Friday, July 17, 2015

Finishes this week

A wall hanging made by Tess
 Tess' request was for a circular design in the blocks
 This wall hanging will go to a Mammography center.

I quilted a circle of hearts with echo stitching around them
and then repeated that design in the borders and corners.
Added a little ruler work in the HSTs
All quilted with two Glide threads in Pearl and Black
with two layers of batting ~ Wool to give it loft
with an under layer of cotton to help it hang nice. 

Thank you Tess
Tess also dropped of a wool applique quilt that I am anxious to play on.

Meanwhile got caught up on a few more...
This quilt is made by a new to me customer, Sally V
Love the fabrics!

Quilted with Williamsburg e2e
using an Omni thread from Superior Threads
on Quilter's Dream cotton Select.
Love the paisley backing fabric too!
Thank you Sally :0)

One for Claudia

 Quilted with Escargot e2e

The backing fabric is the dark blue background with yellow flowers. I used two layers of batting for this quilt as well. A wool with a cotton layer. The reason for this quilt is because thru wool dark backing would shadow the light fabrics on the top. The cotton helps keep the top nice and bright white. Claudia also added some of the strips to her backing.

 Love the loft of the wool, you can see it in these pix taken early in the morning
 with a bit of sun as it rises.

Thank you Claudia!
Perfect piecing and good fabrics as always :0)
You are very much appreciated

 Christmas in July for Barbara H
Love her pieced backing altho it was a challenge 
to center the top with the backing
both horizontally as well as vertical.

Close up of the back 
with my Points and Berries e2e
Its a wonderful red! 

 This baby quilt was quilted yesterday for my good friend Janie
She is so creative and loves to challenge both of us!

Top fabric is a knit, that when washed, created the crosshatch pattern
The batting is wool and the back is Minkee!
Kind of like trying to quilt three sponges together! 

Janie raw edge appliqued all of the fabric squares onto the white knit fabric
using a decorative feather stitch on her machine.
That was a challenge in and of itself :0)
Really cute fabrics with Fox, Owls, a squirrel and a hedge hog
Stitching is added to the animal block prints
with Omni and Glide threads
and an extra square of wool batting
 behind the blocks
 and this is Little Tweet on the Minkee backing...

Thank you Janie! 
Took a break this morning to post pix, now off I go to add the binding! 
See you soon! 

Enjoy your weekend
Tot Ziens, Jo

"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."
Native American Proverb

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July Finish!

Lori ~ Humble Quilts finished her Flags of the American Revolution quilt!
Complete with binding and buttons
Click here to see Lori's finished quilt posted this morning on her blog
with pix of the buttons, they really add to the quilt :0)

Congrats on a finish Lori!
 Your work is gorgeous

A patriotic finish to a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Tot Ziens, Jo
Take the time to make some stitches :0) 

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July weekend

Totally missed posting the July moon on the 1st! As my friend Donna reminds me these daze, I'm not plugged in... and it's true. It's kind of getting better and then, it's not. I miss my Mom. It's a very big hole, Grand Canyon big as I said to another friend. Good to have friends :0) and especially friends and customers that quilt because it's also good to have wonderful quilts to play with! Working on Lori's quilt felt really good and this week I finished quilting another beauty for Judy J. 

Judy is up in the mountains right now and plans to pick up her quilt after the weekend. Good place to be in this heat. Way too hot with triple digits here in the valley. Judy emailed yesterday afternoon they were having mountain thunderstorms and rain. I miss that after leaving the mountains a few years ago. We sure could use some rain down here in the North Valley. 

Which brings this blog post to the July Moon or Thunder Moon. Thunderstorms are frequent during this month. Also known as the Full Buck Moon. 

A cycle of nature however, it's very scarey this year following years of drought combined with dry lightning. It was reported yesterday that with yesterday's thunderstorms, it's so dry right now fires started despite the rain. So not good. 

A pic of this week's quilt that I sent along for Judy to see. Will blog more about Judy's quilt after she sees it in real life after the weekend. The picture of Judy's quilt has been removed for now. She asked that her quilt be kept private until it is shown in upcoming quilt shows. Pics will be posted after Annie's Star Quilt Guild show in November.

I am so grateful to have these two beautiful quilts to work on right now, quilting is definitely good therapy!

