Friday, February 17, 2012

Hellen's Star Quilt - Part 1

Hellen brought me this gorgeous star quilt.  It is one that I was so excited to get to quilt.  The pictures do not do the batiks justice they the greens and bright blue are much brighter in person.  I have wanted to quilt a Lone Star type quilt since I started quilting.  Did I mention that I was excited...
 I thought you might want to see how I decide what I am going to do when I do custom quilting.  I take a picture of the quilt on my iPad.  In this case I only needed to see about half of the quilt so I hung in over the rollers on my longarm.  Then I take it into the Adobe Ideas App.  I can resize the picture as I work and I draw on it with my finger. 
This process works the best for me.  I have tried using a Wacom pad and stylus, but I have learned that I need to be able to see my hand when I draw on the quilt.  I just can seem to draw with a stylus and look at my monitor.  I LOVE my iPad!  I had not really decided what I wanted to do in the green squares at this point.  The nice thing is that I can play with a lot of ideas before I every load the quilt.
  I can even take the picture of the quilt away and just look at the drawing itself.   This app has really changed how I design. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Just One Star

Wish Upon A Quilt was chosen to piece on of  Moda's Just One Star program quilts.  The quilt will be donated to Quilts of Valor, which is a program that is near to my heart. 

I am honored to have been able to quilt this quilt!  I had a blast reading where all the stars where from while this was on my frame. 

 It is amazing how many people have touched this quilt.  Thanks to Wish Upon a Quilt for volunteering to work on this program and for donating fabric and batting.  Thanks to all the quilter's that worked on one of the 14,000 star blocks that Moda received.  And thanks to all of  our servicemen, servicewomen and their families! 

I am forever proud to have been a military brat.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Joyce's Quilts

Joyce has been busy getting her UFOs made into tops.  Which means I have been busy quilting them for her.  The first one is made up of a couple panels she found with Cowboy boots on them.  I quilting it with loops and stars
The next quilt is has an oriental print with cranes.  I was actually with Joyce when she bought this material several years ago.  It was fun being involved in completing the project. 
 I wanted something that was soft and swirly, so I came up with a new all over fill.  It is large, swirling, alternating C's.  I really like how elegant the quilting turned out. 
 The last quilt is called Ripples and is made from batiks.  This is a bright and happy quilt. 
The material is the star of the this quilt, so I did a basic meander on the quilt. 
Sometimes the simplest quilting is the most effective.  I really love how the meander let the pattern and material shine. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pine Tree Quilters

I was asked to bring my Longarm and talk at the Pine Tree Quilters' meeting in Cary, NC.  

 Bringing my longarm was a lot of work, but the upside is that they got to see one. 
I even got to quilt for them.  

My Millennium was the highlight of the meeting.  I had a lot of fun talking about longarms in general.