Now THAT’s A Fancy Forest!

The quilt this blog is centered around has been in the making for quite some time.  I remember seeing this in bits and stages nearly 2 years ago, as my client, Connie Tieche tediously pieced a Fancy Forest quilt from Elizabeth Hartman.  This came as a kit and I have to say, there are so many wonderful fabrics that I think they were all my favorite!  The color spectrum and the layout were just perfect.

When longarming, I always like to start by taking a few photos of the quilt.  One of the full quilt and several of detail areas.  I then print out the photos, put tracing paper over them and design them with pencil.  Once I have what I like, I draft it out with ink on tracing paper and take photos, wiring the images to my client for approval.  If I feel that I don’t have a firm grasp on the finished scale, I place a piece of acetate over the quilt top and mark on it the design intent.  That way, I can check things and make sure I have it all figured out (and it’s a this step that  I can lay my circle and arc templates over the design to determine what sizes to use).  I’m not a load-and-go kind of quilter, where I just load a top without any design thought and start stitching.  Something tells me that wouldn’t end well for me!  Here is a picture of my drafted ideas:IMG_5884I used around 40-45 different colors of Glide thread on this quilt.  I can’t say for sure, because there were so many cones of thread out on the floor behind me that I had to clear it all up twice just to advance the quilt into another color range and plop down more thread colors!  When you carry over 160 colors of Glide thread, this part is a whole lot easier!  I don’t charge for thread changes on custom quilting, as an hourly rate is much more fair for things than a $5 charge for each color change.  I think my clients agree!

Let’s take a look at the full finished quilt.  This was quilted with a double layer of Quilters Dream Batting.  A 70/30 blend was used on the bottom for strength and a layer of wool was used on top for puff.  That combination always quilts so lovely:IMG_5914I always love to peer in closer, so here is more of the eye candy of this quilt:IMG_5916and:IMG_5915And peering in even closer gives yet more detail and allows you to see the wood grain background fill:IMG_5917IMG_5919IMG_5920IMG_5918It was such a fun time quilting this masterpiece that finished at over 405,000 stitches on my Innova.  I enjoyed every minute of breathing yet more life into this gorgeous quilt of Connie’s.

If you are interested in having me custom freemotion or digitally pantograph your quilts, just reach out to me through this website or email me at: ThreadworksFactory@outlook.com.  My schedule is nearly full through May now and we are booking June arrivals and beyond.

Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you have an opportunity to be creative!

Trip around the world and back again

Joyce Hite’s Trip Around The World quilt is done and, boy, was it a beautiful one!

One of my prolific clients, Joyce Hite (and my collaborator in show quilts), pieced this beautiful Trip Around The World quilt just recently.  I was extremely excited to get the chance to freemotion quilt this 38″ square piece.  Joyce asked me about specialty threads and inquired about metallic thread.  It was her hope to stitch with metallic in the dark blue border, but after my search, all I could find was royal blue metallic threads.  Until…I came upon Superior Thread’s Glitter thread line.   I settled on Midnight Blue Glitter thread, which is a holographic film that is rather like tinsel.  18 hours and 170,000 stitches later, this is what came off my Innova frame:IMG_5667

I just loved how the corner work turned out with the Signature Glitter thread.  While you can’t see it very clearly here, when the light hits it, it really looks like frost has settled over the stitches.  It’s a stunning effect:IMG_5670

A close-up of the center medallion.  It was so much fun to fill the “trips” around the world in different fills.  Each color of fabric received it’s own thread color, in Glide 40 weight.  Two layers of Quilters Dream batting were used…Blend (70/30) on the bottom and Wool on the top:IMG_5669

Here’s what the corner looks like from the solid back:IMG_5665

And, finally, another shot of the beautiful back:IMG_5664

I am so blessed with the gorgeous quilts that come to me and I’m hoping to blog a few more over the coming weeks!   If you’d like to get into my 2019 longarming schedule, simply drop me an email at:  threadworksfactory@outlook.com.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit!  If you’d like to subscribe to my blog, please fill out the formwork to the right of this page.  I hope you have a little time to be creative today.  Take care!

Patricia Heinrich Hechler

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays!

