Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Finish Line: "Katie Loves Chris" and "Love Those Scotties"

I am in love with labels!!  Never a dull label again on my quilts.  :D

2011 Finish #15 is the quilt I made for my sister's wedding (Yes, this was in 2009~!) 

Katie Loves Chris (63 x 63) was pieced, partially quilted, and bound in a timely fashion, but when it came to the freemotion quilting I wanted to do on the Sue blocks, I just couldn't do it. Didn't have the skill yet and couldn't bear to ruin the quilt. Well, I finally bit the bullet and decided to finish it at the level I've acquired so far even though I have a long way to go for uniform stitch lengths, etc. So here she is, all finished! Had to make a heart label, of course! 

This quilt is waaaay different from my own styles. I purposefully chose a block and fabrics that made me think of our grandmother, who made hundreds of quilts and never let a significant event pass in a grandchild's or great-grandchild's life without making them a quilt. But she died a few months before Katie's wedding. This was my way of filling the gap a bit.

The hearts are all different reds, and were trapunto'd as the blocks were assembled. What a pain that was the way I did it! Really worth it, though. They pop out so very nicely. I let someone talk me into using filament thread on the Sue blocks so I wouldn't have to change colors 4 times - you know, to let myself focus only on the quilting. I don't think I will do that again. Convenient, yes, but it just goes against my grain thinking of a quilt with quality cotton fabrics and cotton batting suddenly having plastic thread. 

Anyway, it's completely finished and has its label!!  One more strike off the UFO list.  :)


Second quilt: An Oldie But Goody!!  

Love Those Scotties

Hubby's folks are down for a month - they bring their RV and park two miles away at the bay beach by the bridge to the Gulf. As long as I've known them they've had a cute Scottie dog that accompanies them. As newlyweds this adorable skirted friend was Maggie, and she inspired the 1991 Christmas present I made for them. I suggested to Mom that she bring it with them this time and I'd give it a label, so yesterday while the guys grilled, I stitched.

This quilt is a good sofa-sized specimen (58 x 75), made of scottie blocks with faux suede on muslin that are sashed with plaid flannel. Yes, I remember it being a pain to sew with biased sashing, but really, the plaid on the diagonal was the only way to go! The back is muslin - so perfect for this quilt even though I've never chosen it for anything else - and the batting is thicker poly from JoAnn's.

This is hand quilted. Scott even did one of the blocks himself for his mom! I actually had to scan the blocks twice yesterday to make sure I'd spotted the correct block - that's how good a job he did. I'm thinking I'll put him to work with me whenever I get around to hand quilting something for myself.  ;D

The label's made of cotton velvet - so soft and fuzzy.  Hmm - why didn't I take a pic of the current Scottie companion with the quilt?  ::sigh::  Lady Heather of Devonshire (named after our two older girls) would have graced my blog most adorably. . .


Alicia said...

Hi beautiful your annies, i really like the colors
Just loved the scotfies

Linda said...

Both quilts look fabulous! And the quilting looks great on the wedding quilt, you're better than you think you are!

vicki said...

i remember you working on the Scottie quilt. LOVE it...i had a scottie when i was a kid. If i ever have another dog, i will very likely choose another.

Adore and the other quilt, too.

LaDonna and Diana said...

Job well done on both quilts! How nice to carry on the tradition of your grandmother! But I must say I'm partial to the Scotties quilt as I have two adorable Scotties myself!


Rachaeldaisy said...

Both of your quilts are so special and so much fun! Such a great idea to trapunto the hearts. I'm impressed Scott quilted a block!!

liz said...

They are both such lovely quilts and they both have such wonderful stories attached to them. Well done on the quilting - you are talented, and I think the label is so cute!

Sweet William The Scot said...

Oh I wish I had that quilt, love Scotties
Sweet William The Scot

Valerie Reynolds said...

OH Those scotties are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!! But quite honestly, I think both these quilts showcase your skill as a quilter. (ALso don't forget if ya add my Tuesday Archives Linky button to your blog you'll be entered in a fabric give-away!!) Thanks for sharing!