Here's a quilt I finished up this week. The client asked for modern quilting designs, so no feathers found here, but I did mix it up with modern and a few traditional quilting designs.
She used a pieced backing with several large rectangles. Which looks great, but created an issue with a baggy backing. I was able to keep puckers from occuring up until the outer border and there was no "quilting it out" without being a contortionist to view the backing while quilting. Here's the problem child piece....
My fix; I removed it from the frame, ripped out one of the seams and restitched it to take up the slack. Then it was reframed and quilted beautifully! No puckers here! 😊 While time consuming, it worked wonderfully!
Not completely sure why this occured, but two things pop into mind. 1. the pieced rectangles weren't entirely square. 2. the seams were not pieced parallel to the quilting frame. Just food for thought.
While it had it's challenges, I think it turned out beautifully!
Linda made an adorable elephant quilt and wallhanging and allowed me to quilt it for her, it is adorable! She requested "less dense" quilting and it took everything I had to resist quilting this more! but I must admit it is so soft and cuddly! Just right for a new baby!
Quilt measures ~ 36 x 36. Hobbs 80/20 with flannel backing
I've been working on 2 secret projects and it's so hard to keep quiet! While the reveal won't be until 2017, I can show a little sneak peak.
Also, I want to give a shout out to one of the sponsers for this project, Fil-tec, for their wonderful Glide thread! Beautiful sheen and colors and it ran very smoothly through my machine. Thanks Fil-Tec!
Look closely and you'll see 3 diamonds quilted among the pearls, keeping the center from being too boring. Hoping the customer puts this into a few shows this upcoming year because it's a super cool quilt!
I had a customer send me their adorable baby elephant quilt for longarm quilting and it turned out so pretty! It is hand pieced and hand appliequed! Made me a little nervous putting it on the longarm tracks, but it quilted up nicely. I used Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs Wool batting, So Fine White 50# wt
Here's the front and back
and while still on the tracks....
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Update!This glorious little quilt took 1st Place in Duet Small Quilt category NQA 46th Annual Show 2015 and Best in Show, Best in Machine Applique and Best Longarm Quilting at the Amherst Quilt Show 2016! Congrats!
I've recently finished quilting this lovely quilt, Paper Whites. An appliqued red and white quilt, ~55x55". Threads used, So Fine (#402 and 403) and King Tut Amish Red by Superior Threads. Batting: 1 layer Hobbs 80/20. The applique was outline stitched, which was slow going because any deviation from the red flowers was immediately seen in the cream background! Curling feathers in the border. Circular medallion in the center with feathers, crosshatching and microstipping and dense swirling fill. Stitch count 240,787. I've often read of other longarmers becoming attached to the quilts they are working on and I'm beginning to understand that attachment. I would love to display this quilt in my home...but I also understand the wait and anticipation the quilt maker is feeling, so I'll be sending this out in the mail in the next few days. Enjoy the pictures.
Here's a cute and easy baby quilt pattern- Zoe Zebra By Deb Grogan Featured in Quiltmaker March/April 2016 It came together in just 2 afternoons and it's adorable! Made from cottons, minky backing, Hobbs 80/20 batting, quilted with Superior threads. Made for a dear friend expecting her first baby girl (and 4th child!) Enjoy!
Here's another TShirt Quilt I've been working on for the past week or so. There were So Many! tshirts I almost couldn't fit them all in! but I did! :) Measures 70x90" flames pantograph quilting. Black Hobbs 80/20 batting. Superior thread.
This will be used on the fireman's bunk at the station, hope he likes it.