Last fall I purchased a combination sewing/embroidery machine (Brother NQ3500D) and I've been discovering ways to use some designs in my quilts. I've shared a Christmas quilt with you a while back that used some beautiful red work designs from Bird Brain Designs.
I love the way this quilt combines some of the elements that I really love. The scrappy little squares that form the criss cross of the Irish chain part of the design.
And the swirling quilting that Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts did on her long arm quilting machine.
This quilt fits so well into our country acreage lifestyle and one of our barn cats wanted to check it out!
Quilts are not just for beds. I will drape them over chairs, stair railings, stack them folded on chairs and just casually throw them over the back of the sofa.
I may make this again in a different colorway - do you think I should do black? or blue? or browns?
I love to create my own interpretations of traditional quilts, often in modern, fresh colors. But I also take on custom orders and sometimes that means a client who has very specific ideas and just doesn't have the means to create them on their own.
I have one repeat customer that has challenged me to make interpretations of Disney and childhood characters. These are not something I would make for resale if not for the custom request.
These are machine appliqued. The pictures begin as a coloring page and enlarged using a grid method. It's explained much better here than I could do: https://www.art-is-fun.com/grid-method/
Borders are added to complement the embroidered centres.
The Lion King started with a digitally printed starburst background piece of fabric in royal blue. The challenge was to make the moon look bright and white without having to resort to adding it via applique.
Adding letters to make a statement. This can easily be done to add personalization to a baby quilt as well.
Shading on the nose and eyes done simply with a pencil crayon. I'm not worried about it coming off as this is a wall hanging and not intended to be washed regularly.
Timon was a challenge because he is so small compared to the other characters. His details were added with a fine tipped permanent marker.
The techniques used in these 3 quilts are easily transferred to any pictoral quilt. Quilting enhances whatever you decide to do as you can see the different textures added by the quilting on the Lion King quilt especially.
Custom quilts continue to challenge me with new techniques and new ways to think about how I put a quilt together, from the fabrics to the final quilting. Hope you enjoyed these!
Celtic knots have always fascinated me. The way they wind over and under and around without having a beginning or an end.
Celtic Knot - FOR SALE here
I've done this knot a few times in green, but I did this one in purple for something different. I had no ideas of how I was going to finish it, but that rarely holds me back from stitching something up!
At our quilt guild's Christmas party in 2016, we were each given 3 fat quarters with the intent that we were to bring something back for our end of year potluck in June of 2017. Well, that didn't happen and the 3 purple fat quarters stayed on my shelf, waiting for their turn to shine.
I love smaller projects like this because they let me try some new things and practice some things that I don't really want to do on a larger piece.
1",2" and 3" borders
The 3 guild fabrics ended up making a great set of borders around this Celtic knot.
A little pebble stitching around the centre motif makes the Celtic knot stand out. Simple meandering on the purple dragon fly border. And a spiral on the outer border to echo the design on the fabric.
Showing off the back
A plain colored backing fabric shows all the quilting, including the stitch in the ditch straight lines around the borders.