Grab yourself a pencil and some paper as it’s voting time for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. The theme is Quilting Close-Up. For this week, I asked for photos that highlighted the actual quilting.
This week’s guest judge is Emily from The Caffeinated Quilter. She’ll have 100 bonus points to assign to up to four quilts.
Give-Away from Quilts by Jen
Hi! I’m Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen and I am just thrilled to be this week’s sponsor on the Quilting Gallery. I am a textile artist, quilt designer, pattern writer and quilting blogger. I live with my husband, 1 dog and 2 cats in a rural community outside of Barrie, Ontario. I have been very fortunate to live in a variety of places like Yellowknife in the Canadian Arctic and Roxby Downs in the Australian Outback, which have provided a lot of inspiration for my quilt designs.
My design career began with Arbee Designs while living in Australia and I continue to design and distribute for them. When I moved back to Canada a couple of years ago I created Quilts by Jen and began creating and publishing patterns under my own label.
While I love every aspect of quilting, I become really excited about choosing fabrics and colours and designing with appliqué to create a sense of depth and movement within my designs. This past year I developed a technique incorporating Bargello and appliqué to create stunning flowers such as this sunflower:
When I was living in Australia I designed Santa Sacs to use instead of stockings. The sacs all have colourful appliquéd designs such as Santa, a reindeer, an angel, a star and a few different snow people. These personalised Santa Sacs were hugely popular in Australia and I now have them all available as patterns or custom orders.
Just before New Year’s, I was challenged by a friend to a 365 Day Blogging Challenge. Yes, 365 days – in a row. With less than 2 months to go, yes, I think I might be a little crazy! This has certainly been very challenging but right from the beginning my husband and I decided that if I was to succeed I needed to have a theme for every day of the week. Out came the brainstorming tools and we created a series of topics like Technique Tuesday and Free Motion Friday. With each day having a separate theme this has created a huge resource of information for quilters and artists.
I enjoy teaching and sharing the knowledge and skills of quilting that I have. It is wonderful to see my students grow and learn in the classes that I teach. Yes, on top of all of this, I also present trunk shows and workshops to quilt shops, guilds and groups of quilters all over.
Weekend Special for this weekend only – Spend $20 or more on Quilts by Jen patterns from my web site and receive an additional pattern free (free pattern excludes Purely Canadian). Pick the pattern yourself and put the name of the pattern in the notes window when you check out on my site or leave the notes blank and I’ll choose one of my favourites for you.
The prize this week includes two patterns – a Santa Sac pattern and a Peppermint Candy pattern. The quilter with the most community votes and guest judge points will win one set as well as one person that leaves a comment below.
To enter the give-away: Visit Jen’s pattern page, then leave a comment below answering “Which Santa Sac is your favourite and if you were to make one who would it be for?”. I am making the Santa Sac for my youngest niece Alice and the Rudolph Sac for my eldest niece Lucy. You have until Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to enter.
This Week’s Quilts
Here are this week’s Quilting Close-Up Photos:
- Total submissions: 32
- Total countries: 10
- Total provinces: 3
- Total states: 15
You can click on the photo to view a larger version.
|All Seasons Basket – Christmas
By: Pamela Boatright,
This was made as a shop sample to promote my pattern. I finally got around to quilting it this fall – but had a hard time deciding on design, thread. Finally just started quilting and am delighted with the results! I used some poly threads, rayon, and cotton. Quilted on my Juki TL98E.
Quilt size: width: 45" height: 45"
|Appalachian Spring~To God Be The Glory
By: Lavinia Sala,
Spring is my favorite season, when everything bursts out in God’s glory. For 30 years I could not do hand applique, and made up my mind to do it or else. The design is by Theresa Field of Ft. Pierce, FL. and machine quilted by Donna Patrick of Mount Carmel, Tennessee, an absolutely stunning job.
Quilt size: width: 104" height: 104"
|Block of the Month Batiks
By: Mary Beth Frewin,
New York, USA
This quilt was a block of the month at my local quilt store. I paid $5 for the first block, finished it in the month then got the next for free, It took me 8 more years to finally put it together. My sister-in-law, Christine Scholz, who has a long arm quilting business, quilted it freehand.
Quilt size: width: 66" height: 66"
|Christmas Dresden Plate
By: CathyC (aka CrafteeCC),
This was my first attempt at a Dresden Plate and ended up being a tablerunner for a Christmas In July Swap. The quilting echoed the blades of the Dresden Plate.
Quilt size: width: 13" height: 10"
Blog: Maria´s Quiltbox
Background quilt: Linen, PaintSticks, FMQ
Quilt size: width: 15" height: 26"
|Feathered Crosshatch Charity Quilt
By: Kathy S.,
Blog: Kathy’s Quilting Blog
This is a charity quilt for my local quilt guild. It sold in a silent auction for Autism awareness.
