Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lovin' this Modern Quilting...

I can't believe how long it's been since I last blogged, so much for my intention to keep up with this.  So much has been happening this fall.  "All My Rowdy Friends" went to Houston and will soon be on it's way to Phoenix. Teaser Alert---Kevin has given me our collaboration to quilt,  it's AMAZING!!!! I just want to start quilting it, but I have some Christmas presents left to make first.  I also decided to do Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery quilt.  I know I won't be able to keep up with it totally, but if I get a little of each step done, I should eventually get it all done.  Key word - eventually, lol. Luckily I have a couple friends trying their best to keep me on track.

This past weekend I had the honor of teaching  longarm quilting classes at Hunter Heirloom Quilting outside Warrensburg, in Centerview, MO.  The owners, Amy & Joe, some of the nicest people you'ld want to meet, are also Innova Dealers.  The shop is spacious, warm, inviting with, best of all, a great fabric selection!  I found some that I had not seen elsewhere that I HAD to have!  Even my hubby, Bob, picked some out for me.  I can't wait to go back, hopefully I will be teaching some more classes for them next year.  My students were so much fun, braving the freezing rain and ice.  But weather is not going to keep a good quilter in!! A great shop, well worth the trip.
62 NW 451st Rd
Centerview, MO 64019

My Modern Quilting adventure continues..... 

This is another quilt by Elise, one of my favorite customers.  Elise has a great eye for color and gives me free reign on the quilting.  Where ever my little heart leads me.  After hanging it on my quilt rack, "talking" to me for awhile, I was ready to start.  (I always have the next quilt in view, waiting for inspiration to attack me) 

Loaded up the quilt, laid on the Quilter's View Film, and started to draw ideas.

 Ideas for the Borders:

        Ho Hum....
        Yes! Perfect!

So, time to start quilting.  Lots of ruler work, one of my favorites.  Slightly different than the original plan, but I like the design.  I like the contrast of the horizontal lines better than the vertical.

And then on to the Carpenter's block.  Quilter's View Film and start drawing.  I like the contrast of pebbles and the cross-hatching with the orange peel HST.  The center star mimics the border design.


On to the negative space.  I used the same star design from the border in the center of this block.  Only with curved lines.


Those pesky inset triangles.  What to do? What to do?

Yep, liked this.

TaDa!!!  Finished! 

Well, I hope you all enjoyed my quilting process as much as I did.  This was a fun quilt to do.  AND, Elise just brought me 2 more quilts.  Come back and see what I do with them!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Modern Quilting?

WOW! I can't believe I haven't blogged since July!  I really have been busy.. Two new grandsons!  My Great-grandson is almost a year old. And a few things I can't blog about yet.

Teaser 1 - in the future, you will see some of my quilting in print... done deal.... quilting completed!
Teaser 2 - I am collaborating with my good friend Kevin (blog - Kevin the Quilter) on an amazing quilt.           Can't wait to get my hands on it.  Even BeBe is excited.
Teaser 3 - I am collaborating with my good friend Lynn on a quilt.  I am currently in the design stage and can't wait to start quilting.

But, what I can show you is the quilt I just took off BeBe.  I've been asked how I figure out what design to put on a quilt, so here's some of the process I go thru.  I usually hang the quilt top in sight so I can see it while finishing up the prior quilt.  After it's in BeBe, I sometimes lay a plastic sheet over the top and draw out designs I might like. Sometimes good, sometimes so-so.
No Quilting, just hanging out
So-So  Ho-Hum
Yes! Speaks to me!
And then I quilt..

Yep, slightly smaller than 1/4" pebbles.  Love the effect
the Cross Hatching creates.

Corner spirals.
Finish out the corners.

Wheww.. lots of pebbles, lots of lines and then some spirals. Piano Key borders.

And Finally, the finished quilt.  This quilt was so much fun to do.  My version of Modern Quilting!

I hope you like this quilt as much as I do.  And I promise to blog more often, if the grandkids allow!
Thanks for visiting my blog,  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kevin's Double Wedding Ring

I recently had the honor of being part of the journey of Kevin's Double Wedding Ring Quilt.  To see the beginning and ending of it's journey, visit Kevin's blog (# 1 on my Favorite Blog list).  My part of the journey was the quilting.

