Aileen brought these as well…and as soon as she pulled out this green quilt with the scarf of organically pieced type of stripes …..she said she just wanted me to have fun in the green and give it a Bohemian type of feel. I was so excited!
she was going to add some more stitching & embroidery on the scarf section…but wanted to do that after it was quilted. So I only quilted that down enough to keep it stable. The rest was just fun and I just let it take me where it was supposed to go.
What you can’t see in the pictures is that it’s linen fabrics..so the stitching just sinks in so nicely and it creates this beautiful texture.
It was so hard to send back home. I love this one so much!
Aileen always makes beautiful projects and she chooses fabrics that I adore!
This next one is a baby quilt and she said she didn’t really care how I quilted it….but I thought it would be a great opportunity to mix computer and Charisma Quilting. So I had the computer ( AKA ROB the Roboquilter) do the hexies on the top & bottom and then I would do my own quilting in the center.
I really like the use of quilting designs to create those textures. so there is teh really linear perfect designs and then mine. 🙂
They both turned out so well! Thanks Aileen for trusting me with your quilts!
Aileen brought these up for me..we have worked together several times and she always does great work!
So Aileen likes lots of quilting and she lets me do whatever I want…Which is always fabulous! These flowers were all appliques using Tula Pink fabrics. SO they are bright, bold & beautiful! Lots of fun!
I created a lattice in the quilt blocks to frame each of them in. I went in and quilted design in every other square..I was going to quilt designs in all of the squares..but I had to rip out because You really lost the lattice design if you fill them all in. So then it was a matter of just keeping it all straight and not filling in. It’s a pretty big quilt so it took awhile to get everything quilted.
Mike found me on instagram and asked me to quilt this quilt for him. He made it for his mom for a Christmas gift. We had never worked together before…and we chatted a few times back and forth.
He made this without a pattern. He looked at some pictures and used his own imagination ect. The hundreds of batiks and shapes he needed to make this is UTTERLY AMAZING!!
I was NERVOUS working with him for the first time on such a special project. What if he was disappointed? What if he doesn’t like my style? His only request of me was to add feathers. he liked my feathers and wanted those in the borders. The rest of it I could do what I felt was right.
I wanted to use 2 layers of batting. It’s a wall hanging and it helps with the quilting details. I used a monofilament thread to blend in.
I was so proud of this collaboration. I was praying that he loved it because I didn’t get much time to start it it while it was finished. It had to be over-nighted back to him so he could finish it off in time for Christmas. If he didn’t like it …there was going to be nothing I could do before the holiday. Turns out… he loves it! Do does his mom. 🙂
I just stayed true to my style of breaking up textures, keeping things organic with the feel of the quilt and I even doubted myself a little along the way….but in the end I was happy with my choices of designs. I immediately knew in the rainbow I could choose a different design for each strip of the rainbow…That is one of my favorite parts. *LOVE*
So I made another wild & goosey Quilt. Here is my other one, here.
These are the ultimate scrap blocks. The block was created by Bonnie Hunter. It was released in Quilt maker magazine ( spring 2013) and then they published the PDF on the website ( but I don’t know if it’s still there?) This is a link to the magazine, here.
You can see Elvis, The King of Pups is posing for some photos as well. There is no quilt on the planet that can steal his spotlight. LOL! ( p.s. This is my own quilt..I would never let him do this one someone else’s quilt)
In my first quilt I made 400 of the 3.5 inch blocks and put them together. I realized that I had plenty of scraps to start another one…and I wanted to use as many scraps as I could in the next one so I made 864 blocks. CRAZY TOWN!! I didn’t use any sashing or anything and this made a HUGE quilt! It’s extremely heavy because of all of those seams and fabrics….it measures 80×115. This quilt contains more than 11,232 pieces of fabric. I chose a border of something in my stash….I didn’t fret over the colors or anything. I just chose something that I had enough to border & bind it. I could have chosen something a little brighter…but it’s a scrappy quilt and there are no rules. I make so many I don’t fret about such things. However, after putting so much time and energy into these it is really difficult for me to part with them. LOL
What I love about these blocks is that they use the smallest of scraps and all of those pesky triangles that we accumulate. You would be amazed at how many you collect if you started sorting them. Speaking of that…I wanted to share how I manage all of this….I actually sort my scraps as I go. These paper foundations sit on my machine and I do a few here and there as I go along.
See how they just sit there patiently?
I also bought this organizer from the dollar store:
As I go along with my other projects I just sort the scraps according to the sizes of the scraps I need for these blocks. After you do a few blocks you know exactly what will work in each space.
So I might spend an afternoon when I need a sew day working on W&G Blocks when this fills up and then when I work on my next project I will fill it up again. Before you know it you have enough blocks to put into a quilt. There is this great satisfaction in using every small piece of fabric. It is so much easier to sort as you go along..that way when you have time to sew…you can actually just sit and sew. You don’t have to dig through and find pieces that you need. That little bit of time saves you a whole bunch later.
I will probably always have one of these projects in the works just because I have never come across another block that uses those odd shapes so well and I don’t care about colors, theme or anything. They are so small that it’s really all about using what we have and color. So it’s bright beautiful and crazy! So I have actually started another one. 🙂 I also used some old fabric I had stashed for the backing. Our school is the Ephrata Tigers. So if I see a good deal on Tiger fabric I buy it because of graduation quilts ect…but I have just not used this one and I thought I would just use it up and be done with it. I quilted a very small quilting design…so there is a TON of thread on laid down in this quilt ( making it that much heavier)…but with those millions of seams I wanted to make sure it was quilted pretty tightly.