One of my girlfriends was able to share in the enjoyment of the Hawaiian Mystery BOM. Part of the fun was that fabric requirements were given and it was up to us to pick our fabrics. While I picked a beach sand background, she went with a strong red. The Tikis look just as incredible and her flowers soften the big bold colors. One word, INTENSE.
Murder mystery book and quilt, what could be more fun than that? That’s why I was one of the first to join. This online block of the month was set up where you received a chapter and block pattern each month. The Tiki masks were paper pieced, four six-inch blocks at a time. The remaining blocks are arranged to represent a lei on beach. I used left over fabrics for the border, quilted it in an all over banana leaf pattern and found a pink and Hawaiian flower backing. It’s like a tropical vacation!
I just couldn’t wait to quilt the “Ghastly” edge to edge design on this quilt featuring Ghastly fabrics. It made the backing fabrics look like part of the fabric line. I used a smokey monofilament on the front so that it blended with the prints but showed on the more solid fabrics. The result is incredible and ghastly!
I was thrilled to work on this quilt for multiple reasons. One, because the designer, Betty Standiferd, is a friend of mine and because I personally made this quilt design using machine applique about 15 years ago. These blocks are made using machine embroidery. This piecer added the name of each of the pueblos which adds historical information to the Indian pots. I quilted the blocks similar to my own and added a southwest motif in the chocolate sashing.
There is just something sweet about this quilt! Did you know that Ideal Stitches frequently applies binding just to one side so that the customer can finish the binding by hand. While I offer machine finished and hand finished bindings, I am also happy to come alongside and stitch the binding to the front of the quilt only.
Although this is the fifth ZIA that I have quilted, there are many things that make it unique! One is the use of batik fabrics and another is the subtle addition of purple with the turquoise fabrics. It is also a complete quilt from my Zia class and finished student project is gratifying to me. Lots of ruler work combine with a few computerized motifs; mainly the spirals and give this additional southwest flair. Finally there is the orange red bobbin thread showcased on the purple backing. Magnificent!!
Ideal Stitches was commissioned to make a wall hanging with three stipulations; one use the upholstery fabric so that it matches the chair cushions in the kitchen nook. Two, make it southwest style and three, here are four fat quarters to use in the design. I used the fat quarters in a bargello style to make the background for these large applique kokopelli figures and the upholstery fabric as the border. It came out incredible!