This Quilt Could Be Yours (no kidding!)

Now, this is going to be an interesting blog and it might even be a lucky one for one of you readers!  This blog is about a quilt that just came off my longarm and is for my guild’s raffle.  The quilt will be raffled on April 21, 2018, and you can get in on it!

You MUST be a resident of the continental United States, however.

First, let me show you the quilt, which measures approximately 93”x93”:IMG_3402

I promise it’ll be bound by the time you win it 🙂

Tickets can be purchased for the price of $1 each or 6 for $5.  Not bad!  You can buy as many as you like by emailing the Miamisburg Quilt Guild at:

MiamisburgQuiltShow@woh.rr.com.

Let them know that you are interested in buying tickets and they’ll help you do just that.

I freemotion longarmed this and added a little rulerwork on my Innova.  Three colors of Glide thread were used and the batting in this quilt is Quilters Dream Poly Puff.

This quilt was pieced with one common fabric for the white areas and a myriad of aquas, greens, blues and purples.  There are too many different fabrics to count and its a lot of fun to search through all the piecing to find your favorite one.  I know…I did just that while quilting this!

Onto more pictures of this beautiful quilt the guild pieced.

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I worked a series of feathers around the very center  block and then wrapped feathers around each series of colored blocks.  It gave some very nice movement to the quilt.  Here’s a closer look:IMG_3408

The border was done with a freemotion feather that met in the middle of each side and originated from the corner with a nice feather spray that uniquely “borrowed” a block of the quilt body:IMG_3409

And, the guild had so many blocks that they used some to create a beautiful backing:IMG_3410

So, if you like what you see and you’d like to support their efforts, don’t forget to buy some tickets by emailing MiamisburgQuiltShow@woh.rr.com today!  Or, tomorrow!  Just do it before you forget.  The guild raises money through the sale of these tickets to help local charity organizations, so you are really helping them to help others.

If you are interested in having me quilt your beautiful quilt, please email me through my “contact me” tab on this webpage.  I can quilt anything from edge to edge pantographs to custom to show quilts either freemotion or digitally.  Reach out to me today to get your quilt into my cue!

Thank you very much for stopping by and reading this blog today.  I hope you have a great day and you get a chance to be creative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fading Autumn

What a great quilt to custom freemotion longarm!

I receive some amazing quilts to longarm, I must say.  While my piecing sits idly month after month, seeing other pieced tops makes me excited to run to the longarm and set them up.  This one certainly had me excited.  My client, the ever so talented Elaine Miller, pieces such beautiful quilts and I was honored to work with her to add to the layers of stories within this quilt.  Elaine shopped with her daughter to pick out the fabrics and I have to tell, you, the combinations and colors were stunning.  We collaborated and when we felt we had things right, I loaded this quit (the outer border is missing in this image my client provided me) and got started:IMG_1160

I used my client’s Quilters Dream cotton batting and glide thread (all 40 weight).  There were seven thread colors used, so this quilt was stitched color by color with many stops to advance the quilt.  What a beautiful result:IMG_3248

Let me show you how pretty the back was.  I loved her choice of fabrics.  There were two thread colors used on the back, which were determined by the threadwork on the front and the two colors really added to the display on the back:IMG_3240

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Back to that gorgeous front and all the quilting detail:IMG_3249

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Such a beautiful quilt and such a fun time it was adding to the layers of it.  I thoroughly enjoyed the process and getting to collaborate with Elaine Miller was a great learning experience.  Her insights into the quilting she envisioned was spot on and really taught me a few more things.  I love when the experience of the quilter adds to the overall finish and this was clearly one of those times.

Have a great day and if you are interested in having me quilt your top, drop me a line through my “contact me” tab on this website.  Remember that I can quilt both edge to edge (freemotion or digitally) as well as custom quilt (freemotion or digitally)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Go Visit Arcadia Avenue

Today’s blog is a very special one to me, with a custom quilt that I was told by my client, the amazing Geri Schick, to do my thing on because she had faith in me.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have clients that have that kind of trust.  Piecing a top takes a lot of both time and money and to be put in care of this next step in the process is just an amazing feeling.

Before I show you the final results, I really want to take you on a “walk” to Arcadia Avenue (the pattern name for this quilt!) and show you a few aspects of prepping for a custom quilt job.  Let’s get started!

