Sherron McCleery’s Sophie’s Garden BOM

Today’s quilt was one that has waited to get on frame for around one year. Yes, that’s how long (and sometimes even longer) the wait can be to get onto my Innova. I have quite an extensive client list and 95% of what I quilt has been heavy custom work, so the wait can be quite the pistol. Sherron McCleery, who hails from Lakewood, California, was a GREAT sport about this reality and patiently waited. She pieced and appliqued a Block of the Month quilt called Sophie’s Garden. The pattern is from Pamela Curo and can be purchased here: Sophie’s Garden

Before I go any further, however, I’m going to run a little commercial of my own. (Afterall, this blog costs me over $300 a year to maintain and use, so I might was well get my money’s worth, right?) I not only have a longarming business, but I also created an Artisan Luxury Small-Batch soap company. I make cold-process luxury face and body soaps by hand, along with luxury shave soaps for men and women, solid block eco-friendly dish soaps and soon will launch both gardener’s soap and mechanic’s soap, both packed with scrubbing agents like ground walnut shells and pumice. I use luxury oils (olive oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter), as the biggest volume of my base oils, to make these wonderfully wholesome and natural products and I also sell various other bath and dish cleaning accoutrements. I have beautiful gift boxes you can custom build for all occasions. If you love my quilting, you will love my soap. It’s all we use in my entire family. Shop me at www.soapworksfactory.com

OK, thank you for humoring me on that front!

My client Sherron told me that she changed out two house blocks that were original to this quilt for the two leaf blocks that you can see in the top that arrived to me. I think her leaf blocks are perfect for this quilt!

As always, I got down to shooting a photo of the quilt and doodling over it until I drew out what I wanted. I tape what we Registered Landscape Architect’s call bumwad or trash paper (tracking paper) and place it over a light table to see through the papers. I mark with either a pencil or a fine sharpie.

I photographed the image and sent it out to Sherron for review. Once I received approval from Sherron, it was to marking and loading. Along the quilting way, I picked out a plethora of threads from my 200 thread cone stash and worked this quilt from top to bottom.

This is the part everyone is itching to get to, I just know it. Enough with the shameless plugs and stalling. Without further adieu, I present to you Sherron McCleery’s wonderful wall quilt!

It always amazes me, honestly, what quilting does to a quilt. This quilt was longarmed using two layers of Quilter’s Dream Blend Batting. Since this will be displayed on a wall, two layers helps this beauty stand up to the demands of vertical presentation. I just loved the thin piano-key quilting that I put into the border…nothing fancy because I wanted the frame to just push your eye into the interior and I think a simple treatment like this in the border is a perfect fit.

Here are the four quadrants of the quilt now, looking at things a little closer…

Going up a little closer, you can see more of the detail:

And here are more close ups of the wool applique blocks that Sherron created:

These last two shots are very cool to me, because there were thread changes as the motif traveled amongst the fabrics in the block. It takes a bit of work to do this, but it’s so worth this beautiful effect, I believe:

Well, that does it for Sherron McCleery’s marvelous Sophie’s Garden BOM. I thank you greatly for popping on in for a visit and I welcome you (or implore you…you pick!) to visit my luxury soap shop online at www.soapworksfactory.com.

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

Patricia Heinrich Hechler

Carol’s Octagon Shimmer

Today, I bring to you a quilt from a local quilter who normally pieces a more traditional quilt. Carol Schottelkotte came to me in 2019, when she lost her longarmer and was in search of a new one. I’m so glad she found me. Carol went outside of her comfort zone when she found Octagon Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou. You can find the pattern for sale here: https://www.ctpub.com/octagon-shimmer-quilt-epattern-download-1/

Carol came over and we hatched out a gameplan on a piece of acetate over the quilt. My job was to help define the two different main shapes, bring in a little modern quilting and introduce some feathers onto the quilt. Feathers aren’t Carol’s particular cup of tea, but she was very willing to give them a go.

I wish I had snapped a picture of the quilt before loading it, but, once again, my feeble mind failed me and it wasn’t until after it was loaded that it dawned on me that I had missed my opportunity. So, without further adieu, here is Carol’s quilt!

I quilted this on two layers of Quilters Dream Blend batting and I just really loved the shimmer of the fabrics and the color spectrum of this quilt. We didn’t skimp on feathers, either! There were 219,922 stitches total, using about 7 different colors of glide thread on the top and one color always in the bobbin. I used Glide’s Warm Grey 4 on all the parts within the octagon blocks and matched fabric colors on the triangular blocks where the feathers are. Here are more detailed shots:

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and some closer shots of the beautiful flying geese border on this quilt:

What a wonderful quilt and I had such a blast quilting this. I’m going to miss her!