Quilt size: width: 45" height: 79"
By: Sally Gould wright,
Blog: Sally Gould wright Textile Artist
My SAQABenefit auction quilt a couple of years ago! this little quilt features a flower painted with Tsukineko inks and then thread painted and quilted. 100 wt YLI silk thread was used throuought. I used many of the free motion quiltingtechniques learned in a class with the wonderful Diane Gaudynski
Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"
Made for Kay who was helped me while I coped with my husbands cancer followed by my total knee replacement. Both successful so far. The quilt is all hand done has almost 370 hexagons and took over 600 hours to complete. Kay is very special to us both
Quilt size: width: 114" height: 104"
By: Rosalind Pollock,
Blog: Down by the river.
This is literally a quilt worked out from a doodle! It is a wholecloth and any colour is just thread.
Quilt size: width: 83" height: 39"
|Kid’s drawing baby quilt
I have to design a baby (kid) quilt for the first baby of an artistic family. So I have sewn this quilt and love the result.
Quilt size: width: 38" height: 45"
|Linen Doily ….
By: Fiona from BubzRugz,
This is a mini quilt using an old linen handsewn doily. I laid it on linen, then wadding and backing. A lot of stitching around the edges of the embroideries and then quilted tiny feathers and patterns…. the piece showing in the picture is about 5″ square and the quilting took over 18 hours.
Quilt size: width: 13" height: 13"
Blog: Quilter in the Pines
I made this tablerunner as a gift, and went on to write the pattern for it (my 1st!). This is actually the back of the quilt, the quilting shows up much better here. To see more of the runner, go to this blog post:
Quilt size: width: 36" height: 14"
By: Elna Munro,
It ws just a lovely pattern that I wanted to do
Quilt size: width: 62" height: 65"
|Marcia’s Barn Quilt
Blog: Marcia’s Crafty Sewing
I created this quilt for a Project Quilting Challenge in 2012. I used 4 photos of barns & windmills & based my project on a combination of them. Raw edge applique’ with thread painting on the barn quilt. Original Post: http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/2012/02/if-i-had-barn-imaginary-barn.html
Quilt size: width: 16" height: 25"
By: Beret Nelson,
Blog: On The Trail Creations
This is the back of the sample quilt for a new pattern by my local quilt shop. I did not make the quilt, I just did the quilting. It ended up getting another backing over this muslin layer, if I had known how fun it was going to look on the back, I would have done a regular backing and left it :-)
Quilt size: width: 40" height: 25"
By: Jenny in NZ,
Blog: jenny quilts
Custom quilted for me by John Nielsen, an extremely talented NZ long arm quilter in a mix of gold and silver metallic threads. I feel John did the most beautiful quilting in total sympathy with my quilt and take this opportunity to show his work and thank him once again.
Quilt size: width: 86" height: 86"
By: Irene de Aragon,
Blog: Patches of my life
A quilt made for Jan Pol, a grand nephew who was born two months ago. This photo is from the back side of the quilt, because the quilting shows off in better way from this side.
Quilt size: width: 42" height: 42"
|Pick Up Sticks
By: Diane U.,
Quilted on a long arm machine – beautiful swirls.
Quilt size: width: 64" height: 74"
South Carolina, USA
Blog: Stitchin’ Therapy
Quarter log cabin blocks are used to create a faux braid design. The diagonal layout was a perfect place to fill with long sweeps of feathers. Waves of feather plumes were stitched in the border too.
Quilt size: width: 50" height: 62"
|Red and Green Traditional Applique
a traditional style applique and red and green . The blocks are from two different books the setting and most of the blocks are from a book by Jeanna Kimball. This quilt has been 2 years in the making and I am half way done with hand quilting. The applique is needle turn.
Quilt size: width: 100" height: 100"
|Red, White, and Blue for Christopher
By: Tammy Pettus,
This quilt is made from my Daddy’s shirts, he passed away in November of 2010. I am making all of his grandkids a quilt. This quilt is for my oldest nephew. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. It took me exactly three months to complete this quilt.
Quilt size: width: 50" height: 63"
“Rose Quilt” using the Stix Strips pattern. I made this quilt using various rose and flower patterns, then quilted it with a rose in each block and a vine of roses in the boarders.
Quilt size: width: 100" height: 110"
|Salt Water Bargello
Blog: Slair’s Lair
A modern bargello quilt for a a graduation present. Each octopus and flower are separately outlined with matching thread, and the background is filled in with a boxy design in black for texture.
