Easter Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Marilyn made this darling Easter quilt. Everything is so brown and dreary outside, so this quilt seems like the perfect quilt to be working on right now! :)

Actually just after I started custom machine quilting this quilt I shared the picture below on Instagram, my kids and I were all sick over the Christmas break and this quilt was the perfect quilt to bright up my day and get me back into the swing of things after being sick.


Autumn Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Oh, my, gosh! Time is just flying by and I'm suddenly feeling really guilty at how far behind I've gotten with my blogging. I love sharing my quilts here on the blog, but I guess I just got really busy machine quilting and didn't take the time to share the beautiful quilts I've been working on here with you all!

Last fall, actually just before fall Quilt Market I custom machine quilted this darling fall quilt for my local quilt shop, Quilted Works. It's one of the original designs, and all of the applique pieces are cut with a laser, making the quilt top really fun and easy to put together. You can check out more of their fun laser cut quilt tops and kits here.


Butterfly Quilt - Edge to Edge Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

This is another one of the beautiful quilts that I was able to machine quilt just before Christmas. Deb made this beautiful Butterfly quilt and sent it to me for some edge to edge machine quilting.

Deb wanted to keep it soft and a bit frilly so we chose this fun edge to edge pattern. I just love how it turned out! 


Woven Quilt - Edge to Edge Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Just before Christmas Cheryl made this beautiful quilt from all woven fabrics. The quilt was a Christmas gift for her brother so she asked me to machine quilt it for her, and keep it very masculine. 

We decided to go with this beautiful Diagonal Plaid pantograph pattern. I knew it would keep the masculine feel, yet add a modern crispness to the quilt.


Row Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Okay, it's time to get caught up and share some of the beautiful quilts that I was able to machine quilt before Christmas. 

This beautiful quilt was pieced by Kathy, row quilts are some of my favorite types of quilts to quilt. I love bringing each row of the quilt to life with my machine quilting, and this quilt was no different. 


Dashing Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Wow - can you believe we're already a few days into 2017! I can't. Life has been a bit crazy over here. My family and I traveled over the Christmas break to spend the holiday with our families, we had a great trip and love spending time with them, but of course, we all caught some nasty bug. So between the four of us, at least one of us has been sick every day since. :( 

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and your new year is off to a great start! With my kids home from school and the craziness I did manage to get a tiny bit of quilting in and I finished quilting this beautiful Dashing quilt that Mary made.

The quilt is beautiful and as soon as I saw it I knew immediately that I needed to custom machine quilt it in a way that would really make the secondary pattern come to life. 


Here We Come A Caroling - A Christmas Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

How stinkin' cute is this Christmas quilt!
Rhonda designed and made this adorable quilt. It's actually an idea that she's had in her head for several years, she was just waiting for the perfect fabric, and this year she found it. 

Rhonda made this fun quilt and brought it to me and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her. 


Ohana Quilts - Edge to Edge Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

You may remember, earlier this year when I introduced you to my pattern, Ohana, you can read the whole story behind the quilt here. In brief, the quilt pattern was designed as a family block swap. A quilt that would be made by just me and my extended family. 

Shortly after designing and starting on the quilt my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. At that point I decided to release the pattern in an effort to raise some money to help ease the financial burden that was being placed on my mom. I can't thank you all enough for your love and support that you've shown for my mom this year, not only by purchasing the pattern, but the cards, quilts and the love that she has felt from each of you. She will be going through one more surgery this week and then after that she'll be on meds for the next 5 years, and hopefully be cancer free! 

I wish today that I was sharing my completed Ohana quilt with you, but unfortunately mine is still waiting to be quilted. :) However, my grandma is an over achiever and finished making not just one but two Ohana quilts and then sent them to me for some machine quilting. 


Lovers Star - A Free Christmas Quilt Tutorial

I hope by now you've all got all of your Christmas sewing complete and you're ready to relax and enjoy the holidays!! 

If not, if you're still looking for a little Christmas inspiration I've got another fun Christmas inspired quilt tutorial.


Digital Machine Quilting - What is it?

Before I bought my long-arm quilting machine 9 years ago, to be honest I really didn't know the difference between, digital/computer guided quilting or free-motion quilting. I really was naive to how it all worked. After buying my long-arm machine I very quickly learned the difference. I will admit that at that time I was a bit of a "snob" about free-motion quilting. I had the attitude that computer guided or digital machine quilting was cheating. Boy have my opinions changed over the years. :)

Six years ago, I was having horrible back and neck pain every day, it actually got so bad that at one point I was going to physical therapy several times a week to help with the pain. The pain was coming as a result of bending over, and using horrible posture while machine quilting for 8+ hours a day at least 5 days a week. At this time I made the decision to invest in the Statler Stitcher. The Statler Stitcher is the version of computer that is used on a Gammill Long Arm Quilting machine. It was a big investment, but I was in my 20's and knew that if I continued to quilt like I was, my machine quilting career was going to be short lived. 

This is a quilt that I used the Statler Stitcher and my "Mist" digital pantograph pattern to quilt.
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