Friday, August 26, 2016

Modern Geese

Over a year ago, I finished quilting this project for my husbands' lovely cousins, Anne and Shannon.  I can't believe I have to dig that far back through my quilting photos!  I promise to find all of my customers' quilts and update my blog.
Anne and Shannon did this great modern take on flying geese.  I love how they weren't afraid to mix in some vibrant purples.  The color adds just the right amount of visual interest.
I free motion quilted all-over swirls in the background.  The swirls are denser where the geese are clustered, and they get larger in the open space.  It looks just like the wind.  The triangles are kept simple with some ruler work.
Thank you, Anne and Shannon, for letting me work on another one of your beautiful quilts.  I'm sure Jack is still loving this.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt

Well, hello! I haven't blogged for seven months now, but I have not stopped quilting! Life got busy at the beginning of this year, and I needed to make more time for my kids and taxi them around where they needed to be. Now the kids are back in school, and I can share all that I have worked on in 2016.

I'll start with my finished Farmer's Wife quilt. Whew! This was a challenge. I began by following Gnome Angels' wonderful tutorials, and then I finished at my own pace. Rather, I got tired working on this quilt, and I spent the month of April feverishly getting it done.
I did 63 of the blocks in Laurie Aaron Hird's book. Instead of using the templates in the book, I redrew almost every block in EQ7 so I could have the rotary cutting instructions or the patterns for foundation paper piecing. This worked really well for me.
Over the years of fabric collecting, I have accrued some gorgeous Liberty of London fabric. I saved every piece waiting for just the right project. This quilt was it!
There are 84 pieces in that 6-inch block! After this block, I decided I was not going to do all 99 blocks. I admire those quilters that have done all of them.
The background fabric within the blocks is Moda Fabrics Gardenvale Black Swan Dots by Jen Kingwell. The gray background fabric is Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Cotton in Steel. The outer border is Liberty of London Dynasty Yellow.
Look at that backing! I spent one and a half weeks quilting this thing to death!
Here is an overall view...
Can you tell how in love I am with the quilt backing?! For the quilting, I used Isacord thread in Fog. It blends beautifully with all of the fabrics. Here is the quilt view from on top of the ladder in its full glory.
I'm so glad to share my projects with you again. I have done a lot of quilting for customers too over the past months that I have been missing from my blog. I will be sharing those soon.

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