AQS Quilt Week and The Quilted Pineapple!

Last week I traveled to Syracuse, NY for the AQS Quiltweek Show and most importantly, quilting classes with Linda Hrcka .  I’m so impressed with her quilting. It’s fabulous yet never upstages the piecing.  Great instructor, and really nice, too.  Here’s a pic of the two of us (it was selfie time!) in front of one of her quilts:me and linda hrcka.PNG

I’m really looking forward to quilting up what I learned on my next quilt! It’s on the rails, basted and ready to go.  She is definitely an inspiration.

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Practice quilts

I practice quilting (a lot) so I end up with these good-size pieces of quilted fabric, with all of my mistakes quilted in.  I sewed two of these pieces into a pillow-case sized sack, stuffed them with bits and pieces of batting and fabric, and sewed them shut.  The result? Two “dog beds” suitable for a small dog or pretty much any sized cat. Here are my friend Tricia’s two babies, settling down for a comfy summer snooze:kitties on beds

This proves that practice does indeed make purrfect!

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A leaf and seeing double, twice

My mom had twins (17 months after she had me) and I had twins (they’re 23 now). So it seems only natural that there’s a set of twin fawns frolicking in our yard this summer. We are having a drought; I do worry about them a bit, but they seem to enjoy feasting on the leaves in the little patch of woods behind the kitchen:

deer twins

So that’s the first “double”.  The second “double” is a pair of baby comforters that I am quilting up right now. Two baby panels.  I didn’t even cut them apart before I put them on the machine. I can do that later. Here goes:

two baby comforters

I’m using a cotton batt, Glide thread on top, Bottom Line in the bobbin – my favorite combination.

And now the leaf.  Nancy brought me this quilt. It’s a Quiltworx pattern (you can find it here) called “One”.

one leaf on the machine

This quilt has a cotton batt and is quilted with Invisafil on the top, and Bottom Line on the bottom. I stitched 1/4 inch away from all the seams in the leaf, vertical lines on the light side, and diagonal lines on the dark side.  I really love the fabrics she chose for this quilt.


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The Adirondack Quilt

Kathy brought me an Adirondack-themed quilt. She designed this quilt for a cabin in the Adirondacks. It’s for a bed made from whole logs!  The main part of the quilt has blocks with loons, bears, trees, fish and deer; the outer border of the quilt has star blocks. It’s going to look perfect on that log bed.  I really wanted the quilting to highlight the piecing and applique work.

Here are some of the individual blocks and stars:

loon in progress

I was still working on this loon block when I took this picture. I really wanted the applique to stand out, and the quilting to be subtle. I used Invisafil thread around the edge of the applique, to create the wing texture, and to create the water movement.

Loons are interesting; they almost look like they have curved cross-hatching on their backs in “real life”:

loon with babies.PNG

The real loon looks a little more busy than the appliqued loon!

Next, a tree block:tree

The applique has a satin stitch all the way around. Using Invisafil thread, which is very fine, I quilted at the very edge of the satin stitch.  Then, using a soft gold Invisafil thread, I added the tree shapes in the background (they’re actually much straighter than in this picture, which is a little distorted).

Star blocks:

I stitched in the ditch for each star, and added detail in the center square. Each block is different. Again, I used Invisafil in colors that matched.

Lots of fun with this quilt, and it’s going to look great in that cabin!

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A Little Historical Quilting

My daughter and I went to Genesee Country Village and Museum today. It’s a large living history museum, and the third-largest collection of historic buildings in the US. There are homes, barns, churches, school houses, stores and other building from the 1800s, arranged in a village setting, and filled with so many artifacts: furniture, clocks, cookware, floor coverings, and of course, quilts.

But wait, there’s more. There are people in the buildings, wearing clothing from the era of the building, while they demonstrate trades, crafts, cooking or agriculture. And there are quilts in almost all of the houses.

bigben and qult

There was even a community quilting bee. Here I am doing some hand quilting on a whole-cloth quilt:

genesee country museum

The homes from the late 1800s had sewing machines from the era:

sewing machine silhoutte

This house did not have electricity. So the machine is set by the window.


My daughter took the pictures. Thanks, Andrea!


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Scrap or stash?

When there’s leftover fabric, is it a scrap or part of the stash?

I have two nice cabinets that I store my stash in. And the scraps have all been crammed into a basket that’s kinda bigger than a breadbox. Then it got really full and I needed a good idea.

I found this post by Lori Holt over at Bee In My Bonnet, and just had to share. I love that she calls the resulting quilt a bonus quilt, rather than a scrap quilt. So, the next time I am straightening up the sewing room, I am going to try her method.

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Another blue and white block

I’m really enjoying working on this blue and white “Metroscope” quilt. It reminds me of blue and white china…



And I guess you won’t quite see the similarity until I show you the entire quilt! That will be soon.

I’m using the quilting ruler that’s a companion to the Quick Curve ruler. The curved lines really work together:


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