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  1. 16 points
    A few months ago, my neighbor's 13 year old daughter asked me to help her make a quilt. How could I say no? Twist my arm? LOL! Anyway, this Christmas break, we got together, she picked a quilt pattern (The Road to Oklahoma) and then we went shopping for fabrics. Ultimately, I wanted her to be the decision maker for her fabrics, batting, backing, etc... I didn't want to say "NO" so I gave her some gentle guidance with fabric choices, and she chose a variety of pastel pinks, blues, grays and a tone on tone white for the background and we added a pretty light pink inner border fabric and outer border that had all of the colors of her quilt. We used the extra strips of pastel gray and pinks for the binding. She chose ultra high loft polyester batting and the backing was lusciously soft pink and white minkee. I told her to buy extra minkee backing to make sure we had plenty of backing and I told her if we had leftover minkee we could use it to make something else... And if you're curious what we did with the leftover minkee... I had enough to make two pillow cases (I surprised her with those!!) Can you imagine how soft that might be to lay your pretty little head? We also made a label and sewed it on the back "Made by Jacee, January 2018, North Pole Alaska" when it came to the quilting part, I showed her all sorts of adorable quilting designs she could pick from... but surprisingly, she wanted a meander. OK, girl... you got it! She is absolutely thrilled with this (she now realized how much work goes into making a quilt!). I told her the more you wash it the softer it will get and it will last many many years. So here she is cuddled inside her quilt. She's a beautiful girl. It felt good to share my love of quilting and inspire her to possibly do this again in the future. She's really into soccer (like serious stuff -- she could be an olympian...she's that good at soccer she plays in soccer tournaments all over the west coast!) I can imagine her bringing this quilt with her to the soccer tourneys, sleep-overs with school friends, etc... it will be loved and used for sure! A bonus to the story, her mom and dad are completely over the moon about this. In fact, Mom came over and helped us pin and lay out the quilt while Jacee sewed. When Mom and Jacee were out of state at a soccer tournament, her Daddy came over one day to sew the outer border on the quilt. So, it was a family project that all of them can take pride in. YAAY! Anyway, thought I'd share this sweet story. Happy quilting everyone!
  2. 15 points

    Moroccan Vibe-ish

    It must be picture day today! I just finished binding this quilt I finished quilting right before Christmas. Yesterday was finally dry enough with a little break through light in the clouds so ran outside for pictures. This quilt is a takeoff of the SKOW Moroccan Vibe, enlarged to fit our bed to 96”x 117. This was the quilt I asked so many questions here about double batting and hopping foot height etc. It was certainly a learning experience in so many ways. Quilted on Lenni.
  3. 15 points

    Baby quilt

    This is a baby quilt I made for a soon to be born baby boy. The nursery is an “Under the Sea” theme.
  4. 13 points
    Ann Wight

    My first scrappy quilt...ever!

    I have been quilting since 2008 and have always been afraid of making scrappy quilts. For me, they are to busy, too many fighting patterns, just too much chaos. I decided to tackle my fear of all this and make a small quilt from my scraps. I used an Arkansas Crossroads block and am really pleased with my "controlled" scrappy quilt. Details on my blog: http://bunkhousequilts.blogspot.com/2018/02/im-not-afraid-of-scrappy-quilts.html
  5. 13 points

    String of Pearls

    Originally my customer wanted three designs for this quilt. One in the center, another one around that, and then a different one around that. However, because of the design ( four petals in one juncture, and eight in another) they were turning as I moved around the blocks, and they didn't look right. Then she said just to do Nemeshing. I knew that would be boring, so I asked Bethanne Nemesh for her help. In two minutes, you have to love creative geniuses, she sent me three designs. I actually chose the easiest one for me to quilt. At the 8 petals I rotated the Nemeshing off the center point. Then Bethanne suggested a basketweave for the other spaces. My customer didn't want me to mark the quilt with a blue marker, so I used a hera marker and a ruler and tried to eyeball the weave. I used one layer of wool batting and over one and 1/2 cones of bottom line. String of Pearls (2) by Libby G, on Flickr String of Pearls by Libby G, on Flickr String of Pearls (4) by Libby G, on Flickr
  6. 12 points

    Metro Rings - finally finished!

    Between work and the holidays I was finally able to get this quilt on and off my frame. It's a commission quilt for a co-worker/friend and thankfully she was not in a hurry. I used quilt designs from House of Creations (they stitched beautifully!) and my Freedom with Intelliquilter. Just need to add the label and off it will go. Cathy
  7. 11 points
    Tammy V.

