Friday, January 30, 2009

2 More Quilts

A few months ago I finished the quilt below. It's called "4th of July In St. George". I've been trying to make some quilts for my home that match Southern Utah and our desert style house.
I like this quilt so much I use it in my header. After completion I realized I still had a lot of left over batiks colored in earth tones. What should I do with all the remaining pieces?

I decided to use my scraps to make the quilt below. Today I got my quilt back from the long arm quilter, and I'm so happy with the way it turned out! Don't you love it when you get a quilt back and see how much the stitching contributes to the overall effect?

My quilter's name is Linda Brown and she really went the extra mile in her work on this quilt. She said she needed to program the design three different ways on her computer to get everything to match up from block to block. I am so impressed!
These pictures just don't do it justice. It's like looking at the Grand Canyon in a photograph. The canyon looks deep, but until you see it for yourself you just don't comprehend the entire view.

I selected a variegated King Tut thread called "Sahara Shadows" by Superior Threads. It blends well with the muslin and the batiks.

The 2nd quilt I got back today was one I made last November at the mystery retreat with Daniel's Summit. This quilt makes me think of something a teenage girl would love on her bed.

The theme of the retreat was "X Marks the Spot".

I selected an overall floral design for the machine quilting.

Look how cheerful the fabric is on the back. It makes me feel like spring should be right around the corner.

Now I just need to get busy and get the bindings done for these 2 quilts.


Jackie's Stitches said...

Wow, I love both quilts but particularly the first one. You're right, the quilting design is SO perfect for it!

Anonymous said...

OH MY! You're showing us some GORGEOUS things!! I LOVE 4th of July in St. George! The combo of your scraps and Linda's quilting is spectacular too! Busy girl! :-)

Material Mary said...

these are absolutely stunning. Great job, Nedra.

Dawn said...

Your quilts are stunning!! I just love when you have enough scraps to make another quilt...2 for the price of 1...Linda did a great job on the quilting.

Eileen said...

I love that color combination on the second quilt.. the red and teal. LOVE it. and yes.. the backing does make one think of spring. Hurry spring! Beautiful quilts.. both of them.

Kristin said...

Beautiful quilts! It is hard to believe the first is made from leftovers, so lovely.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Both quilts are beautiful but WOW on the scraps quilt. Great quilting design.

Nanette Merrill said...

Love x marks the spot! So cute.

SaraVictorious said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love your batiks! They just look so Southern Utah. :)