Friday, January 23, 2015

A signature quilt


Hey there! How are you? I hope you are all good. I finished this quilt a couple days ago. It is custom quilted....lets look at a couple more detail pictures..


They didn't want heavy quilting in the gold signature blacks, so I used a matching gold thread to just to lines


The frames around the signatures got feathers and it is hard to tell, but the green paisley fabric has paisleys quilted into it.


I echo quilted around Dr. Shirley's name and that seemed to work rather well.


Then I plopped little feather deals in the squares. It is all free hand quilted with the exception of the little squares.

This is such a neat moment for so many years teaching Nursing!

xo,
Tia

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Christmas quilt


I finished quilting this fabulous old quilt for a client. It was hand pieced by her great aunt back in the 1930s. Taylor wanted it to look like a Christmas red work quilt.


I quilted this in two phases. First all the white thread, then the Statler quilted the red motifs. I doubled up the red thread so it would look a bit more thick.


The reindeer was my favorite


I loved the gingerbread house too.


I used an orange peel design all around the little hand pieced red and white squares. This took ages, but I sure love how it turned out!

Have a great day!
Tia Curtis

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jenny's Beautiful Quilts


Good Morning! I am really excited to share 2 of Jenny's quilts with you today. She is such a gifted quilt maker and I LOVE LOVE LOVE quilting for her. Both of these quilts are really big, so I don't have the best pictures. Please use your imaginations.


The first one it an astonishing version of Tula Pink's Anchor quilt. The free pattern can be found HERE. Tula's version has solid background stripes, but Jenny took it up a couple notches and pieced the stripes with fabulous little fussy cut squares.


I had a blast quilting this quilt. I used 2 layers of batting to really emphasize the quilting. A layer of Quilters Dream Cotton in Deluxe loft and a layer of Quilters Dream Wool batting.  Each little square has been quilted individually.


I tried a new design for these wide borders. The effect is almost like a Celtic knot, it seems to interlace. These were all done freehand and they were rather time consuming, but I love the result.


 Jenny wanted me to quilt a filigree cross inside the anchor. I sketched and brainstormed and scoured the Internet to find some good examples of crosses that I could translate into a quilt design. In the end I selected 2 of Karen Mctavish's elemental designs to plop into the cross and quilt with my Statler Stitcher. The rest is freehand. It is nice to have the perfection of the computer quilt something and then fill in the rest with my own art.




Look at all this wonderful fussy cutting! I love it so much. Not all the squares were perfect squares. Some were rectangles and some didn't line up, but I think that is part of the charm of this quilt. There is just so much to see!


I love the Jenny's Label too! You can see the filigree at the bottom of the cross in this shot.


Next up is Lots of Dots. You can find this pattern HERE. It was even bigger than the Anchor quilt. Initially Jenny Said that she was trying to make the Anchor quilt big enough to be the BACK of this quilt.


Again Jenny filled her quilt with fussy cut splendor in the form of priceless, OOP, impossible to find fabric.




She wanted this one quilted with Latitude/longitude lines. I love how the simplicity of the quilting makes the fabric pairings sing. This quilt has one layer of Quilters Dream Cotton Batting in Deluxe loft. It is a very heavy quilt that will be fabulously warm! Which is a good thing because tomorrow will be super cold!


Here is the label for this quilt. Isn't it great? I need to label more of my quilts.

Do you want to know what is even better than Jenny's quilts? Jenny Herself! She is just the most sizzling little human being. She almost crackles with electricity.

I hope you all enjoyed Jenny's Quilts! I am off to quilt a really neat Cotton and Steel quilt.

xoxox
Tia

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Handmade Christmas


Hey there! As a Maker do you always want to give handmade gifts? I do. I want to give my family gifts that are well made and are meaningful. I want them to last for more than a weekend. This year I made 3 Overnight Duffel bags. This pattern is by Purl Soho and you can find it HERE. It is a great, simple pattern that lends itself well to making pieced sides or just quilting like I did. For these bags I loaded up my long arm with enough fabric for 4 bags, traced all the pattern pieces onto the white fabric (which is a heavy weight cotton from Ikea) and quilted them piece by piece with white thread. I used my new favorite batting which is Quilters Dream Cotton in Supreme loft. It is super thick and squishy.


This bag turned out to be my favorite. I meant it to go to my mom, but I am afraid I wrote my little sisters name on it. Oh well, they can swap if they like.


This inside has a clever little pocket. I did not add binding to all the inside seams. I just used my #13 switch on my Bernina (it looks like a serger stitch). I LOVE how these bags turned out and I can't wait to make one for myself. I have been saving some Suzuko Koseki fabric for just a project like this.


The two bags meant for my sister have the contour lines quilted into them. But in a way they kinda look like big white brains. Oh well both my sisters are wickedly brilliant so brain bags is fine too.


Everyone also got a zip pouch too. I took a Craftsy quilting class (I know...I am totally a quilter already...but a little professional development is an awesome thing) The Secrets of Free Motion Quilting with Christina Cameli and learned this super cute texture.


A simple Wood grain


and a topography quilting. This is seriously the most fun and quick quilting design in my arsenal at the moment. I want to quilt everything with it.


These little pouches are my own little pattern. If anyone wants I can whip up a tutorial. They are crazy fast to make. The rick rack makes them silly.


My little nephew is growing up and instead of the typical monster man doll I made him a little leather  zip wallet. A little man bag. I put Money in it for him to spend at Disney World.


Then these two quilt for my own kiddos. Yes, I am aware I have 3 children. My youngest likes to design his own quilts, so I will give him an invitation to work with me in the design of his own with free reign of my stash.


This first one is for my oldest son. It is made entirely of Carolyn Friendlander's new fabric line Doe and the rest of my Kona Snow (Doe Snow it rhymes!). I bought a fat quarter stack from Heather over at House a la mode by some sorcery she got the fabric before it was released and was willing to part with it!!!!! Isn't this wonderful? Needless to say as soon as it arrived in my studio I cut into it and had immediately change my idea because I hated it. I was making Farmers Daughter blocks...I thought they would be great. But turns out block piecing was hurting my mind. SO I broke free and just went improv and I am SOOOOOOO much happier with it.


I saved the HST (half Square triangle) pieces from the Farmers Daughter blocks to make some cute little hour glass blocks. I think they are my favorite parts of the quilt.


For the rest of the Improv I cut strips. Some I sewed together then subcut to create interest. This was really fun to work on and was a great reset to my mind.


I LOVE Carolyn Friedlander's new line. The scale it so good for small scale piecing and large scale as well. The colors are fabulous as well. So so so good!


This is the first quilt I tried the Topography quilting on. The best way to describe it is a very loose stipple that you echo. It is awesome! The thick cotton batting shrank up quite a bit after it's trip through the dryer. but I love it.


This beauty was one I made quite a while ago out of my all time favorite fabrics and it sat waiting to be bound for several months. I figured I should get it bound so I could list it in my shop and sell it since I have a zillion and twelve quilts in my house. So many that we trip over them. Well...disaster struck while this quilt was folded safely out of the way. Someone bled on it. I have no idea why someone would want to mark up my pretty quilt with a big plop of blood, but they did. I bound it and sent it through the wash with high hopes...but nope. The blood was well set. Soon....now it is a gift for my daughter!


The quilting was fun on it. hills, wild feathers, swirls and crop circles.


Some random pieced blocks in among the half square triangles



And a great striped back!



So that is my handmade holiday. Hope yours is even more productive. I am shifting operations to the kitchen. We are doing a Beef Wellington for Christmas Dinner. We have been watching too much Gordon Ramsay.

Happiness and Joy to you and yours!

XO,
The Curtis Family

Christmas finishes

Hey there and Happy Holidays! We are gearing up for Christmas here at my house. That means lots of cooking and lots of Christmas sewing. Let me show you some quick pictures of (SOME) quilts I have finished recently. It has been rainy and dreary around Leavenworth, KS and sometimes the quilts slip out of the studio and go on their way before I have a chance to take pictures of them. 


This first one is a T-shirt quilt I was commissioned to make for a fireman. This was a great client to work with. She sent me design wall pictures of what she had in mind and we collaborated together to come up with a rather unique T-shirt quilt.


I quilted it with flames of course and used Quilters Dream Cotton batting in select loft.


The back is my favorite. It is strip pieced and was really fun to put together.


Next is Lynn's sweet floor quilt. This on was really fun. I love the idea of a giant Dresden Plate


Sorry, these pictures are pretty rotten. I had her hold it up before she left the studio. The lighting is dreadful. The quilt is super cute though!


Next up is Cheryl's wonderful Chevron. I love chevron quilts. I think there are a thousand different ways to quilt them.


For this one I did Echoing lines in the white and bubbles in the colored bits.


I get a bunch of questions on Instagram about how I use my Channel locks to quilt diagonal lines. It is easy! I need to work up a tutorial I suppose. All the bubbles are freehand and were a blast to quilt!


I also finished this adorable wall hanging for Meri. She and her grand daughter worked on it as a block of the month. She said her grand daughter was more excited about it than she was so she wanted to give it to her as a Christmas present. I custom quite it to guide around all the buttons and ribbons.



I finished this Doe fabric by Carolyn Firendlander. I think I am going to give it to my son. It will get it's own post because it is awesome. I used some new super thick cotton batting on it and quilted it freehand to look like topography contour lines.


And I finally slapped a binding on this fabulous quilt. I intended to sell in in my shop, because frankly my house is starting to look like a quilt hoarder lives here. But sadly I can't because it has a big stain on it. I left it folded in a safe place until I had time to bind it, and someone trotted over and bled on it. I have no other information than that. I don't know what led up to the nefarious event, but it was something dastardly I am sure. It will be given to my daughter. She won't care a bit. Maybe I will applique something over the stain? If you look close you can see it over on the left hand side right by the mermaid. I washed this quilt already once. It didn't come out.

xo,
Tia