Summer Quilting

I am having a hard time believing that Summer 2017 seems to be coming to an end very quickly!!

I am busy getting ready for teaching at the Fall Paducah Show, which is only a couple of weeks away (OMG!!!!), but I thought I would at least do a short post and show you some of the lovely quilts that I had the opportunity to quilt this Summer.

This quilt was done by Pat Hersl.  I love this quilt.  My applique ruler really helps get your stitching close for quilting around applique!

This next quilt was made by Janet.  She did a beautiful job with this and the colors are just amazing and so summery!!!

This quilt was made by Ellen and was the Mystery Quilt from Peggy’s Sewing Center.  It now resides on my Mom’s bed and she loves it!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mini that I quilted is taken from Helen Godden’s Quilt-A-Doodle-Do book!!  Isn’t it adorable!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a cute little project.  I deconstructed silk flowers, and rearranged them on a fabric sandwich, then placed organza overtop and quilted away!!  It was a lot of fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This anchor quilt was designed by Pat’s husband and appliqued and pieced by Pat.  Then I had the pleasure of quilting it!  Great job, Pat & Ron!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This anchor quilt was made by Ellen for a family member.  The pattern was from Tula Pink and is a free pattern on her website.  It is absolutely stunning!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy’s flannel and wool quilt was a pleasure to quilt.  This is called My Crazy Life from Lisa Bongean.  Congrats to Cathy as she won “Reserved Grand Champion” and a “First Place” at the Queen Anne County Fair for this quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d also like to congratulate some recent winners…..Rhonda (Best of Show at Diamond State Quilt Show), Ellen (Second Place at Maryland State Fair), Mary (First Place at Maryland State Fair), Rhonda (Best of Show at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show), Ellen (two First Places at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show).  CONGRATS TO ALL!!!!  WELL DESERVED, LADIES!!

If you are coming to Paducah, make sure to stop me and say hello!!!  I am teaching six classes and presenting one lecture.  Three of my classes are sold out, with the other three having only a few spots left, so come and join me!!  For more info, click here.

I will also be at the AQS Des Moines Show the beginning of October, but I will be working in the Superior Threads booth, so make sure you stop in and see all the glorious thread that they have and say hello!!!

I’d also like to ask that you all keep the people in Texas who have suffered greatly from the recent hurricane, in your thoughts and prayers!!

Happy Quilting!!!

With Milk and Sugar?

I recently had the honor of quilting a gorgeous hand appliqued quilt titled, With Milk and Sugar?,  for my customer and friend, Rhonda.

The hand applique on this piece is just phenomenal and this was such a fun and whimsical quilt to quilt.  This was a Block of the Month from Material Obsession by Wendy Williams.

Here are some of the pictures I took as I was quilting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This quilt was entered into the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Quilt Show recently and both of us were so excited that it had won “Best of Show” and a First Place Ribbon.  Congrats to Rhonda!!!

Here is Rhonda in front of her award winning quilt!!

 

At this same show, another customer/friend, Ellen, won ribbons on two of her quilts:

New York, New York won a First Place Ribbon & a specialty ribbon of “Best Use of Color”, and her Gypsy Quilt won a First Place Ribbon.  Congrats to Ellen!!!

Here is Ellen with both of her award winning quilts!!

 

On a side note…..aren’t those ribbons beautiful!!!  This was such a nice show!!!  Well done, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild!!

Happy Quilting!!!

Machine Quilting Unlimited

This past Novemer, the Handi Quilter Educators were given a challenge to quilt ice-dyed whole cloths that were made by Debra Linker (here is her facebook page).  She does exquisite work and I was honored to be part of this challenge.

If we turned in our completed projects by a certain date, we were able to get our quilts into Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine.  I decided to give it a try and what fun I had in this process of quilting this piece.

So I started my process, and will share some of my progress shots:

Before it was quilted!

 

 

 

 

The back of the finished quilt:

 

Fully Finished:

The binding on this is a “faced binding”.  This was new to me, but I am totally loving it!!

Make sure to pick up your copy of this magazine, as there are several others featured in this article, and they are all extremely unique and beautiful!!!

 

Happy Quilting!!!

It’s Been Awhile…..

It’s been awhile since I last posted here.  My intentions are always so good that I will take the time to write a quick post and get it out to all of you.  But if you are like me, my days are over with before I can get everything done that I had intended to do.

First, let me tell you that my trip to Germany was absolutely amazing!!   It was a little intimidating travelling by myself, but with the help of my interpreter, it was very successful!  How fun to teach at a quilt show in Germany, but what I discovered is that we are all quilters and loving what we are doing and love learning new things!!

Here are some pics from my classes that I taught!!

Here are some pictures of Karlsruhe, Germany

Here’s the crew of people that went out to dinner each night!!  What a great group!!  A special thank you to Birgit and Patricia (1st picture below) for all the help and encouragement they gave me on this trip!!

 

Since Germany, I have been to Utah to teach at Handi Quilter Academy!!  What a blast that was for both the teachers and the students.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend Academy, it is a wonderful experience of learning and friendship!!

 

Here are some of the educators having fun with the photo booth!!

 

All of the Educators for 2017 Handi Quilter Academy!!  I am so fortunate to call them friends!!!

Besides all of this, I have recently been blessed with a new grandson!!

My next venture is to teach at Mid Appalachian Quilters Conference at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmittsburg, MD.  This is three all day classes, and should be a lot of fun!!

I am also excited that I am teaching classes at AQS Fall Paducah this September!!  To see more about the show, or the instructors.  One of my classes has already sold out, so please don’t wait too long to sign up.  Here is a list of my classes.

Have a great and happy Fourth of July weekend!!!

Happy Quilting!!