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

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

 

 

 

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 (pattern by Sue Nickels), 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.

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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:

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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.

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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

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Here is a shot of the outer and inner border and the beautiful work Joyce did on the applique.

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And, a few more shots of the inner border.IMG_3139

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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:

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And, in more detail, here is more of the back:

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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: threadworksfactory@outlook.com.

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