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My name is Leisha, and I have been longarm machine quilting for nearly 13 years.  I also have been designing longarm pantograph designs for 4 years, with Urban Elementz

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Make Yourself at Home + Pillows

Make Yourself at Home + Pillows

Hope you’ve had a great week!!  I spent most of mine with my baby sister and her husband moving and decorating their new townhome.  It was so much fun!!  I graduated in interior design, even though I fill my work time with quilting, it’s great to do some decorating every once in awhile.   

So, I don’t have much to share with you in this week’s post.  A wall hanging and some pillow fronts.  I did freehand and or free-motion quilt them all.  I do have lots of pictures!


First up...this amazing quilt made by Jeanenne!!  It’s called Make Yourself at Home by Kimberbell Designs.  This pattern, like several of Kim’s patterns, is available in a machine embroidery or hand embroidery option.  Jeanenne did the machine embroidery version.  


My goal with the quilting on quilts like this, is to create lots of different textures that compliment one another.  Curves, pebbles, lines, ribbon candy, leaves with swirls, and grassy texture.  Love it all together!!


My favorite texture has to be the 1/2” inch random angular lines in the border.  I just love doing that on a border.  It makes such a statement.  I used Edge rulers from Linda at The Quilted Pineapple, to quilt the lines.  I did a video tutorial on quilting out these lines awhile back.  Head here to check it out: https://youtu.be/m5UXfRD_ujY 

Its also a great way to fill a large border, or random borders and sashing like I did in the video.  


Aren’t all those different angles so fun!!  Yes, I do them randomly.  No need to mark anything, just vary the angles from the ones you’ve already quilted.   


I used my 4” and 10” Circle2 (said...Circle Squared) rulers on the star blocks, pinwheels, the green quilt block, and the circular design in the 4 patch.  My Circle2 (machine quilting circle rulers) are so versatile.  Let your creativity run...and you’ll create some amazing designs with them.  

My Circle2 rulers are only available in my shop in a set of 6 ranging in size from 2”-13”:  https://www.quiltingit.com/shop  For more info on them, check out this post: https://www.quiltingit.com/blog/2018/10/10/introducing-my-circle2-longarm-circle-ruler-set  They are available in green and clear, high quality 1/4” acrylic.  They can be used on a longarm or on a sewing machine with a quilting foot.


Aren’t all those textures great together?!?!?!!!  And below is a closer look at the fun design I quilted in the 4 patch.   


I decided on a windy background for the trees...and if wind is anything like it is here, it’s going in all different directions.  Wind is fun to freehand quilt...here is another video on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/qsLJOyP62sc


I’m trying to share enough pictures, so you can see all the great designs together.  That overlapping swirl design, behind the lamp, is also a favorite of mine.  Go to this video to see how I quilt out this design:  https://youtu.be/x0UNyEJdm9Y


When I quilt a design on a quilt like this, I try to do it again at least once if not twice.  By doing so it makes the designs compliment one another and helps your eye travel as you look at it.   


I used my favorite 8020 cotton poly blend batting from Winline, and Antique Cream 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread on the entire quilt. 


I don’t like to quilt a ton inside the appliqués...the couches on this quilt got no quilting at all...yet I quilted the pot on the plants and doors on the house above.  My rule of thumb for quilting in appliqué pieces, only do it if they need it.  If they aren’t laying flat or are too big, I definitely quilt something, even if it’s just simple lines.  


I hope you’ve enjoyed this quilt!!  It’s definitely a fun quilt. 


Next up...pillows!!  Lots of them!  I actually sewed the backs together in one long piece, because they weren’t big enough to pin to the machine.  It’s also faster to quilt them all on one backing.  Below you are looking at 7 pillow fronts all in one piece because of the backings being sewn together.   I just center the pillow front on the backing, so the seam doesn’t end up on the back of the pillow.  Sherry will cut them on the seam, so then she can trim them.  


These are part of the pillow of the month kits that My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe has been doing for the past 8 months.  They may still have some of the kits available, if not, I’m sure they have the patterns.  Here is their website: https://mygirlfriendsquiltshoppe.com/


These were made by Sherry.  A lot of these pillows will get more dimensional items added to them now that they are quilted.   

Pebbles, swirls, and feathers for the background with a ribbon candy border.   

She brought batting scraps for each of these, I think it’s an 8020 cotton poly blend.  I used a white and a navy 30 tex Perma Core thread on this one, from A&E.


Next a cute witch hat!  This one is quite simple, so creating great texture was important.  I did that same line design, that I did on the border of the quilt above, on the brim of the hat.  Add some crackle, 1/2” angled lines, 1/2” squares in the spider body, and ribbon candy sashing...a great combination!  I used black and Antique Cream 30 tex Perma Core thread from A&E. 


A closer look at the angled lines on the brim. 


And squares on the spider. 


Next the Valentine pillow.  This one will have ribbons, like a bouquet of heart balloons.  


Different quilty textures in the hearts with the pebbles in the background, add interest to this pillow.  Bordering it with ribbon candy.   


Next up...this cute gnome Santa!!  He’s my favorite of the bunch.  Sherry made four of these, which makes 7 pillow fronts in total.  


I quilted that same freehand overlapping circle design in this background, link to the video is above. (With the lamp on the quilt). I added some vertical lines at 1/2”, in the hat and angled lines in the body.  The beard has a wavy design and nothing is needed for the nose and the shoes.   


The border has a repeat of these three designs, down both sides.


I used Antique Cream 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread on all 4 of these pillows.  


For those who are wondering I have a $35 minimum, and so each of these pillows are $35 to quilt.  

I’m off to quilt another quilt!!  I have some fun quilts to quilt in the next few weeks, that I’m excited to share with you.  Have a great weekend!! 

- Leisha  



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