Friday, July 20, 2012

SWOON quilting preview..

A couple of weekends ago, I picked up my SWOON quilt from the machine quilter in Sonoma. For that huge quilt, she charged me next to nothing, and I have to show you some pics of her quilting.  A preview if you will.. since I don't want to post a pic of the whole thing until I get the binding done. :)

She does it all by freehand, no computerized quilting or anything.  And occasionally she quilts a little surprise into it for you..

Take a look..

Do you see the dragon fly?  Here is a closer look.

And I don't know if this was intentional..the quilter herself wasn't at the quilt shop to talk to when I picked it up.  But this kind of reminds me of a butterfly and only appears a couple of times in the quilt as well..

Maybe I am just imagining it..

I'm so glad I didn't attempt to do this one myself, on my little machine.  I love how it turned out and can't wait to finish the binding.  I think I have enough of the backing left to bind it, so the binding will be red dots.

Here are a couple more pics of the quilting.

I'm so happy with how it turned out, and can't wait to finish the binding and post a full picture of it. 

Also, I have to tell you about the yummy appetizers we made while at my MIL's.  You all probably already do this..  I saw it on pinterest..  You take mozzarella cheese (we got it fresh from the farmer's market from Petaluma.. soo good!) and you cube it, and put it on skewers with fresh tomatoes, and a basil leaf.  Tomatoes were from the farmer's market as well, and the basil leaves from my MIL's plant.  Then you drizzle them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar..  sooooo good!  And they look so pretty.  And so easy too! And check out those cute reusable picks that my MIL had.. never know what I'm going to find there!

These were for her.. she doesn't like tomatoes, which I find incredibly ironic considering she is half Italian and half Mexican. I mean.. what gives? lol

It was such a fun weekend.. we are looking forward to going back in a couple of weeks.  And I might just have to stop by that quilt shop again on the way.. :o)

Buster is getting used to hanging out in the parking lot with my hubby while I hang out inside with my son. 

And my son is getting used to running around the inside of the store taking pics with my phone. Here is one he took of the train table that they have there to play with, another favorite of his.. 

I love a family routine that involves stopping at a quilt shop!!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Raewyn said...

Oh the quilting does look gorgeous, kelli. Those little personal touches are so cool. Your appetisers sound yummy and love the little picks they are on. Great that your family enjoy quilt shopping with you... you have them well trianed!!

I see that Buster likes going for a ride as much as Dolly does.

Oh I saw the dragonfly straight away, love it! I want a road trip with you guys lol

Melody said...

Such beautiful quilting. Lovely to see sweet Buster again.

Kristy QP said...

Oh that quilting is amazing! Loving the dragonfly and butterfly - just beautiful.

I think the fact that the quilt shop has a train table in it is fabulous. My 4 year old probably wouldn't complain half as much about fabric shopping if there was one of those there!

Hilachas said...

Your Swoon is lovely. What a great job you did and what a great job the quilter did. WTG!

Lisa Lisa said...

Kelli! That quilt is beautiful!!! Love it! I saw the dragonfly right away....before I read your blip about it. Are you keeping this quilt?

Patti said...

Oh, Kelli! How absolutely gorgeous is that quilt!! The little hidden treasures make it even more precious. No wonder you are thrilled! Can hardly wait to see it bound and in all it's glory!

Manda said...

Your quilt looks fantastic. Love those hidden extras can't wait to see the whole thing!

Cannot wait to see the whole quilt! From what I have seen so far it´s lovely! I´d like to have a longarm quilter close by, too...

I can't wait for the big reveal!!!

Fiona said...

The quilting does look lovely.... so fun looking for those special hidden treasures...

Wendy said...

The quilting on your swoon block looks amazing, I can't wait to see the completed quilt. Those appetisers look yum!

Gayle said...

The quilting is is georgeous, can't wait to see the whole quilt.

Kris said...

Oh, wow!! The quilting on your Swoon quilt is magnificent!! And I love that she does it all freehand!! The dragon fly is perfect - and freehand!! Wow!! Can't wait to see the quilt all done!!

Perfect family outing! LOL, and I just always LOVE it when you include Buster.

I love it when the long arm quilter does free hand. So creative!

Allison said...

love the dragonfly & butterfly - the quilting is beautiful!

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