Friday, April 17, 2015

"Golden Oldie" Collage

I needed something fresh and new for my quilt guilds annual show this weekend.

I hardly ever have a chance to quilt for myself, so I decided it was time for a small linen. I started with a 34" square Hardanger linen piece from my stash.

I'm so glad I have this wrinkled before shot so you can see the magic that happens.  Next, I chose this great "silk society" round (about 10" in diameter) that I had found in an antique shop.

I always try to do a quick sketch of my plan. Trust me, it's nothing fancy!

Then the magic begins! I may put in a few registration lines with a blue, water erasable pen, and then I start quilting. I first attached the round embroidered piece in the center by quilting around the edges and outlining the butterfly/heart motifs. I didn't want to compromise the piece too much, so I kept it simple. The initials in the middle are amazingly stitched and I wanted them to really stand on their own! Those ladies of yesteryear were meticulous in their stitching. I can't stop admiring the handwork!

Underneath the drawn threadwork I placed a piece of gold lame to make it really pop! The silk embroidery is so pronounced and I wanted to compliment the golds in the thread.

After 10 hours of quilting, here is the big TA-DA!! I cannot tell you how pleased I am with this beauty!

OH, don't forget the stitched butterflies! These are very subtle, but I like to mimic something from the original linen and this was perfect!

I finished this with a ivory satin binding, added a few crystals and viola!! Enjoy!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

These Boots Were Made for Walkin'!

Anyway, that's how I see it! My favorite song by Nancy Sinatra kept streaming through my head while I was quilting this. This pattern is called, "Boots All Around", by June Jaeger. It measures 34" square.

I think the best part of this quilt are the pinwheels that were created from the quilting. They are just so darned cute!

I quilted it for my friend and customer, Gwen, who will show it at our annual quilt show.  Join us April 18 and 19 in Lawrence, KS, for the Kaw Valley Quilt Guilds annual show. There will be over 100 quilts, vendors, mini quilt silent auction and guild quilt boutique. It's always a great show, so come if you live near. Then, have lunch in wonderful, downtown Lawrence! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Blue and white sampler quilt!

This quilt was finished recently for Veronica.  She created it in a sampler class taught by my good friend, Denniele Bohannon, of Louanna Mary Quilt Design in Missouri.

I mixed free motion quilting and the Prostitcher computer on my Handi Quilter.  I love them both and frequently do a mix.

Each block got just a little bit different design, which is always fun and makes a quilt so interesting to view!

She is currently binding this zig zag edge and I say bravo for not cutting it straight!  This edge may be a challenge, but will be so worth it when finished!

The back is just as beautiful as the front.  Email me for a quote to finish your masterpiece!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Vintage Embroidered Bird Quilt

I quilted this vintage embroidered bird top for my friend/customer, Shelley.  I wanted to keep it simple so I heavily free motion quilted it with swirls.

Shelley had a nice denim sheet we used for the backing, making this a fairly inexpensive finish for an adorable quilt!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Quilted "Silk Society" Pansies!

OH, how I love this piece!!  I found it recently on Ebay, from a seller named Melanie....THANK YOU MELANIE!!!  I asked for the history and she said it was from an Italian area of western New York.  I always like to know where a vintage piece originates!  

I have oodles of vintage, embroidered pieces just waiting for me, but this one spoke especially LOUD and made it's way to the machine over the weekend.  I'm so glad it did!

What is Silk Society embroidery?  "Society Silk" or "Silk Society" refers to the Royal Society of Embroidery.  The Silk Society produced the silk thread and the embroidery patterns.  The Silk Society also promoted the cottage industry of producing fine embroidered pieces.  Favored by the "Society" women of the early 1900's, these are some of the finest examples of embroidery.  Strawberries and roses were some of the most popular patterns.  I have collected quite a few rose patterns, but have not seen anything to date as beautiful as these pansies!

Even in its original state I found it breathtaking!  This is how it began, straight out of the package.

The magic begins.....

There is some staining, but once I get it all stitched it's very hard to notice.  I am still toying with a "Retro Clean" gentle bath.  

I pressed it very gently, but once I baste all the edges it becomes very smooth.

I don't do any drawing or sketching on these, I just let them speak and work my way through or around the embroidery.  I outlined all of the flowers and then did a beautiful, whimsical feather in the center.  I try not to overuse feathers, but these elegant linens SAY they want feathers.  Crazy linens!

There you have it!  The rest was easy, a few more feathers, fill, and outlining the embroidery.

The handwork is stunning!  The ladies of yesteryear BLOW ME AWAY!  I mean seriously, their embroidery skills were amazing.  

Here are a few close up of the corners.  I may put a few beads on this one and I've chosen a burgundy, satin binding.

Finished size is 21" square and I will proudly hang it on my wall when finished.  I'm SO lucky to have found this beauty!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"The Queen and Her Court"

After 33 hours on the frame, this quilt is done!!  It was loads of fun to work on, but all good things must come to an end!  This pattern is from Wing and A Prayer Designs and is titled, "The Queen and Her Court".

I quilted this for my friend, Gwen, who wanted a quilt to show this June at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  She told me it would be her "heirloom" quilt, so that meant some heavy duty quilting.

The finish size of this quilt is 85" x 96".  I about had a heart attack when Gwen showed me the entry form for the show.  The longest side could only be 96"!  Whew!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1920's Vintage "Silk Society Embroidery", Quilted!

My forever favorite quilting is vintage linens!  Oh how I love to bring them alive!  I found this silk society embroidered linen on Ebay a few months ago for $18.  I finally had an afternoon to quilt for myself so this is what I quilted.  Here are a few "before" pictures.

The handwork and lacework is just amazing.  It was originally a pillowcase and came with the original satin underlay.

Here are a few pictures of the back so you can see the stitching.  So precise!  Those women of yesteryear, WOW!!

The finish is spectacular and changes everything about this piece.  I am spending a few evenings doing some minimal beading to bring down a bit of the puff and add to the shine of the whole.  

Finished size is 21" square and will eventually become a wall hanging.  Ready to find that next treasure!