Dresden Doodles

I’ve been waiting to get this quilt back to Charlotte before posting anything about it, but I decided to go ahead and share this now.  I’ve been gone this last week to Machine Quilting Exposition, where I took classes from some amazing quilt teachers, so I am slow to get back in gear and into my regular routine.

Charlotte has this beautiful quilt with Dresden Plates and wanted traditional quilting all over.


Here’s a close-up so you can get a better look at the fabric.  I think it’s very pretty.


I took plenty of shots of the quilting, but, truly, the best shots are of the quilt laying across my machine’s frame, with the natural sunlight coming in.  So, here are 2 of those.


Charlotte wanted feathers in the outside border and as filler around the Dresden Plates (in the white areas in the background and border), so those were fun to do.  I filled the petals of the Dresden Plate with swirls and the inside circles with feathers and a swirl.  I think the formal cable and square design in the sashing borders works perfectly with the checkerboard corners and striped sashing.  I found it funny how the feathers and swirls were quick to finish, but the sashing took as long to finish as the rest of the quilt – I used rulers for the cable and square quilting, but did the feathers and swirls freehand.  I was trying to get it perfect, but, really, there’s no such thing as perfect.

What do you think?  Does the quilting design compliment the quilt itself?

There’s no place like home in Kansas

Remember this quilt?


Well, Claudia made another quilt like this one for her other brother and asked me to quilt it similar to this one.  I changed it up a bit by moving the barn to the other side of the quilt and adding sunflowers on this next quilt.  You probably won’t see much difference but here’s the latest…

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Here’s a shot of the left side of the farm with sunflowers.


And, the fence, sheep, tractors and gravel road…


And, the barn on the right side with a fat, lazy cat down in front of it…

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Some cows near the barn with a dime for perspective on how “big” they are…


Thought you might like to have a better look at the wheat…  The kernels are drawn like baby leaves.


And, for those of you are wondering how to do this yourself, here’s a video showing you how to “thread draw” wheat on my YouTube Channel.