Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Quilts in the process...

This is one of Anna's quilts that I just finished. She pieced the top in her own original design. The E2E and outer border is a design called Daisy Days by Kay Oft, Mountain Top Quilting. The inner border is one I did myself. It has elements from the fabric and makes a nice division between the inner and outer quilt. The batting is Quilter's Dream Wool and feels so nice and light, but has the warmth of wool. The backing is a fine batik and the thread is 100% cotton Signature. Bury threads, finish binding and it's done.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

And MORE Spring Cleaning

The first two are Lisa's shop sample, the next one is Linda's, next is Patty's, and the last one is Debbie's.

A couple of years ago there was a quilt shop in Carlton, Oregon called Late Bloomers. The shop sold to Lisa White and she changed the name to The Quilt Nest. Eventually she moved the shop to her home and phased it out. I purchased four sets of her Buck a Block quilt kits and passed them around to my cousin, and my two daughters, keeping one for myself.
Since then I have had two customers bring me tops that were from the same project. SO, eventually I will have the pleasure of quilting SIX of these beauties, besides the shop sample for Lisa when she was still in the Carlton brick and mortar. I'm posting pictures of the various versions, and the two that are already quilted. Talk about spring cleaning, someone has been busy! Patty's and Debbie's are in queue, mine is still in the block stage, and as far as I know, my daughters have not started theirs yet. And so spring cleaning goes on. . .

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Cleaning

With spring comes joy in my heart that I can't explain. All the daffodils and tulips bursting into bloom along with the cherry blossoms, pear blossoms, plum trees, viburnum, and it continues like there is no end.

I think my quilting tasks are just as prolific as the bulbs in my garden. I've had several tops in queue all winter waiting for quilting, and as I looked through my album, I thought I'd share a few with you. Click on the picture to see the original size and a closer look.

This is a Dick and Jane child's quilt. I did a custom border which has beach balls and stars. The circular patches are hand appliqued and finished with a blanket stitch; SID and echoed circles around the applique, and bump/dips in the center squares. A beach ball covers the other triangular blocks. A very old fashioned look for a new quilt.
You must click this picture to see the quilting up close. I placed a flowering cherry tree in six places and filled in with a peaceful river. The fabrics are asian and the quilting echos the cherry blossoms in the fabric.

This black and white quilt is 120 inches square and has hot pink minky for the backing. I used a special technique to prevent wrinkles and excess stretching in the minky and it turned out beautifully.
This blue/peach/white quilt is made from reproduction fabrics and quilted with a simple square feathered wreath and feather border. A charming quilt.

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I am Bonnie Russell, owner and quilter, and my business is making beautiful quilts and making quilts beautiful. NABQC came about as a partnership between the love of sewing and hazelnut farming. That's how the name was chosen. My husband, Fred, is the nut farmer, and I do the sewing using many bolts of fabulous fabric. My studio is located in Dundee, Oregon, the beautiful Willamette Valley, in the center of a hazelnut orchard. Experience came with 42 years of dress making, 40 years of marriage to my wonderful, loving, supportive husband (34 years of nut farming), 25 years of raising three daughters, and now we have seven grandchildren to mentor in Future Quilters of America!

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