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Many of you know that I don’t just longarm…I hand-craft luxury cold-process soaps and sell them online at my shop. I am introducing my next new soap today and it is Grapefruit and Colloidal Oatmeal (Pictured below). My soaps are gentle and moisturizing with luxury oils of shea butter, avocado oil and olive oil, among the other oils I use. I incorporate coconut milk into each and every bar. And, they are entirely plant-based, scented only with steam-distilled essential oils and they are incredibly kind to your skin. I am so proud of these soaps and they have been incredibly well received. If you’d like to check them out for yourself, visit my shop at: www.soapworksfactory.com. Let your skin drink in the goodness that is our soap.

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I swear Maureen Wood doesn’t sleep!

I get amazing quilts on my doorstep and it’s always so cool to see what comes in and what fabrics and techniques are used.  I’ve had the privilege of longarming for Maureen Wood on several occasions and she patiently waited for her next chance on frame.  In came a Jaqueline De Jonge quilt called “Dream Flight” and it was a stunner.  We decided to double bat this with Quilters Dream Blend, for show reasons.  Once I had inked my ideas, emailed them to Maureen and received her approval, we marked it and loaded it.

OK, If you’re like me, you just want to see the pictures!  So, here you go:

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And, the detail shots are so pretty.  This corner medallion went in by marking the main spine and the extent of the feathers.  It was stitched in a dark grey so that it had some pop from the black background.

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The corner motif was stitched in a dark red and rulerwork was done to stitch the star out.  I loved the feather that this motif had in it.

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And, the black background was stitched in a very dark blue so that it ever so slightly popped off the black.  It turned out beautifully.

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Each circle had different stitching in it and all the colored areas were stitched in a warm grey.

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This is probably my favorite picture.  You can really see the background fill and the red motif I put in.  Just so pretty!!!

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Just another pretty shot on this area. I loved the feather I put into the white circle here and that feather around the black zone was just too pretty!

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Well, that does it for this beautiful quilt.  I’m really hoping that Maureen enters it into a show.  Heck, I hope we have a show again.  But, at least I get to longarm these beautiful quilts and I have another gorgeous one on frame right now.  Lucky me!

Just a few weeks ago, I launched another fun project I’ve been working on in the evenings and on the weekends…a luxury artisan cold-process soap company!  I’ve been so fortunate to have had a fantastic start to this business and I’ve already been fortunate to have repeat customers!  Our soaps are incredibly kind to your skin and we have 9 different essential oils combinations.  We use only essential oils to scent our soaps.  We also use copious amounts of olive oil, avocado oil and shea butter.  If you’d like to pamper yourself with a luxury soap, visit us at http://www.soapworksfactory.com

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Kathryn Bailey’s Pandemonium Quilt

Good morning, everyone!  I’m so sorry that I’ve been absent from blogging for a while.  Life has been crazy hectic as usual, even with the national shutdown from Covid-19.  I am still working full time (and even recorded a 13 hour workday this week!) for a few reasons.  Namely, we are stuck finishing our basement ourselves due to having the work crew stopped mid-stream by this outbreak and we are left with no countertops and no carpet anywhere due to it.  I also opened up another side business to run as I work through the quilt load I have that my husband will help me manage…I will blog a bit more about that in about an hour!  Stay tuned!

Onto this wonderful quilt that my client brought to me to custom quilt.  Kathryn hails from the GREAT State of Texas.  I wish I had some before pictures and an overall picture, but with the state of my basement right now, the area I use for photography is left in limbo 🙁  I am completely dismayed by that and could not get a full picture.

When I had talked with Kathryn via emails, I had told her that I envisioned quilting this top with two thread colors.  Does this look like two thread colors to you?  I mean, I just couldn’t do that.  When you see the masterpiece, you’ll understand why.

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May I  now introduce to you Kathryn’s Pandemonium quilt.  Kim McLean was the designer.  Kathryn pieced this with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and it was thousands of applique pieces that went into this top.  I can only show you sections of it, and I am terribly sorry about that.

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Well, there it is, in bits and pieces. I have another potential show quilt on frame right now and it will be done next week.  If I can share pictures of it, I shall.  If not, please know that I’m busting at the seams to share more gorgeous quilts with you!

Please stay safe and healthy.  I hope you find some time to be creative today.

Take care, Patricia