Summer Still Life ~ American Patchwork & Quilting ~ August 2013

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
I am so beyond excited and flattered today to share our quilt today! Seriously, how huge of a compliment is it to have a quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, yes I'm blushing! :)

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Kathleen and I designed this quilt, Summer Still Life, a few years back, it's still one of our very most favorite designs ever. We just love the crisp, freshness of it. 
Summer Still Life quilt & pattern is featured in the August 2013 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Be sure to check out the pattern and photos, the staff over at American Patchwork & Quilting did an awesome job putting it together!

A fun fact about this quilt: this quilt was the first time I did a double batt when machine quilting, the quilt has one layer of Hobbs 80/20 batting and one layer of Quilters Dream Wool batting, so it has some really awesome texture and is also super heavy!

Another fun fact, for those of you that know me know how much I strongly dislike turning my applique, well, the applique on this quilt is all turned! :) But still sewn on by machine.

Modern Neutrals

Amy Ellis has a new book that was just released, Modern Neutrals ~ A Fresh Look at Modern Quilt Patterns.
Over the years Amy has become a great friend of mine, I was again honored to be able to machine quilt all of the quilts in her new book.
Amy's book features 15 adorable quilt patterns all made from neutral fabrics.
I love, love, love this, Placid Curves, quilt, I love the illusion of curvature when it's all straight lines! So cool!
Sliced is another one of my favorite quilts. I really love the background in this quilt. 

Thanks again Amy, for letting me machine quilt your beautiful quilts.

Modern Neutrals is also available at Fat Quarter Shop and on Amazon.


Baby Girl Quilt

Michelle pieced this darling baby quilt for one of her nieces.
She brought it to me for some machine quilting, Michelle wanted to keep the quilt more modern looking but also soft, she liked how I had machine quilted my "Over Under" quilt so we decided to quilt this one the exact same.
I love the final result. Soft, yet modern!


Flower Quilt ~ Custom Machine Quilting

Stephanie pieced this darling, bed-sized flower quilt.
It's such a fun and happy spring quilt.
Because the quilt has several borders I machine quilted something different in each border.
It's a fun quilt to add little details to.
Of course I have to share a couple pictures of the machine quilting on the quilt back. :)
Thanks for letting me machine quilt another one of your darling quilts Stephanie!


Marcelle Medallion

My friend Sherri, from It's a Quilting Life, pieced this awesome Marcelle Medallion quilt. Seriously, how awesome is this quilt!
She sent it to me for some custom machine quilting, I decided to go with some more modernish type quilting, lots of straight lines and pebbles to tie it all together.
I really love  how it turned out.

You can read more about this darling quilt over on Sherri's blog.


Allyson Quilt ~ Spring 2013 Quilt Market

Kimberly from Main Street Market Designs designed this beautiful "Allyson" quilt.
I'm not much of a curved piecer but this quilt makes me want to become one!
Kimberly brought me this darling quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her, doing basically whatever I wanted just making the flowers stand out.
Of course I love how the quilt back turned out, so I have to share a little picture of it. :)


Main Street Market Designs ~ Spring 2013 Quilt Market

I was privileged to machine quilt several quilts for Kimberly of Main Street Market Designs for Spring 2013 Quilt Market. I believe that all of her quilts were hanging in the Riley Blake Designs booth.
I custom machine quilted Starry Dreams for Kimberly, it's a beautiful play on a traditional quilt pattern with some more modern type machine quilting.
Richelle is a beautiful mix of modern and traditional, I machine quilted this quilt with a "modern cross-hatch" I really love how this quilt turned out.
I love this tulip quilt of Kimberly's I love the colors, the simplicity, everything about it!
I custom machine quilted this quilt with a large scale pebble in the background and then some custom quilting on each of the tulips to make the pop!
Another one of Kimberly's darling boy quilt designs.
I love how fresh this quilt is.
I custom machine quilted this fun quilt with a heavy background filler to make each triangle really stand out. What a fun quilt.
Check back in tomorrow I have one more of Kimberly's quilts to share, it's my very favorite one of her designs.. so far!

All of these patterns can be purchased from Main Street Market Designs.


Hashtag ~ Spring 2013 Quilt Market

Emily, from Crazy Old Ladies designed this adorable Hashtag quilt from her new Technicolor fabric, a Michael Miller fabric. I love the modern yet bright look of her new fabric collection.
Emily brought me the quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt some hashtags in the negative space and other than that I could have fun and do whatever I wanted with the quilt.
So, I did!
I machine quilted feathers, pebbles and some random swirls in the background, all of these techniques are taught in my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.
I love how Emily's quilt turned out.
I can't wait to see photos of her booth!


