Still trying to catch up over here… I’ve been so busy with the kid’s school starting up and all the things that go along with that and I’ve been quilting, yes that too. As I promised in the last post, here are some pictures of Donna’s beautiful batik snowball quilt that was done back in June. The quilt was so beautiful in person, the pictures really don’t do it justice. As always, Donna’s piecing was just perfect and the colors were so pretty!
I used freehand quilting throughout and tried to draw from the applique for design inspiration. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Here’s a pic Donna sent me after it was bound… so beautiful!
Working on this quilt was so much fun! Thanks, Donna!
Next up, Bill’s birthday quilt…
I’ve been so busy the last couple of months over at “The Cottage at Cardiff Farms” that I have really neglected my blog. I’ve also been busy quilting. The more I quilt, the more I love it. I’m so glad that I’ve found this profession! I have so much to catch up on that I’ve decided to break up all the information into several short posts instead of one looooooong post. So here’s the first of several…
Let’s start back in May. I finished two pretty charity quilts and completed my first ever hand binding. Yes, I do things a bit backwards in my life. I started longarm quilting before I started piecing. Weird. I know.
Here is a picture of Donna’s pretty “Sew for the Cure” quilt that she generously donated to the fundraiser at The Country Loft.
Sadly, this is the only picture I could find of this quilt. It was really beautiful in person and very nicely pieced! I used a pretty pantograph from Linda V. Taylor called Feather Meander.
Next up, my mom donated a Moda pieced panel that she got several years ago and minky backing to make a cute baby quilt for my daughter’s preschool fundraiser. To quilt it, I used the dragonfly template from Judi Madsen’s book, “Quilting Wide Open Spaces,” and a freehand swirl to fill in all the rest.
I also did the hand binding. This was my first experience with binding and although I was rather pleased with myself when I finished I would have to say this is not my favorite part of quilting, (arthritis having a lot to do with that.) But I think it turned out really cute and it raised some money for a good cause.
Next up….. Donna’s beautiful batik quilt.
Ok so I finished this quilt several weeks ago and I’m a little behind with the blog but I thought you might like to see the finished product…
I think I still need some practice with my freehand filler but not too bad for my very first try, right?
Justifying my Altoids addiction.
Those little tins are good for so many things!
Well, I’ve had this one for awhile now, thankfully it’s not due until June. I’ve had to take it off then put it back on several times now to fit in customer quilts but I’m finally making some progress. I really wanted to practice my freehand filler/doodling and I thought this was the perfect quilt to do it on. I think it’s coming along nicely…
I think the pebbles are getting better, what do you think?
A few weeks ago I was fortunate to get to work on a beautiful family heirloom from Mitzi F. She explained to me how her Grandmother had lovingly hand pieced a star quilt from her and her sibling’s childhood clothes. I couldn’t believe she trusted me with something so special.
She chose a red thread and a large all-over design so that the quilting would not distract from the piecing that her Grandmother had worked so hard on. I think it turned out beautifully.
Here are some pictures from when it was on the machine…
Here is the finished quilt. (Please ignore the mess in the background, you can tell it was a fun day at Grandma’s house.)
Sometimes it amazes me how much a simple all-over can really enhance a quilt. Thank you Mitzi for letting me help finish your very special top!
Finally done! The whole time I’ve had this quilt someone in the house has had the flu and if I’m sick or not, I’m wiping noses and making sure fevers are down. There were forces at work that did not want this quilt finished! But it’s finally done!
I’ve posted lots of pics of the quilting. The piecing was perfection and the wool applique so beautiful. I quilted in the backgrounds to compliment the scenery around the barns and outlined almost every single piece of wool to really make the applique “pop.” The sashing had a primitive vine design and the corner stones, a simple flower. The outside border is what I call a “primitive piano key.” I feel so lucky that I was able to work on this beautiful quilt!
To see more of Kathy’s amazing work check out her website… thecottageatcardifffarms.com
While the rest of the country has been covered in snow, the weather in California has been incredibly hot and dry. I can’t remember a winter like this! (I’m sure the East Coast is saying the same thing.) We have had frequent 80 deg days for the past 2 months. I’m not complaining about the nice weather but we do desperately need rain, especially living on a private well for all of our water. It has been so warm that the wildflowers that usually bloom in spring are popping up in early February. I decided to capture all of the beautiful colors around our house because they will only be here for a short time…
I took the pictures with my phone so the resolution is not so good on some but I think you can still see the vibrant colors. My favorites are the wild sweet peas and the California lilacs, the bright purples on these really stand out against the surrounding brush.
I’m so thankful that I can step outside my door and see all of these amazing native flowers. I love living out in the country :)
I’ve been getting in a lot of longarm quilting practice thanks to the kind ladies of the Wednesday sewing group at The Country Loft. All the quilts have been donated by loving patrons and, when finished, will be sold to benefit breast cancer research. Here are the samples I’ve been working on…
This was my very first real quilt that I finished. Up until then I had only practiced on scraps of muslin, I’m very grateful that I get to practice on real quilts, they are so different than whole cloths! I used a pantograph because I was just too nervous to try free hand.
The rest are done free hand. I think after practicing I feel more comfortable with free hand than pantograph patterns although I do think they look nice on many quilts. I guess I’ll just have to keep practicing!
This bright color quilt was quilted with an all-over swirl pattern I learned from a Green Fairy tutorial. Thank you Judi Madsen!! I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out but feel like I could use a little more practice perfecting the design. Practice, practice, practice!
Trying to practice on those pebbles! This last one is not finished yet. I will post more pictures when it is completed. Thanks for letting me share!
Hi Everyone! So my life has been a little crazy lately… I started longarm quilting last October and am having a great time but am sooo busy! I took some time to design some business cards for myself and have been handing them out but just realized that I included my non-existent website on the cards. Oops! Talk about motivation to get a website going. Well, here is my thrown together website for now. I promise I will work on it and it will get better! I plan on posting lots of quilting pics and maybe some tips and tricks I learn along the way. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon to see how things have changed.