The quilt this blog is centered around has been in the making for quite some time. I remember seeing this in bits and stages nearly 2 years ago, as my client, Connie Tieche tediously pieced a Fancy Forest quilt from Elizabeth Hartman. This came as a kit and I have to say, there are so many wonderful fabrics that I think they were all my favorite! The color spectrum and the layout were just perfect.
When longarming, I always like to start by taking a few photos of the quilt. One of the full quilt and several of detail areas. I then print out the photos, put tracing paper over them and design them with pencil. Once I have what I like, I draft it out with ink on tracing paper and take photos, wiring the images to my client for approval. If I feel that I don’t have a firm grasp on the finished scale, I place a piece of acetate over the quilt top and mark on it the design intent. That way, I can check things and make sure I have it all figured out (and it’s a this step that I can lay my circle and arc templates over the design to determine what sizes to use). I’m not a load-and-go kind of quilter, where I just load a top without any design thought and start stitching. Something tells me that wouldn’t end well for me! Here is a picture of my drafted ideas:I used around 40-45 different colors of Glide thread on this quilt. I can’t say for sure, because there were so many cones of thread out on the floor behind me that I had to clear it all up twice just to advance the quilt into another color range and plop down more thread colors! When you carry over 160 colors of Glide thread, this part is a whole lot easier! I don’t charge for thread changes on custom quilting, as an hourly rate is much more fair for things than a $5 charge for each color change. I think my clients agree!
Let’s take a look at the full finished quilt. This was quilted with a double layer of Quilters Dream Batting. A 70/30 blend was used on the bottom for strength and a layer of wool was used on top for puff. That combination always quilts so lovely:I always love to peer in closer, so here is more of the eye candy of this quilt:and:And peering in even closer gives yet more detail and allows you to see the wood grain background fill:It was such a fun time quilting this masterpiece that finished at over 405,000 stitches on my Innova. I enjoyed every minute of breathing yet more life into this gorgeous quilt of Connie’s.
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Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you have an opportunity to be creative!