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..

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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!

Christmas in June?

Seems a little off to me, but maybe that’s just me.  I guess, when your customer owns this Christmas quilting website (Quilted Christmas), your mind is never far from the 25th of December.  And, so goes this next quilt.  This was a digital panel that my customer brought to me, hoping that I could make this panel look like a quilt in time for the launch of this new Moda pattern.

She requested a double layer of batting and a quilting job that would render this as much of a pieced quilt look as possible.  So, we brought out two layers of batting:  Quilters Dream Blend for the base and Quilters Dream Wool for the top layer.

My customer has many years in the quilting business and knew exactly how she’d like this quilted, so I took her inputs and worked them up in my style of longarming.  As you learn longarming, you’ll learn that you have your own unique style, much  like your own handwriting, and while you can vary the look of things, they begin to take on a very identifiable trademark of sorts.  I guess I am no different and I am beginning to see that!

This digital panel from Moda, called Sugar Plum Christmas, needed a lot of stitch in the ditch in order to pop each “piece” as though it were appliqué and not remain in the “printed” look it started life as.  Ditchwork is tedious and tiring and often requires rulers.  When it’s a digital print like this one, there is no ditch to guide yourself along in, so it’s even slower and more tedious.  We plodded along…

You would think, by now, that I would remember to take a picture of the quilt top BEFORE it is quilted, but I seem to be lacking a few extra brain cells with which to record something like that.  So, let us all just skip ahead a bit and give the reveal!

Without further adieu, here is:

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

This was fully free motion custom quilted, as I do not have a computer on my longarm.  Glide thread was used throughout and there were just 2 colors used–red and white.  The border spine was pre-marked with a Bohin chalk pencil and that was it.  Let’s look at the details a bit closer up:

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

 

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

And here are some even closer images:

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

 

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

I placed a freemotion holly and curl spine in the red borders and it added such a cute touch. I also echoed the stars to help pop the out a bit more.

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

 

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

 

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

 

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Moda’s Sugar Plum Christmas, Quilted by Patricia Hechler at The Threadworks Factory for www.quiltedchristmas.com

 

Well, that does it for this installment of “What Came Off My Longarm”.  Until next time, I hope that you get the chance to be creative!

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