    Before and After pics

    When a gal brought me this, I cringed! It had been stored for years and had big water stains on it. This was a huge embroidered top made by a family member who had passed away. Surprisingly the water stains didn't even show when I was done! Boy, was this a challenge!
  8. 10 points

    Cross for Comfort

    My wife and I are now in Florida in the RV for a month, so there's no long-arm quilting going on - just some piecing. But before we left, we put together this quilt in about a week and a half. Our daughter was discovered with cancer of the gum in December and had surgery this month to remove three teeth and some bone. The cancer was all removed, she is healing well, and they have given her an appliance to fill the space, but she is really disheartened and having to struggle with emotions and fears. So my wife decided that she needed a hug from us, even though we could not be there. This is pieced with cotton on the top but a Minky backing and thick Hobbs wool. It's really warm and friendly. And when I was done quilting it, I was amazed to see how great the quilting looks on the Minky side. If you look closely at the gold border, you'll see a football at the top (for her husband the Steelers fan), icons for Paw-Paw's Butterfly and Paw-Paw's Princess on the sides (for her two marvelous daughters), and an extra heart on the bottom to represent herself and her love for her family. Quilting with a Minky back was a bit of challenge, and I turned to some posts on this forum for some great help. Thanks to you all for the advice that you post.
  9. 10 points

    Zoe the Zebra

    The recent discussion about Facebook and the forum has reminded me that I have been meaning to post more quilt pictures here. Have you met Zoe the Zebra? This quilt pattern was featured in Quiltmaker magazine, and when my friend and customer Salli sent me a picture of her version and asked if I would like to quilt it for her, I was delighted. This is such a cute quilt with the three-dimensional details, and all that negative space is a longarm quilter's dream. I knew right away that I wanted to add more flowers, and when Salli dropped off the top this was the only thing she knew she wanted... some shadow flowers in the background. Great minds think alike. I felt that an odd number of flowers worked better, so I only added two more and filled the remaining space with a butterfly. I quilted the background with random fillers. The outer border fabric is very busy, and the quilting doesn't really show, it looks better in the pictures than in reality, so I just repeated one of the background fillers and turned it into a border design.
  10. 10 points
    So... with me taking some time off during the holidays, I had a "stay-cation" and I a few days ago, I finished another beauty. It's a pattern designed by Judy Niemeyer called Paradise in Bloom. This one is pieced by one of my most favorite customers. She is amazing. She's 80 years old, she lives in Castle Rock Colorado and she sends me all of her (absolutely impeccably pieced) quilts to finish for her. It truly is my honor and joy to be part of this project. She is in the hospital right now, so I am keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. Love and prayers to my special friend, Sonja ....
  11. 10 points

    For His Service

    It is finally finished and will be judged next week at the “Road to California” quilt shop I am so proud of this quilt. I paper pieced it using Harboured Lighthouse pattern by Quiltworx It was made to thank my husband for his years of service in the United States Coast Guard I machine quilted it using my new Millennium and was hand guided. I do not have a computer on my long arm.
  12. 10 points

    Christmas Lonestar

    I just put this one in the mail to my in-laws yesterday. It’s a Moda Bake Shop quilt pattern using a Jelly Roll, which gave me a little trouble and I ended up doing some creative piecing to get it finished. I used Superior Monopoly to ditch it, beside the ditch, as the seams are all pressed open, then completed the rest with a Glide 40wt. Lenni worked really well with the Monopoly, thank the quilting gods! ;-). It’s about 60” square after washing. And I need to give credit to Tracey Russell from Whirls n Swirls Quilting who came out with the background full video the day I put it on the frame!
  13. 9 points

    First quilt using straight ruler

    Quilt is finished thank you for the likes
  14. 9 points

    A couple of recent quilts...

    Here are a few pics of some recent quilts. My customer did a fabulous job piecing a Cleopatra's fan quilt. I used Hobb's wool batting and Metro Pro thread. I stitched the same design in each block, but in some the thread blends too well and you can't see the quilting. The narrow brown border has a leaf type feather and the outer border is curved crosshatching. My photographing ability leaves a lot to be desired. The pinwheel quilt was made by my daughter (pictured) for the woman who has kept her baby for a few hours each week. Yes, that's my first grandbaby, Raylee Grace. All quilting stops when she's around.
  15. 9 points

    Christmas Quilting

    Just a few projects completed for Christmas. The table runners are from a Sew Kind of Wonderful free pattern on their website and the tree skirt inspiration came from Pinterest at the request of our son who wanted a "cabin themed" tree skirt. The three tree'd runner was my first project off my new Lucey! I'm loving the extra room already! Kathy
  16. 8 points

    First quilt using straight ruler

    This is my sun bonnet sue quilt I’m working on with straight edge ruler. I really liked using the ruler takes some getting used to and figuring out where to travel. I will get it by time I’m on the last block lol
  17. 8 points
    My quilt made it as a finalist at the “Road to California” quilt show. It was not awarded a ribbon but wow what an honor to be at this show.
  18. 8 points


    Finished my ‘alison glass sew Luminary quilt kit by Jamie Swanson’ 42” x55”. I had to chuckle when I showed my son the quilt... he wanted to know where the rest of the quilt was it was an interesting project as the star is created by cutting fabric strips of varying widths, sewing these together in color ways and then cutting those strips into random widths - diagonally and straight, sewing those together and then cutting diamonds and finally sewing the diamonds together. And then hoping you made the correct color selections etc to make sure you got the rainbow effect. it was a fun project
  19. 8 points
    Quilting Heidi

    Just saying hi!

