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Posts posted by anniemueller

  1. I love quilting applique.  I agree with Lisa C, use the pattern in the water fabric as the grid for the clam shells.  I mark clam shells around odd shapes, to speed up my quilting.  There are some nice big spaces in the green background fabric.  Find out if there is something special that your client really likes about this area, or this quilt.  You can draw a motif in those big spaces and quilt the filler around the motif, just like you fill around applique.  The outer border already has pretty arcs in it, just quilt the outline of the arcs.  Fill in with piano keys if it needs it.  Fun!

  2. Look what I got to quilt!  It's a pink themed Halloween quilt, to display at our local hospital during the month of October.  Pink because it's breast cancer awareness month.  The Jackson Hole Quilt Guild rotates a quilt display every month at our local hospital.  The nurses and patients really appreciate it.  We've had a hard time in years past trying to find a pink quilt for the October display.  So we had the bright idea to make a quilt just for that.  Different people made the applique blocks, others sewed them together with sashing and border.  I quilted it, and just handed it off to another member to attach the binding.  A terrific collaboration.

    Last May I took a few classes from Judi Madsen in Salt Lake City.  I just LOVE her work.  So, you will see that she inspired this quilting.  

    The bat bra block is the one that really got me started with the quilt designs.  The lady who made it drew a spider in a web on the cleavage, so clever and so easy to quilt that design!  

    Judi had just posted an applique quilt that she'd finished that had bugs in it.  She gave the bugs motion by quilting a swirly design under them.  I thought the ghosts need that swirly design too.  Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?!

    I used a wool batting, glide thread with magna glide bobbins.  Love those magna glide bobbins!  Angela Huffman is a great source for them and her delivery is super fast.

    Thanks for looking!


    bat bra block.jpg

    ghost block.jpg

    bat boob block.jpg

    bra pumpkin block.jpg

    cat block.jpg

    circle of bras block.jpg

    Hershey kisses block.jpg

    jhqg pumpkin block.jpg

    kittens in tree block.jpg

    pink polka dot bra block.jpg

    pink spider web bra block.jpg

    sassy witch block.jpg

    spider web block.jpg

    tree block.jpg

    witches shoes block.jpg

    wtich in spider web block.jpg

  3. My grandmother gave me my first quilt when I graduated high school.  It's scrappy, hand sewn.  She gave me another one when I married.  I treasure both of them.  Part of what I love about them is that I can pick out fabrics she used to make her pantsuits, back in the 60's and 70's!  Such memories!!

    I always thought I'd quilt when I was a little old lady, like Grandma did..  :-)))))

    ok, now I need to go take pictures of the quilts to post.....

  4. I just loaded a medallion quilt that is not square.  Just basting,  I started at the top and by the time I worked to the bottom (it's about 60" square) it was a hot mess.  I had measured before and knew that the bottom was more narrow, and that the whole thing bows out in the middle in both directions.  I should have flipped it and started with the narrow end at the top.  Anyway, I re-basted the whole thing starting at the bottom narrow end and worked up.  I used my channel locks to keep the most obvious thin borders and outer edges straight in both directions.  There will be plenty of fullness to "quilt out", but at least it's starting out square.  It took a lot of time.  I'd only do it on my own quilts.  

  5. I have the same trouble with my Millenium.  The brakes don't hold like I want them too.  So I put a "gripper" between the rail and the break.  It works like a charm.  They are round rubbery circles, with holes throughout, used to open jar lids.  


    What a great idea.  I recently replaced the velcro on my brake, but don't expect it to last long.  I'll use a rubber grip next.

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