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. ;-)

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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! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free Spirit Quilt Kit

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Free Spirit Quilt Kits are available on my website!  If you loved my original design, you will love making this beautiful quilt top.  Available here

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free Spirit! Final Reveal and New Pattern.

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Hi Everyone!  I am so happy to be able to finally reveal "Free Spirit" to you.  This project has been a long, labor of love and I am so thrilled with the results of this quilt. The design is exactly how I envisioned.  Well, maybe a tad bit better because I didn't realize the quilting potential when I first drew out my design.

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Okay, so the blocks are big, but not too big.  Putting together 9 blocks for a quilt top is really fun. I chose some of my favorite colors and opted for a grey background fabric instead of my "staple," white. It worked out pretty great if you ask me. 
 
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I can't get enough of this quilt, believe me, I had to narrow 40 pictures down to 10 for this post.  It was hard to do. There are 4 colors in the quilt top, including the background, with 2 versions of the block.  I love how the colors in the block really pop!  The Free Spirit block was so fun to put together, so I know you will enjoy making your own. 

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I had a lot of fun quilting this one.  There is plenty of play area for quilting on this quilt top.  I really enjoyed making the blocks pop, and creating a secondary pattern on the quilt.
 
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I used a 40wt White Glide thread, for the top and Magna Glide bobbins for the bottom of the quilt.  I lost count of how many bobbins I went through.  Let's just say it was a lot. 

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My new favorite thing to do is use solid fabric and a contrasting thread.  It really shows off the quilting.  It was so much fun to do the background fill in the navy fabric. The squares on point in the pink fabric worked perfectly in the design.  The quilting took the block to a whole new level and gave it character. It was like drawing in all the designs on the fabric.  

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The simple cross-hatch in the green was perfect. 

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Super close up.  Can you see why I love contrasting thread?  Seriously. It was so much fun. 

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The back turned out amazing, oh, and I played with the binding.  I used each of the main colors of the quilt top and made a 6 inch section binding, now that was fun. I did hand bind the binding this time, I plan on entering the quilt into a show or two. 
 
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Isn't that lovely?  I always love the solid backs, shows off the quilting! I really hope you like my new design, Free Spirit, it was a lot of fun putting together.  I made a second version of the quilt, for all of you who don't plan on quilting your quilt as densely as I have.  You can purchase the paper pattern here, these will ship the first part of next week.  Or, if you want to get started on your quilt top now, you can purchase the PDF version, here.  

Oh, and you may notice that I have a new website.  I needed a place to have my newer patterns, my teaching schedule, blog and all of the quilting supplies that I use and love in one place.  This does not replace Green Fairy Quilts, but gives me a territory to talk more about quilting and my designs in one spot. I hope you take a moment to look around.  I will be adding more things to the site and have some exciting things happening this year, so I will keep you updated on all of the fun happening. Thanks for all the love and support you have given me throughout the years, you really are the best!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Quilt Joy visiit recap!

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Hi Everyone!  I hope you are well.  I just got back from a trip to Lousiville, KY at Angela Huffman's Quilted Joy Studio.  What a wonderful experience that was. I felt so welcome and I really enjoyed meeting so many wonderful quilters. Angela is the perfect host and the studio ran so well! 

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Here I am with the fabulous Angela!  She is so nice, I had a great time getting to know her better. 

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It was really fun seeing students finished projects of my iquilt class, Quilting Makes a Difference.  Angela had them hanging for our viewing pleasure.  They did a wonderful job on their projects! 

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I taught Wednesday through Saturday, so it was busy and I was tired, but thankfully I was able to get out and see the city on Saturday night.  The bridges over the Ohio River were amazing.  I wish I could have gotten better pictures, but we were in the car. 

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Angela showed us the home of the Louisville Slugger, that was really neat.  The bat is huge!  So much fun learning a little history about their city. 

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My fabulous sister Amy, also known as my "Sistant" was so fun to have on this trip.  She is a riot and she keeps me going.  She knows what I need before I need it and I couldn't travel without her!  Love you girl!  We had fun walking through a 24/7 museum.  This tornado was made out of everything, it was pretty awesome to look at.

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I loved the beautiful setting in this room. These portraits were abandoned places, I forgot to get the name of the photographer, this picture doesn't do them justice.  They were quite remarkable. 

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Of course, I couldn't travel to teach if it weren't for this guy.  He is amazing and I can not imagine life without him.  He runs our business, takes care of the kids and always makes sure my luggage is paid for and also makes sure I am checked onto every flight.  He is so amazing in so many ways, I just hope he knows I grateful I am to him for all he does for me and our little family. 

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Since getting home I have been able to get more of my quilt finished.  I have decided on a name for this quilt, it will be called "Free Spirit," and the pattern will be available soon.  I can't wait to share the finished project with you all!  

Okay, so if you want to keep up with me on a more daily or weekly basis, find me on Instagram or Facebook!  Take care friends!