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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!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2013- Carpenter Star Quilt

It’s time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!!

For this one I’m submitting my Simplicity & Complexity in Quilting in the Two-Color Quilt Category.

This began from an idea I had when planning my Fall 2013 classes.  I wanted a wallhanging that could be seasonal, but not just “Christmasy” or something that would work year round in your house.  I didn’t want it large (no larger than 40″x40″) so just one piece would be needed for the backing.  I also wanted it to look striking while not using too many techniques.

Carpenter's Star

Carpenter’s Star

Inspired by the beautiful red & white quilts in this show, I found my color palette & after searching through some old quilting books, I chose the traditional Carpenter’s Star pattern.  To add dimension to what could be a “flat” quilt, I chose four different red fabrics that had the same hue (red), but with slightly different shades (degree of blackness) to give the quilt depth.  After it was pieced, I liked it, but I still didn’t love it.

Then I put it on the quilting frame.

Carpenter's Star

Carpenter’s Star

Sometimes it takes a while for the quilt to tell me what design it wants, but this quilt screamed feathers from the very beginning.

I chose a traditional, formal feather in a curvy spine to be quilted in the red to emphasis the depth of the colors.  The white took a bit longer to decide on a pattern, but I knew I didn’t want more feathers (I thought that would take away from the other feathers).  I kept coming back to the fact that every time I looked at this quilt I saw the star exploding & I wanted something that would emphasis the radiance of the star.  I opted for straight lines to balance the curves of the feathers & in the ended decided to go with a triple stitch to really give the quilt a striking look.

Feathered Star

Feathered Star

I truly could not be happier with this quilt.  It is everything I imagined it would be, yet didn’t think I could do.  Because friends, this was the first time I quilted the formal, longarm feather on a quilt.  After years of practice & never being quite happy with them, I think I’ve finally got it!

And guess who can’t stop using that feather design?

Linking up with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival on Amy’s Creative Side: (And go check out the rest of the quilts!  They’re amazing!)

Simplicity & Complexity in Quilting

For quite some time now I’ve wanted to design a star wall hanging to teach in my piecing classes.

I wanted it to be in red & white, so it could be for Christmas, yet year round at the same time.
I wanted it to have a classic & timeless look.
I wanted it to be simple, yet striking at the same time.
I wanted it to be a design a beginner could successfully piece, yet at the same time be satisfying for an experienced piecer.
I wanted to play with the quilting & really showcase how quilting can “make” a quilt.

I do have to admit though that when I finished piecing the top, I nearly choked at how plain it was & I was afraid I really made a mess of things.

I’d always wanted to play with Lisa Sipes’ triple stitch & decided that would be perfect in the white- just enough to create texture & add to the star effect.  It did take hours upon hours of work.  But I just listened to hours of the Bowery Boys & time passed without notice. (Well, without much notice!)

In the red spaces I wanted feathers.  Over the top beautiful, formal feathers that dripped in elegance.  So I practiced & practiced & practiced my heart out, until I held my breath & just went for it.

But when I took it off the frame, I nearly choked again- but this time it was in amazement as to how beautiful it turned out!

After I caught my breath I ran upstairs to show my husband- I was so happy with how it looked!

I wish I had grabbed a picture of the corners, I did a very fun swirl there!  But it’s now hanging up at A Quilting Place to advertise for the Fall classes, so I’ll grab a photo later.

In all, this came out better than I ever imagined!  Exactly what I wanted & more.

And in the end- isn’t this why we make things?  So we can bring a vision to life, only to have it exceed our expectations.  To remind ourselves to keep pushing & keep challenging ourselves to grow.  To remind ourselves how complexity & simplicity live together.