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.
Shellie made this darling Beach Break quilt as a gift for a friends grand-daughter. The nursery is decorated in Finding Dory theme so when Shellie saw this cute Beach Break pattern she knew she just had to make it for the baby.
Shellie liked how I had custom machine quilted the original version of Beach Break for Quilted Works so she asked me to custom machine quilt her quilt similar to the original.
It's time for another fun Christmas quilt! This time I decided to play around with our "Ohana" quilt pattern and make it Christmas version. I actually had so much fun with this quilt that I created two versions. One with red, green, blue and gray and this one that is more of a winter version with just blue and grays. I love them both but these blues & grays are really calling my name!☺☺☺
Labels: Christmas Quilts
Marcia made this gorgeous Medallion Quilt and sent it to me to be machine quilted. This quilt has a lot going on and Marcia and I decided that it would be gorgeous with custom machine quilting or edge to edge quilting. In the end we chose edge to edge for this quilt and I think it turned out just fabulous!
Hey quilty friends! Are you ready for some more Christmas quilt inspiration? I am! I can't get enough of these Christmas fabrics, oh, and blue for Christmas, yes please! I'm kind of obsessed with it! :)
Today's fun quilt comes from my free tutorial for the Liberty Star Quilt Block. The block is designed to finish at 12" square, the quilt shown here will finish 96" square, but you could make any number of blocks to make the quilt any size you'd like.
Ruth pieced and applique'd this beautiful Christmas quilt. She brought it to me and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her. Quilts like this one, with a lot of little details are always so much fun to machine quilt and really bring to life.
When I decided to recreate several of my tutorials into Christmas versions, I didn't realize just how much fun I'd have doing so. I mentioned with the Northbound Christmas quilt that scrappy isn't my normal style, but I decided to push myself again and recreate this Spider Star Quilt in a scrappy Christmas version. I'm loving this version so much!! It's just perfect for Christmas and using up your scraps.
Brittany hand embroidered this darling red-work Winter Wonderland quilt. It's so cute! I'm not patient enough to do handwork like this, but it's just so gorgeous and I love it.
Brittany brought me this fun quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her.
These Christmas quilts just keep getting better and better, and the excitement just keeps continuing to build over here. My kids couldn't be more excited for Christmas, not just Santa, or the presents, but I think they are most excited that they get to spend the holidays this year with cousins', aunts, uncles and grandparents!