Marian’s Spring Bouquet

If you’ve ever heard of Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts, you know she creates masterpieces from scraps.  Marian recently made a quilt from Edyta’s pattern “Spring Bouquet.”  If you like what you see in this post, you can find the pattern at Laundry Basket Quilts here.

Let’s start out with a full shot, so you can really start drooling.

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As you can see, there are what looks to me like a gazillion pieces, many of them tiny.  I know this must have taken some time for Marian to complete.

Before I get on to the close-ups of Marian’s quilt, I want to show you a trick I use when quilting.  I have a couple of laser lights for making sure I get things square.  I have a laser square that I use for blocking quilts.  You can see how I use that here. Yes, it’s a tool you can find at your local hardware store; a place I get several other tools for my quilting work.  But, for when I don’t have the room for the laser square such as when I’m working on my quilting machine’s frame, I use another laser tool like this in the lower right of the picture below.  These can also be used for making sure you hang pictures straight across a wall.  I use it to line up seams and borders as I am moving along the quilt.  I can run my fingers along that laser line and nudge the top this way or that if it needs it.

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So, let’s take a look at some quilting I did along the borders so you can see what I did with Marian’s quilt.

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And, then we’ll move a little inside the borders.

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I know Marian didn’t want any stitching inside the applique (some people do, some people don’t), but see those daisy looking flowers on the right in the picture below?  I couldn’t control myself and had to tack that center down.  It was trying to fly off the quilt.  Honestly, I usually try very hard to give the customer what he or she wants, but, since she was putting this in a show, I thought it might detract from the beauty of Marian’s work.  So, I stitched it down. <big breath>

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Until we get to the middle…

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If you would like to drool on see this quilt in person, Marian has entered it into the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival held at the Overland Park Convention Center next month…June 19 – 21.  For more information on the quilt festival, check them out here.

 

 

Stephenson’s Family Quilt 2015

I am really behind on sharing my customers’ quilts, so I am going to try to get as many of them posted today as possible.  I apologize up front for bombarding you with all the eye candy.  😉

Judy’s family reunion is later this month, I think.  I cannot believe how much Judy has gotten done this past year.  She has been our quilt guild’s boutique chairperson for the booth the guild is having at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival in June.  You can find out more about the quilt festival here.  They’ve got a really cute cinch bag for sale for only $8!  You can find that here.  Anyhow, I digress… Judy has been working on 1,000 kits for guild members to make stuff from to sell in the booth.  She’s come up with tons of ideas for little and big items and has been cutting, gathering, arranging, distributing over and over again amidst all the other things she’s had going on in her life  I have no idea how she’s survived this past year.  I don’t ever want to have to follow in her footsteps!

On top of all that, she managed to get the family quilt done.  She auctions the quilts off at the family reunion to raise money for family members in need.  Isn’t that awesome?  And, to add to her stress, I started something baaaaad when I quilted her family quilt last year.  I stitched names and dates into it.  So, this year, she machine embroidered names and dates into nearly all the blocks, I think.  She said it took her for. ever!  And, I believe it!

First off, let’s look at the whole quilt.  I LOVE how Judy made this a scrappy quilt with all the different colors and fabrics, yet she pulled the colors together in each of the blocks and then, “pow!”, added them out into the checkerboard border.  She really pulled this off well, in my humble opinion.

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Now, as you look at the picture above, I want to show you the parts where she embroidered the names and dates.  Here’s a close-up of the embroidery – it’s in white, so it is subtle and doesn’t over power the rest of the quilt.  Do you see it in the strip across the middle of this picture below?

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Here’s another view where you can see the embroidered strips above and below each block.

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And, to put it all into perspective, here is a shot of it draped across my quilting machine’s frame.  Now, go back up to the top of this post and look at the full view of the quilt.  Impressive, huh?  Each time I look at it, I am amazed that Judy was able to pull together all she has this year.  I think the colors, the stars, the Irish Chain and the checkerboard border are all symbolic of this past year for Judy.  She’s had some jewels in her life, it’s been colorful and sometimes probably drastic and dramatic, she’s had some chains, she’s kept them in her reign (with the solid strip between the blocks and the border) while dealing with the stepping stones (checkerboard border) around her life.

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Okay, so after all that, this is what I contributed, trying to give it some elegance while staying out of the way… don’t expect much.  LOL!

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Well… it kind of goes with the paisley backing of the quilt.  <laughing again>