Sherron McCleery’s Sophie’s Garden BOM

Today’s quilt was one that has waited to get on frame for around one year. Yes, that’s how long (and sometimes even longer) the wait can be to get onto my Innova. I have quite an extensive client list and 95% of what I quilt has been heavy custom work, so the wait can be quite the pistol. Sherron McCleery, who hails from Lakewood, California, was a GREAT sport about this reality and patiently waited. She pieced and appliqued a Block of the Month quilt called Sophie’s Garden. The pattern is from Pamela Curo and can be purchased here: Sophie’s Garden

Before I go any further, however, I’m going to run a little commercial of my own. (Afterall, this blog costs me over $300 a year to maintain and use, so I might was well get my money’s worth, right?) I not only have a longarming business, but I also created an Artisan Luxury Small-Batch soap company. I make cold-process luxury face and body soaps by hand, along with luxury shave soaps for men and women, solid block eco-friendly dish soaps and soon will launch both gardener’s soap and mechanic’s soap, both packed with scrubbing agents like ground walnut shells and pumice. I use luxury oils (olive oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter), as the biggest volume of my base oils, to make these wonderfully wholesome and natural products and I also sell various other bath and dish cleaning accoutrements. I have beautiful gift boxes you can custom build for all occasions. If you love my quilting, you will love my soap. It’s all we use in my entire family. Shop me at www.soapworksfactory.com

OK, thank you for humoring me on that front!

My client Sherron told me that she changed out two house blocks that were original to this quilt for the two leaf blocks that you can see in the top that arrived to me. I think her leaf blocks are perfect for this quilt!

As always, I got down to shooting a photo of the quilt and doodling over it until I drew out what I wanted. I tape what we Registered Landscape Architect’s call bumwad or trash paper (tracking paper) and place it over a light table to see through the papers. I mark with either a pencil or a fine sharpie.

I photographed the image and sent it out to Sherron for review. Once I received approval from Sherron, it was to marking and loading. Along the quilting way, I picked out a plethora of threads from my 200 thread cone stash and worked this quilt from top to bottom.

This is the part everyone is itching to get to, I just know it. Enough with the shameless plugs and stalling. Without further adieu, I present to you Sherron McCleery’s wonderful wall quilt!

It always amazes me, honestly, what quilting does to a quilt. This quilt was longarmed using two layers of Quilter’s Dream Blend Batting. Since this will be displayed on a wall, two layers helps this beauty stand up to the demands of vertical presentation. I just loved the thin piano-key quilting that I put into the border…nothing fancy because I wanted the frame to just push your eye into the interior and I think a simple treatment like this in the border is a perfect fit.

Here are the four quadrants of the quilt now, looking at things a little closer…

Going up a little closer, you can see more of the detail:

And here are more close ups of the wool applique blocks that Sherron created:

These last two shots are very cool to me, because there were thread changes as the motif traveled amongst the fabrics in the block. It takes a bit of work to do this, but it’s so worth this beautiful effect, I believe:

Well, that does it for Sherron McCleery’s marvelous Sophie’s Garden BOM. I thank you greatly for popping on in for a visit and I welcome you (or implore you…you pick!) to visit my luxury soap shop online at www.soapworksfactory.com.

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

Patricia Heinrich Hechler

Buds and blooms has budded and bloomed!

It’s been a little while since I have blogged a quilt but this next one is a real show-stopper, I promise! But, before I debut Dawn Gerber’s amazing applique quilt, I want to take this time to place a tiny commercial here. You see, this blog actually costs me $300 a year just to blog these quilts to you and I am contemplating whether it is worth that fee to run this. So, I’m hoping this little plug helps generate some interest (from y’all) in my other home business…artisan luxury cold-process soap for face and body (and, they’re for sale, imagine that!) I currently hand-produce 16 versions of my essential-oil and plant-based soaps. If you love handmade soap, you will love my all-natural soaps. By the end of November, we will have 3 women’s shave soaps and 4 men’s shave soaps available as well, and we will even have magnetic-closure gift boxes available for the holiday gift-giving season. You can shop us at www.soapworksfactory.com. OK, see, that shameless plug was easy enough to get through!

On with this marvelous show quilt!

Dawn Gerber came to me way back in 2019, asking if I would consider longarming her next national show quilt, a turned-edge absolute work of wonder in blue and white. Knowing that Dawn was currently showing a quilt longarmed by the internationally acclaimed Judi Madsen, I bashfully agreed to take on this daunting project. National show quilts are unlike any other type of quilt, in that I know the work will be scrutinized, up close, to incredible standards. Dawn was advised that my schedule would slot her in in 2020 and the day came (and so did the quilt). Here is it as it arrived into my possession:

I got to work designing things by taking photos of this quilt and then printing them out. I always design old-school….placing tracing paper over the photos and sketching things out with pencil until I am satisfied. Here is one sketch that I brought into AutoCAD to draft out and create custom-cut marking templates from, after Dawn had approved the sketches. You can see the photo of the quilt below the sketch:

The sketch is scaled to size and then I draft out the sketch in the areas that a marking template is needed. I cut them out on a scrapbooking cutter and, poof, I have my own custom marking templates! The quilt was painstakingly marked with a water-soluble Mark-B-Gon blue pen and this step took over a day to accomplish.

We decided upon a double layer of Quilters Dream Blend batting, which would give the quilt wonderful quilting relief and substantial support for the demand of vertical presentation.

The quilt was loaded and around 95 hours of work later, we had the finished product. Care to see it? OK, OK, here it is:

I wanted to share with you more of the close-up’s, where you can really see where all that time was painstakingly invested. Here is some eye-candy of the border:

And….

So very cool, I must say! Totally custom and boy, did it pop! Onto more eye-candy, I say! Here is the very center block:

And, here is more detail shots of some of the other blocks:

Dawn Gerber and I can only hope that 2021 begins to have live quilt shows once again. While virtual quilt shows are nice, they are rather hard to take when we know how much work has gone into these quilts and how they really deserve to be seen up close and personally. Here’s to hoping 2021 finds many of us shopping and taking in these beautiful quilts first-hand.

Thank you for stopping in and please remember my fledgling soap company, Soapworks Factory. I hope you get to have a little time to be creative today!

Patricia

Luminosity, Let It Shine!

Well, I have to say that I think this is a blog that does me more good than it does you.  I’m on, hopefully, the last day of having stents in my nose for nasal surgery that was performed one week ago.  I’ve had my share of panic attacks over the past 72 hours and this blog has been a good diversion from the things stuck up my nose!

Today, I bring to you a quilt that the phenomenally talented Maureen Wood pieced, called “Luminosity” by Jacqueline De Jonge.  Maureen, from Canada, is a certified instructor for both Jacqueline De Jonge (BeColourful) and Judy Neimeyer (Quiltworx).

Maureen will be teaching classes on this quilt here shortly, so now is as good a time as ever to share the beautiful results of this custom hand-guided and ruler work quilting:

IMG_5854This was quilted with two layers of Quilters Dream batting…blend on the bottom and wool on the top with Glide 40 weight thread.

And, here it is in a little more detail:IMG_5846IMG_5857IMG_5858If you are looking to be added to my 2019 schedule, please know that we are currently booked through October, 2019.  If you’d like to get in for the tail end of the year, sign up now!  Bookings are going very quickly 🙂

I thank Maureen for this opportunity to quilt for her and I thank each of you who has made 2019 a banner year thus far.

Take care and I hope you get a little time to be creative today!