February 20, 2012

Sharon's "No Reason At All"

This quilt was made by my online group for Sharon, the only one of our group who had not received a collaborative quilt from us.  Except for the center, the blocks were to be made 12" finished and have mauve/periwinkle/black or some combination of those colors.  We do tend to stray LOL!  This is the second quilt done with my Pro-Stitcher, so I took this chance to practice.  I knew Sharon would appreciate it since she has her own HQ16!

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Beverly assembled the quilt.  Look at these perfectly mitered corners!  And I used the channel locks function of the Pro-Stitcher to make theses lines.  I think they were groups of three, 1/4" apart, then skip an inch for the next three.

I used my templates and ruler base for the flying geese, and all the white sashing has ribbon candy in it.

Freehand curls, ribbon candy and stippling in this block made by Pat H.

This was my block for Sharon with freehand swirls, and a couple birds quilted in the sky.

Elaine made this cat block.  I taught myself to use a motif and rotate it multiple times (with the help of some extremely explicit DVD's made by Handi-Quilter on using the Pro-Stitcher).

Here's the top row on the frame.

Maggie made this adorable hand embroidered basket block.  I rotated a corner design.  NOW I would be able to do a better job lining it up.  (Is there a chance she didn't notice that?  Maybe I shouldn't be so quick to point it out? LOL)

Pat S. made these four cats (Are you seeing a pattern here?  Yes, Sharon is a cat lover.)  I put ribbon meandering in the hearts and stippled the cats.

Anna made the center--that's a LOT of work!  I quilted the background and the cats in alternating horizontal and vertical lines, again using the channel lock function.

Bea made this block.  I used a block quilting pattern for this one.

Beverly not only assembled the quilt, she also made this block.

The second row on the frame.

The third row on the frame.

Helen made this star.  I quilted it with clamshells (which Sharon loves), and the DVD's helped me figure out how to offset the rows.

Janet hand appliqued this block.  I quilted curls in the background and tiny pebbles close to the outer edge to help the triangles stand out.

Carol paper pieced this beautiful block for Sharon.  Freehand vines, a flower in the center, and stitching in the ditch make up the quilting for this block.

The final row on the frame.

I took a microquilting class from Handi-Quilter educator Debby Brown right before I finished this quilt, so I made use of that in the center of the cat panel.

And now a few photos of the back.

February 14, 2012

Colleen's wedding quilt

Colleen made this beautiful quilt for her son's wedding.  It's her own design.  The fabric choices with the gold metallic accents help make this an elegant quilt and perfect to celebrate a marriage. 
And, it was the very first thing quilted with my Pro-Stitcher!  Yes, I got the Pro-Stitcher for my HQ Fusion!  All I have to say is-----Why did I wait so long??????? 

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This is my very first digitized design.  I thought the panel in the center of Colleen's quilt needed something in the air and I thought this stylized butterfly would be perfect.

Then I added more detail and found it not as pleasing.  I need more practice with the Art and Stitch software program that came with my Pro-Stitcher.

I purchased all four of the Pro-Stitcher DVD's from Handi Quilter and it was money well spent!  I tried to squeeze a few of the things I learned from them into this first quilt.  For the overlapping circles, I used the Pro-Stitcher to measure the space I needed to fit them in, figured out the size each needed to be, and then set up the machine to stitch perfect circles.  I used the same procedure to fit the spinning ribbons (can't think of the real name of the pattern) in another border and used the mirroring function to switch the direction for the other side of the quilt.

I used the channel lock function and the electronic measuring tools to stitch parallel lines in the wider black borders every 1/2 inch.  I fit the clam shell vairation into the space provided, offset the rows and cropped the pattern to fit.  And I learned all this from watching the DVD's!

I filled the white panels with a freehand stipple, the large floral panels with ruler work making diamonds, and freehand ribbon candy in the small black borders.  I knew the black patterned fabric would hide the imperfections of my fancier butterfly and used those panels to practice centering a motif.

I quilted the simpler butterfly in a circle, then resized it and quilted another.  I used a freehand stipple to showcase the butterflies.

I used circle templates to quilt the bottom portion of the center panel.

And now a few photos of the back

February 13, 2012

Jackie's grandmother's fan

Jackie's grandmother's fan was quilted with the pantograph Alfresco, and the quilting shows up well against the solid/small print fabrics using a higher loft batting.
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Ann's batik lap quilt

This is the lap version of Ann's wall quilt.  Much more open quilting.  The flowers in the circles have no pebbling and the vertical and horizontal background lines are 1" apart instead of 1/2".  Now she can cuddle up with this one while she gazes at its mate on the wall.

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February 3, 2012

Jennie's Scrap Jewel Box

Isn't this gorgeous!  I LOVE scrap quilts!  And it's always entertaining to quilt them, because I think to myself "Hey, I have that fabric . . . and that one . . . and that one!"  I love the flange and how it separates the central part of the quilt from the inner border.  This quilt definitely deserved the custom quilting it received.

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Jennie's 30's sampler

The 30's fabrics are perfect for this twelve block sampler quilt Jennie made.  It's quilted with the pantograph Alfresco.
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