AQS Spring Paducah 2018, Here WE Come!

Well, today I bring to you a blog I’ve been quietly excited about for several months.  The time has come to share with you a very cool project my dear client, the incredibly talented and skillful Joyce Hite created.  Joyce does absolutely stunning and immaculate work and has such command of hand applique, machine applique and machine quilting.  With so many projects, Joyce has turned to me at times to complete the quilting on her beautiful work.  For this quilt, The Flower Basket (pattern by Sue Nickels), Joyce said to me, with a huge smile on her face, “Let’s make this a show quilt”.  Such exciting news, I must say.

Joyce’s quilt was machine appliqued with precision and beauty.  How she cut the scalloped edges so perfectly is absolutely beyond me.  Every piece was fused and then blanket stitched.  It was perfectly flat and perfectly square.  And, it was gorgeous.

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I sat down at the drawing table and began the design of this special piece.  Once approved by Joyce, I set out to mark the quilt for quilting….for NINE hours!  When you’re longarming a show quilt, you take the time to make sure you get things right and mark everything out.  And, this special quilt demanded it.

I used two layers of Quilters Dream batting…Blend on the bottom and Wool on the top.  Glide thread in three colors was used on the top and in two colors on the bottom.  The quilting went on for days and days and ended when the last of 713,417 stitches were laid down.

Unfortunately, I was delayed in getting this quilt done, which left poor Joyce in a terrible pinch to finish it in time for submission into AQS Spring Paducah.  With one day to go, Joyce successfully completed and entered the piece at the beginning of December.  Fast forward to a few days ago, and my phone rang to find Joyce on the other end….Her gorgeous quilt made Paducah!  And, not only did this quilt make it in, but Joyce created another quilt that ALSO made Paducah!  Talk about success!  I’m so honored to introduce you to The Flower Basket:

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Time to enjoy the details of this spectacular quilt.  Here is the center body.  The framework around the flower basket went in first.  Once that was done, in went the feathers, followed by the fill.

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And more of the body of the quilt.  Joyce’s applique was stitched around and there was selective longarming within some of the applique to add another layer of detail on her beautiful work.IMG_3141

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Here is a shot of the outer and inner border and the beautiful work Joyce did on the applique.

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And, a few more shots of the inner border.IMG_3139

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So, what about the back you ask?  I just love when a client chooses a solid backing…doing so really shows off the quilting detail and this backing didn’t disappoint.  Since two thread colors were used on the backing, the visual interest was really expressed nicely:

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And, in more detail, here is more of the back:

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I just loved the vertical stitching along the outer edge…all done freemotion on my amazing Innova.  It gave it such a beautiful organic look and I am so happy with the results.IMG_3147

Thank you for spending part of your day with me.  If you are interested in either digital edge to edge or custom freemotion or digital quilting, please email me from my “contact me” page.  If you can’t find that, my email address is: threadworksfactory@outlook.com.

Register yourself today to get in line for 2018!

I hope you get a little time to be creative today!  Take care.

Patricia Heinrich Hechler

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!