Friday, November 28, 2008

The mad rush begins!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Today begins the mad dash to Christmas in this country.  I have decided not to make myself crazy this year.  I am working on my last client quilt due before'll be done by Monday.  I am down to my last 3 client quilts due for our Guild show in February.  And I have actually started working on MY quilts for the 2009 show season!  Mary's quilt is done( except for binding) and ready for Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest (if it gets juried in); I'm almost finished my Christmas postcards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We have company coming in this weekend for a week or so; I leave for Maryland after that, and the weekend after I get home, more company coming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This is my November postcard for our family exchange.  My Internet connection was out, and then I forgot to post it, so here it is.  It is all felted wool.  A very funky
And this is the client quilt I finished a couple days ago.  Hope you like it Joyce!

Her mother cross stitched the center panel...Vicki, I know you'll appreciate that.  Joyce designed the quilt to fit the piece her mother had done.  A wonderful tribute, and I am honored to have been asked to quilt it.  Joyce won't get it until next Friday, but she'll be watching for these pictures.
I used Quilters Dream Wool batting and Superior's "So Fine" thread.
I did 'longarm feathers' in the blue and red borders, but 'formal feathers' (over the top feathers) in the beige border surrounding the cross stitch medallion. Pumpkin seed in the inner red border as well as the beige strip top and bottom.
There was a discussion a few days ago on MQR asking if plain old stippling was dead.  I don't think so.  While I love doing fancy background fills,  there are times when you just want the background to disappear.  Nothing does that better than tiny plain old stippling.  That was the effect I wanted for this quilt....and that plain old standby stippling did the trick.  
Thanks for joining me, and have a great night!

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  1. What a great idea to make a quilt from the cross-stitch panel. Maybe I'll make a quilt from this darned cat......if I ever get it done! LOL! Your quilting, as always, amazes me!

  2. What a fabulous quilting job on a special quilt. WOW.


  3. Cute background.

    I like this quilt but I'd much rather see photos of my quilt.

  4. Deb
    as always I am loving what you have done with the quilting on this quilt.. and your turkey post card is soo darn cute!


  5. Very lovely quilting and such good ideas for the borders.

  6. Your quilting always leaves me at a loss for words - it is absolutely stunning, as always. I particularly love the over the top feathers you did in the beige border giving it a swag effect - just brilliant!

  7. Amazing work! I love the cross-stitch panel. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This quilt is a masterpiece - and I love the job you have done with the quilting.

  9. A delightful quilt. Has the old fashioned quality quilting that it should. The cross-stitch really does have a unique look. I like it.

    Cute Mr. Turkey postcard. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone already!

  10. This is simply lovely! You did a great job on the quilting.


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