    Hi All, It has been so long since I've been on the forum. I don't get much computer time these days. I keep my daughter's twins who are now 16 months old!!!! No idea where that time went. For all my old friends that followed Landon's story, he is doing great! It has now been 1 year since he had his open heart surgery and he is thriving. He is such a little charmer. He will probably still need more surgery but for now we are so thankful for how well he is doing. Scarlett is doing wonderfully too. They both have brought so much joy to our family. Most days I'm crazy busy chasing them around. We finally moved into our new home 11 months ago and my studio is set up. I haven't gotten a ton of quilting time in but hoping in the new year I will be able to get at it again. We just built a baby cave for the babies and they can play while I sew and quilt. I've had it up just over a month and oh it is a little bit of heaven for them and for me! Once the craziness that surrounds the Christmas season I'll have time to focus on my quilting again. I hope all of you are doing well. Just wanted to say hi.
  20. 7 points

    My Lakeshore Sunrise

    Lakeshore Sunrise quilted on my new Millie.....Loving this machine This was hand guided I do not have a computer on my longarm.
  21. 7 points

    Metro Hoops finnish

    I started making this quilt early last year and finally finished the piecing and quilting. I loved how the quilting designs came together and planned to keep this one for myself but I have someone interested in buying it so not sure where this will end up! Hobbs 80/20 batting and Superior threads quilted on my Freedom with IQ. Ditch work and straight lines are ruler work. Quilting designs are from House of Creations...no affiliation but stitch out beautifully!
  22. 7 points

    Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish

    I can't remember the last time I posted a finished quilt photo and I love seeing all of yours. Here is a recent finish; I pieced this quilt over the past two or three years. I found the gorgeous Robyn Pandolph border fabric on sale and bought the rest of the bolt and the one coordinate they had. My heart wanted me to quilt this thing to death; but my logical side said NO! Finish it; it goes on your bed and your dog will sleep on it! At any rate, it is finished and we are enjoying it. I used Quilters Dream Wool Batting and a variety of Glide and Sew Fine threads; quilting is all freehand and ruler work. Thank you for looking!
  23. 7 points

    Coming back!

    Hello! I am finally finding my way back here after a long hiatus! I joined after getting my Millie in January 2014. But in June 2014, my 4 month old nephew Isaac was diagnosed with SMA 1-a terminal, genetic disorder. It is the #1 genetic killer of children under the age of two. At the time, my sister and BIL were told to take him home and love him and he probably only had 6-8 months. Well, due to intense care by my sister, BIL, in home nurses, constant prayer and support of people from around the world and now one year of a miracle drug called Spinraza, Isaac will turn four in February! He uses Bipap to breathe, is fed through a g-tube, and can only move his thumbs, shrug his shoulders and move his head slightly side to side, but he is showing small gains each month. I have run a GoFundMe account for the family since his diagnosis which has helped immensely as my sister has only recently been able to return to work and my BIL stays at home with Isaac and his older sister. If you are still reading-thank you! And I am happy to be back here! I am looking to improve my free motion skills as well as ruler work. Here are a few of the quilts I have done. Violet Craft’s Lion for my nephew-we’ve called him Our Little Lion since birth. I used channel locks and did straight lines every 1/4”-1/2” Quilt for our school auction. Kids drew the blocks, I pieced and quilted. t-shirt quilt for a customer. Pieced and quilted pieced and quilted for a family member-channel locks again-approximately every 1”
  24. 6 points

    Folk Art Applique quilt

    Just finished this quilt for a customer who wanted minimal quilting on it as it is "folk art". She chose McTavishing for the background, so I did just enough stitching on the qpplique to hold it down. I had to work on this quilt in the dark with a side light just so that I could see where I was going and where I had been using So Fine Pearl on top and Cream Fil-Tec on the bottom.
  25. 6 points


    Here is the latest quilt I just completed for one of the guilds I belong to...the quilt will be raffled off at our November quilt show so I decided to do some custom quilting to really make it pop...It includes lots of ruler work, ditch work, a bit of curved ruler work with pebbles and ribbon swirls...in the solid areas and feathers in the remaining areas...I love the way it turned out and hopefully it will help sell some raffle tickets for our charity...