Can I just open by saying that I have the world’s best job? Honestly. I see such amazing quilts come in and this one, pieced by the very accomplished piecer AND quilter, Joyce Hite, had me step back and admire the absolutely perfect paper piecing and precision in construction. I mean, it sat as flat as a sheet of paper. It was spotlessly ironed and is just an amazing rendition in solids of Judy Neimeyer’s Feathered Goose. Usually, a JN quilt is done in batiks, but this was such a treat to see in solids. It was striking:
My client has shown in national quilt shows and her work, both piecing and quilting, is simply astounding to look at, so receiving this one from her to help her lighten the quilting load was exciting and daunting at the same time. I mean, how could I possibly present a finished product as nicely as she constantly does? Well, I championed my enthusiasm and jumped in with an acetate overlay to sketch out my ideas. Once my client and I had our decisions made, it was loaded onto the longarm with Quilters Dream Blend batting and stitched out on my new 26″ Innova with Glide thread, top and bottom. 251,010 stitches and 15.25 hours later, this 60″x60″ quilt was done!…though it had shrunk to 59″ due to all the quilting 🙂
Here it is:
Quite the amazing result, don’t you think? While I’m still getting comfortable with this new longarm and how it moves, I think it is going to be one fantastic machine. Here are some detail shots:
This is my view as the freemotion quilting takes place. One thing that I love about this Innova is it’s field of vision. Look at that! You can see! Even this open-toe hopping foot is tall enough for ruler work, which is great when you need to see where you are stitching, which, for me, is all the time 🙂
Such fun colors with such depth of hue and perfect saturation. Here are a few more shots:
You can see the mix of ruler work and freemotion. The diagonal lines were placed 1/4″ of an inch apart, making for some dense quilting.
I chose to quilt the five medallions a little on the light side to give a break to all the dense areas and allow them to stand up a bit on the quilt. The curly cues were a new fill for me, but all it took was a few minutes of practice on a fat quarter I loaded before I got how they traveled. I rather like that fill!
Some of these cream points were rather small, but that didn’t stop me from feathering them! Like Joyce Hite, I much prefer dense quilting and this quilt certainly had a bit of that.
As if this all wasn’t some pretty cool news, I have even more news to share… The Threadworks Factory and this 26″ Innova with Lightening Stitch will be sporting an Intelliquilter computer on it in the next few weeks. I will be able to stitch both freemotion AND digitally (and even on the same quilt!) in just a few week’s time. I’m thrilled to make this addition to my company and I know this partnership of this servo driven computer will create amazing things for you.
Shoot me an email if you’d like to entertain me quilting your next top.
Have a great day and I hope you have a little time with which to be creative!