I know, I know…it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Life has a way of stopping you from doing the things you intend to do. Fortunately, for me, those diversions have all been wonderful excursions through this path I call my life.
Along the way, I somehow managed to pick up national acclimation in the form of an AQS ribbon at Spring Paducah, where a quilt I longarmed actually went on to place 3rd in the Large Wall Quilt, Moveable Machine category. Pieced and owned by Joyce Hite, we were both completely in shock to receive this news. With life in a total whirl after an amazing trip to Paducah, this blog is a bit late in dropping. But, we shall obliviously carry on 🙂
Today’s quilt is such a fun little one (60″ square) that was pieced by the ever-charming Cheri Sherley, who hails from Amarillo, Texas. She is such a delightful person to work with and I know this quilt was created for a special person in her life. Here is her Kiss Kiss quilt, complete with Tula Pink fabrics.Isn’t it adorable? I just love the gothic Elizabethan stately portraits on this fabric. I got a few pointers from Cheri on her likes and dislikes and I’m always thrilled when my client informs me that they love feathers…what an uncanny coincidence…I do, too! I received approval on my sketches and away I went, longarming this quilt freemotion and with rulers. Nearly 12 hours later and with 173,394 stitches hitting their mark, here is the beautiful result:
Pretty awesome! Cheri let me know beforehand that she loved the way the talented Angela Walters quilted one of these quilts and I took my cue of framing the faces with the arcs from Angela. I really wanted the center aqua blocks to have their own design, so I came up with what you see here as a way to dress up the quilt with yet another pattern for your eye to examine.
Here’s a closer look at the quilting detail. I quilted around the face and accentuated the details in the fabric to help enhance the beauty of the printed image. Rulers, swirls, circles and matchstick quilting all played a roll in the final result.
And, here’s a view from a little further out, showing the beadboard quilting along the outer border. I decided to “fan” it around the corners to give it just a pop of drama. Afterall, this quilt is all about attitude (and drama).
This was such a fun quilt to dabble with and working with Cheri was simply a wonderful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her and her quilt.
Lastly, a view of the beautiful backing fabric Cheri chose for this lovely quilt. Such a perfect match, I must say!
Thank you for stopping in today and seeing what was on my longarm. I’m really hoping to have a little more time to blog over the summer. Yea, right… we all know how frantic summers are!
If you are interested in having me longarm your beautiful top, please send me an email. You can either click on the “contact me” tab at the top of this page or you can simply drop the email to me at: email@example.com.
I can quilt digital edge to edge and digital or freemotion custom. Anything is possible at The Threadworks Factory. My edge to edge starts as low as 1.5 cents per square inch for a basic meander, with most edge to edge digital patterns running at 2-3 cents per square inch. Digital and freemotion custom is $30 per hour for designing and longarming. Reserve your spot on my calendar today, before it’s booked up for 2018!
Have a great day and I hope you get to spend a little of it being creative!
Patricia Heinrich Hechler