Custom Machine Quilting: Susan’s Christmas Quilts

My sweet friend Susan made three darling pieces for Christmas and told me I could quilt them however I wanted. I was so excited to try some new things! (I went a little crazy.)

First, this really fun table runner.     Susan thought it would be fun to have a giant swirl in the middle of the ornaments, so that is what I did. Then, in the remaining background space, I echo quilted around the ornaments. That echo quilting is harder than I thought! By the end I had gotten the hang of it, but let just say at the beginning there were a few lines that got unpicked. :) I did a loose weave-type pattern in the borders, which was a lot of fun.

Second, this long wall hanging.        I outlined each of the panel prints, and did some loop-de-loops in the frames and swirls in the borders. I even tried my hand at micro-stippling, which is much harder than it looks, and also takes a lot of muscle control.

Finally, the one I went crazy on. This wall hanging was so cute, and had so many different places to have fun with! I did a different design in each of the panel backgrounds, and then some fun swag borders around each of the panels. Some figure eights in the borders, and voila! The back looks pretty cool, too. Looking at it now, I wonder if I should have dome something to the actual images in the panels, but at the time I wasn’t sure what to do. What do you think?

 



A surprise {fast and easy} quilt for Great-Grandma

We had no idea what to give her for Christmas.

Especially because she was quite adamant in saying she didn’t want anything (which is of course not acceptable).

She doesn’t need anything.

But she’s always cold.

Turns out, that, I know how to fix.

A darling layer cake of American Jane’s Fairy Tale Friends (thanks Moda!) some really snuggly backing, and a few hours later?

Voila.

She loved it.

“Oh, I’ve just never felt something so soft!”

It just might have been the only gift that got her to smile this year.

But I might be biased.

It now lives on her bed along with the matching pillowcase.

That, my friends, is what quilting is all about.

xoxo

April

 



A fond goodbye. An excited hello.

A fond goodbye to a beautiful year that was full of firsts and unexpected surprises.

A heartfelt thank you for all the kindness you have shown me as I learn about and grow my business.

A whole lot of love for these goobers, who inspire me every day to be more “me”.

A bunch of kisses for this guy, who smiles through my hare-brained ideas and loves me anyway.

A heck-of-a-lot of excitement and anticipation for an amazing year to come.

What are you excited about in 2012?

 

 

 



Longarm Quilting: Sue’s Plus Quilt

Sue (she’s on a roll, I tell you) brought me this quilt to quilt, too. It was fun to do an allover loop on it, it went so fast! I’ve got to say, I’m having so much fun with my longarm. I think I’ve done 14 quilts in the 6 weeks since I’ve had it. I have a ton to show you.

Mwa!

April



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