Forgotten Pieces

Never let yourself get so busy that you slip and forget to post pictures of your customers’ quilts.  The title is because not only did I forget to post about this, but the Bethlehem Star table topper was supposed to be a center piece of a larger quilt.  But, Charlotte didn’t get around to finishing that quilt and, over time, forgot she had this star.  Realizing she probably wasn’t going to get around to putting the star into a bigger quilt, she decided it would make a great table topper.  And, she’s right!

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Charlotte likes traditional quilting, so I put feathers in the triangles and along the border and back and forth orange peel quilting inside the star.  This should go well with a snow theme, just in time for winter decor.

Christmas also brings charitable giving in many of us.  Charlotte made this quilt for an adopted boy.

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To make him feel like a star, that’s what we stitched into the quilt.  And, since he’s at the age where he’s learning the alphabet and how to read, letters were stitched into the border.

My apologies for forgetting to post these earlier, Charlotte!  I need to learn not to let the holidays “interfere” with what I need to do.  😉

Farms are Finally Finished

Remember the other 2 “farm quilts” I quilted for Claudia?  She asked that I do one last one for her father.  This one is smaller and I decided to change it up a bit to make it special for her dad.

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She had some different colors, so I added a sun in the upper left-hand corner.

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And, because her dad is the “parent” of the farm, I put a house in the lower right-hand corner of this farm quilt.

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And, this farm has a dog, where the other 2 quilts do not.

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Claudia has been on a roll this year with making quilts for Christmas presents.  She asked me to quilt this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle quilt for her 5-year-old grandson. I love the texture of the fabric and the colors she put together for this quilt!

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But, what on earth do you quilt on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle quilt?  Looking back, if I had to do this all over again, I would not have quilted anything fancy at all in the center of this quilt.  It gets lost in the fabric print and is hard to see. I quilted a scene of all 4 Ninja Turtles together showing off their weapons, but you can’t see it in any of the pictures.

However, if you look closely at the next few pictures, you can see that I quilted one of each of the turtles’ weapons in each of the outer blue borders.

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You can barely see that I also stitched the names of each of the turtles in the purple borders, and I stitched hexagons to resemble a turtle shell in the green borders.  I was trying to fill up space by putting the weapons in the largest borders, but I wish I had stitched the names in big block letters in the blue borders and made the weapons smaller and put them in the purple borders.  Live and learn!

In this next picture, you can see the little orange cornerstone blocks.   If you know anything about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you know they love to eat pizza.  So, I stitched pizza in those blocks.

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I can only hope that Claudia’s grandson will be able to find all the hidden “pictures” in this quilt!

Flaming Guitars

My latest customer quilt is for Mary’s grandson.  Mary has done a wonderful job of combining colors to match her black fabric with musical notes.  I think she is using up her scraps; smart lady!  Anyhow, she paired the musical notes fabric with another black fabric that has guitars on it.  Here’s a shot of the whole quilt and a couple of close-ups.  Mary was very open to whatever I wanted to quilt on this, but this time we were looking at quilting something other than musical notes.  This is for her 10-year-old grandson.  What kind of stitching would you quilt on this?  The backing is a fire red, so I thought flames would work alright on this quilt.

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I snuck in a surprise down towards the bottom in the middle.  I put it in a place where it wouldn’t be obvious – you’d have to search to find it.  I wasn’t sure if her grandson would be frightened by it or think it was cool.  I’ll turn it over to the back so you can see what it is before I show you the front.  The orangey-red (flame red) is the actual color of the backing, but you can see the picture better in the second picture.

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I needed a template for adding this to the stitching, so I drew the flaming skull out onto vellum paper and then pinned it down before stitching it.  I avoid marking on my customers quilts unless I can find no alternative.  It’s just too risky.

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As you can see (or maybe you can’t – that’s the idea), after pulling the paper off, you have to really look to find the skull.

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If you are interested in seeing this process in action, I have a video of me doing this on my YouTube Channel.  You can find that video here.  I hope this helps you learn some strategies for marking (without marking ON) your quilt top for quilting.