Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sweet little Sail Boats


Good Morning! I just finished quilting the sweetest sail boat baby quilt. I wanted the blue to look like the sea...but I guess it looks like clouds too. The back on this quilt is mink, and I had no issues at all with it.



I quilted a tiny sand castle on the beach...can you find it?


And the boats are quoted pretty fun too.

Katy you did a great job on this cute quilt! Love it!!!!

xo,
Tia

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kelly's Steam Punk Quilt


Good Morning folks!


How are you all doing? Last week was a doozy. My little tribe of kiddos headed back to school. The house is so quiet without their racket. Now all I have is Stanley's labrador snoring and the birds. These are actually very nice sounds, but so different from when the kids are home. I was seized by a frenzy of cleaning. It is so very nice to enjoy a clean house for a couple hours before 3pm when every surface is covered with backpacks and homework and the push begins to get hungry children fed before football practice. 

The little guy is in 4th grade, the middle man is in 5th grade and Emma just started 7th grade.


I have also finished quilting several quilts. Kelly L. let me quilt her Steampunk quilt. I love it so much. Swirls, loops and lines make up the quilting. I love her color choices and fabric combinations so much!






The back is so pretty too! So many great low volume blocks! I thought she had given me 2 quilts, and emailed her asking what type backing she waned me to use when I quilted her quilts. She told me the low volume one was the back! duh. It makes this quilt so awesome!


I love how the quilting looks on the back!

OK, have a super day!
Tia

Monday, July 28, 2014

Merry Merry Snowmen Quilt


This was a really fun quilt to quilt. The client I quilted it for wanted it done just like the pictures that came with the pattern. It was nice to just follow the pictures instead of trying to think up what to do. While I love making up things as I go this way was a nice break for sure!








This pattern is named Merry Merry Snowmen by Bunny Hill Designs. I used 4 different colors of thread on this puppy.

It was funny to be quilting such a fun Christmas quilt when outside is was 100 degrees and 70 percent humidity. Inside down in the quilt lair was really the only place to be.

Have a happy week!
Tia

A more simple Texas flag quilt


I made another Texas Flag quilt for a client. It is for her son who is going off to college. They wanted the quilting much more simple, so we went with a simple grid.


The quilting inside the star is more dense.


These Texas flag quits never get old. I do love making them.

xo,
Tia

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Baby Texas Flag quilt


I LOVE making Texas Flag quilts! I was really excited to tweak my pattern and make a little one. This one is a baby quilt.


Same windy Texas quilting, just smaller.


In the star I quilted the baby's name and birthday.


The back is great too. Super soft cotton batting...makes a great Texas flag quilt. I think this is the 16th Texas flag quilt I have made.


This one was the 15th. It was the back of a T-shirt quilt.

I hope you have a happy happy day!
Tia

Some Quilts of Valor


So many of you know that I quilt for Quilts of Valor from time to time. We have 140 MPs getting ready to come home from Afghanistan in the next couple months and our QOV team is getting together enough quilts for all of them. Recently I have quilted quite a few, but I have been pushing them through so fast that I haven't gotten pictures of them. I thought these turned out really well so I wanted to share them.


This one I quilted with these awesome Federal Eagles. I spent almost 4 hours searching for them on the Internet. They are a Kim Diamond pantograph.




Next up is this really great quilt. I used a dense Baptist Fan on this quilt. I am pretty wild for this panto right now and I want to use it on everything. I love how modern it looks.



The wonderfully talented Raylene Mason made these lovely quilts. I love quilting her work because all there seams are pressed perfectly and they are always perfectly square!

Have a great day!
Tia Curtis


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Steam Punk quilt Quilted


Hey there! I quilted my Steam punk quilt in time to take it to KCMQG (Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild) last week. I am now trying to hand bind the quilt, but it turns out that I don't do a great deal of sitting quietly so I can finish the job. But for now it is good for a picture or 10 right?


I had a total blast quilting this quilt. The sashing and narrow curve of each block is a bit different and just swirls in the background.


I pulled all my favorite fabric for this quilt. Low volume for the background and acid greens, blues and purple/ hot pink.


The cornerstones are little wonky log cabins make with Peppered Cottons. They were kinda a pain in the behind to work with as they curl like crazy when I presses them and frayed really quickly too.


I added a couple pieces of Army uniform into this quilt. Right by the Mermaids.


I was very quick to put this quilt together and I skipped over some pretty important quilt making steps. I didn't trim up any of the blocks. This made for a quilt with all sorts of "fullness. To combat this I used really thick cotton batting. Quilters Dream Cotton Batting in Deluxe loft is my favorite batting anyway, but it really shined while I was quilting this quilt.




The back is pieced. I used a funky purple I dyed a couple years ago. I did a really bad job dying the piece and there are all these spots of dye sediment But it works fine for a back.



You can really see the quilting well on the back.


And I am using my clothes line for more than just a photo op. I found that while it is really fun to make massive heavy quilts it is not so thrilling to watch my washing machine struggle. There was no way my dryer was dealing with it, so I am hanging it out on the line!

I do love to have quilts out drying on the clothes line.

This pattern is Steam punk by Jen Kingwell. You can find it HERE