Cleveland or Bust

What about them Cavs this season?  NBA National Champions!  And those Indians?  My prediction is that the Cleveland Indians will get a seat in the 2016 World Series tonight!  Really, I believe that!  But those Browns?  0-6.  2016 will just not be their year.  So, while we wait for 2017, why not make a quilt and celebrate them anyway?  That’s just what my dear customer did, and boy, did she give this her all.  She’s just such a peach and it was great to pantograph this for her.  She did such a beautiful job!

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This was quilted with white Glide thread and Quilters Dream Puff batting.  The pantograph was an Urban Elementz panto called “Dazzle”.  Just a perfect all-over design for this quilt.  Such a cute combination of fabrics in this perfect-for-fall quilt.

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Looking so cool on the back, don’t you think?  I just loved the fabric chosen.  It was such a great compliment to the pieced front, I must say, and would make the perfect binding fabric!

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I so hope to get another call from this piecer and I loved working with her on this project.

Have a great day, everyone!

Its a Spooktacular Time of Year!

When you get a longarming phone call around this time of year, your mind goes to the change of seasons and what might be coming through your quilting door.  This one fit the bill perfectly, as I drove to the local quilt shop to visit this new customer.

Such a dear person with such a dear quilt.  It’s so cute!  My customer decided on my Halloween spider web pantograph from Urban Elementz, called “Gossamer” and back home it came with me.  I used Quilters Dream Wool as the batting and “Battleship” Glide thread.

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How cute all these blocks were and the spider web played so nicely with them all.

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A close up of the first row that went in.  this A1 Platinum stitches just so nicely and moves so smoothly on frame that pantographing was very quick to learn.

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It is now back home with it’s owner and heading to the binding stage!  Follow along with me as I will post my next blog in just a few days!  Have a fantastic day, everyone!

Can you say, “Shop Hop”?

Well, can you?  I can….sorta.  You see, this next blog is about a quilt I longarmed for my favorite local quilt shop, The Little Shop of Stitches, which is nestled in the quaint downtown area of Miamisburg, Ohio.  Go to http://www.thelittleshopofstitches.com to peruse the store if you’d like.

In just four year’s time, Jennifer Davis has grown this store three times and expanded all facets of her quilting offerings.  From fabric to tools to classes to sewing machines, it’s the place to quilt, socialize and get great advice.

The Little Shop will be a vendor at a huge event in the Dayton, Ohio area called “Ohio One Stop Shop Hop” in October and Jennifer let me do the honors of quilting this special piece.  She told me, “Do your thing” and that’s just what I did.

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As with all of my custom work, I started the design phase by taking a picture of the quilt and printing it out.  On that print, I doodled ideas until I was content with my decisions.  Next came a clear acetate sheet that I laid over the quilt top and doodled on with dry-erase markers to get the actual scale set for the various components.  I labeled on that acetate any dimensions necessary and was all set.

First came stitching in the ditch.  this helped form up the various spools of thread, set up the borders and stabilize all the layers of the sandwich.  Next up was doing the fill work for the spools of thread.

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After that, the REAL  fun began…loads and loads of interior feathers.  I harkened to Judi Madsen and her interesting feather combinations to produce something similar.  I’m not nearly as talented as her, but I certainly draw inspiration from what she creates.

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With the interior complete, the border was tackled.  I chose a circle-in-circle design that I like to call “olives” in the colored 1″ wide borders and then placed a Bethanne Nemesh style molar feather and curls into the outside black border.  Paying homage to Jamie Wallen, I met the feathers up at the mid-points of the width and length with curls.

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From the back, it took on a very special look, due to two different threads used in the bobbin.  I just love the detail of the back.

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It was such fun to get to do this quilt and I’m excited that it will hang at the Ohio One Stop Shop Hop, held at the Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH on October 14 and 15, 2016.  Go to http://www.ohioonestopshophop.com to learn more.   Better yet, go to the shop hop to see this in person!

You all have a great day!

 

Where it’s always Christmas…

What do you know, another quick blog during my lunch break.  This seems to be the norm for me, what with a full-time career and a moonlighting business of longarm quilting!  The nice thing is, I get to do what  I love in the evenings on customer quilts.  And, yes, customers have started to arrive!  That’s beyond cool for me 🙂

Ok, so the story goes like this.  I met a very nice lady who taught a class at my local quilt shop, the Little Shop of Stitches in Miamisburg, Ohio last year.  She gave me one-on-one instruction for drafting in EQ7.  Now, I know how to draft in AutoCAD, But I really needed to know how to do it in EQ7 in order to create my Mom’s quilt… found in another blog posting earlier.

What do you know, but I got a call from her last week and she had a gorgeous turned edge applique wall quilt she wanted custom longarmed.  You see, it is ALWAYS Christmas at her online store, http://www.quiltedchristmas.com and I was thrilled to take in this very special piece.

I used Quilters Dream Blend on the bottom and Quilters Dream Wool on the top and longarmed this with Glide thread.

We commiserated over the areas to be quilted and off I went to tackle this piece.  16 hours and 233,399 stitches later, it was done:

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My customer requested that the bird carry a ribbon to the awaiting sleigh, so in went this special treatment.  It was my first time “inventing” an object into the quilting and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  I can see areas for improvement, but I’m giddy that I pulled this off (but not before practicing on a scrap piece that loaded).

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It’s very hard to see from here, but each package in the sleigh got a special quilting treatment and the sleigh has a decorative wavy edge longarmed onto the bough of the sleigh with a scallop placed below it.

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Well, my lunch break is nearly over.  Thank you for stopping in and reading my latest blog.  Be sure to check back in a few weeks for more quilting action and have a great day!