Dianne’s Masterful One Block Wonder

Dianne Edgar Lowe’s One Block Wonder was a fun quilt to freemotion longarm!

My client, Dianne Edgar Lowe, hails from the state of Washington and found me on a One Block Wonder forum on Facebook.  After getting her quilt back from a longarmer, Dianne made the difficult decision to arduously unpick everything and spent 160 hours doing so.  Here it is as it landed at my “factory”:IMG_E5568After sketching out my ideas and getting Dianne’s approval, I loaded it and went to work.  Here is the final result:1This was quilted on a double batting of Quilters Dream Blend and Wool with Glide 40 weight thread in over 25 different colors, so that the thread would blend more into the myriad of fabric colors.  Here are more detail shots of this quilt as we move in a little closer:3


4And, for more detail, here are more close-ups of the hand-guided quilting:8

10Dianne chose a gorgeous backing to go with this amazing top.  It really showed the quilting beautifully:IMG_E5763-001

I just loved this shot, where you can see the 12 different designs I did in the blocks:13I thank you greatly for popping in to see this beautiful quilt from Dianne Edgar Lowe.  If you’d like to get onto my 2019 quilting schedule, please reach out to me at threadworksfactory@outlook.com.  My schedule is filling up for March and April, so book your spot now!

I hope you have a little time to be creative today.  Take care!

Author: threadworksfactory

I'm a licensed landscape architect who is married with three wonderful step-kids and a wonderful granddaughter. My husband and I share our passion of racing and have very hectic summers. I made my first quilt over a decade ago and waited another 8 years to tackle my second. Doing so fostered a passion to completely "build" a quilt and my third quilt saw me realize my dream to design, construct and longarm a quilt. This was made for a very special person....my mom!

16 thoughts on “Dianne’s Masterful One Block Wonder”

  1. Your client chose such a full pallet. I love how she patterned everything, making waves of color, and even how she played with parts of the border. Gorgeous. Your artistry brings it to life beautifully. Congratulations to you both!

    1. Thank you, sis Viv was truly blessed to get this quilt in. It’s stunning in real life. I got the flu last night :(. I’m going to the doctor on Monday. Love you.

    2. Yes, sis. This was a spectacular quilt and I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to rectify the story of this quilt. Love you!

  2. Sorry to hear about your flu, wishing you a speedy recovery. Just spent my Saturday afternoon reading ALL your blog posts since March 2017 while granddaughter is watching YouTube on her phone. Loved every detailed picture of every quilt, thanks for sharing. Plenty of questions…. in one blog you mentioned not having a computer on your machine but I did find a post under digital quilting. What does this mean? With English not being my first language, I occasionally struggle with the meaning of words. Then as to auditioning motifs for a quilt. You print a picture… A4 or A3 (just printed one A4 and it was so tiny, none of my sketchings made sense!) What is the almost clear sheet you put over this picture? Initially, it looked like tracing paper but either I have a horrible printer or our tracing paper is too thick but I couldn’t see a thing, so opted for my laminated sheets. I found the picture still too small. I think part of your success in doing such amazing quilting is the time you spend preparing beforehand and it truly shows.

    1. Awe, thank you, Hettie! When I started longarming, I didn’t have a computer. I ended up selling that first used longarm one year in and bought an Innova. No computer. About 6 months after buying that new longarm, I bought the computer. So, that’s why my early blogs mentioned no computer and my later ones mentioned a computer.

      I place tracing paper over a 8.5×11 photo to draft ideas out. You can also put the photo into a clear sheet protector and sketch with a dry erase marker. Sometimes, I place a clear big sheet of acetate (put bright painters tape on the edges so that you don’t accidentally mark off the sheet and onto the top.). I can mark on that with a dry erase marker then to design at full scale. I hope this helps!

  3. What a beautiful one block wonder quilt. Your client’s fabric choices positively shimmer, and your quilting is like fairy dust sprinkled over an enchanted garden. Great job, both of you!

  4. Lovely work by both piecer and quilter! I am curious, though….what was the issue with the original quilting? Just asking as I have several OBW’s in the works and have not even thought of how to quilt them up. I have seen some done in an all-over meander or design and I find that obscures the movement of the hexagonal shapes. Love what you have done here.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind comments. I did get to see the original longarming and it basically outlined the prints on the fabrics. My client shows quilts and really was hoping for quilting that helped add to the story of the fabrics and piecing and faced the tough decision to remove the quilting and try again. The wonderful end to this story is that this quilt took 3rd in its class at AQS Fall Paducah just a few weeks ago. I am so happy to help my client end her story on this quilt on such a happy note.

      1. Wow, congratulations! I love how you two collaborated on this one, it is really exceptional. Thanks for the stitching story: love to hear the whole design process discussed. It helps me a lot when it is time to make decisions in my own work.

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