Squares and Swirls!

One of my favorite parts about doing custom long-arm machine quilting is the opportunity to see what so many different people do with their fabrics and piecing patterns for their quilts. This quilt that I worked with over my Thanksgiving break last November is one that really caught my eye. The design is so unique, and I love the color combination!

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My client left it up to me to decide what design to stitch onto this quilt. Because of all the straight lines in the piecing thanks to the square pattern, I chose a swirl pattern to add some texture and motion with the curved stitching. The piecing was very straightforward, so I wanted to keep the custom machine quilting simple to avoid having too much going on.

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I hope you enjoyed these squares and swirls as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by the blog today, and I hope you come again soon!

~ By Kathryn

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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

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

Sampler Snapshot

I’m excited to share some photos today of a sampler quilt that I made a few years ago.

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My mom had gifted me the fabric which sat unused in my project box for several months. I absolutely loved the colors and patterns, but I was waiting until I came across just the right project to use the fabric for. As I was scrolling through Pinterest one day I saw a chevron quilt pattern and I knew that this was the pattern that I’d been looking for to go with these fabrics. Once I settled on a project idea I jumped right in, and in this case I was especially excited to get to the machine quilting stage! That provided plenty of motivation to finish piecing the quilt top in a relatively short amount of time.

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Most of the fabrics have patterns which hide the custom machine quilting to some extent. Because of this I saved some of my favorite quilting patterns for the solid chevrons. I had so much fun long-arm quilting on a smaller scale then I usually do, as well as quilting a different pattern in each chevron stripe.

The photos of the back of this quilt are a little crazy to look at because I chose a polka-dot fabric, but these two photos allow you to see some of the different designs that I did in each of the chevrons. (Note: if you want the custom long-arm quilting that you have done on your quilt to show up well on the back, choose a solid fabric for your backing).

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I was so happy with how this quilt turned out, and it perfectly matches the chair that I have in my room (now in my college dorm room)! It’s the perfect spot to curl up with a textbook to do some studying, or with a good book to enjoy a few lazy afternoon hours!

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~By Kathryn

Christmas – A Little Late!

I know, I know, Christmas was several months ago. However, I wanted to share the custom machine quilting that I did a few months back on this Christmas themed wall-hanging. My client based her design off of a vintage Christmas card. She gave me the vintage card and the wall-hanging with the appliqued stars and letters, and asked me to custom machine quilt the background designs that were on the vintage card. I love a challenge, and this project was definitely just that!

Here are before and after photos of the piece:

Since I needed to use three different thread colors to complete the piece, I divided the custom machine quilting into three sections. First, I used light gray thread to create the pine branches and snowflakes on the dark gray background of the wall-hanging.

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I loved seeing the extra dimension that these pine branches and snowflakes added to the piece as I stitched them! Next came the stitching in the letters with a metallic thread in a dark gold color. That was followed up with loops and swirls in the stars to frame the letters using a dark brown thread.  

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I enjoyed it the process of adding custom machine quilting to this lovely piece, as usual, and my client was thrilled with the finished result!

I hope you didn’t mind the tiny bit of Christmas spirit in this post as summer quickly approaches!

By Kathryn