Look What Joyce Made In Class :)

Joyce Hite was at it again, this time with a class quilt that needed some finishing touches.

While I know it has been a little while since my last blog post, I do have a pretty good excuse…well, at least I think it is! I’ve spent the better part of three months collaborating on a show quilt with the fantastically talented Joyce Hite.  I so wish I could share with you what came off my frame on that quilt, but that will have to wait a bit.

So, today, I bring to you another quilt that Joyce Hite pieced! Joyce created this quilt as a class quilt and brought it to me for “light” custom.  I love how Joyce thinks…here version and my version of light custom is rather the same.  Most would consider this to be moderate custom, but not Joyce and I!  And, certainly not after having quilted that show quilt!

I cannot tell you the pattern or the fabric line that was used in this quilt, but I can tell you that it was so friendly and comfortable looking and the backing had the hue of a well-worn pair of denim jeans. At 80”x 100”, it was certainly a larger quilt, but the design didn’t take long to form, what with the body of if being two different blocks set on point.  I drew out my intentions onto clear film I placed over the quilt and texted Joyce my ideas.  I got the go-ahead and on frame it went.  We chose a deluxe grade of Quilters Dream Cotton Natural batting and glide thread in three hues on the top and two hues on the back.IMG_5300

To create the pearls in the white area, I created the file digitally on my Intelliquilter computer and stitched them out digitally.  Everything else you see was done with freemotion and rulerwork on my 26″ Innova.  Here are more detailed pictures.

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Here are more close-ups of the individual block elements.  I just loved getting a chance to put my touches onto such a gorgeous quilt.  It was so regal and so rich with color and so soft and quiet at the same time.

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And the back!  What about that back?  Here it is.  I just couldn’t get a good picture of the beautiful hue of the backing or how the threadwork played on it, but I just have to say, it was a stunner.

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Well, that’s it, folks.  I am plum full for 2018 and booking for 2019 now.  If you’d like to have your top quilted by me in 2019, please click on the “contact me” tab at the top of this webpage and drop me a note.  I’d love to hear from you.  I can quilt freemotion or digitally, custom or pantograph.   Let me help me you tell your quilt’s story.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

What a Portland Rose!

It has been a very busy end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. With a grand influx of custom quilting requests, my Innova longarm has been quite busy. That’s a great thing. Even better, today, I get to share with you all a magnificent flannel with wool applique quilt that found its way to my “factory”, delivered to me by its maker, the incredibly talented and wonderfully kind Joyce Hite. Joyce hand-blanket stitched the appliqué beautifully. I’m so fortunate to say that this is the third quilt I have custom quilted for her over this past 8 months and I have been incredibly blessed with all of these opportunities.

This quilt pattern, Portland Rose, was once quilted by the incredibly talented Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple, and took first in its class at Paducah in 2014. I took design inspiration from Linda for a number of areas.   I was tasked with reducing the 100 hours it took her to quilt this (by removing a lot of the fill-work and detail Linda quilted her show stopper with) and still give it a nicely detailed custom finish.

This is the first quilt on frame for me that was flannel both front and back with wool applique and since I had done some prior investigation and reading, I knew to increase the stitch length, as flannel quilts (especially ones with wool batting, such as this one) really tend to sink the stitches. I drafted out a few design options and Joyce picked one.

Joyce and I agreed that this would be the perfect quilt to play a little with the new Intelliquilter computer on my longarm and after I experimented a bit, I recorded three motifs onto practice muslin that I then digitally re-drafted and saved. Intelliquilter (IQ) is great for this, as any pattern can be rotated, trimmed, joined or scaled differently. I was all set on the digital side of things with custom digital motifs! Off we went to mark up the quilt and load it.IMG_3613

I first placed the digital motifs onto the quilt (the center medallion seen above, along with the border corners and body edge heart motifs), followed by the big freemotion quilted feathers and then the ruler work. All that was left was the freemotion fill…which took up the bulk of the quilting time. Detailed fills do take time and the fill I used on this quilt really did go rather quickly, all things considered.  I must pay my respect to Judi Madsen, who quilts with this type of fill.  After 622,000 stitches and 42 hours, we were done with this 105″ x 105″ quilt.

The most amazing thing happens after completion. After spending 40+ hours staring at this quilt in 26” sections, I get to unfurl it from the leaders and remove it from the quilt frame. Only then can I truly step back from it, take it all in, and feel the excitement that my design work and quilting actually came together to add such a gorgeous layer to the quilt. Its excitement (that I am seeing the full quilt), sadness (that the process is over) and relief (that the quilt made it through the process without incident). My clients put so much time, money and skill into producing their magnificent tops and it’s really a scary honor to longarm them.IMG_3602

Here it is in more detail…enjoy!

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Thank you so very much for spending part of your day here with me. Should you wish to have any digital edge to edge or freemotion or digital custom quilting done on one of your tops, you can reach out to me through email at: threadworksfactory@outlook.com. Reserve your slot in my schedule for 2018. If you have any questions, please just let me know. You can review my pricing by going to the pricing tab on this website.

Have a wonderful day and I hope you have a little time to be creative.