

This cute baby quilt was made by Jean. Popcorn pantograph.


Barbara’s bright and happy Tradewinds. Steamed Up Pantograph.



Last two pictures were taken at night. Sure makes a difference. I must remember to take pics during the day.

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Great T-Shirt Quilt

This is probably the best T-shirt quilt that I have quilted. The blocks of color are knit fabric from other parts of the t-shirts and everything is backed with a soft interfacing. Seams are pressed open so there’s no bulky intersections.

Batting is Hobbs 80/20. Pantograph is Simplicity and is absolutely perfect for this quilt.


Close up of one of the t-shirts which I really love. My previous married name was Biggs and of course, my 3 children have that name!


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Hexagons and Crabs and Mermaids and More!

What an amazing quilt. I meant to ask Cindy if she designed this quilt herself because she frequently designs the most amazing quilts. The sea is her favorite theme and this one has the unlikely combination of hexagons and all sorts of sea creatures.

I used a stencil in the hexagon blocks. The background is mostly my version of McTavishing. The outside blue border did not photograph well. I used variegated thread to stitch seashells that were from a Panto that Michelle Wyman designed. You can see the seashells on the pictures of the back.

Enjoy the many pictures.









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