Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Stars Anybody?

Here's a good peek of what I've been up to with my star blocks. I've still got a stack of star blocks to work into small quilts. I wanted to share with you a sampling of the quilting I did yesterday. These are all ready for binding and evening stitching. I'm glad I made duplicates of a few of these especially now that I see quilting bringing them to life; how will I part?

In answer to a few questions about quilting small quilts on my longarm. It is easiest to load one backing fabric that works for all the tops. I then use remnant pieces of batting. I've got a variety of batting in these mini quilts from Hobbs, Warm & Natural and Quilter's Dream.


51 comments:

Linda said...

I love all of them! Like trying to pick a favorite star out of the sky! Thanks for the great tip may come in handy soon some day!

Megan said...

That's awesome! There might be other longarmers out there who do the same thing, but I've never seen a picture of multiple miniature quilts on the machine at the same time. I love it!

Michele said...

Beautiful quilting! I like seeing the picture of your quilting setup.

Sherri said...

What a great way to use those blocks and quilt several small quilts at once!

Sheila said...

Very nice!!!!

Shakerwood said...

Wow, kind of like mass producing but without mass producing! I can see the one with my name on it!! It's . . . . . all of them! LOL

Rhonda said...

love the quilting on your stars. and i love loading little quilts like that too; gets them done so much faster

Karen said...

I like the curly-Q's used for the quilting of the stars. It is interesting to see all your little quilts on the machine at the same time. I wondered how you did it.

Melissa said...

Wow, those are beautiful and the quilting is stunning!

Sherrill said...

How AWESOME is that?!! And LOVE the way they're turning out. Hey, I meant to tell you one of the gals in my guild who'd been doing the monthly Schnibbles had you quilt one of hers! YAY

Barb said...

love your small quilts - how very clever the way you load them on the long arm!

WoolenSails said...

I just love seeing the quilting you do for each piece, always so beautifully done and truly enhances the quilt.

Debbie

Sue said...

Those stars are looking wonderful and oh! that quilting is just to die for!

So beautiful :)

Sandy said...

Love these! Stars are always "in"-
your quilting is lovely, sandy

paulette said...

OMGosh!! Look at all those gorgeous little quilts!! That blew me away...they are all amazing!! I love them all! Now I need to go back and drool a little more...
Paulette

Lori said...

Quilting always brings the tops to life. I love the strippy ones especially!! Nice work!

Needled Mom said...

Okay....you can pop that in my mailbox and I will "hold onto" it for you!!! ;)

Loved seeing the longarm all set up. How interesting!

quiltingnana said...

stars are some of my favorite blocks...yours look great

Mary Lou Casada said...

How cool is that, Mary!!! I love all your little quilts -- and the no-pet zone! LOL I think loading them that way on the long-arm makes a lot of sense! and you can do all your fabulous quilting on them, just like they were bed sized. LOVE it! I also like how your quilting always complements the design -- doesn't overpower it or take away, but adds to. That's a rare gift!
Blessings,
Mary Lou

Carol said...

They're all just wonderful!

Ariane said...

Oh Wow!! I love how you have so many little quilts on your longarm. That's such a great idea. Your quilting is just gorgeous!! I love it!!

Barb said...

I just love your stars....

Aren't you so clever with quilting all those small quilts at once...so smart!!

Mary said...

What fun little quilts. I love stars. You are one clever quilter.

Sharon said...

Which one is mine???? You have been a busy bee...thanks for showing how you do this on your longarm.

Pat said...

You have a wonderful gift for choosing the right type of quilting for everything...LOVE how you quilted those stars. I do think you might find it hard to part with them...so I think you need to keep one for yourself!

Loris said...

The quilting looks beautiful! Perfect for these stars!

Carol said...

What a great idea. I love your star quilts.

Denise :) said...

Gorgeous -- just downright GORGEOUS! :)

onlymehere said...

Your artistry shines through again! I absolutely love seeing your quilting and to make it even better it's with stars! Stars are some of my favorites to piece and see in quilts.

Wendy said...

Beautiful! Can you come to Montana and give lessons :)

QuiltSue said...

Well, and there was me thinking I was so clever to have invented a way of doing several pieces at the same time when I did exactly the same thing recently when I had a few small things I wanted to quilt. It worked really well, and was worth taking the extra time just to make sure they were all straight etc. It's certainly a method I will use again.

Shelley said...

Love seeing how you lay out the small quilts:) And the quilting you have done on them is a perfect choice! And, Mary, YOU HAVE A CAT....LOLOL! He looks identical to one my boys had a long time ago..his name was Jake. He was quite a character!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love all the quilts! You've been really busy! That's such an efficient way to quilt them, too.

Quilter Kathy said...

Gorgeous...you are right...the quilting does "bring it to life"!

Carrie P. said...

Well aren't you smart. What a cool idea.

MARCIE said...

Pretty nifty system their sister! And the quilt is great!

Michelle said...

Those stars are BEAUTIFUL!!! I love your work!

Paula and Mel said...

I love the quilting. Actually, I love all the quilting you do.
The stars are beautiful.
Hmm, I may have to contact you when my next quilt is finished. I am slow though. Takes me awhile to get one done.
Keep up the gorgeous work.
Paula

AnnieO said...

Such beautiful colors and quilting, Mary! The simple piecing design really sings :) Clever you for getting them all on one backing.

Blogless me said...

Your quilts and quilting are spectacular.

Stray Stitches said...

The fabrics you selected for your star quilt and the quilt itself
are truly stunning. Your quilting is gorgeous. Beautiful!!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh Mary, they are so beautiful. I love the stars. I intend to make a few today for some Christmas gifts for family. Thanks so much for the bigger sneak peek and the view of how you are working them on the longarm. Great idea!!! Hugs...

Wendy said...

Wow Mary....that's fantastic. Your quilting is heavenly and I'll have to try the multiples like that.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh how fun to see them all like that! Your stars quilted are wonderful!

Micki said...

The stars are just wonderful!
It is a stunner!
Micki

Jackie said...

I love the way you've quilted the stars! Nice!

Teresa said...

The stars are just great - I love the setting and the quilting. Midnight is a real hoot - I think black cats are the best. Wonder why I have two white ones???

SewCalGal said...

Very interesting to see how you placed so many small quilts on your longarm. Looks difficult to quilt, but I know you have the talent to do this. Beautiful quilts and lovely quilting.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Kim D. said...

I heart your quilting on those stars. Just gorgeous! It's nice to hear an update on the neighbors animals. I bet you enjoy having the cat still visit now and then.

Millie said...

Mary, I like the Stars. Do you sit on the little chair?

Anonymous said...

I love your stars. Can you tell me where I can find the pattern for these? I am a new quilter and these look super easy.
Thanks,
Candace
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