Back to Work

This week I’ve been working on a quilt belonging to my good friend and client Bea.  It is an especially beautiful pineapple quilt called “Pineapple Rings.”  Here it is:

The quilt measures 77×102, just right for this double bed

As you can see, there are lots of straight lines.  So I stitched in the ditch in the areas that have bold color and put spiral feather wreaths in the circular light areas.

Here’s a closer look:

Spiral Feathers. Remember you can click on the image to make it larger

Of course, the front is interesting…but the back is where I live:

I really like the pebble spiral in interior of the feathers

And one more that just shows some of the smaller feathers I put in the “football” shapes:

These little flippy feathers added some contrasting motion to the straight lines of the pineapple shape

Oh, I just have one extra photo, so I may as well use it:

This is my favorite one

So this has been a very good week for me.  I finished quilting this project and also have been beading the small quilt that will be donated to Emerald Valley Quilters for their Small Quilt Auction.  I’ll post some pictures of that one as soon as it’s finished.  Now I think I’ll collapse on the couch.

It’s Finished!

Autumn Pathways is completely finished and on its way to its debut show, the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon, September 20-22, 2012!I took this photo in my studio just after I finished over 40 hours of beading.

Autumn Pathways, September 7, 2012

Remember you can click on the image to see it larger. There are approximately 10,000 beads on the quilt

Here are a few closeups so you can see what I’ve been doing:

Shows the beading on the feather border

Closeup of the bead clusters

Leaf vine, with each leaf beaded through the center

My favorite fern spiral

This is my favorite of the falling leaves. The color variations look just as I wanted them!

I’m estimating the total number of time spent on this project at around 300 hours.  It is easily the most intense piece I’ve ever worked on, and I’m very pleased with the results.  After Northwest Quilting Expo, Autumn Pathways will be shown at the Emerald Valley Quilters show, “Legacies In Thread,” September 29-30, and then MQX West (Machine Quilters Exposition), also in Portland, October 17-20, 2012.  I’ll let you know what happens in those events.

IN THE MEANTIME, I am working on another piece that will be submitted for the Small Quilt Auction at the Legacies in Thread show.  The auction will be Saturday, September 29, at 1:00 pm.  If you’re local to the Eugene, Oregon area, come see what our members have to offer.  There are always wonderful pieces to purchase!

Thanks for reading!


Quilting Design Secrets


When you go to a lecture and your speaker appears wearing a kid’s tiara, does it make you wonder if you’re in the right place?  


Really?  She’s serious?

I was invited to be the Emerald Valley Quilt Guild’s “Mystery Speaker” for June, and gave my presentation last week to the guild.  Kudos to the guild members for staying in their seats!  One of my great hopes is that the many quilts tops now stored in boxes and drawers will be quilted so they can be admired and used.  The topics covered included design choice and inspiration, working out a plan for your quilt, and investing time in trying new techniques.  Leave no quilt unquilted!

My quilting journey began in earnest eleven years ago, and nine years ago I began longarm quilting for clients.  Quilting for clients uses my time, and a lot of my own quilts are yet unquilted!  To do this presentation I needed to beg, borrow and nearly steal completed quilts from my clients, friends, and my parents.  No quilt was harmed during this presentation (whew!) and all were admired.  The quilts on the stands behind me are my own, and are actually NOT the best representations of my quilting.  Most of my best quilts belong to other people!


We did show this lovely quilt that I made and gave to my mom and dad.  For two or three years I was rather engaged in doing Trip Around the World quilts, hand piecing them.  This quilt started with four orphan TAW blocks that just needed a quilt to set them off.  As I built around the center I realized this quilt would look great in my parent’s home.  At that point it measured about 60×60.  I called my mom and was rather astonished to hear that the quilt would need to be 102×102 in order to work in their room!  The quilt was loaned back to me for this lecture on the condition that I apply a label documenting it…The quilting in this piece is a medium density, lots of ferns and feathers.  I wanted a very soft quilt for my parents.

This is a quilt I hand pieced, a Grandmother’s Flower Garden, using 30’s Reproduction fabrics.  I decided to make it a large hexagon instead of squaring it off.  I use it as a lap quilt on cold mornings and as a floor quilt for the gkids when they’re watching television.  This is the third GFG I have done.  Each one had a slightly different quilting treatment, but my favorite for this type of quilt is a simple continuous curve around every patch.  The magic in this quilt are the small patches, no need to over-quilt it.

“Love of Lavender,” pieced by Helen Andrews, of The Quilt Patch in Eugene.  This quilt is entered in the AQS Grand Rapids show this coming August.  It is a beautiful quilt with lots of quilting space.

Closeup of Love of Lavender

One more quilt from Helen Andrews that shows both of our work to great advantage is “Stars in the Garden.” The pic here is from my guestroom, where most quilts spend at least a few moments while I photograph them and admire them for a bit before I turn them over to their owners!

Stars in the Garden

Quilting Closeup

I enjoyed quilting this quilt immensely.  Since the background color and the sashing were very close in value, I just quilted over into the block backgrounds to create a flowing space around the flowers.

Border Treatment for Stars in the Garden

And finally I was every excited to share this densely quilted show winner.  I learned so much from making this little quilt, which is the point of the whole process!

Thanks so much to the Emerald Valley Quilt Guild for hosting my presentation. I hope they are inspired to transform their quilt tops into quilts!

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