Seems a little off to me, but maybe that’s just me. I guess, when your customer owns this Christmas quilting website (Quilted Christmas), your mind is never far from the 25th of December. And, so goes this next quilt. This was a digital panel that my customer brought to me, hoping that I could make this panel look like a quilt in time for the launch of this new Moda pattern.
She requested a double layer of batting and a quilting job that would render this as much of a pieced quilt look as possible. So, we brought out two layers of batting: Quilters Dream Blend for the base and Quilters Dream Wool for the top layer.
My customer has many years in the quilting business and knew exactly how she’d like this quilted, so I took her inputs and worked them up in my style of longarming. As you learn longarming, you’ll learn that you have your own unique style, much like your own handwriting, and while you can vary the look of things, they begin to take on a very identifiable trademark of sorts. I guess I am no different and I am beginning to see that!
This digital panel from Moda, called Sugar Plum Christmas, needed a lot of stitch in the ditch in order to pop each “piece” as though it were appliqué and not remain in the “printed” look it started life as. Ditchwork is tedious and tiring and often requires rulers. When it’s a digital print like this one, there is no ditch to guide yourself along in, so it’s even slower and more tedious. We plodded along…
You would think, by now, that I would remember to take a picture of the quilt top BEFORE it is quilted, but I seem to be lacking a few extra brain cells with which to record something like that. So, let us all just skip ahead a bit and give the reveal!
Without further adieu, here is:
This was fully free motion custom quilted, as I do not have a computer on my longarm. Glide thread was used throughout and there were just 2 colors used–red and white. The border spine was pre-marked with a Bohin chalk pencil and that was it. Let’s look at the details a bit closer up:
And here are some even closer images:
I placed a freemotion holly and curl spine in the red borders and it added such a cute touch. I also echoed the stars to help pop the out a bit more.
Well, that does it for this installment of “What Came Off My Longarm”. Until next time, I hope that you get the chance to be creative!
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