Category Archives: custom quilting

Kay’s Cross Stitch Quilt

Last Spring I had the privilege of custom quilting another of Kay’s cross stitch quilts.

Kay is actually a neighbor from our former neighborhood in Omaha, but we actually met during a Sit & Knit I hosted for a time.  While knitting I learned that Kay had cross stitched two queen size quilts back in the 80s & 90s, but never got around to having them quilted.  Lucky for her she met me 😉

I finished her beautiful gold quilt a few years ago & shortly after we moved here I got an email from her saying she found her purple quilt!  She shipped it out East & last spring I got to work.

Kay's Cross Stitch quilt, custom quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts

She wanted the quilting that was pre-printed on the fabric, which was mostly gorgeous feathers.

Kay's Cross Stitch quilt, custom quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts

It was so much fun to work on & came out beautifully!  I love how the custom quilting really accented her hand work!

Kay's Cross Stitch quilt, custom quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts
So, kudos to Kay for finishing this quilt!  It will surely be loved!

A Quilt for Maribeth (or Lessons in Giving)

Sometimes you start a quilt & are unaware of what it will become.

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
I began this quilt back in 2009?  2010?  I can’t remember, but it was a class sample for a class that never came to be.  I used the Moda Bake Shop pattern “Random Reflections.”  I pieced this at a quilting retreat in Kansas & wow, there were a lot of issues with this quilt.

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
For starters, I used a precut batik collection from somewhere (can’t remember exactly where, but it wasn’t a name brand.)  I went ahead & just cut the white from yardage & cut 2.5″ strips.  Come to find out, the precut strips where slightly larger than 2.5″ & instead of cutting new white fabric, I steamrolled through forcing the fabric to fit.  (Side note here, this is bad quilting.  Don’t do what I did.)

After piecing the top, I wasn’t thrilled with how it came out.  It didn’t look “bad,” but it also didn’t speak to me.  So it sat in the “to be quilted pile.” (which really has grown to almost hilarious levels.)

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
Fast forward to the summer of 2013 & I wanted to practice some custom quilting, so I dragged it out & got started.  Immediately I cursed my bad piecing & honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with the quilting choices I chose.  Then I found out I was pregnant & we were moving & it sat in a box.  I did work on it some after we moved, but not enough to really say I made any progress on the quilt.  Finally after we moved into this house & I was face to face with all my quilting projects, so I loaded it on the longarm & finished it in less than two hours one Sunday night.

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
I couldn’t believe it.  All that procrastination & it could have been done in 2 hours!  After finishing the quilting, I was in love with the quilt!  It was beautiful!  The binding was already prepped, so it was finished quickly.  But there was a reason for the wait.   At the same time, a very good friend from college mentioned that her sister was moving into her first apartment.  I was down in the studio when I read this online & I turned around & saw the quilt & immediately knew this was for Maribeth.  It was her colors, style, everything!

So the quilt that I was ho-hum about in the beginning turned out beautiful & has found it’s home in California.  It just took six years for me to learn that wasn’t meant to be a class or a piece to show off my custom quilting- see, it wasn’t about me at all.  It was meant to be loved by a 20-something in the first place she can call her own.

I wonder what more lessons I’ll learn in the pile of unfinished quilts.

Lessons from Quilts Trunk Show Pictures

In my last post I mentioned that I didn’t have any pictures from the trunk show.  Well, that same day a woman who attended the trunk show shared with me the pictures she took.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
This is sweet quilt I made for a class sample.  This is one of my favorite patterns for beginners.
Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
These are a few of the first quilts I longarmed.  I’ve learned a lot since those days!

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
This is called a winding ways quilt.  I started this in Alaska & only recently finished it.
Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A Seven Sisters quilt!  One of my favorite patterns!

