Vintage Pansy Collage Quilting

Uncategorized | November 3, 2014 | By

This is one of my favorite tops to quilt, the collage top.  A mix of crochet, linens and applique made this piece unique.

I let the design of the top decide the quilting.  I couldn’t go into the crochet as much as I would like, but I did manage to get some of the inside quilted enough to keep it secure.

I am extremely pleased with the outcome and so was the customer.  Success!!

Beautiful Applique!

Uncategorized | September 23, 2014 | By

I recently finished this beautiful applique for a customer.  It only took her 6 months to complete, which astounds me.  I’d be 10 years on something like this!!  I love the texture that was created by the quilting.

This was a photo I shot one early morning when I came to my studio.  It felt somewhat spooky and calm at the same time.

I always think backs are beautiful too!

Headed to AQS Chattanooga!

Uncategorized | July 29, 2014 | By

I received an email last week that this quilt was accepted into a BAQS Exhibit that will be held at AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga.  If you’re wondering what that stands for, it is the Bad Ass Quilters Society, which I’m tickled to be a part of!

This quilt began as a top that I purchased last fall on ebay for $25.  It is vintage 1930’s and was just beautiful to begin with.  The flowers were appliqued to white muslin, very simple.  I did a lot of echoing of the flowers and added a whole bunch of fill.  You might also see the secondary tile design.

It hangs fulltime in my studio and my granddaughter “pets” it each time she walks by.  That makes it all the more special!  It will be hanging in Chattanooga, September 10-13.

Crazy, Wonky, Red Vintage Quilt

Uncategorized | July 20, 2014 | By

I finished a quilt last week that I absolutely LOVE!  I bought these pieces off Ebay last fall for $9.99, to be exact.  No one else bid on them!

I loved the old fabrics, but mostly the one in the upper right hand corner that says “Gay Blade”.  The origin of this phrase is a dashing swordsman, which can be seen by the design.  One of the strips was paper pieced, so I began my research here to determine the age of the fabrics and the date it might have been made.  I was frustrated when I could find NO dates, NO headlines, nothing that told me the year of this paper!  I finally found something about a coach at a local college.  So I plugged it into google and bingo, he coached in 1962.  That was easy!

You can see in the bottom right there is a wedding or engagement photo of a woman named Claire Hunter.  Let me begin this synchronistic story by telling you this came from Tulsa on a Thursday in October of last year.  On that Saturday, we were driving TO Tulsa for a wedding……..the wedding of Claire and Hunter!!!  Gave me goosebumps!  I wrote the woman who had bought these pieces at an estate sale and told her the irony.  She then told me we would be passing on the highway, as she was driving to Lawrence (my town) to visit her daughter in college!  WOWZA!  Pretty full circle right there.  I knew these pieces were meant for me!

Last week I finally stitched all the pieces together, using a lot of red sashing.  Turned out to be a massive king sized monster.  It will fit my bed perfectly and I’ll have a great story to tell!

OH, but wait!  I meant to show you the backing!  My dear mother-in-law passed a few years back and left oodles of fabric, which I was lucky enough (sometimes) to inherit.  She had 10 yards!!! of this crazy spotted fabric.  I used ALL of it for the backing!  Yay!  So now I have a part of her in this quilt too!


Uncategorized | July 8, 2014 | By

I quilted a table runner last year for Barbara Brackman and Karla Menaugh’s new book and it’s finally published.  Pretty tickled to have a piece included with my name 😉

You can find it on Amazon for about $20.  It really is a beautiful book with great patterns and instructions to replicate some classic designs.

The table runner even made the back cover!

The above pics are when the runner was still on the frame.  White on white quilting is tough to photograph, especially for a book.  You can find out more about the book on Barbara Brackman’s blog.  It was a fun project for sure!

Double Wedding Ring

Uncategorized | June 22, 2014 | By

I’ve had a vintage double wedding ring for at least a year, purchased on ebay for about $15.  I won it with another top and a basket of scraps for a total of $30…..score!  It was meticulously pieced and the vintage fabrics were fabulous.  I finally dug it out a few weeks ago to practice a digital computer pattern before doing a customers’ double wedding ring.

I know I’m drawn to these old quilts because of their fabrics.  I love the quirky patterns and I’m sometimes wondering if the maker had messages in the quilt.  There are quite a few of the “horses’ behind” pics (maybe the maker didn’t care for the husband choice ;-).

And then I love what looks like two cowboys dancing 😉

I love the digital patterns that I found!  They “skew” nicely to the odd middle shaped square of the main block.  The “melon” shape also has a great stitch pattern.  Both of these designs let me avoid ditch stitching, which I so appreciate!

The final quilt is stunning and the dense quilting really gives it durability.  As soon as I get the crazy scalloped binding finished, I plan on giving it a gentle wash and clothesline dry.

The back is beautiful too!!

If you’re on Facebook, follow me there to see more….  Happy quilting my friends!

Hankies only!

Uncategorized | May 27, 2014 | By

This quilt was created by a customer who has a family collection of hankies. She used multiple shirts and then did the black stitching by hand for added interest.  Pretty darn cute!
If you’re from Texas, you’ll love this hankie!
Teeny tiny feathers!

Glove and Hankie Quilt

Uncategorized | April 28, 2014 | By

This might be the most unusual top I have finished to date!  The woman who stitched it (all pieced and assembled by hand) had searched for someone to hand quilt this top.  A friend recommended me and so after visiting with her and showing her my work, she agreed to the machine quilting.

The finish is actually better than I anticipated.  I let each square speak to me and guide the design.  Here are a few detailed pictures.  I dropped it off today and she was very pleased.  That’s what matters!!!

The Stitcher’s Garden

Uncategorized | April 18, 2014 | By

I recently finished this quilt for my friend, Denise, who also teaches this block of the month at our local MEA Bernina shop in Lawrence, KS.  I love the bright colors and it came with the blocks already quilted, so my job was to do some ditch stitching and work on the border.  I didn’t want to change her blocks too much.

I think this quilt speaks for itself.  The pattern is called Stitcher’s Garden and is simply beautiful!

Ugly Duckling?

Uncategorized | April 16, 2014 | By

Maybe not!  I bought this quilt top last weekend at our annual quilt show here in Lawrence.

We have an incredible “boutique” at the show where guild members donate their excess sewing or quilt items.  This top sat rolled up on the table all weekend.  I kept going over to touch it, diagnose it, and just decide if I really needed another top.  It was marked $10.  Not that I thought that was a bunch of money, but it really didn’t spark anything in me.  And then the bargaining began!  They wanted to know what I would pay for it??  I said, maybe $5.  The friend of mine in charge said, “How bout $4!”  Sold!!!

It is handpieced, very nicely I might add.  Looks to be 1920’s/30’s and very utilitarian.  Shirtings and dress fabrics.  Even a bit of upholstery I believe.

And I love this piece of random crosstitch!

My granddaughter seems to enjoy the finished product. I put a very modern bubble design on this very vintage top, which I so often love to do.  I’m pretty sure it’s not such an ugly duckling now!

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