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend! Please, take care to be safe.
 Tot Ziens, Jo

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lori's Flags of American Revolution

Buttons and binding
is what's next for this wonderful quilt 
I had the best time quilting this quilt and it could not have been at a better time for me and the Fourth of July holiday coming up. Flag Day would have been appropriate as well, altho I got to enjoy Lori's quilt that day while finishing the quilting ;0) I loved working on this quilt!!! Each block is different and was quilted with a different design working with each of the applique motifs. Much thought went in to each block with the goal of adding texture with minimal, understated design. Love prim :0)


 Ruler and grid work... love my Innova!

 The center of Lori's quilt...

77 x 77
Flags of American Revolution
Pattern by Jan Patek
Quilted by Jo ~ Moonbear Designs

Batting is Quilter's Dream natural cotton Select. 
I used Camel (good blender) and Dark Slate on the dark fabrics.

Thank you Lori!
Your applique is amazing!!! 

This quilt is a QAL that Lori hosted in 2014 on her blog. This morning Lori posted pix on Humble Quilts as well. Thank you Lori and to everyone that commented on the quilting. Made my day and lifted my spirits, both the comments and the time spent quilting this quilt. A very good feeling as I work thru the grief with the recent loss of my Mom. Again, Lori, I can't thank you enough for trusting me with your quilt. Hugs, Jo

Friday, June 12, 2015

Judy, Beckie and Merry Merry Snowmen

Yea it's Friday! 
It feels like an extra busy week because I've been catching up on posting pix of quilts all of this week. I am working on custom quilts that will be posted when finished. Today's post are all quilts that were finished the first week of June...

This very cute wall hanging is made and hand embroidered by Judy P

1930s prints and colors
Custom quilted with a Daisy border and corner design

Daisies added to the centers of the alternate or corner blocks
depending on how you look at the layout
The border/corner design worked really well with Judy's quilt
The stems of the Daisies filling the negative space 
that connected with the off white border fabric.
A heart with scroll design was added in what became the pieced inner border.

SID around the embroidered blocks
Each basket is different, beautiful embroidery work by Judy!

Maybe not to period but Daisies are a nice complement to the 1930s prints, IMHO.

Thank you Judy
Your wall hanging is beautiful! 

This is a quilt made by Beckie, her first with batiks! 

 Love the batik border fabric :0)
Quilted design is Autumn Fancy by One Song Needle Arts
An e2e that I sized and laid out to repeat with the blocks
with the goal of adding texture to this quilt.

 The fabric in this block is also the backing fabric

Quilted with a variegated Fantastico thread 
that had all the colors of the batiks in this quilt top. 

Thank you Beckie

Last, but certainly not least, is the last quilting finished on the 2nd
Merry Merry Snowman quilt
The first one is Karen's and this second one finished is made by Dottye
 Friends, they both did this BOM from Bunny Hill Designs

Close ups of Dottye's blocks

Beads, ribbon embellishments and a little more embroidery will be added
to finish these two in plenty of time for Christmas!
Well done ladies! Thank you

I'm pretty sure that catches us up with quilts 
quilted in April, May and the first week of June

Thank you for your patience, including customers that have quilts waiting to be quilted as well. Due to recent events my schedule and turn around time has fallen even further behind. If anyone is not able to wait and would like to take their name off my list, it's OK! I totally understand and I am fine with it because at this point making up time is pretty much impossible. I do ask that you let me know. Life is too short to stress over getting a quilt finished :0) TIA ~ New quilting work orders will be scheduled for January 2016.

Have a wonderful weekend, take some stitches!
Tot Ziens, Jo

"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."
Native American Proverb

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Two for Claudia

This 64 x 64 quilt made by Claudia 
is completely made with "Brights" by Marcia Derse prints

Claudia picked the quilting design from the internet
just for this quilt. It's by Apricot Moon called Cool Beans

Wonderful prints and color! Wow
The backing is also from Marcia's line
Perfect for the backing! Claudia has a great eye for design
putting together these fabrics as well as the quilting design. 

Claudia's second quilt is a baby quilt 
made with Sandy Klop's American Jane prints

Quilted with Bubbles Everywhere
without the swirls
A design by Sweet Dream Studio

Love how Claudia often pieces her backings

Thank you Claudia!

Note to my customers, besides picking design ideas that you see here on my website, you are always welcome to pick something new from the internet like Claudia did. There is so much to choose from! Be sure to pick something available in .pat format formatted for my Innova longarm system. Tot ziens, Jo