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A log cabin quilt I made with a friend while J was deployed.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A Double Wedding Ring quilt!  This is one of my personal favorites & was a feat to accomplish, but it was well worth the effort.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
The sunflower quilt!  My only hand quilted quilt!  My sister pieced the top & I quilted it, took 15 years & I’ll never hand quilt again….

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show

And my first official quilt!  Just look at those pastel calicoes from the 1980s!

Thank you Heather for your pictures!

Lessons from Quilts Trunk Show

Last Friday several ladies from my mom’s group came to my house for a trunk show.  Several of the women recently started quilting & had heard I was a quilter & were very interested in seeing my work.  So 5 ladies, 7 babies & many cups of tea filled our living room that beautiful morning!

I gathered most of my quilts from various places in the house (closets, quilt racks, boxes, backs of chairs, beds, & cribs) & chose my “favorite” quilts I wanted to chat about.

I knew in planning my talk that I wanted to share more than just the stats about the quilt.  I mean, there’s so much more to a quilt than what fabric I used, what pattern I chose & how I quilted it.  I wanted to share my story through the quilts & my thoughts on quilting as a hobby or vocation.

It was a wonderful experience to share from my first to my most recent quilt & be able to talk about who I was at the time I made it.

Because, when we create we are invited to learn a new piece about ourselves.  And when we continue to create, we are able to remember who we are.

I could go on & on about last line, in fact, I think I will in a bit (I hear Teapot waking up….)

I didn’t get any pics of the trunk show, but after everyone left there was a heap of quilts in the middle of the living room & Teapot took to climbing & hugging the pile.  Or actually this pic might have been after all the playing when she was tired (but not too tired to actually nap!)

Teapot on the quilts from Ormond Beach Quilts
 

Improv Tea Cozy

Around week 39 of pregnancy I suddenly couldn’t stand coffee.  I tried for about two days to choke down the stuff, but I finally gave up & made some tea- I’ve been drinking tea ever since.

I’ll give everyone a moment to process that- I’m not drinking coffee anymore!  (And I haven’t completely lost my marbles!)

I realized a tea cozy would be helpful to keep my tea from going cold in the mornings & a few weeks ago I had the sudden need to do some improv piecing, so I decided to finally make the cozy.

Tea Cozy by Ormond Beach Quilts
I used the template and basic directions from Lily’s Quilts.   Which was an excellent tutorial!  (Although it I were to make this again I’d tweak the template to fit my teapot better.)  For the piecing I used a foundation piecing technique with my scrap batiks.  (I keep all my batik scraps, no matter how small- batiks are far too expensive to be throwing away the remnants.)

Tea Cozy by Ormond Beach Quilts
There was little planning involved with the piecing, I just pulled fabric out of the scrap bin & looked to see how I could incorporate it into the design.  It came together quickly & was just the freeing type of creativity I needed that day.

Tea Cozy by Ormond Beach Quilts
I knew I wanted tight quilting & I threw the pieces onto the longarm with some Warm & Natural batting scraps & did some straight line quilting approx. 1/4″ apart using Bottom Line thread in silver/gray.  Some lines are closer than others, basically I just winged it, wanting the same freeing quilting experience.

For the lining I used some old teapot fabric from my mom’s stash that was a Mary Engelbreit or Debbie Mumm design from the 90s.  Not my favorite & doesn’t match in the least, but hey, it’s a tea cozy lining- let’s not get too uptight about things.

For the binding I used some leftovers from some project I can’t remember but I made waaaaay too much for!  I used a machine binding technique since my hand sewing time is precious.

Tea Cozy by Ormond Beach Quilts
Overall I’m incredibly pleased with how this turned out- I love coming into the kitchen in the mornings & looking at my beautiful tea cozy!  And it’s been very effective in keeping my tea warm so three cheers for my idea working out in reality!

 

Living with Quilts & Making Things

Is there anything cuter than looking at pictures of babies on quilts?  Well, maybe babies in bluebonnet fields if you’re from Texas 😉

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

I made this tumbling block quilt about 2 years ago as a class sample & like so many of my quilts, it ended up in a heaped pile.

