10.22.2014

North Wind Mixology Quilt

Over the past few years I've been able to machine quilt several quilts for my friends over at Moda Fabrics for International Quilt Market. I'm excited today to share another fun quilt that I machine quilted for this upcoming quilt market!
 When I was deciding how-to custom machine quilt this quilt I knew that I really wanted to make those windmills pop! So, I decided to use straight lines as a way to really make them stand out.
I machine quilted feathers, going around the block backgrounds, it kinda gives it a swirly motion, and then I machine quilted figure 8's in the sashing and siwrls in the dark blue setting triangles. I think this quilt turned out pretty awesome!
(all of these machine quilting techniques are taught in my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting)
If' you're looking for some Moda Fabric inspiration make sure to check out the Moda Cutting Table Blog.

10.21.2014

Nellie's Needle Quilt - Fall 2014 Quilt Market

This is one of those quilts that I've been teasing with on Instagram. Now that International Quilt Market starts this weekend I finally get to share!
This yummy quilt was designed and made by the lovely Karen from Nellie's Needles, hop over to her website to see all of her cute patterns!
So, when Karen sent me this quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her I knew I had to create some fun interest by making the secondary pattern pop!
So, I added in some flowers and some swirls, along with a little bit of ruler work, and viola, there's the final result, and I love it!
The pattern for this quilt will soon be available, and if you're going to Quilt Market or Quilt Festival, in Houston this fall, make sure to stop by Nellie's Needle booth to check out this beauty!

10.20.2014

Custom Machine Quilting for Nellie's Needle

I'm super duper excited that it's International Quilt Market week so I can finally start sharing some of the quilts that I've been machine quilting.

I'm still in North Carolina, I've been busy here teaching our Lattice quilt, and today I'll be teaching Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting and I'll be sharing my quilts tonight in a trunk show, I'll share details and lots of pictures when I get back home. :)

Anyways, back this this beauty! Karen from Nellie's Needle designed and made this gorgeous quilt! When Karen sent me this quilt she said, quilt it however you want, just no spider webs! Haha, okay! So, I machine quilted some jumbo flowers in the octogans, totally opposite of spider webs!
For the background I stitched-in-the ditch around the blocks and then echoed in about 1/4". Then I alternated machine quilting patterns, using figure eights and swirls! I freaking love how this quilt turned out! I didn't want to give it back to Karen!
Karen will have this quilt, along with several others with her at International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston, if you're attending either make sure to stop by her booth and check out all of the eye-candy!

10.17.2014

Fancy Fox Quilt

I've been able to machine quilt several quilts for Donna, it's always so much fun to receive packages from her and see what adorable quilt she's made! This time did not disappoint, she made the super duper cute Fancy Fox quilt!
Donna loved the way that Elizabeth had machine quilted the original version of Fancy Fox, with the wood grain machine quilting, so I machine quilted hers with an all-over wood grain pattern! I think it turned out so dang cute!

10.16.2014

Merry Go Round Quilt

Last week I machine quilted this super duper cute, Merry Go Round quilt that! It's such a fun quilt. 
Cheryl made this quilt and asked me to machine quilt it for her with an all over pattern. I used this waterdrops pantograph pattern and just love it! 
Pattern for this quilt is available in Amy McClellan's book; It's a Circus.

10.15.2014

Half Square Triangle Quilt - Deciding How-To Quilt a Quilt

Colleen made this fun half-square triangle quilt. When she sent me this quilt she asked me to custom machine quilt it for her.

The most common question that I get asked is; 
"how do you decide how-to quilt a quilt?"
Here's my thoughts on this topic, at the moment. :) 
(it might change tomorrow) 
When I look at a quilt like this, I first determine what I want to accentuate. For this quilt I immediately saw a secondary pattern created by the half-square triangles. So, that's what I decided to accentuate. By looking at the quilt, before it was machine quilted I immediately knew that the solid triangles were going to pop the most, so I would want the most detailed pattern in those. Then I chose two other filler patterns that I would quilt in the prints. By using two different fillers I will create the look of half-square triangles in the full blocks.
So, look closely at the full blocks, you can see that some of them have swirls, and some of them half straight lines. These three patterns, together accentuate a secondary pattern in the quilt.
I really love how this quilt turned out! Creating secondary patterns is such a fun way to add an element of interest to a quilt. Thanks so much Colleen for letting me custom machine quilt for you.

