Let’s Go Visit Arcadia Avenue

Today’s blog is a very special one to me, with a custom quilt that I was told by my client, the amazing Geri Schick, to do my thing on because she had faith in me.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have clients that have that kind of trust.  Piecing a top takes a lot of both time and money and to be put in care of this next step in the process is just an amazing feeling.

Before I show you the final results, I really want to take you on a “walk” to Arcadia Avenue (the pattern name for this quilt!) and show you a few aspects of prepping for a custom quilt job.  Let’s get started!

When a quilt comes in, I like to take some time with my customer to go over the things they like to see for quilting patterns (traditional/modern, feathers/flowers/lines, pebbles/swirls, etc.) and the things they don’t care for.  In learning just that, I can start to formulate ideas.  Sometimes, I’ll ink those ideas onto clear acetate and place it over the quilt, to show right on the spot.  Other times, I need to let the quilt “marinate” in my mind and stew around for a bit before I present the ideas in the form of an email with pictures.  Once my client agrees with my design ideas, the quilt gets marked, loaded, and quilted.  Let me show you first this quilt, as it was, before quilting.  You may be able to see some faint chalk lines in the blue areas:IMG_2522

This quilt is what I consider to be fairly heavy custom quilting, all freemotion, so the quilt had to be marked with linework to define the spines of feathers and other rulerwork.  First, I lay a piece of clear acetate over the quilt and mark my idea with a dry erase marker.  I then use my rulers and place them on the designs to determine the size of circle rulers to use and the spacing that will exist between straight lines.  I write on that acetate those dimensions so that I know as I roll the quilt and lose view of what has been done:

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Then, I lay those rulers on the quilt, center them along the centerline so that they are equally spaced along that centerline from side to side and I mark on the quilt where the spine rests:IMG_2525

Time to stitch that spine with the ruler:IMG_2530

Next, I get to stitch the feathers in along that spine and fill up the quilt with all the quilting detail.  For each of the pieced hexagons, I did the same thing…marking my design out on acetate over the quilt so that I knew how I wanted to treat each area.  Here are the finished results:

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And, the closer details:IMG_2571

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And, the amazing paper piecing of Geri Schick and how each hexagon was quilted:IMG_2568

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I am really pleased with the results.  I am so happy that Geri Schick decided to bring this quilt to me and I would love to see this hanging at a future show so that I pay it a visit once again…  It’s always nice to get to see quilts like this again and they’re missed once they go out the door with their owner 🙂

If you have a quilt you’d like to send my way, please go to my “contact me” tab and drop me an email.  I would love to bring your quilt top to life.

Have a fantastic day and I hope you get the time to be creative.

As The Sun Rises

I can see some amazing things taking place here at The Threadworks Factory.  First, my new Intelliquilter digital quilting software and tablet are now here and installed perfectly by the amazing Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham of Classic Quilt Studio.  Servo driven, I can engage or detach the motors with the click of a box and just two seconds of my time.  Servo driven means utmost accuracy.  The stitching is gorgeous.  I can edge to edge or custom quilt digitially, as well as free-motion now!  Second, I have seen, over this past month, an increase in customer requests, which tickles me pink.   I am truly blessed to be getting in amazing quilts.  Thank you one and all!

This will be a short post on a quilt that recently came off frame.  A delightful Hunter Star done in batiks with a Kaffe Fassett backing.  Vibrant and cheery has nothing on this quilt.  The request was made by my customer, the talented Karen Gottschall, to do what I could to pop out the hunter stars and to stitch this in an Omni Variegated thread and use a quilters dream wool batting.  After the A-OK from Karen as to my thoughts of the custom quilting, the quilt was loaded.  Here is my view as the fun is about to start in this sunrise colored quilt:

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And, here is the final result for this 56″ x 56″ quilt!  Since the stars were quilted with the same fabric as the other pieces, the only way to give some sort of pop to them was to stitch in the ditch around them and leave them otherwise untouched, so that they would spring up from the other quilted areas.  It was the best I could do.

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A bit of detail.  I simply placed vertical lines (known as piano keys) in the narrow pink border to help separate the feathers that were installed in the body from the feather in the border.  It helps to vary curved and straight stitching so that there is added interest and I think the marriage between the two worked perfectly.

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And even more detail:

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And, here is the fun, fun, fun back. This is honestly two quilts in one:

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Thank you for stopping in and seeing what I am up to.  We have six more custom quilts in the cue, so check back over the next month!

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If you’d like me to quilt your quilt, drop me a line and I can forward you the intake form.  Once I have your quilt in my possession, the designing will begin.

Get your Christmas quilt(s) to me soon…quilts for Christmas must be to me by October 15, 2017.  Please mark that on your quilting calendar!

Have a fantastic day and I hope you get a little time to be creative.