When we think of quilts we often think of shapes being manipulated into interesting designs that don’t necessarily look like anything, they just look interesting. These quilters created things that you can actually recognize. And they are beautiful!
Erin made this quilt called Halloween Haberdashery. Erin is a local blogger, houseonhillroad.com and the quilt was designed by Melissa Mortenson, another local blogger, polkadotchair.com. The addition of colors we don’t normally associate with Halloween, namely pink and turquoise, really gives this quilt a light hearted and fun appeal that goes beyond the holiday. I also like the effect of the stripped and plaid backgrounds on some of the hats. I think it makes it look like they are radiating magic from the hats. Erin free motion quilted with some fun swirls. How wicked!
This is an applique pattern called Wallflower by Missouri Star Quilt Company. Both of these were done by Virginia’s granddaughters. The first, by Lexi, was made with bright jewel tone batiks. I love the contrast between the bright colors and the black.
This is another example of the same quilt pattern. This one was done the opposite of the first by Virginia’s other granddaughter, Maddie. Besides being opposite with their contrasting color, Maddie chose white, they also took different ways of placing the color. While Lexi picked a more random placement, Maddie went for a striped effect by placing all the colors in the same order, a rainbow, and off setting them by one.
They are both breathtaking. Virginia quilted both with a free motion meander with lots of loops. I think it worked well with the pattern. It contrasts the straight lines of the different blocks, and accentuates the petals which are all curved.
This picture is a little less obvious to see. They’re ribbons and bows on presents! All stitched in red and green, this is a lovely Christmas quilt. Lynn quilted this with the Bell Blossom Pantograph.
It is an all over flower design where the petals come to a point which is very reminiscent of a poinsettia blossom. There is nothing better than a warm quilt on Christmas morning.
Debbie is training to become a Judy Neimeyer instructor, so she has to teach a few classes on beginning paper piecing. This is one of her class samples. She quilted it with our Feathered Design Board. She wanted to be sure that she added an element that her students would be able to replicate on their own. The feathers add a smooth curving motion to all those beautifully straight veins in her leaf.
This breathtaking University of Louisville quilt was made by Judy for her husband. Judy started quilting with us only a year before this quilt was completed. When she started, she was terrified of messing up and would only use the design boards. It’s amazing to see how far she has come in only a year.
This was entirely free motion quilted. If you look closely, she has quilted in flame like fingers along the red and black inner frame, and feathers on the cardinal. The white background has been covered in swirls. It’s a great lesson in how much our skills will grow with practice, patience, perseverance!