10.14.2014

Custom Machine Quilting -- For Myself!

I honestly cannot remember the last time I custom machine quilted something of my own. My quilts seem to be the ones that I'm in the biggest hurry and I end up spending the least amount of time on. However, after I finished piecing this Lattice quilt I knew I had to custom machine quilt it. I love all of the negative space and really wanted to make it sing! So, yesterday I made time. I'm so glad I did, I don't think I realized how rewarding it is to be able to keep something that I've custom quilted.
 Now....I just need to bribe my mom to do the binding and this baby will be able to hang in my home! YAY!

If you've ever been to one of my trunk shows, you'll want to look closely at the machine quilting, and find the humility block. :)
Pattern for this quilt is Lattice, pattern is from our book, Modern One-Block Quilts.
Free-motion quilting is by Natalia Bonner
Batting used: 2 layers, Quilters Dream Poly Deluxe and Bamboo
Machine quilting done with So Fine! by Superior Threads

10.13.2014

Project Teen - Finding Inspiration!

Last summer, my friend Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair contacted me and asked me to machine quilt a few of the quilts that would be published in her upcoming book, Project Teen, of course, I was supper flattered, honored and excited for Melissa! I knew back then that the book would be awesome, because everything that Melissa shares on her blog and her patterns are always fantastic! 
Project Teen, Melissa's new book, is just hitting quilt shops and it's just as fantastic as I had imagined, she's got 21 projects for the teen in your life!
Melissa asked me today to share a little peek into Project Teen, but when I saw the adorable tote patterns, I knew I had to make some...... and even though it's only October, I was so inspired by her totes that I made three of them, and they are going to be Christmas gifts! See!! I told you this book is full of inspiration!
The patterns and instructions in this book are easy to follow, if you remember this post, it's totally out of my comfort zone to sew anything that isn't a quilt, and Melissa's instructions made it easy to make these little pouches.
Like I said before, it's always so humbling and I feel so honored every time I get the opportunity to machine quilts for friends' whose books are to be published. In Project Teen I was able to machine quilt three of the quilts;
 Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend









Everything's Coming Up Posies 
and 











Quarterfoil.





Melissa has created an adorable Free Christmas printable gift tag, you can download that here, also don't forget to check out the following blogs for more eye-candy from Project Teen!
October 13th: Sew Can She and Piece N Quilt (you're here)
October 14th: Generation Q Magazine and UCreate 
October 15th: Diary of a Quilter and Noodlehead 
October 16th: Flamingo Toes 

10.10.2014

In the Works - Lattice

Next weekend I will be traveling to the Quilters by the Sea quilt guild in Wilmington, North Carolina. While I am there I will be sharing a Piece N Quilt trunk show, teaching Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting and then teaching our Lattice quilt. 
Over the last year Kathleen and I have been re-making the baby versions of the quilts from our book, Modern One-Block Quilts, we had been going in order through the book, but I decided to skip ahead a few quilts and get this one remade, so I'd have a couple versions with me. 

When I picked the fabrics for this quilt I was super excited about them, I thought they were so cute together, but when I finished piecing it yesterday I couldn't be more excited! I love how it came together! This may be my favorite quilt yet! haha, I know I say that every time!

I still need to press and machine quilt this one, hopefully before I leave next week. But for now I'm loving it just like this!

You can pick up a signed copy of our book, Modern One-Block Quilts here.

10.09.2014

Halloween Quilt

Yesterday I finished up the machine quilting on this adorable Dresden Halloween quilt, made by Cheryl! I love this quilt, the way the Dresdens are put together is just brilliant. 
I think the pattern for this quilt is designed by Joanna Figueroa.
When Cheryl sent me this quilt she asked me to custom machine quilt it for her. I mentioned last week that I HATE spiders and spiderwebs, but I do love to hide them in Halloween quilts!
So, on this quilt I machine quilted spider webs in each of the four border corners and then also in the centers of the Dresden plates.
I love how it turned out! Thanks again for letting me machine quilt your adorable quilts Cheryl!
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