10.01.2014

Pumpkin Quilt

Earlier this week I custom machine quilted this adorable pumpkin quilt that Valerie made. I always love to admire her hand applique work, I am not patient enough to do hand applique, but I sure to love to admire it!
Valerie sent me this adorable quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her. Being that it's a pumpkin quilt I decided to add in some spider webs, and I machine quilted in one spider, it's hiding, so it'll be fun to see if Valerie can find it. :)

This was such a fun quilt to machine quilt, thanks again for letting me quilt for you Valerie!

9.30.2014

Edge to Edge Machine Quilting - Baptist Fan

 A week or so ago I machine quilted this super cute quilt for Jane. Jane asked me to machine quilt something simple all over the quilt.
So, I chose the Baptist Fan pattern. I love how this pattern quilts out, it adds just the perfect amount of curvature.
The quilt pattern is super cute too, what a great use of Jelly Rolls.
Thanks for letting me machine quilt this fun quilt Jane!

9.29.2014

Pinners Conference 2014!


I'm super duper excited to announce that Kathleen and I will be presenting at the 2014 Pinners Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, November 7-8, 2014.

"Modern Quilts with a Traditional Twist"

Saturday, November 8th, 3:30pm






Kathleen and I will be sharing the quilts from our books, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting & Modern One-Block Quilts, plus a few that have been published in magazines. :)

Make sure to use promo code "piecenquilt" when you register.

Delight Quilt

Last week I machine quilted this fantastic Delight quilt of MaryAnn's. The quilt is super adorable, I love the fabric choices here.
MaryAnn loved the way that Angela had machine quilted Julie's original version of this quilt so she asked me to machine quilt hers similar, not the exact same, but something similar. I loved how Angela had quilted the original as well, so I was super excited to quilt this one.
Julie of Jaybird quilts designed this Delight pattern, it's a great quilt and there are no Y seams! YAY!
 I had a lot of fun machine quilting this one, Thanks so much MaryAnn for letting me machine quilt another one of your adorable quilts!

9.24.2014

Double Snowball Quilt

Yesterday I finished up the machine quilting on this beautiful Double Snowball Quilt made by Paula. I love the bright fabrics with the touch of black. So crisp!
Paula sent me her quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her, giving me the go-ahead to quilt it as I felt. I decided to really play up the rounded "snowball" look that the quilt has.
So I machine quilted a flower in the center the a couple of circles followed by a smaller border of circles and some echoing. 
I machine quilted heavy straight lines in the black and then an orange peel pattern in the corner blocks. I really love how it turned out.
I did change and use a few different thread colors. I don't like my machine quilting to take away too much from the actual quilt top, so sometimes changing thread colors is the best option.
Paula had a solid black backing, and also black batting, great for this quilt, I love how the bright thread colors really pop on the backing.
And just for fun, here's a picture of the quilt top before I began machine quilting, it's always fun to see the transformation before and after the machine quilting.

Thanks for letting me machine quilt this fabulous quilt Paula!

9.23.2014

Gobble Chain --- the Christmas Version

I swear I've mentioned this several times before, but I'll do it again! One of the very most flattering parts of my job is when I have the opportunity to machine quilt quilts made from our patterns and tutorials! There is just something about that, that really makes me smile!

Ilene made this version of our Gobble Chain quilt using Christmas fabrics, because she used Christmas fabrics she changed the applique into a more wintery looking section. I love what she did! 
I machine quilted an all over holly & berry pattern over all of the chain portion of the quilt, and then switched thread colors and custom machine quilted around the applique section, to really make that applique sing!
I love how it turned out, and I love the little birds she appliqued! So stinkin' cute!
Thanks so much for letting me machine quilt this adorable quilt Ilene!

We have a complete photo-by-photo tutorial available here! I can't believe we designed this quilt 5 years ago and it's still one of our very most popular tutorials!

9.22.2014

Round and Round Quilt

Ilene made this adorable version of our Round and Round quilt. I really love this quilt, for a lot of reasons, I love the pattern, Kathleen and I designed this pattern and it's available in my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting. I just love the colors that Ilene used in her version! I totally want to make a quilt in this color palate now!
After I machine quilted Donna's quilt I knew I had to quilt the waterdrops pattern on this quilt. 
I used Quilters Dream Wool batting, I wanted the quilt to stay really soft but have a little bit more texture, I think Quilters Dream Wool is just perfect for creating texture yet staying really soft.
You can pick up a signed copy of Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting here.

9.19.2014

Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

So.....do you remember how earlier this week I mentioned that I had a lot of eye-candy quilts to share?!?! Well, I wasn't lying! Today I get to share this gorgeous quilt that belongs to Deb! This quilt is gorgeous and she did a fabulous job piecing it.

When I first saw this quilt that first thing that came to mind were feathers, it's so soft, and very traditional, that I just couldn't resist machine quilting a lot of feathers.
In the borders I machine quilted feathers with cables, and then in the center of each of the stars I machine quilted small feather medallions. I even quilted some curved cross-hatching in the pink border. That was actually my very first time machine quilting curved cross-hatching, and it was super fun! You can expect to see more of that from me!
I just love how it turned out! Thanks for letting me machine quilt this gorgeous quilt Deb!

Check out my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting for machine quilting how-to's.

9.18.2014

Hourglass Quilt

Earlier this week I machine quilted this fun Hourglass quilt for Donna. The pattern is adorable. Donna asked me to machine quilt an all over pattern, I thought it would be fun to add some curves. So I chose this adorable raindrops pantograph pattern.
I love the circles. I love them so much I want to machine quilt them on one of my own quilts!
Thanks for letting me machine quilt this adorable quilt Donna!

9.17.2014

Create Handmade Gifts for All & A Give-Away!

Hey there! Today I'm super excited to introduce you to my friend Candy, and her new e-book, Create Handmade Gifts for All.


This adorable new book features 18 projects including; Bags, Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Stockings, Organization Totes, Pillows & Sew much more! This is a must have book, and it's only $9.99, what a steal!

So.... Do you want to have a chance to win that adorable messenger bag, the one featured on the cover of the book? Here's your chance!
 Each of the bloggers listed below will randomly select two names, one for the mag, one to give to Candy for the bag drawing – be sure to visit everyone for more chances to win!
Uhm.... aren't her stockings so dang cute! Seriously, how cute would those be in bright red and green to go with my "grinch" themed Christmas Tree!
To win :  leave a comment on this post, telling me your project you've ever made. I will select a winner on September 22, 2014. 
Monday, 9/8 – Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River
Tuesday, 9/9 –  Vicki Welsh of  Field Trips in Fiber
Wednesday, 9/10 – Deborah Boschert of Deborah’s Journal
Thursday, 9/11 – Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Monday, 9/15 – Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss
Tuesday, 9/16 – Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Wednesday, 9/17 – Diane Doran of Ooh! Pretty Colors
Thursday, 9/18 – Vicki Christensen of Sew Inspired
Friday, 9/19 – Candy of Candied Fabrics
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