Geometric Quilts

by Mary Beth Krapil

 

I saw quite a few quilts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year that were strikingly geometric. I know from my teaching travels and interacting with thousands of quilters all over the world, that quilters are not fond of math. But there is no getting around it. Math and Geometry play a huge part in quilts. Math is how we arrive at the beauty. Maybe you remember my post from a while back, Math or Art?  The more you know about the math behind the quilt, the better your quilts might become. There is a great post on the Quilt Pro blog about 3D quilts and understanding the concept of three dimensions (a little more math).

Or, maybe you just want to enjoy making and viewing quilts and let someone else worry about the math. So here are some markedly geometric quilts that I enjoyed. Maybe you will too. Many come from a Retrospective of Classical Quilts in a Modern Style by Brigitte Morgenroth.

The first quilt is a favorite tessellation. The name, Never Again – Or Maybe?, stems from Brigitte’s struggle with working with seven layers of fabric.

Nie Wieder – oder doch?
(Never Again – Or Maybe?)
by Brigitte Morgenroth of Kassel, Germany

detail of Nie Wieder – oder doch?

In the next example, I love how Brigitte used different sized triangles together. The same simple shape but differing sizes created motion in this piece.

Flammenmeer (Sea of Flames) by Brigitte Morgenroth of Kassel, Germany

Ocean Waves is another great tessellation quilt with palpable motion.

Meereswogen (Ocean Waves) by Brigitte Morgenroth of Kassel, Germany

detail of Meereswogen

This simple geometric shape, some call orange peel, used with the unique fabric and color gradations creates a soothing pleasing quilt.

Blauer Pfad (Blue Path) by Brigitte Morgenroth of Kassel, Germany

Can you feel the Autumn wind blowing these leaves? All created with triangles.

Wirbelwind (Whirlwind) by Brigitte Morgenroth of Kassel, Germany

detail of Wirbelwind

This quilt by Lisa-Marie Sanders has a striking 3 dimensional appearance with simple circles and only 2 colors.

Internal Combustion by Lisa-Marie Sanders of Cocoa Beach, Florida

This quilt by my friend, Jenny Bowker of Australia, creates depth and drama with simple triangles and expert color choices.

After the Last Sky by Jennifer Bowker of Garran, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

detail of After the Last Sky

 

You may not love math, but you gotta love the quilts! Which is your favorite?

 

2018-12-14T14:25:18-06:00December 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|9 Comments

Warm wishes and Cheer

by Mary Beth Krapil

 

However you celebrate at this time of year, we at Handi Quilter want to wish you all the best times.

 

We are looking forward to another great year of serving you. We love providing you what you need to finish more quilts; and it is our goal to equip, educate and inspire you in even better and more innovative ways in 2019. Thanks for making us a part of your creative life. Together we can make magic.

CEO Darren Denning with another guy whose job it is to make dreams come true

 

 

 

2018-12-20T20:17:42-06:00December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

The (Quilt) Faces of Houston

by Mary Beth Krapil

Autumn is a really busy season for a quilter. Lots of shows and quilting events happen in the Fall before the Holiday Season takes up all our time. I’m done with my travels for 2018, so I finally got time to share some of the quilts I saw at Houston.

These portrait quilts were amazing! And I found it interesting to see the varied techniques used in creating the quilts. This first quilt, Ruby by Roxanne Nelson of Calgary, Alberta Canada was likely my favorite of the entire show. The colors were vibrant and Roxanne captured the inner light of her subject, Ruby.  She used raw edge, fusible applique.

Ruby by Roxanne Nelson of Calgary, Alberta Canada

detail of Ruby

In contrast to the vibrant colors of Ruby, is A Bright Idea by Lynn Czaban of Eugene, Oregon. Lynn expertly used value in this monochromatic quilt that was created with fused applique and enhanced with thread, ink and water color pencil.

 

A Bright Idea by Lynn Czaban of Eugene Oregon

detail of A Bright Idea

Carol Morrissey of Double Oak, Texas created Kora with fused applique of hand dyed cottons, using simple circles of differing sizes, multiple colors and values. It reminded me of the tests that optometrists use to check for color-blindness, but much more fun!

Kora by Carol Morrissey of Double Oak, Texas

detail of Kora

Our very own Handi Quilter International Ambassador, Helen Godden, created this portrait, Lindsey, completely with couched yarn! Helen developed the couching foot for Handi Quilter. She sure put it to great use stitching the yarn in directional layers as if it were paint for this amazing portrait.

