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.
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:
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.
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.
Here is a shot of the outer and inner border and the beautiful work Joyce did on the applique.
And, a few more shots of the inner border.
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:
And, in more detail, here is more of the back:
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.
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I hope you have a little time to be creative today.
Patricia Heinrich Hechler