Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Before & After

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After

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After
Ready to hand stitch binding on the runners. These were made with 30's fabrics. I'm not a fan of 30's as my home has that look of "old." Which runner do you favor? It could be winging it's way to your home as a surprise of course!

Snap Happy bags headed to new homes in today's mail.

74 comments:

Madame Samm said...

Wow, quilting makes such a difference...like a picture without a frame..yes that is it..you are custom framer who stitches...lol

Chris said...

Beautiful quilting & doesn't it alter the look completely! I think they are all gorgeous
Chris x

Ariane said...

Oh I love the quilting! You do such a great job with it!! Both runners are nice. I like the darker one best!! You always do such a great job with your quilts!!

Angie said...

They are both gorgeous with the quilting!! :) I would choose the repro looking fabrics one, but if it were Spring instead of Winter I'd have to hope and pray that I would find that 30's one in my mail. :D They are both delightful.

WoolenSails said...

Love the quilting, goes so beautifully with the pattern and fabrics. I am trying to figure out a small snowflake for my hexagons. I found a nice one on my machine, but it is in rows, so need to figure out how to make one at a time.

Debbie

Mariliz's Musings said...

The quilting is gorgeous. I like the darker table runner.

Michele said...

Love the before and afters! Great way to showcase your beautiful quilting! I prefer the darker table runner in this case, but I like the 30's table runner too. I guess I am more into darker colors now that it is getting cold! Thanks for the chance! Cute bags too!

Cheryl said...

Quilting certainly does make a difference. I did some pebble quilting on a small mug rug after you showed how it made an applique quilt pop! Loved it. Thank you for the inspirations.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

You have been busy over there. I love the before and after pics. Someone lucky is going to be very happy. :-)

Stitched With Prayer said...

Mary, I love the pictures you share...showing the difference the quilting makes. The quilt tops are beautiful to be sure, but the quilting just makes the difference between beautiful and totally breath taking. Thank you so much for sharing the before and afters. As for the table toppers, they are both wonderful. Hugs...

Bluzbrod said...

It's so true that quilting makes the quilt! Beautifully demonstrated. I'm loving both of those table runners, so I surely would not complain if either one showed up at my house :-)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love them all - it's amazing what the quilting does - but the first one would be perfect in my house. :) One of these days I'm going to be a better quilter, just a few thousand more hours of practicing! blessings, marlene

michelle said...

They are both so beautiful!y MIL is retiring in Jan.and weve made a promise to each other that were gonna take some classes.I can only pray to create such items of beauty.Great job!blessings michelle

Donna said...

Beautiful piecing & quilting. Amazing the look change once quilted. I like the darker runner with the white stars although both are lovely. Happy quilting!

paula, the quilter said...

Isn't it wonderful what a difference quilting makes?

Nancy said...

The quilting certainly does make a difference on all of the quilts. Beautiful work!

I'd love to find a surprise in my mailbox - both runners are lovely, but the top runner is my favorite.

Michelle said...

You've done an awesome job on the quilting, the quilting just makes it sing!

scottylover said...

Wow that is amazing seeing the difference the quilting makes. I LOVE the pastel 30's runner, but I love anything 30's repros! :)

Sandy A

Stephanie said...

Someone's been very very busy! Love the before and afters. I'm sure whoever receives them will be very happy campers!

Kim D. said...

Your quilting is so lovely. Your little bags are adorable. My sister made me one of those last year.

Dj said...

I think they both look great! I especially like the repro one.

Treasa said...

Beautiful quilting. I like the darker colors in the table runner the best. Quilting does make a difference in how they look. :)

AnnieO said...

Good quilting designs! Lots of movement and loft but not enough to make the quilt stiff. I like the 30's fabrics--they always remind me of my Grandma. I am lucky enough to have several of her quilts of that era.

Sue said...

Well your quilting beautifies everything! It's just lovely to drool over.

I favor that first one. Love those fabrics!

Have a great evening!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The before and after photos are amazing! It sure sells the quilting!

Mary said...

Quilting is beautiful on both tablerunners. How can you make us choose?

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Very cool quilting! The snap happy bags are cute too. Looks like you are having lots of fun! :-)

Shelley said...

It's true...the quilting makes the quilt :) Lovely job

Pat said...

Oh, yes...the quilting makes the quilt. I'd love either one of those runners but I guess the bottom one goes more with the kind of colors I have here.

Jeanette said...

I love the texture and interest that quilting gives to a quilt. It really brings the quilt to life.

I love all the projects you shared, but I have a particular soft spot for 30's.

KatesBlog said...

That's awesome Mary! Save me a spot in January for my daughter's birthday quilt.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what an incredible difference. They are gorgeous.

Linda said...

Love all the quilting. Really changes and adds so much life and depth to the quilts. You did a wonderful job!

Sherri said...

I just love before and afters and how the quilting brings each piece to life!

Diane H said...

Did you hear everyone's quick intake of breath when we logged on? Wow! Seeing quilting like that gets me everytime, both runners are stunning either one would be wonderful. Enjoy seeing your work very much, thank you.

Joyful Quilter said...

Wow...wow...Wow...wow. Nice quilting as always. Can't believe you are giving away a one of the table runners, my house has the look of everything and nothing particular so either would look good.

