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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wendi Weekend!

Yippee my foot is better!!! For the last two and a half months I have been wearing this clunky old medical boot Uggg! I have had severe heel pain and was having problems putting weight on my left foot, yesterday I went to the podiatrist and he put a cortisone shot in that heal. Today I am back in my tenny runners and happy as can be!

Because of the heel pain quilting has been a chore, that's not so good. But I did have a fun weekend with my good friend Wendi, she has recently completed two stunning quilts and wanted to quilt them, so we rented the Jewel for a couple of days and to work we went. Now Wendi would be just delighted if I would quilt all of her quilts for her. I am NOT that nice LOL, I being the good friend that I am make her quilt them herself, I did help out a little on these two, the second quilt we split pretty evenly as it was a real arm buster! Here are Wendi's works of art.....This quilt is called Northern Ripples, Wendi won the blocks, we go to our local Craft Warehouse once a month for quilt party, they have a BOM and you bring it back and are entered in the block lotto, the winner gets all of the blocks. This as you can see was a fall BOM. Wendi played around with the layout and this is what she ended up with, I think it really sings. And since it looks like the ripples on a pond, we decided to do a water design. I found a panto called Drips, thought it would be perfect, quilted in a nice variegated brown... here are the close ups....

Now Wendi is the kind of quilter that does NOT want the quilting to show, I think we were successful, it does blend in nicely...

Here you can actually see the pattern.

She used a fuzzy backing (I am starting to wear off on her... Bwaa Haa Haa my evil plan is working) and you can REALLY see the patterning! LOVE IT.

This is the water color quilt she has been working on for several months, I think it is amazing! I love the diamond affect. This quilt was a total pain in the arm to quilt! For the design we let the fabric speak, there are lots of leaves and vegetation on the batiks so I found a lovely fern panto on the digitech website, originally we were going to make the panto HUGE so the quilting would not be very obvious, neither of us liked that one, so we used a smaller version of the same ferns, each fern leaf is about 3.5 inches tall, each row was about 6.5 inches tall. It took about 18 minutes per row... The arm busting part came from the up constant up and down up and down of the jagged fern leaves my shoulder was good for about 3 row, then Wendi would do 3, then I would do 3 and so on...We got it done, but would have to seriously think about doing the small version of the ferns again.... OUCH.... here is a close up of the ferns.....

Each spiky leaf is about an inch and half tall... I think this was one of our first rows, we were still pretty wobbly.
And the back, the backing is black with a dark blue bobbin, so hard to see but you get the idea.
I do think both quilts turned out well. I am hoping she will enter BOTH of them in the quilt show.

What do you think?

As always, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.
May all your stitches be even, and all your needles stay sharp!
Happy quilting,


Leigh the sewing diva said...

i love the colours in those quilts. the second one would look perfect in my living room! Leigh at The Sewing Diva

Jen said...

Beautiful! Great job on the quilting!

Micki said...

Beautiful quilts...Hope you feel better soon.

Barb said...

Oh...I sure hope your foot gets better. I enjoyed seeing the quilting on these quilts, thanks for showing...