Saturday, October 25, 2014

Three for Claudia

Making good progress in October, however, more quilting getting done than posting pix and blogging. Quilted earlier this month and one completed in September, these 3 quilt project/tops were all made by Claudia V, one of my favorite customers :0)
A Christmas table runner
Beautifully pieced and I love Claudia's color and fabric selections!
A few close ups... Claudia's folded inner border/piping detail
Quilted with Holly and Berries in the center
with a Holly and Berries border and corner set in the outer border.

Love this second quilt top Claudia made with it's soft colors

 I was able to repeat this Curls and Swirls block pattern
into an e2e which lined up in each block and cornerstone. 
Did I mention that I LOVE quilting Claudia's quilts!
 Her piecing is spot on :0)

 The backing is a great match for the quilting design!
Sew nice when it comes together like this beauty

Claudia's third quilt... beautifully pieced as well!
 A Double Churn Dash
 Love this block and below is the backing
Quilting design is Williamsburg e2e

Thank you Claudia!

Very happy with the rain we received early this morning. The sun is peaking out now with the promise of a cool and windy autumn day! Nice! The cooler temps have been very helpful in getting lots of quilting completed. More pix to come as October wraps up including some Halloween quilts. Love the Fall!!! Even my Innova is decked out and ready for Halloween :0) 
  Enjoy your weekend! Groetjes, Jo

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Asian Salsa for Kelly

Kelly's Asian Salsa spent a week up on my design wall for inspiration and ideas. Here it is back up on my wall with the quilting finished ~ Yea! I had fun with Kelly's quilt. Lots of stitching to add texture and add to it's aboriginal organic feel. Here are some close ups...
I used two different Fantastico variegated threads, one for the borders in golds to browns and a different one in the center field that had all sorts of color including a teal that popped along with the teal colors in the fabrics.
Lots of texture, I was going for an earthy look with layers of stitching surrounding pockets of pebbles. The border stitching is a leaf design similar to the leaf print of the fabric.
 The center...
Hidden in all of the stitching is the face of a wild cat. Hard to see even in real life let alone in these pix but it's there, if only in my mind! Fabrics were all dark to medium values plus a low loft batting makes the quilting the background and texture, which is what we were going for. Kelly's curved piecing wins the prize for this quilt! Yep, all pieced in, no applique! The piecing was perfect on this baby! 

Well done Kelly!!! 
 A few more lying on my work table
where you can see a little more of the texture of the stitching

 Thank you Kelly

Enjoy your week and thank you for stopping by, Jo

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Sandy, Kathy and Grace sent pix from their phones yesterday at Pacific International Quilt Festival. Here are a few, the first of Honey Run Quilter's booth on Friday. Theresa always changes out the quilts on display each day of the festival for interest. Can't help but notice that giant Churn Dash! 

Theresa's Star quilt is perfect as a table cover topped with Fabric

I believe this one is quilted by Esther

 Hi Ronda!

and below is a pic of Grace with one of her quilts
 juried into the show...
Well done ladies! 
Thank you for sharing your day

Enjoy your weekend!
Take the time to take some stitches

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Pacific International Quilt Festival starts today! If you plan to attend, be sure to stop by Honey Run Quilter's booth and check out the quilt samples that Esther (Threads on the Floor), Kathy and I longarmed. I would love to go! Kathy is going tomorrow and promised to take pix for us! Also, stop by and say Hi to Jim and Nicky Davis at the Sew So Shop/Innova booth. Too many things going on this week and weekend for me to attend this year. 

Just for fun... these are the samples quilted by Jo @ Moonbear Designs for Honey Run Quilters. This first one is the one I recently blogged about that I haven't posted pix of yet, a Christmas quilt made by Ronda and the staff at Honey Run...
some close ups...

This last one is the back.
Quilting design is called Points and Berries
perfect for these prints!
Well done Ronda, Ann, Lorraine, Melony and everyone
 at Honey Run Quilters that worked on this one
More pix, these have been previously posted here
Hoping you will have the opportunity to see them in RL at PIQF
Following are quilts made by Theresa Wright...
quilted by Jo at Moonbear Designs and Quilting

This last one is a whole cloth coverlet that Theresa made for her new home. It may have made it's way to the festival, I'm not sure. Got busy this week getting four quilts finished for a new customer from Arizona, visiting here in Chico with the goal of taking her quilts back with her at the end of this week. Almost done!