Lindsey by Helen Godden of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

detail of Lindsey

Heidi Proffitty of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, created Is She Ready Yet? with a mosaic technique using a photograph.  There are over 5000 digitally cut and fused pieces on this quilt.

Is She Ready Yet? by Heidi Proffetty of Bridgewater, Massachusetts

detail of Is She Ready Yet?

Portraits don’t always have to be of people. It’s so easy to feel the emotion of Eternal Expectation. Lioudmila used machine applique, paint and thread painting to create the realistic depth in the fur.

Eternal Expectation by Lioudmila Malchow of Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Stay tuned for more quilts from the Houston International Quilt Festival!

 

 

2018-12-14T12:10:18-06:00December 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Getting to know Telene Jeffrey, Handi Quilter’s newest International Ambassador

by Mary Beth Krapil

We would like to welcome our newest International Ambassador, Telene (Hester Helena) Jeffrey! Telene lives in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa. She is an amazing quilter, teacher and artist. She is an SAQG (South African Quilters Guild) Accredited Quilt Teacher after successfully completing the Teachers Accreditation Course.  Telene has won numerous prizes for her quilts and attained Master Quilter Status from the SAQG. She has proudly had a quilt juried into the IQA Houston Quilt Show 2016 where it was displayed in the exhibition.

Free motion quilting is Telene’s absolute passion, and she is a firm believer that everybody can quilt. Her goal is to inspire students to simply try, as she knows they will never look back!

We sat down with Telene and asked a few questions to get to know her a little better.

HQ: What does being an HQ Ambassador mean to you?

TJ: Simply put it means 2 immensely important things to me. Firstly, to be able to represent a phenomenal brand and fantastic products on an international level. Secondly, that this international organization recognizes my work as good enough to represent their brand.

It is an incredible privilege for me to work with Handi Quilter.  I specifically appreciate and admire their focus on education and training of quilters and not just the sales numbers. When I started quilting, I never ever thought, for one single moment, that I would venture into teaching quilting. Yet I now feel like it is part of my purpose on this earth. Sharing my gifts and skills and spreading inspiration is what I enjoy doing daily and to be recognized for those skills and gifts is extremely gratifying but also very humbling. Little me, way down here in South Africa…

For me to spread the quilting love, I need to work with a reliable product. One that can do what I want to do. One that does not fail me when it’s Sunday evening and the quilt is due on Monday morning. A brand that provides incredible back-up service should I run into a problem. A brand that listens to the needs of the consumer and happily develops products to suit those needs. A brand that constantly seeks to improve and provide the latest in technology.

Being a HQ Ambassador means I would hopefully be able to reach more people; Inspiring quilters of all walks of life, styles and places! I love it when a quilter has the ‘ah-ha!’ moment or as I call it: when-the-penny-drops-moment.

Of course, the HQ people are just incredible. I have been welcomed with open arms from the first day I met the South African Importer and Distributor, Claire Wallace, and the first time I had direct contact with Handi Quilter head office personnel at Houston Market 2017! I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

HQ: How did you get started in quilting?

TJ: I have been sewing since 1986 with my mother and because of a problematic overlocker, my parents ended up buying a sewing machine dealership instead of just a new overlocker! My mother discovered the world of quilting and subsequently arranged for 2 of South Africa’s top teachers, Wendy Burtenshaw and Susan Bornman, to teach a beginner sampler quilt in her shop back in 2000. I joined the workshop and that was that! I fell in love! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to make many quilts during my time in the corporate world, 2001 – 2009. In January of 2011 I took over the quilt teacher role at my parents’ shop and fully immersed myself in the quilting world.

HQ: How would you describe your style of quilting?

TJ: Feathered! Don’t you think we should start a new style called Feathered? 😊 I’m addicted to feathers. I think I would place my style as sometimes contemporary, not really modern nor completely traditional. Although I am happy to be called an artist, I don’t think I’m an art quilter. Well, maybe not yet! Certainly ornamental. Certainly NOT minimalistic. I struggle hard with quilting just a little bit. See, I think we need a new style name! So maybe the style “Ornamental” would be most appropriate to me.

HQ: What is the most fun thing you have done as an Ambassador?

TJ: Meeting my quilting idols and sharing silly moments of laughter with quilters from all over the world. It is in those moments that we discover the power of the global quilting community and share a common love of all things pretty.

HQ: Of all your quilts, which is your favorite?

