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 The baby seems to be happy with the final result which made the math challenge worthwhile!

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Finding the angle

Jeanne really challenged us with this one!  She wanted this elephant quilt wall hanging to be quited with lines indicating rain showers on the entire piece, including a very specific backing. But the lines of rain needed to be at a strict 60 degree angle. Geometry to the rescue.

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IMG_5886We used the formula for a 30/60/90 triangle which helped me know the proper positioning of the quilt top on the backing/batting. It was necessary to ‘pad’ Jeanne’s quilt top with triangles which ’tilted’ the piece on our longarm machine so the 60 degree angle lines were straight-across lines,  Although it looked weird when loaded on the longarm leaders, the quilt was at the angle Jeanne wanted and gave me a perfectly straight line (using my APQS Millennium channel lock!). Thank you Euclid or Pythagoras (I don’t remember which).

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Have you ever had to use geometry to get a quilt done in a unique way?

Susan

 

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All who loves sunflowers will fall in love with this quilt! Raye designed this king size quilt herself and gave us the privilege of quilting it for her. It was a gift to her daughter. Note the intensive use of batiks throughout the top. She wanted it quilted in as elegant way as possible, with different designs in each of the separate area.s and borders, no trivial feat.

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She was quite pleased with it, as were we.

Susan

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Sisters cropped rectangleWhat a busy two weeks! First the grand opening of our new APQS longarm studio in Cedar Park, Texas for all of our Central Texas clients. Now Quiltcon at the Austin Convention Center – Thursday, February 19th through Sunday February 21st.

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QuiltconPlease come visit us at booth 211. We like to see you and hear your experiences using longarms in unusual ways, from assembling quilts, quilting quilts, to creating quilted fabrics for so many uses. And having fun doing it. We’d love to hear what you think we should be doing, now that we’ve expanded our services for you. Chris and Susan will be there along with a number of experts from the APQS family.

We’ll have 3 APQS longarm machines for you to see and experience.

We were mentioned in the Austin American Statesman article on Quiltcon and modern quilting. We think that’s pretty cool!

See you at Quiltcon?! We hope so!

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Terri's Horse Ribbon Quilt

Terri brought us a very packed box of ribbons she and her horse had won over the years and asked that we create a quilted wall hanging from them.  She had already done some research on Pinterest looking for a design but when she walked into our studio and saw a wall hanging we had created a few years ago, she knew she had her design choice.

Each ribbon had to be disassembled from its rosette, cutting through the wires and cardboard that held the winning ribbon together. Using the simple flip and sew method on a foundation of muslin, we set about using as many ribbons as possible in each block.  The challenge came in the ironing; these ribbons are made of acetate and therefore, melt pretty quickly under a hot iron.Center Rosette

Once the quilt top was completed and a simple meander done using our APQS Millennium, we tackled the rosettes. Choosing the biggest one for the center position, we added others to the block intersections and carefully spaced some more in the borders.

Voila, a lovely, colorful, vibrant wall hanging filled with memories of decades of horse competitions. Unfortunately, since Terri had ribbons in her box from 1976, we had to send her home with lots of  leftovers.   She was a very accomplished horse-woman! Maybe there will be another quilt creating challenge in our future.  She surely loved the one we made for her!

Susan

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This wonderful color gradation quilt with all it’s curves and points, presented a variety of quilting design challenges. With Betsy’s counsel, we decided on free floating circles of all sizes and intersections. This design followed the modern quilt feel of the piecing and was a true departure from other quilts we had done for Betsy.

But making free hand perfect circles was beyond our skill, that’s for sure! APQS’ Quilt Path to the rescue!!! Once we learned that a circle is no more than a many sided polygon, we programmed that into Quilt Path and the rest was super easy.

The creativity and excitement came with the varied placement of the circles, how they could change in size and connect. It was fun to dance across the quilt, enhancing the flow of the design with celestial orbs completing the theme of flow and movement

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Susan and Chris

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20120618-215414.jpgAlthough today is officially Earth Day, at Over The Top Quilting Studio, we seem to be in Earth Year!     That’s because so many of our projects involve the recycling of T-Shirts into graduation/special occasion quilts.   This is a wonderful way to clean out your drawers and closets while still preserving the memories associated with the shirt.     Our clients bring us bags and bags of shirts and walk away with a wonderful, soft quilt.     A perfect combination of memory and practicality.IMG_2231

20120509-184500.jpgAnd then there are the memory quilts which frequently are a composition of clothing from a loved one.   We are privileged to be able to use old clothes which would likely wind up in a landfill somewhere and reconfigure the pieces into a useable quilt.   This allows  the receiver to wrap themselves with the feel of their loved one or have a wall hanging to preserve the thoughts forever.

Marie Z 2We have lots of fun with the clothing quilts where a Mom wants to preserve the memories of her child’s younger years.    These types of quilts really let creativity to flow, trying to figure out ways to highlight some of the more interesting aspects of a piece of clothing.

IMG_2368Our message to you on this Earth Day is – clean out those drawers and closets and make a quilt!

 

Susan

 

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A quilt made from  a wedding dress?!?  Sure.    We can do that.

That’s what we said to Dana when she brought us her almost 25 year old wedding dress, still in the box from the dry cleaners from all those many years ago.  But her request was a little different;  she wanted a wall hanging completely made from the fabric in her gown.  She also wanted a very minimalist design, making the fabric itself the star of the quilt by using as much of the uncut skirt fabric to define the size limits.  We also decided that the flowers needed to be three dimensional. 

Since this was to be a Memory Quilt, she wanted to evoke the colors of the entire wedding, including her flowers. And she wanted us to find a way of including the calla lilies she carried on that special day.  One more requirement:  use only very muted colors.   We were able to meet all these requests, especially the beautifully perfect straight background lines, using the channel lock feature of our APQS Millennium longarm machine.

This wall hanging is the result and we are happy to say that it exceeded Dana’s expectations!  Lots of tears and hugs were shared when we recently presented the final product to her.

But there’s more to the story.  When we first met Dana, we were able to share

 the excitement of freeing her wedding dress from it’s box in our Studio. That of course led to many stories of Dana, her dress (all hand made with beautiful lace and beads) and her current life.   We noticed a very unusual  and colorful tattoo on her leg – it  was of a chef holding a salt shaker with salt drops coming of it in 3D!   We then discovered that Dana has been trained as a chef and in particular as a baker.   In fact, she is developing many creative and intriguing recipes for brownies and expects to be publishing a cookbook with these recipes very soon.  To get a preview of her delicious treats, sign up for her blog at http://cookingwithintensity.blogspot.com.

The technical definition of quilting is the joining together of three layers of fabric with stitches.   We at Over The Top Quilting Studio continue to discover how rich that world can be – rich in the joy of the end product, rich in the ‘discovery’ of new people, and in this case, rich in the tastes of succulent baked brownies!

Susan

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