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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sue Ellen's Quilt is Finished!

Sue Ellen made this fun quilt as a gift.  I can't remember who it's for--only that she's not keeping it!  Her work is always perfect!  

Sue Ellen picked the quilting design and requested that it be loosely quilted--not tight or too dense.  I think this looks just about right:
I'm ready for my close up Mr. De Mille:

Kathleen's Stars Quilt is Finished!

We love this quilt!  Who wouldn't? Wish I knew the name of it..

We used a variegated thread from Superior Threads Rainbow line.  These are high sheen 3 ply poly's.  This one had all the colors in Kathleen's quilt:

Sharyn's BOM Applique is Finished!!!

Sharyn will be teaching this as a BOM Applique at Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill.  This is the most amazing machine applique I think you will find.  She will teach you how.  All you need to do is sign up for class!  

Lower half:

Upper Half:

Feathered Swag Borders:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Celeste's Quilt is finished!

We love this beautiful quilt that Celeste made. 

It really looks like fall to me.  I guess it's just wishful thinking on my part.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Amy's Quilt is Done!!

Amy was referred to us from the wonderful staff of Wish Upon a Quilt in Raleigh.  Lucky us!!  This baby quilt is simply adorable:

Here's a close up of the new quilting design that we used:


Amy incorporated  the cutest  panel into her backing.  We love pieced backs, and take great care to center the images perfectly.  The quilting design will always stand out on solid backing fabrics.  Take this into consideration when choosing your backing fabrics. 


This one's for a special girl!!

Tracie made this beautiful quilt for a very special little girl!

Here's some detail of the quilting design:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Five down, One to Go!!

OK, here's three more of the six quilts that Julia is making for (fill in the blank as you wish....I'm still not sayin' what for).  This makes five total.  By the way, the batting that we are using on all of these quilts is Hobbs Tuscany Wool.  Wool + Fairly Dense Quilting = Beautiful
This first quilt received a design by Tammy Finkler, another one of our favorite designers and teachers.  It has ferns, Butterflies, and flowers.

Here's some detail of the quilting.  Remember, you can click on any image for more detail.

This next quilt had me singing "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan.  Johnny tells me it was a hoot graduating from high school in 1970.  I guess Donovan actually got a whole lot of people smoking banana peels because of this song.  Weird times.....

 The quilting design is called Daisy Days by Kay Oft .  Kay's an excellent instructor.  We always seek her out at Statler Retreats. 

  And finally, the pink and blue one! 

The quilting design on this one is called Wonderland, and it's from our way too extensive Ann Bright collection.  We've never got an opportunity to meet Anne in person.  Maybe at the next Statler Conference.

This last photo is a good example of how the Bears use overall designs to create a very custom look--without the custom price!!   

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sherry's Provence Quilt is finished!

Sherry made this beautiful quilt for a dear friend.  Who wouldn't love this?
Here's a bit of detail of the quilting design--and the beautiful fabric!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's all Kaffe and it's Gorgeous!!!

Karin did an A+ job on this quilt pieced from beautiful Kaffe fabrics. 
This quilt explodes with energy!  It could light up any room!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kathleen's van Gogh quilt is finished!

Kathleen made this beautiful quilt for her husband.  The brilliantly hued prints are reminiscent of van Gogh's paintings.

A piece like this, at least for me, is difficult to quilt in that it must be simply, but adequately quilted.  Every strait seam was SID.  The prints were all cross hatched using a neutral shade of sew fine thread.  The beautiful print border was also crossed hatched.  Anything more would compete with the fabric.  I don't want to compete with Mr. van Gogh.  I'm afraid I'd lose.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Darlene's Wall Hanging is Finished!!

This quilt will look stunning hanging on any wall!
A variety of patterns were combined:

Here's some quilting detail of one of the half blocks and border design:
And just one more..can't resist:

Here we go!! The first 2 of 6 are finished!

That's right!  Julia is making  6 quilts all similar in size and pattern--different fabric and quilting on each.  Of course they are for something special.  I'm not sayin' what.....

Detail of the first one:

The second quilt has beautiful corals and pinks:

Here's some detail of quilt # 2:

Johnnie's Strip Quilt is Done and Beautiful!

Johnnie pieced this beautiful strip quilt.  It turned out just beautiful!
Here's some detail of the quilting:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's another wedding quilt!!

Valerie did such an excellent job with this beautiful king size paper pieced quilt:
The quilt had 3 borders.  Each received a different design:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Joyce's Mardi Gras Quilt is Finished!

Joyce made this Wild and Whimsical quilt out of beautiful batiks for her son who has moved to New Orleans and LOVE IT!

The body of quilt received a beautiful gilded design. The inner brown border was SID;  the outer borders received fleur de lis designs.