TJ: My current favorite is my Dream Big quilt called ‘Ode to Kelly’. I initially wanted to do something completely different with my Dream Big panel and I designed 5 or 6 different options, but when it came down to picking my favorite design I kept going back to this feathered option in Kelly Ashton’s style of feathers in the petals. It just didn’t feel right to me to do something dramatically different. Kelly has inspired so many quilters across the world to have a go at the fabulous Dream Big Hoffman panel and I thought it fitting to dedicate my quilt to her. I also don’t get very many opportunities to quilt for myself and so this quilt is mine, ALL MINE! I do, however, have drastic plans for the next panel.

HQ: Do you still have your first quilt?

TJ: Yes, I do! It was the quilt I made in the sampler quilt class taught in my mother’s shop in 2000. My son loves to use it in winter time. I have wondered several times if I should put it on the frame and quilt some more, but then I won’t have a visual reminder of how far I have come.

HQ: Who is your inspiration/muse?

TJ: Everything. Everywhere. I have learned to really look at my surroundings, where ever I go, because inspiration is everywhere! I do however have several quilting idols that I look up to and continue to be inspired by;  Kimmy Brunner, Ricky Tims, Judi Madsen, Karen McTavish, Kathryn Harmer-Fox, Debra Linker, Carol Selepec, Sophie Standing, my 2 best friends Claire Wallace and Jane Renton, there’s too many to name them all.

HQ: Of all the “tasks” in creating a quilt, which is your fave and least favorite?

TJ: I totally LOVE free motion quilting! I LOVE machine work! I don’t particularly love piecing, not anymore. I don’t like handwork and I especially despise sewing/working away thread tails. Does that make me a bad person? 😊 But did I mention that I LOVE free motion quilting?

HQ: Do you have any other hobbies / interests?

TJ: Yes! Several actually!

I’m interested in quilting and sewing machines. I’m fascinated by quilting history. Creating quilting designs to free motion is one of my favorite down-time things to do. I really love taking photographs for quilting design or quilting project references and inspiration. Researching and experimenting with new techniques for quilt creations are also top of the list. Oh, and I like to read…fiction.

HQ: How can our readers get in touch with you?

TJ: You can find evidence of my quilting lifestyle on my:

website – www.ladyjanequilting.co.za 

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ladyjanequiltingshop/ 

Instagram – @teleneljq

HQ: Thank you Telene! We are proud to announce that Telene will be our keynote speaker and guest teacher at Handi Quilter Academy in June 2019. What a great opportunity to take classes from this awesome teacher.

2018-11-27T13:03:03-06:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Celebration of Fall colors (before it’s too late)

by Mary Beth Krapil

Here in North America it is still Autumn, although some regions might question that, as they experience snow and freezing temperatures. Winter is coming quickly; but we still have a few weeks to enjoy the spectacular colors, bright sunny days and cool crisp air of Fall here in the mid-Atlantic states. When I was at the Fall Paducah quilt show and at the MQX Midwest show in Springfield IL I took some photos of quilts sporting fabulous fall colors and I want to share them with you. Feel free to come back to this post in February. I know I will.

Handfuls of Scraps by
Ann Zemke
of Minneapolis, MN

 

Deep Breathing
by Sara Chappell and Sandra Morgan Cockrum of Lawrence, KS

 

Growing Up
by Gerrie Lynn Thompson
of Boise, ID

detail of Growing Up

 

Song of Summer
by Bethanne Nemesh
of Allentown, PA

detail of Song of Summer

 

Enchanted Village
by Martha Scott
of Sequim, WA

 

Autumn Bramble
by Susan Nelson
of Prior Lake, MN

 

Sew Sweet Modern Sampler
by Shelly Pagliai
of New Cambria, MO

 

Jewels of the Universe
by Phyllis and Terry Marcum of Colorado Springs, CO

 

Sunshine
by Kat Jones
of Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia

 

Still Standing in Clearwater, Idaho
by Karen Hull Sienk
of Colden, NY

 

detail of Tuscan Sun by Gina Perkes

 

Silken Defiance
by Gina Perkes

detail of Silken Defiance

 

Judy and Barb’s Great Adventure
by Gina Perkes

detail of Judy and Barb’s Great Adventure

 

Persistence
by Margaret Solomon Gunn

detail of Persistence

 

Copper Reflections
by Donna James
of Nelson, BC, Canada

detail of Copper Reflections

 

Fall is my season. What’s yours?

