Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bohemian Pattern on Sale!

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Do you need a summer piecing project?  Look no further than my Bohemian quilt!  This is a really great project and I know you will enjoy putting it together.  Also, the pattern, available in paper and in PDF form is on sale right now! 

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You can get the paper pattern here, and the PDF pattern here

Enjoy!


Friday, June 2, 2017

Harriot by Sue Cody

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Okay, so I am thrilled to finally share with you the final results of this beautiful quilt, Harriot.  This is another masterpiece by Sue Cody and appliqued to perfection by Beth, you have seen some of her other work on here - most recently, Sweet Surrender. Beth is an amazing appliquer and I am thrilled to be able to work on her quilt tops.

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This time I wanted to share with you Beth's work.  You can see in the picture above how small her stitches are and how precise the hand stitching is.  I am still in awe of her work, so thrilled to have a part of it.

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I only used 1 layer of batting for this quilt top.  It is going to hang on a wall, so no need for the double layer- plus, that was Beth's request.

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Whenever I am working with a lot of applique I have to free motion quilt from one side to the other, I work my way to the applique, stitch around it and then fill all around.  You can see that if you look carefully at the picture above.

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Beth requested that I do a similar fill that I had done on a previous quilt of hers, you can see that here. I definitely added more detail and feathers in this quilt and I think the end result is fantastic.

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I used almost a full cone of 60wt Glide thread and over 13 Magna Glide Bobbins

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I ended up needing my straight ruler for the diamond shapes and my purple disappearing marker for the diamonds as well, other than that - this quilting was all free-motion work on my A1 Elite Longarm.
 
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It is so fun to look at the applique and I really love the quilting in the background. It makes the applique look like it was placed on top.  That is my ultimate goal when quilting with applique.

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If you look at the applique, you see all the fussy cutting that went on.  Amazing!  Also, I had a lot of fun with some of the flies.  I made the quilting look like they were in motion. 

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Fun close up. 

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Here is another look at the flies in motion, I just love it!  I really had fun quilting this top.

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I just love the texture of the quilt.  I hope you are enjoying it as well.  I can tell you that the pictures do not give this quilt justice.  It is so beautiful in person.

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I look at this quilt with so much awe.  The designer, Sue Cody is amazing - the appliquer, Beth is equally amazing in her skill and then I had the chance to quilt it.  It takes 3 people to create a masterpiece and I am happy to be a part of it.

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And, the back!  I couldn't share this finish without sharing the back of the quilt.  It looks amazing with all that texture.

Okay, so on to the next project!  I have lots of fun ideas for new patterns that will come out later this year.  So, stay tuned for my next quilting adventure!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Star Xing! The First Real Glimpse!

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So, my book, Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen has been out since December and because life is crazy, I still have a couple of quilts that I have not shared from the book.  I am happy to introduce to you Star Xing!  This is a fabulous design that I am very proud of.  You will find the design on the CD that comes with my book.  The piecing as well as the quilting instructions are both on there.

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This is the second quilt I have made of Star Xing, I go into detail on why I chose to make 2 quilt tops in the book, so you can read that there. Thelma was kind enough to save me from a timing bind and piece this quilt top as well as another design, which will be shared at a later date.  She is an excellent piecer and I was so grateful for her help.

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The quilting was so much fun on this quilt.  I won't lie, it took a long time, but I think the end result was definitely worth it.

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I had a lot of fun with the Secondary Designs on this quilt top.  The piecing and the quilting work magically together on this design.  I love everything about this quilt.

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Isn't that texture just scrumptious?

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I love the quilting design on this particular row on the quilt.

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On-Point Square Cross-Hatch filled in?  Yes, please! I love the look of it!

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It also looks pretty amazing on the back as well.

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This is a great example of why I love solid backings on my quilts.

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So, so pretty!

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I hope you enjoyed getting to know Star Xing and I hope you want to make one of them yourself!  It sure is a lot of fun putting this quilt top together. The quilting is just icing on the cake!  However, if you aren't planning on quilting it quite like mine, this design can stand on it's own and would look beautiful in bright, bold fabrics with a not-so-solid background. 

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If you haven't gotten my book yet, you can order a signed copy, here

Thanks everyone!  Stay tuned for my next client quilt - it's almost finished and it's a beauty!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fabulous Background for Applique DVD available now!

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Okay, so if you haven't had the chance to take my iquilt.com class, Fabulous Background Quilting for Applique yet, now is the time!  You can own it on DVD and watch it from the comfort of your own home and big screen TV.  Now, that would be something. ;-)

Judi's iquilt class
I walk you through an amazing border design, 3 simpler background designs, then finish off with 3 more amazing background designs.  You are going to love it!  This will take your quilting to the next level! You will be so excited to get started! 
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So, you can get the copy of your DVD here!  Enjoy!