Carol’s Octagon Shimmer

Today, I bring to you a quilt from a local quilter who normally pieces a more traditional quilt. Carol Schottelkotte came to me in 2019, when she lost her longarmer and was in search of a new one. I’m so glad she found me. Carol went outside of her comfort zone when she found Octagon Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou. You can find the pattern for sale here: https://www.ctpub.com/octagon-shimmer-quilt-epattern-download-1/

Carol came over and we hatched out a gameplan on a piece of acetate over the quilt. My job was to help define the two different main shapes, bring in a little modern quilting and introduce some feathers onto the quilt. Feathers aren’t Carol’s particular cup of tea, but she was very willing to give them a go.

I wish I had snapped a picture of the quilt before loading it, but, once again, my feeble mind failed me and it wasn’t until after it was loaded that it dawned on me that I had missed my opportunity. So, without further adieu, here is Carol’s quilt!

I quilted this on two layers of Quilters Dream Blend batting and I just really loved the shimmer of the fabrics and the color spectrum of this quilt. We didn’t skimp on feathers, either! There were 219,922 stitches total, using about 7 different colors of glide thread on the top and one color always in the bobbin. I used Glide’s Warm Grey 4 on all the parts within the octagon blocks and matched fabric colors on the triangular blocks where the feathers are. Here are more detailed shots:

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and some closer shots of the beautiful flying geese border on this quilt:

What a wonderful quilt and I had such a blast quilting this. I’m going to miss her!

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Many of you know that I don’t just longarm…I hand-craft luxury cold-process soaps and sell them online at my shop. I am introducing my next new soap today and it is Grapefruit and Colloidal Oatmeal (Pictured below). My soaps are gentle and moisturizing with luxury oils of shea butter, avocado oil and olive oil, among the other oils I use. I incorporate coconut milk into each and every bar. And, they are entirely plant-based, scented only with steam-distilled essential oils and they are incredibly kind to your skin. I am so proud of these soaps and they have been incredibly well received. If you’d like to check them out for yourself, visit my shop at: www.soapworksfactory.com. Let your skin drink in the goodness that is our soap.

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So, we went and did a thing

Yes, you heard that right here.  We (my husband and me) went and did a thing.  We opened up an online artisan luxury cold-process small-batch soap company!  (that’s a mouthful!)  No kidding.  I’ve been dabbling in soaps for the past 15 months, as I really wanted something that didn’t strip things from my skin, but that gave my skin good gentle care, copious  bubbles and sensational nourishment, with great essential oils and wonderful base oils like avocado oil, olive oil and shea butter.  And, I don’t mean a measly 1% of each.  I mean that most of the soap bar is composed of these oils!

We cure our cold-process soap in-house for a minimum of 6 weeks.  15 months of hard work produced something that most of my family now uses as their go-to.

I do not use any fragrance oils (as they are chemically man-made) and I use only plant-based base oils.

If you’d like a luxury bar of soap that feels good, scents the air with great essential oils and leaves your skin feeling it’s best, please visit my website at:

http://www.soapworksfactory.com

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Lavender & Patchouli Essential Oil Soap