I have procrastinated too long about showing some of the quilts and embroideries I have stitched over the last 30 years. I am now rectifying this and hope to add to my journal as quilts and creations are gradually completed. I have so many unfinished projects many of these used for teaching purposes. I have decided that after the last few years during which I have been unable to stitch as much as previously it is time to try and finish as many as possible.
I hope that you enjoy looking at some of my creations as I work through this pile! It may take some time.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Floral Visions my way

It has been a while since I last posted.  I had not photographed the projects that were finished.  Still haven't for most of them but I decided this morning that it was time, especially with a new year just starting.  So here are the photos of my version of the floral visions quilt.  Stitched on my 830.  I also added some computerised quilting designs in the wide sashing between the blocks and around the centre medallion.  I finished these sashings with free motion echo quilting.  I decided to outline quilt the outer borders and finish these with stippling.  All of the blocks had the designs outline quilted and finally free motion quilted the background for the blocks.  I had a lot of fun designing different styles for these and again what a joy to quilt using my 830.  By the way for those who want, use the dual feed and reduce your foot pressure to 30.  Works like a dream.

With the New year, my daughter has finally set a date for her wedding so for the next months I will need to work on her dress.  Her phone call to tell me that she had changed her mind and that I would love the new dress style she wanted left me wondering what.  Here is a photo of the type of dress she wants.  I don't know how it will turn out, but here's hoping.  This will be quite a departure from the type of things I have made for a long time.  If I can pull it off she will look as gorgeous as the original in the photo.


  1. Chris,
    Will you be making the dress from silk charmeuse on the bias? What color? and with the embroidery? Beautiful! Your daughter obviously recognizes your talent! Can't wait to see the results. MG

  2. HI MG
    I do plan on using silk, but as far as the colour, we need to go shopping and I haven't been able to do that these past few weeks.
    As far as the embroidery, I plan on tone on tone with several shades of the dress colour to be used.
    Hopefully I can fulfill Karinne's idea.

  3. Absolutely beautiful.Also a question regarding your quilting. What foot do you uise when you say to lower the pressure foot pressure to 30 (I do that) but you don't use the BSR? I like free motion and the dualfeed, but not sure what foot I should use.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for your comments. When I said that I lowered the foot pressure that happens when I use my BDF and #1 sewing foot. Usually when I am straight quilting eg in the ditch. Previously to this quilt I had almost always used the walking foot for any ditch quilting.
    I also love free motion quilting as you can probably tell and use the stitch regulator with the small closed metal foot. (Sometimes the choice of fabric means than you can't use the stitch regulator and then I just unplug the foot and use it any - I guess I have not got so use to it, it is easier than looking for the darning foot)
    Just remember to use the foot according to the stitch you want to use and you'll be right, hope this helps

  5. Chris,
    Your work, all of it, is amazing. The quality of your craftsmanship beautiful.
    Your daughter is so lucky to have the gown you made. Truly inspiring.
    Which embroidery machine do you use?
    I am in awe.
    Nancy in NY