Saturday, December 26, 2015

December projects.

Hi there!!  Can you believe Christmas has come and gone?  It seems like time never stands still and these past few months have flown for me. I managed to accomplish a lot (as far as quilts) this past month.  So, I wanted to share them with you all in one post.  I hope you don't mind.
The quilt above is my friend Emily's.  I always have so much fun quilting for her.  Her quilts are fun, bright and wonderfully unique.  She has a beautiful style that is completely her and each quilt she makes is a thoughtful gift. I am so glad that we are friends. 
I played with the flowers in the border. Sometimes the fabric lends itself to the quilting and the free motion quilting is always so fun and relaxing. 

It's the perfect bright and cheery quilt for the cold weather we've been having. 
Next up, a total surprise for my sister Amy.  Her daughter, my niece Brooke is now working for us by shipping out orders for our website. She is an avid piecer, who loves fabric just as much as I do, so naturally she and I get along very well!  ;-)  Anyway, she wanted to give her mom a quilt for Christmas and I told her I would sneak in the quilting for this special quilt.  I chose a simple free motion swirl for the quilting, but I think it turned out fantastic.
I love the texture of a newly quilted quilt. So gorgeous! 

The pattern Brooke pieced is called "Norway" by Camille for Thimbleblossoms.  We have the pattern available in our shop here. I just love the design in red and green, perfect for a Christmas quilt.

By the way, Amy loved her quilt!  It was a wonderful surprise.

My own special quilt was in the works and has been for a couple months.  When I found out that Downton Abbey fabrics existed, I knew I needed to make a quilt for my husband.  We have date nights cuddling on the couch watching the Downton Abbey seasons together.  It has been one of our favorite things to do together as a couple after we put the kids to bed. I wanted Clint to have a quilt to remind him of the fun times we share together.  

I showed some sneak peeks of the quilting on Instagram, knowing Clint wouldn't see them. I chose to quilt an allover free motion feather swirl - tutorial here and I think it turned out fantastic.  It is amazing how finishing 3 quilting projects in 2 weeks can make me feel so refreshed.  I can get overwhelmed and burned out from custom quilting, so these quilts have been so therapeutic for me as a longarm quilter.

Clint proudly displaying his quilt yesterday.  I didn't have time to finish the binding before Christmas, but he was thrilled with the quilt.  He was so sweet and told me how much he loved it.  He reminded me that I haven't made him anything since before his lds mission 16 years ago, it was a fleece-flannel blanket that he toted around in Romania for 2 years. So, this quilt was a lot more work and had more sentiment attached to it. He loves it. 
I finished the binding today and here is a view of the whole quilt.  I think it turned out perfectly. It is my own design that I drew out specifically for Clint. Originally I wanted to have all the blocks be stars, but for the sake of time I had to adjust half of the blocks to be a little more simple without the star shape.  I am glad I simplified the pattern because I was able to finish in time for Christmas. 

I love it.  

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and were able to spend time with family and loved ones.  I am looking forward to a new year and all that it will bring.  Talk soon.


Connie said...

Your quilting is beautiful and I've admired your work for ages. I have a longarm but I can't do what you do!

Leeanne said...

All 3 quilts are lovely! Clints one is so special for both of you really. Lovely quilting as always.
When you wrote how refreshing it was to finish 3 quilts in 2 weeks, custom quilting can be so overwhelming and draining, I knew just what you meant!
Thank you for sharing.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Stunning work, Judi....your quilting is exceptional!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

All of your projects are just stunning.
Judi, the one you made Clint is really wonderful!
I love the first one with all of those gigantic flowers!

Patty said...

Your quilting is stunning! happy new year!

Rebecca Grace said...

Your FMQ in the large scale floral border on Emily's quilt is just INCREDIBLE! I mean, it is once again just the perfect quilting to go in that spot on that particular quilt. I love how you can look at a quilt and know exactly what it needs! Also, how awesome that you made your husband a Downton Abbey Cuddling Quilt. My husband and I are Downton Abbey addicts as well, looking forward to the start of the new season this weekend. I will be sad when the show ends!

Barb said...

I just had to pop in to see how Green Fairy Quilts was doing this year. As always your work is amazing and so inspiring. Have a fantastic New Year!

Rettabug said...

You are such an inspiration! I love seeing your work & I've watched all your videos...thanks for all the help you share.

May I politely suggest you get Brooke's permission to put the photo of her version of your Norway pattern onto your site, beneath the pattern? Honestly, the cover photo for the pattern does not convey the same detail that your photo #6 in this post! I was not tempted to purchase the pattern until I saw Brooke's red & green version. Wowzers!! It would truly help with sales if folks could see it worked up in these festive colors. I'm running over there to buy it right now, solely based on seeing her quilt! Bravo to you both!!