It has been an incredibly busy spring, business-wise and personally. Kids finishing up school, dentist, oral surgeon, orthodontist, emergency surgery… and that’s just kids. Then there was the two emergency speaker engagements and the one planned that I performed, a quick last minute trip with hubby, my own minor surgery and a weekend jaunt to see the folks.
I think I can take a breath now.
Somehow I actually accomplished a LOT of quilting work, despite everything else going on. Or maybe because of it – I find quilting so cathartic that it relieves loads of stress for me.
It was quite a variety of work, too. I quilted, bound and appraised a group of antique quilts for a client, made a few t shirt quilts, and quilted whole-cloth hand dyed panels, as well as a few all-over quilts, a custom wedding gift and a few wool applique pieces.
At any rate, I love sharing the photos and as much as I enjoy looking at other quilters’ work, I figure someone out there will enjoy these too!
a beautiful piece of history
I kept the antique quilts simple; they were going to be auctioned to family at an upcoming reunion. This is one of my favorite old blocks. It’s called Strawberry and it’s not all that common. In this case it was beautifully pieced and scrappy but within a specific color framework.
the classic grandmothers flower garden
This one (above) has a high visual appeal as well. Quite striking.
field of flowers
I did this one for a friend. It’s hard to see the overall quilting in ANY of the photos, and a photo of the whole is too far away to get a good idea of the quilting in detail.
hand dyed floral
Debra Linker did a beautiful job hand dyeing this panel, and I had fun quilting it.
I also quilted a few for a client for her husbands office décor…
and this one…
and this one…
Creating this was almost as artistic for me:
and this one…
BIG tshirt quilt
And then a little less custom quilting work…
wool applique quilt
And a little more. I hope the bride is happy with this gift from her friend – she should well be – it is so beautiful!
Speaking of diagonal lines, here is what I’m currently working on:
I can’t even begin to explain how tedious these are, and how pickled I am that they look so straight and evenly spaced! Mind you this is freehand, with my only tools being a tape measure, chalk and my ruler!
my simple tools
There were a few others in there. I didn’t snap any pix of the 4 Quilt Of Valor quilts I finished, but after this custom is finished I think I’ll need to do some all over charity quilts to clear my system.
I hope my photos have inspired you, or urged you to create something on your own. Happy quilting my friends. Stay busy!
blooming 9 patch