First of all, my Borrowed Roses quilt is now finished! I am just so happy every time I take a look at it -- I love the colors, the design, the quilting... and the fact that, believe it or not, it was so easy to make! The pattern is available from Quakertown Quilts (www.quakertownquilts.com) - but check your local quilt shop first!
Here is a close-up of some of the quilting in the quilt. I love quilting quilts -- it is the final step that brings them to life. I don't quilt for others (in general), as I just don't have time and honestly don't relish the responsibility. On occasion, I will trade binding for quilting with a good friend of mine -- and I consider that a fair trade, given that I really dislike binding quilts!
But HERE is the quilt I really want to show you: Sarah's Revival! I almost called it Murder on Queensburg Lane because 1) I live on Queensburg Lane, 2) there is a lot of blood-red fabric in this quilt, and 3) I watched so many murder mysteries while I appliqued the blocks in this quilt. Ha! This quilt is still in process; I have yet to add a couple of flowers, finish the corners, and then baste, quilt, and bind it. But it excites me to see it at this point already. I used an entire spool of red thread to applique this quilt - no surprise there, eh?! This quilt will be sold as a block-of-the-month after the quilt show -- and after I finish the pattern-writing. What fun it was to make -- it went together so quickly and so easily!
One of the fun parts to make was the cornerstones and top center medallions; they are entirely appliqued, which meant that they went together so easily!
In the meantime, since I never work on just one project at a time... here is a rather poor picture of a really lovely quilt. It is a bed-sized extended 9-patch quilt with a border of 3-inch evening star blocks. I just love the black bars separating the blocks and the outer border from each ohter -- they really make the blocks stand out. This quilt was not made by me; it was made by Becky Stephenson as a fund-raising quilt for The American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life. This is the third year I've quilted the raffle quilt for Becky; we all know people who have been affected by cancer, and this is one way I can contribute to helping find a cure. Becky's work is impeccable -- which makes it a joy to quilt her quilts!
At Quilt Market this year (the wholesale show that preceeds the Houston Quilt Show), I will be doing a schoolhouse for vendors on what I believe is a trend among quilters: they are working out of their stashes, with the price of fabric now topping ten dollars a yard. They want to make quilts that use their stash, are a bit more complex than "yellow brick road" types of quilts, but don't take forever to make. I will be showing several new quilts that meet those criteria... and you'll eventually see those quilts when I update this blog. So for now.... the countdown has begun and I need to get back to sewing; time is flying!!!