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

We recently discovered however it fits perfectly in Teapot’s new play space in our living room.

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Aside from the joy I get from choosing fabrics, trying new techniques & creating custom quilting designs, I love the warm fuzzies I get when we use my quilts around our home.  It’s more than a sense of accomplishment, it’s the satisfaction that only comes from creating.

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

When I create something from raw materials that we’ll use, so many things are happening, but most important to me at this time is that we’re teaching Teapot she doesn’t have to be a consumer of finished goods.

Think about that for a second.  Take a second to think about what it means to be creator of good rather than a consumer of goods.

Making things requires us to slow down & think about the process.  The time & resources make us decide if this is a need or a want.  It requires us to gather materials and make a plan.   It requires us to adjust when plans change or hiccups arise.

It requires us to think.

When we make quilts to live with, we’re reminding ourselves of what we’re capable of.  So yes, you should feel pride when you see that quilt you said more than a few curse words over but persevered & completed!  You struggled through that quilt & made it happen! Now go do it again!  Go make another quilt (or something else like clay bowls, or go grow some food), only this time make it more challenging- this is the best medicine for your brain!

Christmas Star Wall Hanging Pattern for Sale

My second pattern is now for sale on Craftsy!   Thank you to everyone who has already purchased my first pattern, the Patriotic Star Runner!  The success of that pattern gave me the much needed *umph* to prepare this pattern for sale.

Christmas Star Wall Hanging by Ormond Beach Quilts
You may remember this star quilt from last year– I had so much fun quilting the feathers!  But this is really a great pattern for a beginning quilter since it uses only half square triangles & squares to construct the star.  I did throw in partial seams for the border, but I promise the directions hold your hand through it, although nothing says you have to do the borders the way the pattern directs!

Christmas Star Wall Hanging by Ormond Beach Quilts

I love this quilt for the fact that it’s a beautiful holiday piece, yet it’s traditional enough to keep up all year.  You can also change it up & use a charm pack or 5″ scraps from your stash and this would make a great baby quilt!

Christmas Star Wall Hanging by Ormond Beach Quilts
This Christmas Star Wall Hanging pattern will be available until the end of August for $2- so don’t miss out out- there’s plenty of time to make this before the holidays are here!

 

 

Easy Patriotic Star Table Runner Pattern

Easy Patriotic Star Table Runner by Ormond Beach Quilts

Let’s talk about designing quilts.  I probably design half of all the quilts I make for various reasons- most of the time though they are for the classes I teach.

When I’m teaching I like to emphasis only one or two new elements at a time.  I find this works best when teaching adults in the evenings- everyone’s had a busy day with work and family and life & let’s be honest- quilting is supposed to be fun.

For that reason I found myself creating lots of home decor type patterns- they are small in size, yet large enough to let the quilter experiment with the new technique.

Easy Patriotic Star Table Runner by Ormond Beach Quilts

This is one of my favorite patterns- The Easy Patriotic Star Table Runner.  I love this pattern because it looks like a complicated star that requires y-seams, yet in reality this is a great way for quilters to practice their precision piecing through flying geese and half square triangles.  And with only 3 blocks, you can finish this in time for the holiday weekend!

Easy Patriotic Star Table Runner by Ormond Beach Quilts

This pattern is now on sale at Craftsy & is on sale through July 4th for $2.00!  As with all my patterns I include lots of diagrams to help the beginning quilter on their journey.

If you make this , please email me a photo at robin@ormondbeachquilts.com- I’ve love to see your version!

My Favorite Quilt

I’m very excited to be a part of Sew Mama Sew’s “My Favorite Quilt” with Jessica of Quilty Habit & to share with you *my* favorite quilt!

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?

