Sunday, February 5, 2017

December quilts.....

After having an amazing October and with all of the activities in November, it was good to slow down a bit for December.  Didn't have as many quilts hangin' out at my house waiting to be quilted it lifted some of the pressure and allowed me to deck the halls for Christmas.  It was nice, usually I've got the machines running up to the last minute before Christmas.  In a lot of ways it was weird, but so am I, so it's all good I've learned just to roll with it.

Betty from NC sent me this simple buy amazing quilt!!  Betty and I are kindred spirits in the way we both tend not to follow directions.  We can get a crazy idea and then try to run with it.  Sometimes it's not a great idea, but this one was a winner!!



I really enjoy getting the boxes in the mail from Brandy! She doesn't have a particular style, but she seems to cover all the bases.  From what I'm seeing her style fits the quilt recipient. Here's another great one from Brandy:



Elizabeth in KY pulled this quilt together as a gift for a nephew (I think, this is when time is not my friend!)  Quilting it with a football design finished it off nicely!



Frances was busy with these cute little quilts.  Using flannel for the top and the backing made the quilts just as soft as ever!





New quilter Hasty (nickname) pulled out a few of her daughters t-shirts and finished off this great t-shirt quilt!  It was hand delivered by one daughter to another daughter in England!   But note the Dartmouth logo!!



Judy in NC kept me busy for a couple of days!  First up is a bed runner, followed by a wall hanging and lastly a couple of  great quilts.  Judy was going to be busy for a while with all that binding.








Kate in ME sent this ultra modern  fun quilt.  Love the design that the fabrics made by sewing simple triangles. Matching the fabric for the backing finished it off wonderfully!!



Laura in NH completed this baby quilt while at the Hulbert Retreat!  The color placement on this one just makes it!  Good job!



Maryanne in CT sent this quilt made from her daughters clothing.  Simple, but love the memories that it will have for them both!



Modern fabric and big blocks really make this quilt!! Melynn in MA coordinated the solid reading fabrics perfectly with the prints!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the matching backing fabric!  Makes this quilt a keeper for years and years!



 Sue from NH was working on this adorable little quilt at a day retreat that I attended.  I fell in LOVE with the great fabrics!  So soft and sweet, but had the perfect amount of color!  She made this precious little quilt for a precious little grand.



More photos of these wonderful quilts at the other blog, don't forget to check them out.  Here's the link:  

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping in!
Hugs....
joanne

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Time to post more quilt photos! November!

November was another hectic month.  Hosted the 4h retreat at Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT.  Thanksgiving with the boys home and a few quilts.  Life in general for everyone is just crazy and why is that? sigh...
Okay, on to the quilts.....
Don't forget you can click on the photo for a closer look and for more photos of these quilts hit the other blog:
http://splittingstitcheslongarmquilting.blogspot.com/

Ketta from Mo sent me this happy, happy quilt filled with lots of hugs and kisses.  It is a quilt she made for her daughter Claire for Christmas.  What a wonderful, wonderful quilt this one was!  



Kristina from here in NH finished off this beautiful quilt all in blues.  Wanting an ocean feeling we used a circular quilting design.  Love the blues!!



Labyrinth quilts, WOW!  The quilt design always requires high contrasting colors and this one from Leslie is fabulous!  When discussing quilting designs for these quilts I usually go with a very basic meander so the quilting does not distract from the design of the quilt.   



Up next is a cute little baby quilt from Mary Beth.  Stars were perfect for this one!



Marianne in VT worked those log cabin blocks into this fabulous quilt!  You can't go wrong with a log cabin block.  The contrasting colors and placement really gives this quilt movement.  Wonderful!!



Pat in Fl. pulled this panel into a great quilt!  I could post a dozen photos of this one!  Be sure and check the other blog for more photos. Panels have always been  head scratcher  for me, I love seeing what these gals do with them.  Here's another one that I have fallen in love with!



Another very special Christmas quilt.  Pat in VT made this quilt for her hubbie and his best bud.  Adding a couple of photo blocks took this one over the edge of being extra special!  I'm learning how to add lettering into quilting designs and this is one of the first.  Couldn't resist adding hubbie and his best bud's name on the quilt.



Paulette finished off a couple of quilts recently.  The Oriental prints of the first one were beautiful!  Couldn't resist adding the Oriental quilting design!



Paulette's second quilt slipped by me!!  I got a couple of up close shots of the block but no photo of the entire quilt!!  Darn it!!  


What a sweet, sweet quilt this one was!!  Ruthanne put this one together for a grand baby.  The little owls were so sweet and the fabrics were amazingly soft!  This one will be loved!!



Couple more  baby quilts!!  Sandy put these two little quilts together for gifts.  I helped finish them off using one of my favorite quilting designs, Cotton Candy.  It's a puffy design that in spots looks like hearts without really "being" hearts.





Shari in VT made Christmas special this year with these two adorable quilts.  The fabrics were so fun and girly!  Be sure and click on the photos for a closer look!  I got to quilt out a cute little owl stitching design for her owl quilt and a very girly floral on the other!  





I sometimes get request to make quilts for people.  This can honestly be an act of love for me.  When I got the email from Ashley asking me if I could make a crib quilt from receiving blankets, sheets and towels I wasn't sure what direction to go.  After several emails and photos I finally got things going.  We ended up with enough fabrics for a pretty good size lap quilt that her son could use now and a crib that she could tuck away for a grand baby some day in the far, far future.  Some of the fabrics had to be stabilized but all in all the two quilts turned out amazing!!  If you lived in the area and visited me you saw this project in many stages and hanging for what may have seemed for-ever on my design wall.  Here's a few photos, and of course I didn't get a shot of the finished crib, darn it!!

After much MATH I figured 8" squares would net the most blocks and be the best use with less waste from the items.


Here's the crib in process.  I decided to offset the seams to make the corners less bulky and lumpy.  Trying to think ahead for the baby.


With the other blocks I managed to pull this design from the left over pieces.


AND then I wanted to design a quilting pattern to stitch on it!  At this point I was emotionally vested in this project!  But the fabrics!!!  They were so amazingly soft and wonderful!!!


You can see the finished lap quilt and then I've got the little triangular pieces from the towels.  


Found the most perfect Moda print for the backing!  Again with the luscious fabrics, can't go wrong with Moda.


Isn't this the most adorable little thing!!  


And here's his three companions.  How am I going to do this???? 


After much, much marking, I finally came up with shapes that I liked for each of the little pieces.


Here's the only photo I have of a finished corner after adding the little towel embellishments.  I did add them after I the machine quilting, I really wanted them to pop on the quilt.


I think Ashley was please with the end product.  I got a very lovely note from her expressing her thanks.  

Those were the November quilts, hope to have December up very soon!

Thanks for checking on me,
hugs,

joanne
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