 

 

2018-11-27T11:24:08-06:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quilter’s Thanksgiving

by Mary Beth Krapil

Thanksgiving is the holiday we celebrate here in the USA on the forth Thursday in November each year. It originated with our ancestors as a harvest celebration. It has morphed in modern times into a day that we are mindful of and grateful for all of the things that make us comfortable, bring us joy and enrich our lives. Each person has their own personal list. We at Handi Quilter are grateful for quilting.

Comfort, joy and enrichment? Quilting fits that description to a T! After all, what could make you more comfortable than a warm snugly quilt? And joy? There is so much joy, from the very start. The quilt maker finds joy in deciding to make a quilt for someone special, choosing a pattern, gathering fabrics (that’s extra special joy!), cutting and sewing. And then comes the best part of all….. the quilting. Choosing quilting designs and sewing the 3 layers together into a finished quilt is so satisfying. Then the quilter shares the joy by giving the quilt away and the joy is multiplied. The quilt enriches both the maker and the receiver.

So yes, we are thankful for QUILTING. And pie, let’s not forget pie.

photo By Scott Bauer

Thank you for allowing Handi Quilter to be a part of your creative life. We pride ourselves on equipping, educating and inspiring you to finish more quilts.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Quilting!

 

2018-11-29T11:00:09-06:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Log Cabins of Donald Judd by Luke Haynes

by Mary Beth Krapil

Handi Quilter’s Ambassador, Luke Haynes, had a special exhibit of a collection of his quilts at the recent AQS Fall Paducah Quilt Week. It was a fantastic collection of 50 log cabin quilts, each 90 inches square. Luke says in his blog, “This is a show of textiles taking conceptual themes from the Donald Judd installation in Marfa at the Chinati foundation ‘100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986’. The basic idea is that I want to make the 50 quilts, iterations of the log cabin. All different variations with the same language, all red centers with white and black fabric. All the fabric will be used textiles. so the patterns and language of the details will be dictate by the range of “black” or “white” or “red” that I have access to in the form of used garment/textiles. But all will read as graphic compositions in black and white. ”

The log cabin quilt is a timeless favorite, and no wonder! The block is simply pieced with strips of fabric surrounding a small central square and lends itself to so many variations. It is often one of the first quilt blocks that new quilters learn.

Log cabin blocks are quick and easy to sew. They are a terrific way to play with color and value. You can place different colors or values in different parts of the block to get strikingly different effects.

It’s a great way to play with scraps, too.

The arrangement of the blocks can create a multitude of unique patterns.

Luke’s display was fantastically diverse even though he used only black, white, and red.

The sheer size of each piece – 90″ x 90″ – created impressive impact.

Some arrangements create large, open spaces that lend themselves to spectacular quilting designs. SCORE!

Doesn’t this make you want to dig into your scrap bin and start cutting logs? There are tons of tutorials on piecing log cabin blocks online.

I wasn’t able to photograph all 50 quilts but I got a nice sampling to share with you. Enjoy!

Which is your favorite?

 

 

 

2018-11-08T12:59:51-06:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Care and Feeding of a Longarm

by Mary Beth Krapil

Once you have your longarm machine all set up in your studio and you are getting familiar with how to use it, you’ll also want to know how to care for it, so that it continues to run in tip-top shape for many years to come.

Handi Quilter machines require very simple maintenance.

Did you know that quilting is a dirty business? SO much lint! Where does it all come from? Lint is created by the friction of the thread and needle passing through the 3 layers of the quilt sandwich. Lint not only accumulates in the bobbin area of the machine, but also flies through the air and settles on all surfaces.

So follow this schedule to keep things clean:

Every bobbin change:

When you change the bobbin, use the small brush provided, or in the case of the HQ Amara, HQ Forte or HQ Infinity, a small puff of canned air, to clean out the lint from the bobbin area. Also check inside the bobbin case for lint and brush it out if needed.

Once you have the lint cleaned out, place one drop of oil on the bobbin race. This is the ONLY place you will oil your machine.

With every new project:

Clean the tracks and the wheels by taking a small piece ( approximately 3″ x3″) of left over batting and wiping the tracks, both on the frame and on the carriage. Then hold the batting against the bottom of the wheel and move the machine back and forth so that you wipe the entire rolling surface of the wheel. What comes off will be black. The wheels compress the dust on the tracks as they pass over and pick it up. The black gunk is merely compressed lint. At the same time check for threads wrapped around your wheels.

