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Saturday, 11 April 2009 21:11

FINALLY!  the Inside the Box Quilt is completed and it turned out great!  Now you can see the bold statement the piano key border makes on a simple quilt like this.  I find the simpler the blocks are in a quilt layout the more it calls out to you to put on a "zinger" for a border...like these beautiful piano keys!  The next time you are working on a quilt that has a very simple block set, try spicing it up a bit with a bold outside border, you will be surprised the outcome it will give you.  Once again click on the picture and view this quilt closer up so you can see the play of color across it!  

Well, I have several quilts in the planning stages but I think I will put them on hold for a bit while I work on some smaller projects that I have been wanting to do.  I have a list as long as my arm and I think I better get crackin' on it!  So many quilty projects to make and so little time!


Friday, 10 April 2009 20:34

I am really moving quick on the INSIDE THE BOX Quilt and here is the pile of pieced sections for my piano key border to prove it!  See, I do get a few things done around here and I don't just containerize everything and then forget it on the shelf!  I just have to sew these sections all together and add them to the quilt.  I think I am really going to like this one!  Have I mentioned lately that I just LOVE Red?  Check back soon, I should have the quilt together very soon!


Wednesday, 08 April 2009 21:18

This quilt may very well have "simple" blocks, but the color play I am getting across the quilt with all the different background fabrics really makes this pattern dance.  Ok, Michelle...I know what you are thinking...first I think my quilts "talk" to me, and now I am saying they're dancing!  It's all a matter of color perception and results from different settings.  I am hoping that if I write enough blogs about color depth and value, not only will my students gain the knowledge they need for successful quilt making, but maybe...just maybe, my sisters will "learn" a little about what it is that I do all day.  Quit laughing out loud...sisters!

My sisters love me, I know they do, because our Mother tells them to...but in all fairness they haven't a clue as to what it is I do with my day.  I hope, since they read my blog, that they are learning a little more about me and how this whole quilting "thing" works.  This way when I am talking with them on the phone about some new project I am working on they can "put it all together" and picture it in living color!  Hey, a girl can hope can't she?  See girls, sometimes I can "talk" outside of one my containers!


Tuesday, 07 April 2009 11:10

I am quickly progressing with the Red INSIDE THE BOX Quilt with the multiple rows sewn together.  This beauty is moving ahead fast and I have decided to put the same kind of border on it as I did with the Yellow STARBURST Quilt...piano keys.  After having the quilt rows on the design wall I felt like it needed something rich and punchy...like the look you get with a piano key border. 

If you click on the picture to enlarge it you will notice that I used several different creams, whites and light tans for the background fabrics...I love the play across the quilt! This multiple use of different background fabrics gives you the depth in your quilt, which is something you really need when making a simple block like the ones in my INSIDE THE BOX Quilt.  When you choose different background fabrics, be sure to pick several different sizes in prints because that will just add a little something EXTRA to the look.  Try it...you're going to really like it.


Sunday, 05 April 2009 22:22

I took a small break from the INSIDE THE BOX red quilt to sew the binding on the two quilts I had professionally quilted by Ms. Fannie in Anderson, SC.  She quilted my PURPLE CRAZY COINS QUILT and my ORANGE SLICES QUILT.  On the Purple quilt I chose the "popcorn" pattern and the "feathered curls" pattern for the Orange quilt.   I also chose a variegated thread in Light Purples for the Crazy Coins Quilt and an Orange/Greens variegated thread for the Orange Slices Quilt...and they turned out awesome!  Fannie did a GREAT job on these two beauties, and I just love them!  Thank you Fannie...can't wait to drop of my next two quilts on the "list"...my YELLOW LEMON SQUARES QUILT and my RED INSIDE THE BOX QUILT.  We have already talked threads and pattern ahead of time...trying to get a jump on my plans!  Did I mention the most impressive attribute of Ms Fannie is her uncanny ability to treat my quilts like she had made them herself...with loving care.  Fannie is just the BEST!  Take a moment to click on the pictures to enlarge them and see a closer look of the stitching.

A lot of my students have asked me over the years how I choose the pantograph pattern for my quilts.  First of all a pantograph pattern is an edge to edge pattern that is quilted on your quilt and repeated over and over until the quilt is filled with the chosen pattern.  When I am trying to choose a pattern for a quilt, I use a simple rule of thumb that most professional long arm quilters will advise their client to use and that is...if my pieced quilt pattern has straight lines in it like my CRAZY COINS and my ORANGE SLICES did I will choose a pantograph that has curves in it.  This way the quilting will "compliment" the quilt instead of fight it or in some instances...take it over.  A good professional long arm quilter will be able to help you with these options and will take the time with you individually so you can make an educated "decision".  She will also help you choose the thread color and type by "entertaining" different threads over the quilt top (also know as "puddling of threads") so you can see how the thread color reacts to each different section of the quilt top. If you have further questions regarding this subject, please feel free to e-mail me and I will do my best to answer your questions.  I simply LOVE what I do!

Well...I have some hand stitching to do, so I better get to it!



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