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Kim pieced this beautiful and spunky zig zag quilt. She requested the quilting to be straight lines that followed the zig zag piecing. Next, she selected the perfect variagated blue thread from our King Tut Collection. Let the Zig Zagging begin!
As long as you're here, you must must must check out this Website. Kim and her husband are the owners of Spoonflower located in Mebane, NC. They produce custom printed fabric on demand. Go on, take a peek! I can't wait to order some fabric with the Three Bears Logo all over it! I'm thinking Tote Bags, Yoga Mat Carrier, Quilt Backs, etc, etc etc....Get your custom on!!
Laura made this quilt for her father for Christmas. I can't imagine how thrilled he will be when he sees it! The fabrics are beautiful and I can't get the photos to do them justice. Some are from Thimble Pleasures, but others were obtained by Laura overseas. The quilting design is an all over pattern called Brocade Fans. I just love this quilt! Clicking on the photos brings in the details.
Oh my, what's this all about? My yoga teacher Lori, owner of Franklin Street Yoga, needed a pair of yoga pants shortened. (Lori's short and petite, but trust me, don't mess with her). I thought, how hard could this be? After all, in my previous life, I made bridesmaid dresses. (Yuk!) This will be cake, I thought. And then I saw how much she paid for these pants! Yikes! Panic!!!
Here's what didn't work (I butchered a pair of ugly cycling arm warmers made of similar knit fabric)
Here's what did work: I cut off about 3" from each pant leg, then turned under the raw edge about 3/8" and hand basted
Then, I turned each pant leg up 3/4" and pinned it to death with ball points
Then I used a walking foot with the #8 stitch on my Bernina 440 QE. The hand basting was removed and bingo --we are done!
My point is this: I've been working with quilting fabrics and quilting techniques 24/7 lately. I was amazed how different it was working with these stretchy knits. I think in 2010 I'm going to mix it up a bit. I love making quilts of my own, and I especiallly love quilting for my many wonderful customers. But I kind of enjoyed doing something different, too. Thanks Lori, and if you need another pair altered, I can do it in 1/10 the time! I'll bring them to class tomorrow morning.
You know when you see a really cool photo done in Black and White? That's what I thought of when I saw this quilt. I decided the next quiltI make will be tone on tone grey's like this one that Celeste made for her son for Christmas.
The quilting design is called "square dance" and is just perfect for this man quilt. Once again, our beloved King Tut thread collection came through with the perfect match. It's called Desert Wind, all tone on tone greys and silver.
......'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a quilt was stirring, except for this one that has Gold Metallic Thread all over it!
I suggested that the Gold Metallic might look really festive. Marion wanted to go for it, so we did! Good choice Marion. Maybe you can see more in this close up:
In addition to Extra-Long Staple Egyptian Cotton, Three Bears Quilting works with a variety of specialty threads such as Metallics, High sheen Polyesters, Neons and even Glow in the Dark. Don't be afraid to try on something new!
Gail made this adorable quilt with appliqued sailboats. She requested that it be very loosly quilted - 4" or more apart! I suggested we use a 3/4" thick poly batting, like you might see in a comforter almost. As you'll see in the pictures below, it turned out exactly like we discussed. I'll attach the binding for her, and once she's done with the hand stitching, it's ready to put under the tree!
Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill refered Mary to Three Bears. Lucky us! This quilt is beautiful and perfectly pieced in gorgeous greens and browns. We applied a fern design to produce lots of texture. Perfect.
Calling all Jets and Mets fans: check out this pair of Quilts that my friend Christina made for Christmas. She will no doubt score some points with her husband. I'm hoping she has some more of the blue or orange fabric so I can make the labels that she wants.
Christina used a thick fleece for the backing on these Quilts. They now qualify as true couch potato quilts!