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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Star of Roses is Finished!

Mary pieced this stunning wall hanging called  "Star of Roses".  It was custom quilted using a variety of patterns.  The Bears love custom quilting, large or small!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Valerie's Latest Quilt is Finished!

Valerie requested a swirly quiling pattern, along with a warm and cozy batting.  Hobbs Tuscany Wool was the obvious pick for the batting.  As far as the quilting design, we auditioned 7-10 different patterns, and ended up choosing this Tammy Finkler original.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Nancy's Green and gold quilt is finished!

It was great to meet Nancy recently, as she is a new customer for me.  She and I are both members of the Twin Rivers Quilt Guild in New Bern.  By the way, this is a terrific bunch of folks.  I'm really excited about getting more involved with the guild in 2012!

Nancy came to the studio and together we selected the quilting design as well as the thread.

Ruth's Blue and Yellow Quilt is finished!

Ruth did a beautiful job piecing this blue and yellow quilt for a special holiday gift.  They are going to love it, I just know it!

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I've already packaged this quilt for shipping, so I can't show you how wonderful the binding looks on this quilt.  Ruth normally chooses our service that we call "binding #1".  For 2.50 a running foot, we will construct a double fold binding, cut on the bias if you like.  (some opt out of bias cut, as it requires a bit more fabric). The ends are joined for you, so all you need to do,  once your quilt is returned to you is hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt.  If you have a label, we can either tuck it inside the binding, or quilt it in.  I'm always happy to sew the label on the back for you, if you wish to have it quilted in.  This way, we know it will be placed in the correct spot.  (It's hard to tell where it might go unless you see how the quilt top and backing are loaded onto the frame).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One more Christmas quilt for Lisa!!

I wonder who the lucky recipient will be?? I wish it were me!

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We used a swirly quilting design.  We kept the swirls to the same scale as the circular designs on the fabrics. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winifred's Strip Quilt is Finished!

Winifred made this beautiful strip quilt in all green tones.  I LOVE this quilt. BTW,  green is one of my favorite colors. 

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We used an all over swirly, leafy design

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Two Quilts for Gayle are finished!

Gayle makes contemporary quilts, most always (always???) out of batik fabrics. 
The backing is pieced, and requires careful centering

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Her it is in blues!

Susan's Christmas Dolls is finished!

Here's a perfect example of "less is more".  All this adorable Christmas quilt needed was a simple stipple type quilting pattern and an obscure thread. 

Susan chose Dream Wool for her batting. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wedding Quilt is finially finished!

Maryanne started this autograph quilt for her daughter a few years back, but now it's finished!  I have a few projects of my own hanging out that I'm going to make a point to finish in early 2012.  Thanks for this jolt of inspiration, Maryanne!

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We used sew fine thread #402.  If you use a fine thread like this, quilting over the lettering is no problem at all.

Carolyn's Tree Skirt is finished!

This tree skirt will look beautiful around any Christmas Tree.  I like this pattern that Carolyn used, as it's cut after it's quilted.  Makes it really easy to work with!

A very special gift for Jan's son

Jan pieced this beautiful brown and blue quilt for her son.  She says he kept the last one for over 20 plus years, so perhaps it was time to break down and make him a new one!!  Lucky guy!!
The photo was taken in the owners quarters of the Inn.  I think it looks quite nice, don't you?

At Jan's request, I constructed the binding and attached it to the front of her quilt.  Now all she has to do is plop down, turn on DWTS and stitch away.  It'll be done in no time!  BTW, this service is called "binding #1", and we can do this for any quilt, any size.  This quilt is BIG, a California King, and can be difficult to handle if you don't have a lot of space.

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Now look here, won't you?  The back of the quilt is fabulous! 

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

What's for Breakfast at the Inn?????

This Sausage Apple Quiche has become a favorite at the Cartwright House

We do a candlelight breakfast at the Inn...always something different

Lisa's Latest is done...

All these fabrics can be purchased at Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill.  Lisa works there, and is everyone's go to gal when it comes to choosing fabrics for your latest project. 

Sharon's Offset Batik Quilt is also done!