Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Madeline's Disappearing 4 Patch

Here is the quilt I’m currently working on for my granddaughter Madeline. It is the second quilt where I’ve used only solid fabrics and limited the colors to shades of red, yellow, and orange all paired with a solid white. The backing, which you can see peeking out from under the blocks on the top photo, is a very happy yellow and orange daisy print on white. The machine quilting is a simple and durable daisy design in yellow thread. Now I just have to finish sewing down the binding, sew on the label, and have it on its way to Florida by Friday! Of course, I need to complete two customer quilts by then too!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 It was so fun to do the machine quilting on this very happy under the sea scene. 
My customer Deborah Carmichael designed and appliqued the quilt as a
gift for her grandchild. 

I designed the freeform quilting to give a 'watery' and whimsical effect and carried
it right through the borders. The applique' shapes were all very large but had enough
detail to allow me to add discrete quilting along the design lines. 

The whale had a large open area that needed additional quilting. After some design
sketches,I decided that contoured quilting lines would best enchance the shape.
Deborah used a very effective design tool in allowing the sea creatures to overlap
the borders of the quilt. It draws the viewer's eye right into the scene.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This is my grandson Eli at just a few weeks old lying on the chevron quilt 
I made for him. It is the first quilt I made using just Kona solid fabrics.
I love the clean contemporary look and the great colors. The teal blue
 fabric just happened to match the accent color in his nursery.
Be watching for a future post of the quilt I'm currently working on
 for my new granddaughter Madeline. It is also made using Kona 
solid fabrics but is a completely different design. 

Yes, this has been a wonderful and blessed time
 for our family with the addition of these two little sweeties!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Match Play designed by Sonja Shogren; pieced by Vicki West
There was plenty of wide purple border to really have some fun with the feathered leaf 
quilting design. The inner portion features a quilting design I call topography. 
The wavy curves are just enough to add dimension and interest to the geometric piecing.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yes, it's all hand appliqued! My customer Dottie made this beauty.

The deep green background thread I used was just the right choice for the swirling freeform 
quilting design and for veins in somes of the leaves.

Friday, February 14, 2014

My customer Gina has beautifully pieced these vintage blocks inherited from her grandmother. As I quilted, I enjoyed  all the different feedsack fabrics and perfect hand applique' blanket stitches. The background quilting is one of my custom fill designs, and a large echoed feather finishes the wide border.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I thought you might occassionally like to see some of my other creative interests. This is my first wool hooked rug. It measures 8" by 13" and is my own design. This traditional craft is made using wool fabric strips hooked through a linen backing fabric. Some of the wool is recycled from clothing and some is hand-dyed yardage.