Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Latest Publication

I designed this for MakeModern Magazine Issue 8 and it was published.  A good friend of mine, R. Cottongim of A Quilter's Chaos did the piecing for me.  It's great what comes about when friends work together.

This photo shoot was a lot of fun!  Our horses really liked the colors of the quilt and kept checking it out -- much more interesting to them than their saddle blankets that mean "work"!  I had no idea horses liked color as much as I do -- or that they knew how to "Photobomb!"


Photobombers!!!!!



It is true...."Quilting makes the quilt!"

If you would like for me to quilt for you, quits can be scheduled at {gsmower[at]netzero[dot]com}.

Or...schedule on Facebook:

I also have a Facebook page where I can be easily contacted for quilt scheduling.

Modern Tradition Quilts on Facebook

Happy Quilting!

-Shannon

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Latest Customer Quilt

Here are some photos of my latest customers' quilt.  It was a very interesting quilt, with very 1970's colors and very bold African-style prints.  We chose to do my Mix'N'Match style of quilting on it.  It is a simplified custom style -- but without the heirloom cost.  What is the difference?  Well, the back-fills are not as tight as in heirloom quilting...but it still gives a custom effect.

The leaf vine quilted in the sashing gave it an organic feel.

I choose to let the fabrics dictate the quilting.  While you can't see it very well in the pictures, printed rectangles were quilted using the "dot to dot" technique while motifs such as the bird and diamond were outlined.

This is the same picture without my drawing thread-paths on it.

I still love backs more than tops!  They are the "surprise" present of the quilt.  It shows the real detail put into the project.

The leaf-vine was outlined from the fabric prints on the front of the quilt.

It is true...."Quilting makes the quilt!"

If you would like for me to quilt for you, quits can be scheduled at {gsmower[at]netzero[dot]com}.

Or...schedule on Facebook:

I also have a Facebook page where I can be easily contacted for quilt scheduling.

Modern Tradition Quilts on Facebook

Happy Quilting!

-Shannon

Monday, April 25, 2016

Edge to Edge Quilting

Hello!

Well, I did it!  I chose to put my family first and my teaching career on hold.  I was offered a pretty fancy teaching position then decided that my children still needed their mommy at home.

After studying my church's teachings on how important it is to be a mom, I left the teaching profession.  When the doors of the high school I teach at close in June, I will be out of work.

That means...

I have time to quilt!

I decided to do free-hand edge-to-edge only (for now, perhaps adding Pantographs and Mix'N'Match later).  My services begin at $0.015 per square inch.  If you need mail-order, it is a $30.00 return postage.  Also, my minimum charge is $30.00 (for wall hangings and et. cetera.)

I also have a Facebook page where I can be easily contacted for quilt scheduling.

Modern Tradition Quilts on Facebook

Here are some photos...
















Monday, April 4, 2016

Who Knew?


So...what am I going to try that is "NEW" this month?  I am going to load a hand-sewn Mother's Flower Garden quilt top on my frame and quilt it.  I'm a little worried because the antique hand-sewn seams are frayed.  In the long run, machine quilting it will be a good idea, but if I stretch it too tightly on the frame...it could be drama.  I am sharing this blog post over at the Pink Doxies Brave Quilter link party.

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Who knew?

Not me!

Apparently Michael Miller Fabrics has a new fabric line out called Melodies.  Without telling me, they decided to use the my Ohio Star Burst Pattern to showcase the fabrics.

That is great, but shouldn't they tell someone .. me...the author?  Where did they find my pattern?  After all, this is such a small blog.  I can't even afford to buy Michael Miller Fabrics.  LOL  I am flattered that they like the pattern and chose to promote it, just taken aback.  What a surprise.

Well, here is their version:  (It's a good thing I found it on Google Images or I NEVER would have known).


And...here is my version...




I designed my Diamond quilt at the same time...so I added it for pictures too.  My husband loved this one, and it is still on our bed.






Well, have a nice day!
  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I Promise I'm Not Dead!

Thank you for those of you who are patient followers of my blog -- and even for those that were kind enough to send me an email to see if I was still quilting.

I had to take a 9 month hiatus from my  blog.  As you recall, I started a Master's degree last winter and I will graduate May 1st!  Yay!  All done!  Because of that degree, I was offered a job to teach high school science at my local school district.  Yes, the first year is completely nuts -- and with juggling 4 kids -- and all of the master's degree work, all I did was made it to my neighborhood monthly block of the month party.  So sad!

Now...that is done and I am debating what I should do for the future.  Can I juggle both quilting and teaching school?  Should quilting go back to the hobby side of life only?  (This means I can take the time to quilt my tops how I want them instead of rushing through and doing an edge to edge because I have customers waiting).  Should I start machine quilting again?  I am seriously thinking about re-opening my machine quilting business (although I wrote that previous post about why I quit it) - but as EDGE TO EDGE ONLY.  The only problem is that when clients see my custom work -- they only want custom work at edge-to-edge prices.  That reason is why I left the business.  Can I do edge to edge only?   I still get calls and although I haven't written blog posts, I still have had some good things happen.

One of my patterns was published in print in an actual book!  That was an amazing "Bucket-List" feat for me.  The book is "Fast, Fun and Gifty" from Connecting Threads and can be exclusively purchased HERE.



My Swiss Chocolate Table Runner was published from Connecting Threads and can be exclusively downloaded HERE.


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So...my question, to all of you remaining blog followers is, do you remember how I hosted a weekly link party?  Did you enjoy that?  Would you like me to bring it back?  I would probably do it on a monthly basis -- instead of weekly.

Also, do you prefer me writing about longarm quilting techniques, fabric or new patterns?

Thanks!

Happy Quilting!

-Shannon