Or more correctly, Oh Laura’s Baby! This was my first time working with Laura, but I knew I was going to love her the minute she said, “Do what you want, lots of quilting”. That’s a paraphrase, my ears shut off after “lots of quilting”, that is so my specialty! All the circles were made with adorable fabrics that will delight the eyes of any baby lucky enough to play with this quilt. I wanted to use the quilting break up the large white space into different chunks. I marked the quilt with diagonal lines, following the basic direction of the circles and quilted each section a little different. And the back….oh the back is as cute as the front! She did such a good job piecing it and it just works so well with the front! I am always, without fail, nervous the first time I quilt for someone. Quilting is a subjective art, even if I quilt the most perfect feathers, if my customer doesn’t like feathers, they aren’t going to like it. Doubts were ringing in my
Sometimes, I finish a quilt and i know it will look great before I even take it off of the rack. More often, I am crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. This quilt that was such a stretch for me, I really wanted to push myself to do something different than I have done in the past. I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t “flow” together and that it would look like I tried to hard, But then a miraculous thing happened, I laid it out and it was better than I had ever even imagined! This is a top secret quilt for Tula Pink but she agreed to let me show the border: I started this with just a sketch beside me and a whispered prayer. It is all freehand. This is a close up of the corner design. Look ma, no stencils! I used two layers of Quilter’s Dream Batting to give it a little bit of puffiness. I didn’t want the full on trapunto look, just a little extra ummph! Here is a shot of the back, the pebble stippling took SOO long and probably gave me carpel tunnel but it was worth
So my latest customer quilt is for Charlie….everyone say Hi Charlie! This quilt is all about Amy Butler and I love it! I hadn’t seen all of the different colorways of this line, so I was drooling over all the different fabrics. I quilted the Plume Feather in each of the diamond shapes, I just love how it fills the diamond shape perfectly. So fun! In the triangle on the side of the diamonds, I did this little shape. Just a little doo-dad to fill the area. And the back, probably my three favorites pieces in the line…….just perfection. Awesome quilt, so very well pieced and a pleasure to quilt. Thanks for looking!!
In a couple of hours I will be leaving for the July meeting of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild meeting. If quilting is my therapy, then this is like my group session! I always come home so inspired and ready to sew all night. Tonight I will be bringing some goodies: Laura and Charlie are going to be happy to see me. I will share pictures later on this week!
I have been quilting a lot lately…..job security! The newest finished projects are Helen’s twin quilts. Smaller quilts are so fun to quilt. I get the thrill of starting something new and the joy of finishing a project without the hours of hard work in between. It’s really the best of both worlds! In the middle of the quilt, I quilted a “feathery” motif. Of course, it’s easier to see on the back. Now I am off to tackle some bigger projects. Thanks for looking!