Not a traditional Double Wedding Ring, therefore, I felt it needed non-traditional quilting.  No Feathers!  I know... if you know me or have seen my work, I LOVE feathers.  To quilt an entire quilt with no feathers is a challenge for me.  One I was looking forward to.  After lots of contemplation, designing, erasing, and drawing (yes Kevin, I drew on your quilt! with chalk), I finally decided on the quilting path to take.

Please visit Kevin's blog (#1 on my Favorite blogs list) to see the rest of this quilt's amazing journey!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I just found out about this from my friend Kevin, and got really excited to enter.  I'm really new to blogging, it's late and I've been trying to get this posted for the last hour. LOL..  I've never done this before, so I've been bouncing around the blog world trying to figure out what a "permalink" and a "backlink" are.  Hopefully, I got it! So please check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival courtesy of Amy's Creative Side. My quilt "All My Rowdy Friends" is my first wholecloth. Each round is dedicated to a different friend. Please go to my last post to see all my pictures.  Check out all the great quilts and vote for your favorite!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

IMQA - MQS Wichita, KS

This was the best year ever at MQS.  My wonderful husband, Bob, was my roommate.  He spent the week exploring Wichita, while I took classes and enjoyed the show.  OK, so sit down, here's my big news........ my quilt "All My Rowdy Friends" took 2nd (SECOND) Place in the Tools of the Trade category. I challenged myself to design and make my first wholecloth, to use every ruler I possibly could AND to create each round dedicated to a quilting friend. Some of you have already claimed a round, yes Kevin, the center is yours....a couple of you have to fight over the feathers... My original markings were only the main squares and circles.  Most of the designing was done after the quilt was loaded.  So after countless hours (didn't track) of design and contemplation, and 250 hours of quilting, countless bags of Hershey Kisses, and one entire day of binding the day before shipping to MQS...... I present to you ....


Yes, I know, it has a few wrinkles, but you would to if you were stuffed in a box and shipped!

Here are some close ups of the heart sections:

You better believe it! That is 1/8" cross hatching... No wonder I had to get new contacts. Here's a pic before the feathers were added..

And 6 of the 8 feather sections, apparently I forgot to take pics of 2, so I will when I get the quilt back

And every quilt needs a center:

 A little closer...

How does it look on the bed, you may ask?  Well this is probably the only time it will every be on a bed.  LOL  Otherwise the dogs and cats might claim it!  

Almost forgot, here's a close up of a corner detail:

The quilt is not finished here, but I wanted to show you the green flame shaped thing. This is from before the quilting was complete.

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures of my quilt "All My Rowdy Friends".  I really enjoyed designing and quilting it.  If you happen to be in the area in June, this quilt will be at the show in Columbus, Ohio.  My next quilt is a Double Wedding Ring pieced by my friend Kevin the Quilter.  Check back in to see how the quilting is going.
Happy Quilting! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hello World!

First, let me introduce myself. Ann.  I am a LongArm Quilter.  That being said, I'm not sure what anyone would want to know.  I come from a long line of quilters.  My Great-Grandma, Lizzie queen of scraps, because being poor, she had mostly scraps to make her quilts. I have 3 binders full of her patterns, mostly cut from newspapers.  My Grandma, Barbara, the most amazing appliquer I've ever known, also my role model and mentor whom I miss dearly.  My mother, Betty, piecer and embroiderer.  I learned to hand-quilt at Grandma's church and so my love of quilting began.  Eventually about 8 years ago I bought my first longarm and about 4 years ago upgraded to BeBe, my Gammill.  I do some quilting for others, (special few) but what I love most is quilting my stuff! My Goal? To be a featured quilter somewhere other than my living room! LOL!

I belong to ShowMe LongArm Quilt Guild, an amazing group (about 60) of quilters.  We recently completed our 2013 challenge. So here's my entry....

And a close up....

And the back....

This was a fun quilt to do.  There were 16 quilts finished for this challenge.  If you get to MQS in Wichita May 14-18, please look for our Special Exhibit.
Happy Quilting