Machine Quilting



Disney Princess Birthday Quilt (aka Birthday! part 2)

Remember that Ooh La la fabric by Anne Sutton/Bunny Hill I showed you last week? I used the blues and whites to make a sweet, simple baby quilt for my sister in law who’s expecting in June–and of course I forgot to take a picture. But the pinks and greys I used for this simple but really really great quilt for my other friend, who is a Disney junkie and even one-time Disney Princess at Disneyland! I threw in a few grey wovens from Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda, as well as some Hometown by Sweetwater for the name applique and the border.

I wanted to go with something sophisticated and pretty (her color style) but still add a bit of Disney Princess glamour. I used a free Disney font to make her name, and then just freehand drew the Minnie Mouse ears and crown.

A little fuseable web, a lot of machine applique, and a bit of iridescent thread for good measure. I love how this fabric worked out, even though it’s a “baby” collection, it ended up being a nice sophisticated quilt for an adult. I love that.

She loved it, and I’m so glad. I backed it in this super soft grey Minkee. I wanted to keep it for myself, it was so soft.

I machine quilted it with an allover double swirl pattern (because I think it looks magical), and then some fun detail quilting around her name. The binding is a really cute pink and white bias stripe.

I’ve got one more gift quilt to finish for my sweet baby nephew (I’m in love with him) who’s already 3 weeks old (mini-Swoon, anyone?) and then I’m on to spring pattern writing frenzy! I’ve got all the quilts made up, and several of the patterns written and tested, but I’m waiting on fabric for the last two.

Have you made any gifts lately? Or used a fabric collection for a different purpose than it was intended?

xoxo

April



Snow in Springtime: Machine Quilting Sue’s Christmas Table Runners

I know, I know, it’s spring, and this is a Christmas table runner that I machine quilted back before Christmas.

But hey, the weather thinks it should snow today, even though it was 70 degrees yesterday, so I’m just following Mother Nature’s lead.

Plus, I’m trying to catch up and show you all the quilts I have machine quilted that I have pictures of. (Next up a stunning black, white and red quilt made by my awesome friend, Kathy).

Sue made 3 of these fun table runners for her daughters for Christmas, and lucky me, I got to do some quick machine quilting on them!

Fabric is Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda

Pattern is my free All Boxed Up table runner pattern.



Machine Quilting: Edge-to-Edge flowers and leaves

Back in November, I machine quilted this fun little baby quilt for Stephanie.

She’d pieced it a long time ago, and thought I could try out my new machine on it.

I had a lot of fun doing an edge-to-edge flower and leaf and swirl pattern, mimicing the little daisies in the background.

I should have realized it would look a little Christmas-y on the back with the red thread, but hey, red and green are complimentary, right?

Thanks for letting me play with it, Steph!

I am having WAY too much fun with my longarm.

In related news, I’m finishing up the last of the prototypes for my spring patterns, and then they’re off to the testers! Wooo!



Longarm Quilting: Grammy’s Scrap Basket

I quilted this version of Grammy’s Scrap Basket for my awesome neighbor and friend, Stephanie. I LOVE the colors she chose. I asked her what she wanted me to do, and she said I could do whatever I wanted. She knew I was just getting started with this machine and said I could practice.

I love that.

So, I decided to take each section of the quilt and do something different on it.

Some things worked out better than others, but all of it was fun.

I also love that she just used scraps from her stash to make this.

I mean, that was the idea behind Grammy’s Scrap Basket in the first place.

I made the original with a Honey Bun, but those aren’t being made anymore. And obviously, that’s okay since all this quilt takes are 1½” strips. A great way to use up leftovers from other projects.

 

I am so glad Stephanie let me play with her quilt, and have fun trying out some different patterns. It turned out so pretty! Plus, it’s always fun for me to see quilts people have made from one of my patterns. Thanks again, Steph!

xoxo

April

PS Did you see the free quilt pattern I designed for the Moda Bake Shop this month? I’m working on a really great version of it with a twist. Check back later today to see a sneak peek! Anyone want to join me?



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