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Jennae's Friendship Quilt

I am a lucky lady to have a lovely group of quilting friends in my life. Nothing beats having the support and camaraderie of friends that care for one another. One of the things I love about our group is that when someone is having a particularly rough time, we all work together to make a quilt for them. You can see the first such quilt here.

This time it was Jennae's turn. Her tastes run more modern, so we modified Up, Up, and Away by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts. The original pattern can be found in Sunday Morning Quilts, coauthored by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. For our version, we used larger pieces, and we added solid setting triangles around the outside.

This was the perfect quilt for a group project. Emily snuck us each a baggie of solid squares already cut to size at a quilt guild meeting. Once we got home, we each raided our stashes for bright batiks to sew the wonky triangles.

I love that the quilt includes a little bit of each of us in the form of our scraps. Our personalities come out in our fabric choices, as well as how we sewed them. Some of us sewed all of the triangles as straight as we could, some of us sewed at a little bit of an angle, and Julie made hers as wonky as possible. The sizes, angles, and colors are all so different, yet they go together so well, just like our diverse personalities fit together in our friendship.

One of the reasons this was such a perfect group quilt was that all of the blocks were guaranteed to be the same size. When we got them all back, they went together like a dream. Emily came over to press while I sewed, and we were able to assemble the top in a day.

We didn't want to take too much time on the back, but we also didn't want it to be boring. We added a stripe of batik charms to break up the yardage and give it a pop of brightness. Even a tiny bit of piecing can make a huge difference on the back of a quilt.

I quilted it all over with a pantograph called Dizzy Izzy by Jessica Schick. It complements the modern feel of the quilt and provides great texture. This has quickly become one of my favorite designs for adding movement and texture without competing with the piecing design.

I've always maintained that the label is one of the most important parts of a quilt, but this time I have a confession to make. I forgot Emily's name! I can't believe I left her off. Thank goodness she has a good sense of humor! We're planning to get her name added at some point, but it hasn't happened yet. For now, the label reads:

Made with love for Jennae Liberty.
When life gets tough, we've got your back.
Made by Julie Eik, Linda Beck, Denise Stenzel, Barbara Beller, and Bobbi Bridgeman.
Bozeman, Montana
April, 2017

When we were ready to present the quilt, we arranged to meet at Starbucks for coffee before the quilt guild meeting. We should definitely do that more often! It was a great opportunity to spend some time together, and we surprised Jennae with her quilt while we were there.

I'm happy to say that Jennae loved the quilt. There's something special about making a quilt for another quilter. I'm glad that she loves it, and that she can wrap up in our friendship any time she needs a hug.

Edge to Edge Quilting Favorites

This is day three of my week in the New Quilter's Blog Hop, and I'm having fun by sharing a new post every day. I introduced myself on Monday, and I shared some of my favorite custom quilting projects yesterday. Today I would like to share a few of my favorite edge to edge quilting designs.

Edge to edge designs are a great way to add interest and texture to many quilts. With so many great designs out there, it's easy to find one to suit whatever quilt you're working on.

Most of the quilts I'm about to show were made by my customers, and all of them were quilted by me. This is a picture heavy post, so I'm going to let the quilts speak for themselves. The vital information about the quilts can be found in the caption below each one.

Swirls and Circles

Quilting Design: Dizzy Izzy by Jessica Schick
Quilt Makers: Emily Stark, Julie Eik, Denise Stenzel, Linda Beck, Barbara Beller, and Bobbi Bridgeman (that's me!)
Quilt Pattern: Based on Up, Up, and Away from Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts and Cheryl Arkison.
Notes: We worked together to make this encouragement quilt for Jennae Liberty.

Quilting Design: Alex by Anne Bright
Quilt Maker: Barbara Beller
Quilt Pattern: Pleasantville by Kimberly Einmo

Quilting Design: Champagne Bubbles by Kristin Hoftyzer
Quilt Maker: Sharon Stoneberger
Quilt Pattern: Roller Rink from Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson.
Notes: This is the back of the quilt. To see the front, check out this blog post.
Fun Fact: Champagne Bubbles was the very first thing I quilted with my longarm, and it's still one of my favorite designs.

Quilting Design:  Calliope by Patricia Ritter  Quilt Maker:  Barbara Beller  Quilt Pattern:  This is a modified version of Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs of  Turning Twenty .

Quilting Design: Calliope by Patricia Ritter
Quilt Maker: Barbara Beller
Quilt Pattern: This is a modified version of Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs of Turning Twenty.

Stars

Quilting Design: Swinging on a Star
Quilt Maker: Barbara Beller
Quilt Pattern: Belle Wave by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Quilting Design: Sparkle by Anne Bright
Quilt Maker: Bobbi Bridgeman (that's me!)
Quilt Pattern: Serendipity by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Notes: I made this quilt for a sweet friend and just recently gave it to her. I'm hoping to blog about it next week, then I will add a link here to view the quilt top.

Nature

Quilting Design: Excited by Anne Bright
Quilt Maker: Colleen Kimm
Quilt Pattern: Café Au Lait
Notes: I haven't been able to find this pattern to credit the designer. If you know who the designer is, I would love to hear from you!

Quilting Design: Greenhouse by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
Quilt Maker: Debbie Schultz
Quilt Pattern: None

Holiday

Quilting Design: Gossamer by Hermione Agee
Quilt Maker: Debbie Schultz
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: This quilting design is the perfect choice for any Halloween quilt!

Quilting Design: Heart to Heart by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman
Quilt Maker: Tese Shekitka
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: Tese designed this quilt for a wedding, and she pulled all of the colors from the bride's bouquet. You can see more of this quilt here.

Novelty

Quilting Design: Bicycles and Hills by Marci Gore
Quilt Maker: Bonnie Andes
Quilt Pattern: Disappearing Hourglass by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Notes: If you would like to see more, I wrote all about this quilt here.

Quilting Design: Modern Volleyball by Jessica Schick
Quilt Maker: Bobbi Bridgeman (that's me!)
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: I made this quilt on commission for Nancy. She gave it to her daughter at senior night for her college volleyball team. You can read more here, and even see a picture of Rachel with her quilt.

Quilting Design: Paw Prints by Judy Vallely
Quilt Maker: Cathie Heier
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: The fabric in this quilt is Miss Kitty's Colors by Marie Cole for Henry Glass.

So what do you think? I would love to know which designs spoke to you. On your own projects, do you find yourself going for custom quilting or edge to edge quilting more often?