Quilt size: width: 72" height: 90"
Blog: Becca’s Crazy Projects
This is just one look at a quilt made up of scraps from years and years of quilt-making. Every block in the quilt was pieced together from orphan blocks and leftovers. The binding came from the leftover bin and the back was pieced, too. The quilting was meant to be as random as the piecing.
Quilt size: width: 60" height: 70"
Blog: Tamarack Shack
This was a guild project were we exchanged 3″ squares and made a scrappy star quilt. I had fun quilting feather motifs, faux border cross hatching and continuous curves.
Quilt size: width: 50" height: 65"
|Smowman Wall Hanging
I made a few wall hangings for Christmas gifts and tried a quilting technique that i learned in my quilt guild. I did this on my regular sewing machine.
Quilt size: width: 17" height: 28"
By: Marlene @ KISSed Quilts,
Blog: KISSed Quilts
Designed a layout for Electric Quilt’s challenge, this was the result. Also, my first attempt at ‘quilting to death’. Honored that it was chosen as their winner! My blog has a tutorial on how to draft the layout yourself and links to all the flag blocks. Stop by and leave a comment.
Quilt size: width: 58" height: 58"
By: Vicki in MN,
Firefly is a free pattern from Canoe Ridge Creations blog. I had so much fun quilting it on my Nolting Longarm.
Quilt size: width: 40" height: 50"
By: Marija Vujcic,
New York, USA
Blog: Fabric of my life
This quilt is a play with 3D Flying Geese blocks and its design possibilities – curved edges, added fabric on top, color effects.
Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"
By: Lies Bos-Varkevisser,
Blog: my website
In 2007 I had a fabric exchange with 14 quilters in the Netherlands. I wanted to make a big (queen size) quilt with lots of blues from very light to deep dark. The quilting was done on my home sewing machine (Janome).
Quilt size: width: 94" height: 94"
|We Gather Together
By: Gayle Pulley,
This quilt is whole cloth, hand painted on cotton. I machine quilted it on my home machine.
Quilt size: width: 25" height: 18"
|White Quilt for Kate
By: Mary Manson,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: Mary Manson Quilts
Quilted in white, off white and tan/gold, this white wholecloth quilt is heavily quilted in a feather and heart design. Lots of quilting! I make wedding dress quilts, and although this isn’t made from a wedding dress, it showcases some of my designs.
Quilt size: width: 38" height: 38"
Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!
- Voting is open Friday to Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
- One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
- Winner announced next week
How to Vote:
- Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to FOUR favourites this week.
- Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.
- Spinner (28%, 80 Votes)
- Fiorabella (28%, 79 Votes)
- Scrappy Squares (27%, 76 Votes)
- Moose Madness (20%, 57 Votes)
- White Quilt for Kate (18%, 50 Votes)
- The blues (16%, 45 Votes)
- Appalachian Spring~To God Be The Glory (15%, 42 Votes)
- Linen Doily .... (13%, 36 Votes)
- Maggie's flowers (13%, 36 Votes)
- Just doodling (12%, 34 Votes)
- Red and Green Traditional Applique (11%, 32 Votes)
- Colours (11%, 30 Votes)
- Red, White, and Blue for Christopher (9%, 26 Votes)
- Kid's drawing baby quilt (9%, 26 Votes)
- Christmas Dresden Plate (8%, 23 Votes)
- Block of the Month Batiks (7%, 20 Votes)
- Oriental expressions (6%, 16 Votes)
- We Gather Together (6%, 16 Votes)
- Hexagons (5%, 15 Votes)
- Summer Fun (5%, 14 Votes)
- All Seasons Basket - Christmas (5%, 14 Votes)
- Loopy Knots (4%, 10 Votes)
- Marcia's Barn Quilt (3%, 9 Votes)
- Salt Water Bargello (3%, 8 Votes)
- Potpourri (2%, 7 Votes)
- Strippy Firefly (2%, 7 Votes)
- Rose Quilt (2%, 6 Votes)
- Pick Up Sticks (2%, 6 Votes)
- Scrap Happy (2%, 6 Votes)
- Feathered Crosshatch Charity Quilt (2%, 5 Votes)
- Smowman Wall Hanging (1%, 4 Votes)
- Pastel Whirlygigs (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 285
Next Week’s Show & Tell
The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell is Remembering Veterans. This can be a quilt you’ve created in memory of a veteran or a quilt created for a veteran (such as Quilts of Valor). Please don’t submit a quilt you’ve already entered in the past… let’s see something different!
Read the Guidelines and submit your photo before Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).
There are no more sponsorship opportunities left for 2013. The themes and dates for 2014 will be available in December.