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Friday, December 23, 2011

Linda's "I Spy" Quilt is finished!

Linda made the most adorable quilt ever for a child.  It's called Eye Spy.  There's 117 squares separated by sashing.  Each square is a different object, like animals, things around the house, etc.. that a child can point at to learn the names.  Linda added 5 borders, some large and some narrow.  Each block received a flower motif.  This same design was then picked up and used on a larger scale in the wide outer border.  A circular design was used in the black inner border.  All of the borders were stitched in the ditch.  And then, to really make this quilt fun, Linda used a white minke backing with extra long nap.  It feels like my kitty, Romeo.  Who couldn't resist that??  Nap time just can't come soon enough.

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All borders were stitched in the ditch

You can see the minke backing here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Carol's Autograph Quilt is Finished!!

I had some good friends ride up to the studio on their bikes yesterday.  They told me they just had to stop in to see this quilt, as the colors really caught their eye. It was a beautiful day, and we had the doors open.  The backing is a blue minke dot backing. 


Two Quilts for Doris are now quilted!

Doris was one of my very first customers back in 2006.  And even though I have never had the chance to meet Doris face to face, I feel like I've known her all my life.  She's a phenomenal quilter, and a wonderful person.  I have another quilt in my queue that Doris has sent to me.  I'll be working on that one soon.  Stay tuned, it will be worth a look!!  In the meantime, notice how Doris has used color to take this strip quilt to a new dimension.
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We used a funky feather meander E2E. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Julie's quilt will also be delivered tomorrow!

These fabrics are simply luscious!  A swirling leaf quilting pattern tied them all together.

the quilting detail really shows up on this beautiful fabric

Carole's T Shirt Quilt is Finished!

We love how this T Shirt Quilt turned out.  The thing that Carole does that sets her T Shirt Quilts apart is the layout.  She puts a lot of thought into framing each shirt, using a variety of complementary fabrics for settings. 

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Remember, use a stabilizer such as French Fuse on the backs of the shirts.  No glue, spray adhesives, or peel and stick stabilizers of any kind.  My machine, whose name is Yogi, will snarl, growl, and foam at the mouth at the mere mention of glue.  If Yogi ain't happy, no body's happy.

As far as the quilting design goes, we prefer a meandering type design with a very even density.  And one that does not stitch over itself or cross over any lines.

As always, should you have any questions about making your T Shirt Quilt, do not hesitate to call the Bears before you start.  As we said, just a few simple changes in the process can guarantee excellent results every time!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

By Request.....

At the request of our customers and readers of my blog, I have enabled the share features.  These features appear below every posting, (old and new posts) and allow you to post instantly to Face Book, Twitter, or Email to a friend directly from the blog.  Enjoy!  Today I'll be working on a Queen size T-Shirt Quilt that was made by Carole.  I know lots of Long Arm Quilters that won't work on T-Shirt Quilts.  Of course, the Bears would love to quilt yours, but please give a call first, especially if you have not made one before.  You need to use specific materials to stabilize the shirts.  French Fuse works especially well, and we can guarantee great results if you do a few simple things!  Check back later on for pictures of the T-Shirt Quilt!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kathryn's Christmas Quilt is Done!!

O.K.  Every now and then one of our beloved customers entrusts The Bears with a quilt that SCREAMS for custom quilting.  A lot of it. Here's one.

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we wanted the stars to be emphasized.  it might be hard to see, but there is a "vein" that travels out of each star point that connects to the rest of the background fill.  plus, each star is "broadly" outlined.  it's just the way the bears do it.....