Panama Pyramids

Lisa pieced this “Panama Pyramids” quilt using leftovers from her stash and asked if it could be quilted with a Baptist Fan pattern. The original Baptist Fan would have to be done with rulers which would take a lot of time but luckily there are clever pantograph designers around who came up with several allover versions of this pattern. The one I used is simply called “Continuous Baptist Fan”, and it looks really nice on Lisa’s quilt.

Panama Pyramids




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Skylights

This is another one of Penny’s projects, she made this quilt as a wedding gift for her son. She had seen a similar quilt on Pinterest and liked the quilting on it. The pattern wasn’t exactly the same, and I had to make some adjustments but it is still pretty close to the original. I even remembered to take a detail picture while the quilt was still on the frame.

Skylights



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Northern Lights

Penny made this quilt from batik fabrics, and the colours reminded me of northern lights. I quilted it with a combination of swirls and feathers and a few leaves in the purple border.

Northern Lights



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365 Challenge Quilt – My Version

I have been really slow in posting here lately, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. In the meantime I managed to finish another one of my personal projects. In 2016 the 365 Challenge Quilt was a big hit, and I started making the blocks in January, not knowing if I really wanted to make the whole quilt. But it sounded like fun, and I made a block a day for the first two months of the year. Then the blocks went into a box because we moved to a different house, and I unpacked them again a year later. I managed to make another month’s worth of blocks and then decided that I didn’t like the project. I was getting increasingly frustrated with the instructions, it was very obvious that the designer had just drawn up the quilt in EQ but never actually sewn it, and I ended up unpicking several blocks and redoing them my way. I gave up, and the blocks went back into a drawer.

365 Challenge Quilt


Last November I signed up with this project for my guild’s UFO challenge. Giving myself this deadline was the only way I was ever going to finish this quilt, I was very close to just putting the blocks on the giveaway table at the next guild meeting. I put them together in a way that is close to the original design, and I still don’t like the quilt. Considering how long it took to assemble all those 3″ blocks and how small many of the pieces are, the layout just doesn’t do it justice in my opinion. The individual blocks just get lost in that dark border. Quilting the centre block was fun but I didn’t put too much effort into the pieced borders, the quilting wasn’t going to be very visible anyway. I picked a floral pantograph design and then just echoed around it. I actually prefer the back, I pieced leftover fabrics because I didn’t have enough of the floral batik and couldn’t get more. But it is finished, so I will stop complaining, and I will donate it to the guild’s We Care program next month.




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Coney Island

Wendy made this quilt using the fabric line “Coney Island” by Fig Tree & Co. The bright summer colours and fabrics seemed to ask for a floral quilting pattern, and we chose the pantograph “Ginger Flower” for this quilt.

Coney Island




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Sea Breeze

This beautiful quilt was made by Norma, isn’t it just stunning? Norma usually quilts all her projects on her domestic machine but she thought this one was too big for her to handle, and after spending hours and hours piecing it, she figured it deserved proper quilting, and I was delighted that she chose to ask me. She had already drafted most of the feather design for the background, I just added the centre part as it was too much space to be left unquilted and chose the design for the circles. We are both very happy with the way it turned out, and I also love how the quilting looks on the back.

Sea Breeze




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Coming Home

Sharon made this row quilt as a wedding gift, and I was delighted when she asked me for custom quilting. These are my favourite projects, I love the process of figuring out how to quilt and when it all comes together eventually. I wasn’t even planning on a star theme for this quilt but stars felt like an obvious choice to fill the centres of the Evening Stars in the top row, and I added arcs to the background, forming the Orange Peel/Cathedral Window design, and then it all fell into the place. I added a little free motion quilting and crosshatching, and I am very pleased with the result.

Coming Home




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Daisy Lane

This colourful daisy quilt was made by Dianne, and I love the bright fabrics she used, especially the pink and turquoise. A bright busy quilt doesn’t really need a lot of quilting, and it won’t show much anyway but we picked a cute daisy design called “Wandering Daisies”. The back is cozy Fireside, and the quilting is very visible there.

Daisy Lane




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Counting Stars

Lisa was trying to use up her leftovers and scraps, and the result is this lovely star quilt. The quilting design is called “Starburst”.

Counting Stars


Dieser schöne Sternenquilt ist ein Resteverwertungsprojekt und wurde von Lisa genäht. Das Quiltmuster, das wir verwendet haben, heißt “Starburst”.




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Elephant Parade

This cute quilt in soft colours was made by Sharon as a gift for her new grandchild. The elephants are appliquéd by machine, using fusible web and blanket stitch. Sharon asked for a low density overall pattern for this project, and we chose the design “Raindrops”. If you are wondering why the rain is horizontal, I put the quilt on the frame sideways on purpose. We both thought the design looked better this way.

Elephant Parade


Diesen süßen Babyquilt in zarten Farben hat Sharon als Geschenk für ihr Enkelkind genäht. Die Elefanten sind mit Vliesofix aufgebügelt und dann mit der Maschine im Knopflochstich umnäht. Sharon bat um ein nicht zu dichtes Quiltmuster, und wir haben uns für “Raindrops” entschieden. Wer sich nun fragt, warum der Regen horizontal ist, das war Absicht. Ich habe den Quilt um 90° gedreht auf den Rahmen gebracht, weil wir beide fanden, dass das Muster so besser zu Sharons Projekt passt.




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A Walk in the Winter Woods

This modern quilt was made by Bonnie, and I was delighted when she asked me to quilt it for her. I had all these clever ideas what to do with the blocks but in the end none of them worked out because the squares are all different sizes. I decided to just quilt the white background with a modern filler design and add some texture to the animal panels. Isn’t that owl just adorable?

A Walk in the Winter Woods


“Ein Spaziergang im Winterwald” ist der Name, den Bonnie diesem modernen Quilt gegeben hat, und ich hatte jede Menge Spaß beim Quilten. Ich hatte zuerst ganz tolle Ideen, was das Quilten der Blöcke anging, aber dann stellte sich heraus, dass die Quadrate alle verschiedene Größen haben, und irgendwie passte es letztendlich nicht zusammen. Also habe ich dann den Hintergrund mit einem modernen Füllmuster gequiltet und den Tierblöcken etwas Struktur gegeben. Ist die Eule nicht einfach knuffig?




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Winter Bargello

Here is another Bargello quilt, this one was made by Darlene. It is huge, about the biggest size I can fit on my frame. And it is absolutely flat on the floor, I checked several times while taking the pictures because I could already see the optical illusion of the waves in my camera. Isn’t it just fabulous? The black, white and grey colour scheme appeals to me, and Darlene also pieced the backing in these colours. She requested a wavy quilting design, this one is called “Time Warp”.

Winter Bargello


Und hier kommt gleich der nächste Bargello Quilt, diesen hat Darlene genäht. Er ist so groß, dass er fast die Möglichkeiten meines Rahmens gesprengt hätte, noch größer wäre nicht mehr gegangen. Und er liegt ganz glatt auf dem Boden, das habe ich mehrfach überprüft, als ich die Bilder gemacht habe, weil ich in der Kamera schon die Wellen sehen konnte, aber das ist eine optische Täuschung. Ist er nicht einfach toll? Das Farbschema in schwarz, weiß und grau gefällt mir richtig gut, und Darlene hat auch die Rückseite aus Stoffen in diesen Farben zusammengesetzt. Als Quiltmuster erbat sie sich etwas mit Wellen, dieses Muster heißt “Time Warp”.




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