My granddaughter, Kes, is the middle child. She talks about being a princess and playing princess all the time. So, she’s going to get a princess quilt. Every quilt has a story, and this one is no exception.
I recently bought a Twister template. When it came, I was surprised at how large it was. I decided that the pieces would be large enough for some novelty prints and proceeded to cut squares of “princess” fabric that I thought would work for this quilt. After I got it together, I really was not pleased. The colors blend together too much and to me, it just isn’t pretty to my eye. But, that was a lot of work, so I am finding a way to make it a special quilt anyway.
I decided to add “princess” machine embroidery to the quilt so Kes will find special little places throughout the quilt with castles and magic wands and unicorns and princess crowns. This quilt is to be enjoyed for the special little motifs rather than as a whole quilt.
What is really amusing to me is that as I stood in front of the design wall with Kes (4-1/2 years old), she informed me in the most matter of fact way that the little girls on one of the fabrics were fairies and not princesses. Of course, my reply was that princesses have to have good fairies to help them. I think we all need some good fairies along the way.
I digitized this frog and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the applique pieces. That was a lot of fun.
This princess crown was done as traditional machine embroidery applique.
She really is a sweet little girl, we love this picture. It’s obvious she is only going to do what she wants and not what the photographer suggests.
I have been working all week on an early Valentine present for those of you who do machine embroidery. The Queen of Hearts die AccuQuilt die #55325) has some pretty hearts on it, and I have digitized them with three different applique stitches that are designed specifically for quilting. This is one of the heart shapes used for the Have A Heart Make A Quilt campaign that I mentioned earlier this week. These stitches are light and flat and stay that way after laundering. All my quilts go in the washing machine and dryer, so my embroidery has to stand up to that too. Here are some photos of the set.
To get this Valentine gift, just email me before February 14 at busbyquilts at gmail.com, put HEARTS in the subject line, and tell me the machine format you use.
Here are some fun things that others have been doing. Mary Jane used the frog applique for a onesie. I absolutely love this. Mary Jane asked, “Can’t you just hear him singing ‘Hello My Baby’?”
And this is a quilt that my friend, Sherry, is working on. She made this as a Quilt As Your GO (QAYG), and I love everything about it. Can’t wait to see it finished.
I have almost finished quilting Sherry’s Bargello (how many months has it been on my frame?? – four I think). Last night I rolled it to the last 18 inches. Normally I only quilt about 9-11 inches at a time as that is as much as my arms reach comfortably. Have been babysitting most of the week. My husband had a little complication with his appendectomy (peritoneal hematoma–i.e., internal bleeding after the surgery), so his work this week is to let his body get rid of all that extra blood that is sitting in his abdominal area.
This is my entry in this year’s Christmas Quilt Show. Entries are to be submitted from Nov 23 through Nov 30. This is one of my favorite blogland quilt shows. It is so fun to watch new entries being submitted every day. So, if you have made a Christmas quilt, join the fun and show it off.
My Christmas quilt was made last year and quilted in late summer. It has already been shipped to it’s new home with my sister here in NC. Last year, she was given a table runner and this quilt completes the set.
To make this quilt I used 8 inch blocks and 2 inch sashing. The embroidery blocks were made with the AccuQuilt Holiday Medley die and machine embroidery. The Irish chain blocks use a 4″ square in the middle and 2″ squares in the corners. I just went back through all my blog posts so that I could link a tutorial for this Irish chain variation and realize I haven’t done one. So, a tutorial on making these 8″ Irish chain blocks will be forthcoming very soon.
Quilting was done by stitching a free-style squiggly line that was the width of my hopping foot. I just went up and down. Then I went back across filling in a squiggly line between each of the original lines. I didn’t try to match the squiggles in anyway, each was independent. The table runner looks great, was fairly easy to do, and not using a ruler with my longarm was far easier for me. I can definitely see that this would work well with free-motion quilting on a regular sewing machine as well as a longarm machine and that it may work better on smaller areas rather than going across an entire large quilt. Wouldn’t it be fun quilting for a mug rug?
This is the full runner on my kitchen table. I opened the leaves so it would lay flat.
This is a view at an angle so you can see the effect of the quilting and how it makes the pumpkins stand out–almost like trapunto. Quilting around the vines was a dilemma for me, and I did it a couple of different ways. The leaves were stitched in the ditch, but after awhile, I started stitching straight over the redwork stems instead of trying to stitch beside them as an outline. I really couldn’t tell that it changed the overall look and the stitches hardly showed. The thread used on this is Aurifil 50 wt in a color to match the background.
And you can see that the Irish chain squares are done with a freehand continuous curve as they’re definitely not perfectly even. The squiggly line piano keys in the border were also done free-hand. This whole thing really went fast and gave me the exact effect I wanted.
Just wanted to show you some pictures of the crazy hearts quilt that I’m quilting this week. My friend, Sherry pieced this from a set of embroidery hearts I gave her. The hearts are made from crumb blocks and are cut with my AccuQuilt GO™ hearts die like this. They are cut from fabric that is randomly pieced together from scraps.
Sat morning 11:20 EST – Yay – Cherry’s post has come back from the cybergremlins. Thanks for stopping by.
It’s Friday and there are two really fun projects that I think you’re going to love. Stop in at Cherry Blossom Quilting Studio andCheeky Cognoscenti’s blogs and enjoy! It’s almost Christmas – so get your gift list out because you can certainly start marking names off the list with these great ideas.
And a little surprise: I am so excited because AccuQuilt is now carrying my machine embroidery designs on their website. Just this morning, there are six designs for the AccuQuilt GO!™ that are now available through AccuQuilt. AccuQuilt and I have been talking and working on this for a very long time, and this is a nice Christmas gift for me to have this come to fruition. I will still maintain my own embroidery shop that has all of my designs, but will also offer as many as possible on the AccuQuilt website.
This is the cute little songbird mug rug that I made on Saturday. I see these cute little paisley birds on all sorts of graphic designs including fabric and just had to create my own take on the little paisley songbird. I used an Accuquilt GO feather for the body and the rest is machine embroidery. The single design will fit a 5 x 7″ embroidery hoop and the mug rug will fit a 6 x 8″ embroidery hoop.
My next project is to create more of these mug rug designs that you can give as Christmas gifts.
If you’d like to have the mug rug design and the individual bird design, just send me an email at busbyquilts at gmail dot com or click on the link below and save the file to your computer. Once you have downloaded the file, you will have to unzip it. I will keep the link active through Sunday, September 16.
This is my entry for the Pets on Quilts Show. It’s a Pet Menagerie of wild, safari animals that are just perfect for a snuggle. This quilt is made with applique animals alternating with safari animals print blocks. The back has a great zigzag across the middle.
This has been a year of making and quilting safari animal quilts – for my nephew and for my grandsons – and they all love their quilt “pets.”
Quilting was done on my Nolting longarm using Aurifil 50 wt thread on top and bobbin.
Every quilt has a story and this story isn’t finished yet. I had seen a beautiful quilt that had circles on a line, so that inspired me to do something with the rickrack die and the flower circles. Choosing colors is never easy for me – and I had a lot of the gray batik for background fabric. I decided on a scrappy look for the circles as I had quite a few circles that were cut and wanted to use them up. All said, now that this is complete, I am feeling only lukewarm toward it as a quilt top. Quilting often is what “makes” the quilt, so this top still has one more redemption opportunity.
I guess the moral of this story is that not every idea is a success. Here’s the top – unquilted.