Western Star by Ormond Beach Quilts

My favorite quilt has to be the Western Star!  This was actually a class I took at the Quilt Tree & the pattern is by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  I’ve always been drawn to star quilts & I loved how the scrappiness of this quilt made each star striking in its own way.  I used what I call “watercolor” batiks- that’s to say, batiks that don’t have a “print” so much as they appear to be hand dyed.  I love the subtle variations this brings to each piece in each individual star.  I remember standing in the quilt shop & pulling what had to be about 20 or so bolts of fabric & ruthlessly culling the choices until I only have the most vibrant fabrics remaining.  The most difficult fabric choice was finding the right light background- all the cream batiks were too muddy, yet white was too stark.  I ended up with print that looks like paint brush strokes & actually makes the dark batiks “pop!”

Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?

Western Star by Ormond Beach Quilts

No- I actually haven’t shown any quilt of mine in an official show.  I should really get onto that :)

What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?

I think of 2006  & all the emotions I couldn’t express in any other way than through the vibrancy of these colors- living in Anchorage, Alaska, being newly married & living with a husband deployed, adjusting to life as a military spouse, listening to the daily reports of service men & women dying, taking a dear friend to the airport as she deployed, becoming physically active for the first time & biking along the Cook Inlet, hiking near Mat-Su & being in awe of the Chugach mountains, learning to kayak, quilting for the first time with fabrics I bought & thus discovering my style, focusing my mental energy on more difficult quilt patterns, accepting that quilt making was my canvas.

This was the first summer I feel like I lived in the world as an adult, where political decisions suddenly impacted my life & where I discovered I wasn’t physically awkward, & when I rediscovered my love of quilting through my own style.

What do you like best about the quilt?

Western Star by Ormond Beach Quilts

I love how every star is vibrant in of itself & yet they do not overshadow each other when combined.  It reminds me that all parts of ourselves are vibrant & they won’t overshadow each other when we let them be in their fullest.

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?

As a quilter I finally nailed cutting 60 degree angles with a regular rotary ruler & I learned the value of having a top custom quilted.  This was the first quilt I ever “sent out” to a longarmer & when I picked it up from Val (my quilter), I was stunned at how she managed to make it even more beautiful.  I fell in love with custom quilting at that moment.

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?

Western Star by Ormond Beach Quilts

I’d add another column to make it wider.  It just barely covers the top of our bed.

Where is the quilt now?

In the closet!  We use it as a summer quilt because it has a silk/cotton batting & since we’ve had a long winter, and then Teapot came, I haven’t switched out quilts yet.

I hope you liked reading about my favorite quilt, so I have to ask you now- What’s your favorite quilt?

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year everyone!

2013 was one of those “life changing” years I’ll never forget, but I’m also glad it’s over & I’m ready to move forward!

I didn’t make resolutions for this year like I normally do, instead I reworked a “life map” (something that evolved from me reading the ebook “Tell Your Time” (with some changes, ok, a lot of changes- if you really want me to go into it, just let me know & I can post about it).  So in my “life map” I picked the areas I really want to focus on & I can make short term goals based on the year & eventually break it down to weekly goals.  It’s all done visually (those are my changes), so it works for the artistic/visual side of me.

I’m very excited because for the first time I’ve separated “work” & “life” goals with respect to quilting!  Hopefully this will help keep me energized throughout the year (ok, for the 1st part of the year, i.e. before baby!) as I see will be able something happening with my personal projects.

I’ve got some good plans for the website/blog to include some design changes & the Tuesday Tip will be coming back!

I’ll be teaching classes for kids again at Art at the Center.  They went so well last Fall I can’t wait for them to start up again!

So what am I doing now?  Well besides some background stuff no one can see (& honestly you don’t want to see!), here’s what’s currently on my machine: EKG Quilt
What better way to start the new year than by finishing a personal UFO?  This is from a few years ago- it’s got a great story & I can’t wait to share it with you!

Oh yeah!  And the scrappy UFO I blogged about last time is done, I just need to get outside to take decent pictures- but it came out great & will make a fantastic baby quilt!

Happy Quilting!