Derby Style Quilt - Quilt Market - Fall 2014

It seems like just yesterday it was spring quilt market, and now it's fall market again! Crazy! I've been to every fall market for the last five years so it's strange to be skipping this one, however, I will be in Lexington, Kentucky during market, teaching at Q-First in Quilting, so I still get to be hanging out with lots of quilty peeps!

Speaking of Kentucky! Melissa of The Polka Dot Chair has a new fabric line coming out, inspired by the Kentucky Derby - Derby Style, for Riley Blake Fabrics. Melissa asked me to machine quilt this adorable quilt showing off her new fabrics. 
I knew the machine quilting had to be something fun, to add interest but not take away from the fabrics and the pattern. So I chose to machine quilt cables in the borders, then in the background I decided to go with tiny pebbles, swirls and clams. I wanted to mix it up in with the background fillers, just to create more texture and add a little bit of interest to the background. I love that it's kinda funky too!
Then in the center of the ribbons I machine quilted a star and wavy lines in the ribbons. So cute! If you're headed to Quilt Market you'll have to check it out.
Make sure to hop over to Melissa's blog to see more about this darling new fabric line.


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.


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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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


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 


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 


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.
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