Amy said...

Beautiful job!

Vivian said...

Before and after couldn't be more dramatically shown. Lovely examples, every one.
The pastel 1930s runner is my favorite, but both are sweet.

Carol said...

Lovely quilting as always. I like the one with the white stars. That's great that your getting gifts done.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Sigh, got to love those before and after shots! And look at the adorable snap bags!

Jill said...

Love the before and after shots. I am not a big 30's fan either, but I can see that one looking great on a dresser in a girl's room.

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

What a difference a quilter (you) makes ...
You know something, I think I like the thirties table runner - I don't have any thirties either, yet, I think it would look great for Easter, right here on my kitchen table.

QuiltSue said...

Those pictures really show much the quilting adds to the top. Thanks so much. I once read an article about how the actual quilting pattern can change the whole look of a quilt, where they made up a couple of tops, same design and fabric and sent them to 2 different LA quilters to do as they wished. From the pictures you would think they were different quilts altogether.

Aurora said...

Belli Bellissimi Meravigliosi!!!

Pam said...

Wow ...what a difference the quilting makes!!! You did a wonderful job.

I like them both very much but the darker one wins by a nose :)

Becky said...

Great job, Mary! Both your runners are great. I couldn't choose one over the other. Have a great day!

Lori said...

Quilting really does make the quilt!! Nice work!!

Carrie P. said...

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! quilting!
I like the second runner better.
Cute bags.

Connie said...

As i said before your quilting is beautiful, such a great job! I like both runner but the 30 prints is my favorite. The quilting on them sure does make a different but you do great work! Have a Bless day!

Brenda said...

Love the runners. great job. They are both beautiful. I love 30's fabrics. Maybe it brings back memories of my grandmother.

Cyndi said...

Mary, those runners are all beautiful and your quilting is superb! I love the '30's one the best, though. I decorate my home in the "cottage sytle" and those fabrics and colors are right up my alley! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Shakerwood said...

Beeeuuutiful quilting. You know me, I like "old, too, so I would say I like the quilt in the first photo best. That's not one of the table runners, is it? LOL

Cindy said...

I love "before and afters", Mary. Thank you for sharing what quilting does for a quilt - it becomes "An art piece" then. I guess that means you're an "artist".

Okay, okay, quit snickering....LOL

Could you please send me some "TIME"? Yesterday I took our oldest, Murphy, in for foot AND tooth surgery. What do they say - "When it rains, it pours"?

I'm ready to sew - PLEASE find me some TIME !!

Okay, okay - Starbucks TIME will do...LOL

Love and miss you, dear lady

Needled Mom said...

Those before and afters are always so much fun to see. I love the "come alive" look that they develop.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing your before & after pics. The quilts do come alive with the quilting! I'm partial to the darker one.

Nancy E

Loris said...

Lovely pics of the texture quilting adds to quilt tops. Those are some gorgeous quilts :-)
As I'm not in to 30's fabrics so much, the darker table topper suits my taste more. Needed to get some toppers made myself for gifts. Those snap bags are very cute..love the fabric you used for them. Nice work!

Rita said...

Beautiful work, Mary. You've been a busy bee.

Quilt Rat said...

Once again you have shown how the "quilting" brings the sparkle to every piece.
Absolutely stunning!
Both runners are beautiful...but I like the lower one best as it seems to be more "graphic"

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Quilting makes the fabric come alive as you have shown here. I like the bottom runner as I am not a fan either of 30's fabric.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I really like them both and the quilting just makes them POP!

Jen said...

Yummy eye-candy! thanks for sharing! I love the first one, so gorgeous! I especially love the darker table runner. As usual, fantastic finishes!

Judy said...

I really them both and the quilting is amazing. But deep down in my heart I love the 30's prints!! Keep up the great work!!

A Plain Path said...

What beautiful work...again! I like the 2nd runner, just because the colors are more me. Just amazes me how much the quilting can change a pieced top...gives it a breath of life!

Janet said...

The quilting has absolutely mad the quilts. I love the before and after shots. I made a snap happy pouch for my dd and she boxed the bottom, another idea and it workeed out well.

Karen said...

I love the 1930's one! The quilting is delightful.

Teresa said...

How neat to see the before and after! I like the 30's but you know, I really like them both!

Meredith said...

That was neat to see the before and after photos. I like the 1930s but both are very cute.

Taryn said...

They are great! My particular favorite is the very first one. Love it. It is so similar to an antique quilt I own.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

They're all gorgeous! I'm really enjoying your before and after pictures. They really show how the quilts come to life when they're quilted.

Allyson said...

I love the bottom one with the darker colors. It almost looks patriotic. Very nice job on both.

Allyson said...

I love the bottom one with the darker colors. It almost looks patriotic. Very nice job on both.

Jo Anna said...

Hi, I am trying to recreate your runner with 5" blocks. Would you mind emailing me and letting me ask you a few questions about the pattern? If you have time that is. Thanks.

Jo Anna said...

I managed to figure out my problem. Thanks anyway though. I guess that is a strange request! LOL Jo Anna

Mom Quilter said...

You inspired me! I think maybe you even emailed me some how to's. Here is the link to my flickr page so you can see my pic if you like! Jo Anna

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjmollman/?saved=1

Thanks for the inspiration!