Can you say, “Shop Hop”?

Well, can you?  I can….sorta.  You see, this next blog is about a quilt I longarmed for my favorite local quilt shop, The Little Shop of Stitches, which is nestled in the quaint downtown area of Miamisburg, Ohio.  Go to http://www.thelittleshopofstitches.com to peruse the store if you’d like.

In just four year’s time, Jennifer Davis has grown this store three times and expanded all facets of her quilting offerings.  From fabric to tools to classes to sewing machines, it’s the place to quilt, socialize and get great advice.

The Little Shop will be a vendor at a huge event in the Dayton, Ohio area called “Ohio One Stop Shop Hop” in October and Jennifer let me do the honors of quilting this special piece.  She told me, “Do your thing” and that’s just what I did.

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As with all of my custom work, I started the design phase by taking a picture of the quilt and printing it out.  On that print, I doodled ideas until I was content with my decisions.  Next came a clear acetate sheet that I laid over the quilt top and doodled on with dry-erase markers to get the actual scale set for the various components.  I labeled on that acetate any dimensions necessary and was all set.

First came stitching in the ditch.  this helped form up the various spools of thread, set up the borders and stabilize all the layers of the sandwich.  Next up was doing the fill work for the spools of thread.

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After that, the REAL  fun began…loads and loads of interior feathers.  I harkened to Judi Madsen and her interesting feather combinations to produce something similar.  I’m not nearly as talented as her, but I certainly draw inspiration from what she creates.

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With the interior complete, the border was tackled.  I chose a circle-in-circle design that I like to call “olives” in the colored 1″ wide borders and then placed a Bethanne Nemesh style molar feather and curls into the outside black border.  Paying homage to Jamie Wallen, I met the feathers up at the mid-points of the width and length with curls.

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From the back, it took on a very special look, due to two different threads used in the bobbin.  I just love the detail of the back.

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It was such fun to get to do this quilt and I’m excited that it will hang at the Ohio One Stop Shop Hop, held at the Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH on October 14 and 15, 2016.  Go to http://www.ohioonestopshophop.com to learn more.   Better yet, go to the shop hop to see this in person!

You all have a great day!