En Provence Mystery Quilt

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two new baby quilts

Well this week has been a busy week for me.  I completed two different baby quilts.

A traditional Four Patch in peach color.  I quilted it on my frame with my Juki TL 2010q.  I chose flowers and swirls.

and a traditional Rail Fence..  

I also quilted this one on my Juki, however; I chose to sit down while I did so.  That is what I am familiar with, how I have learned to free motion quilt.  I wanted to compare two similar patterns on both the frame and sitting down to quilt.  

I seem to love flowers right now so I did an all over flower/swirl pattern in the middle and feathers in the border.  

I definitely see the advantage of the frame, particularly because you don't have to baste your quilt sandwich.

However;  I think I'm learning that the grass is definitely not greener on the other side...I always thought I would love quilting on a frame and I am finding that I don't like it so much.  I LOVE quilting at my machine, sitting down, seeing up close exactly what I am doing.  I suppose with practice I will become much better on the frame but I'm not sure I want to.....Something to ponder and consider for the future.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Grand Illusion Finish!

I am so happy I chose to do Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt, http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/grand-illusion-mystery.html.  I have learned an absolute ton and I am tickled by the final results.  Because I chose to not use my green sashing in the original quilt and instead make a separate lap quilt I think they both reflect more of who I am.  

That little cutie in the right hand corner was my assistant in hanging this quilt.  

 I absolutely love the backing!  It is Moda's El Gallo Rooster fabric and I think it totally makes the quilt.  A wonderful lady from my local quilt guild found it at Prickly Pear Quilts and I instantly knew it was IT....

I did an all over meander on my Handi Quilter table top frame.  I also really wanted to do something different on the binding so I sewed it on the front by machine and then flipped to the back and embroidered all the way around.

Finally my bonus quilt, finished!  I gave this one to my oldest niece as a moving out present.  I am so proud of her!