Monday, August 25, 2014

Sandra's Quilt of Valor getting finished up

Another lovely Quilt of Valor from those Quirky Quilters (and Clairellen) in Michigan - I received six (6) of their gorgeous Quilt of Valor quilt tops ALL at once and this is QOV #5:

Sandra's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
Originally, I thought I'd do quite a bit of custom quilting when I first say this stunning quilt but...after loading it, I realized those 'stars' wanted to shine soooo, decided to quilt 'stars' throughout to help enhance their beauty without detracting from them:

Star Quilting to enhance the Ohio Stars
w/custom quilting in the borders only, and I think that was the very best quilting choice for this quilt:

Swirls and McTavishing in exterior borders
Borders w/Stars
Close-up of quilting back
This is another flannel-backed quilt and it quilted up like butta ;-)  I like to use either gold or silver thread on these blue printed flannel backs of these particular Quilts of Valor - this one got gold, and it gives a wonderful secondary design on the back without overpowering, as the Scarlet So Fine #50 thread we chose for the front would have.  Takes a little bit to get the tension just right so we won't have pokies but, so worth it.

It has been wonderful quilting this Quilt of Valor of Sandra's - Thank YOU!

Time to get this beauty ready for shipping back to Sandra...


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Swaggin' it out on another QOV w/Updates

Again, been awhile - 'Miss Betty's' startin' to wonder just what I've been up to!  NO worries, back in the quilting saddle and oh boy, got a really neat Quilt of Valor from Clairellen and those Quirky Quilters to customize w/templates, swags, Terry Twists, among other custom quilting applications:

Just loaded this gorgeous Quilt of Valor
Aren't those Red/White/Blue borders just begging for swags?  And that's exactly what they are getting!:

Swaggin' out those luscious borders

HQ 6" Swag templates make 'swaggin' a breeze ;-)

And the corners are getting some special 'swag' treatments, too

Corner swags

LOVE how the quilting turned out in these Friendship Stars!
UPDATE 8/17/2014:  The stars are ALL quilted out, along w/4 patches and just now finishing up the swag borders.  Once those are finished, will 'swirl' the red solid borders prior to changing out threads to go back and do the ecru background fill, which should make these stars 'pop' even more.  I'll post a pic or two when I get to that part of the quilting.  Hope to finish up later today and ship out on Tuesday to the original creator to bind/launder/label.

The red borders will get a corresponding/alternating swirl at the very end when ALL the other border swag quilting is completed so they can each be centered w/swags.  In the meantime, having a blast Terry Twisting my way through the 4-patches and the blue stars:

Terry Twisting the 4-patches and the navy blue stars

Swirls in red sashing
Planning on some really neat background fill to 'pop' the navy blue stars, which of course will also include my favorite McTavishing.  Superior's King Tut thread in the needle in a QOV favorite color - 'Freedom' is really helping this quilting stand out.  And it's always FUN to quilt w/King Tut ;-)

McTavishing background fill in ecru star blocks w/Superior's So Fine #50 Bone  in needle & bobbin
Didn't these Friendship Stars quilt out neat?
Stars and swirled/swagged out borders ;-)
Mary Anne's gorgeous Quilt of Valor coming off the frame...

UPDATE II 8/21/2014:  This stunning QOV beauty has already been shipped and well on it's way to Mary Anne, the original creator, so she will now be able to bind/launder/label and prepare it for it's final tour of duty - to be awarded to a very deserving Veteran.  It has been such a wonderful quilting experience and a true honor to quilt Mary Anne's gorgeous Quilt of Valor...Thank YOU! 

For now, time to get some shut-eye so I can get back to it tomorrow!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Quilting Mary Anne's QOV

Betcha thought I forgot ALL about you, didn't you?  Especially since it's been awhile since I posted!  NO worries - been a tad busy over at 'the other blog' getting lots done and finally almost caught up ;-) 

And...been working on this gorgeous Quilt of Valor of Mary Anne's from those Quirky Quilters w/Clairellen in Michigan:

Mary Anne's QOV coming off the frame
Did you notice those really neat pieced borders?