Occasionally (depending on how often you quilt):

Clean the display with a lint-free static-free cloth, like what you would use to clean your computer screen. Don’t use any cleaners, just the cloth is enough.

Dust the body of the machine. If you would like to make a dust cover for your machine, so you can cover your machine while not in use, you can find a pattern here.

Dust the table top and check for threads caught in the blue Pro-Stitcher rack (if you have a Pro-Stitcher).

Once every 2 years or 10 million stitches (which ever comes first)

Schedule a spa treatment for your machine. Either bring it to your local retailer or make an appointment to have them come to you.  This is the required maintenance needed to lubricate the inner parts of your machine. Your retailer’s service technician was trained at Handi Quilter to perform this service and has all of the specific lubricants to use. They will open the machine, clean out any lint and check that all the tolerances, including timing, are within specs and make adjustments if needed. They will re-lubricate the appropriate parts with special long lasting lubricants. Once done, your machine will be in optimal condition and good to go for another 2 years or 10 million stitches.

As you can see, Handi Quilter maintenance is really quite simple. We know quilters would much rather be quilting than having to perform complicated oiling and machine maintenance. You’re welcome!

Now you can go finish more quilts!

 

2018-10-12T11:32:02-06:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|9 Comments

Quilting Beautiful Borders

by Mary Beth Krapil

 

I was recently at the AQS Fall Paducah Quilt Week, and of course, I took time to look at the quilts. As usual, something caught my attention on one of the first quilts I saw. And, as usual, I started to look at that one aspect on all the other quilts. This time it was borders.

Why do we add borders to our quilts? They can create a nice frame for the piecing, they can add size (so it fits the bed!), they can help to square the quilt up. There are all kinds of borders, from simple strips of fabric to elaborately pieced borders. Some times we add multiple borders. Once the borders are added, comes the task of quilting them. And just like the borders themselves, there are many ways to get them quilted.

Quilting borders poses some unique challenges.  They are long spaces that really catch the eye. So you really want the quilting to be right. If you choose to quilt a symmetrical design, it has to be well planned out, so it fits nicely in the space. This quilt is a great example of that concept. I loved the symmetry of this quilt, the piecing, applique, and the quilting all contribute to that symmetry. I think the quilter chose the perfect border design.

Sonne Blume
by Jill Zollinger of Franklin, TN

 

 

Here is another nice example of symmetry:

Autumn Bramble by
Susan Nelson of Prior Lake, MN

 

Sometimes it’s just easier to not worry about the symmetry. This video by HQ Ambassador, Angela Walters, explores that possibility.

Sometimes, there are no borders, so there’s nothing to worry about!

Ohio Snowball by
Christine Perrige of Erie, CO

But sometimes, even though there are no borders, you can create a border with the quilting.

Paying It Forward by Joan Knight and Southern Belle Quilters of Prattville, AL

 

Gypsy by
Judi Madsen of
St. George, UT

 

Ginger Blossoms
designed by Tula Pink
pieced by Tula Pink
quilted by Angela Walters

 

Sew Sweet Modern Sampler by
Shelly Pagliai of
New Cambria, MO

 

Fire and Ice by
Jackie Van Houten
of Monroe, MI

Of course that is the case with a wholecloth quilt. The center is framed nicely by a distinct quilted border. Notice how Bethanne left a narrow space with no quilting to create the illusion of a frame and then repeated that space at the outside edge to skillfully define the frame.

Song of Summer by
Bethanne Nemesh of
Allentown, PA

 

Sometimes the piecing of the borders define spaces for quilting designs. In this lovely quilt, the piecing pokes out into the border. Margaret quilted a fantastic twisted feather design and it seemingly goes under the blocks that protrude into the border and continues all the way around the quilt.

The Twisted Sister
by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME

 

Here the border design flows beautifully around the quilt  and the shape is defined by the pieced elements of the outer border.

Rejoice by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally of Tehachapi, CA

 

In this medallion quilt the white triangular spaces in the outer border are the perfect place for a quilted motif. Medallion quilts typically are multiple borders around a center piece or center medallion. It sure gives lots of opportunity for designing border quilting!

Halo Medallion by
Angelee White of Gray, TN

 

Here the print of the border fabric dictates the shape of the quilting.

Jewels of the Universe by Phyllis Marcum and Terry Marcum of Colorado Springs, CO

 

In this quilt, the piecing of the border totally defines the quilting. This is an example where you would not want the quilting to overpower the beautiful piecing. The quilted motifs in the solid border are a lovely accent to the pieced border.

