Today we have up a recent finish on a custom quilting job done on a red and white quilt. This quilt is from a good customer of mine who works in the quilting industry and will be selling a book entitled “Red, White and Quilted”, by Linda Lasco. My customer (www.quiltedchristmas.com), fell in love with a quilt in that book, quilted by the world renowned longarmer, Margaret Solomon Gunn, and wanted her quilt longarmed just like Margaret did it.
So, it was up to me to study the picture and mark out this quilt for such a fantastic design produced by Ms. Gunn. Onto the frame it went, and half a workweek later, it rolled off absolutely stunning. Everything was quilted with rulers and freemotion. I do not have a computer on my BRAND NEW Innova longarm currently. (If you’re interested in checking Innova longarms out, you can visit www.accomplishquilting.com.)
I used two layers of quilters dream batting… blend on the bottom and wool on the top… to give great relief. I also used glide thread in three colors: white, red and an aged gold thread.
Without further delay, here are the results:
The quilting process involved rulerwork first on the diamond areas in order to keep things as straight as possible.
Once the rulerwork was done, it was off to fill all of the areas of quilting. A simple continuous curve pattern was run in many of the red and white squares, followed with a running feather placed around two of the focal diamonds in the larger white blocks.
The centers of the focal diamonds were microquilted into a very dense fill so that they were nearly embroidered. Feathers and pebbles were placed around it.
The feathers had a slight arc of their spine to help give them just a touch of movement. the spine of these feathers was marked with a water soluble “Mark-B-Gone” pen, but no rulers were used to stitch the feathers out… the spine marking was simply there to help guide me.
I just loved the detail work in the quilting. Margaret Solomon Gunn did a fantastic job of quilting the original out and it was inspiring to recreate her work.
My customer brought me the most lovely backing fabric and I just adored the end result.
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