Pieced checkerboard borders - outline quilted

And was able to do LOTS of McTavishing in the two borders that straddle the pieced border w/LAVA Sand Bar:

McTavishing in both borders that straddle the pieced border

Can you see the 'Star Dance' panto in the central part of the quilt?  It's even easier to see from the back:

Star Dance Panto from

McTavishing w/Star Dancing Panto

This was such a neat Quilt of Valor to quilt and I enjoyed every minute of it...Thank YOU, Mary Anne (and Clairellen) for allowing me the honor and privilege of quilting your wonderful QOV.

Time to get back to it...


Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrating 4th of July 2014 - fireworks w/Boston POPS

Celebrating our Independence w/America's Orchestra, the Boston POPS complete w/Fireworks Display:

Don't forget to Thank a Vet... 

Happy 4th Everyone!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Quilting Sandra's QOV

Another gorgeous Quilt of Valor from Clairellen and those Quirky Quilters in Michigan.  This one has a unique quilt design with a wonderful border just right for McTavishing:

McTavish quilting in the red star border

McTavishing w/LAVA Diamond Head - another favorite!

The interior was perfect for a favorite panto of mine from - Star Dance:

Star Dance Panto quilted in interior w/McTavishing in Red border
And from the back:

Back view of quilting

Finished quilting, coming off the frame:

Sandra's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
This was such a true honor and privilege to quilt Sandra's Quilt of Valor...Thank YOU!

And now, time to load another very special quilt for quilting...

Monday, June 2, 2014

Quilting Paula's Quilt of Valor

Those Quirky Quilters of Clairellen's in Michigan have been some very busy quilters!  Recently, I received an email from Clairellen letting me know that at their recent Quirky Quilters Guild Meeting in May, those quilters had turned in not one, not two, not even three, but SIX Quilts of Valor quilt tops!

Now Clairellen, being the very diplomatic/NICE person that she is, assured me she certainly didn't expect me to quilt ALL of them but, I needed to choose which ones she should send...seriously?  I cannot choose, so of course I emailed back letting her know I simply could not choose but she could, OR she could just send them ALL - she did ;-).  And are they GORGEOUS!

Here's the first one coming off my frame:
Paula's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
Paula's QOV is so colorful w/really interesting piecing so, Miss Betty and I decided to go a little unconventional for what we typically do with quilting.  We chose to use the Star Dance Patriotic Panto from and I do believe it suits this wonderful Quilt of Valor quite nicely.

Star Dance Panto from
Here are a few close-ups of the panto quilting w/McTavishing in the blue border:

Star Dance panto w/McTavishing in blue border

You all know me well enough by now to know that I will do just about anything to figure out a way to add McTavishing to a quilt, and this one was just begging for some ;-):

McTavishing in action w/Superior's So Fine #50 Red HOT Chillies thread
A few more quilting close-ups:

Border quilting

I took advantage of the grid in the star border and just 'grid quilted' that out.  It's hard to see in these photos but, it's there.

And the finished QOV all trimmed and ready to be shipped:

Paula's Quilt of Valor ready to ship!
Thank YOU Paula, for allowing me the honor of quilting your Quilt of Valor...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A John Deere/Truck 'Hug 'n Lug' for FUN!

Took time out to quilt a FUN John Deere/Truck 'Hug 'n Lug' quilt:

John Deere/Truck quilt
Had to use some 'authentic' John Deere flannel fabrics for the backing:

John Deere Flannel backing
And put on some John Deere fabric binding:

Top stitching the binding using pen-stitch and John Deere yellow thread
Finishing up the binding

I free-hand quilted this FUN quilt w/double circle quilting motif that was so Fast & FUN.  I highly recommend taking time out from time to time and creating one of these types of quilts - whether as a gift or to give to someone in need, they are wonderfully refreshing and plain FUN!

All completed and ready for a special quilt label
This John Deere/Truck 'Hug 'n Lug' is for a very special friend of our family who just turned 1 ;-)  Time to finish up the very special quilt label and matching pillow case!