I had so much fun freemotion quilting this cheery and bright Christmas wall hanging for my dear client.

While I could do away with the cold and snow in January, February, March and April, having it arrive in December is always very special to me.  Christmas cards, cookies, and decorated trees, along with the festive shopping and visits with friends over a nice bottle of wine, make for such a great time to be alive.  Add to that sitting on the comfy couch with a nice cup of hot cocoa in my hands and a warm fire crackling, and I cant help but take in this magical holiday season.

I have to say, getting to see the quilts at this time of year, whether they are for special gifts or for the quilter to display within their own home warms my heart at the specialness of quilters–their love and support of their friends and family and their handmade gifts they have toiled over for months are really special to see and to longarm.  Today, I bring to you a wall hanging that a very prestigious quilter in my area made for herself (for a change!).  She is always making quilts for friends and family and has such a great heart for those who are in her life.  This one was an applique quilt that was simply darling.  Cheery, colorful and whimsical, I loved seeing this one pop out of her bag at the local quilt guild meeting.  For those of you interested in this pattern, you can find it at www.eazypeazyquilts.com.  It is called “Angels In The Snow”.

My mind immediately began whirling with all the possibilities.

Unfortunately, I cannot share with you the pattern or the batting.  And, as usual, I was so excited to start this project that I forgot, once again, to take a picture.  But, I certainly got some pictures after the quilting was done.  Here it is!:

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Isn’t it a darling quilt?  I just adored all the different blocks in this sampler and all the cute snowmen.  And the kitty and doggie angels!  Pinwheels and holly and color everywhere!  OMGosh!

Here are a few more colorful details:

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and…

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And, even closer up…

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and, lastly, a real close up of the adorable snowmen and holly…

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I had such a wonderful time getting to take in this season by quilting this quilt.  Nothing puts me into the holiday mood quicker than submersing myself into a whimsical holiday quilt and enjoying the work of my clients up close like this.

I hope you and yours have a wonderfully merry holiday season filled with love and laughter.  God bless us all and Merry Christmas!

Look What Joyce Made In Class :)

Joyce Hite was at it again, this time with a class quilt that needed some finishing touches.

While I know it has been a little while since my last blog post, I do have a pretty good excuse…well, at least I think it is! I’ve spent the better part of three months collaborating on a show quilt with the fantastically talented Joyce Hite.  I so wish I could share with you what came off my frame on that quilt, but that will have to wait a bit.

So, today, I bring to you another quilt that Joyce Hite pieced! Joyce created this quilt as a class quilt and brought it to me for “light” custom.  I love how Joyce thinks…here version and my version of light custom is rather the same.  Most would consider this to be moderate custom, but not Joyce and I!  And, certainly not after having quilted that show quilt!

I cannot tell you the pattern or the fabric line that was used in this quilt, but I can tell you that it was so friendly and comfortable looking and the backing had the hue of a well-worn pair of denim jeans. At 80”x 100”, it was certainly a larger quilt, but the design didn’t take long to form, what with the body of if being two different blocks set on point.  I drew out my intentions onto clear film I placed over the quilt and texted Joyce my ideas.  I got the go-ahead and on frame it went.  We chose a deluxe grade of Quilters Dream Cotton Natural batting and glide thread in three hues on the top and two hues on the back.IMG_5300

To create the pearls in the white area, I created the file digitally on my Intelliquilter computer and stitched them out digitally.  Everything else you see was done with freemotion and rulerwork on my 26″ Innova.  Here are more detailed pictures.

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Here are more close-ups of the individual block elements.  I just loved getting a chance to put my touches onto such a gorgeous quilt.  It was so regal and so rich with color and so soft and quiet at the same time.

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And the back!  What about that back?  Here it is.  I just couldn’t get a good picture of the beautiful hue of the backing or how the threadwork played on it, but I just have to say, it was a stunner.

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Well, that’s it, folks.  I am plum full for 2018 and booking for 2019 now.  If you’d like to have your top quilted by me in 2019, please click on the “contact me” tab at the top of this webpage and drop me a note.  I’d love to hear from you.  I can quilt freemotion or digitally, custom or pantograph.   Let me help me you tell your quilt’s story.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!