Friday, May 17, 2019

Dance of the Dragonflies and Snowman A to ZZZ

Will you look at Ann's beautiful quilt????  This just glows from the center out.  The fabrics are incredible and so vibrant. The last border is dragonfly wings that are laced with gold, ya just gotta see it in person!!
Dance of the Butterflies
I had a lot of fun with this one, lots and lots of free motion quilting.  I wanted to push the background back so there is some really dense quilting, some fluffy leafy feathers and lots of pebbles.  Note to self - next time use a slightly different color thread.  I used 60 wt Bottom Line thread for the back ground and it matched pretty well. There were a couple of time I had to get some side lighting so I could see what was quilted and what wasn't!  Some gold metallic thread would have looked incredible right?  I'm just not that brave. The dragonflies were just outlined so they look a bit trapunto-ish, like they are hovering over the quilt. Two layers of batting helped with that look, 80/20 on the bottom and wool on top
60 wt bottom line thread in the background

two layers of batting to give extra fluff in the wings - Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs Wool





The last border I wanted something dragonfly wing-ish to match the fabric and I think I got it!! I used the Circle 2 rulers (seriously love these rulers) for the orange peel and then filled with a braid like pattern trying to get the feel of  the wings, add the echo on the outside and the fans and looks like those wings are fluttering.  That was the only ruler work on this one.  What a fun quilt!

Little bit of ruler wok on the last border - what fun!!
Then I went from summer fun to winter wonderland with Sandra's snowman quilt.  Oh my, will you look at that embroidery???  wow!!  I used an 80 wt thread, wonderfil deco bob, on this, I didn't want anything to compete with her beautiful handwork.  She likes a little less quilting so I just outlined the embroidery like applique and did some over all snowflakes.  Added a computerized edge to edge on the snow flake border and called it done!   Sandra always amazes me with her embroidery! Batting is hobbs 80/20, just enough snowman puff.
Snowman A to ZZZ by Crabapple Hill Studio 

Hobbs 80/20 Batting
80 wt Wonderfil Deco Bob thread top and bottom





Hope you have a great quilty week, don't forget to stop by the linky parties for some wonderful inspiration!!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Hands 2 Help 2019 May 5 sync up - you're gonna be amazed!

One of my favorites - this is going to one of our care givers.
Is it May already?  Oh my where does time go?  I'm happy to say that we have a number of new members.  Bob, Liane, Laurie, Dorothy, and Veronika - all have been hanging around for years and I love them all so much.  We have some new helpers in the sweatshop this year, Abby, Sue, Jodi, and Kim have been with us and it's been amazing.   Kathleen is helping with quilting and binding and Cari has helped to bind a quilt as well.  Annette also donated 2 quilts to the cause. That is what love is, giving of your time to share good will, compassion and love to those who needed it.  So.....here we are syncing up - are you ready to be amazed, cuz I sure am!!  Here's a look at the finished quilts.  Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, you might need a snack, we've got stuff to share.....so let's get started
fabrics that have been used from many quilts for Hands2 Help over the last 7 years

Simple quilt with graphic edge to edge quilting gives it a bit of a different looks - modern moon



Big Block Quilts were my thing this year
graphic edge to edge can really makes a difference-mesmerize

Bonnie Hunters Good Fortune - this will go to a care giver
edge to edge quilting, flower fans seemed appropriate
One of my favorites, front and back this is one of the brightest quilts ever! Jodi has her mark all over this quilt
simple edge to edge capri feathers 

Leftover blocks from H2H 5 or 6 years ago, Jodi knew just what to do with them!!  She definitely taught me a thing or two about using prints, love it!

edge to edge - tried to find a pattern that complimented the large print - far east leaf I was pleased!
Beau Jangles edge to edge  
Isaac approved!

Abby quilted this, her first time at a long arm, amazing free motion, she's a natural!



Annette donated two quilts .  She had a queen size quilt that she really didn't like so she split it in two and practiced some custom quilting on these!

 Wow!!! that's a lot of finishes and we're not done yet! 10 tick marks in the finish column!