Moment in Time by Laurie Tigner of Rapid City, SD

 

And sometimes it is best to keep the quilting in the border simple and let the main focus of the quilt shine.

Great Balls of Fire by Claudia Clark Myers quilted by Marilyn Badger

 

Valorie quilted a simple motif in the grey border that mimics the shapes in the applique. Repetition of shapes is always a good design idea.

Rhapsody’s Feathered Flight by Valorie Smith of Enid, OK

 

In this quilt, the piecing and applique are the undoubted stars, so the simple piano key around the border is perfect.

Blueberry Hill by Nancy Arseneault
of Tuscon, AZ

 

I hope you got some inspiration and some insight into what designs work well on borders. Do you study quilting designs when you’re at a quilt show? What have you learned? I think it’s the perfect place to see designs that work, and those that miss the mark.

See you at the quilt show!

 

 

 

 

 

2018-09-27T12:01:08-06:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

Simple But Effective

by Mary Beth Krapil

 

I have one of the BEST jobs. I travel, and I get to see lots of quilts from all over the world! I’ve seen so many different quilting styles, from simple to complex. I believe each quilt calls for its own style and complexity depending on the quilt top and the use for which it is destined. Bed quilt, couch quilt, toddler quilt, baby quilt, Tee-shirt quilt, wall hanging, art quilt, table topper, just to mention a few. Each one has requirements. Will the quilting (including thread choice) stand up to washing? Or maybe it won’t ever be washed? Will the quilting make the final product soft and drape-able and comfy? Or will the quilting make the quilt flat, square, and stable and at the same time give texture and dimension? There is a lot to consider when choosing quilting designs. Of course it needs to compliment the quilt top piecing or applique without overpowering.

Sometimes, the best choice is to keep it simple. I collected some photos of quilts from shows I recently attended, that illustrate my point.  Please allow me to share.

Inside the Triangles
by Jill Matyastik

detail of Inside the Triangles by Jill Matyastik

See those loops in the border? I thought it was perfect for that space and yet so simple to quilt. Great choice!

 

New York Beauty
by Janie Merritt

 

detail of New York Beauty
by Janie Merritt

Some of this quilt has some pretty intense quilting. But I was drawn by the loops on the inner ring and ribbon candy in the outer ring. (seen in the detail shot)

 

Snowflake
by Pam Gantz

You can (almost) never go wrong with straight lines. I love the angle changes in this piece with echo quilting.

 

Blooming Wildflowers
by Donna Thornton

This echo quilting is so interesting. It starts out curvy and stays curvy on the left, but on the right, it morphs into straight lines with edgy angle changes. That really moves the eye.

 

Day in the Sunshine
by Joyce Erwin

More straight lines but this time radiating from the center feathered wreath. Simple piecing and simple quilting; but really effective and beautiful!

 

One Lucky Leaf
by Donna Motley

Another example of echo quilting is just the ticket for this curvaceous leaf. This looks very simple, but it is very well executed, which is no easy task! Getting the echoes evenly spaced and a perfect echo of the previous line of stitching takes great skill.

 

1930’s Scrappy Friendship Star
by Lisa Rawlings

The simple hand-quilted Baptist Fan motif on this hand-pieced feed sack quilt lends a new dimension of motion to a simple friendship star block.

 

Hourglass Figure
by Nadine Villani

detail of Hourglass Figure
by Nadine Villani

Masterful straight line quilting with varying spacing gives great texture to this quilt. Once again, not an easy task to get it done right!

 

My Neck of the Woods
by Maggie Schwamb

detail of My Neck of the Woods
by Maggie Schwamb

I love the way the simple curves quilted in the blue fabric gives a real feel of water.

 

Visions of Beach Time
by Diane Kelley

detail of Visions of Beach Time
by Diane Kelley

This simple swirly edge-to-edge quilting adds texture to the quilt without obscuring the wonderful design created by the color choices and piecing.

 

The Rug
by Brenda Cookson

detail of The Rug
by Brenda Cookson

The simple Orange Peel (or Continuous Curve) quilting is really quite nice on this quilt. I was struck by the title. Surely she means she took her inspiration from a rug, and not that she intends to use this beauty as a rug!

So when you are mulling over quilting design choices for your next quilt, don’t forget about the simple. It can be quite effective!

Do you have a quilt with simple but effective quilting? We’d all love to see pictures! Feel free to add them to the comments.

2018-09-04T14:34:18-06:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments