Thursday, January 29, 2015

I am Selling Cotton+Steel in my shop


I am super excited to finally announce that I am selling Cotton+Steel fabric in my shop. I had big big big plans for this fabric and my future...but time has passed and my life has charged ahead at full steam, so I have decided to just sell yardage and bundles in my shop. I was going to rock the world with my fabulous patterns and kits, but maybe that will happen later this year. As of now, you can find some lovely Cotton+Steel fabric RIGHT HERE


I will be adding more bundles soon. As of now there are 2 left in the shop.


I love it all stacked up on the tables


This bug print is my favorite from the new Cotton+Steel. It is Flight Natural in Multi. I think it will make the best quilt back EVER!!!



So SO pretty! I can't wait to play with it myself!

Happy Quilting!
Tia

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