longarm quilting

On a roll…jelly that is!

September 4, 2017

Don’t you just love a quick, easy, and fun project?  I recently had some of my favorite peeps over for a jelly roll race.  My niece had given my sister (her mom) a jelly roll for her birthday.  This sparked an idea for a jelly roll race.  So we had a mini quilt retreat at my house.  We quickly got to work and sewed our little hearts out.  I decided to go ahead and insert 2.5 inch squares in between my strips, so naturally I had to sew end to end.  But I really do like the the diagonal lines when sewn corner to corner on the 45.  We followed the directions on the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s YouTube video.  So after gallons of coffee and yummy treats, we had some gorgeous quilt tops.  We even had a new quilter in the group and she was able to complete her top beautifully!

My quilt top was completed using 1 Patio Splash jelly roll from Benartex and 2.5 inch squares of an orange batik from my stash.  I attempted to put a square after each strip.   I quilted it on my Gammill using 80/20 Hobbs batting and a neon variegated Omni thread.  The pantograph was a brand new one for me and I really love it.  The bright cheery tropical colors just make me smile when I look at this quilt.  I think there may be more jelly roll races in my future.

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Victoria’s quilts

August 1, 2017

My niece, Victoria, has pieced a few tops for me to quilt.  We have a symbiotic relationship; she loves to piece and I love to longarm.   She is a highly efficient and motivated quilter.  She keeps me in tops.  She helps me to keep practicing my skills.

Here’s a couple of lap sized quilts that she pieced and I quilted.  I think they turned out great.  The pantograph for the disappearing 4 patch is called Pom Pom.  The border I custom quilted.  The half square triangle below is completely custom quilted.

 

Here is her other quilt, a scrappy half square triangle.  With all the solid fabric and light colors I was inspired to try some custom work.

 

Ok, so now I have a stack of half square triangles ready to piece and I have serious piecing envy over the bright cheerful disappearing 4 patch.   So many squares, so little time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Diana

Service Quilts

25 July 2017

Service quilts, also known as charity quilts, are something I always like to find time to complete.

My niece came over on Saturday and we spent the afternoon cutting red, white, and blue patriotic fabrics from our stashes to prep to make quilts for Quilts of Valor.  Our favorite local quilt shop has become an Official Quilts of Valor Quilt Shop.   So, she and I both joined the local group.  Cutting together, really made the time go by quickly and helped clean out the stash.  I now have stacks of fabric ready to go.

I recently finished a quilting  service quilt for a member of the the Loyal Hannah quilt guild in PA.   I just love this sweet scrappy lap sized quilt.  I use these quilts as opportunity to practice a skill I want to work on.  I wanted to work on ruler skills and and some free motion as well, even though it is a busy quilt.

Well, I hope the recipient of the quilt uses it and loves it.  What is your favorite charity group to quilt or sew for?  I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Diana

 

Mondrian…finished

23 July 2017

Ok…I think I truly am going to need to work on my blogging updates.  There just always seems to be time to sew or quilt, but not quite enough to write about it.  Note to self… get crackin’!

So my Ode to Mondrian is finished and I did want to post a picture of it completely finished.

Mondrian finished WM

You’ll notice that I did not bind it traditionally, but used a facing instead.  I love the clean finish on the this quilt and I really think it works.  I followed the directions from art quilter, Terry Aske’s blog on her favorite quilt facing technique.  As a garment sewer, it just makes sense to me.  So…check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Diana

Ode to Mondrian

It is an absolutely beautiful spring day here in SE Michigan.  I spent a good part of the day pruning raspberries and moving some blueberry bushes.  Feels like Spring!

I also managed to get in the quilt room today to work on a wall hanging that I have loaded on the longarm.  I was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s work and wanted to make a quilt using the same principles.  Plus, it gives me a lot of negative space to practice my free motion quilting.  My sister says that it reminds her of the mod dresses from the 60s.  I just find it perky!

Happy Spring Quilting!

Diana