Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Catching up

It's true.  Like I said some weeks ago, I am on a quilting hiatus.  I am taking a break from the client work to recharge my battery and to work on some of my projects that always get swept to the far corner.  A week or so ago, I decided that I needed to get a few of the client's quilts done.  I wanted a paycheck LOL!  I had 2 edge-to-edges (yes, I actually get E2Es!) and this adorable baby quilt.

This client prefers less dense quilting, which makes me work hard.  My inclination is always to quilt more densely.  I hope she likes it; I think it's adorable. She's donating it to a NICU as a charity quilt.
 Fills are loose, and slightly varied. I let the hearts on the giraffes be the focus.
 Late last week, I loaded two more quilts, both belonging to the same client.  This star is right up my alley. It is a design I have quilted several times, and have a stock of nice designs to put in each space. As a quilter, this is the type project that causes no stresses, and is perfect for a time when I don't really want to overthink a design or reinvent wheels.

It's a throw size, quilted with a Hobbs 80/20 batting. I used Glide threads mostly, except for the striped brown border. Though the colors are somewhat Christmassy, I don't know that it is intended as such.
 Here's the pretty back...It shows the outer border when the first photo does not.
 Here is the other quilt...This one I sat on all weekend. I pondered what to do every time I walked by the quilt. There is something about all that background blank space that makes me fret!  In the end, it is cute and whimsical, and was really not stressful whatsoever.
 I needed the quilting to give the quilt movement and character. I wanted to create a faux frame too. There are ghost oak leaves quilted into the background amidst the 3 fills I used.
These appliques are fused, so I kept quilting on them to a minimum...just defining the veining of the leaves.  I used a wool batt and Glide thread.
 It's good to be quilting a little bit. I have a Lollipop Trees quilt next to be loaded, but it won't be quilted exclusively.   I am still working on a few other things simultaneously. It feels better to chip away at the jobs gradually!

9 comments:

Leeanne said...

beautiful quilts all of them, but the giraffe ensemble is my fav! The hearts on the chests......just perfect!

Quilts by Jenny said...

You are a genius! Great job on the giraffes! They are adorable!

Food and Fiber Floozie said...

Your quilting, as always, is totally STUNNING!!!! I absolutely love the giraffe quilt...any chance you know what pattern that is?

kupton52 said...

All three of these quilts are simply gorgeous. The baby quilt is probably the sweetest I've ever seen. Such a simple pattern but the quilting takes it into the realm of stunning. The other two are too beautiful for words. I'm glad they were not stressful. Your "stock" of quilting patterns is amazing. Even though I have all your books I'd love to get a peek into your thought process. Perhaps that is something, too, that comes with practice. I always feel I use the same adjectives in these comments....but other than divine or sublime, I'll stick with gorgeous, beautiful and stunning. Thank you for sharing...your work truly is inspiring. Blessings....

Joy said...

A very diverse grouping of quilts. They are all beautiful.

Jz said...

Wow! Beautiful work and always inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Diane said...

The quilting on the giraffes is just perfect. I can see the sun in the sky, the wind and the ground. On the star quilt, I like the center curved feathers and on the umbrella quilt, wow. How fun to have to look for the quilted leaves. I found myself letting my eyes wander over the top to see what designs you used.

quilt for fun said...

Margaret, the quilting on the giraffe quilt is amazing! Thank you so much for fitting my quilts in during your hiatus. For the person who asked about the pattern, it's available from SewFreshQuilts, but I used a great polka dot fabric instead of piecing all those tiny squares. I love how it turned out, and hope it raises lots of money for the NICU.

Bob Kelher said...

Where do you get the Madiera Monolon?

Becky