Mary Landon Quilts

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Pantograph Quilting

A few weeks ago, I did some quilting for friends/customers.  I think they look fantastic, and just more proof that many quilts benefit from pantos rather than custom quilting.    This first quilt, in particular, might look great with custom quilting, but if your budget doesn’t allow for it, I think this panto looks fantastic on this top, and makes it soft and comfy.  

The next three quilts were all done with the same panto.  I found it in my panto drawer, and forgot I had it.  I love it!  I think it is called Bubbles by Hermione Agee.  

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The Next Generation of Male Quilters

Both of my grandsons love to run a sewing machine.  Each of them made a similar eye spy quilt, starting out by sitting on my lap, then standing in front of me, and finally advancing to sitting at the machine and running the foot pedal themselves.  The seam allowances weren’t perfect, but its okay!  My older grandson felt a bit funny by the time we finished, but I think I’ve got him turned around so he knows it’s not just a girl thing. 

Here is Devin, and the back of his quilt has pheasants and hunting dogs printed on the fleece.

Here is Landon, and his backing fleece is of fish and fishing poles.  

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Vintage Quilting – My $1 Practice Piece

I found this eyelet table scarf at a thrift store for only $1!  Here she is iwth a third place ribbon at the Big Sky Quilt Retreat and Show in Billings, MT.  It was entered in the machine quilting category.

 I knew I had to quilt it with lots of feathers.  

My process was fairly quick, but I did take the time to mark it first. This is my plexiglass drawing mat that I place over the quilt top and draw on with dry erase markers.  I use it to try  it various designs.  

This is the piece after I’ve made some preliminary markings.  I dew a flower, and then traced it with tissue paper.  I laid that under the white table scarf and drew out each flower.

Here it is from the back.  I faced it, and this was the first time I attempted facing a quilt rather than traditional binding.

And a few close ups.  This fun little vintage quilt hung at the UQSM show in Utah earlier this month, but didn’t ribbon.  That’s okay, I learned quite a bit from the judge’s comments.

Do You Use Bloglovin’?

I have to be honest, I never used Bloglovin’ to follow others’ blogs, but I have noticed that many of you use it to read my blog among others.  Maybe it wouldn’t have been necessary for me to switch to WordPress? Maybe I could have used it rather than Blogger to post pictures?  In any event, I’m adding my new blog to Bloglovin’. 

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Wild in Montana 

My little art quilt won an Honorable Mention in the Best of the Valley Show in Lindsay, CA last month.  It was a judged show, and I really appreciated getting feedback.  This is from a pattern and class by Barbara Olson.  The class taught us how to turn under all the appliqué pieces and machine quilt them.  We also learned to try to be fearless with our fabric choices.  I’m trying to update my blog as I find the time, but am looking for help.  Do you know an easy way to show which blogs you follow and to add them to your reading list?  I have many on my blogger list, but I’m having trouble finding them in WordPress.  Thanks for your help.

I am back to blogging!

I just moved my blog from blogger to this new wordpress site, and it couldn’t have been easier.  Yes for wordpress!



A Major Milestone in My Life!

Over the past few years I’ve been studying quilt shows and show quilts; studying winning quilts and non-winning quilts.  The desire to enter a quilt into a national show has been growing bit by bit.  This quilt didn’t start out as a show quilt, but as I worked on it,  and I spent many, many hours more on this quilt than any other, I thought why not now?  I am the type of person who likes to challenge myself.  I don’t enjoy just stitching fabric together so much anymore.  So, I finally made the leap.

I decided to enter this into MQX because I’ve heard that their show was one of the best, and its focus is the machine quilting.  I also thought I’d take advantage of the Emerging Entrants category since it won’t always be able to do so.  I was so shocked to see that my quilt was getting an award, and then as I watched the live awards presentation on Facebook, I was stunned to hear my name called last for first place!!  

I named this quilt Made in Voyage because it’s my first attempt at a national show, and the fact that I made it over the course of, say, 18 months while traveling back and forth between Montana and California.  It is all done with my hand-guided longarm.  Most of the blocks are paper pieced.  I added some needleturn appliqué in the borders, and piped binding.  After I finished it, while it was drying during the blocking process, it bled!  Oh no!  Thankfully I had read articles by Vicki Welch and Margaret Gunn on how to fix the bleed.  Dawn dish soap to the rescue!  

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