This week has been wonderfully productive for me. First, I finished Sue B's red, white and blue antique looking snowball quilt. Sue leaves it up to me as to what to do about the quilting most of the time, but this time she wanted the quilting to be the same as in the magazine picture of the same quilt pattern, so...
I cross-hatched every single one of those little 3 1/2" snowballs. Do you see the tiny little squares between each snowball? They measure only 1 1/4" in size! I must say that I think Sue has the patience of a saint to put all these together. There were 256 snowballs all told. And now I can say I had the patience of a saint as well, since I had to cross-hatch them all. The borders are done with piano key quilting, but you can't see it well because I used thread that matched the fabric.
Next came Linda B's second quilt. The picture of this one does not do it justice. The fabrics are luscious batiks in teal and a light greyish teal with a bit of chartreuse in the chains for a real punch. The darker teal fabric has dragonflies in it, so Linda wanted dragonflies and loops in the quilting. I just happened to have two such patterns, and I used the prettier one for her quilt (see below).
You might have to click on the picture to get a magnified view so that you can see this quilting.
The third quilt this week was from Gerry C, who wanted a throw for cool evenings in the spring/summer. She had a really cute panel to start with:
Then she added the borders and voila! An adorable quilt. The backing is flannel -- her signature touch for her quilts, it seems.
Here's a closeup of the pattern: Sweethearts Garden, one of my favorites. I used this since the panel in her quilt was all about gardening.
Lastly, I finally finished crocheting a baby blanket for my niece's daughter, who will be born in August. I'm going up to Maryland for a baby shower for her in June, so now all I have to do is to wrap it up and get ready for a fun time.
I have another three quilts in my lurkim, waiting to be done, but it's storming outside today, so my Nolting is shut down to wait out the thunder and lightning. Meanwhile, a good book is in order...