Arrow Quilt ~ Spring 2013 Quilt Market

This cool arrow quilt is another quilt that I custom machine quilted for the Moda Fabrics booth at Spring 2013 Quilt Market.
I love the simplicity of this quilt. I NEED to make this one for myself!
In this quilt I used Babmoo batting, I love the texture that the batting created.


Fall In Love with Moda ~ Spring 2013 Quilt Market

This darling quilt is another quilt that will be hanging in the Moda Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market.
The darling quilt is made from Moda's new pre-cut fabric the Honeycomb, they are 6" hexagons that are laser cut, and trust me, they are fun to work with.
I custom machine quilted this quilt for Moda Fabrics and I had a fun time really making that center section pop!
This quilt has bamboo bating, bamboo batting is quite heavenly to work with, it has a nice amount of loft to it so it really qives you a gorgeous finish.
I'm a little crazy over solid fabrics right now so I'm LOVING this quilt.


Machine Quilting for Spring 2013 Quilt Market

Now that Spring Quilt Market is here I get to start sharing the awesome quilts that I had the opportunity to machine quilt

Today I'll start with one that I machine quilted for Moda Fabrics, this quilt is made from Moda Bella Solids, I love bella solids so this quilt was super fun to machine quilt.
This quilt is a pretty simple pattern, so I decided to really enhance the half square triangles  I love what the feathers created and added to this quilt.
I used Quilter Dream Wool batting, and it's just what it sounds like, a dream to quilt with, the little bit of loft that it creates is AWESOME!
Stop back by tomorrow, I'll have more quilts that I machine quilted for Quilt Market to share.


Precision Piecing (taught by Norah McMeeking)

Something that I've really wanted to become better at is paper piecing, I've taken a few classes but for some reason it just hasn't clicked for me yet...
Today I'm super excited to share with all of you the opportunity to win Norah McMeeking's, Precision Piecing class taught on Craftsy, a $39.99 value!

Norah offers an overview of foundation paper piecing, showing you how to avoid common trouble spots. As you piece blocks inspired by traditional Amish quilts, the windows of Notre Dame and Roman mosaic floors, you'll achieve beautifully matched points, even Y-seams and smooth curves. With Norah's detailed instruction, you'll create intricate designs with the accuracy that quilt-show judges demand.
Your "Best in Show" journey begins here. Sign up today for Precision Piecing!

What You'll Learn
Secrets of fast and accurate foundation piecing
Precise 4-point and 8-point matches
Y-seams with an unusual mid-seam anchor
How to handle finely tapered pieces
Tricks for achieving perfectly flat, "married" seams
Piecing large curves without fear

What You'll Make
FREE instructions and templates are included for three quilts, designed by Norah exclusively for Craftsy!
Amish Pinwheel (60" x 60" finished size)
Stained Glass Window (36" x 36" finished size) 
Emerald Rings (42" x 42" finished size)

To enter to win simply click here and fill out the short form. Craftsy will select a winner next week!


Wrapped in Red ~ A Red and White Quilt

One of the most flattering things as a machine quilter / pattern designer is for others to re-make your quilts.
A year or so ago I designed "Wrapped In Red" and the pattern was published in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. 
Beverly made this version of Wrapped In Red, I LOVE red and white quilts so of course I love how Beverly's quilt turned out.
I machine quilted an all over swirly pattern and I love the simple detail that the quilted gave to the quilt.
Thanks for letting me machine quilt your quilt Beverly and thanks so much for re-making one of our patterns. :)

Genny also made a quilt from this pattern, read more about hers here.


Spring 2013 Quilt Market ~ What I've been quilting

Late last year I decided that I was going to skip this spring quilt market. Now that I've finished quilting all of my customer quilts for quilt-market and seeing little peeks on their blogs I'm starting to feel sad about my decision. Oh well, it won't be long until fall market and we've already booked our flights and hotel. :)

Today my friends over at Fat Quarter Shop and It's Sew Emma are showing a few of their new-releases that I machine quilted for them.

First up...
Primrose & Poppies
Four Patch Fun
Through the Looking Glass
Vintage Days
William's Crossing
And lastly,
All Aboard
I had a lot of fun custom machine quilting each one of these adorable quilts. You can read all about each pattern over on the Jolly Jabber and pre-order the patters at It's Sew Emma or Fat Quarter Shop.

Hop on over to Lissa's blog to see a little peek at one of the quilts I custom machine quilted for the Moda Fabrics / United Notions Booth.