Saturday, January 30, 2016

January flew by.

Hey there everyone! 

How is did your January go? Mine zipped by so fast. I took January off as far as classes go, but beginning on the third of February I am off to a quick clip with many classes this year. Please see my side bar if you are interested in taking a class with me.  I will be teaching in Kansas City at Modern Makers and in Leavenworth at Meadows Quilt Shop. 

Lets look at some quilts. I did several Edge to Edge quilts and got them out the door without taking pictures of them. That seems to be happening a lot lately. I seem to remember to take pictures of the Custom quilts, but the e2es slip by. 

 With that said I did take a picture of this quilt, at least the back anyway.   I think this digital design is named Space Travel. I have been wanting to use it for ages. I love quilting with Minky. I think it makes such soft quilts. The ones I have made for my children have held up pretty well as long as I don't dry them on too hot a cycle. The front of this quilt was really cute robots and rocket ships. There is a picture in my Instagram feed for sure.

Next up is this really sweet cupcake quilt.

The cupcakes are paper pieced and all the fabric is flannel. I stink at paper piecing. It is so hard to switch my brain to that area so I just rarely do it. Joe made this quilt and the next one. And he did a great job.

I knew just how I wanted to quilt most of they quilt, but those little "L" shaped bits had me totally lost. I looked and looked at them wondering what the heck was I going to do with them? I decided to quilt cupcake names into them. Red Velvet, Sugar Pie, Mochichino to name a few. Quilting words not only creates pretty texture it is kinda neat too.

Last up is this fabulous quilt with a big white skull in the middle. Joe made this for his young Nephew. I think Sugar Skulls are neat and I wanted to quilt the skull into a sugar skull...but hold back and not make it super feminine.

The back ground is quilted with contour lines. I never get tired of contour lines. Maybe the skull belongs to a pirate? And maybe the pirate buried treasure (as they do)? I bet these contour lines will help him find his chest of jewels and gold coins.

Have a great weekend. It is super warm here, so I hope you all get outside to enjoy the weather.


Monday, January 18, 2016

My Mighty Lucky Quilting Club Blocks

Hey there folks!

Have you heard about the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club? It has been all over my Instagram feed, so I decided to give it a go for the first month. Just to see if it is something I would actually do. I am not much of a joiner of things especially quilting things because my free time for quilting it so precious. I used to sew for fun all the time, but now I just feel guilty if I am not working on client quilts. Do you know what I mean? But then I got to mind is jam packed full of quilts and ideas for quilts. I actually NEED to just sew for myself sometimes like I did when I first began making quilts. 

I also got to thinking about my Flicker Quilt Bee. I had such a great group of ladies to make quilts with. Each month one of us would have a challenge...a block to make for the lady of the month. It was so fun to work outside my box, or learn something new. I missed that. So I went to the Mighty Lucky quilt club website and join for the first month. It was Krista's month and the skill of the January was Bias strips.

I love bias when I do appliqué, but I do my bias differently than the technique shown by Krista. I don't use a bias maker, I just long baste stitch the bias and use my iron to shape it into the curves I desire. I also just pin the bias in place before stitching it down with my sewing machine. That is easier for me and that is how Gwen Marston taught me. If its good enough for Gwen it is good enough for me folks.

These are the 3 blocks I made. I suppose they are really 4 blocks, but the vine one is more one than 2 right.

I started with this one. It is pretty similar to Krista's block. I made it different by piecing my bias with several different prints. I like the scrappy look.

Next block was this puppy. Similar to the first block, but a little different.

And last but not least my vine block. I still need to stitch down the little flower blossoms. I have gotten several questions about what background I used. It is Paint dot cloud by Alexia Abegg for Cotton+Steel.  I still have some in my shop.

In summery I really liked this challenge. I feel like it really jump started my sewing MOJO. I will be doing next month with Season Evans too. Are you joining along?

Have a Happy Day Folks!



Good Morning!

So I have 2 lovely Custom Quilts to show you and a work in progress. 

I really like the embroidery on this quilt. Such narrow bits stitched so very well.

I quilted it with a clamshell background and some crystals in the sashing and a little vine quilted around the border.

This quilt  was made by a very skilled quilt maker, Pam. The quilts name is Cleopatra's Fan. I was a little concerned when I saw all the curves and bias, but this was the most square quilt I have quilted in quite a while.

I quilted it with feathers in the background, some S curves and echo arches. I also used Wool batting which gave the quilt so much loft. Wool batting is my favorite!

This is the quilt I am working on down in the studio now for Sherri.

It is getting quilted with a Lovely E2E.

Have a Happy Day folks!


Texas Flag quilt #19

Hi there! I will try to blog more in 2016. I guess that won't be too hard when I compare it to how frequently I blogged in 2015. 

So I made my 19th Texas Flag quilt over Christmas. I think this one had some really great quilting. It was king sized. 

I really like to combination of swirls and straight lines.

I think I will only make one more of these quilts just to round out the number. While they are very fun to make it is draining to "make" for others. I love quilting. It makes my heart sing, but I may be done making the same thing over and over. But looking at that quilting I just LOVE it. Of course I can do this to any quilt. It doesn't HAVE to be a Texas flag now does it?