We also have a pile of quilts that are waiting to be quilted
Using up some of those left over strings, Sue mad this I love the colors together. She had some blocks that didn't work the way she wanted in her quilt so decided to use them with the strings, fabulous!!

Bright and cheery!

Kim put the Spools big block quilt together, Love it!!

This may be my favorite big block quilt, wait have I said that already?

A little more calming with blues greens and reduced color range

Kim made this soft flannel quilt, we just need to flip that top row and it's ready to quilt

Butterscotch - this was pieced many many years ago, it's finally going to be finished
I really want to custom quilt this one, but we'll see if time allows
phew - that's 8 quilts waiting to be quilted.  I've used up all my batting scraps on these as well.  I love the king rolls as I can use two scrap pieces for one quilt.  For just about every 4 quilts I make, I get a scrap batting for a comfort quilt, love it!!!  That gives us 8 tick marks in the waiting to be quilted column.

Here's the quilts that are in progress.
still debating the layout of these strings - there's so many more, they just won't stop

Betty's blocks - still working on getting those together.
Kathleen has one that she is making that puts 3 tic marks in the in progress row.   There's still one more session before the big party / quilt show on June 9, I wouldn't be surprised if these crazy people came up with a couple more!!

Summary - are you ready for this? did you make it this far? If you did please hold on as I have a request after the summary


  • Finished -                   10
  • Waiting to be quilted - 8
  • in progress -                 3

  • Grand total            21!!!!   



A record breaking year - congrats to all the team members who  gave time and creative energy to the process!  My heart is so completely full. 

I do have a request.  I need more caregivers.  With this record breaking year of quilts we have many more quilts to give to than we originally thought.  I will ship quilts I don't have a problem with that.   I'm looking for those that go the extra mile and honestly can't help but care for others. These people are special they are all around us, nurses, doctors, teachers, neighbors, volunteers, psychologist, managers, house wives, house husbands, brothers, sisters, they are everywhere.  These people feel, they have high levels of empathy and they are concerned about the well being of others, whether they know you or  not.  When they see someone who needs something, they feel as well and do everythng they can to comfort and care for those who have a need.  Because they feel so much and they give so much for others, they need a little self care. That's what these quilts are for.  If you know of anyone that fits the bill and goes the extra mile to make sure that someone is cared for, send me note.  Do you have a neighbor watching out for a loved one?  A Dr or nurse that goes the extra mile?   A Day care provider, one of our submissions was for a woman who but her retirement on hold for three years to care for two precious brothers of a child she watched for years.  Please, let's recognize those people just this time.  Have you ever been given a quilt?  I was given one for the first time fairly recently and I have to say it is the best feeling ever.  So lets give that feeling to someone who really cares. Thanks!!

Now that was a posted wasn't it!  My goodness. I'll be sharing this at all the linky parties on the sidebar so please stop by all the parties and go get inspired!!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Becky's bright feathered beauty!

I don't think I ever properly shared Becky's big beautiful quilt.  I think I may have shared on Facebook and Instagram.  I try to add more details and mores pics here on the blog.  I just love this quilt, it's big, it's bright it's overflowing with feathers in a bed of wool and cotton.  It's just lucious!
hobbs 80/20 on bottom, wool on top
So  Fine thread top and bottom 



solid white backing - again adds to the lusciousness of this beauty

Quilted pinapple curve on top - 20 I think



Circle 2 ruler on the border - 8 I think 
Simple repetitive ruler work on this this one creating overlapping circles on each square, half in echo only in the white areas give it a different feel doesn't it? Along the seam, the feathers are only on the white side not the printed fabric, I think this gives real dimension to the quilt.  It took Becky and I a few tries back forth to get this point, the collaboration made it better than either of us would have done individually.  In the the border I wanted to bring a similar design but each border was too small, so I treated all three fabrics as one and it worked perfectly.  Finishing off with bead board.  I was just completely smitten by this one.  Great Quilt Becky, thanks for letting me quilt for you!

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