Tina's Circle Pizzaz in Progress

I thought I'd show a quick peak of what I'm working on now.

Tina pieced this beautiful quilt as a wall hanging to gift to her beloved beauty salon. She attended the Judy Sisneros Circle Pizzaz workshop that was offered by the Westside Quilters this past August, and this quilt is her fabulous result. Tina did an amazing job piecing this quilt, her detailing is extremely precise.

I am using a "squares on top of each other" type of quiting pattern so they will appear to be behind all the circles. When complete, the circles will appear to be floating on top of the squares background. It is a labor intensive quilting design, but a real joy to do. Especially when the pieced top is so well done. I'm looking forward to the finished result on this one!

4 Fat Quarters in Harmony - Design by Sylvia Davis

This is my most recent customer quilt piecedby Sally Wright, who used a design called "4 Fat Quarters in Harmony" created by Sylvia Davis. Earlier this year, Sylvia taught this design in a class hosted by the Westside Quilters in Los Angeles. Sally used four "4 Fat Quarters in Harmony" panels, added sashing and additional coordinating side rectangle blocks to create this beautiful twin size bed quilt. I'll post a full picture of the quilt later.

Pebbles, Curves and Straight Lines

Here is my latest customer quilt in which I used a variety of quilting patterns and thread colors to enhance the overall design of the quilt top. This is an excellent example of how quilting can really bring a quilt to life and further enhance the beauty of the pieced design.

The use of pebbles, curves and straight lines add multiple layers of textures and dimension to the quilt, which basically is comprised of two colors, red and black. My philosophy in quilting is to always work with the quilt design, so it was important for me to pursue the Asian theme of the quilt and not take away from its design. As nature is a common theme in Asian art, the pebbles worked especially well in the black, creating a pattern in a solid. In regards to the straight lines with gold thread I used in the red solid, I created a different pattern for each, replicating the gold Asian Seals that are in the print scattered among the other Asian font characters.

In the picture below, the pieced quilt is on the long arm just as quilting began. By comparing the two pictures, it is easy to see how quilting allows a quilt to reach the pinnacle of its pieced design beauty and take on a personality all its own.

 The quilt was made by the fabulous Luann, who I know from the Westside Quilters.

Another Charity Quilt

What am I working on today? Another charity quilt. This one is for the Wounded Warrior Project.


This particular quilt was pieced by Nancy King, who I know through the Westside Quilters and the Santa Monica Quilt Guild.

I enjoy doing the charity quilts in between my paying customers. Not only is it an opportunity to give back, but it also allows me the chance to try out and practice new quilting designs and patterns. A win win for all -- another quilt for charity and my skills improve to benefit my customers.