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, 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.IMG_3141


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.IMG_3139


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.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:

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

What a Portland Rose!

It has been a very busy end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. With a grand influx of custom quilting requests, my Innova longarm has been quite busy. That’s a great thing. Even better, today, I get to share with you all a magnificent flannel with wool applique quilt that found its way to my “factory”, delivered to me by its maker, the incredibly talented and wonderfully kind Joyce Hite. Joyce hand-blanket stitched the appliqué beautifully. I’m so fortunate to say that this is the third quilt I have custom quilted for her over this past 8 months and I have been incredibly blessed with all of these opportunities.

This quilt pattern, Portland Rose, was once quilted by the incredibly talented Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple, and took first in its class at Paducah in 2014. I took design inspiration from Linda for a number of areas.   I was tasked with reducing the 100 hours it took her to quilt this (by removing a lot of the fill-work and detail Linda quilted her show stopper with) and still give it a nicely detailed custom finish.

This is the first quilt on frame for me that was flannel both front and back with wool applique and since I had done some prior investigation and reading, I knew to increase the stitch length, as flannel quilts (especially ones with wool batting, such as this one) really tend to sink the stitches. I drafted out a few design options and Joyce picked one.

Joyce and I agreed that this would be the perfect quilt to play a little with the new Intelliquilter computer on my longarm and after I experimented a bit, I recorded three motifs onto practice muslin that I then digitally re-drafted and saved. Intelliquilter (IQ) is great for this, as any pattern can be rotated, trimmed, joined or scaled differently. I was all set on the digital side of things with custom digital motifs! Off we went to mark up the quilt and load it.IMG_3613

I first placed the digital motifs onto the quilt (the center medallion seen above, along with the border corners and body edge heart motifs), followed by the big freemotion quilted feathers and then the ruler work. All that was left was the freemotion fill…which took up the bulk of the quilting time. Detailed fills do take time and the fill I used on this quilt really did go rather quickly, all things considered.  I must pay my respect to Judi Madsen, who quilts with this type of fill.  After 622,000 stitches and 42 hours, we were done with this 105″ x 105″ quilt.

The most amazing thing happens after completion. After spending 40+ hours staring at this quilt in 26” sections, I get to unfurl it from the leaders and remove it from the quilt frame. Only then can I truly step back from it, take it all in, and feel the excitement that my design work and quilting actually came together to add such a gorgeous layer to the quilt. Its excitement (that I am seeing the full quilt), sadness (that the process is over) and relief (that the quilt made it through the process without incident). My clients put so much time, money and skill into producing their magnificent tops and it’s really a scary honor to longarm them.IMG_3602

Here it is in more detail…enjoy!








Thank you so very much for spending part of your day here with me. Should you wish to have any digital edge to edge or freemotion or digital custom quilting done on one of your tops, you can reach out to me through email at: Reserve your slot in my schedule for 2018. If you have any questions, please just let me know. You can review my pricing by going to the pricing tab on this website.

Have a wonderful day and I hope you have a little time to be creative.

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:

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.


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 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.  It’s a pattern from Lori Smith called “Peaceful Nights”. 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

And a close up:IMG_3241

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









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)!