Have a wonderful week/end
Take the time to take a few stitches!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A wedding quilt and a week of progress

This is a quilt made by my friend Donna. When I opened up her folded top I was surprised to see this gorgeous center! Donna is busy adding the binding this weekend getting this quilt finished as a wedding gift for a family member. 
This large quilt is going to look gorgeous draped on a bed when it's all completed. Wonderful blue with green fabrics and a great design. They will love this Donna, well done!
A close up of the quilting design. I choose a floral design with heart shaped petals that also mimicked the flowers in the large border print fabric. Quilted with a blue thread and wool batting. 
 Thank you Donna :0)

Also completed a few small quilts...
This one is made by Beckie. It was meant to be a large quilt, however, Beckie started this quilt in a Linda Ballard Mystery retreat. Not being a HST kind of girl opted not to make the gazillion HSTs required to make the original quilt so this became a baby quilt with the blocks she had completed :0) Love it in blue and white! 
With the same intent in mind, these flowers mimicked the tiny flowers in the print of this fabric as well. I used a variegated Fantastico thread that added a little sparkle. A different design but also with hearts in the petals of the flowers plus this one has butterflies to make it fun for a baby. Quilters are very resourceful! 
I had the best day yesterday taking part in a class Beckie taught making table runners in the classroom at Honey Run @ Cathy's. I'll post about that on my blog later this morning.

Two more little guys quilted for Carol F. She came by Honey Run yesterday to pick them up and got to see all the different table runners almost completed. We had fun! 
Carol has been using up scraps to make quilts, these are two more of four that I have done for her this summer. This one is all Hawaiian prints...
 Quilted with a new to me design of Hibiscus flowers
 Blue Turquoise thread on the back where you can see the design better. 

And this one is very special to Carol, 
a memory quilt made with scraps from items her mother made. 
 Every type of fabric you can imagine! Faux suede and even a piece of fur! 
I was a little nervous to quilt this one because of all the different types of fabrics so I kept the quilting simple. Even I was pleasantly surprised that it went well.
Loved the backing that Carol chose for this quilt. I wanted to have fun and turn the quilt upside down and quilt along the print of the fabric. It would have been a good option except for the scale, it was too large a print for the size of this quilt. Thank you Carol. She plans to have more done and ready for quilting after the holidays. Love scrappy quilts!

This is a quilt made by Claudia V
I am also working on a holiday table runner to her
and will post more pix when finished this coming week.

Finally, a wall hanging for Linda D. 
Made by a friend using wool and a mix of hand and machine applique. 
Custom quilted with a cross hatch behind the basket, SID around the applique, 
stars added to the star print inner border and a simple leaf design in the outer border.
 Love how the quilter pieced the stripe fabric to look like a basket weave.
This was started earlier this summer and set aside while I was dealing with some of the bugs in my machine. I can't tell you how happy I am that Helena is running smooth now and progress is back on track! There are many quilts here in my studio waiting for their turn and I am doing my best to have quilts done for the holidays. I also have two more to finish that will be going to PIQF with Honey Run Quilters. The latest is a quilt made by all the staff at Honey Run and is a gorgeous Christmas quilt. Pix soon! If you are attending Pacific International be sure to stop by their booth!
Planned for this coming week is a top made by Kelly K...
...up on my design wall for inspiration, this is a quilt Kelly made in a Don Linn class this summer as part of our guild's workshops. I missed out on attending this workshop. He also offered an Art Deco style quilt that I would like to make. I did buy his book and met him at our guild's meeting. Very nice guy. Kelly's quilt is called Asian Salsa. Love the graphics! 

Kelly is Vice President for the new term just started for Annie's Star Quilt Guild. I can't wait to see what speakers and workshops she will have in store for us next year!

One more quilt finished for Janie, I will save for a new post. There are lots of pix! I am happy but sad to say that I am not able to take on any new quilts for this year! In fact, January is filled as well after Cindy dropped off 7 quilts last week! Busy, busy, busy! 

Birds of a Feather takes place in February and I would love to attend. Sponsored by Innova and Gammill, I am ready to take Auto Pilot to the next level and learn from the experts that know the program really well. It's a Bi-annual show so I would hate to wait two more years! Will keep you updated, if I attend, depends on my mom as well, I plan to block out the month of February.  

Enjoy your Sunday
Make some time to take some stitches!
Groetjes, Jo