A Classic Pattern – Sunbonnet Sue

This quilt top from a new client was a joy to work with! The Sunbonnet Sue block is a classic pattern and makes for a lovely quilt. Everything about this quilt from the fabrics to the design to the impeccable applique work was perfection!

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My client wanted a softer look with the custom long-arm quilting and chose an over-all loops pattern like the one on this baby quilt. It compliments the block piecing pattern very well!

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I am so grateful for the opportunity to add custom quilting to wonderful quilts like this one that my clients have put so much time and effort into. One of my favorite parts is seeing how the long-arm quilting makes a pieced quilt top look and feel like a quilt. The more I custom long-arm quilt for myself and others, the more I love quilts of all patterns and sizes!

Thanks for visiting the blog today – I hope to see you here again soon for photos and stories of more fun quilts that come across the quilting machine in the upcoming weeks!

~ Kathryn

Embroidered Frogs

I smiled so much while working with this fun quilt! I absolutely love these little embroidered frogs!

This unique quilt crossed my path several months ago when one of my neighbors from back home reached out to my mom and I to see if we could help make a quilt from the embroidered blocks that she had found when helping her mother sort belongings.

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My neighbor asked me piece a simple lattice in a darker fabric color to allow the light yellow blocks to pop out. A green boarder  finished the design.

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When I mounted this quilt on the long-arm machine I decided to custom machine quilt a pattern of echoed swirls intended to mimic water. I am happy with the motion the quilting adds to this quilt, and the way it works with the frog emphasis.

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I love quilts because they tell stories. This quilt has so many stories, some known and some unknown, sewn up in these adorable embroidered frog blocks. They are the stories of the women who gathered to share life together. I am privileged to have played a small part in preserving these embroidered blocks in a completed quilt.

~ By Kathryn

T-Shirt Quilts 2.0

The T-shirt quilt pictured here, and the T-shirt quilt I posted about here were made by sisters with the help of their grandma. Even though they both used the same sashing fabric and layout design, I love how their individual personalities came through in the different T-shirts they used.

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When I asked what type of long-arm quilting design the customer wanted, she told me to do an over-all design similar to what I have done for her in the past. She likes a little variety in the quilting.

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To go along with the fun colors, I decided to do loops and add in some echoed loops to mix things up a bit. I made sure to do some of the echoed loops in areas of plain fabric so that they would show up more.

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This quilt had this fun, flannel fabric for a backing which will make it a wonderful quilt to have on hand a winter approaches!

~ By Kathryn

Squares!

This quilt was pieced by my mom and custom long-arm quilted by me a few months ago as an apartment warming gift for my older brother. We chose browns and blacks for a color scheme to match the furniture that my brother has in his new place.img_1147

To stay with the rectangle theme, I used the long-arm machine to custom quilt squares all over the quilt. This was great practice for me in free-handing straight lines, and my brother was quite impressed when he saw the finished quilting!

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This quilt looks great in the living area of my brother’s apartment, and it is super comfy to curl up with while watching a football game on the TV… (I know because I’ve done it)!

Thanks for reading!

~ By Kathryn

T-Shirts Quilts 1.0

T-shirt quilts are so special and unique!  I love getting to spend time thinking about the stories behind each of the shirt squares as I add my custom, long-arm machine quilting.

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The varity of T-shirts in the quilt had enough in common color wise to create a really neat color scheme of grays, reds, and blacks.

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I added a combination of loops, swirls, and feathers with some echoing to this quilt with the long-arm machine.

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The gray flannel backing fabric shows off the custom quilting very well, and makes the finished quilt so cozy! This was a fabulous quilt to work with, and having the privilege of adding my custom quilting to it made me so happy!

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

~By Kathryn

My Dorm Room Quilts

It has been a few months since I moved back into my college dorm room to continue my junior year of college, and I’ve decided to share some photos of the quilts and quilted items that I have in my dorm room.

First, I have this whole-cloth quilt that I made for my bed at the beginning of last semester. I had used the quilt prior to this one for about four years, so I was ready for a change. I chose several quilting patterns, and transitioned from one to the next to create a variety of long-arm quilting designs for this quilt. I enjoyed the chance to play around with some of my favorite quilting designs, and some new ones that I had seen!

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Second, I have quilted cushions for my “window seat.” When I moved into this room for the first time last semester, I saw the wide windowsill and knew I had to make cushions for a window seat. So when I went home for spring break I did just that! Since I’m living in the same room again this school year, I brought my window cushions along again as well.

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Finally, I made this chevron lap quilt a few years ago with fabric that my mom gifted to me. The color scheme matches my chair perfectly, and makes for a great place for me to study, and for my stuffed animals to hang out. You can see more pictures of this quilt, and read about my design process by checking out my Sampler Snapshot post.

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I can’t go far from my quilts, and my dorm room certainly is proof of that fact! I love how they give a comfortable feel to my room decor, and they are perfect for staying warm and cozy as fall and winter approach!

~ By Kathryn

Kirstin’s Quilt

My younger sister made her first quilt this summer! I’m a little late in posting these photos to my blog, but here they finally are  🙂

Kirstin has helped me out in the past by assisting with cutting the fabric for some of the quilts I have made, and with that practice she was ready to make a quilt by herself this summer.

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Kirstin loves the pink and zebra color scheme, so for this quilt she asked me to do long-arm quilting that looked like zebra stripes in the pink chevrons. Since the multi-colored fabrics had busy patterns that would hide most of the long-arm quilting, I chose to do fun bubbles as a filler.

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The finished quilt looks great in Kirstin’s pink and zebra bedroom!

~ By Kathryn