When a quilt comes in, I like to take some time with my customer to go over the things they like to see for quilting patterns (traditional/modern, feathers/flowers/lines, pebbles/swirls, etc.) and the things they don’t care for.  In learning just that, I can start to formulate ideas.  Sometimes, I’ll ink those ideas onto clear acetate and place it over the quilt, to show right on the spot.  Other times, I need to let the quilt “marinate” in my mind and stew around for a bit before I present the ideas in the form of an email with pictures.  Once my client agrees with my design ideas, the quilt gets marked, loaded, and quilted.  Let me show you first this quilt, as it was, before quilting.  You may be able to see some faint chalk lines in the blue areas:IMG_2522

This quilt is what I consider to be fairly heavy custom quilting, all freemotion, so the quilt had to be marked with linework to define the spines of feathers and other rulerwork.  First, I lay a piece of clear acetate over the quilt and mark my idea with a dry erase marker.  I then use my rulers and place them on the designs to determine the size of circle rulers to use and the spacing that will exist between straight lines.  I write on that acetate those dimensions so that I know as I roll the quilt and lose view of what has been done:

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Then, I lay those rulers on the quilt, center them along the centerline so that they are equally spaced along that centerline from side to side and I mark on the quilt where the spine rests:IMG_2525

Time to stitch that spine with the ruler:IMG_2530

Next, I get to stitch the feathers in along that spine and fill up the quilt with all the quilting detail.  For each of the pieced hexagons, I did the same thing…marking my design out on acetate over the quilt so that I knew how I wanted to treat each area.  Here are the finished results:

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And, the closer details:IMG_2571

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And, the amazing paper piecing of Geri Schick and how each hexagon was quilted:IMG_2568

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I am really pleased with the results.  I am so happy that Geri Schick decided to bring this quilt to me and I would love to see this hanging at a future show so that I pay it a visit once again…  It’s always nice to get to see quilts like this again and they’re missed once they go out the door with their owner 🙂

If you have a quilt you’d like to send my way, please go to my “contact me” tab and drop me an email.  I would love to bring your quilt top to life.

Have a fantastic day and I hope you get the time to be creative.

As The Sun Rises

I can see some amazing things taking place here at The Threadworks Factory.  First, my new Intelliquilter digital quilting software and tablet are now here and installed perfectly by the amazing Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham of Classic Quilt Studio.  Servo driven, I can engage or detach the motors with the click of a box and just two seconds of my time.  Servo driven means utmost accuracy.  The stitching is gorgeous.  I can edge to edge or custom quilt digitially, as well as free-motion now!  Second, I have seen, over this past month, an increase in customer requests, which tickles me pink.   I am truly blessed to be getting in amazing quilts.  Thank you one and all!

This will be a short post on a quilt that recently came off frame.  A delightful Hunter Star done in batiks with a Kaffe Fassett backing.  Vibrant and cheery has nothing on this quilt.  The request was made by my customer, the talented Karen Gottschall, to do what I could to pop out the hunter stars and to stitch this in an Omni Variegated thread and use a quilters dream wool batting.  After the A-OK from Karen as to my thoughts of the custom quilting, the quilt was loaded.  Here is my view as the fun is about to start in this sunrise colored quilt:

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And, here is the final result for this 56″ x 56″ quilt!  Since the stars were quilted with the same fabric as the other pieces, the only way to give some sort of pop to them was to stitch in the ditch around them and leave them otherwise untouched, so that they would spring up from the other quilted areas.  It was the best I could do.

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A bit of detail.  I simply placed vertical lines (known as piano keys) in the narrow pink border to help separate the feathers that were installed in the body from the feather in the border.  It helps to vary curved and straight stitching so that there is added interest and I think the marriage between the two worked perfectly.

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And even more detail:

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And, here is the fun, fun, fun back. This is honestly two quilts in one:

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Thank you for stopping in and seeing what I am up to.  We have six more custom quilts in the cue, so check back over the next month!

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If you’d like me to quilt your quilt, drop me a line and I can forward you the intake form.  Once I have your quilt in my possession, the designing will begin.

Get your Christmas quilt(s) to me soon…quilts for Christmas must be to me by October 15, 2017.  Please mark that on your quilting calendar!

Have a fantastic day and I hope you get a little time to be creative.

A Finely Feathered Goose

Can I just open by saying that I have the world’s best job?  Honestly.  I see such amazing quilts come in and this one, pieced by the very accomplished piecer AND quilter, Joyce Hite, had me step back and admire the absolutely perfect paper piecing and precision in construction.  I mean, it sat as flat as a sheet of paper.  It was spotlessly ironed and is just an amazing rendition in solids of Judy Neimeyer’s Feathered Goose.  Usually, a JN quilt is done in batiks, but this was such a treat to see in solids.  It was striking:

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My client has shown in national quilt shows and her work, both piecing and quilting, is simply astounding to look at, so receiving this one from her to help her lighten the quilting load was exciting and daunting at the same time.  I mean, how could I possibly present a finished product as nicely as she constantly does?  Well, I championed my enthusiasm and jumped in with an acetate overlay to sketch out my ideas.  Once my client and I had our decisions made, it was loaded onto the longarm with Quilters Dream Blend batting and stitched out on my new 26″ Innova with Glide thread, top and bottom.  251,010 stitches and 15.25 hours later, this 60″x60″ quilt was done!…though it had shrunk to 59″ due to all the quilting 🙂

Here it is:

IMG_2314Quite the amazing result, don’t you think?  While I’m still getting comfortable with this new longarm and how it moves, I think it is going to be one fantastic machine.  Here are some detail shots:

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This is my view as the freemotion quilting takes place.  One thing that I love about this Innova is it’s field of vision.  Look at that!  You can see!  Even this open-toe hopping foot is tall enough for ruler work, which is great when you need to see where you are stitching, which, for me, is all the time 🙂

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Such fun colors with such depth of hue and perfect saturation.  Here are a few more shots:

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You can see the mix of ruler work and freemotion.  The diagonal lines were placed 1/4″ of an inch apart, making for some dense quilting.

