Monday, September 26, 2016

Going Modern

The quilting world is definitely moving toward modern quilts. Here are four client quilts I quilted recently that are modern.

The first is made by Peggy--a lattice quilt made in solid grey and white. Very striking!



She requested "Bauhaus" edge-to-edge design, which goes great with modern.



The next three are all Mary's quilts. The first is a table runner, an adaptation of a Beyond The Reef quilt pattern,  Floats.



I did freehand swirls across the length:



Next is a halloween table center, made from a charm pack.



I did an edge-to-edge on this one--"Slick":



And her third quilt is this adorable table center made from a candy pack, 2 1/2" squares. The line is "Flow", by Zen Chic.



I quilted freehand peacock feathers across the top, one of my favorite freehand designs to stitch:



Grace and peace!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Colorful Quilts & Teddy Bears

This colorful quilt was made by my sister! She used a wedge ruler.



I quilted an edge-to-edge design on it called "Bosa Nova".



It is a beautiful, happy, throw size quilt.



Backing from Connecting Threads.



This cheerful quilt was also made by my sister, Bonnie. She made it for her dear friend's sister, who had surgery and was recovering at her sister's home. Jolynn's favorite color is yellow:



I quilted it was an edge to edge design called "Slipstitch"--I think it looks like knitting!



Three of my Mother Bear teddy bears were given out recently to children in Africa. Here are photos of the children who received my bears:



Amy, the director of Mother Bear Project, sends photos to teddy bear makers, as well as all of the photos being posted on the website.



I made these bears in a batch of ten. They all had blue pants and various peach & white striped shirts.



Grace and peace!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quilting Voila!

I have two client quilts I'd like to share. First off, the following quilt is a true beauty! Made by Alice.



I didn't really know what it would look like, since it came to me like this:



What a beautiful, colorful surprise in that package! I did an edge-to-edge design on it, called Pretty Paisley.



She told me it was a BOM kit from a quilt shop in Texas.



And next up is a flannel baby quilt made by Jenny. We sell this as a kit at the quilt shop I work at, Quilt Cove in Eagan, MN. It's a fast, fun quilt to make.



She requested a heart motif in the quilting, so I used "Heart Strings".



The pattern is called "Mingle" by Cluck, Cluck, Sew.



Grace and peace!!!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Grace & Peace Quilting Goes to the Fair 2016

Having grown up in 4-H, I've always found the county fair and state fair exciting! I entered my quilts in three fairs this summer, with various degrees of success!?!

The first was the Washington County fair, my hometown fairgrounds that I'm most familiar with. I entered 7 quilts this year. My best success there was my Bob and Weave quilt, which got a blue ribbon, plus recognition from Bear Patch Quilting. The reason for recognition wasn't stated! But I did get a $10 gift certificate for their shop, which was appreciated.



Next came the Dakota County Fair, our current resident fair. I entered 7 different quilts from the Washington County Fair entries, as the 2 county fairs overlapped. I was thrilled to get Reserve Grand Champion on my Tsukubai quilt!



My Bible Story quilt also received an award of excellence ribbon, along with a blue ribbon!



I brought 3 quilts to the Minnesota State Fair, the day after I picked up my quilts from the Dakota County Fair. My Bob and Weave quilt received 2nd place in the "large pieced quilt, machine quilted by entrant" category.



They put all Creative Arts entries in displays together, so my quilt was on display with a couple of wild colored dresses!



My ZigZag wallhanging received 5th place in the "wall quilt, pieced, quilted by entrant" category, right after my guild friend, Susan Klein, who got 4th place.





And my third entry at the Minnesota State Fair was my Japanese Lone Star quilt. It did not receive a ribbon, although it was noted on my evaluation that it was in 6th place in it's category. It took us quite a bit of hunting to find it! It was used as a tablecloth for several Star Wars items.



I'm just sharing my best successes here. I did get some lower ribbons. But as my dear husband says, cast your nets wide and see what you come up with!

Grace and peace!