Have a great day!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Happy Christmas...and more quilts!

Hi there! Are you all gearing up for the Holiday Season? We are in full swing here. Like any quilter I have been quilting Christmas Quilts for months. I love them. I love the idea of giving quilts as gifts to loved ones and I am so honored to be a part of the process for my clients.

I have been so busy quilting in fact that I barely have had time to shower on a daily basis. My husband went to Hawaii on a business trip last week and I was kinda happy because that meant I didn't have to feel guilty about staying up crazy late quilting away...and I may or may not have worn the same shirt and jeans for 5 days in a row. Good thing quilting doesn't work up much of a sweat.

This is a lovely Christmas quilt I quilted for Sharlene. It was done with an E2E. There are several quilts I failed to get pictures of because the lighting in my studio was rubbish and people were picking them up so fast.

This is a great big one I quilted for Joe. It was so pretty...these pictures don't do it justice.

I used an E2E named Surf. It is really fluid without seeming overly water like and it stitched out so nice. Really quick. The beast that is down on the long arm right now is taking over 2 hours per row. Not cool folks. That is WAY too long in my opinion. Longer than custom quilting. And the thread! Oh SOOOOO much thread.

I am getting off topic. This was a lovely Christmas Medallion quilt. So so pretty, but such terrible pictures. Forgive me Susan for not doing your quilt justice. Susan wanted custom quilting but not terribly tiny and dense. Some of the piecing was so tiny all I could do was Stitch in the Ditch. But I think I remained pretty consistent with the scale of the piecing and the scale of the quilting.

You can't tell, but there is a different snow flake in each log cabin block. Most of this quilt was quilted free hand and heaps of ruler work, but there was some Statler (digital) work as well. The snowflakes and the wide border were digitized.

This one was for Elizabeth. She wanted it custom quilted and it was a blast to do! Lots of ruler work and free hand quilted. I am so much faster freehand than having to program in Computer options. I LOVE it when the quilt lends itself to me just doing my thing.

The fabric is Charlie Harper by Birch fabric. So so so soft!

Next up is this awesome raindrop quilt by Sandi. I love pretty much everything about this quilt. When I saw it my breath caught in my throat and I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to quilt it.

Swirls in the rain drops and long tiny raindrops in the background. I just adore how it turned out.

This last quit is also Sandi's. It is made with Angela Walters' Athena fabric. This was soon fun to quilt. I tried to channel Angela and quilt up a storm.

Here is a little bit of detail. I tell you it is tricky to get good pictures of quilts sometimes and get them out the door in a reasonable amount of time.

This on is one I did for Cheryl. It started out as an E2E, but there wasn't enough texture so I went back in and added more lines free hand. I think it turned out really modern and clean.

That's it for now! I still have one more Christmas quilt for a client, then I will quilt for my own kids. I am really excited about what I am making them.

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winner winner chicken dinner

Hello there! I bet you think I forgot about this little roll of fabric and decided to cut it up and sew it myself. Well, nope. My parents came to visit and frankly I have not had time to sit at the computer.  My parents live in Florida now and I am inKansas so we don't get to see each other nearly often enough. But, I found a way and I did choose a winner! 

By happy coincidence one of my very favorite quilters on the planet is the winner. Yay Krista! I hope you love it and do great things with it.


I'd love it! It would be perfect for zip pouches for christmasgifts!! love both of your quilts Tia, great work and thank you for the opportunity! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cotton+Steel quilts and a gift for you

Hey there folks!
I got to make some super fun quilts for quilt market. And they are made from 2 of Cotton+Steels upcoming collections. Aren't they stunning?

Please excuse the lousy pictures, I didn't have much time to photograph them before sending them out.

This orange peel quilt was made with Melody Miller's next collection Fruit Dot. I have ordered several prints from it and I hope they sell well in my easy shop. It should be shipping in January.

The blues and pinks in the prints are so lovely and that gold shimmer stripe print is so darn good.

My 14 year old daughter was home recovering from her second ear operation so she helped me fussy cut all those lady's heads. I swear I would not have made the deadline if it were not for Emma. I believe this pattern will be available on the cotton+Steel website. So, and orange peel quilt has been on my bucket list for ages. I am happy to have marked it off the list.

This is how the back of the quilt looks. Very lightly quilted.

This is the quilt I made for Kim Kight's next collection Penny Arcade. Doesn't it look like ferris wheels?

I had a little more time to make this one so I needle turned all the centers. I quilted it to kinda look like spinning ferris wheels. Squint a bit and maybe you can see it.

So...I have some leftover fabric. Would any of you like some BEFORE it hits the shops? I would if I were you, but I am kinda a fabric whore. It won't be much but it will be enough to be awesome.

I didn't have almost any of the fruit dot left over after making the orange peel quilt, but I do have enough of the Penny Arcade to share.

Leave a comment in the comment section and enter for a chance to win a 3 inch strip set of what I have left of the Penny Arcade collection by Kim Kight for Cotton and Steel. I will choose 1 winner Monday.

Good Luck!