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I chose to quilt the five medallions a little on the light side to give a break to all the dense areas and allow them to stand up a bit on the quilt.  The curly cues were a new fill for me, but all it took was a few minutes of practice on a fat quarter I loaded before I got how they traveled.  I rather like that fill!

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Some of these cream points were rather small, but that didn’t stop me from feathering them!  Like Joyce Hite, I much prefer dense quilting and this quilt certainly had a bit of that.

As if this all wasn’t some pretty cool news, I have even more news to share… The Threadworks Factory and this 26″ Innova with Lightening Stitch will be sporting an Intelliquilter computer on it in the next few weeks.  I will be able to stitch both freemotion AND digitally (and even on the same quilt!) in just a few week’s time.  I’m thrilled to make this addition to my company and I know this partnership of this servo driven computer will create amazing things for you.

Shoot me an email if you’d like to entertain me quilting your next top.

Have a great day and I hope you have a little time with which to be creative!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Bells

First off, let me just say that I truly have the best clients.  The kindness, love and charity that they show on a regular basis simply astounds me.  Sometimes, a quilt comes in that is being donated to charity and the quilt maker wants something nice done.  Sometimes, it’s a gift to their Mother and sometimes, it’s a wedding gift.  I understand this.  My second and third quilts went to my family members.  I am only piecing my fourth currently.  But, this quilt that this blog is about is simply a stunner.  The fabrics and hues and pattern were just all perfect.  The piecing was spot on and great care went into it.  It truly showed.  The border was an added touch and this quilt top sparkled with it.

My client brought in the magazine from which she got the pattern and wished for her quilt to be quilted the same way.  We only made two changes… We added intermittent feathers in the white blocks to help dress them up a tad and since she put a border on it, we ran feathers up the border.

Here it is:

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A more detailed look at it:

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My client brought Warm and Natural cotton batting for this quilt, which will give it an aged/antique look once it is washed.  I used glide thread throughout this quilt.

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I placed a freemotion feather along the edge, marking in chalk the spine for it and placing a corner element to it to help dress it up.

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This was such a gorgeous quilt and the pictures just don’t do the vibrancy of it justice.  I am sure the receiver of this beautiful quilt is just going to be stunned by it.  Such care of work went into it and I was honored to longarm it for this very special occasion.  May this union be truly blessed.

Have a fantastic day and I hope you get a little time with which to be creative!

Red, White and Quilted

Today we have up a recent finish on a custom quilting job done on a red and white quilt.  This quilt is from a good customer of mine who works in the quilting industry and will be selling a book entitled “Red, White and Quilted”, by Linda Lasco.  My customer (www.quiltedchristmas.com), fell in love with a quilt in that book, quilted by the world renowned longarmer, Margaret Solomon Gunn, and wanted her quilt longarmed just like Margaret did it.

So, it was up to me to study the picture and mark out this quilt for such a fantastic design produced by Ms. Gunn.  Onto the frame it went, and half a workweek later, it rolled off absolutely stunning.  Everything was quilted with rulers and freemotion.  I do not have a computer on my BRAND NEW Innova longarm currently. (If you’re interested in checking Innova longarms out, you can visit www.accomplishquilting.com.)

I used two layers of quilters dream batting… blend on the bottom and wool on the top… to give great relief.  I also used glide thread in three colors: white, red and an aged gold thread.

Without further delay, here are the results:IMG_1891

The quilting process involved rulerwork first on the diamond areas in order to keep things as straight as possible.

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Once the rulerwork was done, it was off to fill all of the areas of quilting.  A simple continuous curve pattern was run in many of the red and white squares, followed with a running feather placed around two of the focal diamonds in the larger white blocks.

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The centers of the focal diamonds were microquilted into a very dense fill so that they were nearly embroidered.  Feathers and pebbles were placed around it.

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The feathers had a slight arc of their spine to help give them just a touch of movement.  the spine of these feathers was marked with a water soluble “Mark-B-Gone” pen, but no rulers were used to stitch the feathers out… the spine marking was simply there to help guide me.

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I just loved the detail work in the quilting.  Margaret Solomon Gunn did a fantastic job of quilting the original out and it was inspiring to recreate her work.

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My customer brought me the most lovely backing fabric and I just adored the end result.

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