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!

Dianne’s Masterful One Block Wonder

Dianne Edgar Lowe’s One Block Wonder was a fun quilt to freemotion longarm!

My client, Dianne Edgar Lowe, hails from the state of Washington and found me on a One Block Wonder forum on Facebook.  After getting her quilt back from a longarmer, Dianne made the difficult decision to arduously unpick everything and spent 160 hours doing so.  Here it is as it landed at my “factory”:IMG_E5568After sketching out my ideas and getting Dianne’s approval, I loaded it and went to work.  Here is the final result:1This was quilted on a double batting of Quilters Dream Blend and Wool with Glide 40 weight thread in over 25 different colors, so that the thread would blend more into the myriad of fabric colors.  Here are more detail shots of this quilt as we move in a little closer:3

 

4And, for more detail, here are more close-ups of the hand-guided quilting:8

10Dianne chose a gorgeous backing to go with this amazing top.  It really showed the quilting beautifully:IMG_E5763-001

I just loved this shot, where you can see the 12 different designs I did in the blocks:13I thank you greatly for popping in to see this beautiful quilt from Dianne Edgar Lowe.  If you’d like to get onto my 2019 quilting schedule, please reach out to me at threadworksfactory@outlook.com.  My schedule is filling up for March and April, so book your spot now!

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

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!!

Kiss Kiss

I know, I know…it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Life has a way of stopping you from doing the things you intend to do.  Fortunately, for me, those diversions have all been wonderful excursions through this path I call my life.

Along the way, I somehow managed to pick up national acclimation in the form of an AQS ribbon at Spring Paducah, where a quilt I longarmed actually went on to place 3rd in the Large Wall Quilt, Moveable Machine category.  Pieced and owned by Joyce Hite, we were both completely in shock to receive this news.  With life in a total whirl after an amazing trip to Paducah, this blog is a bit late in dropping.  But, we shall obliviously carry on 🙂

Today’s quilt is such a fun little one (60″ square) that was pieced by the ever-charming Cheri Sherley, who hails from Amarillo, Texas.  She is such a delightful person to work with and I know this quilt was created for a special person in her life.  Here is her Kiss Kiss quilt, complete with Tula Pink fabrics.IMG_3797Isn’t it adorable?  I just love the gothic Elizabethan stately portraits on this fabric.  I got a few pointers from Cheri on her likes and dislikes and I’m always thrilled when my client informs me that they love feathers…what an uncanny coincidence…I do, too!  I received approval on my sketches and away I went, longarming this quilt freemotion and with rulers.  Nearly 12 hours later and with 173,394 stitches hitting their mark, here is the beautiful result:

IMG_3832Pretty awesome!  Cheri let me know beforehand that she loved the way the talented Angela Walters quilted one of these quilts and I took my cue of framing the faces with the arcs from Angela.  I really wanted the center aqua blocks to have their own design, so I came up with what you see here as a way to dress up the quilt with yet another pattern for your eye to examine.

IMG_3837Here’s a closer look at the quilting detail.  I quilted around the face and accentuated the details in the fabric to help enhance the beauty of the printed image.  Rulers, swirls, circles and matchstick quilting all played a roll in the final result.

IMG_3836And, here’s a view from a little further out, showing the beadboard quilting along the outer border.  I decided to “fan” it around the corners to give it just a pop of drama.  Afterall, this quilt is all about attitude (and drama).

This was such a fun quilt to dabble with and working with Cheri was simply a wonderful experience.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her and her quilt.

IMG_3838Lastly, a view of the beautiful backing fabric Cheri chose for this lovely quilt.  Such a perfect match, I must say!

Thank you for stopping in today and seeing what was on my longarm.  I’m really hoping to have a little more time to blog over the summer.  Yea, right… we all know how frantic summers are!

If you are interested in having me longarm your beautiful top, please send me an email.  You can either click on the “contact me” tab at the top of this page or you can simply drop the email to me at: threadworksfactory@outlook.com.

I can quilt digital edge to edge and digital or freemotion custom.  Anything is possible at The Threadworks Factory.  My edge to edge starts as low as 1.5 cents per square inch for a basic meander, with most edge to edge digital patterns running at 2-3 cents per square inch.  Digital and freemotion custom is $30 per hour for designing and longarming.  Reserve your spot on my calendar today, before it’s booked up for 2018!

Have a great day and I hope you get to spend a little of it being creative!

Patricia Heinrich Hechler