Pieceful Quilting turned 5 in March! I'm so far behind in my posting that I'm not sure if the kit is still available for this quilt they made to celebrate, but I know some of the fabrics from the Mariposa line still are! I quilted this with the Jodi Beamish pantograph Butterfly Charm.
You know, once in a while someone will ask me which quilt I've made is my favorite. Most often, the answer is the one I just finished or the one I'm working on now. Our fabric tastes change with time, and the most recent quilt probably reflects my current loves the best. My skills increase, and the most recent quilt is probably my best technical work. Maybe I'm making a quilt for an upcoming wedding or birth, so the reason I'm making it is closest to my heart.
The same is true now that I'm a longarm quilter. Most often the quilt I'm quilting at the moment is my favorite. My technical skills increase with time and practice. I become better at helping the piecer make the best choice for thread colors and quilting designs, often having to consider time and financial limitations. Maybe I purchased a new pantograph or a new ruler that fascinates me.
I quilted this quilt over six months ago, and yet it was hard to narrow down the number of pictures I wanted to share because I love it so. In the near future, you will see pictures of the companion quilt. I knew when I started this that there would be two similar quilts. Both with the same fabrics and the same design. One of them, Ann wanted quilted tightly, to be hung on the wall. The other she wanted softer, to be used as a lap quilt.
The left side of this sketch shows the vertical and hortizontal lines 1/2" apart, and pebbling between the outer edge of the petals and the ring surrounding them. The right side shows the lines 1" apart and pebbling only in the centers of the flowers.
I joined a round robin focus group with five other women in my guild at the beginning of 2010. It's a little frightening to work on someone else's quilt--especially when you don't know them well enough to know their color/fabric/design preferences. I am SO pleased with the quilt I received back and I think the other women were equally pleased. These were the rules of the challenge:
#1. Center block is to be 14 inches finished (remember that it will be put on point so consider this when choosing your center block design).
#2. Place center block on point and add a border 1 to 2 inches.
#3. This round is to be 3 to 4 inches wide and include squares or triangles.
#4. This round is to be 4 to 5 inches wide and be appliquéd. The appliqué may extend into the previous rounds if you so choose.
#5. This round is to be 3 to 4 inches wide and include squares or triangles.
#6. Your choice; let the quilt speak to you. The quilt should be a cohesive whole.
Kathleen's quilt top
Mary's quilt top
Barbara's quilt top
Caroline's quilt top
Claudia's quilt top
My quilt top
And the only one that I have seen finished is Caroline's (quilted by Janet Heins) and here it is with a ribbon on it from our quilt show!
Not batiks, but still loving the scraps! A nice mix of fabrics + a great use of value = a scrap quilt that makes you just want to crawl up underneath it! This one was quilted with the Willow Leaf Studio pantograph Joust.
The next top I quilted for Agnes is this Marakesh Bazaar. She made the sampler blocks at our local quilt shop, Pieceful Quilting. The setting was her own design. I think she did a great job setting so many different blocks, containing so many different fabrics. It's quilted with the Jodi Beamish pantograph, Waterworld.
This wallhanging is the first top I quilted for Agnes. I love scrap quilts and I love batiks, so it just doesn't get any better than this. Agnes suggested the freehand water quilting design and it goes perfectly with this quilt.
Diane made this quilt for her grandson, who loves wheels. The primary borders surround fabrics with wheels--cars, trains, tractors, bulldozers, race cars, tractor trailers, etc. It's quilted with freehand loops in a primary variegated thread.