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Monday, May 9, 2016

WHEN A BACK BECOMES A FRONT

A short time ago I was still agonizing over making these two pieces into a single quilt, or two individual quilts. These were the units from Desert Sky, a Judy Niemeyer quilt design. I used my own layout. 
The decision was made. Borders were added. Backing was chosen and loaded onto the longarm machine and away I went. 
This one got a multicolored Batik for it's border, and a dragonfly in flight edge to edge design used for the 'quilting of the sandwich'. 
Here I added borders of fabric used in the central area. I used an all over gentle meander for the quilting. Both of these quilts are trimmed and ready for binding. 

My client asked for meandering, even across the appliqués. It was her first appliqué quilt, finished it 10 years ago. She didn't feel it was some of her best work so didn't want the expense of custom. She gave me the ok to do whatever I wanted to, within her price range. I was a bit concerned with the appliqués. Some where relatively stiff from the type of fusible web. However, I was very pleased with few thread breaks, and how the quilting didn't detract from the appliqués. Neither picture shows the stitching, except on the very top corner in the golden square. 


 Wednesday's trip to the beach produced some interesting shell pieces and this picture. 
This came home with us in picture only. I love how red they are while they are in water. I believe they feed on the oyster beds close by. This little starfish will go back out with the next wave. 

I finally got my Dragonfly Book together! I've had this on my 'to do' list for over a year. These fabric book pages came from people around the world that I swapped with. It was great fun. Each person had chosen a theme. Monthly,  we had an assigned person to make an 8x8 inch page for.
The 8 pages all had interesting backs as well. I included one of them below, with the front, back, and a top view. I may still add pockets to the front and back inside covers. The dragonfly fabric I used was sent along with someone's page.  I received several embellishments also. 
Glad to have this off my list. 
I still have a group of ATCs and Fabric Postcards that I received during that same time period. Not sure what I will do with them, maybe fabric boxes. I could make by using fabric I received thru our Surface Design group on Stitchinfingers.ning 

Stitched a pair of pillowcases up to coordinate with the Tumbler quilt. This fabric was a gift from a client with a stipulation, I had to use it, not stash it. I started cutting it up that same month. And once the pieces were cut, I stayed focused with getting it off the design wall and into quilt form. I wish I was always so focused! 

Yesterday, we went to see my dear Mother-in-law. Here's the two of us from October 2014, a better time in her life. Alzeheimers has taken her away from us. We now wait on God's timing, to take her home. 

Mothers Day is about love. Love from them, and love of them. I have had wonderful "Mothers" in my life, Thank You, God. - Luann











5 comments:

Madtatter80 said...

wonderful quilt tops and tribute to mom :)

Lynda said...

Luann, First of all, thank you for that lovely piece of fabric!! I love it!!

I am so amazed at how much you accomplish! I love that dragonfly book. Glad you finished it. Just love your work.

Terry said...

Wow!!! Love what you accomplished while you were "focused!" Your two quilts look terrific! Did you use a variegated thread for the bug quilt? What a cute pattern! Your butterfly book is a beautiful keepsake. How wonderful to have all the pages where you can leaf through them whenever you want to reminisce! -- Terry

Gill said...

I love your dragonflies Luann!

Monica said...

Luann, you made two beautiful quilts. I love starfish. I have a photo of one (taken by my son) that I've been planning to translate into stitch.